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Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:59 pm

Bear with me on this, I recently became a granddad, my son in law is a Thomas the tank engine fan, now he's a dad he's got an excuse to build a Thomas layout, so far so good, but he has called on me having built a couple of train layouts to help out. I'm more than happy to be involved, it will start out as DC but the plan is to add more trains and go DCC. Board size will probably be 8' x 4', he has ordered the 'standard Hornby Thomas track pack.
I'm happy with the trackwork, wiring etc, but don't have much clue about Thomas, the intention is to include various Thomas things such as 'Tidmouth sheds.
Any help / advice would be well received'.
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby Mountain » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:08 pm

I have a Thomas, an Annie and a Clarabel, and if I'm not going to use it, I may have a Toby... (I bought the Toby for the chassis to use with a Smallbrook Studio kit but I have thoughts to use a Lima chassis instead if I can get it to fit as the Lima chassis has external framework...(Class09)). Also I have a few troublesome trucks and vans somewhere if I'm not mistaken...
If you are interested in any, let me know.
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:10 pm

Thank you Mountain, yes I probably will be, as I say I'm only an advisor with this project and don't know much about Thomas, I'll be in touch
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby End2end » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:16 pm

Here you go - Thomas The Tank Engine Season 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEO-GBg ... VdtRjuGTij
Might be good for some modelling ideas. :mrgreen:
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:52 pm

This is a steep learning curve, anyone know if there is a OO 'cranky the crane'

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby Mountain » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:08 pm

I seem to remember a black crane?

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:30 am

Thanks for the link E2E, I'll either be an expert or completely fed up with it after watching that lot !, I just hope my Grandson actually likes trains after all this.

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby forest446 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:53 am

If your going to be be sticking with the Hornsby
Track mat plan which is not a bad starter your limited in which bits you can model.
Hornbys Thomas range is limited but the Bachman one is not bad tho it is ho they don’t look out of place together.
The best place I have found is
https://www.tootallythomas.co.uk/oursho ... hmann.html
They do pretty much the full Bachman range including tidmouth shed.
See what you think
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby forest446 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:04 am

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:19 pm

Thanks for that Forest, we'll probably keep them in business for a while.
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby forest446 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:49 pm

Hi Dave
Must admit I have spent more than I care to admit.
The 009 stuff is good as are the working eyes.
They don’t have a massive amount of pulling power if you compare to the Hornsby range.
As my Hornsby Edward will easily out pull and out pace Gordon but on a 3/4 coach express there more than fine and half the price.
Also has pretty much the full range just wish they would do a daisy or diesel 10
Obviously for the kids
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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:04 pm

Yes just for the kids of course ( whatever their age :) )

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby Emettman » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:27 pm

Hello Dave.
I recently had a look at the Rev. Awdry's own first model of Thomas' branch line, and seeing what might happen with a bit of re-drawing.
https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=52675

8x4 is quite small to do much with express locos and big coaches. Gordon, Henry, Edward...
...but is quite large if it needs to be portable, and it anyway needs access to at least 3 sides for building, maintenance and cleaning.
Slightly larger but with all the access and operating space *inside* can eat up less overall space and give a much better layout.
It all depends on location and future plans.

Is running express trains the priority, or giving Thomas his branch line?

Chris.

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby BrightonMan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:48 pm

I used to have a fold out map of the Island of Sodor (where the stories are based). It was actually quite good, showed all the different lines, towns etc. It was done like an O.S. map. No idea if they are still avaliable as this was years ago. Might be worth checking ebay?

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Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Postby heda » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:01 pm

Hi Chris

Thanks for the input, It's my son in law that's actually building the layout but he's looking for my input as I've got some experience of model railway building. He's working on what I think is a Hornby trackplan 6' x 4' but extending it to 8' x 4' as he wants to include the Tidmouth engine shed, probably in the top right corner.
I have already mentioned that he will have to be able to access both sides of the 4' as it's to far to reach across. I'll find out more when I see him at the weekend but he does tend to suffer from bull in a china shop syndrome !
This is the track plan he's looking at, personally I think it could be improved. I'll update when/if it happens.
Dave

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