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Bachmann Europe Plc have today released further models in the Underground Ernie series of toy trains.

Circle has now been released as an individual train pack (UE205) and has a recommended retail price of £34.99. Circle has only been available previously in the train set (UE101). Bachmann has released six of the ten train characters so far.

The industrial units have also been released (UE311). These retail at £19.75 and include two buildings, 4 oil drums and 5 wooden pallets.

Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said "our Underground Ernie range continues to expand and will feature on our stand at the forthcoming British Toy and Hobby Fair at the end of January. With the television programmes starting to appear in other countries such as Poland, it is important that we continue to develop the brand as it is rolled out globally".
 

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Hi,
This is my fisrst posting here, I have been reading the forum for a while but haven't posted anything before. Just thought I'd let you know that I have returned from a shopping trip where my local tkmaxx has losts of cheap Underground Ernie stuff. The trains are only £7 each, also on sale are stations, track packs, etc. My son wanted to buy something but I don't want him to start collecting these in addition to his Thomas the Tank Engine stuff. Even so I bought the industrial units (£6) as I think I can kit bash them into something for my layout.

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It's interesting that Bachmann are saying this - because I think some of us have the impression that Underground Ernie hasn't been a big hit. Much has been written about T K Maxx selling off loads of the stuff at ridiculous prices - was this bankrupt stock from another retailer or was it the overstock from Bachmann when they had their big mid year sell off to retailers ?
 

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Now that the silly prices at tkmaxx have got even sillier (2 car sets now £5) and are at last starting to move off the shelves, has anyone noticed that they've started turning up on ebay at starting prices much higher? Am I being cynical or might there be some connection? Not there's anything wrong with buying cheap and selling on at a profit, but surely it would make more sense to wait until the bargains were sold out!
 

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I wonder if Underground ernie really is a British thing rather than Thomas which is an english speaking thing?

I had never heard of underground ernie until a friend from the UK gave me a DVD.

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QUOTE (john woodall @ 22 Jan 2009, 06:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I wonder if Underground ernie really is a British thing rather than Thomas which is an english speaking thing?

They are both British.

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Hi Ian,

I was suggesting tha Thomas, although English, has pretty good exposure all around the english speaking world, where as Underground Ernie has only had exposure in the uk, hence it is a British thing rather than Thomas which is a global thing.

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At the end of the day its all good for the UK and who knows maybe Underground Ernie will get as big as Thomas !!
Though that would have to be pretty darn big!!
 

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I think one of the reasons is that The Thomas the Tank books were so popular when we were young and so the models and TV series have made such an impact. Grampas still read the stories to grandchildren and so they fall in love with Thomas and his friends. Underground Ernie was basically a creation for TV with no real history yet .
 

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QUOTE (john woodall @ 22 Jan 2009, 10:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was suggesting tha Thomas, although English, has pretty good exposure all around the english speaking world, where as Underground Ernie has only had exposure in the uk, hence it is a British thing rather than Thomas which is a global thing.

Sorry John - It seems that I miss understood you slightly! I apologize.

I suspect that the popularity will improve - I must admit that when I first came across this I thought that it was an Thomas spinoff.

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Has Bachmann given up on Underground Ernie? I can't see anything on their website and most stockists don't have any stock.

It would also seem that not all the items promised have actually been released. Has anyone seen Osaka, Moscow, Paris and Sydney?
 

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As I understand it Bachmann have stopped producing stuff as it didn't sell too well and a follow up series on TV was pulled - never made. Surplus stock was sold off some time ago via TK Maxx and Home Bargains amongst others. Am I going to upset you if I say there were some real bargains. The others you listed were not made as far as I know.
 

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Like most 00 or H0 modellers I prchased the Underground Ernie sets at 2 for £5 from TK Max for the motor bogies or underframes. I then sold the bodies on EBay. I recovered the cost of the initial purchases. However I have not actually done anything with the parts I recovered.
 

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QUOTE (bobknee @ 30 Mar 2011, 14:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Has Bachmann given up on Underground Ernie? I can't see anything on their website and most stockists don't have any stock.

It would also seem that not all the items promised have actually been released. Has anyone seen Osaka, Moscow, Paris and Sydney?

I will have to check in the loft, but I think we have an Osaka and a Sydney, but I need to check. I think most if not all the trains were produced, the main missing accessory was the turntable and the train sheds, which is a pity as they would have formed the centre of the supplied track mat.

I will make a list of what we have, as I think we had one of everything that was produced.
 
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