Ok, here goes..........

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by hiscopilot, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    So are Railfans (like RR man:D )
  2. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    I think this is the "real" thomas:
  3. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    most likley:D
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I believe that Thomas was based on a Southern Eailway E class tank -- that is what Hornby used as the basis for their Thomas.
    I hope none of the kids are disappointed when they see Emily (is this the Hornby version that's coming?) as the model is made from a quite different engine from the TV series.
    If you have the original Thomas books, the locos can vary quite a bit. Awdry had great difficulty with the artists that the publishers assigned him -- one even refused to go to the station to see what they looked like.
    Interesting read: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, a biography of Awdry. Probably 10 years old now.
  5. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    oooooooh. I read in the character gallery, "Thomas is a cheeky, but helpful 0-6-0 tank engine from the LB & SCR Railway in Southern England. " Thats why I picked the engine above.

    We're talking about the bachmann one coming out- EMily
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Right railway, at least! The photo is of a Terrier clas (or Rooter). They were almost the smallest 6-wheel tank engines in Britain. They were also one of the longest-lasting classes, starting somewhere around 1880 and lasting until the end of steam in the 1960s.
    If you have the books, Stepney, the Bluebell Engine is a terrier.
  7. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    One of his artists when Rev. Awdry was making the books actualy quit on the job over an argument over percy's paint jobsign1 the Artist called him "a catapilar with red stripes", while some years later, that exact same phraze was used by thomas to insult Percy in one of their quarles:D
  8. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    looky looky at what I found on the Bachman FAQ page:

    so scrap my project M to heck:D
  9. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    CNW- that is ENTIRELY too much trivia for me! LOL

    Its funny I can talk to grown people about Thomas. Helps me break out of my world a little! :)

    Yes, we will be saving for Edward and Mavis. I just wish I knew when they were coming!

    Oh and today I started my roundhouse project. We decided to scrap the idea of making it like any other and we are just flying blind so to speak. We're making the measurements and all, but we'll design our own walls and we're not doing doors for this project- just doorways. :) If I get anywhere after the lil bugger goes to bed I will post pictures but right now it looks like a big piece of painted plastic with some wooden doohickeys on it! LOL
  10. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    aparently they will be comfirmed Febuary in the Catalog for 2007. I'll gladly wait, as long as I can replace the couplers:D In the mean time, I like insulting spamers here!:D (that's a wrning to spamers, by the way)
  11. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    One note of caution with the trackplan...the outer tracks are dangerously close to the edge. If you can build in a safety zone of scenery or maybe remove the outer loop then your engines won't have to be as frightened of falling off the edge of the world!

    (Wouldn't that be an interesting episode...maybe a Thomas & Friends production outtakes show for all the devoted & deranged parent fans out there...myself included).

    Otherwise, looks great so far! Have fun and thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

  12. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    you're right about that. I am already having to rethink part of this because even though the layout says 8x4 its really 8x4-9. But I think I can tighten things up a little, these engines seem to be able to take very tight curves, so maybe that will help!

    Thanks for the heads up!
  13. holdenburg

    holdenburg Member

    Break out the dry wall!

    Just break out the drywall into the next room and install a curio cabinet. You can watch the trains go by while drinking your morning cup of coffee! (just joking!!!) sign1
  14. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Do you have room to add a 6 inch shelf of scenery to the outside of the railroad all the way around? As far as tightening it up, I think the Thomas & friends will operate fine at least down to 15 inch radius in ho. I know most 4 axle diesels will also handle radii down to 15 inch as well.
  15. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Have you seen the Thomas layout in the photo gallery at the Bachmann message board?


    (Huh...just noticed it looks like it has fewer pictures in it than before. I wonder where they went?)

    Their tracks seem a bit close to the edge as well...good suggestion, Russ

  16. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    do you plan on running the infamous RI loco on this track as well?:D

    for Matty:hamr hamrhamrhamrhamrhamr

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