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S scale Tomy Thomas?
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There have been more than one attempt at an S gauge Thomas, most notably this scratchbuilt one modelled after the Lionel O scale version:

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It sure resembles an official product, but it isn't. It was built using an extensively modified Docksider chassis (coincidentally like the Strasburg Rail Road's powered Thomas), and it's easily the best of the few that have been made.

This one was made by converting the Schylling whistle using two Casey Jones (not Jr.) chassis and even has a smoke unit, also from a Casey Jones. The proportions are better since it's not a scaled down Lionel version, but it requires a coach/tender/caboose to pick up power since the driving wheels are plastic.

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Two were made using an ERTL pull back Thomas, but like the above require a piece of rolling stock to store the other components. One has an unaltered chassis underneath, the other still has the "frame style" ERTL coupling rods (and a custom Annie and Clarabel).

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Lastly, here's one that's "just" a repainted Docksider with a face and some added detail (looks more like Victor if anything).

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At least they have proper wheels with coupling rods. The TOMY one is just a botch job that shouldn't have been sold for money. Since Bandai and Diapet engines are the same scale, I wonder if they could be converted as well.
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