Thomas the you-know-what

Discussion in 'Railtours & Preservation' started by Taunton, 16 May 2015.

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  1. Taunton

    Taunton Established Member

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    I never thought I was going to launch such a thread :) , but which of the preservation lines broadly around London have a Thomas The Tank, and better, a Thomas day?

    I'm aware that there were some copyright-type issues between some preservation societies and the current holders of the copyright a while ago, but I would have hoped that was all passed. However, I've looked round a few (Bluebell etc) and can't see anything on their websites. Some years ago it seemed quite a number of the railways had taken an industrial tank and done it up with blue paint and a fibreglass smokebox door.
     
  2. DaleCooper

    DaleCooper Established Member

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    According to their website Nene Valley have one.
     
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    He is called Thomas the Tank Engine. He is NOT a tank!
     
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    alexl92 Established Member

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    Nene Valley have one which was christened by the Rev Awdry but the Mid Hants Railway have the only one that actually looks like Thomas.
     
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    you got there first....only may I add Thomas on the mid Hants railway doesn't pull passenger trains, do you have to go to Ropley to see him in action?
     
  6. alexl92

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    He does? Might not at the moment but that Thomas has definitely been used for passenger services... maybe not regularly but definitely at times.
     
  7. transportphoto

    transportphoto Established Member Quizmaster

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    A quick Google for 'Day out with Thomas' will reveal all!

    TP
     
  8. E&W Lucas

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    It's noticeable how many lines no longer bother with Thomas.
    AFAIK, the demands of (s)HIT Entertainment remain prohibitive.
     
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    I would have said uneconomical and restrictive rather than prohibitive.
     
  10. transportphoto

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    Very much so... it's unfortunate but that's what they've based their strong brand name and reputation on.
     
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