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Märklin is a German model train maker. Parts from their Gauge 1 models were used to make the engines of the television series.
They also released a limited range of Thomas & Friends merchandise in HO scale which were the Hornby models with Märklin compatible couplings and a pickup shoes to work on Märklin's C track that possesses a third rail. Because of copyright reasons, they were only available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, although they did leak out to other countries (non-German speaking nations). The range was only released in 2006 and were discontinued shortly afterwards.
- Annie and Clarabel
- Troublesome Trucks
- Sodor Milk Tanker
- Sodor Tar Tanker
- Sodor Fuel Tanker
- Car Assortment
- "Thomas and his Friends" Starter Set (Thomas with Annie, Clarabel and Sodor Fuel Tanker, oval track and controller)
- Many of the engines that appeared in the first to third series of the television series were built using wheels, chassis and various parts of the BR 55, BR 78, BR 80, and DHG 500.
- In Busy Going Backwards, Toby's exposed chassis (originally BR 80) were seen pushing Toad and his train of trucks past the buffers that were set away by the points.
- The fourth series model of Crovan's Gate station has a box image of a Märklin #5440 "Maxi" Starter Set as a poster cut from the Märklin catalog.
Behind the Scenes
The following Märklin's Gauge 1 models and parts were used in the production of the television series:
- Official Website
- Model Railway Constructor, December 1984 Issue (The Real Lives of Thomas)
- Articles (Sodor Island Fansite)