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Fanfic / Rampage of the Rail Bandits

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Rampage of the Rail Bandits is a Thomas & Friends fanfiction written by writer Chase the Ferroequinologist.

The story is in the style of the yearly Thomas specials. However, it is much, MUCH Darker and Edgier compared to them, as well as having a main character who ISN'T Thomas! When some international Railway criminals known as The Rail Bandits come to the island, they frame the Fat Controller for their crimes and he is put in lock-up. Thomas strives to prove his innocence, although his excessive taking the law into his own hands may get him into trouble! However, Rosie discovers conclusive evidence to their identity and tries to help Thomas, but she ends up having to do things on her own. In addition, there are a number of subplots involving Samson pulling expensive artwork to the Mainland, Oliver losing Toad to the Bandits' clutches, new character Roy learning about innocence and guilt, and Lucian (from Thomas and Friends - Original Episodes also by Chase) finding a mysterious horse in the woods.


It's also a musical, and has four original songs. These will be on Chase's Sound Cloud account soon.

The story contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Thomas views Rosie as this throughout most of story, although she manages to win his respect by the end.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Sidney at one point calls Harvey and Samson "Horace" and "Neil", and then "Harry" and "Simon", respectively.
    • The police chief calls Jim "James".
  • Arc Villain: Jeb from Chapters 4-10.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Lampshaded:
    Rosie: I heard Bonnie talking to my trucks the other day about 'prices', and this was the day before Edward was attacked.
    Arthur: Well, the reason I think they're odd isn't nearly as sinister. My driver bought a snowglobe from them and it broke after a few shakes!
  • Artistic License – Biology: Slim Jim and his thugs very frequently punch engines and rolling stock, yet never seem to experience any pain or injury from hitting metal with their closed bare fists.
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  • Asshole Victim: Jeb in Chapter 10 when Slim Jim shoots him and leaves him for dead in the riverbank.
  • As You Know: Slim Jim recounts Jeb's origin story to him before shooting him in Chapter 10. It doesn't work.
  • Bad Boss: Slim Jim from Jeb's point of view. The chief motivation for Jeb's subplot.
  • Big Bad: Slim Jim Langley. That doesn't mean Jeb doesn't try.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Rail Bandits; they market themselves as railway peddlers who run a novelty shop!
  • Butt-Monkey: In-universe, Rosie, although out she is The Woobie. Jeb, The Fat Controller, and especially Samson apply.
  • Call-Back: Jeb knocks his whistle valve out of place in Chapter 2, and Gordon unhappily comments on it.
  • Character Development: Rosie is the most stark example, going from Genki Girl to Action Girl over the course of the story. Roy and Jeb also apply.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Chapter 2, Jeb's whistle pin comes loose, making a loud noise. He forces it loose in Chapter 13 to alert a passing engine (Rosie) of his presence.
  • Clear My Name / Clear Their Name: The Fat Controller to himself and Thomas to the Fat Controller respectively. Rosie also applies to Clear My Name.
  • Crush Filter: Although she is never explicitly stated to have a crush on Thomas (as much as it is implied), Rosie's song "Rosie's Blues" is very much this trope in song form.
  • Cowboy: Slim Jim, although in a villainous way.
  • Cute and Psycho: Bonnie. Dear lord Bonnie.
  • Darker and Edgier: For one thing, the Big Bad uses guns.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jeb. Diesel gets a few gems too.
  • Distant Duet: Actually four singers (two of them grouped together) in No Friends Like Those on Sodor. Oliver sings about missing Toad, Rosie sings about wanting to be on good terms with Thomas, and Harvey and Samson sing about their own friendship when the former cheers up the latter.
  • The Ditz: Sidney.
  • The Dragon: Jeb and Bonnie to Slim Jim. Bonnie completely devoted, Jeb not so much.
  • Dumb Muscle: Jeb according to Bonnie.
  • Entitled Bastard: Jeb.
  • Fat Bastard: "Slim" Jim, ironically. In Chapter 2 it's mentioned that the name used to fit better though.
  • Genki Girl: Rosie. Bonnie is a villainous example.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Detective Miles Regan.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Throughout the first two thirds, Jeb is built up to betray Slim Jim and take his spot as the main antagonist. He tries, but fails and Slim Jim keeps his reins as the villain.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Rosie to Thomas earlier in the story. Roy is also this to Detective Regan.
  • Lady in Red: Bonnie purposely invokes this to get the trucks to do her will.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Played with. The Fat Controller purchases an iced bun and throws it into the air in surprise when Roy suddenly appears. He manages to catch it, then yells, "I'll have you know I paid for this!"
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jeb was written with this trope in mind, although Slim Jim isn't very good either.
  • Misery Builds Character: Most of Rosie's development is based on how Thomas treats her like crap due to her closing his branch line by knocking over a bridge.
  • Must Make Amends: Rosie trying to repair her friendship with Thomas.
  • Mythology Gag:
    Oliver: Yes I could've! I have resource, and sagacity!note 
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rosie in the beginning when she causes a bridge to be knocked over, which closes Thomas' branch line.
  • Noodle Incident: The Rail Bandits interacted with Oliver and Toad before they were attacked, but this is never seen and only referenced by Bonnie and Jeb in the tunnel scene in Chapter 8.
  • No, You:
    Harvey: Are ye crying, Samson?
    Samson: I'm not crying, you're crying!
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Detective Regan and Roy respectively.
  • Paper Tiger: Jeb, according to Slim Jim.
  • Perky Female Minion: Bonnie.
  • Plucky Girl: Rosie. Bonnie is a villainous example.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Rosie tries to tell Thomas that she heard the trucks and Bonnie talking with each other, but Thomas cuts her off and tells her they have to focus on work. The trucks soon cause Edward to crash as a result.
  • Pride: Thomas and Jeb. Samson too, although it's Played for Laughs.
  • The Resenter: Jeb to Slim Jim.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Roy discovers this about the Fat Controller.
  • Smug Snake: Jeb was also written with this trope in mind.
  • The Sociopath: Jeb.
  • Static Character:
    • Bonnie the Boxcar, in start contrast with the other original characters, does not change a bit and is only there to look maniacal. According to Word of God, this will change when she appears in Set 2 of Thomas & Friends: Original Episodes.
    • Harvey also does not change much, although he didn't really need to.
  • The Starscream: Jeb. He fails.
  • Suicide Mission: How Jeb views Rosie chasing after Slim Jim.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Thomas throughout the special, although the focus isn't on him.
  • Unexplained Accent: Bonnie, for some reason, speaks in a New Jersey accent.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Jeb's "No shunt, Sherlock!",
  • Villain Song: The Travelin' Railwayman, although it does not sound villainous at all.
    • Jeb was due to receive one on his clifftop scene in Chapter 6, but it was cut due to Rosie's Blues already being in the chapter and it being viewed as a much more important song.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Harvey gives this to Samson through the song No Friends Like Those on Sodor.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Why Slim Jim shoots Jeb after he turns traitor.
  • Young and in Charge: Roy thinks he is this, and will shove it down anyone's throat.