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Bachmann’s Thomas & Friends™ Line Bachmann’s Thomas & Friends™ Line to be Distributed on Five Continents

Philadelphia, PA . . . (Virtual Press Office ) - Model railroad manufacturer Bachmann Trains is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with HIT Entertainment through which Bachmann is granted rights to distribute Thomas & Friends™ HO and Large Scale products in new territories around the world. Bachmann is very pleased to be expanding such a wonderful product line and introducing Thomas the Tank Engine™ to new aspiring engineers worldwide!

In addition to the United States, Canada, China and Hong Kong, Bachmann will now distribute HO and Large Scale products in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and South Africa.

Also, new territories for Large Scale distribution include: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Bachmann’s featured products for 2010 include the release of the new Tidmouth Sheds and Tidmouth Sheds Expansion Pack, two new sets of locomotives - Bill & Ben and Donald & Douglas, Salty’s Dockside Delivery Set, Farmer McColl, and a Sodor Lighthouse. Bachmann proudly unveiled Large Scale Thomas & Friends™ last year. This year, Bachmann will be expanding this popular series with the release of James the Red Engine and four new pieces of rolling stock.

Bachmann first introduced HO scale Thomas & Friends™ specialty products in 2002 in the United States and has worked closely with HIT Entertainment to create a wide variety of electric hobby train sets and separate-sale offerings that deliver exciting railroading adventures to children of all ages.

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About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas & Friends™ invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago. Today, families in more than 145 countries enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends™ is making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, PBS KIDS SproutSM in the U.S., on Five’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr in the UK and on CCTV in China. Downloadable episodes are available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, please visit

About Bachmann
Bachmann products include a wide selection of additional sets, separate sale items, and accessories in N, HO, O, On30 and Large Scale. Bachmann offers the most extensive line of model railroading products in the industry, and is the best-selling model train company in the world. Their home office phone for inquiries anytime during the year is 215-533-1600, and their web site is

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™
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