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19th May '16 6:01:55 AM pgj1997
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* ChristmasEpisode: The series has had several winter and Christmas-themed episodes each season. However, one episode, 'Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure' was {{Bowdlerise}}d into a Thanksgiving episode, as the ShiningTimeStation episode it premiered on was Thanksgiving-themed. A controversial Bowdlerisation in the later winter episodes was that the season would always be referred to as the 'Winter Holidays' rather than the 'Christmas Holidays', despite Christmas trees and presents appearing in the episodes.

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* ChristmasEpisode: The series has had several winter and Christmas-themed episodes each season. However, one episode, 'Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure' was {{Bowdlerise}}d into a Thanksgiving episode, as the ShiningTimeStation Series/ShiningTimeStation episode it premiered on was Thanksgiving-themed. A controversial Bowdlerisation in the later winter episodes was that the season would always be referred to as the 'Winter Holidays' rather than the 'Christmas Holidays', despite Christmas trees and presents appearing in the episodes.



** By contrast, ''LiveActionTv/ShiningTimeStation'' only ran from 1989 to 1993 (although it went into reruns until 1998).

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** By contrast, ''LiveActionTv/ShiningTimeStation'' ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' only ran from 1989 to 1993 (although it went into reruns until 1998).
12th May '16 12:54:12 PM AgProv
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In addition - long before the series was televised - some of ''The Railway Series'' stories were made into audiobooks narrated by children's TV presenter Johnny Morris and comedian Willie Rushton. The stories were released in the 1960s on 45rpm records under the Delyse label.

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In addition - long before the series was televised - some of ''The Railway Series'' stories were made into audiobooks narrated by children's TV presenter Johnny Morris and comedian Willie Rushton.Creator/WillieRushton. The stories were released in the 1960s on 45rpm records under the Delyse label.
11th May '16 1:29:38 AM 06tele
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** In one of the movies, Thomas chases a villain. It doesn't occur to the villain to just get off the railway and go where Thomas wouldn't be able to follow him.
19th Apr '16 7:57:44 AM Berrenta
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* MortonsFork: Donald and Douglas's backstory. Sir Topham Hatt only expected one of them to come to Sodor, and decided to send the one that was less useful back to the Scottish Region of British Railways--where, unknown to him, they would be scrapped. For either of them to do their best work would be to doom the other, but to shirk off just a bit might mean to doom themselves. Fortunately, the situation was eventually [[ItGotBetter resolved.]]

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* MortonsFork: Donald and Douglas's backstory. Sir Topham Hatt only expected one of them to come to Sodor, and decided to send the one that was less useful back to the Scottish Region of British Railways--where, unknown to him, they would be scrapped. For either of them to do their best work would be to doom the other, but to shirk off just a bit might mean to doom themselves. Fortunately, the situation was eventually [[ItGotBetter resolved.]]
1st Apr '16 10:05:20 AM k410ren
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* TheShowOfTheBooks: Seasons 1 through 3 and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventureBegins'' are all adaptations of ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Everything else is original.

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* TheShowOfTheBooks: Seasons 1 through 3 4 and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventureBegins'' are all adaptations of ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Everything else is original.



** As of ''Tale of the Brave'' and Season 18, James has spiraled so high in terms of jerkass levels that it's actually hard to believe.

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** As of ''Tale of the Brave'' and Season 18, James has spiraled so high in terms of jerkass levels that it's actually hard to believe. He also did this in his appearances after "James and the Express".
30th Mar '16 5:51:14 AM k410ren
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* NotInMyContract: Gordon, Henry and James often complain about shunting, but particularly hate pulling some of the various good trains. The coaches [[TheSlacker criticize them for this]]. All three fail to understand the majority of any railway's revenue comes from freight, not passenger work.

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* NotInMyContract: Gordon, Henry and James often complain about shunting, but particularly hate pulling some of the various good trains. The coaches [[TheSlacker criticize them for this]]. All three fail to understand the majority of any railway's revenue comes from freight, not passenger work. As Sir Topham Hatt says in "Trouble in the Shed", "No engine is too important for small jobs".
27th Mar '16 4:00:36 AM dieseldragons
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* TheMigration: Many steam engines, and later, non-standard diesel engines heard stories of Sodor. How the railway kept it autonomy from the rest of the mainline. How great its controller is, who will never send away an engine who works hard. Oliver is one such example threatened with scrap, but whose story ended happily. Many others, sadly didn't make it.
24th Mar '16 5:16:25 AM pgj1997
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* TheShowOfTheBooks: Seasons 1 through 3 and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventureBegins'' are all adaptations of ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Everything else is original.
23rd Mar '16 7:44:40 AM dieseldragons
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* NotInMyContract: Gordon, Henry and James often complain about shunting, but particularly hate pulling some of the various good trains. The coaches [[TheSlacker criticize them for this]]. All three fail to understand the majority of any railway's revenue comes from freight, not passenger work.
19th Mar '16 9:58:58 PM TrendingToon1
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* {{Irony}}: In "Don't Be Silly, Billy", Billy thinks Thomas is being bossy, when really, ''he'' is the bossy one.


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** Happens in "Don't Be Silly Billy". New engine Billy is too excited to listen and mistakes Thomas' wise advice for being bossy, much to Thomas' anger and shock. After failing to get Billy to listen, Thomas gives up and leaves Billy alone...and he runs out of coal and water as a result.
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