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First Look at N-scale Thomas & Friends from Bachmann

Now, you can create the fun of railroading on the Island of Sodor with Bachmann’s new N-scale “Thomas & Friends” releases.

First Look at N-scale Thomas & Friends from Bachmann

by Jackson Sobeck/photos by Justin Sobeck

I was excited to see Thomas and Percy.  My Dad and I went to Blackburn Park, up on a bluff to take pictures on our T-Trak module, and we saw Amtrak. Thomas and Percy are both my favorites, and Percy’s No. 6 and candy apple green paint are neat.  We tested them on our layout, and they almost crashed at the cross over.  Dad saved the day, and no wreck.

ABOVE: From Bachmann’s recently delivered N-scale “Thomas & Friends” series, Percy the Small Engine (green on left) pulls the Troublesome Truck consist. On right famous blue Thomas the Tank Engine is in charge of a passenger train with Annie and Clarabel coach cars. These N-scale releases are each sold separately from Bachmann.

Annie and Clarabel don’t have trucks but just two wheels, and their names are in fancy letters, which I can’t read yet. They are both very shiny and have different spoked wheels – which attach to the cars.  The couplers are black, square with hangers on them and worked pretty tight.  Thomas and Percy both run really well, and they can pull each other’s cars to help out.

ABOVE: Photographed outdoors on the Sobeck’s T-Track module, enthusiasts of all ages can add Thomas & Friends offerings to their 1:160 pikes. Bachmann’s collection includes “Thomas with Annie & Clarabel” train set (24028), the two locomotives shown plus a soon-to-arrive James the Red Engine (58793), and three tank cars are available in addition to the pictured rolling stock.

I think that these would make a good gift or present to play with on your parent’s train layout, or if you have to quarantine.  I like to get trains as presents because they are fun.


About the Author – Jackson Sobeck attends first grade in Pacific, Mo., and loves to entertain his parents while not playing with N-scale trains or Legos.  This is his first Model Railroad News product review. Father and son ventured out recently to see a rare Pacific Parlour Car appearance on Amtrak’s “Texas Eagle” as it passed through the St. Louis area in November.




You’ll read the rest of this review in a coming edition of Model Railroad News!


This article was posted on: November 24, 2020