Here is some news from the American International TOY FAIR 2007. It is more like the British toy fair than the German toy fair so there is not much devoted to trains.
Remember that this info below is about Bachman USA - who have the US licence for Thomas & Friends™
Bachmann's Thomas & Friends™ Line at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for 2007 Toy Fair
Philadelphia, PA February 11, 2007 . . . Model railroad manufacturer Bachmann Trains celebrates Toy Fair 2007 with a host of new offerings in their HO scale Thomas & Friends line, including Toby the Tram Engine, Emily, Spencer, Edward, and Mavis. Equipped with moving eyes, these locomotives are always on the lookout for excitement, and adventure is just around the bend with many new engine favorites from the Island of Sodor, offered in 2007.
Working closely with HIT Entertainment, Bachmann has reproduced a variety of memorable engines from the Island of Sodor, including Thomas, Gordon, James, Sir Topham Hatt, Cranky the Crane and other railway friends.
Thomas the Tank Engine™ has been making tracks to great destinations for more than 60 years with classic stories of adventures from The Railway Series written by The Rev. W Awdry. The Thomas & Friends series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of as story This `Really Useful Engine' and his engine friends have been featured in best-selling books, videos/ DVDs, and interactive games. Bachmann's HO scale train sets and separate-sale items make great gifts for Thomas fans and hobbyists alike, allowing enthusiasts of all ages to create their own thrilling adventures.
Bachmann products for 2007 also include a wide selection of additional sets, separate sale items, and accessories in N, HO, O, On30 and Large Scale. Bachmann offers the most extensive line of model railroading products in the industry, and is the best-selling model train company in the world. Their home office phone for inquiries anytime during the year is 215-533-1600, and their web site is http://www.bachmanntrains.com.