Post by no216redengine on May 30, 2020 21:27:08 GMT
Sir Reginald and the Flying Kipper
The engines were still in shock that there have been two Henrys all this time. They weren't cross with Sir Reginald or Henry, though it was going to take some time to process. Sir Reginald asks what became of the Flying Kipper. Douglas tells him its still in service, now pulled by Bear since he's the only one who can pull the train to Vicarstown. Sir Reginald was thankful he didn't have to take the train. But one day there was trouble. Bear was ill, Gordon, James and Douglas were all busy and the Kipper needed to be taken. Sir Reginald was the only engine strong enough available to take it. He was hesitant because of what happened last time. Toby encouraged him by saying he's now much better and not to let fear run in his smokebox. So Sir Reginald didn't. He bravely pulled the vans down the line. At Wellsworth, Thomas came and helped banked him up Gordon's Hill. It was hard work, but they reached the top. Sir Reginald got to Killdane safely and then Boco took his place. Soon it was time for Sir Reginald to leave. The engines thanked him for everything and will let Henry know when he returns that he no longer has to pretend to be someone he's not. With that, Sir Reginald puffed away very satisfied.
Here's the book which you have requested. Eliza has had quite the life for an engine. It all started when... but why don't you find out for yourself. I hope you enjoy the stories you have helped to make.
On the Southern Railway, there were a group of tank engines. They used for shunting and pulling goods trains. One of these was No.958, but everyone calls her Eliza. She was a friendly engine who worked hard. Unfortunately during the war, Eliza suffered from an explosion whilst working at Feltham marshalling yard. She wasn't badly damaged, however it did leave her with a nasty scar across her eye. Eliza and her class were eventually supplemented and later deputized by diesels. Eliza was then due to be scrapped, however at the last minute the Southern Engines Group stepped in. They have a small branch originally apart of Dr. Richard Beeching's Beeching Axe. Eliza was saved, but didn't know what to expect.
Eliza was now apart of the Southern Engines Group. They're a group of preservationists who save engines from scrap and help them find new homes. They heard of Eliza from one of their own engines. He was a diesel named Maunsell. Maunsell had saved Eliza from the explosion during the war. If it weren't for him, she wouldn't be there now. He also helped changed Eliza's views on diesels. Initially when they arrived and took over her old jobs, she viewed them as tresspassers and bullies. Maunsell helped her to see that not all of them were like that. Some were friendly and simply trying to be useful. Although the branch line wasn't big, Eliza, Maunsell and the other engines still had plenty of work. Eliza mainly handled the shunting and maintenance duties on the line. She remained in this role until she was bought again.
After ballast was discovered on what's now the Small Railway, a processing plant was opened in Killdane. It was called the Arlesdale Ballast, Granite and Gravel Company. The company works with the Small Railway. Ballast and granite is brought to Arlesburgh and then is taken by rail to the processing plant. The Fat Controller's engines help out with these duties, however the company wanted a permanent engine who could do the job all of the time. With some assistance from the Thin Clergyman and the Southern Engines Group, the company had bought Eliza. Eliza was going to miss Maunsell and the other engines. Nonetheless she settled well into her new role. She now lives at Killdane, but sometimes visits Tidmouth as she had made friends with the other engines. Eliza performed her role until two years later, she needed a heavy overhaul. Initially it was going to be done at Crovan's Gate. But with Duke's overhaul already taking place there, she was sent to the Mainland instead.
It took a long time however Eliza's repairs were completed and she returned to the Fat Controller's Railway. Eliza discovered that although her shed at Killdane remained intact, everything else was completely different. Never the less, Eliza made good friends with the engines on the New Railway as well as those that were new to the Fat Controller's Railway. It was strange to Liz at first to find that another engine had a similar name as hers. Either way, Eliza and Liz became good friends. Although she was able to deal with most of the changes on the railway, one hit her harder than most. The loss of Donald. This was because Donald was the one who took Eliza to the Mainland part of the way. He was the last engine on the railway she saw before she was overhauled. Eliza held nothing against Liz even though she was the new No.9. However she wanted to do something to honor and remember Donald by. Eliza decided to ask James who was now Douglas' best friend. She asked him what he did for the former twin engine. James told Eliza he got No.828, Douglas' only surviving brother to visit. This gave Eliza an idea. She spoke to the Fat Controller who agreed. A few days later, the engines including Eliza were all called to Tidmouth. There the Fat Controller announced that they were there to honor the memory of one of his former engines; ex No.9 Donald. He tells how Donald was Douglas' twin, a hero and a really useful engine who will always be remembered. The sheet covering something was then unveiled showing a statue of Donald. Most of the engines gasped as the Fat Controller goes on to say the statue will be there from now on for everyone to see and remember Donald. They all have Eliza to thank for the idea. That night in the shed, all the engines thanked and praised Eliza, especially Douglas who was the most thankful of all. Eliza was happy to help and happy to be back and working on her home on Sodor.
Years have passed since hard times hit the Fat Controller's Railway. Things have gotten better, but now Sir Topham Hatt has retired. His daughter, Bridget Hatt is now the Fat Controller you'll see in the stories. That's just one of the many changes that took place. Read the stories to find out what else happened.
Gordon has had an overhaul. It took a long time to repair him, but at last he was back in service. He now had nameplates and two tenders, so he can travel long distances without refuelling. The Fat Controller told Gordon that he'll be working with Bear taking trains to Vicarstown. Gordon was excited about this. He was more exited to learn that the original express was being reinstated. He'd assumed he was going to be in charge of it as well. Gordon gets a surprise when he learns a new engine will be in charge of the duties. The engine was an electro diesel with two power cars called Seibu Kita. Seibu was female and Kita was male. They can run on both electric and non electric lines. They are jointly owned like Cheston. Seibu Kita was going to be charge of both the original and current express trains. Seibu Kita was friendly and got on well with most of the engines. Gordon however was jealous they got to pull the Express. He understood why, but Gordon wished he could pull the Express again just once. He gets his wish when Seibu Kita breaks down on the journey back one day. Gordon pulls them back to Tidmouth and is told to take their next train to London. Gordon was excited, but has forgotten about the physical part of pulling the Express. Despite being rebuilt, Gordon got worn out and tired easily due to his age. By the time he returned to Tidmouth during the final trip, he was very weary. He now understood Seibu Kita's importance of taking over the Express. After they were mended, Gordon gives Seibu Kita a speech and then passes the torch from one express engine to another.
After a long time, Thomas' Branch Line had been reopened. It has been extended all the way to Ulfstead. The line is now a preserved railway like the Little Western Railway and is called the Knapford and Ulfstead Railway. Initially Darling was in charge of running the line and Kenney was borrowed to be one of her coaches. The former branch line engines occasionally visited the line as well. However the people in charge felt a steam engine would better attract visitors. So they bought one called No.960 from another preserved railway and overhauled him at the Works. No.960's name was Alexander (Alex for short). He was Eliza's brother and is cocky and conceited. This got worst when he found out why he was brought to the line. Alex also took a disliking to Darling for being a diesel. This is because diesels not only took his work on his former railway, they also caused his and Eliza's siblings to be scrapped. For that reason, Alex hated all diesels. Thomas and Eliza tried to get Alex to see sense that diesels have their uses, but Alex still stuck to his stubborn beliefs. One day Alex was taking passengers to Ulfstead. He was in such a hurry and forgot to refill with water. Before Hackenbeck was a tunnel where Thomas won his race with Bertie. During the years the branch line was closed, the tunnel was given little to no maintenance and slowly eroded. Workmen had inspected it, but missed some details. Alex comes to the tunnel, but runs out of water inside. He then felt rocks falling down on him. The tunnel was collasping! Fortunately Darling was returning from Ulfstead following her inspection with the signals. Darling raced to the rescue. She pushed Alex out of the tunnel just in time. The tunnel collasped right behind her. The line remained opened, but services to Ulfstead were suspended until the tunnel was properly repaired. The trains until then only went as far as Elsbridge. Afterwards Alex was more careful. He also thanked and apologized to Darling. Alex is still haughty, but he realizes now that not all diesels are bad.
The Little Western Railway is a preserved railway ran by Duck and Oliver. They bring passengers to the Small Railway. Lots of visitors come to see it, especially the now completed extension to Peel Godred on the Small Railway. Ballast is also brought down from the Small Railway which the engines take to the Big Station on the Fat Controller's Railway. James and Douglas take turns helping out with these duties. Although it was felt another engine should permanently take over. An engine No.5575 was rescued from Barry Island Scrapyard and restored at Crovan's Gate. Her name was Prairie and she previously worked with Oliver on their branch line in West Country. Oliver did the passenger duties with his coach Isabel and Prairie did the goods duties with Toad who was her brake van at the time. They worked together until the branch line's closure. When Duck asked what happened then and why didn't Prairie come with Oliver, Prairie tells the story. Oliver and Prairie learned that their line was closing and they were going to be scrapped. They made a plan to escape to Sodor taking Isabel and Toad with them. This sounded like a good plan, but while Oliver's crew had no local ties and were both bachelors, Prairie's driver and fireman were married with families so they couldn't leave. They did insist on bringing Prairie in disguise though. She thought otherwise that it would get them caught by both their manager and Control. Prairie decided it was best if one of them took the sacrifice. Prairie told Oliver to go and take Toad with him. She'd feel better knowing he was safe even if she wasn't. Oliver reluctantly agreed with Prairie and did so. He went and she stayed. Prairie's crew helped arranged for her to be sent to Barry Island Scrapyard. At a normal scrapyard she would've been cut up immediately, but at Barry Island Scrapyard she could wait someone rescued her. Prairie sat there for years until she was found by the Little Western Railway. Prairie finishes her story by saying and that's what happened. Oliver is just happy Prairie is now safe. Prairie was happy to learn even though he's now Douglas' brakevan, Toad was safe. Douglas occasionally let Prairie use him. Prairie mainly hauled the ballast trains, however if Duck or Oliver aren't available, she'll pull passenger trains too. All three Great Western Engines were happy to be working together.
The Sodor Aluminium Company had decided to make economical changes. Since their company was located on a line that mainly ran by diesel and electric engines, they felt it was inefficient to keep using Bill. So they sold him to the Fat Controller's Railway. Clive, a diesel engine on the New Railway was bought to do his work. Clive has helped out before and had a lot of experience. Bill was happy to pass on his former duties to Clive. Although not as happy as finally being properly reunited with Ben. Bill kept his yellow coat, but had the North Western Railway lettering replace the Sodor Aluminium Company one and he was renumbered No.11. Bill was now going to work with him and Toby at the harbor. Despite being back together, the twins discovered that they have both changed significantly inside and out. Whilst Bill is still cheeky and mischievous, Ben under Toby's influence became more thoughtful and mature. He also had his own van Elise to look after. Ben now thought Bill was annoying and Bill thought Ben was a bore. This caused arguments and them no longer wanting to be back together. However Douglas reminds them about how fortunate they are to still have each other and showed them the statue of his former twin Donald. Seeing that as well as Douglas' point made the twins realize that having each other was more important than worrying about how much they've changed. The twins make up and are now good friends with both Toby and Douglas.
One day there was a special occasion to be held at Killdane. A new steam engine had been built for the Fat Controller's Railway and it was going to have a naming ceremony. Engines from the Fat Controller's Railway, the New Railway and some of the preserved railways on the Island were coming. Edward and Henry have also since returned to Sodor and were glad to be present for the special occasion. Seibu Kita were bringing some guests from the Mainland. Gordon was not only bringing guest from Tidmouth, but also the new engine, who temporarily went by No.12. After everyone got on at Tidmouth, Gordon set off down the line. He stopped at the Works Station to pick up No.12 who has no crew yet, so Gordon had to pull the engine and the train. He did well at first, but go stuck on the hill. The Stationmaster called for a banker. Thomas was sent from Killdane to help and came as quickly as he could. Thomas and Gordon got No.12 and the train up the hill. Then the cavalcade continued to Killdane. When they got there, the Fat Controller made an announcement. She said that the railway wouldn't be well known without the Thin Clergyman's books or influence. She therefore christened No.12 as officially Awdry No.12. Everyone gave three cheers acknowledging there'll never be anything like the engines on Sodor.
This is the final book in The Alternate Railway Series. I did have some other books planned, but I want to focus on some other things. So I decided to tie up all the loose ends and conclude the series. For those who did thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the series.
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