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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Toz76 on Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:50 am

You could say the kids completely comatose/vegatative and on life support, but that would be unnecessarily dark...

I'd say that theory is a bit far-fetched. That's like saying the Hatt's are descended from Luke Skywalker: no.
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Post by Doc Knickerbocker on Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Toz76 wrote:You could say the kids completely comatose/vegatative and on life support, but that would be unnecessarily dark...

I'd say that theory is a bit far-fetched. That's like saying the Hatt's are descended from Luke Skywalker: no.

Could you possibly explain how?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by luctheminecrafter on Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:06 pm

Well, Naboo is actually primitive Earth...

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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by ShroomstagramUser on Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:16 am

May add a question? If so...

How would a steam engine get his or her smokebox cleaned out?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Toz76 on Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:50 am

My best guess is that the face is on the smokebox door, and there's a hidden catch of some sort so it can be opened. I really wish we could see that onscreen- I'd love to know how they'd react to their face swinging away from their body (I guess that's how they know what color their paint is...)
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Post by Diesel 11 on Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:01 am

Toz76 wrote:My best guess is that the face is on the smokebox door, and there's a hidden catch of some sort so it can be opened. I really wish we could see that onscreen- I'd love to know how they'd react to their face swinging away from their body (I guess that's how they know what color their paint is...)
After reading that, all I can thinking of is "Shed 17"...

This kind of theory is one that I can't really wrap my head around, so I won't even try. Razz
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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:06 am

I can only assume that unlike real steam engines, the whole smokeboxes are removable for cleaning because there's no smokebox door..

But then, what about the engines that don't have separate smokeboxes, such as Connor, Caitlin, Spencer, Axel and the like?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Jaromir Jagr's Mullet on Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:53 pm

Toz76 wrote:My best guess is that the face is on the smokebox door, and there's a hidden catch of some sort so it can be opened. I really wish we could see that onscreen- I'd love to know how they'd react to their face swinging away from their body (I guess that's how they know what color their paint is...)

I'd imagine that it would be somewhat uncomfortable but not painful. A lot like taking off a hockey or lacrosse helmet, a locomotive might feel the smokebox door being pulled away, like a tugging sensation. They're still wholly connected to whatever the mechanical equivalent of a nervous system is. Which brings me to a theory I have.

The concept of talking rolling stock was designed as a failsafe in the event of gauges or other mechanical warning devices failing shortly after a stationary pumping engine exploded at Greenwich in 1803, killing three. They were not supposed to be sentient. Instead, they were designed as self-aware enough to mention mechanical issues (i.e. wheel slip, water level, etc). As they became more advanced, they became sentient and capable of experiential learning by the time Stephen was built.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by ThomasSirHandel on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:14 pm

Or what if the door to the smokebox is underneath the engine?
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Post by ShroomstagramUser on Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:07 pm

Well, that would be poor engineering, then.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Jaromir Jagr's Mullet on Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:33 am

ThomasSirHandel wrote:Or what if the door to the smokebox is underneath the engine?

Then I'd like to wish whoever volunteers to clean a three-cylinder locomotive good luck.
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Post by ShroomstagramUser on Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:33 pm

What's the point of Henrietta's back platform where her face is, now?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:55 am

One mystery I have is... who on earth was the editor who thought Edward strikes out was a good idea?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Toz76 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:05 am

One who watched Harvey's debut episode? I've always thought there has to be something more to Edward's seeming hatred of cranes, since he's consistently uncharacteristically rude when cranes are involved, but never anywhere else.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:06 am

It's possible; but wasn't he the one who pulled the breakdown train In the episode where Donald and Douglas had their accidents?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Toz76 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:11 am

In fairness, he didn't look too happy with it. Plus, he grew to like Harvey and Rocky after a while, maybe the same happened with the breakdown crane/Jerome amd Judy.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by ShroomstagramUser on Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:11 am

When does the show take place, currently? Cold War era or Modern Day?
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:02 am

I always think of the show as "timeless" how there does seem to be some sort of progression, but it seems that technology for the most part stays the same.

If I had to take a guess though, somewhere around the 60s
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Toz76 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:20 am

I would guess no earlier than the 80s, explaining why STH can still get steam engines at fairly short notice, but also allowing for the time that had to have passed for Bulstrode to happen.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by TheThomas5252 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:56 am

I imagine it takes place in the 1900s.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Jaromir Jagr's Mullet on Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:00 pm

At the latest, the 1970s. I'm assuming the Season 1 episodes match the dates given by the Reverend, so between 1922 and 1970 (before Flying Scotsman's tour of the US).
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Post by TheThomas5252 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:15 pm

RayTheDuplexEngine wrote:At the latest, the 1970s. I'm assuming the Season 1 episodes match the dates given by the Reverend, so between 1922 and 1970 (before Flying Scotsman's tour of the US).

That's a good possibility.
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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:44 pm

I'm no railway expert, but those all sound good to me. Sound like good reasons too.

I would agree with the 60s as of The Great Race. Below are my reasons.

Minor Spoiler for The Great Race:
Etienne was built around between 1952 and 1954, and he appears in the Great Race. Therefore, the show would have to take place after Etienne's building date as of The Great Race of later.

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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by luctheminecrafter on Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:51 pm

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Re: Mysteries of Thomas the Tank Engine Discussion

Post by ThomasSirHandel on Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:48 pm

Most likely 1970's in my opinion.
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