History Characters / TheRailwaySeries

17th Sep '17 6:56:07 PM Thomasfan
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* WeUsedToBeFriends: A more minor example than most cases, but look at Falcon and Stuart on the MSR and Sir Handel and Peter Sam now. They have become much less in sync than they were in the past.




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* WeUsedToBeFriends: More minor that most. See Sir Handel's entry.
13th Sep '17 12:35:31 AM erik6767
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* AntiHero: He initially laughed upon hearing Thomas' predicament with Clarabel and only opted to rescue Thomas because the latter's train was blocking the line and preventing Diesel from going home, though he eventually realized that GoodFeelsGood.



* DarkMessiah: Preaches about diesels being "revolutionary".

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* DarkMessiah: Preaches Is painted pitch black and preaches about diesels being "revolutionary".



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: It turned out that The Fat Controller never believed Diesel, and had sent Duck away to give Diesel enough room to cause his own downfall.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Thomas and the Evil Diesel'' after rescuing Clarabel.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: It turned out that The Fat Controller never believed Diesel, Diesel and had sent Duck away to give Diesel enough room to cause his own downfall.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Thomas and the Evil Diesel'' after rescuing Clarabel.Thomas.



* ReformedButRejected: Wasn't received warmly by Thomas and Toby when he was brought back.

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* ReformedButRejected: Wasn't Despite initially trying to be good, Diesel wasn't received warmly by Thomas and Toby when he was brought back.
5th Sep '17 2:13:07 AM BNSF1995
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* {{Jerkass}}: It was stated that he was incredibly rude and spiteful.
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* {{Jerkass}}: It was stated that he was incredibly rude and spiteful.
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spiteful. Fans tend to make him an AxCrazy psychopath who murders (or at least attempts to murder) other engines either because he views them as obsolete, or due to SanitySlippage.
* NoNameGiven: Though following the release of the infamous YouTube series ''Sodor: The Dark Times'', he is often named Alfred.



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%%* NoNameGiven* NoNameGiven: Though following the release of the infamous YouTube series ''Sodor: The Dark Times'', he is often named Cecil.



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* NoNameGiven: Though he does have several FanNicknames, including Patriot and Reginald.



When Diesel came on trial to the North Western Railway, he boasted about diesel being "revolutionary". As a result, he got into an accident with some old, rusty trucks, which made the trucks sing rude songs about him. Diesel believed that Duck had made the trucks laugh at him and decided to pay him out by spreading rumors that Duck had made names for Gordon, Henry, and James, but then got too big for his buffers and told lies about Henry, possibly as a scheme to get The Fat Controller to dieselize. Diesel was found out by The Fat Controller and sent back to the Other Railway in disgrace. That is until he was brought back to help on Thomas' Branch Line while Percy was getting repairs, much to Thomas and Toby's displeasure. After destroying some trucks, Diesel was to be sent away again, but in the meantime, he came to Thomas' rescue by putting Clarabel back on the rails. Despite returning to the Other Railway, Diesel is always welcome on Sodor.

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When Diesel came on trial to the North Western Railway, he boasted about diesel being "revolutionary". As a result, he got into an accident with some old, rusty trucks, which made the trucks sing rude songs about him. Diesel believed that Duck had made the trucks laugh at him and decided to pay him out by spreading rumors that Duck had made names for Gordon, Henry, and James, but then got too big for his buffers and told lies about Henry, possibly as part of a scheme plot to slowly get The Fat Controller to dieselize.the steam engines sent away and replaced with diesels. Diesel was found out by The Fat Controller and sent back to the Other Railway in disgrace. That is until he was brought back to help on Thomas' Branch Line while Percy was getting repairs, much to Thomas and Toby's displeasure. After destroying some trucks, Diesel was to be sent away again, but in the meantime, he came to Thomas' rescue by putting Clarabel back on the rails. Despite returning to the Other Railway, Diesel is always welcome on Sodor.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: It turned out that The Fat Controller never believed Diesel, and had sent Duck away to give Diesel enough room to cause his own downfall.



* BreakTheHaughty / LaserGuidedKarma: Gets his air intake jammed by an inspector's bowler hat.

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* BreakTheHaughty / LaserGuidedKarma: Gets his air intake jammed by an inspector's bowler hat. Later ends up finding himself obsolete when his class, the BR Class 40, was relegated from express workings due to their lack of electric train heating and being underpowered for their weight, quickly being replaced by Class 47 and Class 55 diesels.



* LaserGuidedKarma: He gets converted into a pumping engine.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: He gets converted into a pumping engine.
engine and later got scrapped when the railway was closed.



* FantasticRacism: Towards the steam engines.

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* FantasticRacism: Towards the steam engines.engines, likely to cover up the fact that his class was fast being withdrawn by the time the story was set.
5th Sep '17 2:01:54 AM BNSF1995
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First introduced in the 10th book "Four Little Engines", this Narrow Gauge railway operates independently from the NWR, though Main Line NWR engines have interacted with them in conversation. Each engine has a real-life counterpart on the Talyllyn railway, with a corresponding name - ''Talyllyn'', ''Dolgoch'', ''Sir Haydn'', ''Edward Thomas'', ''Midlander'', ''Douglas'', ''Alf'' and ''Tom Rolt''. Duke is based on the Corris Railway's ''Prince''.

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First introduced in the 10th book "Four Little Engines", this Narrow Gauge railway operates independently from the NWR, though Main Line NWR engines have interacted with them in conversation. Each engine has a real-life counterpart on the Talyllyn railway, with a corresponding name - ''Talyllyn'', ''Dolgoch'', ''Sir Haydn'', ''Edward Thomas'', ''Midlander'', ''Douglas'', ''Alf'' and ''Tom Rolt''. Duke is based on the Corris Ffestiniog Railway's ''Prince''.
21st Aug '17 7:09:31 AM moloch
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21st Aug '17 6:59:34 AM moloch
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%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KilledOffForReal: Or was he?

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* KilledOffForReal: Or was he?
he? No seriously, we have no idea, it's a ContinuitySnarl.



* BizarreAlienBiology: Relative to most of the other engines. The Mountain Engines have ''two'' faces, one on either end. This is entirely unremarked upon within the series.
** Possibly because their railway has no facilities for turning the engines around, so they need to be able to run in either direction.



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%%* NiceGuy* NiceGuy: Just a rather pleasant, friendly engine, who enjoys chatting to Skarloey during his layover at their sheds.
21st Aug '17 6:53:30 AM moloch
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* PunnyName: In the real world, "[[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Sir Handel]]" is based on Talyllyn's [[Music/JosephHaydn Sir Haydn]][[labelnote:*]] Named after Sir Haydn Jones, real-life owner of the Talyllyn railway[[/labelnote]], keeping the classical music reference intact.

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* PunnyName: In the real world, "[[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Sir Handel]]" [[note]]Fictionally named after the Skarloey Railway owner Sir Handel Brown[[/note]] is based on Talyllyn's [[Music/JosephHaydn Sir Haydn]][[labelnote:*]] Haydn]][[note]] Named after Sir Haydn Jones, real-life owner of the Talyllyn railway[[/labelnote]], railway[[/note]], keeping the classical music reference intact.
21st Aug '17 6:41:38 AM IronScope
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* CulturalPosturing: In his debut he's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Western_Railway Great Western]] way or the wrong way". Fortunately he got over it quite quickly.



* MisplacedNationalism: Or at least something very like it. In his debut episode he's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Western_Railway Great Western]] way or the wrong way". Fortunately he got over it quite quickly.



* StillWearingTheOldColors: He is painted in the GWR's Brunswick green livery.




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* StillWearingTheOldColors: He is painted in the GWR's Brunswick green livery.
21st Aug '17 6:33:25 AM moloch
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The Arlesdale Railway is a small railway that runs from the end of the Arlesburgh line to hills and quarries which supply ballast for the NWR. Duck, Oliver, Donald and Douglas frequently interact with them. It is based largely on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, and its locomotives named after local rivers, ''Esk, Mite'' and ''Irt'', diesel engine ''Perkins'', and ''Northern Rock.''

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The Arlesdale Railway is a small railway that runs from the end of the Arlesburgh line to hills and quarries which supply ballast for the NWR. Duck, Oliver, Donald and Douglas frequently interact with them. It is based largely on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, and its locomotives named after local rivers, ''Esk, Mite'' and ''Irt'', diesel engine ''Perkins'', and ''Northern Rock.''
'' There are also some engines mentioned only in ''Sodor, It's History, People and Railways'' and ''Sodor, Reading Between The Lines'' - the notoriously unreliable diesels the "Blisters" 1 & 2, based on ''Cyril'' from the R&E, and "Sigrid Of Arlesdale", based on ''Shelagh of Eskdale''.



There are also some engines mentioned in ''Sodor, It's History, People and Railways'' and ''Sodor, Reading Between The Lines'' where they were mostly "undocumented"
* Blisters 1 & 2
* Sigrid Of Arlesdale
9th Aug '17 8:31:27 PM BNSF1995
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* FantasticRacism: Averted. Unlike D199, he was nice and sensible and tried to shut him up for his remarks about the local engines.

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* FantasticRacism: Averted. Unlike D199, he was nice and sensible and tried to shut him up for his remarks about the local engines. TruthInTelevision, as Bear's class used hydraulics instead of electrics, and had been declared non-standard by BR by the time he arrived on Sodor.
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