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* Adding onto this, the supplementary book ''The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways'' implies that the rebuilt Henry after the Flying Kipper accident was in fact a completely separate engine. While Henry's memories and role in the novels themselves somewhat contradict this, if we are to believe the theory, then Henry ''did'' get killed off after all and replaced with a duplicate. And what's more in a cruel twist of fate just after supposedly curing his steaming issues, and the Fat Controller assuring him he'll be fixed up nicely ("You'll feel a ''different'' engine.").

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* ** Adding onto this, the supplementary book ''The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways'' implies that the rebuilt Henry after the Flying Kipper accident was in fact a completely separate engine. While Henry's memories and role in the novels themselves somewhat contradict this, if we are to believe the theory, then Henry ''did'' get killed off after all and replaced with a duplicate. And what's more in a cruel twist of fate just after supposedly curing his steaming issues, and the Fat Controller assuring him he'll be fixed up nicely ("You'll feel a ''different'' engine.").").
*** That being said, ''Sodor: Reading Between The Lines'' (written by Christopher, who didn't have his father's negative views on Henry) would contradict this theory, explaining that no, Henry is still the same locomotive. He just isn't ''precisely'' a pure Black Five due to his origins, with differences that set him apart from one leftover from his first build. Doesn't change the fact that yes, Henry was pretty much on life support until the Welsh coal came, but at least we can take solace that he [[EarnYourHappyEnding legitimately got better]].


* The early stories concerning Henry's failing performance are somewhat painful knowing that Awdry was originally setting up Henry to be quietly ''KilledOffForReal''. Especially unsettling in his appearances in ''Thomas The Tank Engine'' where he looks perpetually sickly and is just giving [[ThousandYardStare a miserable empty gaze]] in every illustration. He's ''dying''.

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* The early stories concerning Henry's failing performance are somewhat painful knowing that Awdry was originally setting up Henry to be quietly ''KilledOffForReal''. Especially unsettling in his appearances in ''Thomas The Tank Engine'' where he looks perpetually sickly and is just giving [[ThousandYardStare a miserable empty gaze]] in every illustration. He's ''dying''.''dying''.
* Adding onto this, the supplementary book ''The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways'' implies that the rebuilt Henry after the Flying Kipper accident was in fact a completely separate engine. While Henry's memories and role in the novels themselves somewhat contradict this, if we are to believe the theory, then Henry ''did'' get killed off after all and replaced with a duplicate. And what's more in a cruel twist of fate just after supposedly curing his steaming issues, and the Fat Controller assuring him he'll be fixed up nicely ("You'll feel a ''different'' engine.").


* The early stories concerning Henry's failing performance are somewhat painful knowing that Awdry was originally setting up Henry to be quietly ''KilledOffForReal''. Especially unsettling in his appearances in ''Thomas The Tank Engine'' where he looks perpetually sickly and is just giving [[ThousandYardGaze a miserable empty gaze]] in every illustration. He's ''dying''.

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* The early stories concerning Henry's failing performance are somewhat painful knowing that Awdry was originally setting up Henry to be quietly ''KilledOffForReal''. Especially unsettling in his appearances in ''Thomas The Tank Engine'' where he looks perpetually sickly and is just giving [[ThousandYardGaze [[ThousandYardStare a miserable empty gaze]] in every illustration. He's ''dying''.


* More of a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else, but, take a look at the relationship between Falcon/Sir Handel and Stuart/Peter Sam during their time on the MSR, and compare it to their one on the SKR currently. While under the names of Falcon and Stuart, they were like twins: in sync with the other, goofing around, almost never fighting with each other. But... possibly somewhere in the Aluminium works project, they grew apart.

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* More of a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else, but, take a look at the relationship between Falcon/Sir Handel and Stuart/Peter Sam during their time on the MSR, and compare it to their one on the SKR currently. While under the names of Falcon and Stuart, they were like twins: in sync with the other, goofing around, almost never fighting with each other. But... possibly somewhere in the Aluminium works project, they grew apart.apart.
* The early stories concerning Henry's failing performance are somewhat painful knowing that Awdry was originally setting up Henry to be quietly ''KilledOffForReal''. Especially unsettling in his appearances in ''Thomas The Tank Engine'' where he looks perpetually sickly and is just giving [[ThousandYardGaze a miserable empty gaze]] in every illustration. He's ''dying''.


* Donald tracking down the brakevan and shutting him up may seem heroic... until you realise that if he succeeds in saving Douglas, he would have sacrificed himself for him. Thank goodness Sir Topham took longer in deciding and that Percy stepped in when he did...

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* Donald tracking down the brakevan and shutting him up may seem heroic... until you realise that if he succeeds in saving Douglas, he would have sacrificed himself for him.himself. Thank goodness Sir Topham took longer in deciding and that Percy stepped in when he did...



** Had Donald not crashed at all, Douglas would have been ''doomed''! Let that sink in.

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** Had Donald not crashed at all, Douglas would have been ''doomed''! doomed! Let that sink in.


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* In ''Thomas and the Great Railway Show'', Thomas meets up with an old friend and running mate by the name of Boxhill, a member of the same class of locomotive as Stepney. If all three locomotives operated on the same railway at roughly the same time, why did Stepney and Thomas not seem to recognize each other in Stepney the Bluebell Engine?

** Have you seen the LBSCR's maps recently? [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Lbscr1922.jpg Let's just say it was big.]]



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* In ''Thomas and the Great Railway Show'', Thomas meets up with an old friend and running mate by the name of Boxhill, a member of the same class of locomotive as Stepney, though Stepney and Thomas didn't recognize each other in ''Stepney the Bluebell Engine''. Even though If all three locomotives operated on the same railway at roughly the same time, the LBSCR [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Lbscr1922.jpg was large enough]] that any two engines could have spent their entire careers on that railway without meeting each other.


* Oliver and Duck's attitude is also pretty true to the people who worked for the GWR in real life. It had a reputation for being so beloved by its staff it was called "God's Wonderful Railway".

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* ** Oliver and Duck's attitude is also pretty true to the people who worked for the GWR in real life. It had a reputation for being so beloved by its staff it was called "God's Wonderful Railway".



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* Oliver and Duck's attitude is also pretty true to the people who worked for the GWR in real life. It had a reputation for being so beloved by its staff it was called "God's Wonderful Railway".


* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest of the engines either had their railways of origin merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or were built by railways that were only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.

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* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest of the engines either had their railways of origin merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or were built by railways that were only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.




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* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest of the engines either had their railways of origin merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or were built by railways that were only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.


* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest were either merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.

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* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest were of the engines either had their railways of origin merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or were built by railways that were only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.

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* It makes sense that Duck and Oliver would be most proud of their originating railway line's heritage compared to the others - the Great Western was the only pre-1923 Grouping railway to preserve its identity after the "Big Four" were created; the rest were either merged out of existence (Furness, LBSCR, Caledonian), or only about twenty years old at the Series' start (LNER, LMS). In existence since 1835, the Great Western would have developed a largely uniform corporate culture compared to the other Big Four, which would have been plagued with [[InterserviceRivalry inter-railway rivalries]] carried over from their predecessors.


* More of a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else, but, take a look at the relationship between Falcon/Sir Handel and Stuart/Peter Sam during their time on the MSR, and compare it to their one on the SkR currently. While under the names of Falcon and Stuart, they were like twins: in sync with the other, goofing around, almost never fighting with each other. But... possibly somewhere in the Aluminium works project, they grew apart.

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* More of a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else, but, take a look at the relationship between Falcon/Sir Handel and Stuart/Peter Sam during their time on the MSR, and compare it to their one on the SkR SKR currently. While under the names of Falcon and Stuart, they were like twins: in sync with the other, goofing around, almost never fighting with each other. But... possibly somewhere in the Aluminium works project, they grew apart.


** Had Donald not crashed at all, Douglas would have been ''doomed''! Let that sink in.

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** Had Donald not crashed at all, Douglas would have been ''doomed''! Let that sink in.in.
* More of a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else, but, take a look at the relationship between Falcon/Sir Handel and Stuart/Peter Sam during their time on the MSR, and compare it to their one on the SkR currently. While under the names of Falcon and Stuart, they were like twins: in sync with the other, goofing around, almost never fighting with each other. But... possibly somewhere in the Aluminium works project, they grew apart.


* Diesel was boastful in the story "Pop Goes The Diesel", but until Duck snapped, the 08 was trying to be polite to the other engines. You could say Duck was judging too quickly, but consider this. The 5700s, (Duck and his brothers and sisters), were being replaced by the 08s on the mainland by the time of 1957, when Diesel comes to visit Sodor; Ie, being withdrawn and subject to the scrapper's torch. Of course Duck would jump the gun on that note!

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* Diesel was boastful in the story "Pop ''Pop Goes The Diesel", Diesel'', but until Duck snapped, the 08 was trying to be polite to the other engines. You could say Duck was judging too quickly, but consider this. The 5700s, (Duck and his brothers and sisters), were being replaced by the 08s on the mainland by the time of 1957, when Diesel comes to visit Sodor; Ie, being withdrawn and subject to the scrapper's torch. Of course Duck would jump the gun on that note!



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* Diesel was boastful in the story "Pop Goes The Diesel", but until Duck snapped, the 08 was trying to be polite to the other engines. You could say Duck was judging too quickly, but consider this. The 5700s, (Duck and his brothers and sisters), were being replaced by the 08s on the mainland by the time of 1957, when Diesel comes to visit Sodor; Ie, being withdrawn and subject to the scrapper's torch. Of course Duck would jump the gun on that note!

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