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The current logo from May 2016.

Also known under the name of MTwillman from his older channel, HiroTheJapaneseTrain (aka Matt) has been a dedicated content creator within the TWRC for over a decade, and is the last remaining user from the first year of the TWRC. He runs a series called Sodor Stories and is currently working on a film called Friedrich the German Engine. He is known for his work with customs, voice acting, and other community activities. He contributes to the Thomas Creator Collective and was also a member of TWR Community Radio.

Pre-MTwillman

Matt had an account named HarveySaltyFergus1 made in 2006. He made a few brief shorts on this channel. They were ultimately deleted upon the emergence of MTwillman, but who knows who could have seen them and got inspired by this that would later inspire us all.

MTwillman

HTJT logo

A formalized, photoshop-made icon used from 2015-mid 2016.

Matt's former channel. It all started with a simple unboxing review of the recently released Stanley of 2008. MTwillman was the primary account of HiroTheJapaneseTrain until the Google takeover of YouTube sometime around 2010, when the account became inaccesible due to its lack of connection with a Google account. The backup account, HiroTheJapaneseTrain managed to continue to be accessed, so it became the primary account. The videos and projects made under MTwillman can still be viewed, as the account is still open. He wouldn't recommend you go watch them, though--they are not a pretty sight.

Thomas Creator Collective

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Hugo from the TCC, as played by Matt.

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Matt playing Edward in the TCC Christmas Special.

Matt was approached sometime in the summer of 2016 to join the TCC as a voice actor, to which he accepted the role of Luke in a bonus scene. For a while thereafter he was not called upon again until that December when he accepted the role of Edward, and in January of 2017, Ivan. Since then, he also took on the role of Hugo for numerous TCC installments. He hopes to continue his work for them and do his part for the TCC team.
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HiroTheJapaneseTrain's older Icon

Personal Life & College

One of the main reasons for Matt's hiatus was the planning behind a live action WW2 short film, The Life of a Soldier, which ceased production due to the destruction of the film site. Only camera tests exist. While in high school, he created a group channel with his friends called DeviousAppleProductions. Few videos came out of it, and eventually production became an individual pursuit on Matt's hand. Working with a film colleague, Nick Menendez, the duo created videos which received a glowing reception from the school, including a WWII film.

On Twitter, Matt is a bit of a political pundit. An outspoken conservative, he makes sure to keep his political commentary solid yet friendly. He often says: "love transcends politics" and aspires to act according to this mantra. He collects militaria, particularly helmets, and listens to a lot of vinyls. He and his best friend Peter are an inseparable team. Peter has featured in some of Matt's live action films as well as a knockoff Thomas destruction video, and Matt hopes to convince him to become a voice actor for his future projects. Other interests include European history, model railroading, heraldry, and writing.

Outside of film, Matt is a college student outside Baltimore at Towson University. He is a history major and film minor, and is having a wonderful time living it up in the dorms; he is also a proud member of the Towson College Republicans. He is a passionate enthusiast of his deep-rooted Celtic culture, and plays a tin whistle in addition to displaying Welsh, Scottish, and Irish flags. He is a spiritually dedicated Catholic, and is more than happy than to spread the word of Christ's loving message if prompted. Furthermore, he is a diehard Ravens, Orioles, and Capitals fan. He has a loving family in the D.C. area of Maryland, and is proud of his state's heritage through and through; he often shows this by putting Old Bay on his fries and putting the flag on everything he owns. He can often be founding playing Battlefield 1, working on writing scripts or quotes, or just hanging out with friends.

Friedrich The German Engine

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Friedrich, a DRG Class 44, is the film's protagonist.

HiroTheJapaneseTrain's first movie! This film will follow the wartime experiences of Friedrich, a German DRG Class 44 locomotive told to a young boy, Hans, in an East German scrapyard in the 1980s. Friedrich details the Second World War as he experienced it, making and breaking friendships throughout the most devastating conflict in human history. He witnesses the downfall of the Third Reich firsthand, and the scars remain within him in the decades since. However, he is in good company with his scrapyard diesel engine friend, Malory, who jeopardizes herself to save him.

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Friedrich at a scrapyard in East Germany as a little boy, Hans, looks on.

The film itself is something Matt hopes will be his magnum opus, and he has been working on it since 2013, when it was conceptualized. Since then, he has devoted great amounts of energy to making the film be as best as it can be. The first round of filming took place between July and late August 2016, and a reshoot of certain scenes or added clips, if necessary, will likely take place over summer 2017. The movie is just the beginning of the world he has created - a sequel is in the works, as well as two short films dedicated to the events of post-Friedrich events, and another relating to the Holocaust are also in early concept work. Matt welcomes any and all fan art of Friedrich content if people are so inclined! :)

Sodor Stories

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Another older icon.

The series of HiroTheJapaneseTrain. Starting off slow, and developing throughout its first season--Sodor Stories is a mixture of several ideas, characters and realism all in one channel! Sodor Stories includes 10 episode seasons followed by a special movie event after each season. For Season 1 of Sodor Stories, that would be Friedrich the German Engine, which is currently in production. The future of the show is uncertain, and whether or not the second season will be produced in any eventuality is not likely.

SEASON 1:

SEASON 2 Titles (Not Likely to be Produced):

  • Thomas, Percy, and the Battleship
  • Falcon and Smudger
  • Memories
  • North Western Blue
  • The Sleeping Giant
  • Stepney and Bertie
  • A Lesson in Hubris
  • A Celtic Conundrum
  • Unwelcome
  • Bulstrode Returns

HTJT Customs

Starting out as a side project, Matt's customs eventually became something which has gained him notoriety within the TWRC and TTTE fandom at large. When the Thomas & Friends special "The Great Race" came out, his customs were created at a much faster rate, to replicate many of the international engines Mattel did not make. One can follow on with the latest updates on customs with the Twitter hashtag #HTJTCustoms

  • Lord Harry/Patrick/No.6
  • LBSC Thomas (Brown)
  • Glynn
  • Troublesome Trucks (Several)
  • Scrap Engines
  • LNER Raven A2 Class
  • Ryan 2.0
  • RWS Duck & Oliver
  • Bear
  • Étienne
  • Yong Bao
  • Axel
  • Ivan
  • Slip Coaches
  • Fred (Coming Soon)
  • Pip & Emma
  • RWS Stanley (Coming Soon)
  • Liz (Coming Soon)
  • Merlin

Wooden Road & Rail Reviews

The review series in which HiroTheJapaneseTrain takes some items (sometimes random, sometimes new or rare) and give his opinions on the items, rating them and showing them off to the camera! Installments include:

  • Luke
  • Winston
  • Aquarium Cars
  • Big City Engine
  • Knockoffs
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Porter
  • Timothy and Gator
  • Hiro's Sticky Spill
  • BRIO Stepney
  • Samson
  • Culdee
  • Sam
  • Brendam Bay Shipping Set
  • Ryan
  • Mike
  • Skiff
  • Bert
  • 2016 Bertram
  • Frieda
  • Vinnie

HiroTheJapenese/JapaneseTrain

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A short-lived icon from before HTJT was monetized.

Since his return in 2014, Matt plans to keep a somewhat regular schedule about how he manages his filmmaking. Matt also joined the TWR Community Radio channel with the show Getting With The Times. For a while, Matt's channel name was misspelled, which was a constant source of ridicule from some of his friends like MrMPS2002, but Matt eventually got the channel name changed to the correct spelling.

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