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Magnets
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Magnet Parts (near bottom left and near bottom right)

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Magnets are what couple Thomas Wooden Railway items together. All trains and rolling stock have at least one, as well as some of the non-rail characters. Most magnets are polar (one sided) making it impossible for engines to go "front to front."

History

1992-1994 Magnets for the prototypes and for the first three years of production models are flat. Because of this, engines could potentially uncouple prematurely. The 1992/1993 magnets were slightly rounded at the top, but by 1994, they are made almost entirely flat.

1994-1999

Magnets receive a rounder form. Because of this, they don't uncouple as easily.

1999-2012

Magnets retain their round shape, but are made more compact and somewhat stronger.

2013-Present

Magnets are now slightly less dense and are embedded into a plastic strip mounting them to the chassis. This makes them appear smaller when viewed from the side, as compared to previous designs.

Trivia

  • The round magnets are convex. If you remove them, this can be observed.
  • Some later 2013-2014 models have a ledge above the magnet casing.

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