Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by ZeldaTheSwordsman, Mar 27, 2010.
Who here uses Thomas the Tank Engine characters and/or rolling stock on their layouts?
I don't now but would like to get one or two to excite the kids. My 4'x4' layout is designed to fit in the back of an SUV and take to schools, clubs, etc. Most modelers may not like to see them run but the general public doesn't count rivets so I am going with different "cute" engines to surprise and excite the public. Also I just like to see trains run and Thomas is a train. My club friend hates him though.
Well, overall they're good models and should give you many years of running. The couplings are reliable too, even if they lose the springs. The same cannot be said for model knuckle couplers. Heh. You might want to try rigging up some of your H0-scale rolling stock with tiny hooks (which may be easily fashioned from cut-up paper clips) and get some miniature chain. That way you can couple them to the Bachmann Thomas engines, should you wish to do so. Anyway, Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel should provide both an interesting sight and a good passenger service for your setup.
I have a Thomas with Annie and Clarebelle. I've installed a Digitrax decoder so I can run it on my Dcc layout. The grand kids love to watch my Reading T1 with Tsunami sound decoder run. They ring the bell and blow the whistle. But they always want to see Thomas before they leave.
here is CNJ #810 Spencer
How's he running for you?
Here's the whole gang.
This was a fun build for me. It is a scratchbuilt Tidmouth Sheds (from illustrations in the original books) and is part of an Island of Sodor display on the Lionel layout at our local museum.
The museum provided the locomotives and the kids love seeing Thomas.
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