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1  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Pre-Sodor numbering on: October 25, 2014, 11:11:03 PM
Thomas, Edward, Henry, Percy, Gordon, and James all received their numbers in 1951, when Henry the Green Engine was released. Prior to that, it's implied they would have had numbers, but they're never revealed to us (as far as I know). Toby would have carried the number ranging in the 130s in GER days and 71-- in LNER days. The date he was built determines what the blank numbers would be. Duck and Oliver carried their G.W.R numbers; 5741 and 1436 respectively. Donald and Douglas would have carried their numbers from BR; 57646 and 57647, again respectively. Daisy seems to have arrived with no number and was numbered D1 on Sodor. BoCo arrived with D5702 as is BR number before being renumbered D2. As for Thomas' livery when arriving on the Island, it probably would have been in LBSCR Black with what I would say yellow letting on his side tanks like this.

Hope this helps! Wink
2  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Bachmann analog sound Thomas thread on: February 13, 2013, 08:45:25 AM
I kinda feel mixed about this announcement. It's great that they're going to be making a Thomas set with sound finally, but I doubt they're going to make it with a Tsunami sound chip or something. I'd hate to hear those generic "chuff" sounds from the show, but that's much more likely what's going to happen.
3  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Actual Road Name on: February 13, 2013, 08:29:55 AM
The S&M and NWR are probably the two most well known of all of the road names Sodor had. However, in between those two were several other ones. According to Wikipedia:

"The first railway on the island, dating from 1806, was a horse-worked plateway from Cros-ny-Cuirn to Balladwail, a port south-east of Crovan's Gate, which is no longer rail-connected. Pack horses were used to bring copper ore from a mine in the mountains down to Cros-ny-Cuirn, where it was loaded into wagons for the journey to the port. In 1820, the Crovan's Gate Mining Company extended the line up the valley to the mine by building a series of five inclined planes. At the same time, the rest of the 1806 line was rebuilt with fish-belly edge rail. The line continued in use until the Skarloey Railway was built, after which it was abandoned, although the overgrown remains can still be seen to this day. A government-sponsored amalgamation of the standard gauge railways in the Island occurred in 1914 to build a strategic railway for coastal defence called the North Western Railway. The railways concerned were:
The Sodor & Mainland Railway (18531901) which ran from Ballahoo to Kirk Ronan.
The Tidmouth, Knapford & Elsbridge Railway (18831914) from Tidmouth to Elsbridge (the railway was known as the Knapford & Elsbridge Railway until 1908 when line extended to Tidmouth)
The Wellsworth & Suddery Railway (18701914), which ran from Crosby to Brendam, with an extension from Crosby to Knapford in 1912 to amalgamate with the Tidmouth, Knapford & Elsbridge Railway.
The North Western Railway has had running rights into Barrow Central Station since the agreement with the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1925. There is a Scherzer rolling lift bridge of 120 ft (37 m) span and double track over the Walney Channel, designed by Topham Hatt and erected in 1915. The NWR built its headquarters at Vicarstown in 1915, but the administrative offices were relocated to Tidmouth in 1926. Until the construction of the Jubilee Road Bridge in 1977, the NWR had rights for a car-ferry and worked an intensive and profitable service. British Rail had running powers over the Bridge to operate the joint NWR/BR suburban service from Barrow to Norramby."
4  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Edward The Blue Engine Big, Small or Inbetween? on: December 30, 2012, 02:04:54 AM
Interesting question, especially because you can look at it several different ways. For instance, the engine's size could be determined by something like wheel arrangement, weight, length, hight, etc. I'd say he's small, just because his build is slightly smaller than all the other tender locos, even the Scottish Twins by at least four long tons.
5  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Projects & Works In Progress Thread on: November 19, 2012, 02:34:08 PM
Looks great Shawn! Does this mean the Star and Zero fleets will be appearing, or was this just a little test?
6  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: The Projects & Works In Progress Thread on: November 16, 2012, 12:42:15 AM

Excellent job Shawn! Grin The ng track does look a little thick, but other than that, it's prefect!
7  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Red Branch Line Coaches on: November 12, 2012, 05:13:29 PM
I think just a piece of sandpaper would do. Also Duck would be the best candidate. Thomas has also been seen pulling them in "Paint pots and Queens".
8  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Thomas and friends: ReBorn! on: November 12, 2012, 05:10:06 PM

Here we have some real test footage at long last Grin

 Grin Ohhhh, this is gonna be good! Can't wait for to get started on it!
9  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Name That Quote! on: November 11, 2012, 12:21:23 AM
Emily's New Coaches

"Fancy not securing you're freight cars on a hill! He'll haunt you and you're special funnel!"
10  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Image of Duck Posted!!!!!! on: November 10, 2012, 12:21:04 PM
April? Darn it Bachmann, both you and the gaming industry are going to make me break the bank this year! Can't wait for him though.  Grin
11  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Image of Duck Posted!!!!!! on: November 09, 2012, 08:34:10 PM
Mein Gott!!!! He looks awesometastic!
12  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Arthur's Class on: November 08, 2012, 06:22:10 PM
The only issue I find with that is Arthur has the LMS lettering on his tanks, and the Ivatt 2MTs survived during the Big Four, not the 3MT or the BR's standard class 2  Undecided I do agree though that Arthur resembles the BR's version of the class better than the original.

*EDIT: It seems maybe as though HiT made a mistake when creating Arthur. If you compare Arthur to the photos in the link provided by TRI, Arthur and the Standard 2 seem identical. HiT may have made the mistake of giving Arthur an LMS livery when he is truly a BR locomotive.

He may be a mix of the two. His boiler, tanks, cab, smoke and firebox may have been salvaged from an Ivatt 2MT, and his footplate and running board may have been taken from a Riddles 2MT or 3MT.
13  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Arthur's Class on: November 07, 2012, 08:47:26 PM
I think Belle is a 4MT instead of a 3MT.

Indeed. She's a Riddles Standard 4MT 2-6-4T with fire hoses. I believe those are the only changes made to her.
14  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Arthur's Class on: November 05, 2012, 02:40:26 PM
There has been a lot of controversy over whether Arthur is an Ivatt Class 2 tank or a BR Class 3 tank. It can only be assured that Arthur is an Ivatt Class 2. Yes, he does closely resemble a 3MT in several ways, but there is one main detail that proves he is an Ivatt Class 2: Arthur is an LMS locomotive. The first ten of the Ivatt Class 2's were built by the LMS before nationalization. The BR Class 3's were built at Swindon Works, ex-works of the GWR, after nationalization. Henceforth, Arthur is indeed an Ivatt Class 2, NOT a BR Class 3.

This has been on mind for some time now, and I thought I'd just shout it out there Tongue

I'd have though that his class was pretty obvious. But then again there's always someone who has a different view on a subject. Probably what's confusing is that he's an Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T with a modified footplate and running board.

15  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: iHobby Show on: October 13, 2012, 10:01:09 PM

Really, even after their downright self destruction that was Underground Ernie?
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