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Bachmann is a model railway company that has made Thomas and Friends models since 2002. The models are made from special toolings to accurately resemble the characters just as they are in the television series. Almost all locomotives have a special moving-eyes-mechanism that allows the eyes to look back and forth across the tracks as the locomotive moves along.

HO Scale

Engines

2002

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

2015

  • Celebration Thomas

2017

  • James (re-designed; coming soon)
  • Oliver (coming soon)
  • Rosie (coming soon)

Rolling stock

2002

2005

2006

2007

  • Cattle Wagon (discontinued; still available in set; re-used for Troublesome Truck #3)
  • Salt Wagon (discontinued; still available in set, re-used for Troublesome Truck #5)
  • RF Container Wagon (discontinued; still available in set)
  • 6-Ton Wagon (discontinued; still available in set; re-used for Troublesome Truck #4)
  • Wellwagon (discontinued)
  • Coal Wagon with Load
  • Cream Tanker
  • Raspberry Syrup Tanker

2008

2009

2010

2012

2014

2015

2016

Narrow Gauge

The narrow gauge line is still in HO scale but runs on N gauge track. This is commonly known as "HOe" or "HOn3".

Engines

2015

2017

Rolling Stock

2015

  • Open Wagon
  • Blue Box Van
  • Red Box Van

2017

  • Slate Wagon with Load (coming soon)
  • Slate Wagon with Load #101 (coming soon)
  • Slate Wagon with Load #164 (coming soon)

Non-Rail Characters

2002

2008

2009

2010

2014

Sodor Scenery

2007

  • Signal Gantry (two-pack; discontinued)
  • Water Tower (discontinued)
  • Coal Hopper (discontinued)
  • Pedestrian Bridge (discontinued)
  • Sodor Junction Station (discontinued)

2009

  • Switch Tower

2010

2011

2015

  • Round Water Tower 

2016

  • Square Water Tower

Resin Scenery

2014

2015

  • Engine Shed
  • Trackside Station
  • Corrugated Hut
  • Storage Shed

HO Scale Sets

2002

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set (includes: Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and a Circle of EZ Track)
  • Percy the Small Engine Set (includes: Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2 and a Circle of EZ Track; discontinued)
  • James the Red Engine Freight Set (includes: James, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt and a Circle of EZ Track; discontinued)

2005

  • James the Red Engine Freight Set (includes: James, Blue Open Wagon, Fuel Tanker, Brake Van and a Circle of EZ Track; reintroduction; discontinued)

2006

  • Gordon's Express Set (includes: Gordon, Gordon's Express Composite Coach, Gordon's Express Brake Coach and an Oval of EZ Track; discontinued)

2007

  • Emily's Passenger Set (includes: Emily, Emily's Composite Coach, Emily's Brake Coach and an Oval of EZ Track)

2008

  • Deluxe Thomas and Friends Special Set (includes: Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, Bertie, Harold, Sir Topham Hatt and an Oval of EZ Track)
  • Thomas' Fun with Freight Set (includes: Thomas, S.C. Ruffey, Red Open Wagon, Cream Tanker, Cattle Van, Conductor and an Oval of EZ Track)
  • Thomas' Holiday Special Set (includes: Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Removable Snowplough, Coach with Christmas Decorations, Truck with Christmas Tree, Candy Cane Tanker and an Oval of EZ Track; discontinued)

2010

  • Salty's Dockside Delivery Set (includes: Salty, 6-Ton Wagon, Raspberry Syrup Tanker, Salt Wagon, Exclusive Guard and an Oval of EZ Track; discontinued)

2013

  • Thomas' Christmas Express Set (includes: Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Removable Snowplough, Truck with Christmas Tree, Flat Wagon with Load, Red and Green Christmas Van and an Oval of EZ Track)

2015

  • Whistle & Chuff Thomas! (includes: Sound-Chipped Thomas, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2 and a Circle of EZ Track)

HO Scale Parts

  • Hook-and-Loop Couplers
  • Track Play-Tape (Rail, Road and Sound-Fitted Variations)

G Scale

Engines

2009

  • Thomas
  • Percy

2011

  • James

2012

  • Emily

2013

  • Toby

2016

  • Thomas (DCC sound module, coming soon)
  • Percy (DCC sound module, coming soon)
  • Winston

Rolling Stock

2009

2011

  • Emily's Composite Coach
  • Emily's Brake Coach
  • Tidmouth Milk Tanker (discontinued)
  • Sodor Fuel Tanker
  • Oil Tanker (discontinued)
  • Tar Tanker
  • Coal Wagon with Load (discontinued)
  • Cargo Car

2012

  • S.C. Ruffey
  • Brake Van

2014

  • Raspberry syrup tanker 
  • Blue Open Wagon
  • Cream Tanker
  • Red Open Wagon

2016

  • Ice Cream Wagon
  • GWR Box Van
  • Explosives Box Van
  • Sodor Fruit and Vegetable Co. Box Van

Accessories

2012

  • Thomas' Snowplough (discontinued; still available in set)

2016

  • DCC Sound Module (coming soon)

G Scale Sets

2009

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set (includes: Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions)
  • Percy and the Troublesome Trucks Set (includes: Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions)

2012

  • Thomas' Christmas Delivery Set (includes: Thomas with Santa Hat and Snowplough, Red Open Wagon with Presents, Decorated Coach, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions)

Trivia

  • The first HO scale products released in 2002 (Thomas, Percy, James, Annie, Clarabel, Troublesome Trucks, Bertie, Harold, and Cranky) all seem to be based more on promotional cartoon illustrations seen on some Thomas merchandise at the time, rather than the show. The same can be said for Terence's model. This is similar to how Wooden Railway sometimes bases their products more on magazine images rather than the show.
  • The HO scale oil tanker, mail coach, raspberry syrup tanker, and cream tanker were first released as they appeared in the model series, but were revamped with their CGI series logos in 2011.
  • Thomas, Percy, and James' HO models don't have front couplers.
  • Thomas, Percy, James, Gordon, Henry, and Toby's HO models have grey coupling hooks. Curiously however, the sound-equipped Thomas has black coupling hooks.
  • On James' HO model, the wheels and axleboxes are painted grey and his smokebox saddle is painted red when they should all be black.
  • On Emily's HO model and G scale model, her water filler cap is green instead of black.
  • Oliver's model is the only HO locomotive to be based purely on his CGI render. All other models, including those with CGI faces, borrow elements from the TV series models.
  • On Percy's HO model:
    • The coal bunker is painted grey instead of black and is oversized.
    • The cab steps are mounted on the side of the running board instead of under it.
    • There is no rear dummy coupling hook.
  • On Duck's HO model:
    • The buffer housings are black instead of red.
    • The prototype model had a black footplate similar to Duck's CGI model, but was changed to grey on the production model.
    • The face is sort of a mix of the classic series and CGI series.
  • Diesel, Arry, Bert and Oliver are so far the only engines in the HO scale range to have CGI-styled faces.
  • On Annie and Clarabel's HO models:
    • The underframes are painted grey instead of black.
    • There are no dummy coupling hooks.
    • The roofs are attached and have plastic frames and rectangles attached underneath them to resemble windows unlike the Large Scale models that have unattached roofs. Emily's coaches and the current Christmas coaches have similar features.
    • Clarabel is missing her guard compartment.
  • The coaches in the Thomas' Christmas Delivery and Thomas' Christmas Special sets are Emily's coaches repainted.
  • Terence's HO model has a removable snowplough.
  • Winston is the first and only character so far to date to be made in Large Scale but not HO scale.
  • The human figures, originally marketed as HO scale, are larger than HO scale and have since been relabeled as Large Scale items.
  • The Sodor scenery accessories use the same tooling as Bachmann's Plasticville line.
  • In an official forum post, a Bachmann representative revealed plans to update James to look more like his TV show counterpart in 2015. But once update artwork was sent to the factory, it was too late to change production line at the time. James's updated release will come out sometime in 2017.
  • The HO models of Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, and Emily's coaches made a cameo in the 2015 film "Ant-Man".
    • In close-up shots, Thomas' large scale model (with a different face, curiously) is used.
  • Percy's large scale prototype had a green coal bunker.
  • Most wagons throughout the Bachmann range are reused moulds of wagons made in the Bachmann Branchline and Mainline Model Railways ranges, only with less details to suit younger kids. The Narrow Gauge rolling stock also seems to be based off of Peco 009 gauge rolling stock, but without brake pipes.
  • The blue narrow gauge van has the letters "SR" painted on the side which stand for "Skarloey Railway" while the red van does not.
  • The narrow gauge van's roofs were most likely originally painted grey, but were later changed to white as evidenced by the fact that the underside of the roofs is painted grey and visibly painted white on top afterwards. This change is also likely since the roofs are slightly darker than the Peco models' roofs as a result of being repainted.
  • Bachmann models were used as guides for the Percy, James, Gordon and Emily replicas at Thomas Land.
  • Skarloey is the first locomotive model in the range to not have moving eyes, and the first HO scale tank engine with an open cab.
  • The large scale Brake Van has the letters "NW", meaning North Western.
  • The Thomas Deluxe Whistle and Chuff set is similar to the Percy and the Troublesome Trucks set.
  • The Trackside Station resembles the season 4 Glennock station building, but without the canopy.
  • Thomas & James' G Scale models are featured in the I Love Toy Trains DVD "Ticket to Ride" operated by Dave Simkowski.
  • Skarloey has his number at both the back of his cab and his side tanks.
  • Unlike the red version of the mail coach, the green version does not have its CGI mail emblems nor 'Sodor Mail' written in white.
  • Spencer's prototype model did not have his buffers and lamp irons.
  • Oliver's model lacks the tank front handrails.

Gallery

HO Scale Engines

HO Scale Rolling Stock

HO Scale Sets

Narrow Gauge Engines

Narrow Gauge Rolling Stock

Non-Rail Characters

Sodor Scenery

Resin Scenery

G Scale Engines

G Scale Rolling Stock

G Scale Sets

Other

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