History Literature / TheRailwaySeries

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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* RecycledPremise: RecycledPremise:
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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.
4th Dec '17 10:57:57 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).

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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.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The stories were mostly based on real life railway events.

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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.



* [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: Awry places his fictional railway, on the fictional Isle of Sodor, sandwiched between the Isle of Man, and Barrow-in-Furness on the English mainland. With good reason, he assumed this would give him "flexibility" to have a setting that was not too big or small, just the right size to tell a story revolving around the characters. Problem is, ''Sodor would be too small to function''. It would be a ''branchline of the network'' and nothing more. Gordon, Henry or any other express engine, running non-stop could never go fast on such a short length to justify having the fast passenger train - AND they have to make several scheduled stops along the way!

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* [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: Awry Awdry places his fictional railway, on the fictional Isle of Sodor, sandwiched between the Isle of Man, and Barrow-in-Furness on the English mainland. With good reason, he assumed this would give him "flexibility" to have a setting that was not too big or small, just the right size to tell a story revolving around the characters. Problem is, ''Sodor would be too small to function''. It would be a ''branchline of the network'' and nothing more. Gordon, Henry or any other express engine, running non-stop could never go fast on such a short length to justify having the fast passenger train - AND they have to make several scheduled stops along the way!
4th Dec '17 7:23:07 PM danlansdowne
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* GenerationXerox: The Hatt family. The "Fat Controller" is actually three generations of controller with the name "Topham Hatt". The youngest, Stephen, appears in ''Toby the Tram Engine'' as that Fat Controller's grandson.
3rd Nov '17 2:05:39 PM dieseldragons
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Paradoxically adverted on both Sodor and the other railway. On Sodor, the Fat Controller is savvy enough to know both steam and diesel have their advantages and disadvantages, keeping steam power, enables versatility. On the mainland, the diesels are always shown as largely arrogant and think themselves immune to scrapping, from newer, more powerful, more reliable, cheaper-to-run diesels or electric engines.
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