History Literature / TheRailwaySeries

20th Jul '16 12:42:24 PM moloch
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* NoodleImplements: It's never explained what the extra faces on the Mountain Engines are for.
20th Jul '16 11:19:27 AM 313Bluestreak
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** Don't compare Duck's MotorMouth to a quacking duck.

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** Don't compare Duck's MotorMouth to a quacking duck. Also, do NOT insult or belittle the Great Western Railway.



** While the troublesome trucks play tricks on you unprovoked, don't order them around or bump them.

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** While the troublesome trucks play tricks on you unprovoked, don't for their amusement, they'll also do it to you when you order them around or bump them.



* BullyingTheDragon: Troublesome trucks will often find out that messing with engines like Duck, Donald, and Douglas is a big mistake.

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* BullyingTheDragon: Troublesome The troublesome trucks will often find out that messing with engines like Duck, Donald, and Douglas is a big mistake.



* TheFreelanceShameSquad: The engines are often shown laughing or smirking whenever another has an accident or other humiliating incident, no matter how dire.

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* TheFreelanceShameSquad: The engines are often shown laughing or smirking whenever another has an accident or other humiliating incident, incidents, no matter how dire.



* {{Jerkass}}: The troublesome trucks, especially the ballast trucks who are said to be the worst behaved trucks on the line. Also some of the diesels who are haughty and prejudiced against steam engines. Even engines like Sir Handel and Duncan are this at their worst.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The {{Jerkass}}:
** As their name implies, the
troublesome trucks, especially the trucks. The ballast trucks who are said to be the worst behaved trucks on the line. Also some of line.
** There's also
the diesels who are haughty and prejudiced against steam engines. engines.
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Even engines like Sir Handel and Duncan are can be this at their worst.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who was being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel").

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who was being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel"). Either way, it doesn't matter which engine they play tricks on as long as they enjoy it.



* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked:
** In "Rock 'n' Roll" from ''The Little Old Engine'', Rusty is called to help Duncan back on the rails, but refuses to do it because Duncan was rude to him and called him a "smelly old diesel". Skarloey then scolds Rusty for this and reminds him of the passengers, and soon Rusty does so. In the end, Rusty and Duncan became good friends.
** In "Mavis" from ''Tramway Engines'', after the title character gets stuck on the line after ignoring Toby's warnings about the trucks, he refuses to help her. When his driver points out that the trucks are technically his responsibility, however, he "thoughtfully" decides to go after all.
** In "Drip Tank" from ''More About Thomas The Tank Engine'', Percy refuses to help Thomas out of an accident with his water tank because he called him a "drip", but his driver reminds him of the passengers' safety. He soon comes to Thomas' rescue, thus ending their bitter falling out throughout the whole book.



* SkewedPriorities: Happens a lot on Sodor:

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* SkewedPriorities: Happens a lot on Sodor:Sodor.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Due to pressure from publishers to tie in with [[ThomasAndFriends the TV series]], many later books were rotated around Thomas and his branch line.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Due to pressure from publishers to tie in with [[ThomasAndFriends [[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine the TV series]], many later books were rotated around Thomas and his branch line.



* TwinSwitch: Donald and Douglas in ''The Missing Coach'', Bill and Ben in ''The Diseasel''.

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* TwinSwitch: Donald and Douglas in ''The Missing Coach'', Coach'' and Bill and Ben in ''The Diseasel''.
20th Jul '16 9:36:36 AM moloch
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* ArtEvolution: Mostly due to differing illustrators. The timeline shows Reginald Dalby (1945-1956) as rather childish and miniature, John Kenney (1957-1962) as more realistic and painting-like, Peter and Gunvor Edwards (1963-1972) as impressionistic but like it happened in real life and Clive Spong (1983-present) as about as picturesque as Kenney.

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* ArtEvolution: Mostly due to differing illustrators. Across four different official illustrators[[labelnote:*]]The first few books were illustrated by others, but touched up or redrawn by the first "official" artist, Dalby[[/labelnote]]. The timeline shows style of C Reginald Dalby (1945-1956) as (1945-1956), the first, was rather childish sunny and miniature, miniature-like, though his disinterest in consistency and technical details led to disagreements with Awdry. John Kenney Kenney's (1957-1962) as style was more realistic and painting-like, dynamic, and often painted from life or photo-reference. Peter and Gunvor Edwards Edwards' (1963-1972) as impressionistic work resembled Kenny's, but like it happened in real life with greater emphasis on landscape and weather, and an impressionist influence. Clive Spong Spong's (1983-present) as work is about as picturesque as Kenney.
21st Apr '16 3:10:08 PM margdean56
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** Thomas and Percy have their moments of teasing each other on occasions.

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** Thomas and Percy have their moments of teasing each other on occasions.occasion.
21st Apr '16 3:09:38 PM margdean56
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The big engines think the "wee engine" (Rex, Mike, and Bert) are some sort of magic, despite the fact they met small engines before (eg, the Skarloey engines).

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The big engines think the "wee engine" engines" (Rex, Mike, and Bert) are some sort of magic, despite the fact they met small engines before (eg, the Skarloey engines).



** Don't make Gordon pull trucks. The same applies with Sir Handel.
** Don't remind James any of his accidents (i.e., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue (which, by the way, led to said bootlace incident).

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** Don't make Gordon pull trucks. The same applies with to Sir Handel.
** Don't remind James of any of his accidents (i.e., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue (which, by the way, led to said bootlace incident).



** Don't refer Daisy as "feeble".

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** Don't refer to Daisy as "feeble".



* BrattyHalfPint: Thomas started out as one in his CharacterArc. The same goes with Percy. Bill and Ben are always this as [=BoCo=] points out how they can be maddening at times.

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* BrattyHalfPint: Thomas started out as one in his CharacterArc. The same goes with for Percy. Bill and Ben are always this as [=BoCo=] points out how they can be maddening at times.



* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line: ([[TheLeader Thomas]], [[TheLancer Percy]], [[TheSmartGuy Toby]], [[TheBigGuy Mavis]], and [[TheChick Daisy]].

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* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line: ([[TheLeader [[TheLeader Thomas]], [[TheLancer Percy]], [[TheSmartGuy Toby]], [[TheBigGuy Mavis]], and [[TheChick Daisy]].



* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who were being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel".)
* LaserGuidedKarma: This occurs at almost every single time. Whenever there's an engine who is being either rude, haughty, or stubborn, they will get themselves into an unfortunate mishap or accident, not to mention they will receive ridicule from the other engines. This often causes the engine to become nicer and wise enough to not make the same mistakes again.
* LazyArtist: C. Reginald Dalby. He could have easily gone down to the station near his house to see real engines to base his illustrations on, or he could have looked at photographs, but he didn't. He couldn't be bothered to be keep engines' proportions consistent (resulting in Percy eventually looking like, as Awdry put it, "a green caterpillar with red stripes") or even [[IncrediblyLamePun keep track]] of how many wheels he drew Henry with. This was the reason for Henry's rebuild - Awdry had to have him rebuilt as a specific real class of locomotive so that he could send Dalby reference photos.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who were was being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel".)
Diesel").
* LaserGuidedKarma: This occurs at almost every single time. Whenever there's an engine who is being either rude, haughty, or stubborn, they will get themselves into an unfortunate mishap or accident, not to mention they will receive ridicule from the other engines. This often causes the engine to become nicer and wise enough to not make the same mistakes again.
* LazyArtist: C. Reginald Dalby. He could have easily gone down to the station near his house to see real engines to base his illustrations on, or he could have looked at photographs, but he didn't. He couldn't be bothered to be keep engines' proportions consistent (resulting in Percy eventually looking like, as Awdry put it, "a green caterpillar with red stripes") or even [[IncrediblyLamePun keep track]] of how many wheels he drew Henry with. This was the reason for Henry's rebuild - -- Awdry had to have him rebuilt as a specific real class of locomotive so that he could send Dalby reference photos.



* NoSympathy: This happens quite a lot. Whenever an engine gets in unpleasant situation, this will lead them to get teased or scoffed at. However, this mistreatment on the engine depends either if the engine receiving this treatment had [[LaserGuidedKarma brought it upon themselves due to their misbehavior]], or that the engine expressing their lack of sympathy to another was being rude for their own sake, in which case something will likely lead them to get ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine shortly afterwards.
** Henry received this treatment from the engines following his increasing illness. Other engines usually ignoring his moaning until he starts effecting their own work schedule (Thomas in particular chewed out Henry for making him late, and only saw his ill bout as an opportunity to pull his train in his place). Only his crew and Sir Topham Hatt shown concern for his health and took measures to repair him, leading him to get the last laugh on some of the apathetic engines from before when he starts to outclass them.
** Thomas often displays this treatment towards engines who were being late for his passenger trains much like the example with Henry as mentioned above.

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* NoSympathy: This happens quite a lot. Whenever an engine gets in unpleasant situation, this will lead them to get teased or scoffed at. However, this mistreatment on of the engine depends either if on whether the engine receiving this treatment had [[LaserGuidedKarma brought it upon themselves due to their misbehavior]], or that whether the engine expressing their lack of sympathy to another was being rude for their its own sake, in which case something will likely lead them to get ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine shortly afterwards.
** Henry received this treatment from the engines following his increasing illness. Other engines usually ignoring ignored his moaning until he starts effecting started affecting their own work schedule (Thomas in particular chewed out Henry for making him late, and only saw his ill bout as an opportunity to pull his train in his place). Only his crew and Sir Topham Hatt shown showed concern for his health and took measures to repair him, leading him to get the last laugh on some of the apathetic engines from before when he starts to outclass them.
** Thomas often displays this treatment towards engines who were being late for his passenger trains trains, much like the example with Henry as mentioned above.



** The Barber that got angry with Duck for frightening his customers rather then crashing into the Barber shop which may of endangered the lives of said customers.

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** The Barber that got angry with Duck for frightening his customers rather then crashing into the Barber shop which may of have endangered the lives of said customers.



* SteamNeverDies: [[JustifiedTrope Not on Sodor, at any rate.]] Due to the degree of operating independence given to the North Western Railway under British Rail the mass-dieselization order did not apply, and since the railway is still turning a decent profit after Privatization the Fat Controller sees no reason to change things - especially given the years of hard work the engines have all put in.

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* SteamNeverDies: [[JustifiedTrope Not on Sodor, at any rate.]] Due to the degree of operating independence given to the North Western Railway under British Rail the mass-dieselization order did not apply, and since the railway is still turning a decent profit after Privatization the Fat Controller sees no reason to change things - -- especially given the years of hard work the engines have all put in.
21st Apr '16 2:30:28 PM margdean56
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** Oliver becomes flattered of the remarks of the other engines about his escape from scrap.

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** Oliver becomes flattered of by the remarks of the other engines about his escape from scrap.
20th Feb '16 12:11:30 PM k410ren
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* NoodleImplements: It's never explained what the extra faces on the Mountain Engines are for.
20th Feb '16 7:20:47 AM 313Bluestreak
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** Sir Handel gets the for his wheels, although these make him egotistical.

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** Sir Handel gets the this for his wheels, although these make him egotistical.
20th Feb '16 5:53:26 AM k410ren
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** Don't remind James any of his accidents (i.e., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue.

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** Don't remind James any of his accidents (i.e., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue.blue (which, by the way, led to said bootlace incident).
6th Nov '15 4:51:16 PM 313Bluestreak
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:
** Edward often gets teased by the other engines (mainly Gordon, James, and Henry) for being old.
** Thomas initially gets this due to him being self-important and cheeky.
** Duck gets this from the other engines, though he really brought it on himself with his constant harping on about the inherent superiority of the Great Western Railway above all others.
** Peter Sam was subject of this due to his broken funnel.
** Sir Handel gets the for his wheels, although these make him egotistical.



* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The Welsh-sounding name of Ffarquhar (The town where Thomas' branch line terminates) is in fact derived from "Far-away quarry".



* BrattyHalfPint: Thomas started out as one in his CharacterArc. The same goes with Percy. Bill and Ben are always this as [=BoCo=] points out how they can be maddening at times.



* ComicallyLopsidedRivalry: Common in the series. Smart, hardworking engines such as Edward, Toby and Duck always have the last laugh on arrogant, reckless ones such as Henry, Gordon and James.



* FantasticRacism: The steam and diesel engines began resembling this, but it died down after some friendly diesels joined the railway. Taken to its extreme in ''James and the Diesel Engines'', in which James is the only engine to still hold a grudge.

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* EnsembleCast: The series gave individual novels to many engines and even different railways, and while many appeared more so than others, there was never a definite lead character
* FantasticRacism: The steam and diesel engines began resembling this, but it died down after some friendly diesels joined the railway. Taken to its extreme in ''James and the Diesel Engines'', in which James is the only engine to still hold a grudge.grudge until in the last story "Deep Freeze".



* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line.

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* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line.line: ([[TheLeader Thomas]], [[TheLancer Percy]], [[TheSmartGuy Toby]], [[TheBigGuy Mavis]], and [[TheChick Daisy]].


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* TheFreelanceShameSquad: The engines are often shown laughing or smirking whenever another has an accident or other humiliating incident, no matter how dire.


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* MenActWomenAre: A common criticism of the books was that most of the female characters were coaches, while all of the male characters were engines (meaning that the females were incapable of doing anything unless they were being towed along by a male).
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