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Thomas range...
« on: November 15, 2011, 02:49:19 pm »
ok so iv always had a thing for thomas, so to get anything in n scale from thomas is a must....

i managed to get 3 express coaches off ebay that go with the henry set...but am i the only one who thought "my god they are big".....they tower over my other rolling stock in height and width! they are huge!

whats up with that? have i got a dodgy set or are they all bigger than normal n gauge? inlcuding the locos?
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 03:09:27 pm »
They are larger scale than N, as are some of the other Tomix bits such as the museum loco set.

Kind of ironic really - their 1:150 scale units are running on overwide track and their Thomas on overnarrow stuff. Fine as kiddies toys but does mean you can't reuse the bits easily for other stuff.

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011, 03:37:08 pm »
i thin these express coaches are going to have to literally express through the layout at our railway society, wont be any good on my layout!
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2011, 05:59:41 pm »
Fine as kiddies toys but does mean you can't reuse the bits easily for other stuff.

True, if you model U.K outline but many countries have a large loading gauge compared to the U.K.
I know Ireland had coaches built in the 1950's that were 10' 3" wide.
India and Russia have stuff nearly 12' wide!
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 11:21:22 pm »
i had henry and yes he is huge! great little runners though! would like to know what percy is like as a 0-4-0? weight and pulling wise! :D

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 02:31:10 pm »
I was thinking of buying some of the Thomas stuff but as its bigger than normal im worried if it would hit another train as im running streamline track, and its fairly close as std.

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 08:26:17 am »
Well i ordered myself the little thomas with annie and clarabel set yesterday afternoon, already dispatched!

Cant wait for it to arrive, and on friday im ordering myself a henry!

All working out cheaper than what they were charging at TINGS!

Thomas set, 90 at tings, 55 off ebay shop, henry 100 at tings, 75? Off ebay shop all inc post and packing....

Its no wonder that shop at tings didnt sell any thomas stuff!
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2013, 08:46:11 am »
I have a Thomas set as well.  It's secondhand (from Findus) and will be used at Christmas to go around the tree.  :)  I've always wanted to do that!  When my eldest is older he can have Thomas for himself......maybe!  ;)

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2013, 10:28:24 am »
Well i ordered myself the little thomas with annie and clarabel set yesterday afternoon, already dispatched!

Cant wait for it to arrive, and on friday im ordering myself a henry!

All working out cheaper than what they were charging at TINGS!

Thomas set, 90 at tings, 55 off ebay shop, henry 100 at tings, 75? Off ebay shop all inc post and packing....

Its no wonder that shop at tings didnt sell any thomas stuff!

If you have ordered on eBay and it is coming from Japan don't forget you may have to pay duty/VAT and the extortionate Royal Mail clearance fee.

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2013, 11:11:58 am »
Well i ordered myself the little thomas with annie and clarabel set yesterday afternoon, already dispatched!

Cant wait for it to arrive, and on friday im ordering myself a henry!

All working out cheaper than what they were charging at TINGS!

Thomas set, 90 at tings, 55 off ebay shop, henry 100 at tings, 75? Off ebay shop all inc post and packing....

Its no wonder that shop at tings didnt sell any thomas stuff!

If you have ordered on eBay and it is coming from Japan don't forget you may have to pay duty/VAT and the extortionate Royal Mail clearance fee.

Probably explains why it was 15 quid p+p maybe?
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2013, 11:43:19 am »
Well i ordered myself the little thomas with annie and clarabel set yesterday afternoon, already dispatched!

Cant wait for it to arrive, and on friday im ordering myself a henry!

All working out cheaper than what they were charging at TINGS!

Thomas set, 90 at tings, 55 off ebay shop, henry 100 at tings, 75? Off ebay shop all inc post and packing....

Its no wonder that shop at tings didnt sell any thomas stuff!

If you have ordered on eBay and it is coming from Japan don't forget you may have to pay duty/VAT and the extortionate Royal Mail clearance fee.

Probably explains why it was 15 quid p+p maybe?

If your package is stopped by customs you will have Import Duty and the Parcel Force handling charge on top of the 15 p&p  :'(

The Parcel Force handling charge will probably be more than the Import Duty  :'(  :'(  :'(

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2013, 11:48:13 am »
How often does that happen when buying from japan?

I know sent by Expedited Int'l Shipping which is meant to be the best international shipping you can get...

Surely it wont be stopped will it? Has a tracking number and everything!
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2013, 11:57:48 am »
How often does that happen when buying from japan?

I know sent by Expedited Int'l Shipping which is meant to be the best international shipping you can get...

Surely it wont be stopped will it? Has a tracking number and everything!

A lot depends on what description and value they put on the Declaration Form and it does seem to be hit and miss whether you are lucky or not.  I never have had any problems getting stuff delivered from the US but I think Lawrence has had most of his stuff stopped from the US.  I have been stung for three packages from China/ Japan.

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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2013, 12:08:50 pm »
Iv had a couple fromchina/japan and usa that wasnt n gauge and never been stopped luckily, heres hoping!
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Re: Thomas range...
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2013, 12:17:29 pm »
How often does that happen when buying from japan?

I know sent by Expedited Int'l Shipping which is meant to be the best international shipping you can get...

Which makes it more likely customs and excise will remember to charge you what you owe - which is duty + vat (so about 20%) + the carrier will try and stick you for a tenner or so 'processing fee'.

It depends if you are "lucky" I suppose.

Generally only within EU shipments are duty free (you paid the VAT at origin) or those below about 15 - hence the old channel islands CD shiping game.

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