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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:19 pm

Haha! Who's Thom? Razz

Anyway, only time will tell what it is! Should be interesting to find out!
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Post by Toz76 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:05 am

I was looking at the picture of the MSR engine box on "the real lives of Thomas" earlier. On the bottom of the box, the word "Suddery" is written. On the top, something else that is harder to make out is written. It appears to say "Colin Vance". Any idea what these mean?
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by JRCS on Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:09 pm

Just wondering, in the RWS do Donald and Douglas work on Duck's Branch Line permanently or do they timeshare between Duck's Branch Line and the Main Line?
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Post by TheSCC&ScottishTwins on Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:47 pm

Not quite sure about that one as I can't find my book right now, but I remember one of the stories featuring them it states that "they help out" or something like that. Not really helpful, but maybe...
Meh. It's hard to say if you don't have a RWS book to reference to! (How coods I loose mine?!)
EDIT: Found it! Seems like they work on the Little Western, Edward's Branchlines, and maybe something else. They're not really set to one location.


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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:50 pm

JRCS wrote:Just wondering, in the RWS do Donald and Douglas work on Duck's Branch Line permanently or do they timeshare between Duck's Branch Line and the Main Line?

From what I understand, they work where they're needed. They've been know to work the Main Line, Little Western and Edward's Branch.
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Post by TheSCC&ScottishTwins on Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:52 pm

SkarloeyRailway wrote:
JRCS wrote:Just wondering, in the RWS do Donald and Douglas work on Duck's Branch Line permanently or do they timeshare between Duck's Branch Line and the Main Line?

From what I understand, they work where they're needed. They've been know to work the Main Line, Little Western and Edward's Branch.

Yes, that's quite similar to what I said (well, I edited while you posted...so Razz) And looking through some of the RWS stories, it's quite true that they usually work when needed.
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Post by JRCS on Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:57 pm

Thanks for the answers. The Wikia says the same thing, but I wasn't sure because people normally associated them with The Little Western.
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Post by Diesel 11 on Sun May 03, 2015 2:22 am

I think that if someone were to make a Little Western book, they'd be in it, but perhaps not all the stories.
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Thu May 07, 2015 7:31 pm

I've published a thread covering Thomas & Friends on Anime Israel's Television and Cinema forum:

http://www.anime-il.com/index.php?showtopic=327113
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Sun May 10, 2015 10:57 pm

I can't speak or read Hebrew, but that is a very well constructed page laG roiL; I just wish I could read it, lol
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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Mon May 11, 2015 7:16 am

Thanks. I wanted to see how they'd react to finding a thread on it and/or watching it (there's a link to TTTEUK near the end). BTW, until August 6th or after, I'm not allowed to change my Display Name there (I'm now known as "סר טופהם האט" [Sir Topham Hatt], with my Avatar being a screenshot of him.)
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by JRCS on Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:09 pm

I've been thinking about the acronyms that we have been giving speciasls recently, like SLotLT for Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. I was wondering how people pronounce them. Obviously TAB (The Adventure Begins) is pronounce "tab", but I was wondering how people say SLotLT.

I've been saying "solt" (like salt), but I've realised how wrong that sounds. I've been thinking "slot-ul", or "Slot-let", but solt is easier to say Razz.

I always used to just say King of the Railway and Tale of the Brave for the other specials, but saying Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure a lot is hard Razz.
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Post by Toz76 on Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:15 pm

I always pronounce them by their letters, not verbally. How does one ponounce TLT anyway? "Tult"?
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Post by JRCS on Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:19 pm

There is a discussion on SiF about whether it is S-i-F or just sif. People's brains must react differently to acronyms.
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:09 am

Indeed; for me unless there is a coherent word I just spell it out.
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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:54 am

When I come across acronyms/abbreviations, I always read them letter-by-letter too, e.g: S-L-O-T-L-T, K-O-T-R, T-A-B.
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by Toz76 on Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:59 pm

I have developed a theory regarding the Wellsworth and Suddery Tank Engines that I wanted to run past everyone.

The problem with the W&S locomotives is that we just know so little. They are tank engines, pre-1970. That's it. We don't know if there were three or four, we don't know the wheel configurations, etc. For my research, I used locomotives from the closest real life railway, the Furness Railway.

Two of them I am assuming were the Furness Railway B1's, FR No. 5 and 6. They were 2-2-2 Well Tanks. In reality, they were withdrawn in 1973, but in the Sodorverse, it's not hard to imagine them ending up on the W&S.

Now, there's a problem with my theory. The W&S opened in 1970, three years before the B1's were withdrawn. So whatother locomotives worked the line? Looking through the FR roster, I discovered something: the A5's.

The A5's were 0-4-0 tender engines. Between 1970 and 1973, 6 of them were sent to Barrow Haematite Steel Co. Before they went, they were converted into 0-4-0 saddle tanks. I can easily see one or two (for example purposes No. 17 and maybe 18) going to the W&S instead.

Source: http://www.steamindex.com/locotype/furness.htm

Thoughts?
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:24 pm

I'm not as knowledgable on this as you are, but as a layman reading this, it sounds pretty good actually.
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Post by Toz76 on Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:53 pm

TBH, I learned all this yesterday. Razz I'm rather proud of it though.
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by trainfan21 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:33 am

I have a question that could spark theories. How did James become a runaway in the first place? My thought was (according to The Adventure Begins canon) that James went down a steep hill (presumably Gordon's Hill) and the trucks pushed him downdown the other side. But wouldn't the fat controller know that James had wooden brakes? So why would he send James down a steep hill with a full train? And to add to this, James' brakes should have caught fire by the time he reached the yard because
A) His driver would have applied them as soon as they were going too fast.
B) James is very wastful with his brakes as seen twice in TAB.
So tell me what you think happened to James on that poor day.
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Re: Thomas and Friends Postopia Thread

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:38 am

Maybe it's one of those "suspension of disbelief" things. It's a great story though, and that point is relatively minor.
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Post by Toz76 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:14 am

So, I'm sure most of you have seen the Sodor Map HiT released last year (and if not, it's the first link in my signature). I was looking at that the other day, and I realized: Sodor has a crazy road system.

Between Tidmouth and Knapford, there is a road that runs parallel to the railway line. I followed it in both directions, and it defies all logic. It starts north of Crosby, then crosses over itself before entering Crosby. It goes through Knapford and Tidmouth (Evidently, Crowes Farm Crossing is where it crosses the railway), then goes inland. It doubles back a few times (!), then merges with another road at Arlesburgh Bridge Street. After that, it passes through Marthwaite and Arlesdale Green, crosses a pass north of the old Mid Sodor, goes by Elm Farm and Valesbridge before entering Peel Godred. After exiting Peel Godred, it goes south to Kirk Machan, then turns west to Ulfstead. After that, it goes up to Arlesdale and Ffarquhar Road, running parallel with itself! It then turns south and ends at Hackenback.

And this is the quickest route between Arlesdale and Arlesdale Green! It's terribly complicated, impractical, and confusing. I can see why the railways on Sodor are so popular...
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Post by Toby7 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:32 am

I don't think the maps show every road on Sodor. Interesting observation though. If it did show every road, I think it would be quicker to go Arlesdale -(head west) - Arlesburgh - (head north then east) - Arlesdale Green.

But I'm sure that there is a farm road or something connecting the two villages directly. Smile
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:01 am

Good point, though Toz is right... a complicated road like that would certainly increase railway popularity, lol
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Post by Toz76 on Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:40 pm

Yes indeed. On SiF, someone (perhaps you've heard of Knuckles?) made a Sodor road map, and noted that there's definitely a reason the railways have a monopoly... Razz

On the subject of uber-knowledgeable SiFers, someone else (I believe it was Sleeper Agent) said something interesting: the Green Engine from Edward's Day Out is not Henry! Henry would have been bricked up in his tunnel at the time, so the engine has do be someone else.
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