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Post by DuckFan98 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:36 am

Is the series finished? If not, what would you like to see in future books?
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Post by Toby7 on Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:32 am

I think at this point it looks pretty grim I guess. I like how they tried to wrap it up with Thomas and his Friends but I felt it could have been more significant. I doubt we'll see another one but maybe with the new production team trying to push new characters in other ways besides the TV series, it still has a chance.
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Post by DuckFan98 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:52 pm

If I may be completely honest, from what we've heard, what we're going to get from the TV series this year will be as good as a new Railway Series book!
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Post by Toby7 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:42 pm

I know, that's why it's not too bad. I'm fine with these new episodes. At least we don't have two different canons going on at the exact same time.

I'd really like to see the remaining RWS stories get adapted though. A season with the Arlesdale Railway, Culdee Fell, and maybe a C. Awdry book like James and the Diesel Engines. All would make excellent story arcs.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:21 pm

Personally, I'm very content with where the Railway Series ended. It tied things up nicely, and I really enjoy Thomas and His Friends. Could have been better, but for what it is I'm content Smile

This is furthered by the fact that the TV Series is so good right now, that I don't mind! Razz
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Post by zem2point0 on Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:15 pm

I think that there is a distinct possibility that The Adventure Begins is going to be the beginning (should it sell well) of a parallel series, if you will, combining TVS & RWS.

If TAB encapsulates 2 RWS books... There are 40 to go. Razz
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:22 pm

I don't think they'll do them all eventually, but its a nice thought! Razz
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Post by Toby7 on Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:11 pm

Yeah. I doubt we will see them all done. Instead they may take some of the more iconic story arcs to adapt.
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Post by DonaldDouglasandToby6 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:58 pm

At the moment I heard Christopher isn't doing any more books, and his children don't want to do it. I guess it's the end for the Railway Series.

I'm glad Brenner is respecting it though, with the new material coming out this year.
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:10 pm

No, I believe a representative of his said he was retired now ("but he doesn't have tires!" peeped Percy). Who knows, maybe Richard or another relative will take over some day! Smile
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Post by Toby7 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:15 pm

I am not sure how old Richard is but maybe he'll reach a point where he realizes he wants to carry on the torch. That would be a personal decision though.

The bug may skip a generation and maybe Wilbert's great-grandchildren (Who I believe would be in my own generation, may be a bit younger) will gain an interest in railways and writing.
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Post by DonaldDouglasandToby6 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:35 pm

It'd be kinda odd to revive a book series that late, but who really knows. I know I've gained an interest in writing.
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Post by Toby7 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:43 pm

There was an 11 year gap between Tramway Engines and Really Useful Engines, and there was a 11 year gap between New Little Engine and Thomas and Victoria.
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Post by DonaldDouglasandToby6 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:01 pm

True, but at least then we knew who was writing the next book. Razz
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Post by Toby7 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:04 pm

I don't think there was a plan for Chris to take over. It just happened. And before T&V we were not sure if there was even going to be another book.
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Post by SavedFromScrap on Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:10 pm

If they were ever to release another RWS book...I'd love to see Barry the Rescue Engine ...but that's just me Wink
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:20 pm

@Dart: I think that'd be really interesting if Christopher published the volumes that were originally rejected. He said there was like 3 unpublished books, including Barry. It'd be a cool side project: Lost Tales from Sodor!

Also for anyone wondering, Richard Awdry is a musician with little interest in the series, so I don't think he'll pick it up. Who knows, maybe he will though!
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Post by Toby7 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:29 pm

On an unrelated note is Richard's music published? Does he record? As a music guy I'd love to hear it out of randomness.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:34 pm

I don't know. I couldn't find much on him on the internet Razz
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by JRCS on Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:07 am

I'd like a new Railway Series book to be published. I didn't follow the Railway Series as strongly when Thomas and Victoria was released. So when Thomas and his Friends was released, it felt over before it all began for me.

I hope the next one would focus on either The Skarloey Railway, Arlesdale Railway, Culdee Fell, or the Little Western.

That being said, I still actually need to read the majority of the Christopher Awdry books. Razz
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:27 am

If you want to hear the books, check out NewController01's YouTube channel. He's got the audio versions of them all online, plus illustrations! Smile
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Post by TrainiacJ on Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:49 am

Personally, I would have liked to see Barry the Rescue Engine.
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Post by zem2point0 on Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:15 am

JRCS wrote:I still actually need to read the majority of the Christopher Awdry books. Razz

I sat down the other night and figured out that there are 9 books I have left to read. Razz
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Jamie Parker on Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:06 am

DuckFan98 wrote:Is the series finished? If not, what would you like to see in future books?
If the series continues, I'd like to see that Barry The Rescue Engines gets a proper release, the Austerity Engine published and more books like "The Island Of Sodor" & "Reading Between The Lines".

But I think C.Awdry is done writing it. It's a shame but however.

Now if his son, Richard, could take up the reins..... Very Happy
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:09 am

The Fat Aristocrate wrote:But I think C.Awdry is done writing it. It's a shame but however.

Now if his son, Richard, could take up the reins..... Very Happy

Christopher is done, according to one of his representatives. Someone from SiF spoke to this person at (I think) the Tale of the Brave premiere.

Richard on the other hand... I don't think he'll ever write for the series. He's never expressed an interest and he's got a career as a musician I believe. Razz
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