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Category:ThomasTheTankEngineipedia-Media]]en Railway (TAFWR) is a wooden model railway system created by Learning Curve in Chicago and made in China. This wooden railway system is based on the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends TV series and The Railway Series. Learning Curve makes a series of tracks, sets, buildings, and bridges for the model trains.

The TAFWR includes characters from The Railway Series that have not been televised, such as Culdee, Mike, D199 and Wilbert.

Product History, Design and Make

The company "Learning Curve" was foundet by John W. Lee 1993 in Chicago. In 2003 the company is acquired by "Racing Champions Ertl" that was renamed in the same year to "RC2". Learning Curve introduced some new designs for the track surface of wooden toy railways, such as the "Clicketyclack" rails patented in 1993 and the newer tracks with a relief to supply better traction grip for battery powered trains patented in 2003. They also introduced a road track that uses the same gauge as the railway tracks.

The original models were constructed mainly from painted wood, with metal used in the coupling magnets and axles, and plastic wheels and faces. These models were relatively primitive having simple wooden stubs for the funnel and dome. Details such as windows, whistles and buffer beams were omitted.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the models were upgraded. The wooden funnel and painted smokebox were replaced with a separate plastic smokebox with a more realistic looking funnel. The tender engines received this an additional upgrade of moulded plastic coal.

These improved designs were manufactured until 2002 when they were replaced with a third generation of design, which included new and more detailed faces.

Learning Curve is rapidly expanding its lineup of locomotive and locations. Starts at 1954.

Engines

Rolling stock

  • Annie
  • Clarabel
  • Annie & Clarabel (2004 two-pack reintroduction)
  • Henrietta (1995-1996)
  • Toad (1998-2002)
  • Toad (2006 limited-time reintroduction)
  • S.C.Ruffey (1996-2001)
  • S.C.Ruffey (2006 limited-time reintroduction)
  • Old Slow Coach (2006-2009)
  • Rocky
  • Hector (2008-2009)
  • NW Brakevan (1999-2001; 1999-2005)
  • Fred (1997-2005)
  • Catherine (1999-2005)
  • 'Rickety' Troublesome Truck (2000-2005)
  • Troublesome Truck (1992-2001; 1992-2003)
  • Troublesome Brakevan (1994-1996)
  • Giggling Troublesome Trucks
  • Knapford Express Coach (1995-1998)
  • Gordon's Express Coaches
  • Sodor Mail Coach (1996-1999)
  • Musical Caboose
  • Sodor Line Caboose (1994-2006)
  • Tidmouth Milk Tanker (1994-2005)
  • Tar Tanker and Fuel Car (1995-2003)
  • Breakdown Train (1995-2010)
  • Breakdown Train (2006 reintroduction)
  • Chinese Dragon (1995-2009)
  • Sodor Dairy Cars
  • Sodor Chicken Cars (2008-2011)
  • Sodor China Clay Cars (1997-2003)
  • Sodor Zoo Cars
  • Ice Delivery Cars (2005-2006)
  • Box Cars (2000-2004)
  • Aquarium Cars
  • Recycling Cars (2002-2008)
  • Gold Prospector Cars (2003-2007)
  • Sodor Water Works Cars (2005-2006)
  • Fog Cars (2004-2007)
  • Barrel Car (1997-2005)
  • Henry's Forest Log Car (1995-2002)
  • Sawmill Log Car (1999-2001)
  • Sodor Cargo Car (1999-2005)
  • Handcar (2000-2004)
  • Rock Hopper Car (1999-2007)
  • Coal Hopper Car (1999-2007)
  • Smelting Cargo Car (2004-2006)
  • Poppin Popcorn Tanker (2007-2008)
  • Sodor Fireworks Car (2007-2008)
  • Handcar (2010 reintroduction)
  • Weather Tracker Car

Multi-Car Packs

  • Calling All Engines! Gift Pack (Lady, Diesel 10, George, Harvey, and Devious Diesel) (2006-2007)
  • Thomas 5-Car Value Pack ("Puffed Out" Thomas, Troublesome Truck, Barrel Car, Tidmouth Milk Tanker, and Sodor Line Caboose) (1999-2002)
  • Sodor Gift Pack (Oliver, Toby, Fred, Bertie, and Henrietta) (2001-2009)
  • Adventures of Percy (Coal Dust Percy, Jack Frost Percy, and Chocolate-Covered Percy)
  • Adventures of Thomas (Winter Wonderland Thomas, Paint-Splattered Thomas, and Thomas Comes to Breakfast)
  • Adventures of James (James with Team Colors and Busy as a Bee James)
  • Happy Birthday Thomas & Birthday Box Car
  • Sodor Collector's Pack (Gold Thomas, Silver Percy, and Bronze Devious Diesel)
  • Thomas "Winter Wonderland" Train (2002-2004)
  • Salty And The Dock Cars
  • Thomas with six Flag Car
  • Slippy Sodor Gift Pack (Slippy Sodor Thomas, susdy Percy, Aquarium Bubble Car, and Muddy Sir Topham Hatts Car)
  • Thomas And The Flour Car (2010-2011
  • Thomas And The Easter Egg Car
  • Bertram with Scrap Cars (2000-2003)
  • Rusty with Construction Cars (2001-2009
  • Stepney with Museum Cars (1996-2000, then 2003-2005)
  • Rheneas with Rock Crusher Cars (2004-2006)
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel (1997-1999)
  • Sodor Railway Repair (1998-2002)
  • Culdee with Apple Orchard Cars (2005-2008)
  • Ivo Hugh with Zoo Cars (2002-2009, 2011)
  • Circus Train

Non-Railway Vehicles

  • Bertie
  • Harold with Retractable Magnet
  • Terence
  • Madge
  • My Mada Boat Named Nelson
  • Trevor
  • Butch
  • Lorry 1 with Flatbed
  • Caroline
  • George
  • Thumper
  • Bulgy
  • Elizabeth
  • Tiger Moth
  • Colin
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Byron
  • Max and Monty
  • Isobella
  • Nelson
  • Buster
  • Cranky
  • Sodor Power Crew
  • Sodor Fire Crew
  • Sodor Road Crew
  • Sir Topham Hatt's Car
  • Crosby Station Cargo Truck
  • Sodor Bay Cargo Ship
  • Sodor Bay Tug Boat
  • 10 Years Of Thomas Pack (Thomas And Rare Coach (red).)
  • Captain
  • Merrick (cancelled)

Limited Edition and Storytime Models

  • Thomas Comes to Breakfast Collector's Piece (2003-2006)
  • James Goes Buzz Buzz Collector's Piece (2003-2006)
  • A Better View for Gordon Collector's Piece (2004-2006)
  • 60th Anniversary Henry (2005-2007)
  • Puffed Out Thomas (1998-2000)
  • Sad Face Henry (1998-2000)
  • Spencer's Private Coach
  • Tired Out Edward
  • Surprised Face Spencer
  • Surprised Face Rheneas (Rheneas & Roller Coaster Set)
  • Metallic Percy
  • Fearless Freddie
  • Golddust Salty (Gold Mine Mountain Set)
  • Orange Rickety (Tidmouth Station Travel Set)
  • Golddust Rickety (Gold Mine Mountain Set)
  • Bulstrode (Down at the Docks Set & Lighthouse Bridge)
  • Lorry 2
  • Lorry 3
  • Green/White Narrow Gauge Coach (Rheneas & Roller Coaster Set)
  • Blue Circus Train Storyland
  • Special VIP Coach (Edward the Great Set)
  • Yellow Caboose
  • Red Handcar
  • 'Thomas & the Magic Railroad' Ore Car (Only Available in Canada)
  • Mr Percival (Racing to the Wharf set Olny in 2009)

Bridges and tunnels

  • Arched Stone Bridge (1992-2005)
  • Single Stone Tunnel (1992-2004)
  • Tidmouth Covered Bridge (1994-2001)
  • Rolf's Castle Bridge (2005-2008)
  • Double-Wide Old Iron Bridge (1995-1999)
  • Lifting Bridge (1995-2008)
  • Sodor Bay Bridge (2 Spans)
  • Henry's Tunnel (1996-2000)
  • Pedestrain Bridge (1996-1999)
  • Mountain Tunnel (1997-2006)
  • Curved Viaduct (1998-1999)
  • Suspension Bridge (1998-2003)
  • Collapsing Sodor Suspension Bridge
  • Arched Viaduct (1999 two-piece reintroduction of Curved Viaduct)
  • Drawbridge (2000-2008)
  • Knapford Covered Bridge
  • Sling Bridge (2002-2007)
  • Quarry Mine Tunnel
  • Castle Clock Tower
  • Waterfall Tunnel
  • Toll Booth Bridge (2004-2006)
  • 4 in 1 Mountain Crossing
  • Holiday Tunnel
  • Suddery Swing Bridge
  • Sodor Slate Mine
  • Rumblin Bridge

Buildings

  • Special Engine Shed (1992-2003)
  • Elsbridge Station (1992-1999)
  • Elsbridge Platform (1992-1999)
  • Windmill (1992-2002)
  • Lighthouse (1994-1998)
  • Knapford Station Platform (1995-1998)
  • Sodor Log Loader (1996-2002)
  • "The Works" Engine Repair Shop (1996-2008)
  • Roundhouse
  • Sodor Cargo Crane (1997-2000) (2001-2005)
  • Barrel Loader (1997-2005)
  • Sawmill with Dumping Depot (1998-2003)
  • Transfer Table (1999-2001)
  • Stop and Go Station (1999-2004)
  • Sodor Engine Wash (1999-2005) (2006-Present)
  • Grain Loader (1999-2002)
  • Coal Station (1999-2005)
  • Water Tower (1999-2009)
  • Switch Tower (2000-2005)
  • Fire Station
  • Sodor Dairy Farm (2001-2004)
  • Conductor's Shed (2001-2005)
  • Wellsworth Station (2001-2002)
  • Abbey Repair Shop (2001-2004)
  • Over-the-Track Signal (2001-2006)
  • Sodor Airfield Tower (2001-2002)
  • Honey Depot (2002-2005)
  • Rescue Hospital (2002-2007)
  • Sodor Service Station (2002-2007)
  • Musical Carousel (2002-2006)
  • Windmill (2002 reintroduction)
  • Sodor Dairy Farm (2002 reintroduction)
  • Fire Station (2002 reintroduction)
  • Coal Loader (2003-2006)
  • Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory (2003-2007)
  • Brendam Fishing Dock (2003-2006)
  • Cargo Drop (2004-2005)
  • Scrap Yard (with exclusive Scrapyard Lorry) (2004-2005)
  • Tidmouth Timber Yard (2005-2008)
  • Sodor Oil Depot (2005-2008)
  • Sodor Cement Works (with exclusive Loader Lorry) (2005-2007)
  • Useful Engine Shed
  • Gantry Crane
  • Toby's Windmill

Sights and Sounds Buildings

  • Cargo Transfer Station
  • Mountain Overpass
  • Sodor Scrub and Shine
  • Smelting Yard (released with Oliver)
  • Deluxe Roundhouse
  • Deluxe Cranky the Crane
  • Ice Cream Factory (released with Sir Handel)
  • Sodor Power Station
  • Echo Tunnel
  • Recycling Centre
  • Deluxe Fire Station
  • Deluxe Over-the-Track Signal
  • Lighthouse Bridge (released with Bulstrode)
  • Farmer McColl's Pig Shed
  • Deluxe Knapford Station
  • Deluxe Railroad Crossing

"Lights and Sounds" Engines

  • Thomas (discontinued)
  • James (discontinued)
  • Percy (discontinued)
  • Holiday Lights Thomas (discontinued)
  • James Lights the Way (discontinued)
  • Gordon (cancelled)
  • Diesel (cancelled)
  • Salty (cancelled)
  • Emily (cancelled)
  • Rosie (cancelled)
  • Victor (cancelled)
  • Mike (cancelled)

Battery-Powered Engines

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Salty (reintroduced 2013)
  • Bertie (discontinued)
  • Lady (discontinued)
  • Charlie (discontinued)
  • Rosie (discontinued)
  • Hiro
  • Diesel
  • Thomas and the Jet Engine
  • Thomas with Milk Tanker with Straight Track (discontinued)
  • Percy with Fuel Tanker with Straight Track (discontinued)
  • James with Straight Track (discontinued)
  • Toby (coming soon)
  • Spencer (coming soon)

Talking Engines

  • Thomas
  • Percy (discontinued)
  • James (discontinued)
  • Gordon
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Victor
  • Diesel (discontinued)
  • Salty (discontinued)
  • Diesel 10

Talking Railway Series

  • Thomas (also available in Goodbye Hiro design)
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Rosie
  • Emily
  • Spencer (also available in Goodbye Hiro design)
  • Molly
  • Stanley
  • Billy
  • Salty
  • Cranky
  • Duck (cancelled)
  • Mighty Mac (cancelled)

Early Engineers

Engines

2010

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Salty

2011

  • Spencer
  • Victor
  • Hiro

Rolling Stock

  • Cargo Car

Sets

  • Rock 'n' Roll Quarry
  • Busy Day on Sodor
  • Roundabout Station
  • Deluxe Sodor Set

Brio

Engines

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Oliver
  • Stepney
  • Lady
  • Daisy
  • The Diesel
  • Diesel 10
  • Diesel
  • Splatter
  • Dodge
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Duke

Rolling Stock

  • Annie
  • Clarabel
  • S.C.Ruffey
  • Toad
  • Troublesome Truck
  • Express Coach

Road Vehicles

  • Bertie
  • Terence
  • Butch

Others

  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Workman
  • Driver
  • Signalman

Battery Powered Engines

  • Thomas

Destinations

  • Windmill
  • Wellsworth Station
  • Roadway Crossing
  • Henry's Tunnel
  • Engine Shed

Sets

  • Thomas Set #1 (with Thomas and the Fat Controller)
  • Thomas Set #2 (with Thomas, troublesome truck and the Fat Controller)
  • Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel Set
  • Island of Sodor Playmat

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