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Re: Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series Books Discussion

Post by Valyn on Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:35 pm

Most of the books in the RWS were pretty good, although I didn't really like Branch Line engines and Tramway Engines as much as the others. They weren't bad, but they were just okay in my opinion.

I also think that Duck and the Diesel Engine had some excellent illustrations, probably some of my favourite from the series.
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:56 am

I will agree to that; I liked the illustrations in Duck and the Diesel Engine too.  I find that John Kenney, while his style is not as celebrated compared to Dalby, he did a brilliant job with combining the color diversity set by Dalby, but making the engines look more... well, like engines. (for lack of a better term)
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Post by Valyn on Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:10 pm

When I was younger, I preferred Dalby because the atmosphere of his illustrations felt sunny and bright.

Today, I prefer Kenney, probably because of his style. While the atmosphere feels a bit darker, it still feels nice.
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:16 am

One thing I find when it comes to the Edwards and their work, I find that given how unique their style was compared to Dalby, Kenney and Spong, you really cannot compare them to the rest. The others, on the other hand, are similar enough that comparisons are possible.

I wonder though... if Dalby did a better job with Percy, would he have continued doing the series?
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Post by Diesel 11 on Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:33 am

It wasn't just Percy, it was a whole mix of things that only culminated with Percy. The Reverend didn't like Dalby's work that much, as he got some of the engines wrong. Dalby himself didn't put his whole heart and soul into it, as he felt that the books wouldn't last as long as they have. It was Percy that ended up making him leave, but don't think that it's solely because of that.
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:49 am

That does make sense; apparently Awdry was so frustrated with Dalby, on several occasions he did send actual photographs to Dalby to try and have him make the engines more realistic

(Part of the reason Henry had a rebuild)
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Post by Valyn on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:02 pm

I knew about the Henry rebuild part, but never about the photographs.

Awdry and Dalby also didn't get along all that well, which may (or may not) be another reason Dalby left.
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Post by Frankthetriviaman on Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:01 am

Even so, his work is memorable, and tends to be remembered more than Kenney and Edward's work
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Re: Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series Books Discussion

Post by Valyn on Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:21 pm

Very true. He did illustrate 10/26 books by Wilbert Awdry (if you count re-illustrating the first book).


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Re: Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series Books Discussion

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:58 am

I sometimes wonder... if "the well didn't run dry" for Reverend Awdry, would he have still continued the series?
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