It is absolutely undisputed and beyond question that model railway is the most beautiful hobby in the world. You can be creative, learn about the newest technology and enjoy the result of your hard work once it’s done. But where did this enthusiasm for the railroad come from? Many people may still know the model railroad from their childhood, when their own father or uncle had their model trains at home. Model railways are something very special and therefore always fascinating for children. But model railways are also quite expensive! And therefore absolutely unsuitable for the hands of young children.
Perhaps you recall the names Emma and Thomas.? Emma und Thomas etwas.?
Thomas die kleine Lokomotive und Emma von Jim Knopf Thomas the tank engine and Emma known from Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver, have accompanied many people from different generations in their childhood. Let's take a closer look at our childhood friends, shall we?
Thomas is a cheeky, cheerful tank engine corresponds to class E-2 on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. At the beginning of the story, Thomas is “only” a shunting engine and has to prove himself several times before he was allowed to drive on branch lines.
Maybe we used to be like Thomas, still young and inexperienced, maybe even a little clumsy. Only after we had proven ourselves to be mature and responsible were we allowed to use our father's expensive locomotive. So just like Thomas, we had to prove ourselves.
The book "Thomas the Tank Engine" was published in 1945. The author (Wilbert Awdry) wrote the books for his sick two-year-old son, who continued this series of books after his father passed away. The cartoon TV adaptation was released in 1979 and was initiated by Britt Allcroft and directed with David Mitton. The series was broadcast regularly on English TV until 2015.
Thomas the little Tank Engine has accompanied many children over the years through books and films and we fondly remember him.
Emma is a somewhat chubby and old-fashioned, but very helpful steam engine. She belongs to Luke the engine driver, who lives in Morrowland with Emma and Jim Button. After Luke, Jim and Emma leave their homes, an exciting adventure begins for the team. They set out to save the princess Li Si from the clutches of the nasty Mrs. Grindtooth. On her journey, Emma is converted into a ship, submarine, land vehicle without rails & even an aircraft.
We don't convert our engines, but with the same imagination Michael Ende approached Emma, we also approach our model railroad layout. In our miniature world, there are no limits to the imagination. Just like Emma.
At the end of the story, Emma has a daughter, the small tank engine Molly.
The book "Jim Button" by Michael Ende was published in 1960. The cartoon adaptation followed in 1999 and the reallife adaptation on March 29, 2018.
What do our childhood heroes have to do with our hobby today?
Both Thomas and Emma live in a fictional world, away from the rules and restrictions of our real society. We often achieve the same thing with our model railroad: we build our own little world. The enthusiasm may have started in childhood, but it shouldn't end there. It should live on in the next generation and the one after that. Give this beautiful hobby the opportunity to inspire more children
Manufacturers such as Märklin and Bachmann quickly noticed what an important role the popular childhood characters play and have come up with something for the youngest. To be just like Daddy and Grandpa with their own little engine! What an adventure. Märklin und Bachmann haben schnell gemerkt, welch eine wichtige Rolle die beliebten Kindheitsfiguren spielen und haben sich für die Jüngsten etwas ausgedacht. Einmal sein wie Papa und Opa mit der eigenen Lokomotive! Was ein Abenteuer.
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