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

Previously, the HO models were not available outside of North America, as Hornby held the OO/HO Thomas license overseas (Although both were sold in Australia, and the Bachmann models are compatible with Hornby models due to 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 expanding in 2020.

HO Scale[]

Engines[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Thomas 2002 2002 Active 58741 Reissued in 2014 and 2018
Percy 2002 2002 Active 58742
James 2002 2002 Active 58743 Reissued in 2017 and 2021
Gordon 2005 2005 Active 58744
Henry 2005 2005 Active 58745
Toby 2006 2006 Active 58747 Reissued in 2019
Spencer 2006 2006 Active 58749
Emily 2006 2007 Active 58748
Edward 2007 2008 Active 58746
Mavis 2007 2008 Active 58801
Salty 2008 2009 Active 58824 (formerly 58804) 58804 discontinued in 2015, reissued as 58824 in 2022
Bill 2010 2010 Active 58805
Ben 2010 2010 Active 58806
Donald 2010 2011 Active 58807
Douglas 2010 2011 Active 58808
Diesel 2011 2011 Active 58802
Duck 2012 2013 Active 58810
Thomas with Speed-Activated Analog Sound 2013 2014 Active 58701 Sound-chipped variant of 58741 Thomas
'Arry 2013 2014 2019 58812
Bert 2013 2014 2019 58813
Celebration Thomas 2015 2015 2020 58740 Variant of 58741 Thomas in the 70th anniversary livery
Oliver 2015 2017 Active 58815
Rosie 2016 2017 Active 58816
Paxton 2017 2018 Active 58817
Grumpy Diesel 2018 2018 Active 58818 Variant of 58802 Diesel with grumpy face
Rosie - Red 2019 2019 Active 58819 Variant of 58816 Rosie with red livery as seen from the twenty-first series-onwards
Busy Bee James 2020 2020 Active 58821 Variant of 58743 James with black and yellow stripes as seen in The Green Controller
Thomas - LBSC 70 2020 2021 Active 58739 Variant of 58741 Thomas with LBSC green livery as seen in The Adventure Begins
Daisy 2019 2022 Active 58820
Origins James 2020 2022 Active 58822 Variant of 58743 James with black livery as seen in The Adventure Begins
Ryan 2021 2023 Active 58823
Thomas with DCC Sound on Board 2021 TBA Active 58501 DCC and sound-chipped variant of 58741 Thomas
Percy with DCC Sound on Board 2021 TBA Active 58502 DCC and sound-chipped variant of 58742 Percy
Beau 2023 2024 Active 58825
Rebecca 2023 2024 Upcoming 58826
Stanley 2023 TBA Upcoming 58827

Rolling Stock[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Annie 2002 2002 Active 76044 Redesigned in 2020
Clarabel 2002 2002 Active 76045 Redesigned in 2020
Troublesome Truck #1 2002 2002 Active 77046
Troublesome Truck #2 2002 2002 Active 77047
Red Express Composite Coach 2005 2005 Active 76030 (formerly 76046) 76046 discontinued in 2010, reissued as 76030 in 2022
Red Express Brake Coach 2005 2005 Active 76031 (formerly 76047) 76047 discontinued in 2010, reissued as 76031 in 2022
Fuel Tanker 2005 2005 Active 77039
Fred Pelhay 2005 N/A N/A 77040 Cancelled before release
S.C. Ruffey 2005 2005 Active 77041
Blue Open Wagon 2005 2005 2020 77042
Cargo Car 2005 2005 2021 77043
Rickety 2005 N/A N/A 77044 Cancelled before release
Brake Van 2005 2005 2018 77045 Re-used for the Spiteful Brake Van
Milk Tanker 2005 2005 Active 77048
Tar Tanker 2005 2005 2012 77049
Gordon's Express Composite Coach 2006 2006 Active 76034 (formerly 76048) 76048 discontinued in 2013, reissued as 76034 in 2019
Gordon's Express Brake Coach 2006 2006 Active 76035 (formerly 76049) 76049 discontinued in 2013, reissued as 76035 in 2019
Emily's Coach 2006 2006 Active 76042
Emily's Brake Coach 2006 2006 Active 76043
Red Open Wagon 2006 2006 Active 77037
Oil Tanker 2006 2006 Active 77038 Later re-used for Troublesome Truck #6
Coal Wagon with Load 2007 2007 Active 77029
Cattle Wagon 2007 2007 2012 77030 Later re-used for Troublesome Truck #3 and the GWR Cattle Wagon
Well Wagon 2007 2007 2012 77031
Cream Tanker 2007 2007 2021 77032
Raspberry Syrup Tanker 2007 2007 Active 77033
Salt Wagon 2007 2007 2013 77034 Later reused for Troublesome Truck #5 and the Sodor Salt Van
RF Container Wagon 2007 2007 2010 77035 Later reused for the 1-Plank Wagons that were released in 2020
6-Ton Wagon 2007 2007 2010 77036 Later reused for Troublesome Truck #4
Henrietta 2008 2008 Active 77028
Red Mail Coach 2008 2008 Active 76040 Later re-used for the Live Lobster Refrigerator Van and the Green Mail Car
Spencer's Coach 2008 2008 Active 76041
Ventilated Van 2009 2009 Active 77026 Later re-used for the GWR Ventilated Van and the Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. Van
Flatbed with Paint Drums 2009 2009 2013 77027 Later re-used for the Sodor Logging Company Flat Wagon with Logs
Troublesome Truck #3 2010 2010 Active 77025
Ice Cream Van 2012 2012 2020 77021
Troublesome Truck #4 2013 2014 Active 77020
Red Coach 2014 2015 Active 76038
Red Brake Coach 2014 2015 Active 76039
Green Mail Car 2015 2015 Active 77018
Toad 2015 2016 Active 77019
Sodor Salt Wagon 2016 2016 Active 77014
Troublesome Truck #5 2016 2016 Active 77015
GWR Cattle Wagon 2016 2016 Active 77016
Live Lobster Refrigerator van 2016 2016 2024 77017
Ventilated Van - Great Western 2017 2017 Active 77011
Ventilated Van - Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. 2017 2017 Active 77012
McColl's Cattle Wagon 2017 N/A N/A N/A Cancelled before release
Sodor Diesel Co. Tanker 2018 2019 2024 77008
Water Tanker 2018 2019 Active 77009
The Spiteful Brake Van 2018 2019 Active 77010
Mining Wagon with Load - Blue 2019 2019 Active 77001
Sodor Coal Co. Wagon with Load 2019 2019 Active 77002
Sodor Scrap Co. Wagon 2019 2019 Active 77003
Sodor Logging Company Flat Wagon with Logs 2019 2019 Active 77004
Troublesome Truck #6 2019 2019 Active 77401
1 Plank Wagon with Brendam Cargo and Freight crate 2019 2020 Active 77402
1 Plank Wagon with Brendam Bay Shipping Co. crate 2019 2020 2024 77403
1 Plank Wagon with Sodor Steamworks crate 2019 2020 Active 77404
Toby's Museum Coach 2021 2021 Active 76032
Toby's Museum Brake Coach 2021 2021 Active 70633
Explosives Box Van 2022 2023 Active 77407
Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory Box Van 2022 2023 Active 77408
Brendam Bay Shipping Co Box Van 2022 2023 Active 77409
Open Carriage - Blue 2023 TBA Active 76029
12 Ton Van - Grey 2023 TBA Active 77412
12 Ton Van - Funfair Blue 2023 TBA Active 77413
12 Ton Van - Funfair Red 2023 TBA Active 77414
12 Ton Van - Christmas Wreath 2023 TBA Active 77415

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". In the United Kingdom this is known as "OO9".

Engines[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Item Number Notes
Skarloey 2015 2015 58601
Rheneas 2016 2017 58602
Rusty 2017 2019 58603
Rheneas (Yellow) 2021 2021 58605 Variant of 58602 Rheneas with yellow livery as seen in Blue Mountain Mystery
Peter Sam 2019 2022 58604
Sir Handel 2022 TBA 58606
Duncan 2023 TBA 58607

Rolling Stock[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Open Wagon 2015 2015 Active 77201
Blue Box Van 2015 2015 2021 77202
Red Box Van 2015 2015 2021 77203
Slate Wagon with Load 2016 2017 Active 77301
Slate Wagon with Load #101 2016 2017 2024 77302
Slate Wagon with Load #164 2016 2017 2024 77303
Red Carriage 2018 2019 Active 77204
Blue Carriage 2018 2019 Active 77205
Blue Brake Van 2020 2023 Active 77206
Red Brake Van 2020 2023 Active 77207
Box Van - Blue 2021 2023 Active 77208
Box Van - Red 2021 2023 Active 77209
Red Narrow Gauge High-Side Wagon 2022 TBA Active 77304
Brown Narrow Gauge High-Side Wagon 2022 TBA Active 77305
Green Narrow Gauge High-Side Wagon 2022 TBA Active 77306
Slate Wagon with Load #178 2022 TBA Active 77307
Narrow Gauge Gondola - Oxide Red 2022 TBA Active 77308
Narrow Gauge Gondola - Dark Grey 2022 TBA Active 77309
Narrow Gauge Gondola - Light Grey 2022 TBA Active 77310
Gunpowder Van - D. Fusit 2023 TBA Active 77311
Gunpowder Van - Grey 2023 TBA Active 77312
Gunpowder Van - Tan 2023 TBA Active 77313
Slate Wagon with Load #136 2024 TBA Active 77314
Slate Wagon with Load - Tan 2024 TBA Active 77315
Slate Wagon with Load - Brown 2024 TBA Active 77316
Slate Wagon with Load - Red 2024 TBA Active 77317

Non-Rail Vehicles[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Item Number Notes
Bertie 2002 2002 42442
Harold 2002 2002 42441
Cranky 2002 2002 42444
Terence 2009 2009 42447
Jeremy 2013 2014 42440
Sir Topham Hatt's Car 2023 TBA 42446
Bulgy 2023 TBA 42450

Sodor Scenery[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Signal Gantry 2007 2007 2011 45235 Included in a two-pack
Water Tower 2007 2007 2011 45232
Coal Hopper 2007 2007 2011 45233 Reintroduced in a set in 2021
Pedestrian Bridge 2007 2007 2011 45234
Sodor Junction Station 2007 2007 2011 45231
Switch Tower 2009 2009 2022 45237
Tidmouth Sheds 2009 2010 Active 45230 (formerly 45236) 45236 discontinued in 2020, reintroduced as 45230 in 2022 with DCC-equipped turntable
Tidmouth Sheds Expansion Pack 2010 2010 2023 45238
Sodor Lighthouse 2010 2011 Active 45240
Knapford Station Building Kit 2010 2011 2020 45239
Motorised Windmill 2011 2011 2022 45241
Round Water Tower 2015 2016 2021 45242
Square Water Tower 2015 2016 Active 45243

Resin Scenery[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Maithwaite Station 2014 2014 2020 35901
Black Loch Folly 2014 2014 2020 35902
Signal Box 2014 2014 2019 35903
Brendam Warehouse 2014 2014 2022 35904
Engine Shed 2015 2015 2022 35905
Trackside Station 2015 2015 2022 35906
Corrugated Hut 2015 2015 2022 35907
Storage Shed 2015 2015 2023 35908

Figures[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
The Hatt Family 2022 TBA Active 33301 Includes Sir Topham Hatt, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt and Dowager Hatt
Railway Personnel 2022 TBA Active 33302
Teacher with School Children 2022 TBA Active 33303
Farmer McColl, Sheepdog and Sheep 2022 TBA Active 33304
Farmer Trotter and Pigs 2022 TBA Active 33305
Narrow Gauge Personnel 2022 TBA Active 33306 Includes Mr. Percival and Mrs. Percival

Sets[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2002 2002 Active 00642 Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and a Circle of EZ Track
Percy the Small Engine Set 2002 2002 2005 00643 Includes Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, and a Circle of EZ Track
Deluxe Thomas and Friends Special Set (Formerly Deluxe Thomas with Annie & Clarabel) 2002 2002 2020 00644 Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, Bertie, Harold, Sir Topham Hatt, and an Oval of EZ Track
James the Red Engine Freight Set 2005 2005 2010 00656 Includes James, Blue Open Wagon, Sodor Fuel Tank, Brake Van, and a Circle of EZ Track
Gordon's Express Set 2006 2006 2010 00668 Includes Gordon, his Express Coaches, and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas' Holiday Special Set 2008 2008 2013 00682 Includes Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Snowplough, Coach with Christmas Decorations, Truck with Christmas Tree, Candy Cane Tanker and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas' Fun with Freight Set 2008 2008 2016 00683 Includes Thomas, S.C.Ruffey, Red Open Wagon, Cream Tanker, Cattle Wagon, and an Oval of EZ Track
Emily's Passenger Set 2008 2008 2018 00684 Includes Emily, her Coaches and an Oval of EZ Track
Salty's Dockside Delivery Set 2010 2010 2017 00696 Includes Salty, 6-Ton Wagon, Raspberry Syrup Tanker, Salt Wagon and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas' Christmas Express Set 2013 2013 2019 00721 Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Snowplough, Truck with Christmas Tree, Flat Wagon with Crate, Green Christmas Van and an Oval of EZ Track
Whistle & Chuff Thomas! 2015 2015 2019 00739 Includes Sound-Chipped Thomas, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2 and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas' Christmas Delivery 2019 2019 2022 00755 Includes Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Removable Snowplough, Flat Wagon with Presents, Christmas Brake Van and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas & Troublesome Trucks 2020 2021 Active 00760 Includes Thomas with Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, Quarry Tower and an Oval of EZ Track
Thomas Saves Santa's Sleigh 2021 2022 Active 00773 Includes Thomas with Removable Santa Hat and Snowplough, Truck with Sleigh and Christmas Brake Van

Accessories[]

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

G Scale[]

Engines[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Thomas 2009 2009 Active 91401
Percy 2009 2009 Active 91402
James 2010 2010 Active 91403
Emily 2012 2012 Active 91404
Toby 2013 2013 Active 91405
Thomas with DCC Sound 2016 2016 2019 91421 DCC and sound-chipped variant of 91401 Thomas
Percy with DCC Sound 2016 2016 2019 91422 DCC and sound-chipped variant of 91402 Percy
Winston 2015 2017 Active 91406
Diesel 2017 2021 Active 91407 Previously cancelled in 2018; re-announced in 2020 Catalogue
Paxton 2021 2021 Active 91408

Rolling Stock[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Annie 2009 2009 Active 97001 Both sold separately
Clarabel 2009 2009 Active 97002
Troublesome Truck #1 2009 2009 Active 98001
Troublesome Truck #2 2009 2009 Active 98002
Emily's Coach 2012 2011 Active 97003 Released before being listed in 2012 catalogue
Emily's Brake Coach 2012 2011 Active 97004 Released before being listed in 2012 catalogue
Coal Wagon with Load 2010 2011 2014 98003
Sodor Fuel Tanker 2010 2011 Active 98004
Tidmouth Milk Tanker 2010 2011 2014 98005
Cargo Car 2010 2011 Active 98006
Oil Tanker 2011 2011 2014 98007
Tar Tanker 2012 2012 Active 98009
S.C. Ruffey 2012 2012 Active 98010
Brake Van 2012 2013 2016 98008
Raspberry Syrup Tanker 2013 2014 2017 98011
Blue Open Wagon 2013 2014 Active 98012
Red Open Wagon 2014 2014 2021 98013
Cream Tanker 2014 2014 2023 98014
Ice Cream Wagon 2015 2016 Active 98015
Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. Box Van 2016 2016 2023 98016
Explosives Box Van 2016 2016 Active 98017
GWR Box Van 2016 2016 Active 98018
The Spiteful Brake Van 2017 2018 Active 98021
Toffee Tanker 2018 2019 Active 98022
Water Tanker 2018 2019 Active 98023
Chocolate Syrup Tanker 2018 2019 Active 98024
Mining Wagon with Load - Blue 2021 2022 Active 98025
Sodor Coal Co. Wagon with Load 2021 2022 Active 98026
Sodor Scrap Co. Wagon 2021 2022 Active 98027
Red Coach 2021 2022 Active 97005
Red Brake Coach 2021 2022 Active 97006
Box Van - Brendam Bay Shipping Co. 2022 2023 Active 98028
Box Van - Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory 2022 2023 Active 98029
Toby's Museum Coach 2022 TBA Active 97007
Toby's Museum Brake Coach 2022 TBA Active 97008

Figures[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Sir Topham Hatt 2002 2002 Active 42443 Originally marketed alongside HO scale range
Guard 2007 2008 Active 42445 Originally marketed alongside HO scale range
Farmer McColl 2010 2010 2024 42448 Originally marketed alongside HO scale range

Sets[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Year of Discontinuation Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2009 2009 2020 90068 Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, an oval of track and DVD instructions
Percy and the Troublesome Trucks Set 2009 2009 2020 90069 Includes Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, an oval of track and DVD instructions
Thomas' Christmas Delivery Set 2012 2012 2020 90087 Includes Thomas with Santa Hat and Snowplough, Red Open Wagon with Presents, Decorated Coach, an oval of track and DVD instructions
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set (featuring digital sound) 2024 TBA Active 90089 Includes Thomas with DCC sound, Annie, Clarabel, an oval of track and DVD instructions

Accessories[]

2012[]

  • Thomas' Snowplough (discontinued)

2017[]

  • DCC Sound Module

N Scale[]

Engines[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Item Number Notes
Thomas 2019 2020 58791
Percy 2019 2020 58792
James 2020 2022 58793
Toby 2021 2023 58794
Emily 2022 TBA 58795
Gordon 2022 TBA 58796
Paxton 2023 TBA 58797
Diesel 2023 TBA 58798

Rolling Stock[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Item Number Notes
Annie 2019 2020 76094
Clarabel 2019 2020 76095
Troublesome Truck #1 2019 2020 77096
Troublesome Truck #2 2019 2020 77097
Oil Tanker 2020 2021 77093
Fuel Tanker 2020 2021 77094
Water Tanker 2020 2021 77095
S.C. Ruffey 2021 2022 77092
Box Van - Great Western 2023 2023 77088
Box Van - Sodor Fruit & Vegetable Co. 2023 2023 77089
Box Van - Ice Cream 2023 2023 77090
Toad 2022 2023 77091
Gordon's Express Composite Coach 2023 TBA 76089
Gordon's Express Brake Coach 2023 TBA 76090
Henrietta 2023 TBA 76091
Emily's Coach 2022 TBA 76092
Emily's Brake Coach 2022 TBA 76093

Sets[]

Model Year of Announcement Year of Release Item Number Notes
Thomas with Annie and Clarabel Set 2020 2020 24028 Includes Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, and a circle of track
Percy and the Troublesome Trucks Set 2022 2022 24030 Includes Percy, Troublesome Truck #1, Troublesome Truck #2, and a circle of track
Emily's Passenger Set 2023 TBA 24031 Includes Emily, her Coaches and an oval of track

Trivia[]

  • The 2002 Product Catalogue oddly showed a Lionel O scale Thomas on the front cover.
  • All HO scale four-wheel coaches and brake vans (excluding Henrietta and Toad) are missing their dummy coupling hooks.
  • 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. Because of this, there are some inaccuracies with some of the engines, most notably James' original HO model. His 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. His tender's brake pipe is also on the wrong side of the coupling hook. 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 and the wheels became unpainted and it still has no front coupler. In 2021, James' smokebox saddle was finally repainted to black.
  • 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, axleboxes, 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.
  • Thomas, Percy, James, Toby, Oliver, Red Rosie, and Daisy (as well as all of Thomas and James' variants) are the only HO engines fitted with lamps. In addition to this, Origin James and the rereleased version of Salty have lamps printed on the back of them.
  • 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.
  • Edward's model lacks his safety valves, similar to his pre-sixth series model. However, the face used on his model resembles one that appeared in the eighth-twelfth series. This was based on Edward's Series 8 model reference sheet.
  • Henry's tender is slightly shorter in height than in the television series.
  • Gordon's cab is noticeably taller in height than in the television series.
  • On Percy's HO model:
    • The coal bunker is painted grey instead of black and is oversized.
    • The cab steps are mounted on the valences instead of under the footplate. Strangely, his prototype model did not have this problem.
    • Percy is the only HO locomotive without a rear dummy coupling hook.
    • He is slightly taller than his television series counterpart due to the way the cylinders are fitted, said cylinders have a block on top of them.
    • His leaf springs are green.
  • In 2019, the brown colour on Toby's HO scale model was darkened.
  • Duck was the last locomotive whose model was purely based on his model series design. This is due to the fact that it came out before his return to full CGI.
  • On Duck's HO model:
    • The buffer shanks 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.
    • There are some different variants of the model with the filler caps on the sandboxes, whilst others do not.
    • He has only one whistle valve instead of two.
    • His wheels are reused from Donald/Douglas, so are therefor a tad smaller.
  • Donald and Douglas' HO models lack cab side handrails that support the roof.
  • Oliver, Rosie, Ryan, Paxton and Daisy 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 model series builds.
  • Oliver's model lacks the tank front handrails.
  • Bill and Ben's HO models have different faces, unlike other twin engines released.
  • Spencer's footplate flattens out at the cab, unlike his television series model which keeps going at a slope. His boiler is also too thin.
  • Both of Rosie's models lack her brake pipes and lamp irons.
  • Rosie is the only HO scale standard gauge tank engine with an open cab.
  • For a short time, Diesel's model was mistakenly sold with red buffers and black buffer shanks. This was fixed in 2019.
  • Diesel's model was used as the basis for 'Arry, Bert and Paxton, due to all of them being BR Class 08 shunters. As a result, 'Arry and Bert have faux wires around their headlights, as well as brake pipes, which they do not have in the series like Diesel and Paxton do.
  • Mavis' pupils became smaller in 2011, but they returned to their original size in 2020.
  • Due to sharing Diesel's body shell, the HO Paxton's eyes are raised higher than they are in the show, thus causing his whole face to be incorrectly proportioned. This issue was fixed on the large scale model, as both Paxton and Diesel were designed at the same time.
  • Paxton is the first CGI exclusive 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.
    • Additionally, Rheneas is the only narrow gauge engine with more than one variant.
  • On Annie and Clarabel's HO models:
    • The underframes are painted grey instead of black.
    • 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 have a face that was not used in the television series on-screen and inaccurately have orange buffers instead of black ones.
  • S.C. Ruffey's HO model's frames are grey instead of rusty orange. This was corrected on his large scale, and N scale models.
  • There are two versions of the 6-ton wagon; one with white lettering and the other with a more cream tint. The white lettering wagons have an unglossed chassis on the bottom and would have the "K101019".
  • Terence's HO model has a removable snowplough.
  • Despite Terence being a road vehicle, his packaging says, "For use on HO/OO scale track".
  • 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 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 like the ventilated van. In addition to this, they are the first pieces of rolling stock first made into G scale and then HO later on.
  • The Sodor scenery accessories are recycled models from Bachmann's Plasticville line.
  • The original releases of Emily's coaches had a matte coating on the roofs, but the 2017 releases have the roofs glossed.
    • 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 OO scale Bachmann Branchline 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 cream tanker is incorrectly coloured white instead of yellow.
  • The blue narrow gauge van has the letters "SR" painted on the side which stand for "Skarloey Railway", while the red van does not, as it's based on Cora from The Railway Series. 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 without 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 only difference is that it comes with a sound-chipped Thomas instead of Percy.
  • The Trackside Station is 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.
  • The 2022 reissue of Salty has several paint changes:
    • He is now overall brighter in colour.
    • His wheels are now unpainted and made of blackened nickel.
    • He now has a painted-on tail lamp.
    • His running board has a black stripe painted across it to make it appear thinner.
  • 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. It's likely that this is meant to be the Utility Vans, as they are the same type of vans.
  • 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 are based on the same 1990s promotional art as the HO ones.
  • 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. Interestingly, they were given front couplings.
  • 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 tooling. The HO label is only included for the fact they are predominantly sold in HO standard countries. Likewise, the narrow gauge range is in OO9 gauge.
  • Gordon's express coaches were the first Bachmann Thomas products to be reintroduced following their discontinuation. In addition, these coaches were also 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.
  • Rosie and Rheneas' crossheads are plastic, instead of metal like the rest of the motion.
  • Rheneas is the first HO scale engine to have a separately fitted handrail.
  • The PDF version of Toby's blueprints incorrectly labelled him as "Toby the Big Express Engine".[1] This was intended for Gordon's blueprints.
  • An alternate version of the James the Red Engine Freight set featured Troublesome Trucks 1 and 2, Bertie and Sir Topham Hatt instead of the blue open wagon, Sodor Fuel tank, and brake van.
  • The UK releases of the HO scale engines and rolling stock 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.
    • Annie and Clarabel have black underframes, brass door handles, and red buffer shanks, matching the G and N scale versions.
  • When the N scale Thomas and Percy models were first revealed, their faces had been switched around and had swapped eyebrows.
  • Donald and Douglas share the same facial expression moulding, but with differently painted eyebrows.
  • Unlike the standard versions, the LBSC Thomas has lining on the back of the bunker, a rare feature on modern Thomas models.
  • In 2020, Twitter and YouTube user SodorRyModeler photoshopped a red coach into Toby's museum coach and posted it on his Twitter account. Bachmann saw the page and made their version of the coach taking inspiration from him.
  • Ryan is the first CGI-exclusive steam engine character to be made by Bachmann.
  • The brake van in the Thomas Saves Santa's Sleigh set is a repainted Toad brake van.
  • In March 2022, a prototype HO Mavis was put on eBay.
  • Beau is the first HO scale standard gauge engine without moving eyes.
    • This is due to his model being a repaint of Bachmann’s existing American 4-4-0 tooling. As a result of this, the model is inaccurate in a few places:
      • He is missing his front bufferbeam and buffers, and has a knuckle coupler.
      • His number plate on his cab is shorter and wider.
      • He has no tail lamp.
      • He is missing one of his tender hand brakes.
      • His front footplate lacks the top handrail.
    • Beau is also the first Bachmann locomotive in the range to have an operating headlight or any lighting in general.
    • As a result of Beau being a repainted pre-existing model, he is also the first engine in Bachmann range to have knuckle couplers, as opposed to the hook and loop couplers used for the rest of the models.
      • He is also the first engine to use two different types of couplings.
    • Beau is the first engine to use traction tyres.
    • Beau is the first engine to be modeled in HO scale rather than OO like the other engines.
  • In 2022, Skarloey's model would be retooled for the Bachmann release of Talyllyn.
  • Ryan reuses Oliver's wheels, thus is missing his counterweights.
  • At the Adult Thomas Plaza at Hobby Center KATO, KATO displayed a prototype of an HO scale Thomas face (Based on his model series happy expression from Season One - Twelve) which was made to switch with the default Bachmann one.

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