History Literature / TheRailwaySeries

29th Mar '18 12:15:20 AM Thomasfan
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** On the Mid Sodor Line, [[IHaveManyNames Falcon/Sir Handel]] [[TeamDad Duke]] and [[IHaveManyNames Stuart/Peter Sam]]. Peter Sam is very bubbly, cheerful and near impossible not to get along with. Sir Handel has quite a temper and you have to have a lot of patience to get along with him. Duke however, may be wise and kind, but is also a bit [[GrumpyBear grumpy]]. Quite the contrast to Skarloey and Rheanes.
10th Feb '18 10:17:59 PM danlansdowne
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* MacGyvering: "James and the Bootlace" sees James' Driver and Fireman mending a leak in the brake line with newspapers secured in place with a leather bootlace borrowed from a reluctant passenger.
25th Dec '17 8:05:34 PM danlansdowne
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The stories were mostly based on real life railway events. This also became the series' undoing in the 90s and 00s, thanks to both Awdrys' insistence on portraying realistic railway operations: with no revenue steam services left in the UK and heritage railways subject to strict safety regulations, they began to run out of stories to adapt.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The stories were mostly based on real life railway events. This also became the series' undoing in the 90s and 00s, thanks to both Awdrys' insistence on portraying realistic railway operations: with no revenue steam services left in the UK and revenue and heritage railways alike subject to strict safety regulations, they began to run out of stories to adapt.
8th Dec '17 6:18:35 PM Vilui
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The big engines think the "verra wee engines" (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 "verra wee engines" (Rex, Mike, and Bert) are some sort of magic, despite the fact they met small engines before (eg, (e.g., the Skarloey engines).



** 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).

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** Don't remind James of any of his accidents (i.e.(e.g., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue (which, by the way, led to said bootlace incident).



* 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.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who was being mean or arrogant to others (i.e.(e.g., 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.



* TimeSkip: According to the Awdry family, all the books from ''The Three Railway Engines'' to ''Henry the Green Engine''are set in the 1920s and 1930s, twenty years before they were published; starting with ''Toby the Tram Engine'', the books are set within about a year of the publication date.

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* TimeSkip: According to the Awdry family, all the books from ''The Three Railway Engines'' to ''Henry the Green Engine''are Engine'' are set in the 1920s and 1930s, twenty years before they were published; starting with ''Toby the Tram Engine'', the books are set within about a year of the publication date.
5th Dec '17 9:55:31 PM danlansdowne
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* RecycledPremise: "Edward and Gordon" is strikingly similar to ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould''. Both engines are even blue.

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"Edward and Gordon" is strikingly similar to ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould''. Both engines are even blue.blue.
** ''Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas'' is likewise similar to the passage in ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'' in which the children save a train from a landslide by waving flags made of red petticoats. Mrs. Kyndley even faints, just like Bobbie did.
*** Unless, of course, Mrs. Kyndley ''was'' [[FridgeBrilliance one of the Railway Children]]...
5th Dec '17 8:40:59 PM danlansdowne
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* TimeSkip: According to the Awdry family, ''Henry the Green Engine'', published in 1951, is set in 1935, 16 years before its publication date; the following year's book, ''Toby the Tram Engine'', is set in 1951.

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* TimeSkip: According to the Awdry family, all the books from ''The Three Railway Engines'' to ''Henry the Green Engine'', published in 1951, is Engine''are set in 1935, 16 the 1920s and 1930s, twenty years before its publication date; the following year's book, they were published; starting with ''Toby the Tram Engine'', is the books are set in 1951.within about a year of the publication date.
5th Dec '17 11:37:18 AM danlansdowne
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* TraumaButton: Whatever you do, don't mention 'scrap' to Donald and Douglas.

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* TraumaButton: TimeSkip: According to the Awdry family, ''Henry the Green Engine'', published in 1951, is set in 1935, 16 years before its publication date; the following year's book, ''Toby the Tram Engine'', is set in 1951.
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Whatever you do, don't mention 'scrap' to Donald and Douglas.Douglas.
** Don't mention the possibility of being sold to Sir Handel (Falcon) or Peter Sam (Stuart).
4th Dec '17 11:03:54 PM danlansdowne
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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). Awdry senior began rectifying this later in the series with the introduction of Daisy and Mavis, a project continued by Christopher with Pip and Emma.

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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). Awdry senior began rectifying this later in the series with the introduction of Daisy and Mavis, a project an effort continued by Christopher with Pip and Emma.
4th Dec '17 11:03:04 PM danlansdowne
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The stories were mostly based on real life railway events. This also became the series' undoing in the 90s and 00s, thanks to both Awdrys' insistence on realistic railway operations: with no revenue steam services left in the UK and heritage railways subject to strict safety regulations, they began to run out of stories to adapt.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The stories were mostly based on real life railway events. This also became the series' undoing in the 90s and 00s, thanks to both Awdrys' insistence on portraying realistic railway operations: with no revenue steam services left in the UK and heritage railways subject to strict safety regulations, they began to run out of stories to adapt.
4th Dec '17 11:01:52 PM danlansdowne
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** The Fat Controller's decision to lock Gordon, Henry, and James in their sheds after the three went on strike seems to combine this with AuthorTract. Likewise Bulgy the bus and his talk of communist-esque "Revolution" against the railways.
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