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Hey all

Just recently recieved my very first (second if u include the one i broke as a 5 year old) Hornby train set for christmas off my girlfriend, a Thomas The Tank Engine and Annie and Clarabel coaches.
I was a massive fan as a child and now my ideal situation would be to build a scale model of the Island of Sodor however this would be too huge lol. So my new idea would be to recreat famous scenes from the books. As I am not an expert at this does anyone think this could be possible?

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I don't see why not. The secret with most model railway projects is to take it one reasonable sized step at a time. That makes it manageable. If you get stuck at any stage, post a question on here and someone is sure to have a suggestion to help you solve the problem.

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Yeah i know what you mean, space is the real consideration but its great to have a dream lol. So far i've only got the engine and the basic track layout but that is for starters
 

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Hi Rocket01

As David said earlier I don't see why not. All you need to do is buy a couple of the original books to set the scene and away you go. I have to say it sounds like it could be fun.

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I already got them had them since i was a child, plus i have the video tapes somewhere as well... sad i know lol
 

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Sad to say I still have numbers 1, to I think 29. The trouble is from about 17 onwards they are all first editions. I even have the original canvas map of The Isle of Sodor


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The Hornby catalogue shows how simple it would be to reproduce almost any situation from the tv series. All the main locos, coaches and wagons are available rtr along with Bertie the bus, the fair ground, Waterton, Dryan and Maithwaite stations ect. Harold the helicopter, which I once called Charlie the Chopper and got corrected by a five year old (very embarrasing) is available, the "Westland Whirlwind" Airfix kit (you'll have to add your own face) or (out of scale) from other manufacturers as "Harold".
In short, given enough room (always a major problem with any model railway) I foresee no major problems to your plan.
Good luck, and a Happy New Year.
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Why not my 3 year old grandson started me back to OO models so we have to run Thomas and Percy on my DCC layout so who knows where it will lead best of luck
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Agreeing with the others here: you could set up a series of little cameos scenically, taking bits from the books as inspiration. Because of space limitations, you may have to consider combining some bits from the books into one scenic setting, just to fit in a little more of what you want.

It is a hobby, so, most of all, have some fun with this.
 

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If I remember it correctly, the trains are Sodor are rather short and there's a lot of light engine running, (especially if Percy runs away on your layout too
, so you could plan to make scenes a standard length of say 3' or 4' and then if you always arrange for a single track to leave each end of the baseboard at same 2/3 of the width, you could ultimately join them altogether to make one big layout some time in the future or maybe in the garden if the weather is fine....

The 3 or 4 foot length should accommodate most of the trains on Sodor without looking ridiculous. Of course if you start with the engine shed you can get a lot of locos into a small space and isn't the locos we all really love?


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Slightly with the topic I guess, I am thinking about doing an EM gauge conversion of a Thomas loco, not too fussy which one - anyone able to recommend which would be the best choice?
 

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Hi LF

from memory I think the easiest would probably be Percy - any help?

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Personally I would go for Thomas with the moving eyes to convert.

Then there is the sound chip for the locomotive.

Sound chip for the troublsome trucks

etc, etc, etc
 

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QUOTE (Lancashire Fusilier @ 30 Dec 2008, 13:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Slightly with the topic I guess, I am thinking about doing an EM gauge conversion of a Thomas loco, not too fussy which one - anyone able to recommend which would be the best choice?

***Any of them without valve gear Paul - Perhaps to save unnecessary fettling later, take a micrometer to the shop to check out splasher inside dimensions though.

You'll do it easily :). Not sure of the wheel spacing, but if you want to do more than just new wheels and axles, perhaps the hi-level kits Jinty Chassis may fit Thomas?

Memory wire actuators on the eyes??? It'd work just fine, you could probably make him wink!

BTW - to Rocket 01 - we have had an "eolutonary series" of Sodor layouts at the Perth show each year - a family does it together, dad, sons and mum, and they are always a pleasure to see - there's LOTS of potential in that idea, so go for it!

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QUOTE (john woodall @ 30 Dec 2008, 09:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Personally I would go for Thomas with the moving eyes to convert.

Are the Bachmann versions available in Australia?

QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 30 Dec 2008, 09:39) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>***Any of them without valve gear Paul - Perhaps to save unnecessary fettling later,

Which was of course my thinking behind the use of the Hornby Percy. Then i realised it has got very simple vale gear!

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 30 Dec 2008, 23:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Are the Bachmann versions available in Australia?

Regards

I don't know, I don't take a lot of notice what happens in the West Island of New Zealand


My Father in law has one with moveable eyes, my one doesn't have the movable eyes!

Ultimately the kids don't care (I think!!!!!)
 

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QUOTE (john woodall @ 30 Dec 2008, 18:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I don't know, I don't take a lot of notice what happens in the West Island of New Zealand


Wot!!

Stirrings of cheek from the Would be Island State (Currently a tranquil theme park often accessed by holidaying Australians wanting a nostalgic trip back to a rural past). Currently denied statehood because AU doesn't acknowledge marriage to sheep.

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Dignified but despondent NZ Maori Elder walking along the beach aimlessly... Kicks a bottle.
Out pops a Genie and says "You freed me after a thousand years stuck in that thing - ask for anything you want".

Elder thinks for a minute and says... Well, I really miss my family who are growing rich on Australian welfare payments and I hate flying so how about a bridge to Australia so I can drive over and see my Bro in Bondi whenever I like.

Bloomin heck says the Genie... thats The entire Tasman sea you want a Bridge across - don't you have anything else you wish for?

Well says the Elder, We were once a proud and strong people... More than anything I'd love to see my people working alongside our European friends and forming a hard working government, working tirelessly for the good of the nation instead of trying to get yet more compensation payments for the Treaty of Waitangi and then lying around doing not much at all.....

Suspension or Arch Bridge? says the Genie


Regards and Happy New Year John

Richard (Who is allowed to take the P out of John & NZ as he lived there for a very long time... and liked the lifestyle a lot)
 

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Now while we all know that Thomas is from the mythical Isle of Sodor, but with Perth being the eastern most city of South Africa, and Australia is the west Island of New Zealand, does this mean that Like the Isle of Sodor Australia is a mythical Island as well.

Regards and Happy New Year Richard

John

Looks forward to flight home from Sydney every time I vist!
 
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