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* CreatorsPest: Henry became a thorn in Awdry's side due to his similarities to Gordon and the illustrators doing a poor job differentiating his build after he was painted blue at the end of the first book.[[note]]Originally Henry was not going to be even let out of his tunnel, but publishers insisted on him writing "Edward, Gordon and Henry" to give the book a HappyEnding[[/note]] Awdry at one point considered quietly ''scrapping'' Henry, with the nods to his illness being tacit nods to his lingering fate, but publishers and fans obviously spoke against this, leading him to writing Henry's repaint to green in the fifth book and his rebuild in "The Flying Kipper", forcing a divergent redesign for the illustrators to follow.

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* CreatorsPest: Henry became a thorn in Awdry's side due to his similarities to Gordon and the illustrators doing a poor job differentiating his build after he was painted blue at the end of the first book.[[note]]Originally Henry was not going to be even let out of his tunnel, but publishers insisted on him writing "Edward, Gordon and Henry" to give the book a HappyEnding[[/note]] Awdry at one point considered quietly ''scrapping'' Henry, with the nods to his illness being tacit nods to his lingering fate, but publishers and fans obviously spoke against this, leading him to writing Henry's repaint to green in the fifth book and his rebuild in "The Flying Kipper", forcing a divergent redesign for the illustrators to follow.

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* CreatorsPest: Henry became a thorn in Awdry's side due to his similarities to Gordon and the illustrators doing a poor job differentiating his build after he was painted blue at the end of the first book.[[note]]Originally Henry was not going to be even let out of his tunnel, but publishers insisted on him writing "Edward, Gordon and Henry" to give the book a HappyEnding[[/note]] Awdry at one point considered quietly ''scrapping'' Henry, with the nods to his illness being tacit nods to his lingering fate, but publishers and fans obviously spoke against this, leading him to writing Henry's repaint to green in the fifth book and his rebuild in "The Flying Kipper", forcing a divergent redesign for the illustrators to follow.

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Sir Charles Topham Hatt died in 1997, the same year as the Reverend Wilbert Awdry.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'' was not the first attempt to get a TV adaptation off the ground:
** A 1953 adaptation made using model trains was planned for BBC Children's Hour, and even got as far as airing the pilot, ''The Sad Story of Henry''. Due to being broadcast live, the execution was sloppy, with an engine even derailing after points were set incorrectly. Awdry was critical of the poor handling as well as the "freely adapted" script, leading to the series being cancelled.
** In 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber pitched the idea for a musical adaptation, labelled ''Thomas the Tank Engine'' much like the later approved series. Working with Brian Cosgrove, the show would have used a whimsical cut-out animation format reminiscent of ''Ivor the Engine''. Despite Awdry being apprehensive of Webber's creative liberties, a contract was signed and a pilot was made, though since Thomas had not yet gained much interest from the international market, the project was cancelled.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Thomas WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**''Thomas
the Tank Engine and Friends'' was not the first attempt to get a TV adaptation off the ground:
** *** A 1953 adaptation made using model trains was planned for BBC Children's Hour, and even got as far as airing the pilot, ''The Sad Story of Henry''. Due to being broadcast live, the execution was sloppy, with an engine even derailing after points were set incorrectly. Awdry was critical of the poor handling as well as the "freely adapted" script, leading to the series being cancelled.
** *** In 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber pitched the idea for a musical adaptation, labelled ''Thomas the Tank Engine'' much like the later approved series. Working with Brian Cosgrove, the show would have used a whimsical cut-out animation format reminiscent of ''Ivor the Engine''. Despite Awdry being apprehensive of Webber's creative liberties, a contract was signed and a pilot was made, though since Thomas had not yet gained much interest from the international market, the project was cancelled.cancelled.
** In addition several later stories were in fact made primarily so ''Thomas and Friends'' had material to adapt, though were never made into episodes. "Thomas and the Evil Diesel" is a standout case, since despite the novel being repackaged under the show multiple times it has never been televised proper.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'' was not the first attempt to get a TV adaptation off the ground:
** A 1953 adaptation made using model trains was planned for BBC Children's Hour, and even got as far as airing the pilot, ''The Sad Story of Henry''. Due to being broadcast live, the execution was sloppy, with an engine even derailing after points were set incorrectly. Awdry was critical of the poor handling as well as the "freely adapted" script, leading to the series being cancelled.
** In 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber pitched the idea for a musical adaptation, labelled ''Thomas the Tank Engine'' much like the later approved series. Working with Brian Cosgrove, the show would have used a whimsical cut-out animation format reminiscent of ''Ivor the Engine''. Despite Awdry being apprehensive of Webber's creative liberties, a contract was signed and a pilot was made, though since Thomas had not yet gained much interest from the international market, the project was cancelled.


* CreatorsApathy: Part of the reason William Middleton's illustrations were so terrible is because [[https://thomastankcollectablesblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/leicester-mercury-william-middleton.html Middleton believed]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn children wouldn't be interested in a book about "dirty old locomotives"]], leading him to put no effort into his artwork.

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* CreatorsApathy: CreatorsApathy:
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Part of the reason William Middleton's illustrations were so terrible is because [[https://thomastankcollectablesblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/leicester-mercury-william-middleton.html Middleton believed]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn children wouldn't be interested in a book about "dirty old locomotives"]], leading him to put no effort into his artwork.artwork.
** Downplayed with Reginald Dalby, but still present. While he certainly put more effort into his illustrations than Middleton, he wasn't particularly invested in Awdry's desire to keep the engines up to technical scale and only [[https://www.sodor-island.com/cr-dalby saw the job as one of many commissions that he had to do]], seeing it as a way to fund family trips. The reason this is downplayed is because Dalby was still a professional, and thus did his job on that level.



** ''Barry the Rescue Engine'', first pitched by Christopher Awdry in the '90s, has yet to see the light of day (it was going to be released in 1995, but the publishers wanted even more stories starring Thomas). With Christopher now retired from writing the books, it seems likely to stay that way.

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** ''Barry the Rescue Engine'', first pitched by Christopher Awdry in the '90s, '80s, has yet to see the light of day (it was going to be released in 1995, 1986/95, but the publishers wanted even more stories starring Thomas). With Christopher now retired from writing the books, it seems likely to stay that way.


* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the north-west English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only the long, narrow island of Walney, separated from the main island by a narrow channel, between Mann and Great Britian... yet in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Sodor & Man. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived from the medieval Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys or "southern isles"), to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. Norway controlled all these islands until 1266, when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. The upshot of this history is that to this day there is an Anglican diocese of Sodor & Man, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name in order to create a setting for his stories.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the north-west English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real an island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only the long, narrow island of Walney, separated from the main island by a narrow channel, between Mann and Great Britian... yet Man exists in real life, but Sodor does not. However... in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Sodor & Man. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived deriving from the medieval Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The Man.[[note]](The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys [Sudreys or "southern isles"), isles"], to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. mainland.)[[/note]] Norway controlled all these islands until 1266, when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. 1765.\\
The upshot of this history is that to this day there is an Anglican diocese of Sodor & Man, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name in order to create a setting for his stories.stories.
->'''Wilbert Awdry:''' "Everybody knew that there was an Isle of Man, but we decided to 'discover' another island the Island of Sodor and so give the poor deprived Bishop the other half of his diocese!"



** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as (N-word)s." This sentence was rewritten, for obvious reasons.

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** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the soot, over some schoolboys dropping rocks on trains trains, left the boys running away "black as (N-word)s." This [n-word]s". In 1972 this sentence was rewritten, reworded for future editions, for obvious reasons.


** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as (N-word)s". This sentence was rewritten, for obvious reasons.

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** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as (N-word)s". (N-word)s." This sentence was rewritten, for obvious reasons.


** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as n***s". This sentence was rewritten, for obvious reasons.

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** The original text of "Henry's Sneeze" stated that Henry's "sneeze" of coal dust and soot left the schoolboys dropping rocks on trains "black as n***s".(N-word)s". This sentence was rewritten, for obvious reasons.


** A live-action/CGI feature film by Shane Acker (''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'') was teased in the early 2010s no one's heard a thing about it since.

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** A live-action/CGI feature film by Shane Acker (''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'') to be set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was teased in the early 2010s 2010s, but no one's heard a thing about it since.further news was ever reported.


* CreatorsApathy: Part of the reason William Middleton's illustrations were so terrible is because [[https://thomastankcollectablesblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/leicester-mercury-william-middleton.html Middleton believed]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn children wouldn't be interested in a book about "dirty old locomotives"]], leading him to put no effort into his artwork.



* TheyJustDidntCare: Part of the reason William Middleton's illustrations were so terrible is because [[https://thomastankcollectablesblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/leicester-mercury-william-middleton.html Middleton believed]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn children wouldn't be interested in a book about "dirty old locomotives"]], leading him to put no effort into his artwork.

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* TheyJustDidntCare: Part of the reason William Middleton's illustrations were so terrible is because [[https://thomastankcollectablesblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/leicester-mercury-william-middleton.html Middleton believed]] [[ItWillNeverCatchOn children wouldn't be interested in a book about "dirty old locomotives"]], leading him to put no effort into his artwork.


* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the northwest English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only sea between Man and England... yet in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Man & Sodor. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived from the medieval Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys or "southern isles"), to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. Norway controlled all these islands until 1266, when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. The upshot of this history is that to this day there is a British diocese of Man & Sodor, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name in order to create a setting for his stories.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the northwest north-west English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only sea the long, narrow island of Walney, separated from the main island by a narrow channel, between Man Mann and England... Great Britian... yet in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Man Sodor & Sodor.Man. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived from the medieval Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys or "southern isles"), to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. Norway controlled all these islands until 1266, when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. The upshot of this history is that to this day there is a British an Anglican diocese of Man Sodor & Sodor, Man, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name in order to create a setting for his stories.


* TechnologyMarchesOn: Paradoxically adverted on both Sodor and the other railway.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Paradoxically adverted averted on both Sodor and the other railway.



** 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. Indeed, it seems the series never acknowledges they are neither immune to time or corrupt heartless controllers (though some trial runners are sent away for bad behaviour). Save for Pip and Emma, the High Speed Train engines, none of the other diesels shown in the books have counterparts still in revenue service on the Other Railway by the series' end.

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** 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. Indeed, it seems the series never acknowledges they are neither immune to time or corrupt heartless controllers (though some trial runners are sent away for bad behaviour). Save for Pip and Emma, the High Speed Train engines, none of the other diesels shown in the books have counterparts still in revenue service on the Other Railway by the series' end.end - and the High Speed Trains aren't far behind.


* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the northwest English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only sea between Man and England... yet in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Man & Sodor. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived from the ancient Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys or "southern isles"), to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. Norway controlled all these islands until 1266 when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. And a result of this confused history is that to this day there is a British diocese of Man & Sodor, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In the Reverend Awdry's world the Isle of Sodor is a substantial landmass squeezed between the northwest English coast and the UsefulNotes/IsleOfMan, which is a real island in the mid Irish Sea nearly equidistant between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our world, there is only sea between Man and England... yet in the Church of England there is a ''Bishop'' of Man & Sodor. This is an ArtifactTitle, derived from the ancient medieval Norwegian diocese of Sodor, which was formed in 1154 and stretched to cover the Hebrides and the other islands along the west coast of Scotland -- as far south as Man. The word in the original Norse was ''Suðreyjar'' (Sudreys or "southern isles"), to contrast with the Norðreyjar, the "northern isles" of Orkney and Shetland off the top of the Scottish mainland. Norway controlled all these islands until 1266 1266, when they were ceded to Scotland; the Isle of Man came under the suzerainty of the Kings of England in 1334 and was held by feudal lords until the lordship was purchased by the British Crown in 1765. And a result The upshot of this confused history is that to this day there is a British diocese of Man & Sodor, despite one of those places not actually existing. The Rev Awdry essentially chose to [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalise]] the name.name in order to create a setting for his stories.

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