Thomas the Tank Engine: is too O gauge

Since I was the one who brought up the _Model Railroader_ article about
Thomas, which says that the show uses specially modified Märklin O-scale
locos, and since this has been disputed, I went ahead and asked the
proverbial horse's mouth. I just received an email reply to my question
to them, in which they say:
Thank you for contacting us. The actual engine size used is a
> standard O Gauge. Unfortunately, this is all the information we have to share. >
> Thank you for your interest in Thomas the Tank Engine.
> Kris HIT Entertainment Consumer Relations
(I'm assuming here that "O gauge" == "O scale".)
So I guess for those who say it ain't so, my answer is to take it up
with them. (The show is owned by HIT Entertainment, and I reached them
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David Nebenzahl
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And to add to that, Thomas O is 7mm/ft on 32mm gauge track.
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And my guess is that Kris doesn't know O gauge from raspberries. Kris is just repeating to you what someone else told him/her - OR - what he/she read in the Model Railroader Magazine sitting in his/her desk.
I am going to discount Kris' revelation and continue to believe Greg Procter. His track record in these kinds of matters is well documented. We know nothing at all about Kris, nor about the true source of Kris' information. It is far more likely at this point that Mr. Procter is correct. Froggy,
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A bit of backup from a Gloucester newspaper
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writing about the late Wilburt Awdrey. See the second paragraph under 'My Own Analysis' part way down the article.
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Jim Guthrie
Here is an excerpt containing the bit:
". . .I even met the Reverend Awdry on two occasions and still have his autograph on a model railway exhibition programme. On the second time I met him he was very frail and was being looked after by Britt Allcroft, the lady who turned Thomas from a British tradition to an international star. His TV show ? filmed with Gauge 1 models and narrated by American actor Alec Baldwin after Ringo Starr departed . . ."
I might argue around with Greg on some issues, but not on something like this.
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Perhaps this will lay the issue to rest. They were _based_ on extensively modified Marklin Gauge 1 models. I assume the word of people who actually built and operated the models is acceptable?
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"To obtain a satisfactory size and the necessary level of reliability, the model-makers worked in Gauge 1, using Marklin components as a basis for the locomotives. In fact, the Marklin items are barely recognisable, being confined to the chassis (often extensively modified), motor and wheels. The chassis had to be anglicised and new bodies constructed to represent the various characters from the books. In all, seven locomotives are featured, Thomas and Percy, the two small mischievous tanks, Gordon, Henry, Edward and James, and of course Toby the tram engine."
"Apart from the locomotives, the model-makers had to provide a wide range of rolling stock, most of which was scratch-built using parts from the Tenmille range of gauge 1 accessories and fittings. Two other important characters are Bertie the Bus and Terence the Tractor, the latter quickly nicknamed Drac the Trac by the film crew."
The site includes a number of photos showing both models and people which make it rather obvious they are NOT O scale. In particular, see the photo captioned "Set dressing 1984 - filming of Tenders and Turntables/Breakdown Train"
Further down there is a quote from an article that theorizes that the engines were made from O scale locomotives, and later remade from Marklin... but there are no quotes or cites to support that contention. I find the article quoting the actual builders of the models far more reliable.
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Joe Ellis

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