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My Complete Thomas & Friends HO/OO Scale Collection

This is what I have so far that runs on HO scale track for my Thomas & Friends characters made by Hornby and Bachmann. For this video I did not include the Narrow Gauge stuff since I do not yet have a narrow gauge section on my layout – working to change that!

The collection has really grown in the past year and some of the locomotives have suffered from the abuse and rigorous play that we have put them through. Which is your favorite character we have?

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James The Red Engine Collection

Collection videos have quickly come to be one of my favorites to do. It actually takes a long time to get out everything and set it up, plus I have to deal with the cat, but in the end I like the results. So far with our Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends characters we have done Annie & Clarabel (which needs to be updated), Percy the Small Engine, Emily, Gordon the Big Engine, Connor, James the Red Engine, Henry the Green Engine, and I am sure I am forgetting something. What characters will be next? Why haven’t I done the Thomas collection yet?

New Brake Coach for Gordon

Found a cheap brake coach on eBay. It is a Hornby version that is slightly different from the previous brake coach we bought. Plus in this video we give a brief overview of our layout and discuss plans for growth.

 

LEGO DUPLO GORDON’S EXPRESS

This is one of the harder to find LEGO DUPLO sets. It is set number 3354 Gordon’s Express. Contains only Gordon and 1 Express Coach. I have 2 copies of the set so I could get an extra coach.

Gordon’s Express Coaches

Gordon finally gets his Express Coaches. Apparently everybody was waiting on this as this is by far my most successful first day video ever.

 

Thomas won! But…

So Thomas has won this round of the Great Race and is champion – for now. I honestly thing both Gordon and Henry are the real fastest. I did not realize it until later but the transformers made by Bachmann are acting very inconsistent. Sometimes the engines would not even move! I am going to make a more reliable and fair course. But who wouldn’t be happy that Thomas won!

The Great Race Down to the Final 2!

I did not address it in the video, but we have run into a problem electrically with the Great Race. Gordon and Thomas will be the final 2, but in reality, Henry should have beat Thomas. After experimenting a bit after the race, I found that I had a defective outlet on my power strip. This in turn affected the transformers. So now some do not perform the same even when moved to a good outlet. In fact, at one point it would not even move a locomotive and then would shut off – like there is some kind of short. I did another test and Henry blew past Thomas, but if I switched it, I could get Thomas to beat Henry. The first several races were fine – it only start in Round 3.

I do not think I will address this on YouTube because it might bore the kids. But if anybody thinks I should please let me know. Thanks.

World’s Strongest Locomotive

Had a contest between the 3 largest of the Thomas & Friends locomotives on my railroad: Spencer, Gordon, and Henry. Each had to pull all of the Sodor freight and passenger cars around the entire layout in the best time. Watch to see who wins.

These world strongest engine contests do take their tolls on the locomotives. We are working on another speed competition that will take place on a test track instead of the Sodor layout. Stay tuned!

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