Post by no216redengine on Dec 29, 2019 16:27:33 GMT
Skarloey and Talyllyn
At last Skarloey’s repairs were complete which meant that Talyllyn could go home. He was due to leave that afternoon, but everyone wanted to get Skarloey and Talyllyn to see each other before then. Now that the Works has been relocated to Edward’s Station that was easier said than done. However Mavis who was taking Skarloey back to the railway was determined to try and get him there on time. On the way she had to go on a siding to let another train pass. Then she was stopped at a signal and then she derailed at some faulty points. Fortunately, Clive arrived on time and helped Mavis back on the tracks. Mavis got to the railway just in time. Skarloey only had an hour to spend with Talyllyn, but both twins were still joyful to see each other. They pull a train a short distance and were photographed together. All too soon it was time for Talyllyn to go. The engines all gave Talyllyn a toot goodbye and Talyllyn went away knowing no one would forget the visiting little engine.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 11, 2020 16:38:55 GMT
The workshop where the Fat Controller had bought Percy didn't just carry steam engines. There was an experimental diesel there named Cheston. He thought that he was going to spend his life at the workshop. That all changed when he was given a chance to work on Sodor. Find out about his adventure here.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 11, 2020 16:59:00 GMT
At the workshop where the Fat Controller had bought Percy, there was a diesel. His name was Cheston and he was an experimental engine. Cheston was built to see if 11001 could be improved. Cheston was often taken to Norwood Yard, to be tested 11001. 11001 was dour, but polite. He taught Cheston everything he knew about shunting and pulling trains. Cheston enjoyed this. Anytime he was at the workshop, he either just sat there or was given new parts for improvements. This arrangement went on until 11001 was scrapped. Cheston then remained dormant until it was decided to use him as a workshop shunter. However Cheston future still remained uncertain despite this. That is until one day when the manager told him he's been given a trial on Sodor.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 12, 2020 4:52:28 GMT
The New Railway was doing well with both diesel and electric engines running the line. However BoCo's role as a utility engine was starting to take it's toll. The New Controller realized this and decided to get another engine. The New Controller spoke to the Fat Controller about the workshop where Percy was acquired to see about getting an engine there. The Fat Controller then spoke to the manager of the workshop who decided to let them use Cheston for a trial. Cheston was excited for a chance to stretch his wheels. During the time Cheston was to arrive, it was busier on the Fat Controller's Railway. The Fat Controller had sent Douglas to the Works for repairs. This meant more work for James. Fortunately Liz had been there to help him and Mavis took over Liz's role in the yard. Mavis had just arranged some trucks and then made her way to a siding to let James take the train. Suddenly her brakes failed and she couldn't stop. Mavis smashed through the buffers and damaged her bufferbeam. Cheston who has just made his way to Killdane was told that he's going to help out on the Fat Controller's Railway instead.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 12, 2020 5:02:47 GMT
Liz helped Cheston learn his way around the yard. Cheston was worried since he was an experimental diesel. He thought if he didn't do well, he'll end up like 11001. The others did their best to comfort him and assure him that things will be alright. They told all sorts of things like the trap points. Although it was explained on how they work, Cheston was still puzzled. Soon Cheston set to work in the yard. Even if he was nervous, Cheston was managing very well. One day after a great deal of shunting, Cheston was resting at the platform. His driver went off to his lunch and had just returned when Cheston had set off on his own because two boys fiddled with his controls. Worse still Gordon was coming in with a stopping train. Fortunately a signalman knew what to do. He diverted Cheston on the trap points stopping the runaway and preventing a nasty accident. Cheston now knew how useful trap points were.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 12, 2020 5:15:27 GMT
Cheston Takes Charge
Cheston was doing well in the yard, but one day Bear was ill and direct train from the Fat Controller's Railway to the New Railway needed to be pulled. There were no other engines available, so the Fat Controller was going to cancel the train. However Cheston volunteered to do it. The Fat Controller agreed. Cheston was polite to the coaches, but wasn't experienced and bumped them. Cheston was doing well on his journey until he got to Wellsworth. He needed a banker for Gordon's Hill, but Thomas who should have been there to help got called away. Cheston had to get up the hill himself. Sand was placed under his wheels. He gave a big roar and a mighty heave. It was hard work, but at long last Cheston reached the top of the hill. There were no more problems and soon they reached Vicarstown. There the Fat Controller and the New Controller who had been on the train congratulated Cheston on a job well done. The New Controller says he watched Cheston's work on the Fat Controller's Railway and was very impressed with what he saw. The New Controller tells Cheston that he decided to buy him. The Fat Controller also liked Cheston's work and decided to buy him too. Cheston puzzled wondered what this meant. Before the Controllers could reply, the Guard blew the whistle and they left to catch the train to the Mainland. Cheston was left in suspense.
Might I just say I find most of these stories incredibly depressing? I mean, you have Thomas and Percy demoted to menial work, Annie turned into a hut, Clarabel demoted to the permanent-of-way department, Edward stuffed and mounted, Gordon demoted to stopping trains, Donald outright destroyed, the Ffarquhar and Brendam Branchlines shut down and paved over (bet George loved that), and half the railway is now owned by someone else.
At least the Little Western branch is a preserved railway, and things eventually settled down.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 12, 2020 17:42:47 GMT
Yeah they are pretty depressing, but it's a take on how things would have happened if certain events didn't go accordingly. The series was partly inspired by Disney's A Twisted Tale book series. Things will get better as the series goes on. The Express will come back later, Ffarquhar and Brendam Branchlines will be reinstated and Bill and Ben will be reunited. However under different means. Another reason is to challenge the well known characters beyond their classic traits.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 14, 2020 22:13:31 GMT
Cheston, an experimental diesel was given a trial initially on the New Railway, but problems on the Fat Controller's Railway caused him to be sent there instead. However he impressed both Controllers with his efforts and ended becoming apart of both railways. He soon found out what being owned by two railways was like.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 14, 2020 22:20:14 GMT
Soon Mavis and Douglas were back in service, so Cheston was sent to the Works on the New Railway for a re inspection. while at the Works, Cheston was fitted with a vacuum brake so that he could pull passenger trains properly. Also the New Controller and the Fat Controller had time to explain to Cheston what they previously talked about at Vicarstown. They both liked Cheston's work and both needed his help at busy times. So they both decided to buy him. Cheston is going to be jointly owned. The controllers explained that this meant he was owned by both the Fat Controller's Railway and the New Railway. He would work on both railways at different times. Later BoCo arrived and was told to show Cheston around.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 14, 2020 22:29:31 GMT
Cheston and BoCo
Cheston followed BoCo around to learn about the New Railway. As they went along, Cheston told BoCo his backstory and worries over being scrapped, due to being an experimental engines. BoCo told Cheston about many experimental engines on the Fat Controller's Railway who came and are now really useful engines. BoCo also told Cheston of his own troubles he and his siblings had. It lead to a short lived career for his class. All but one of his siblings were scrapped. BoCo had thought he had met his fate until he came to Sodor. He carried the teething troubles his class were prone towards. After he became apart of the railway, the Fat Controller cured him of the faults. BoCo tells Cheston to be proud he has been bought by not one, but two owners. He goes on to say despite being a one off, Cheston is still running under his own power. This made Cheston feel much better.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 14, 2020 22:39:01 GMT
Cheston's Fishy Story
Since the change on the Fat Controller's Railway, Bear has been the engine to take the Flying Kipper. He enjoyed it, but sometimes wished for a rest. He was glad when Cheston volunteered to do the job that night. When Cheston arrived at the harbour, the train was still being prepared. Men loaded the wagons using forklifts. Usually they were careful. But one careless driver swerved too quickly and spilled its load on the rails in front of Cheston. It was quickly cleaned, however when Cheston tried to start his wheels spanned and slipped on the oily rails. Men hosed and sanded the rails. Then Cheston now late was ready to leave. Next day, Bear asked Cheston how did he like the Kipper. Cheston tells Bear it was fine as long as fish stay in boxes.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 14, 2020 22:54:54 GMT
Fat and New
Cheston enjoys working on both the Fat Controller's and the New Railway. Both have plenty of work to keep him busy. Lately however, some of the engines on both railways have been competitive. The engines on the Fat Controller's Railway claim their railway is better because it has real engines and a lot of resources. The engines on the New Railway think their better because they are more modern and efficent. Cheston being owned by both railways was caught in the middle of the debate. They asked him which he thought was better, but he kept his thoughts to himself. The conflict continued until one day on the New Railway the overheard wires along the lines were under maintenance. The electric engines and trains couldn't run. So diesels on both the New and the Fat Controller's Railway worked together. Some of the steam engines helped too. The incident caused the Fat Controller's engines to declare their railway superior. But then on the Fat Controller's Railway there was a coal shortage and the coal delivery got delayed. To prevent any steam engines from breaking down along the lines, the Fat Controller had them stay in their sheds. Diesels on both his and the New Railway helped out. This caused the New Railway engines to declare their railway the best. However Cheston who had helped during both crisis and brought the coal delivery told them all a railway is only at its best when its engines and trains are kept running. He says that team work counts on a railway, not over who's greater. The engines realize that Cheston was right. They apologized to each other and to Cheston. They went back to working their usual ways and continued to help one another. As did Cheston. He was glad he spoke his mind. Cheston was also glad to be apart of both the Fat Controller's and the New Railway.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 21, 2020 19:40:02 GMT
Despite the situation on the Fat Controller's Railway, the Small railway is still faring well. Even better since the New Controller became a partner. He had helped one of the engines and did something else. Read and find out what.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 21, 2020 19:40:27 GMT
Bert's Steaming Problems
All of the Small Railway Engines work hard. Ever since their praises with the wool traffic, they were even more determined to prove that they were a useful railway. But Bert had been suffering from shy steaming. Bert was younger than Rex, but older than Mike. He always had these problems, but lately they have been growing worse. With the crisis on the Fat Controller's Railway, there was very little he could do. Fortunately the New Controller stepped in and became a partner in the Small Railway. This helped and Bert was sent away to be rebuilt.
Post by no216redengine on Jan 21, 2020 19:42:22 GMT
Sigrid Of Arlesdale
While Bert was being rebuilt, the Small Controller had Sigrid Of Arlesdale help out Rex and Mike. She is a diesel often called Sigrid for short. Sigrid normally takes employees to work in the morning and brings them home in the afternoon. For the rest of the day, she's on stand by duty. She is there in case Rex, Bert and Mike break down. With Bert now out of action, Sigrid had a lot more work. She had to do Bert's work as well as her own. This along with being named after a Sudrian heroine made her conceited. She boasts anything boys can do, girls can do better. However this comes back to bite her when her injector fails at the Green and Mike has to rescue her and the passengers. Needless to say, Sigrid was more humble afterwards.
MrMilkDuctor: Mine Is Lady her paint job looks really nice she didn’t really have many appearances but she looked cute .
Oct 23, 2021 7:56:40 GMT
Nicholas: There's a lot of focus on female characters being 'cute' or beautiful going hand in hand with how good a character they are. Curious perceptions of what validates popularity and favourability for females, to me! There are many other traits to appreciate.
Oct 23, 2021 13:46:21 GMT
Inkwright: If only Lady had appeared more! Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Ashima is something just pure.
Oct 23, 2021 14:27:50 GMT
The Thomas Cynic: Absolutely agreed, Nicholas. People get mad at writers (I'm mostly talking outside of Thomas here lol) when they make girls too stereotypically feminine, and they also get mad when they try and make them a stereotypically "strong" female character.
Oct 23, 2021 19:37:06 GMT
whosgeoffrey: I think that there's a general feeling in TV and film writing today that it one writes a female character (or a character in any other minority) that is intended to have major character flaws or is supposed to be disliked, then the audience is sexist — 1/2
Oct 25, 2021 15:23:51 GMT
whosgeoffrey: — or racist or homophobic or bigoted in some other way for disliking said character. I think Thomas and BWBA especially are extreme examples of this — the writers didn't want to write harmful characters but swung so violently in the other direction — 2/?
Oct 25, 2021 15:26:59 GMT
whosgeoffrey: — that the female characters are flat and uninteresting. Personally I am of the opinion that representation of oppressed minorities on TV can not be truly authentic unless said minorities can be any sort of character: hero or villain or neither.
Oct 25, 2021 15:29:01 GMT
OJ: Rebecca had a goof law to begin with but it felt like it got suddenly taken away. Daisy has always been an entertaining character and so has Marion.
Oct 25, 2021 18:04:43 GMT
Inkwright: The first Thomas episode I ever saw in my life will be 30 years old on Friday...Man, do I love Trust Thomas
Oct 25, 2021 18:19:23 GMT
wildnorwester: The series really has been going for a while, hasn't it?
Oct 25, 2021 19:38:07 GMT
Inkwright: Yes indeed. I'm glad this series is living in my heart stronger than ever this year, and Trust Thomas is a contributing factor to that.
Oct 25, 2021 19:40:46 GMT
Madness: A goof law? What do you mean by that OJ?
Oct 26, 2021 0:09:27 GMT
Inkwright: I bet he means that she started with a typical clumsy trope.
Oct 26, 2021 0:50:39 GMT
The Thomas Cynic: Even the goof law doesn't even count a character flaw for me, rather it's a character imperfection. A character flaw is something that makes the character less perfect, and if someone IRL said that being clumsy makes you less perfect, they'd be clobbered.
Oct 26, 2021 5:37:45 GMT
Inkwright: Good point. What I do believe is that Rebecca could've potentially had more grounded character flaws, yet Mattel didn't see the bigger picture. So in the end, the character was never meant to be perfect which all adds to her purpose within the franchise.
Oct 26, 2021 14:05:33 GMT
OJ: Sorry typo I meant a good flaw. I'd rather Rebecca was the worrywart than Henry. I like to think Henry would go back to his original personality eventually.
Oct 26, 2021 15:04:23 GMT
The Thomas Cynic: Well now I look like an idiot lol. Ima just make "goof law" a term now.
Oct 26, 2021 15:59:16 GMT
Inkwright: Lol imagine that being used on your YouTube channel.
Oct 26, 2021 16:41:16 GMT
WaltWiz1901: Re: "Trust Thomas" turning 30 on the 29th: the episode (as well as seven other S3 episodes) actually made its world premiere on UK home video on November 11th
Oct 26, 2021 19:08:36 GMT
Inkwright: Huh, Wikipedia said the 29th is the TV air date
Oct 26, 2021 19:23:31 GMT