New Season of ‘Thomas & Friends’ Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

New Season of 'Thomas & Friends' Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

The Matt H. Shay | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the “Matt H. Shay” locomotive in the Binghamton Rail Yard, circa 1920. The “Matt H. Shay” was an articulated “triplex” locomotive and had three sets of driving wheels. At the time of its construction in 1914 it was considered the most powerful locomotive in the world and was used primarily to help freight trains up steep grades. It was named after an employee of the Erie Railroad. Between 1914 and 1916, the Baldwin Locomotive Works built four “triplex” steam locomotives.

Toy Trains

Children have played with toy trains since the earliest days of steam travel. During the 19th century, toy trains were made from cast iron and wood and children pushed or pulled them across the floor. By the turn of the century, trains were motorized and running on metal tracks. Toy companies such as Ives, American Flyer, and Marx all vied to control the toy train market. In 1924, Lionel Corporation captured the number spot, and by the 1950s Lionel had solidified their place as America’s most recognized name in toy train manufacturing.