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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Vision Scale Modeler on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:28 am

I always liked the idea behind the Peel Godred Electric Railway. Having it being mentioned in the "Thomas and Friends" book by Henry was very appealing, and even one of their engines passing Gordon in "Gordon's Fire Service!"

It would have been really nice to read stories that could have been made of the characters from that particular railway system, and its history. I still could understand a danger of an idea like that being redundant or repetitive, like parallels between the stories of the narrow gauge lines and that of the older classic stories. I'm sure it could have opened up an opportunity for some original concepts and ideas to write for an idea like the electric line to unfold in a book, including how some of the characters from the main line might have interacted with them.
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Post by Toby7 on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:30 am

Trust me, I have friends who work with electric locomotives and there are PLENTY of ideas and inspiration for stories.
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Post by Vision Scale Modeler on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:42 am

@ SwitchMonkey, That's pretty cool! One thing I loved about the Railway Series was the inclusion of incidents and events inspired by real-life scenarios.

Imagine the experience for one of the main line steam engines having to travel under catenary wires for the first time to deliver a special, or even one of the electric locomotives braking down and it needed to be taken to the works by a steam engine... I'd love to see that unfold in a episode for the CGI series!
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:20 am

@Vision Scale: I think that's something everyone appreciates about the series. Smile Many parents, however, don't know this is the case!
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Post by zem2point0 on Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:26 am

SkarloeyRailway wrote:@Vision Scale: I think that's something everyone appreciates about the series. Smile Many parents, however, don't know this is the case!

My family was discussing this the other day. I was sharing my RWS Complete Collection book (and telling everyone about certain spoilers Wink ) and I reminded everyone how Dad used to say "that couldn't happen in real life! Someone would've been hurt; or killed!" to just about every major (Awdry-written) crash in the TV series. It's kinda funny now that I know that those accidents were inspired by real events.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Jamie Parker on Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:19 pm

SkarloeyRailway wrote:
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

I think it was Melad Morishi (Creator of the Roll Along Thomas blog) as he said he talked to Awdry's agent at the TOTB premiere. I remember reading about it, yeah. Sad

Surprising that Richard is a musician! Never knew that. I thought he was a railway worker or something Razz. Although, If you think about it, C.Awdry was working for the Inland Revenue at the time and he never expressed an interest in writing for Thomas until he decided to give it a try. So what's to stop Richard taking up the reins later like his father did?
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Vision Scale Modeler on Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:16 pm

zem2point0 wrote:
SkarloeyRailway wrote:@Vision Scale: I think that's something everyone appreciates about the series. Smile Many parents, however, don't know this is the case!

My family was discussing this the other day. I was sharing my RWS Complete Collection book (and telling everyone about certain spoilers Wink ) and I reminded everyone how Dad used to say "that couldn't happen in real life! Someone would've been hurt; or killed!" to just about every major (Awdry-written) crash in the TV series. It's kinda funny now that I know that those accidents were inspired by real events.

That's funny! It can feel like that for some readers, or someone looking into it from the outside, who might read too much into it, or even worse, take it out of context for that matter! Very Happy But there are some very sweet moments of humor in the books. You feel that when you see the chemistry between the characters play out over the course of the stories, and going even deeper, the craft of writing them is so pure and genuine. Put together, not only do I believe that humor was achieved in a way that made sense, if there is anyone who could show something goofy or funny that is accurate to real-life scenarios on the railway, it's the Rev. W. Awdry, being a railway man himself!

I think we can never really escape the truth behind human limitations. Whether I'm making one of my scratch-built scale models, or watching one of the newer episodes from the Thomas show to see that they're staying true to the vision of the reverend, I think about that a lot. All you can do is the very best you possibly can in everything you do. That's pure honesty, and I know from experience as an artist that when you accept that, greatness can come out of you more naturally, without even trying! Our example being writing or producing the art behind the Thomas show or the original books. That's why I feel the studio is getting better and better as they're linking the Legacy behind the Railway Series more into their newer material.

No kidding, it's pretty awesome!
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Padaster on Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:42 am

Y'know what I think? Why does the RWS have to be written be an Awdry? With there blessing, I think it'd be cool to see some of SiF's Extended railway series books become official. Of course, there would be a huge number of roadblocks, but who knows...

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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:51 pm

I totally disagree with you there. I think that the tredition of having the series in the family is so strong, it'd be very very weird to have it written by someone else. Let's leave that to the TVS.
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Post by Padaster on Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:36 am

Okay then. I sorta see what you mean. It HAS happened with other book series, but I can see the want to keep it in family.

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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Toby7 on Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:25 pm

What if it was by a family friend, like a descendant of the Rev. Teddy Boston?
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:27 pm

That could be interesting, but I'd still like it to be kept in the family. Razz
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Dan5589 on Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:09 pm

As far as I can remember on my trip to the Beer Heights Light Railway one time in July 2011, Christopher confirmed that Thomas & His Friends is the last book he had ever wrote so far.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by whyofbladez on Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:45 am

I'm perfectly content with where the RWS leaves off. I feel that the publishers "MORE TAMAS!" mentality was still present as both revival books focus on Thomas primarily, the struggle Christopher had when it first ended in the mid-90's.

If anything though, I do hope that Chris decides to release "Barry the Rescue Engine" at some point as a RWS Missing Volume.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:44 pm

whyofbladez wrote:I'm perfectly content with where the RWS leaves off. I feel that the publishers "MORE TAMAS!" mentality was still present as both revival books focus on Thomas primarily, the struggle Christopher had when it first ended in the mid-90's.

If anything though, I do hope that Chris decides to release "Barry the Rescue Engine" at some point as a RWS Missing Volume.

Interestingly enough, Christopher wanted to keep writing after New Little Engine, but his publishers decided it wasn't marketable enough. He barely managed to get them to publish Thomas and Victoria and Thomas and His Friends, from what I understand. It'd be interesting to hear his personal thoughts on it.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by kjadorre64 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:15 am

Don't lose all hope. The Adventure Begins is a retelling of the First few story's, and were cleverly adapted. The Fan-site said that is the special does well a follow up is possible. And Who knows maybe they are formulating a series of specials retelling the Railway Series!
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by JRCS on Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:19 pm

The TV Series has definitely had a 'for the older fans' mentality in recent years. I agree that if TAB sells well, Egmont might see that the Railway Series is still marketable and could revive it.

Even if Christopher Awdry isn't writing anymore, he must have books like Barry the Rescue Engine that Egmont originally rejected.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:02 pm

JRCS wrote:Even if Christopher Awdry isn't writing anymore, he must have books like Barry the Rescue Engine that Egmont originally rejected.

From what I understand, he's stated that he has three whole RWS books that were unpublished, Barry the Rescue Engine being the most famous.

I'd love to see these works released at some point!
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Dan5589 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:27 pm

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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:00 pm

I've created a new thread for that news! Wink
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:24 pm

If the railway series does get picked up again in the future, that would be wonderful news to say the least.

If it doesn't, at least till now, it has had a fantastic run, and the stories that do exist are great
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by JRCS on Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:47 pm

I agree that it has had a good run, but the thing is that I was only part of that run for the last book. So it feels over before it began. It is like watching a TV Show for the first time, but then discovering it is the last episode of the Season.
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Post by Diesel 11 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:10 pm

I hope he DOES do a new book/books, but he ending it rather well.
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Re: Future of the Railway Series

Post by Vision Scale Modeler on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:29 pm

SkarloeyRailway wrote: Interestingly enough, Christopher wanted to keep writing after New Little Engine, but his publishers decided it wasn't marketable enough. He barely managed to get them to publish Thomas and Victoria and Thomas and His Friends, from what I understand. It'd be interesting to hear his personal thoughts on it.

That is a good point. Christopher had it in his heart to write more stories. I agree that the only way we know if the RWS will continue or not is getting Christopher's perspective, and what he wants to see for the future of both the RWS books and the Thomas franchise.
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:36 pm

Vision Scale Modeler wrote:That is a good point. Christopher had it in his heart to write more stories. I agree that the only way we know if the RWS will continue or not is getting Christopher's perspective, and what he wants to see for the future of both the RWS books and the Thomas franchise.

On of his agents at the TOTB premier said he's officially retired. It's on the Roll Along Blog someplace for proof.
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