Thomas the engine!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by 77railer, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. 77railer

    77railer Member

    Hi all,
    I was just wondering if anyone knew of someone who modeled the island of sodor in any guage. Im looking for track plans or maps that would be useful if one wanted to model the island. Ive searched hi and lo and cant even find out who the modelers are that did all the modeling for the tv show. Thanks in advance guys.

  2. pomperaugrr

    pomperaugrr Member

    There was no specific layout for the television show. Most of the sets were temporary. There was an article on the making of Thomas in Model Railroader magazine a few years ago. I do not recall what issue it was.

    Have you looked at the official Thomas site ?

    There is a general view of the "island" with some track layout suggested in the intro. There may be a few more links.
  3. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    My granddad had a book that was published a while ago (probably a decade or more) that was a collection of all the Thomas the Tank books. It was printed in a large format (coffee table size) but the pages of the original books were reproduced inside.

    At the front of the book was an introduction and a full page map of the island with the railway lines shown on it.

    If you found a copy of that you would have the info.

    hope that helps
  4. shortliner

    shortliner Member

  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    good search, shortliner, I couldn't find jack except the
    felt playset layouts and some other nondescript stuff
    with no good images!! :thumb: :thumb:
  6. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    hey that's quite good. It's not a colourful as the one in the book but it is the same otherwise. I was reading the key and would like to point out that the island of sodor isn't in the Pacific Ocean though!!!!
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Look for a book called "the Thomas the Tank Engine Man" which is a biography of Rev. W. Awdry.
    I think there is a Sodor map in it; it definitely has picture of Awdry's own Thomas layouts.
  8. zerosurfer

    zerosurfer New Member

    You could try Learning Curve: Imaginative, Smart, and Inspiring they have some wooden layouts that match the stories. I'm trying to work on something similar for my nephew, he currently has the tomy plastic track set, but I'm going to be getting him the hornby one soon. Glad to see I'm not the only one who's had this idea.

    I found these other maps by browsing google, but need to decipher them, the main hill is 2000ft, so scaling this down is a nightmare.

    Hope these help you out. The other thing I fiund out was the TV series was done in HO scale.

    Attached Files:

  9. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I thought the TV series used Gauge 1?
  10. cnw1995

    cnw1995 Member

    I am modeling Sodor in O gauge. Yep, it was modfied Marklin in Gauge 1 - There is an absolute wealth of resources out there: Search for the phrase: "The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine" for the best site that highlights its modeling: here it is: The Real Lives of Thomas the Tank Engine: Main

    Bachmann currently produces a marvelous variety of Thomas items in HO.
  11. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman Thomas Modeler

    You can also find the maps there. I am building a Sodor-based home layout in HO. When I'm grown up and have the space and money, I'll model the entire island, according to the books.

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