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Wooden Railway Logo (1995-1999)

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Wooden Railway Logo (2000-2007)

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Wooden Railway Logo (2008-2010)

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Current Wooden Railway Logo

Wooden Railway is a wooden model railway system created by Learning Curve in 1992, and the products were released in 1993. They held the rights until 2011. TOMY owned the rights to Wooden Railway in 2012. Since 2013, the range has been produced by Fisher-Price. It is one of the longest-running Thomas merchandise lines.

Product History, Design, and Make

Learning Curve introduced some new designs for the track surface of wooden toy railways, such as the "clickety-clack" rails patented in 1995 and the newer tracks with a relief to supply better traction grip for battery powered engines, patented in 2002. They also introduced a road "track" on the flip-side of the railway tracks.

The original models were constructed mainly from painted wood with metal used in the coupling magnets and axles and plastic for the wheels and faces. These models were relatively simple, with simple wooden stubs for the funnel and dome and details such as windows, whistles, and bufferbeams omitted.

In the late 1990s and early 2000's, the models were upgraded. The wooden funnel and smokebox were replaced with a separate plastic smokebox with a more realistic funnel. The tender engines received an additional upgrade of molded plastic coal.

These improved designs were manufactured until 2002, when they were replaced with a third generation of design, which included new and more detailed faces. Another update came in 2011 in the form of new faces to coincide with the recent CGI switchover.

In late 2011 TOMY bought Learning Curve and as such acquired the rights to the Wooden Railway line. They sold the products previously planned to be released by Learning Curve for early 2012. The products due to be released in late 2012 to coincide with the special, Blue Mountain Mystery, were cancelled because Learning Curve had only developed computer generated prototypes before they were acquired by TOMY. From 2013 onwards, the range is produced by Fisher-Price. Since 2013, all engines with multiple bogies had their chassis made of plastic to cut down production costs.

Engines

1992

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Rolling stock

1992

1993

  • White Face Troublesome Truck

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

  • Aquarium cars

2002

  • Recycling cars

2003

  • Gold prospector's trucks

2004

2005

  • Ice delivery trucks
  • Water Works trucks

2006

2007

2008

  • Hector
  • Chicken trucks
  • Zoo cars

2009

2010

  • Henrietta (limited time reintroduction)
  • Handcar (reintroduction)
  • Halloween caboose

2011

  • Light-Up Aquarium Cars

2013

Multi-car packs

1996

  • Circus train

1998

1999

2000

  • Magic Railroad pack (Thomas, Lady, Diesel 10, Dodge, and Splatter)
  • Thomas five-car value pack (Thomas with tired face, truck, barrel car, milk wagon, and caboose)

2001

  • Culdee with box car
  • Rheneas with scrap truck
  • Neil with china clay truck
  • Rusty with construction trucks
  • Sodor gift pack (Oliver, Toby, Fred Pelhay, Bertie, and Henrietta)

2002

  • Thomas Winter Wonderland pack
  • Ivo Hugh with zoo trucks

2003

2004

2005

  • "Calling All Engines!" gift pack (Lady, Diesel 10, George, Harvey, and Diesel)
  • Culdee with apple orchard trucks
  • 5 pack (Thomas, Oliver, Diesel, Bill and Duncan)

2006

  • Adventures of Thomas (Winter Wonderland Thomas, Paint-splattered Thomas, and Breakfast Thomas)
  • Happy Birthday Thomas and box car
  • Sodor Collector's pack (gold Thomas, silver Percy and bronze Diesel)
  • Hard at Work Percy and Mail Truck

2007

2008

  • Narrow Gauge gift pack (Skarloey, Rheneas, Rusty, Duncan)

2009

  • Sodor Day Thomas and Stanley
  • Thomas and Annie
  • Percy and Clarabel
  • Toby and Bertie
  • Thomas and Toby
  • Santa Hat Thomas and Gift Car
  • Sodor Construction Company (Jack, Alfie and cement tanker car)
  • Toby and Flora set (Toby, Flora and her coach)
  • Roadway vehicles gift pack (Bertie, Trevor, Terence and Sodor power crew)
  • Diesels value pack (Diesel, Salty, Rusty, 'Arry and Bert)
  • Road and Rails Rescue Pack (Percy, Harvey, Butch, and Isobella)
  • Salty and the Shipping Cars
  • Rosie and the Musical Caboose
  • Design-it-Activity Pack
  • Soap sud covered Percy and engine wash car

2010

2011

  • Mavis and Fuel Tanker
  • Percy and Diesel
  • Scruff and the Garbage Truck
  • Quarry Pack (Mavis, Bill, Ben and quarry car)
  • Narrow Gauge Engines (Rheneas, Peter Sam and Rusty)
  • Fergus and the Power Cars
  • Toby and Bash on the Farm
  • Birthday Thomas and the Musical Caboose
  • Holiday Percy and Present Car
  • Steamies Versus Diesels 4 pack (Thomas, Percy, 'Arry, and Bert)
  • Dash and the Launching Log
  • Victor and the Engine Repair Car
  • Thomas' Tall Friend pack

2012

  • Muddy Thomas and George
  • Thomas' Country Show Delivery
  • Skarloey and the Gravel Cars
  • Bish Bash Bosh
  • Blue Mountain Quarry gift pack

2013

  • Oil and Cargo
  • Percy's Musical Ride
  • Peter Sam's Dynamite Delivery
  • Thomas' Balloon Express
  • Thomas' Pig Pick Up
  • Happy Birthday Special
  • Santa's Little Engine
  • Sidney's Holiday Special
  • Rusty to the Rescue 3 pack
  • Toby's Castle Delivery two-pack
  • Thomas' Castle Delivery two-pack
  • Stephen with Passenger Coach
  • Race to the Rescue
  • Sodor Bakery Delivery

2014

Vehicles

1992

1994

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2007

2008

  • Madge
  • Harold with retractable magnet

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Limited-edition items

1999

  • 10 Years of Thomas in America pack

2000

2003

2004

2005

  • 60th anniversary Henry (with blue and green paint)
  • Gold Thomas

2006

  • Day Out with Thomas Coal Car
  • Metallic Percy

2007

  • Day Out with Thomas Sodor Line Caboose
  • Metallic Thomas

2008

  • Day Out with Thomas Water Tanker
  • Mud-covered Thomas

2009

  • Day Out with Thomas Passenger Coach
  • Patchwork Hiro
  • Lost and Found Hiro

2010

  • DOWT Thomas

2011

  • Day Out with Thomas Boxcar
  • Easter Thomas
  • Christmas Thomas
  • Easter Rosie

2012

  • Day Out with Thomas Quarry Car

2013

2014

  • Day Out with Thomas Paint Tanker
  • Thomas with Six Flags car (discontinued)
  • Metallic James (discontinued)
  • Thomas at Sea (discontinued)

Talking Engines

2009

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • James

2010

  • Gordon
  • Emily
  • Victor

2011

  • Diesel
  • Salty
  • James Lights the Way

2013

  • Toby
  • Spencer
  • Diesel 10

"Lights and Sounds" engines

2006

  • Thomas
  • James

2007

  • Percy
  • Holiday Lights Thomas

"Roll and Whistle" engines

2014

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • James
  • Emily (coming soon)
  • Luke (coming soon)

Battery-powered engines

2000

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Thomas with milk tanker and straight track
  • Percy with Fuel Tanker and Straight Track

2001

  • James
  • James with Straight Track

2002

  • Lady

2003

  • Bertie

2004

  • Thomas and the Jet Engine

2006

  • Salty

2011

  • Charlie
  • Rosie

2013

  • Salty (reintroduction)
  • Hiro
  • Diesel

2014

  • Toby
  • Spencer

Destinations

Bridges and tunnels

1992

  • Single stone tunnel
  • Arched stone bridge

1994

1995

  • Double-wide old iron bridge
  • Lifting bridge

1996

1997

  • Mountain tunnel

1998

  • Curved viaduct
  • Suspension bridge

2000

  • Drawbridge

2001

2002

  • Sling Bridge
  • Mountain overpass

2003

  • Quarry tunnel
  • Castle clocktower

2004

  • Waterfall tunnel
  • Toll booth bridge

2005

2006

  • Holiday Tunnel

2007

2008

2009

  • 4 in 1 Mountain Crossing

2010

  • Expansion Bridge

2011

2012

  • Blue Mountain Mine

2013

  • Log Tunnel
  • Wacky Track Bridge

2014

  • Snow Tunnel
  • Transforming Track Bridge
  • Lilly Pond Bridge

Buildings

1992

  • Special engine shed
  • Elsbridge station
  • Elsbridge platform
  • Windmill
  • Water refilling tank

1994

  • Gristmill with water wheel
  • Sodor Bay lighthouse

1995

  • Knapford platform

1996

  • Sodor log loader
  • "The Works" engine repair shed
  • Roundhouse

1997

  • Sodor cargo crane
  • Barrel loader

1998

  • Sawmill with dumping depot

1999

  • Cranky
  • Transfer table
  • Stop-and-go station
  • Sodor engine wash
  • Grain loader
  • Coal station
  • Water tower

2000

  • Switch tower
  • Fire station

2001

  • Sodor dairy farm
  • Sodor Airfield
  • Conductor's shed
  • Wellsworth station
  • Abbey repair shop
  • Over-the-track signal

2002

  • Honey depot
  • Musical carousel
  • Rescue hospital (with Harold and ambulance)
  • Service station (with Lorry 2)
  • Cargo transfer

2003

  • Coal Loader
  • Chocolate factory
  • Brendam fishing dock

2004

  • Cargo drop
  • Scrapyard

2005

  • Tidmouth timber yard
  • Oil Depot
  • Sodor Cement Works

2006

  • Useful Engine Shed
  • Slate Mine (cancelled)
  • Holiday Tree Station (cancelled)

2007

2008

  • Haunted mine
  • All Aboard station

2009

2010

  • Captain's Shed
  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Search and Rescue Station with Harold
  • Repair and Go Station
  • Sodor Engine Wash

2011

  • Fuel Depot (with Diesel)
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Decorated Knapford Station

2013

2014

  • Merrick
  • Elevated Crossing
  • Brendam Bay Cargo Loader (coming soon)
  • Sodor Ironworks
  • Sodor Shipping Company (coming soon)
  • Sodor Fire Station (reintroduced)

Sights and Sounds buildings

2004

  • Sodor "Scrub and Shine"
  • Smelting yard (with Oliver)
  • Deluxe roundhouse
  • Deluxe Cranky

2005

  • Ice cream factory (with Sir Handel)
  • Power Station

2006

  • Echo tunnel
  • Recycling center (with Lorry 1)
  • Deluxe over-the-track signal

2007

  • McColl's pig shed
  • Deluxe Knapford station
  • Deluxe railway crossing

2009

  • Brendam Barrel Co.

2012

  • Deluxe fire station
  • Lighthouse bridge (with Bulstrode)
  • Deluxe water tower (discontinued)

2014

  • Sodor Fire Station
  • Bluff's Cove Lighthouse
  • Harold's Search and Rescue Helipad

Track Packs

1997

  • Straight and Curved
  • Cross and Switch
  • Elevated

1998

  • Lumberyard
  • Freight Yard

2000

  • Circle and Circus Set expansion pack
  • Figure 8 Set expansion pack

2002

  • Beginner Roadway expansion pack (with Bertie)
  • Advanced Roadway expansion pack (with Trevor)
  • Advanced Figure 8 Set expansion pack (with Water Tower and water tanker)
  • The Trouble with Trees expansion pack

2003

  • Hill and Mountain

2007

  • Beginner's Expansion Pack
  • Fearless Freddie expansion pack
  • Deluxe Track Accessory pack

2008

  • Boulder Adventure expansion pack

2010

  • Up and Away
  • Advanced Figure 8 Set expansion pack (with Stop and Go Station)
  • 5-in-1 Track Layout pack

2011

  • Up and Around
  • Ascending Track and Riser pack

2012

  • Signal Station

Talking Railway Series

The Talking Railway Series was a range of interactive engines and playsets. The engines have special gold magnets which, when they are at a destination, the Fat Controller will greet them. This range is discontinued.

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Rosie
  • Emily
  • Salty
  • Stanley
  • Billy
  • Molly
  • Spencer
  • "Stop and Greet" Signal
  • Cranky
  • Brendam Barrel Co.
  • Morgan's Mine
  • The Great Discovery Set
  • Farewell at the Docks Set
  • Speak and Greet Oval Set
  • Knapford Station Set

My Custom Engine Series

In Summer of 2014, Mattel announced that fans can design their own Wooden Railway characters and purchase them online. Fans can also receive a personalized story book. The four colours that fans can choose from are blue, red, green, and purple. Logan was used as a promotional character to promote the range.

Designs

  • Friendly Steamie (re-designed from Charlie)
  • Helpful Steamie (re-designed from Peter Sam)
  • Spunky Steamie (re-designed from Scruff)

Playsets

  • Pre-clickety-clack track 100 piece set

1992

  • Instant System 1
  • Instant System 2
  • Instant System 3
  • Instant System 4

1996

  • 100 piece set

1997

1998

1999

2000

  • "Stop and Go" Figure 8
  • Bridge and Tunnel
  • Muffle Mountain
  • The limited edition 100 piece set Thomas And The Magic Railroad
  • Thomas Express "Over and Through" Battery-Powered

2001

  • Sodor Airfield
  • Lift and Load
  • Engineers' Set
  • Trees on Track Set
  • Twist and Turn Action Battery-Powered
  • Sodor Mining

2002

2003

  • Seasons on Sodor
  • Tidmouth Station Travel
  • Sodor Rescue Team
  • Boulder Mountain

2004

  • Oval
  • Water Tower Figure 8
  • Thomas and Toby
  • Harold's Mail Delivery
  • Deluxe "Sights and Sounds"

2005

  • Battery-Powered Sir Topham Hatt Figure 8
  • 60th Anniversary
  • Sodor Wash and Works
  • Aquarium

2006

2007

  • Gold Mine Mountain
  • Thomas Starter
  • Bridge and Crane Figure 8
  • Jeremy and the Airfield
  • Thomas and Percy Starter

2008

  • Start your Engines!
  • Pirate's Cove
  • A Race to the Wharf

2009

2010

2011

  • A Busy Day at the Quarry
  • Thomas and Belle to the Rescue
  • Cargo and Crane Figure 8
  • Up and Around Sodor
  • Toby's Whistling Woods
  • Percy at the Dieselworks
  • Crossing Gate Figure 8
  • Happy Birthday Mr. Percival
  • Percy's Fuel Delivery System
  • Steamies vs Diesels
  • Flynn and Water Tower Figure 8

2012

2013

  • Sodor Bay Bridge Figure 8
  • Farmhouse Pig Parade
  • Mountaintop Supply Run
  • Tidmouth Timber Company
  • Thomas Starter
  • Treasure at the Mine Figure 8
  • King of the Railway Deluxe
  • Percy and the Mail Depot
  • Brendam Bay Shipping Co.
  • Pirate Ship Figure 8
  • Dieselworks Figure 8

2014

  • James' Fishy Delivery
  • Adventures of the Mine (coming soon)
  • King of the Castle set (coming soon)
  • Lumber Yard Waterfall Adventure (coming soon)
  • Thomas' Fossil Run (coming soon)
  • Up and Around Sodor Adventure Tower (coming soon)
  • Mix and Match Set
  • Thomas' Birthday Surprise Set
  • Percy and the Little Goat Set
  • James Sorts It Out Set
  • Logan and the Big Blue Engines Set

Early Engineers

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The Early Engineers brand is a compatible extension of the Wooden Railway range. The engines are larger, blockier, and have fewer wheels.

Engines

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Salty
  • Spencer
  • Victor
  • Hiro

Sets

  • Busy Day on Sodor
  • Roundabout Station
  • Rock and Roll Quarry

Yearbooks

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Volume VII Note: Tiger Moth's propeller differs from the production model, suggesting the one seen here was a prototype

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From the introduction of the Wooden Railway system, Learning Curve (now RC2), have made yearbooks to feature their items. The items would be standard "mugshots" for engines and cars, while sets would be shown overall. The cover would also occasionally feature the new items on it with Thomas usually being in the foreground.


Trivia

  • The tender engines originally had their coal painted on their tenders, but they now have molded plastic coal.
  • The prototype for Skarloey used Percy's face.
  • The new Rheneas models have white wheels.
  • Underneath Duke's tender it reads "Coal Car" instead of "Duke's Tender".
  • The original Bill and Ben prototypes used James' face.
  • Salty's prototype had eight wheels.
  • Kevin's original model's wheels were red instead of yellow, this was fixed in the 2013 release.
  • Trevor's wheels are black instead of red.
  • Oliver's original model had black wheels.
  • The prototype Stepney and Oliver used Thomas' face.
  • Some discontinued items are bundled with US DVDs and VHSs.
  • Luke and Stafford's prototypes had six wheels. Also, one of Luke's prototypes had green wheels instead of black.
  • Flying Scotsman's reintroduced model features the British Railways logo with "Mainland Railway" printed beneath.
  • Flying Scotsman's reintroduced model's box features the tenders and text in the wrong positions.
  • Connor's prototype was Spencer's model repainted.
  • Sidney's hazard stripes are on his front bufferbeam instead of under his face
  • Bertram's model in the Wooden Railway range is based off the original prototype he was going to be in season 5 and not a Learning Curve original.
  • Hank's model does not have a front coupler like other Wooden Railway engines and his television series appearance. Interestingly, Connor and Caitlin's wooden models have front couplers, while their front couplers are concealed in the TV series.
  • Duck's original model had no funnel, and his reintroduced model's prototype has a green one. His production model, however, has been given the correct black one.
  • Rosie's models never included the pink on her lip or cheeks, until her Battery Powered model in 2011.
  • A few models do not have black chassis.
  • The first editions of Bill and Ben featured sticker detail like the 1992 Toby.
  • In Asia, this series is referred to as the Thomas Wooden Rail Series.
  • Marion's model has no front magnet.
  • Kevin's original 2009 model was extremely out of proportion and was missing his freckles. This was fixed in his 2013 release.
  • Harvey's model's cab is oddly short to accomodate his hook being down. This is odd, as his other models do this no problem. He is also brown instead of red.
  • Flashback Victor's smokebox is entirely black, when only the front area around his face should be.

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