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* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPerson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Payne suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.

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* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPerson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Payne suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.eyesight.
* Dalby also died in 1983, ''one year'' short of ''Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'' airing. Especially tragic since Dalby's work is often considered the most influential in creating the television series, meaning Awdry's most controversial illustrator never got to see his vindication.

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* The book pulls no punches that steam engines are becoming redundant, and any engine that is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer "very useful"]] gets ''scrapped''. This explanation is accompanied by a chilling image of a couple of dilapidated engines in the scrapyard awaiting their fate from a workman's blow torch with a broken look on their faces:
-->''"Engines on the Other Railway aren't safe now. Their controllers are cruel. They don't like engines any more. They put them on cold damp sidings, and then," Percy nearly sobbed, "they...they c-c-cut them up." ''


* In "Thomas, Terence, and the Snow", Thomas cries after getting stuck in the snow without his snowplough. It's even sadder if you listen to Ted Robbins' crying in the narration.

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* In "Thomas, Terence, and the Snow", Thomas cries after getting stuck in the snow without his snowplough. It's even sadder if you listen to Ted Robbins' Johnny Morris' crying in the narration.

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* In "Thomas, Terence, and the Snow", Thomas cries after getting stuck in the snow without his snowplough. It's even sadder if you listen to Ted Robbins' crying in the narration.


* Duck feeling betrayed by Gordon, James and Henry in ''Dirty Work'', thanks to Diesel's lies and manipulation. Though it doesn't show in the book version, in the TV version, Duck is ''crying''. You just want to hug the poor engine...

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* Duck feeling betrayed by Gordon, James and Henry in ''Dirty Work'', thanks to Diesel's lies and manipulation. Though Although it doesn't show isn't in the book version, book, Duck is shown to be ''crying'' in the TV version, Duck is ''crying''. You just want to hug the poor engine...
version. [[TheWoobie Poor guy...]]



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* The severity of Donald and Douglas' situation. Only one had been bought by Sodor, and the other was to be withdraw and subject to the scrappers torch. It's only a deputation by Percy with saves them.

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* The severity of Donald and Douglas' situation. Only one had been bought by Sodor, and the other was to be withdraw withdrawn and subject to the scrappers torch. It's only a deputation by Percy with saves them.

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* The last part in ''Granpuff''. Duke being sheeted up because he was deemed "too old", while Falcon and Stuart get sent off to [[WorldOfGod The Aluminium Works Plant at Peel Godred]]. Said project went bust, and then the two engines wound up on the SKR [[IHaveManyNames under the names of Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively]]. And Sir Handel and Peter Sam talked about Duke when alone, for a good ''22 years''. Tell me that isn't depressing!

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* The last part in ''Granpuff''. Duke being sheeted up because he was deemed "too old", while Falcon and Stuart get sent off to [[WorldOfGod [[WordOfGod The Aluminium Works Plant at Peel Godred]]. Said project went bust, and then the two engines wound up on the SKR [[IHaveManyNames under the names of Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively]]. And Sir Handel and Peter Sam [[SecretKeeper talked about Duke when alone, alone]], for a good ''22 years''. Tell me that isn't depressing!

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* The last part in ''Granpuff''. Duke being sheeted up because he was deemed "too old", while Falcon and Stuart get sent off to [[WorldOfGod The Aluminium Works Plant at Peel Godred]]. Said project went bust, and then the two engines wound up on the SKR [[IHaveManyNames under the names of Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively]]. And Sir Handel and Peter Sam talked about Duke when alone, for a good ''22 years''. Tell me that isn't depressing!



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** To top this off, Skarloey, and presumably Rheanes, Rusty and Duncan don't take this seriously, not even the Thin Controller.

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* How about the very first bit in ''Duck and Dukes''? We, the audience, know things are going to be totally fine, but when Duck says that all engine dukes are scrapped, Peter Sam is sent into a turmoil thinking that [[MentorArchetype his Granpuff is dead]]. And we don't even know how Sir Handel took it either.

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* Duck feeling betrayed by Gordon, James and Henry in ''Dirty Work'', thanks to Diesel's lies and manipulation. Though it doesn't show in the book version, in the TV version, Duck is ''crying''. You just want to hug the poor engine...


* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPerson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Darby suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.

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* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPerson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Darby Payne suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.


* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPperson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Darby suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.

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* The manner most of the original illustrators for the novels left is quite saddening. William Middleton was considered not good enough after one book and [[UnPperson [[UnPerson had his work redrawn and forgotten]], Reginald Darby suffered a nervous breakdown after his first book and was unable to take service again, C. Reginald Dalby left after being offended by one too many criticisms from Awdry over his work, while John T. Kenney had to quit illustrating due to failing eyesight.

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