Enterprising Engines is a youtube fanseries of Thomas the Tank Engine created by Youtuber Enterprising Engines 93.
Sir Topham Hatt has announced a grand plan for the future, and a series of extension projects to go with it. The series follows the engines of Sodor as they go through many misadventures and mishaps through the project. Meanwhile more sinister things are going on in the background.
Enterprising Engines contains examples of:
- 13 Is Unlucky: The guest character Young Tucker from the episode of the same is considered a jinx, and fitting is numbered 13.
- Arc Villain: General Zen serves as this for the Munitions multi-parter. At least until Aura and Ricky Mason show up.
- Ana Chronic Order: Some of the non-story arc episodes of Season 3 have been released before the season 2 finale to make up for the finale's long production.
- Big Bad: Sir Frederick Aura, a mysterious businessman with unknown goals. What is known is that he has connections to the military and an entire league of hitmen and hired guns in his pocket, including Ricky Mason, The Doctor, and Walter Richards, the owner of the Culdee Fell Railway.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the Doctor from the episode where James gets high? Turns out he's working for Aura.
- Darker and Edgier: Sometimes when compared to Thomas & friends and even other fan series.
- Episode 0: The Beginning: There's an entire season zero which consists of adaptations of Railway Series and annual stories set prior to Lift Bridge. Strangely season 1's "Buffer Bashing" is an adaptation of a Railway Series story yet is considered part of the main series, likely due to a case of Early Installment Weirdness.
- Ghost Train: Proteus serves as a Friendly Ghost example of one. Patriot later becomes one too.
- Killed Off for Real: Goliath dies at the end of his only episode, and unlike Patriot he shows no sign of coming back.
- Muddle, Mayhem, and Filibuster, Zen's military jeeps, from Munitions get blown up.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The first episode alone has no less than 23 characters appearing. And that's only the ones who have speaking roles.
- Named by the Adaptation: This series give the name "Doc" to the nameless Ballast Spreader who appeared in the Railway Series book Small Railway Engines.
- The Other Darrin: Given the nature of the series the cast changes a lot, especially in the early episodes. Thomas alone has had at least 4 voice actors to date.
- Sequel Episode: Hibernation is one to Tag-Team.
- Take That!: "James Goes on a Streak" is one to the Thomas Wood line, back when the models were half-painted. James spends the episode half-painted and is not happy about it at all, eventually having a run-in with a nudist colony.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Derek calls Bear out for lying to Fergus in Tag-Team, even if to make him feel good.
- Wham Episode:
- Snowblind became one retroactively. Originally a simple accident-of-the-week episode, when it remastered it was made 9 times the original length, about a third of which was two post credit scenes. One showed that Carlo Debris and his lumberjacks are smuggling weapons for a hired gun named Ricky Mason, and that 'Arry and Bert, Diesel 10, and Splodge are in on it. The second show what the package Arthur took was for: It's parts for a military plane Gregory Larson and Paul are restoring.
- Menace of Aura starts off with Sir Topham Hatt trying to guide a new engine, Patriot, who Gordon and Duck have met before, to Sodor from the mainline. Patriot ends up lost and seeks shelter at the Sodor Ironworks. After his Crew is shot and killed by Ricky Mason he is led into a shed by 'Arry and Bert which Turns out to be an incinerator which promptly kills Patriot and melts him down. While all this is going on, the owner of the Ironworks shows up laughing maniacally, giving the first appearance of the series' Big Bad.
- Dead End manages to be one despite being only 2 minutes long. It shows Patriot Ending up in some sort of limbo after being killed, which consists of a single stretch of track with buffers at both ends.