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Old 11th March 2007, 20:55   #1
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I plan on scratch building Thomas the Tank Engine for my grandchildren to run on grandpas layout. I am looking for a drive unit to start with. Any suggestions...

I have many pictures of Thomes and lots of toys around the house but I would like to find something on the prototype for Thomas. I thought some of you across the pond might be able to ID the prototype for Thomas and suggest where I can get some photos or drawings to work from.

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Old 12th March 2007, 18:33   #2
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Hi,
all I know is that models used for turning Thomas' episodes were built on Markllin gauge 1 models. I must have an old magazine reporting everything just leave me a few days to have a look and if I'll find something useful I'll let you know.
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Old 12th March 2007, 20:12   #3
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The TV series used simple sets rather than a large layout, each was constructed temporarily for shooting then dismantled and the pieces re-used.

Thomas is based on a London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) E2 class 060T but for a small child I'm sure any similar shaped locomotive painted blue with a face on the smokebox door is Thomas.

This link may be of interest.
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Old 12th March 2007, 23:16   #4
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Thank you both for your information. I will persue them and we'll see what happens. Bob the link you sent was great.

Now all I have to do is find a Marklin 0-6-0T and get to mark.

I know that Lionel once made a Thomas in g scale but it is no longer available except on ebay at a totaly out of sight price. Oh well...

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 12th March 2007, 23:44   #5
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Well, it is blue and it has a face, and it is a tank...
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Hmmmm, obviously George W Bush has been involved in that one....
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I resemble that remark!
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Old 13th March 2007, 14:29   #8
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Whoa!

Exactly the same paint scheme and all, even (almost) the looks and shape (except for the gun pipe) of the locally world famous engine #13 "Moon rocket" of the Stockholm-Nynäs RR, named after the sound of it's gas turbine engine. Known to melt off catenary wires by it's hot exhaust. Could a diesel ever do a better job than that?

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Hornby used to make an E2 tank, but they modified the mould to make Thomas. There are lots of 0-6-0 tanks engines around; the LMS jinty (old Hornby or new Bachman) might be suitable. Hornby's terrier is the prototype for Stepney.
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Tanks Bob... I needed that...
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