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Bachmann Trains is a model railway company that has made Thomas & Friends models in HO scale since 2002 and G scale since 2009, with models in N scale set to be released in 2020. The range's models are made from special toolings to resemble the characters as depicted in the television series. Nearly all of the locomotives have a special moving-eyes-mechanism that allows the eyes to look back and forth across the tracks while the locomotives are in motion.

The HO models are not available outside of North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as Hornby holds the OO/HO Thomas license overseas, although the Bachmann models are compatible with the Hornby models by having identical coupling systems. After Hornby had discontinued their Thomas & Friends range in 2018, Bachmann secured the rights to distribute their HO scale products in the UK and Ireland with further availability stated to expand in 2020.

HO Scale

Engines

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas 2002 58741 Reissued in 2014 and 2018; a Sound-Chipped Thomas was released in 2014, a Celebration Thomas was released in 2015, and a special edition LBSC 70 Thomas was released in 2020
Percy 2002

58742

James 2002 58743 Reissued in 2017; a Busy Bee James was released in 2020, as well as a special edition Black Livery James
Gordon 2005 58744
Henry 2005 58745
Toby 2006 58747 Reissued in 2019
Emily 2006 58748
Spencer 2007 58749
Edward 2008

58746

Mavis 2008 58801
Salty 2009 58804 Discontinued
Bill and Ben 2010 58805 and 58806 Both released separately
Donald and Douglas 2011 58807 and 58808 Both released separately
Diesel 2011 58802 A Grumpy Diesel was released in 2018
Duck 2013 58810
'Arry and Bert 2014 58812 and 58813 Both released separately: Discontinued
Oliver 2017 58815
Rosie 2017 58816 Reissued in 2019 with red livery
Paxton 2018 58817
Daisy 2021 58820

Rolling Stock

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Annie and Clarabel 2002 76044 and 76045 Both released separately
Troublesome Trucks 2002

77046, 77047, 77025, 77020, 77015 and 77401

Six models were made; Troublesome Truck #1 and Troublesome Truck #2 were released in 2002, Troublesome Truck #3 released in 2010, Troublesome Truck #4 in 2014, Troublesome Truck #5 in 2016 and Troublesome Truck #6 in 2020
Red Express Coaches 2005 76046 and 76047 Both were released separately, Discontinued 
Brake Van 2005 77045 Later re-used for The Spiteful Brake Van
S.C. Ruffey 2005 77041
Blue Open Wagon 2005 77042 Discontinued
Cargo Car 2005 77043
Milk Tanker 2005 77048
Tar Tanker 2005 77049 Discontinued 
Fuel Tanker 2005 77039
Fred Pelhay 2005 N/A Cancelled before release
Rickety 2005 N/A Cancelled before release
Gordon's Express Coaches 2006 76034 and 76035 (formerly 76048 and 76049) Both released separately; reissued in 2019
Emily's Coaches 2006 76042 and 76043 Both released separately
Oil Tanker 2006 77038
Red Open Wagon 2006 77037
Cattle Wagon 2007 77030 Later re-used for Troublesome Truck #3
6-Ton Wagon 2007 77036 Later re-used for Troublesome Truck #4
Salt Wagon 2007 77034 Later re-used for Troublesome Truck #5 and the Sodor Salt Wagon
RF Container Wagon 2007 77035 Later re-used for the 1 Plank Wagon
Well Wagon 2007 77031 Discontinued 
Coal Wagon with Load 2007 77029
Cream Tanker 2007 77032
Raspberry Syrup Tanker 2007 77033
Henrietta 2008 77028
Spencer's Coach 2008 76041
Mail Coach 2008 76040 A green version was released in 2015
Flatbed with Paint Drums 2009 77027 Later re-used for Sodor Logging Company Flat Wagon with Logs
Ventilated Van 2009 77026
Ice Cream Van 2012 77021 Discontinued 
Red Coaches 2015 76038 and 76039 Both released sold separately
Toad 2016 77019
Sodor Salt Wagon 2016 77014
GWR Cattle Wagon 2016 77016
Live Lobster Refrigerator van 2016 77017
Ventilated Van - Great Western 2017 77011
Ventilated Van - Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. 2017 77012
The Spiteful Brake Van 2019 77010
Water Tanker 2019 77009
Sodor Diesel Co. Tanker 2019 77008
McColl's Cattle Wagon 2017/2018 N/A Cancelled before release
Mining Wagon with Load - Blue 2019 77001
Sodor Coal Co. Wagon with Load 2019 77002
Sodor Scrap Co. Wagon 2019 77003
Sodor Logging Company Flat Wagon with Logs 2019 77004
1 Plank Wagon with Brendam Cargo and Freight crate 2020 77402
1 Plank Wagon with Brendam Bay Shipping Co. crate 2020 77403
1 Plank Wagon with Sodor Steamworks crate 2020 77404

Narrow Gauge

The narrow-gauge line is still in HO scale but runs on N gauge track. This is commonly known as "HOe" or "HOn30".

Engines

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Skarloey 2015 58601
Rheneas 2017 58602
Rusty 2019 58603
Peter Sam 2021 58604
Sir Handel 2021 58605

Rolling Stock

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Open Wagon 2015 77201
Blue Box Van 2015 77202
Red Box Van 2015 77203
Slate Wagon with Load 2017 77301
Slate Wagon with Load #101 2017 77302
Slate Wagon with Load #164 2017 77303
Red Carriage 2019 77204
Blue Carriage 2019 77205
Blue Brake Van 2020 77206
Red Brake Van 2020 77207

Non-Rail Vehicles

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Bertie 2002 42442
Harold 2002 42441
Cranky 2002 42444
Terence 2009 42447
Jeremy 2014 42440

Scenery

Sodor Scenery

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Signal Gantry 2007 45235

Included in a two-pack

Discontinued

Water Tower 2007 45232 Discontinued
Coal Hopper 2007 45233 Discontinued: Rereleased in 2020 in a set
Pedestrian Bridge 2007 45234 Discontinued
Sodor Junction Station 2007 45231 Discontinued
Switch Tower 2009 45237
Tidmouth Sheds 2010 45236 Discontinued
Tidmouth Sheds Expansion Pack 2010 45238
Sodor Lighthouse 2011 45240
Knapford Station Building Kit 2011 45239 Discontinued
Motorised Windmill 2011 45241
Round Water Tower 2016 45242
Square Water Tower 2016 45243

Resin Scenery

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Maithwaite Station 2014 35901

Discontinued

Black Loch Folly 2014 35902

Discontinued

Signal Box 2014 35903

Discontinued

Brendam Warehouse 2014 35904
Engine Shed 2015 35905
Trackside Station 2015 35906
Corrugated Hut 2015 35907
Storage Shed 2015 35908

Sets

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2002 00642

Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and a Circle of EZ Track

Percy the Small Engine Set 2002 00643 Includes Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2 and a Circle of EZ Track; Discontinued
James the Red Engine Freight Set 2005 00656 Includes James, Blue Open Wagon, Fuel Tanker, Brake Van and a Circle of EZ Track; was intended on being released in 2002, but was pushed back; Discontinued
Gordon's Express Set 2006 00668 Includes Gordon, his Express Coaches and an Oval of EZ Track; Discontinued
Emily's Passenger Set 2007 00684 Includes Emily, her Coaches and an Oval of EZ Track; Discontinued
Deluxe Thomas and Friends Special Set (Fomerly Deluxe Thomas with Annie & Clarabel) 2005 00644 Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, Bertie, Harold, Sir Topham Hatt and an Oval of EZ Track; Discontinued
Thomas' Fun with Freight Set 2008 00683 Includes Thomas, S.C. Ruffey, Red Open Wagon, Cream Tanker, Cattle Van, Conductor and an Oval of EZ Track; Discontinued
Thomas' Holiday Special Set 2008 00682 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
Salty's Dockside Delivery Set 2010 00696 Includes Salty, 6-Ton Wagon, Raspberry Syrup Tanker, Salt Wagon, Exclusive Guard and an Oval of EZ Track; Discontinued
Thomas' Christmas Express Set 2013 00721 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; Discontinued
Whistle & Chuff Thomas! 2015 00739 Includes Sound-Chipped Thomas, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2 and a Circle of EZ Track; Discontinued
Thomas' Christmas Delivery 2019 00755 Includes Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Removable Snowplough, Flat Wagon with Presents, Christmas Brake Van and an Oval of EZ Track

Accessories

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

G Scale

Engines

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas 2009 91401 A DCC Sound Thomas was released in 2016
Percy 2009 91402 A DCC Sound Percy was released in 2016
James 2010 91403
Emily 2012 91404
Toby 2013 91405
Winston 2017 91406
Diesel 2021 91407 Previously Cancelled; Reannounced in 2020 Catalog

Rolling Stock

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Annie and Clarabel 2009 97001 and 97002 Both released separately
Troublesome Truck #1 2009 98001
Troublesome Truck #2 2009 98002
Emily's Coaches 2011 97003 and 97004 Both were released separately
Tidmouth Milk Tanker 2011 98005 Discontinued
Sodor Fuel Tanker 2011 98004
Oil Tanker 2011 98007 Discontinued
Tar Tanker 2012 98009
Coal Wagon with Load 2011 98003 Discontinued
Cargo Car 2011 98006
S.C. Ruffey 2012 98010
Brake Van 2013 98008 Discontinued
Raspberry Syrup Tanker 2014 98011 Discontinued
Blue Open Wagon 2014 98012
Cream Tanker 2014 98014
Red Open Wagon 2014 98013
Ice Cream Wagon 2016 98015
GWR Box Van 2016 98018
Explosives Box Van 2016 98017
Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. Box Van 2016 98016
The Spiteful Brake Van 2018 98021
Toffee Tanker 2019 98022
Water Tanker 2019 98023
Chocolate Syrup Tanker 2019 98024

Figures

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Sir Topham Hatt 2002 42443

Originally marketed alongside HO scale range

Guard 2008 42445

Originally marketed alongside HO scale range

Farmer McColl 2010 42448

Sets

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2009 90068

Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions; Discontinued

Percy and the Troublesome Trucks Set 2009 90069

Includes Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions; Discountinued

Thomas' Christmas Delivery Set 2012 90087

Includes Thomas with Santa Hat and Snowplough, Red Open Wagon with Presents, Decorated Coach, an Oval of Track and DVD Instructions; Discontinued

Accessories

2012

  • Thomas' Snowplough (discontinued)

2017

  • DCC Sound Module

N Scale

Engines

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas 2020 58791
Percy 2020 58792
James 2020

Rolling Stock

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Annie and Clarabel 2020 76094 and 76095

Both released separately

Troublesome Truck #1 2020 77096
Troublesome Truck #2 2020 77097
Oil Tanker 2020
Fuel Tanker 2020
Water Tanker 2020

Sets

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2020

Trivia

  • The 2002 Product Catalogue oddly showed a Lionel O scale Thomas on the front cover.
  • The first HO scale products released in 2002 (Thomas, Percy, James, Annie, Clarabel, Troublesome Trucks, Bertie, Harold and Cranky) were based on promotional artwork in circulation at the time.
  • The HO scale oil, cream and raspberry syrup tankers and the mail coach were all initially released as they appeared in the model series but were reissued with their CGI series insignia in 2011.
  • Thomas, Percy and James' HO models do not have front couplers, unlike all the other HO scale locomotives.
  • Thomas, Percy, James, Gordon, Henry and Toby's HO models have grey coupling hooks. Henry and Gordon additionally also have grey brake pipes and lamp irons. Curiously, however, the sound-equipped Thomas has black coupling hooks. In late 2018, the normal Thomas had his coupling hooks painted black.
  • On Emily's HO model and G scale model, her water filler cap is green instead of black.
  • Later releases of Thomas' HO model feature two holes behind his front buffer beam so that his snowplough can be fitted. Also in 2014, the chassis block and wiring contacts on Thomas' HO scale model were redesigned.
  • Henry's tender is noticeably shorter in height than in the television series.
  • Gordon's cab is noticeably taller in height than in the television series.
  • On James' original HO model, the wheels and axleboxes are painted grey and his smokebox saddle is painted red when they should all be black. The handrails are also white when they should be silver. The large scale model is devoid of these errors; however, the wheels are unpainted.
  • In an official forum post, a Bachmann representative revealed plans to update James to look more like his television show counterpart in 2015. However, once update artwork was sent to the factory, it was too late to change the production line at the time. James' updated model was released in late 2017, with black tender axle boxes, underframes, drawbar and dummy coupling hooks, as well as silver handrails. The dome, whistle and lining were also painted in a brass colour as opposed to the gold colour of the original model. However, the smokebox saddle remains red, the wheels became unpainted and it still has no front coupler. It is likely the James model was updated in response to feedback from customers.
  • 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. Strangely, his prototype model did not have this problem.
    • Percy is the only HO locomotive not to have a rear dummy coupling hook.
    • He is slightly taller than his television series counterpart due to the way the cylinders are fitted.
  • In 2019, the brown colour on Toby's HO scale model was darkened.
  • 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 and the top of his safety valve was also painted black, but they were changed to grey and green respectively on the production model.
  • Donald and Douglas' HO models lack cab side handrails that support the roof.
  • The large scale GWR box van and Sodor Fruit and Vegetable Co. van are depicted as single-vent vans like the ice cream wagon. The HO versions are instead depicted as double-vent vans.
  • Oliver, Rosie and Paxton are the only HO locomotives to be based purely on their CGI renders. All other models, including those with CGI faces, borrow elements from the television series models.
  • Oliver's model lacks the tank front handrails.
  • Diesel, 'Arry, Bert, Oliver, Rosie and Paxton are so far the only engines in the HO scale range to have CGI-styled faces.
  • Diesel's model was used as the basis for 'Arry, Bert and Paxton, possibly due to all of them being BR Class 08 shunters.
  • Paxton is the first CGI character to be introduced into the Bachmann range for HO Scale.
    • Winston is the first CGI character to be introduced into the Bachmann range for Large Scale.
  • Currently, Thomas, James, Diesel and Rosie are the only HO scale engines with more than one variant.
  • 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 Christmas coaches have similar features.
    • Clarabel is missing her guard's compartment.
  • The coaches in the Thomas' Christmas Delivery and Thomas' Christmas Special sets are Emily's coaches repainted.
  • S.C. Ruffey's HO and large scale models both had a face that was not used in the television series on-screen.
  • Terence's HO model has a removable snowplough.
  • Winston is currently the only character to date to be made in Large Scale but not HO scale.
    • In addition, he is also the first character that was first made in Large Scale, unlike the other characters who were all first made in HO scale and then made again into large scale.
  • The human figures were originally marketed as HO scale, but have been relabelled large scale since the introduction of said range due to being too large.
  • The Sodor scenery accessories are recycled models from Bachmann's Plasticville line.
  • The HO models of Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, and one of Emily's coaches appeared a cameo appearance in the 2015 film Ant-Man.
    • In close-up shots, the large scale Thomas is used (albeit with the face altered to resemble the HO one for consistency).
  • 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 Branch Line and Mainline Model Railways ranges, albeit with the detail reduced. The Narrow Gauge rolling stock also seems to be based on 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. Interestingly enough, the large scale Brake Van similarly has the letters "NW" for "North Western".
  • 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 references for the Percy, James, Gordon and Emily replicas at Thomas Land US.
  • 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 Thomas Deluxe Whistle and Chuff set is similar to the Percy and the Troublesome Trucks set.
  • The Trackside Station resembles the fourth series Glennock station building, but without the canopy.
  • 'Arry's HO model has more stubble than Bert, instead of the other way around.
  • Thomas and James' G Scale models are featured in the I Love Toy Trains DVD "Ticket to Ride", in which they are operated by Dave Simkowski.
  • Unlike the red version of the mail coach, the green version does not have its CGI mail emblems nor 'Sodor Mail' written in white. In fact, the green mail coach seems to be a "freelance" model as there was never a green mail coach in the television series.
  • Spencer's prototype had differently shaped eyebrows and did not have his whistle, buffers, coupling hook or lamp irons.
  • Packaged Bachmann models of Skarloey and Rheneas are on display at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Tywyn.
  • In the Large Scale range, all the locomotives have their CGI faces. However, Annie, Clarabel and the two Troublesome Trucks retain their model series faces.
  • The G scale models are larger than the Gauge 1 Model Series models.
  • Thomas and Percy's HO models were recycled as different models with the same moulds in the Bachmann Junior range. Thomas' model was repainted into engines such as 2005, Billy and Stuart. Percy's model was repainted into GWR locomotives and Greg.
  • Contrary to popular belief and what is often stated, the range is OO scale; this is due to the amount of stock reused from OO toolings. The HO label is only included for the fact they are predominantly sold in HO standard countries. Likewise, the narrow gauge range is in the OO9 gauge.
  • Gordon's express coaches were the first Bachmann Thomas products to be reintroduced following their discontinuation. In addition, these coaches were given a yellow stripe to match their CGI counterparts.
  • The Red Rosie's window and cylinder lining are silver instead of light grey. She also lacks her rivets.
  • A HO Scale model of Thomas, along with faceless versions of Annie and Clarabel, was used in "High Noon-ish", the third episode of the fourth season of the American detective comedy-drama series Psych.
  • Rusty's model is half the size of his Model Series counterpart; this was probably done to make him in scale with his basis Midlander, which also makes his scale match both the Railway Series illustrations and his CGI render.
  • The PDF version of Toby's blueprints incorrectly labelled him as "Toby the Big Express Engine".[1] This was intended for Gordon's blueprints.
  • The UK releases of the HO scale engines contain several differences to the standard US models:
    • The lamp irons and coupling hooks on all the engines are thicker to comply with UK safety standards (the minimum age was lowered from 8+ to 3+).
    • Thomas' coupling hook on his standard model is painted black.
    • Thomas' eyebrows have been enlarged.
  • When the N scale Thomas and Percy models were first revealed, their faces had been switched around.
  • Oddly enough, the upcoming LBSC Thomas model has bigger eyebrows whilst the standard Thomas has smaller ones making it inaccurate.
  • Busy Bee James and Original Black James have painted smokebox saddles unlike standard James.
  • Daisy and Peter Sam's HO models have been delayed to 2021, possibly due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • Following the announcement of the 2021 reboot, Bachmann replied on Twitter saying that their line will not be affected by the reboot.

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