I took one of my fastest G-scale model trains and let her loose on a high speed run through my house and my garage. The train in the video is Emily, from Thomas & Friends. The G-scale version is made by Bachmann Industries.
The video is shown in real time. It is not sped up at all! I know that as you watch it you’re going to think I simply sped the video up to make it look like Emily was going faster than she really was, but I promise you I did not! What you’re seeing here is a model train speeding down the tracks at her absolute maximum speed. In fact, speeds like this are dangerous as it increases the likelihood of crashes when the locomotive goes over crossings or goes around curves. At the end of the video, you’ll see a number of crashes that occurred during the shooting of this video, as a result of the high speeds.
At 2: 38 in to the video, you’ll see a crash that occurred as I was just getting started making the video. I forgot that the controls were in reverse, and when the train started running backwards at high speed, it derailed when it went across a track switch. You can barely hear me say “nice start” as I reacted to having a crash within the first few seconds of shooting the video.
Emily, Thomas, Percy, and James are all available in G-scale and can be purchased from Trainworld.com On their web site, click on MANUFACTURERS, then BACHMANN, then G SCALE, and then THOMAS & FRIENDS.
Music credit for the end of the video:
“Guiton Sketch” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (