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I think it's finally time we discuss this franchise.
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>>1260634
Ah, there she is. The face that smashed a thousand boners.
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>>1260634
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=462KBuAhncU
Obligatory.
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>>1260687
This is the most autistic thing I've seen all week.
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>>1260692
Why do you people insist on sharing THAT link?
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I unironically like The Railway Series books and the early TV episodes that are faithful to the source material. I enjoy rereading them every so often. I guess that makes me autistic.
But something I really like about the books is for the most part the illustrations are realistic, barring the engines having faces of course, they're made to look accurate. I guess I like that, even though the content is aimed at children, there's no dumbing-down of the presentation as if kids are retards who won't comprehend anything but basic shapes.
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>>1260897
Are you me? I reread the books about once a year. The Railway Series is probably why I like UK trains more than US ones, honestly.

Also there's an officialbooks lore book for the series that goes into beyond crazy detail.
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>>1260977
>listing locomotives in alphabetic instead of numeral order
what the fuck
Also, here's the PDF of the lore book:
https://mega.nz/#!BqIBHIAb!HTx39ywzJ0w_558sZNo1Z-TM9XIWgi8VgbhoQiNIiwY
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>>1260634
I haven't watched in years, but from what I've seen- they've moved to their movie-style CGI for their television series as well. Can't say I like the choice, I grew up on that model railway style, and will always remember it as such.

What's worse are the toys. I went to Toys R Us (Back when it wasn't yet kill) because I wanted to get my little stepbrother a wooden Thomas train for his birthday. I figured that not too much had changed since when I had stopped playing with them (Besides some new engines or more complex features). I was wrong. They've seemed to have gone for a chunky, minimalist look for the new generation. I have a whole box of my old Thomas trains stored away in a room in my mother's basement, and seeing that convinced me to never let them go. If I ever do get around to starting a family- they ain't playing with the shit I saw in that Toys R Us.
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>>1260993
The new Thomas Wood stuff feels like a "one step forward, two steps back" kind of deal. On one hand, I like some of the added details(splashers and painted buffers). On the other hand, most of the new cuts are obvious downgrades(no domes, shortening the big engines, tenders are literal blocks on wheels, Stephen). It got so bad that Mattel is ditching the unpainted wood aesthetic and reverting to the original painted wood.
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>>1260977
From your post I assume you are not native to the UK? I am, and that's another appeal of the series to me - the earlier books kind of capture that feeling of British rural life of the 40s and 50s. It's nostalgic even though I wasn't alive back then. Just wondering what your opinion is, if any, on that

I also love that the Rev W Awdry went into such minute detail, and all of it (again, barring talking engines) pretty realistic and grounded.
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>>1261166
>From your post I assume you are not native to the UK?
I'm from the US. To me, it's like a history book and it definitely helped to shape my interest in British railways and locos. I find it much more interesting than US railways.
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>>1261166
I grew up in the UK as well, and I suppose that a lot of the children's books which were introduced to me were those books, though, I must admit that I don't remember all that much from them. There were more unusual aspects I remember, more the fables to try and teach something about morals to kids and whatever.
I also remember the much older television series which used a mix of the eyes moving around and the model trains moving on some sort of model railway system. I think it was on ITV or something, dunno.... at any rate, I think that made me interested in model railways as a kid, though I did grow out of it. My father on the other hand kept being interested in model railways throughout his life, and in retirement, started looking into modelling narrow gauge railways which were around in the 1950s not far from where he grew up. I don't think he's interested in the actual setup of it, but rather having the models.....
Eh.... I find it somewhat ironic that of all things, I'm actually far more interested in modern and high speed rail than steam trains. While they are quaint, HSR is the future, and perhaps we will see another, albeit different, golden age of rail. We might only see it in Europe and Asia, but I'm excited for it.
>>1261173
A lot of the British railways are shit now. One of the big reasons is the fact that many railways failed to upgrade from their Victorian construction. I much prefer modern European railways over British ones, but that said, a lot of the Germanic steam locomotives were much more impressive, at least for their size and power as long distance locomotives.
Ultimately, Britain has one man to blame for this: Beeching.
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>>1261173
I see. I also prefer UK railways but that's probably home bias as it's naturally the one I grew up learning about.
Is there any sort of American equivalent to Thomas, a series of stories about US locomotives? As far as I can recall there's only one American loco in the whole of The Railway Series, and he only appears in a flashback as a rude, reckless asshole who gets turned into a pumping engine as punishment. Doesn't exactly leave the best impression on a kid as to what US engines are like.
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>>1261213
Can't you Americans accept ANYTHING we make without dumbing it down and begging for diversity?
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>>1261213
>Is there any sort of American equivalent to Thomas, a series of stories about US locomotives?
As far as the realism/historic side of things goes? Nope. Thomas was pretty unique in that respect.

>As far as I can recall there's only one American loco in the whole of The Railway Series, and he only appears in a flashback as a rude, reckless asshole who gets turned into a pumping engine as punishment.
I'd like to think he gets the last laugh in the end.
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>Alec Baldwin is NOT MY CONDUCTOR!!!
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>"The model series was great"
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>>1260634
>I'm just gonna leave this here. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=icsYSMteCTo

The new series is something specially stupid. The only upside is spillover interest into HO scale trains and classic Thomas on Amazon Prime. My 4 year old likes new, 16 month old like old. Starts yelling excitedly when I select Prime on the Roku.
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>>1261313
The model series was much better than the weird CGI stuff these days.
I'll admit that it wasn't the greatest, but at least it had a certain charm to it, which the CGI doesn't have.
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>>1261213
>rude, reckless asshole who gets turned into a pumping engine as punishment.
Considering he was made to order for French railways, he shouldn't even be behaving like an American stereotype.
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>>1261317
Season 17 - 21 were good though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4be73NBz_v8
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>>1261462
>season 21
>good
no
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>>1261253
Fuck are you on about, I'm from the UK too ya silly cunt. I just thought it was amusing that the one instance of an American loco is as stereotypical as possible
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>>1260897
John T. Kenney's illustrations were the most accurate of any of the illustrators, but I think the Gunvor/Peter Edwards paintings (as you posted) have so much more feeling to them. They also likely made a lot of kids (including me) aware of the horrible state of steam conservation efforts in Britain at the time.
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>>1261453
He was still built in the US so it's possible he picked up those mannerisms before he was shipped out.
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Reminder that pic related is official art. The Thomas the Tank Engine universe is fucking dark when you take the time to look into it.
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>>1261543
Not to mention that in the official lore, the "original" Henry was an unauthorized Gresley A1 knockoff that the Fat Controller was scammed into buying, and who had constant performance problems. After he derailed the Flying Kipper and nearly killed a work crew, he was sent away and returned a few weeks later... "rebuilt" as a Stanier 5MT. That's a pretty drastic change. Unless they had some kind of mahou shoujo locomotive transformation wand at Crewe, it's highly probable that the original Henry was just scrapped, and the Fat Controller bought a normal 5MT, painted it green, and told the other engines it was Henry. That's fucked up.
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>>1261554
I cropped this out of the lore book just for you anon.
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So
Lets talk about this guy
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>>1261463
Yes. You're probably thinking of season 22, which is introducing all the PC shit.
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>>1261538
Doubt it. He would've probably been placed on a boat as soon as he was out of the works.
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>>1261554
>>1261556
Henry was probably this thing.
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>>1261560
Did you know that Nigel Gresley used the K4s as the basis for his A1s?
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>>1261556
cheers mate!
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>>1261571
>a shed for edward
>good
no
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>>1261181
I'd be inclined to blame Marples more for the state of the railways. Beeching was just an appointed technocrat.
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You can get good /co/ threads on this.
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I'm with the "I grew up with the original books and model TV series and the new politically correct, diversity for diversity's sake CGI series is crap" crowd.
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>>1261574
Henry didn't exist. Not in the way you think, Henry's basis never existed. Henry WAS that locomotive, and he proved a failure, so why build 2?
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>>1261554
Adding to this, the mountain engine Godred recklessly came off the rails and fell down a mountainside on the line's opening day. As punishment (because safety is triply important on a mountain railway) he was left at the back of the shed and never repaired. Cannibalised for spare parts until there was nothing left.

>>1261533
I agree. The expressions were also some of the best, pic related.

>>1261704
Anyone capable of critical thought is.
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>>1261453
>>1261538
>>1261572
>“No. 2", said Duke. "Was American and very cocky. He rode roughly and often came off the rails. I warned him to be careful!"
>"Listen, bud!", he drawled. "In the States, we don't care a dime for a few spills!"

That would imply he worked in the states at least for a little while, to have learned that "we" (they) "don't care a dime for a few spills".
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>>1261794
>Three steam locomotive type drawings were sent to Baldwin Works (finance guaranteed by the French Government) for production of C n2t, 2C n2t, and light Mallet BB n4v for 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) gauge lines. With the usual American liberty, Baldwin Drawing Office produced their "version Americaine" of these locomotive types. The first C n2t (based to Decauville design) came out in November 1914 and the first batch of 2C n2t in January 1915. Only two more batches were built for the French.

>The reason why the British War Office decided to adopt the type as its principal military steam locomotive is uncertain but Baldwin started production in 1916 and built 495 locomotives between October 1916 and April 1917. All were delivered except for nine which were lost at sea.[1]

Maybe Awdry just got some of his research wrong.
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>>1261677
"A Shed for Edward" and "The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor" are the only bad episodes of that season. The rest all range from good to meh, at least.
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>>1261794
Isn't it entirely possible that No. 2 picked the idea up from American engines that were getting refit or rebuilt at Baldwin while he was being built?
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>>1261709
>Henry WAS that locomotive, and he proved a failure, so why build 2?
See >>1261556
>Nothing was proved, but it was alleged that a Locomotive Builder with a grudge against Gresley had engineer a "leak" so as to steal a march on him. His spy, however, blundered and took the wrong drawings. The mistake was discovered too late.
There was never supposed to be a second engine of this type, but it(Henry) was built because the spy fucked up his job. The original prototype was scrapped.
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>>1261852
Maybe, but it doesn't make much sense that he would keep this ideology well through WWI.
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>>1261854
Could just be a pride of heritage type deal. Ironically, human Americans like to make a big deal about their heritage in this same way, "I'm part cherokee/half Irish/quarter german so blah blah blah". If the locos at Baldwin had this attitude he could have learned it from them. If they boasted about how the states don't care too much about railway accidents he'd have had no way of knowing how full of shit they were, having never worked there in his life.

>>1261543
>>1261688
Whenever we get threads like this the scrapyard illustration or Henry getting bricked up in the tunnel are ALWAYS posted, but for me the worst has always been the accident in pic related, Edward's Exploit. Even as a kid I thought it looked painful. It's the equivalent of breaking your leg whilst running and having the shin bone flip up and stab you in the stomach.
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>>1262127
>>1261853
>>1261793
>>1261556
Jesus H Christ
I know very little about the show itself, but I thought that Shed 17 is just a creation of a sick mind, but maybe both things have the same creator.

Shed 17 is canon!!!
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I’ve been waiting this comment for awhile
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>>1262127
are we not going to mention the two separate stories in which sentient wagons are crushed to death (Douglas with the brake van, and in pic related, after Duck straight-up tells Oliver to do it)? and which both end with the moral that the other wagons, presumably fearful of being destroyed, stop giving the engines trouble?
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>>1262135
fuckin nice
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>>1260897
It is erroneous to assume content for children need to be dumbed down anyway, that's obscurantism.
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There was a really hilarious post on the last Thomas thread from a few months back. One poster posited that it is obvious that Thomas was created to help autistic children, to which another anon responded that autism was probably the last thing on Awdry's mind when he created Thomas. Really enjoyed those two posts.
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>>1262302
> One poster posited that it is obvious that Thomas was created to help autistic children
As a fan of the books it saddens me a bit when people start theorising about the corporate strategies behind Thomas's creation, as if the fact that it started out as a bedtime story for a train-loving vicar's poorly son is some kind of arcane knowledge. In fact the existence of Rev. W. Awdry or even the fact that the series was adapted from books seems to be largely unknown these days.
Yes, after it was adapted for TV no doubt all kinds of personal/business/political agendas were funnelled into it over the years, but the stories themselves were written with no intent other than entertain and educate the most simple of morals.

>>1262234
The thing is, Thomas' world (in the books at least) is 99% true to reality, the only difference being machines are sentient and can talk. They are still judged on their effectiveness and usefulness, just as we would do in reality. If a truck refuses to haul freight smoothly, if an engine refuses to operate trains, what good are they? This is why in the stories they sometimes need to be taught to do the job they were literally created for.


How about an anti-dark moment, where Thomas crashes into a fucking house and not only is everyone fine, but the wife's only complaint is that breakfast is ruined and now she'll have to cook some more?
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>>1262300
I agree wholeheartedly, but it seems that no-one creating children's media feels the same way these days.
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>>1262309
That's why series like Pretty Cure are nice
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One big missed opportunity for the current series is that there are episodes where Thomas is on railways in different countries, but they refuse to use the real historical locos that run them. I mean, we can have the Flying Scotsman, Green Arrow, Mallard, Duchess of Hamilton, and the Bluebell engines, but we can't have 844, 3801, Fairy Queen, etc. Instead, we get a bunch of OC donut steel engines like Rajiv. Also, all the rolling stock is just copypaste British stock.
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>>1262690
This is what happens when you feed Gordon steroids
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>>1262690
>'Henry takes steroids and other stories"
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>>1262690
looks like a dildo on wheels, moreso than your average steam engine
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>>1262690
Steam powered SCUD missile.
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>>1261574
I found a more accurate image
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>>1262307
>How about an anti-dark moment, where Thomas crashes into a fucking house and not only is everyone fine, but the wife's only complaint is that breakfast is ruined and now she'll have to cook some more?

Kek. You're funny. Are you a writer by hobby?

Oh, here's a Union Pacific Big Boy... for (you).
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>>1262993
Range slightly greater than regular SCUD.
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Wasn't a big reason for Henry's rebuild due to dissatisfaction with the first artist and his refusal to look at real trains?

"Here's a real LMS locomotive, look at it!"
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>>1260977
What's the name of the book?
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>>1263488
Actually Awdry originally wanted Henry Killed off. It was the publishers insistence that Henry still exist
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>>1263655
Not so much killed off as left to rot, if I recall. He wanted him left in that tunnel forever, for the egregious crime of not wanting to work. The publishers refused to publish unless Henry got to leave the tunnel.
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>>1263493
The Island of Sodor: Its People, History, and Railways. Pdf link here >>1260982
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>>1263694
>https://mega.nz/#!BqIBHIAb!HTx39ywzJ0w_558sZNo1Z-TM9XIWgi8VgbhoQiNIiwY
Thanks!
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>>1263693
I was referring to the original ending to "the Flying kipper" but yeah that also kinda happened
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>>1263693
>>1263822
It does strike me as odd that despite that they never insisted they change the end of "The Sad Story of Henry", where the Fat Director says he will be left there "for always and always and always". Even the TV series used that line. Makes Topham look a little weak for going back on his word in the very next story
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>>1263488
Yes. It didn't help that at the end of the first book, Henry is painted blue, which coupled with the artist's inaccuracies made him indistinguishable from Gordon at times. Pic related is the worst offender; Awdry had to respond to a fan letter asking about the inaccuracy explaining Henry had been temporarily fitted with a set of Gordon's square buffers.
I remember as a kid not being sure if the engine here was meant to be Edward or Gordon - even the face doesn't really resemble Henry, who was previously (and since) drawn with a straighter nose.
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>>1263930
Oops, here's the pic.
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Despite the direction the TV series has gone recently I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they adapted Small Railway Engines last season or so. Not only are they the first RWS characters in years but the stories were adapted word-for-word. I thought we were long past the possibility of that happening.
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>>1265078
>the stories were adapted word-for-word
I find that super hard to believe considering in the new seasons the trains seem to be magic and do anything they want, such as drive themselves, and decide what track they want to go down.
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>>1263932
What's extra confusing is that the artist was aware enough to give a face that looks nothing like Gordon's.

Also, I used to think that Henry was an LMS Royal Scot rather than Black 5. The one train book I had, contained these two entries. As you can see, the Black 5 entry has an image that made it hard to see the locomotive. Meanwhile the Royal Scot entry (which I must add only shows the rebuilt versions) looks quite similar to rebuilt Henry, even having a similar tender to RWS Henry.
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>>1265090
Surprisingly, the Small Engine stories were pretty close to the books. Now, the "Big World, Big Adventures" stuff that my 4.5 year old LOVES is a little much; jumping tank engines, taking corners on one wheel, trucks being HELPFUL. I'm not buying it.
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>>1265090
The worst thing they did in those episodes was shoehorn Thomas into some scenes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LHI0_iQf1s
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>>1262307

>the only difference being machines are sentient and can talk.

Lets not forget the ~1000 square mile island sitting between the Isle of Man and Barrow-in-Furness, with its own history (with named monarchs and significant events), and it's own language (a Gaelic language related to and mostly mutually intelligible with Manx).

>>1261793

The Godred incident is a reference to the accident that occured on the opening day of the Snowden Mountain Railway. Pic related.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdon_Mountain_Railway#Opening_day_accident
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>>1265579
what surprised me most about reading up on the "real" Godred accident is that there was only one fatality. I assumed in real life the entire train had gone down the mountain, as generally the accidents adapted for the Railway Series tend to be a bit more gruesome in reality
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>>1265090
>the trains seem to be magic
no shit Sherlock they have faces and to be honest i don't mind if the engines move by themselves
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>>1265645
Your lax standards have no place here. Don't ever post in a Thomas the Tank Engine thread again you knuckledragging cunt. I'm deadly serious.
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>>1262307
Trains always crash into houses.
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>>1265661
Right but when they do people don't generally say "Oh deary me, breakfast is quite ruined and this is just slightly inconvenient"
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>>1262237
> Thomas the K-36

Yeeeees
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>>1265154
I Like to think Henry was this >>1263328
(Can i get some more info on this loco btw? First ive heard of it) but his wreck was in the 40s/50s and he was rebuilt with his original boiler/chassis using new black 5 parts making him basically a black 5.
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>>1265660
I agree with u anon
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>>1263328
>>1265714
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/gallery/image/40120-ivatt-gresley-pacific/
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>>1265857
>RMweb link on 4chins

Fuck, you crossed the goddamn streams.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siZoMTn1WqE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfJWQ2cXSs
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Non-CG Thomas + based on Awdry books = God-tier

Non-CG Thomas + not based on Awdry books = Okay-tier

CG Thomas = Shit-tier
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Fun facts:

The Island of Sodor is based off of the Isle of Man.

Several of Awdry's stories, and the narrow gauge railway in particular, are based on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales (pic related), on which Awdry was a volunteer.
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>>1260687
>>1260727
>The Wikipedia link about double-heading at the bottom
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>>1262302
Thomas was my fucking shit when I was a kid, I also have a slight case of undiagnosed assburgers, don't if its a correlation...
Then again I loved trains in general as a young kid, loved the toys a lot too. I think I found the narrating really soothing.
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>>1265971
This story, in particular, was based on an event that Awdry caused.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQlwQ0mNiME
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>>1265971
>The Island of Sodor is based off of the Isle of Man.
Sodor comes from the real life diocese of Sodor and Man, which only covers the Isle of Man. So Awdry made named his island the Isle of Sodor and placed it off the coast of the Isle of Man.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_Sodor_and_Man
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>>1261543
Continuing on that line of thought: is this image original too? I've never been able to find anything which would confirm or dispel that notion.
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>>1266063
It's edited, Spencer is overlapping the tree.
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>>1260687
>that footnote

Holy mother of autism
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>>1261306
>All aboard the Feel Train!
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-oew-allcroft26-2008jun26-story.html?outputType=amp
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http://ackleyattack.wikia.com/wiki/Trainboy54
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>>1266175
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iwvu-j7BuY&t=1s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjfwNwyhzXQ&t=138s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4R9LqdGGac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOts_ZImY14&t=2s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62APHDGlJyY&t=15s
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>>1267152
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iwvu-j7BuY&t=1s [Open]
SWMBO, mother of a 1.5 and a 4.5 year old, almost fell off the couch trying not to laugh audibly after the kids were put to bed on Christmas Day. So, thank you for that.
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This show was pretty problematic, sometimes.
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>>1267152
>>1268168
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDxMHjkntvo
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Have you noticed recent talk where the world of Thomas the Tank Engine is described as a 1984-style dystopia? It stems from this 2017 article:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/rabbit-holes/the-repressive-authoritarian-soul-of-thomas-the-tank-engine-and-friends
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>>1271148
No and that sounds stupid.
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>>1260634
It was good until they went with shitty CGI to save money.
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>>1260692
Feels dark, man.

Here's a sequel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4spPWx0y88w
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>>1271419
It was only a matter of time before someone posted the other link.
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>>1271148
>When I was a child, I could spend all day at Shining Time Station, the fictive train depot with its own eponymous TV show
Wait, i thought the show was called "Thomas the tank engine"?
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>>1265661
This case happened in Sweden. A cleaning lady rang at the command and the train accelerated.
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>>1271519
In the US they used Shining Time Station to sell the Thomas stories. Eventually Thomas became so big that it didn't need Shining Time, and Shining Time just faded away

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg7OVrx1tss
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>>1271419
The madman actually went and made the sequel.
shit.
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I have discovered that one of the lesser-known reasons for why the 2000s episodes were bad was because from Series 6 (2002) to Series 16 (2012), there was no railway consultant working on the show to give input on real-world railway operations. This period also pretty much corresponds with the series' ownership by HiT Entertainment before Mattel bought it. It probably would not have been sold to HiT in the first place had the Magic Railroad movie from 2000 been a success.

So...
Seasons 1-5 (1984-1998/based on Awdry family stories and originals by show's creators/everything before the Magic Railroad movie): God-tier
Seasons 6-16 (2002-2012/HiT Entertianment period): Shit-tier
Seasons 17-present (2013-present/Mattel period): Okay-tier

Pic totally unrelated.
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>>1261313
This is easily the best photo I have EVER seen holy fuck im dying
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>>1260634
I love Thomas, I always have. Im starting an HO scale layout soon and wanted to get 1-11 of the NWR but those GOD DAMN ENGLISH AND THEIR OO SCALE REEEEEE
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>>1268936
AYO HOL UP WHERE DA AMERICAN TANK ENGINES AT
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>>1261560
MORE AMERICAN TENDER ENGINES REEEEEEEEE
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>>1271847
Oh yes because an island between the Isle of Wight and Barrow-in-Furness needs "muh ermericans"
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>>1271847
>>1271913
Stanley says hi!
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>>1271422
It's satire you idiots.
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>>1271812
Yeah, Sam Wilkinson really helped the show with scamming people and yelling at people under sockpuppets.
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>>1271847
They're on Misty Island, which is inexplicably in West Virginia, but just off the shore of Sodor. I will admit, however, to being a little happy to see a Climax show up; even if he is inexplicably fast enough to pair with a 4-6-2 express engine.
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>>1271847
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>>1260634
Fuck that Thomas pussy I'm-a blow his ass right off the tracks
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The problem with US engines on Sodor
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>>1274105
You probably are not a fan of Sam, then, which is based off of a Virginian Railway 2-6-6-6 Blue Ridge class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_zsnNs-VYI
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>Luckily, no one was hurt
>Luckily, no one was hurt
>Luckily, no one was hurt
>Luckily, no one was hurt
>Luckily, no one was hurt

It's pretty unusual for a railway, which has at least one accident or derailment per day, to also have no fatalities or even injuries from them.
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>>1274152
>Unfortunately, everyone was hurt
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>>1274152
The ORR must employ hundreds of inspectors on the Island of Sodor.
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>>1274105
What is the constraint the lesser height is depicting?
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>>1274553
American trains often go half a foot wider than the line at minimum
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>>1274152
I had a brief glance through the Rev's giant tome of lore, to see if there were any injuries mentioned there that never made it into the children's books, but didn't find anything significant. There was this though

>Re-opened on Easter Monday 1901, the Culdee Fell Railway has operated ever since with an unblemished safety record. There have, of course, been minor mishaps such as ME/38-41, but these are rare, and though they cause annoyance and inconvenience have never resulted in injury to any passenger.

You could choose to read this as passengers are never injured, but staff drop like flies.
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>>1260634
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>>1274723
What? There are no American gauges in the image.
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>>1275485
this is the standard that BNSF, UP, CP and CN's mainlines all follow; making up ~60% of all north american rail line.
essentially take the USSR standard, add 3' to its height, and reduce the size of the chamfers until they're ~1' tall
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>>1275485
That's because American track gauge is the standard 4ft 8.5 inches. American loading gauge is wide enough to fit regular cramptons without destroying all the platforms. It should also be noted that American locomotives are often far taller than British ones
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>>1275507
10ft wide isn't even the widest that US locos could go. Virginian Railway's 2-10-10-2s were 144 inches wide at the footplates (the boiler alone was 118 inches wide!), and the low pressure cylinders were each 48 inches wide.

Compare that to >>1274105 , where the tiny UK gauge only allows a car to be 114 inches wide.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfJWQ2cXSs
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>>1260692
Someone conceived, wrote, read, and animated this. And I watched the whole goddamn thing.
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>>1276040
And he makes comedy sketches and twitter comics with the same models. Seriously Roley the coach is really funny
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>>1276040
it's not even the whole thing that gets to me. It's just THAT last scene seeing Thomas turn into this eldritch abomination after realizing he's some abomination of science. The way he unzips himself and he grows arms creeps me the fuck out. And it lasts way longer than it needs to making it way more unnerving. I hate how it's never explained but everything else lines up with human organs not being able to replace mechanical functions.
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>>1271847
fuck sake, you've only gone and ruined Thomas the Tank Engine for me
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>>1271812
>Seasons 6-16 (2002-2012/HiT Entertianment period): Shit-tier
You fucking what m8
that's my childhood you've just called shit there
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>>1278611
Your childhood would have been better had you been exposed to the good Thomas seasons.
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>>1278611
This is almost as funny as that time someone actually tried to defend mayonnaise as a gender
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>>1278754
Sauce?
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>>1274760
terrible name for a cookie brand. sounds like some kind of drain cleaner or something
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>>1278611
don't worry, I've called child services since you were very clearly abused as a child
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>This class of engine was acquired to replace the line's original Beyer-Peacock 2-4-0 engines, which were not powerful enough to handle the traffic. The X-class locomotives were bought in two batches from the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works, Winterthur, Switzerland. The first batch of 12 was delivered between 1920 and 1925, and the second batch of five was delivered in 1952.

SHE'S A FRAUD!
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>>1280784
The "Mexican" engine from the same movie is based off of the only currently-operating historic steam locomotive in North America south of the US-Mexican border. It was built by Baldwin in Philadelphia.

Also a fraud.
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>>1280784
>>1280873
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>>1280873
That explains his deleted scene.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYpcbxjPC8Y
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>>1280784
She doesn't even climb mountains
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>>1278655
I had those too.
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>>1279983
mayonnaise
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>>1272128
Stanley is a Baldwin 10-12-D. A class built for second line service in France during WW1. It was also mass produced to the extreme. Also that war kinda ended and then Stanley ended up on Sodor
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>>1268936
He crashed straight through a fucking chocolate factory do you really think he wasn't gonna be brown after that.



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