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James the BIG Red Engine

We just got the James the Red Engine G Scale or Large Scale train set made by Lionel from 1994! It is a really neat set. From the “Shining Time Station” era of Thomas & Friends. Has moving eyes and swappable faces. Despite its age it performed great! This is our second Large Scale train. The first was made by Bachmann:

Will have to get them out together to compare.

Great Race Round 2 is Over – On to the Round 3

We have finished round 2. Getting ready for Round 3 – 8 locomotives left – Douglas, Duck, Bill, Ben, Henry, Thomas, Percy, & Gordon.

The next round should be closer races. We will try to include trackside interviews and color commentary. Maybe some trash talk? We will see

Sir Topham Hatt Scares Children

From our visit to Thomas Big Day Out at the Tennessee Valley Railroad back in 2004. I don’t think my 3 and 4 year old kids were expecting to see a giant mascot. lol

New Brake Van & Coal Wagon

I will be honest. When I start to do a video like this I usually have no idea what direction I will take. The only thing I knew was that I was going to show the Brake Van and Coal Wagon that we got from Amazon. In setting things up I needed a couple of locomotives – Thomas was an easy choice and since the Hornby Percy was already there we used it. Then I thought to get Stepney. (All the other locomotives are still waiting for the start of The Great Race).

Ended up using the tank cars since they were already on the track. I think somebody on YouTube thought I was calling Thomas “Thomas the Tank Train” before but I didn’t – he was pulling a tank train. Anyway, this is what we ended up with. Maybe one day I will use a script.

Train Crash Compilation 2

Here are some of our past accidents and crashes. Some intentional – some not. Hope you enjoy it.

I am trying to get things ready for The Great Race so that the lighting is better. Meant to film that today but the studio is not ready yet. Should be soon.

Prelude to the Great Race

We have all of the Thomas & Friends characters now (although there is another Thomas) and would like to race them. So we will work on the match-ups. Please comment on the video if there are any match-ups you would like to see. I am thinking of using a 20 team single elimination bracket like this:

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Donald & Douglas complete our Bachmann Locomotive Roster

We now have all the Bachmann Thomas & Friends Characters. I do not know if I can name them all from memory because there are so many! Doanld & Douglas the Scottish twins were are last two to add and they are great! Beautiful looking steamies.

Now we have Thomas, Light & Sound Thomas, Edward, James, Percy, Toby, Mavis, Diesel, Ben, Bill, ‘Arry, Bert, Gordon, Henry, Spencer, Emily, Salty, Duck, Donald, and Douglas! Did I leave anybody out? There are some new ones coming soon.

We still need to get some more of the rolling stick and are considering whether or not to get some more of the Hornby models. I have not been as impressed with the Hornby quality and the locomotives, plus they are much more expensive for me to acquire. What do you think – should we try some more of the Hornby?

We have been busy – Loving this Bachmann EZ track – 4 way crossing

Been wanting to do this for a while. Love this crossing with the double mainlines intersecting. Perfect for accidents! Lol.

Take N Play Sodor Paint Shop and Steamworks Repair Shed

This began as a review of the Sodor Paint Shop and Steamworks Repair Shed from Fisher Price (Take N Play). Put when we realized we needed more track to effectively combine the two, we ended up with the Bridge Pack. Which naturally led to the Shark Exhibit. By the end Yoda was in the mix. But I decided to save the bulk of Yoda’s scenes for the next video!

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