Model railroad manufacturers Bachmann Trains USA and Bachmann Europe expanded their licensing agreement with Mattel. Through the updated partnership, Bachmann secured rights to distribute HO scale Thomas & Friends products in the UK and Ireland.

In addition to HO scale, Bachmann’s Thomas & Friends products are offered in HO Narrow Gauge and Large Scale, with a new N scale line to be offered beginning early next year. Offerings for the UK and Ireland will include a full selection of Thomas & Friends electrically operated ready-to-run train sets and locomotives plus rolling stock, buildings, figures, and other accessories. Items can be ordered through the U.S. website, with further retail availability for the UK and Ireland set to expand next year.

As worldwide distributors of Thomas products, Bachmann’s global network encompasses Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. in North America; Argentina, Brazil, and Chile in South America; most countries in Europe; several countries in the Middle East; and Australia, New Zealand, China, and Hong Kong.