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NOV 5, 2013

Famous fictional trains to model your railway around

If you have a passion for trains anything that moves along a track should send your whistle into overdrive. We’re potty about locos at Hobbies and Model Trains and we’ve been looking at famous loco’s that would bring a smile to the face of any train enthusiast.

  • Thomas the Tank Engine: The Thomas series of children’s books was written by the Reverend W. Awdry for his son Christopher. It was based on the fictional island of Sodar and covered the exploits of a small steam train along with the adventures of all his friends. The books are best sellers and Thomas has been brought to life on the television and in various films. Hornby make a Thomas miniature model if you want to see him trundle down your track.
  • Hogwarts Express: Fans of the Harry Potter books will recognise the ‘Hogwarts Express’ straight away. It goes from platform 9 and three quarters at King’s Cross Station in London and in real life the train used in the Potter movies is a 4-6-0 Hall Class locomotive. Again, you can buy miniature versions of this infamous train if you fancy turning your model railway into a wizard layout.   
  • The Railway Children - Jinty Tank locomotive: This 1970 film follows the exploits of the Waterbury children as they come to terms with the disappearance of their father and their relocation to a small house near a steam railway in Yorkshire. It’s a beautiful, moving film that has rightly received critical acclaim over the years. If you look around flea markets and second hand model stores you might be able to find a working version of a Hornby 00 Jinty Tank loco complete with coaches that was released in 1972 based on the success of the film.
  • Flying Scotsman: Featured in various films and television documentaries the ‘Scotsman’ has been running between Edinburgh and London since 1862. The title actually refers to the name of the passenger express service and different trains have been used to pull the coaches over the years. However, one of the most famous is the 4472 loco lovingly recreated in miniature by Hornby so invest in this train if you want to see a little slice of history steaming around your track.
Created on 5th November 2013
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