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51 1,057 The Engine "Ranks" System
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Mar 27, 2021 20:04:06 GMT

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Home to discussion of all 'Thomas' topics that don't belong in other sections. Here you'll find threads ranging from 'Thomas in the News' and 'Thomas References' to 'Thomas Dreams' and 'Alternate Perceptions'. SiF's catch-all thread 'POSTOPIA' can also be found here, where community members can discuss and ask questions about just about anything Thomas-related.

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110 15,087 Thoughts on the RWS/Thomas fandom as a whole
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Apr 13, 2021 3:14:50 GMT
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With around 24 series, a feature film, 16 feature length specials, songs, a spin-off series and online content there's plenty for SiF community members to discuss about the realm of the Thomas & Friends television series!

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by Ryan
Apr 17, 2021 17:51:06 GMT
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Home to discussion about the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, Christopher Awdry and their classic works which went on to inspire the hit television show. Look here for threads on the Railway Series volumes, 'The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways', 'The Thomas the Tank Engine Man', 'Sodor: Reading Between the Lines' and more!

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98 11,995 Christopher Awdry's Railway Series books
by Ryan
Apr 9, 2021 17:17:16 GMT
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Home to discussion about upcoming releases or even your current favourite videos and DVDs from the Thomas & Friends television series!

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25 2,611 Your own DVD ideas
by TinyGordon
Apr 19, 2021 11:39:57 GMT
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Home to discussion about all areas of Thomas & Friends merchandise including books, games and toys, both past and present. Look here for discussion ranging from Thomas magazines to the My Story Library and from ERTL to Take 'n' Play!

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85 10,829 Other merchandise
by TinyGordon
Apr 14, 2021 22:02:53 GMT

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Here you can post your own Thomas-related fan works for other SiF community members to read, from your own stories to bios for original characters!

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153 5,973 Design Your Own Series (Game)
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Apr 16, 2021 1:15:04 GMT
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Home to anything fan-related that doesn't belong anywhere else on the forum! Come here for fan-art, feature length stories, special presentations and more besides!

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Mar 18, 2021 18:36:29 GMT
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Post your own Railway Series style books and stories here. No need to keep continuity with others and no need for approval from Evaluators - here, your own creativity can run freely!

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299 2,137 Terrences Old Exploits
by harperman
Apr 17, 2021 21:43:26 GMT
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For any fiction that's not Thomas related, whether it be a railway related series or an original piece of thinking - get it in here!

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214 2,627 The Railways of Bromstead Park
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Apr 14, 2021 3:04:26 GMT

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Sodor Island Forums inspired the redubs, and from there sprang audios and other multimedia projects - see the latest ones here!

Now an everlasting memorial to the great director - David Mitton.

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by Ethan SD (TFT Productions)
Apr 16, 2021 19:42:14 GMT
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Here you can display your original artwork, edited images, sprites, signature pictures and other creations to do with Thomas or otherwise.

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69 8,580 Edited/Photoshopped/Retouched Thomas Images
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Apr 9, 2021 15:06:20 GMT

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Big Railways, little Railways, continental Railways, even RailROADS! Discuss them and real locomotives here!

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247 8,207 General Railway News and Discussion
by Stanier5mt
Apr 16, 2021 21:47:24 GMT
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Interested in model railways and what goes on with them? Why not take a look in here and see what our members have to say about the latest goings on in the Model Railway world!

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273 17,566 Thomas Bachmann Models
by eveningstarr
Apr 18, 2021 9:53:36 GMT
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Home to SiF's discussion of Virtual Railway Simulators such as Auran's Trainz Railroad Simulator, Microsoft Train Simulator, Dovetail Games's Train Simulator, ROBLOX and various others compatible with the incredible Thomas-related content currently available from multiple 3D modelling workshops and modellers.

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Mar 16, 2021 0:02:52 GMT

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Here you can discuss TV shows, books, video games, and even music you happen to enjoy outside of the Thomas world!

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Apr 19, 2021 5:54:48 GMT
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Sleeper Agent: I find it disappointing He-Man used his sword more as a shield and never punched anyone. Apr 15, 2021 21:27:14 GMT
Madness: The best way to help you not get duplicates Christian, is to look at the number code on the back of the pack. Each mini has a code. Apr 15, 2021 23:05:41 GMT
Christian: Thank you, Madness. Apr 15, 2021 23:56:49 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Tip for anyone wanting to add tank rivets to a Hornby Thomas: The lining provides a perfect height guide Apr 17, 2021 0:51:48 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: It does not however prevent such calculation errors as dividing a riveted length by the number of rivets to determine spacing, when actually you should divide by one less than the number of rivets. Apr 17, 2021 3:56:09 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: So if I want to fix that I'm going to have to fill and re-drill (again). Apr 17, 2021 3:56:32 GMT
The Thomas Cynic: New video, quite short, about Fergus and how his basis makes him one of Sodor's forgotten greats: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBKGrRla034 Apr 17, 2021 10:35:00 GMT
harperman: Just started me own RWS Styled book thing in the Your own Railway Series styled storys thing Apr 17, 2021 16:42:53 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: Christian I would buy the Multi-packs, when Minis first came I only got the Packs I didn't want to get stuck with junk only a few years ago I got the blind bags and sometimes they were great(Once I got Rosie & Ferdinand), and then there's Sushi Hiro Apr 17, 2021 17:27:42 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Ideas for justifying Thomas' splashers pre-crash: Bodge repair done with material salvaged from wrecked (or started-then-canceled) loco, ersatz sandboxes, or repositioned and shrouded pump equipment. Any of these seem viable? Apr 17, 2021 18:53:32 GMT
harperman: and my RWS Styled book thing has all 4 Storys, lemme know what ya think of it if you'd like to see it and want to give me feedback :) Apr 17, 2021 21:45:12 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Oh, here's an idea for justifying the splashers: Aesthetically-disguised ballasting to mitigate the E2's oscillation problems Apr 18, 2021 8:51:34 GMT
OJ: Talking of Minis anyone remember the Ertl Miniture range in the early 90's? Those toys were good. I used to have the playset for that. Apr 18, 2021 13:55:14 GMT
stuart7: OJ, yes I remember the ERTL range well from my younger days. I gradually built up a vast collection, one per month, from the late 80s through to the late 90s, even taking some of them on holiday with me as far afield as North Wales and Orlando. Apr 18, 2021 20:20:08 GMT *
stuart7: (Cont'd from previous post). I remember, when I volunteered on the Gwili Railway, back in September 2004, I received the startling news from a colleague that we were selling the last of the ERTL models. He said that they'd just gone bankrupt. What a shame. Apr 18, 2021 21:57:01 GMT
OJ: Ertl did the Thomas toys justice shame they went bankrupt. Apr 18, 2021 22:40:37 GMT
Madness: I loved collecting the ERTL Miniatures. They were fun to get :) . Apr 18, 2021 23:58:23 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: I've never had any Mini ERTLs, but they look cool. I'd definitely want some. Apr 19, 2021 0:48:13 GMT *
zeldatheswordsm: The Ertl toys were good in several ways, but I think they had 3 main issues: The couplers (uniderectional, and the hooks break too easily), long fixed wheelbases on larger engines, and distribution troubles w/the track and rolling stock Apr 19, 2021 3:30:16 GMT *
OJ: I liked the miniture playsets. I got Harold with airport. I hear they did a Mavis and Henry minityre but I never saw those two. Apr 19, 2021 9:46:44 GMT