North Western Tales Christmas Special: ForgivenessEver since their big fallout in August, Donald and Douglas had not spoken to each other. They refused to sleep next to each other and not even Edward could stand the tension building up in the sheds. "Alright boys, that's enough," he said one time in November, but the Caledonian 812 twins didn't listen. Even Sir Topham Hatt's stern words failed to work. "Well, you two need each other more than you think!" he angrily said to them one day in November. "But if you wish to stay apart, than be that way!" And that was the way it stayed.North Western Tales Christmas Special: Forgiveness by NorthWester1
December arrived, and with it came the snow. Donald and Douglas would normally be drafted on snow ploughing duties, but Douglas refused to work with Donald, so the NWR's number 9 was forced to do them alone. He found it boring and lonesome without his twin to talk to. So, on the 14th, after finishing his snowplough duties, he decided to apologize to his twin. He found him resting near the coaling stage. "Hey, Douggie," Donald said. "Whit dae ye want Donal'? A
North Western Tales Episode 25 - Easy BreakingWritten by TheAdrianRailwayNorth Western Tales Episode 25 - Easy Breaking by NorthWester1
It was a late Sunday, Autumn afternoon, on the North Western Railway, the sky had a few clouds, and it was going a beautiful deep red, Edward was finishing his last passenger train of the day, but when he pulled in to Wellsworth station he over shot the platform a little.
"Oh my," he thought to himself, "that's never happened before! Oh well, hopefully it's just a one off." As he reversed into the platform, he pushed the thought of the matter to the back of his mind.
After his train, he went to Brendam Docks to collect some supplies needed for the mainline. But as he prepared to stop at a signal, he once again slid. It took a while for him to stop. "Oh dear, this can't be good," he said to himself. He reversed slowly and backed down onto some trucks. Jessie came over, having seen what happened. "Are you ok Edward?" she asked. "Yeah, I think so," said Edward. "Just some brake troubles." "Ya know," said Jessie, "I've been working here since 1994, but have neve
North Western Tales Episode 24 - Express DanielBased on "Edward and the Express" by Marvel ComicsNorth Western Tales Episode 24 - Express Daniel by NorthWester1
Daniel is a class 47 who lives at Crovans Gate. Although his main job is to bring engines in need of repairs to the shops, he also does a few other things around the area. He also works on the Kirk Ronan branch line, with Donald and Douglas, along with three ex-Midland Railway engines, helping him out. Daniel is friendly, cheerful, and always willing to help, although there was a time when Daniel actually got rather nervous when he did a job he had never done before.
It all began on November 21st, and Gordon was taking the Wild Nor Wester to Barrow-in-Furness as usual. But as he passed Killdane, he felt something odd with his cylinders. "Driver, something's wrong: I feel funny." "Alright Gordon," said his driver, "I'll look you over when we get to Crovans Gate." But they never got the chance: as soon as Kellsthorpe Road was in view, one of his cylinders snapped and punctured his running board! The train came to a standstill outside of
North Western Tales Episode 23 - KidnappedAs the month of November passed, the temperature also began to drop. The air grew colder and colder as the months passed. The engines also found themselves with less tourists, carrying mainly citizens instead. They didn't mind though: they were just happy to be working. Gordon, James, and Henry in particular were glad that they didn't have to feel overworked.North Western Tales Episode 23 - Kidnapped by NorthWester1
But on the morning of November 18th, in the Vicarage Orchid, Jem Cole came to see Trevor the Traction Engine. "Morning Trevor," he said, "ready for another day of work?" Trevor the Traction Engine opened his eyes, for he was having a doze, and looked at Jem. By now, Jem had white hair and seemed older, in fact, too old to drive Trevor. However, Jem said that he would rather continue driving Trevor than retire, even if it was bad for his health. "Morning Jem," said Trevor, "you bet I am!" "That's good to hear," said Jem, as he started Trevor up, "because the vicar has set up a fair and he wants you to be the star attraction for the
North Western Tales Episode 22 - Newcomer1094 is a small little narrow-gauge diesel engine who was built by Motor Rail in 1985 and worked at a small colliery somewhere located in York. The colliery was owned by the National Coal Board and was connected to the East Coast Main Line by a standard gauge track that was also at the colliery. 1094 was a hard worker. His job was to fill up trucks of coal and unload them into standard gauge coal wagons that belonged to EWS or any other freight-hauling company. The coal would then be delivered to power plants and other locations where it was needed. 1094 sometimes got bored with the job, but no matter what, he would always do his work without any fuss.North Western Tales Episode 22 - Newcomer by NorthWester1
But by 1994, the colliery was starting to go out of business: the mines close to where the colliery was located at were producing less and less coal, and a mine shaft had collapsed in 1995, killing 3 men who were inside and didn't get out in time. By the year of 1997, poor 1094 was starting to run out of work. He had less trucks to fill
North Western Tales Episode 21 - RevengeOn the morning of November 2nd, Oliver the Little Western Engine was shunting some ballast wagons to take down to Tidmouth. He didn't normally do this, but Douglas was having trouble getting steam up and the 1400 was the only engine available. With Donald and Douglas still refusing to go near each other after their fallout and with Duck still filling in for Thomas on the Ffarquhar Branch Line, the workload had to be split between Arnold and Oliver. Both found it very stressful and wished they could get help from another engine.North Western Tales Episode 21 - Revenge by NorthWester1
Eventually, once all of his trucks had been collected, he buffered them up to Toad, his old brake van. "Ah, Mister Oliver, it's so good to be working with you again," he said happily. "Well Toad, I've missed working with you too. But we better get this ballast to Tidmouth, otherwise James will start complaining." "Aye, you've got a point there, Mr. Oliver," Toad replied. Oliver said no more and pushed the empty ballast wagons under the chute. As he waited for hi
North Western Tales Halloween SpecialAs October drew to a close, so too did the holiday of Halloween get closer. The engines loved Halloween, except for Henry: he couldn't understand why people dressed up in costumes.North Western Tales Halloween Special by NorthWester1
"I just don't get it," he said to the other engines at Tidmouth Roundhouse on Halloween evening. "Why exactly do people dress up in costumes for Halloween? What purpose does it serve?" "They wear costumes to scare away the ghosts," James answered. Henry just snorted. "Pah! Ghosts? There's no such thing!" "That's not what the Celtic people once believed," said Duck, who was staying at Tidmouth with Oliver and Arnold while Arlesburgh Shed was undergoing maintenance. The other engines stared at him. "Whitiver dae ye beir, Dook?" asked Douglas. "I mean," Duck replied, "that in ancient times, the Celtic people of England would prepare themselves for the dark winter days by having a festival, where they lit bonfires and sacrificed animals. They believed that evil spirits were about, so they dressed up in costumes
North Western Tales episode 20 - Guard DutyOne night at the China Clay Works, three men crept into the area. They looked around for a while, then collected some dynamite. They also stole a wrench and a toolbox. "Roight, that's all the stuff we need," said one in a Birmingham accent. "Let's get ert of eya before we get caught." The other men agreed and they all left the China Clay Quarry before the sun came up.North Western Tales episode 20 - Guard Duty by NorthWester1
The next morning, when the workmen arrived, they were surprised to find nearly all of their stuff gone! "What happened to the dynamite?!" asked one in alarm. "We were going to blast today," added another. "Me tewbox isn't ed de table whuz ay left it!" another complained in a Liverpudlian accent when he saw an empty table. "My favorite wrench is gone too!" cried a third. "Alright boys, what's going on?" asked the foreman who came running up. The other workmen told him about what had been stolen. "Alright, I'll contact the police. However, I don't see why we could replace them." "Actually, my favorite wrench can't be replac
North Western Tales Episode 19 - BoredomIt was now the middle of October, and the North Western engines were still not very busy. Zack was kept busy with his maintenance duties, but the other engines weren't so lucky when passengers were involved: though locals still travelled on the NWR, tourists weren't coming, due to the tourist season being over. Thomas, in particular, was upset: many people came to see him even though it wasn't summer, and although he usually enjoyed it, he was now getting tired of it. "What do I have that no other engine does?" he asked Toby on the 13th. "I mean, sure I'm the last of the E2s, but why am I so popular. Are the passengers using me for publicity and merchandising?" Toby looked thoughtful for a moment. "Well, I'm afraid that I can't answer that question Thomas," he eventually admitted. "However, your trip to the National Railway Museum did make you very popular." Thomas still looked upset. "Well the other engines deserve the same amount of attention!" he growled. "Especially Percy: he worksNorth Western Tales Episode 19 - Boredom by NorthWester1
North Western Tales Episode 18 - Track MaintenanceOn the Skarloey Railway, passenger traffic was just as low as it was on the North Western Railway, but they still had the slate quarry to keep them busy. During this time, Rusty and Fred would take turns traveling up and down the line with the maintenance crew. One of the jobs they had to do was keep the tracks in running order and free from obstructions. For this reason, branches hanging dangerously over the line would be cut, because they could harm an engine. The bridge supports of every bridge also had to be checked for cracks. Should that be the case, they would quickly be mended. It was hard and tiring work, but the diesels enjoyed it a lot. Well, at least Rusty did: Fred seemed to hate it, and nobody knew why.North Western Tales Episode 18 - Track Maintenance by NorthWester1
One morning on October 11th, Fred was taking the weed killer down the track in order to kill weeds growing close to the line. Fred had tried faking illness, but the Thin Controller, Mr. Roger Sam, saw through his lie and told him to get straight to work. Fred decided not t
James the L and Y engine part 2James the L and Y engine part 2 by SplendidRedJames
Trial and error
James had been learning well under Frederick's and Aspinall's wings. Shunting and arranging trucks was becoming second nature. Taking them to their proper sidings and marshalling them to the correct train or loading points the behaviour of the trucks varied. But he kept a few words Frederick had told him on how to deal with them.
“The newer the railway the more disobedient the trucks are. The Older the railway the more obedient they are. Same with old trucks and new truck but they all have one thing in common. They are always docile to an engine’s presence, it's only when you give them that first jolt they become aware. Best thing to do is come up quietly and then have yourself coupled, then move off slowly and gently. Doing that the trucks won't notice till they are all fully under way. Then they won't really care unless you bump them hard."
For coaches, Aspinall made sure James was fully topped up on all his tricks and know-how with them. Making sure he di
James The L and Y engine part oneJames The L and Y engine part one by SplendidRedJames
Dear friends i recently visited a kind railway on holidays. While their i met a lovely engine from the lancashire and yorkshire railway he was rather small and chubby but a kind sort. After a while i asked him about any engines on the line and as you can guess right away he mentioned a certain red engine we all know. So here is the stories he told me....
kind regards the author
live and learn
Down from Scotland past Cumbrian and out of the Furness and Caladonian railway's limits you'll find the lancashire and yorkshire railway. Its a good sized railway not to big and not to small. Just perfect for ideal running. Tucked away in the center of this metal spiders web is a small sleepy town and in this small sleepy town sat a engine shed.
Idling in the summer sun of this sleepy towns shed was a modified class 28 loco. He had a pony truck at the front, Six decent sized driving wheels and a modified tender. Painted in black with red lining he was a experimental modification to see if he
Oliver's EscapeWe had been travelling for oh so long now, but we had come so close to our goal that our current situation made our hearts freeze over with sadness. We were in a railway yard, easily hidden behind a row of trucks, and all around us were the dark shapes of diesels as they growled menacingly around the yard. At least we were well hidden. In my cab, my driver and fireman were sat together, not speaking, but praying. Praying for a miracle that we never thought would come. My coach, Isabel, was sniffing quietly. I tried to comfort her, lest her weeping give away our position, but I could hardly comfort her when I myself needed comforting. Behind her, my reliable old brakevan Toad, was standing perfectly still, but I knew he was scared, nay, terrified at the prospect of being scrapped. Werent we all?
We had come up from our old line in England, somewhere in the West Country. My driver and fireman had learned our line was to be closed and we were to be scrapped. But we escape
Escaping Death"It's now or never, Toad - we must run away if we have any chance of surviving."
"But Mister Oliver, begging your pardon…we just can't leave…think of what would happen if we were caught!"
"I'm willing to risk it - my sisters and brothers all got chances at new lives, and I am not going to die without a fight!"
"But…what about dear Isabel? She would be terrified at the thought of doing such a dangerous thing! She wouldn't do it and I know you would not leave her behind!"
"Isabel is also going to face the cutter's torch, unless we intervene."
"There must be another way, Mister Oliver…isn't there anyone who can help us?"
"Our controller tried, but no-one wants to take us…so, we are going to do it - tonight."
Oliver and his brakevan, Toad were arguing over the dangerousness of the young engine's plan of escape. Oliver argued that there was no other way to survive the mass scrapping of steam, unless him, Toad and his auto-coach, Isabel, made a run for it to a faraway Island. Toad
I was born on March 16, 1995.|
These are the rules for my own deviants:
1. No rude comments. If you have a reason to be rude, just state it. I have autism, and therefore, can't understand very well when the reason why is really short. Otherwise, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
2. Do not assume I'm younger than 17, because I'm not: I don't care if its mental, just don't do it!
3. Do NOT say "End of Discussion" on my deviants, because, well, as they're mine, I decide when the discussion ends. If you decide to end it automatically, you'll only make things worse, because if you do decide to end it, I won't stop pestering you until I'm satisfied. This isn't really a rule, but a warning.
4. If I want a question answered, answer it, even if I don't behave well. All questions must be answered unless they are rhetorical, which means that the answer is obvious. Another exception is when the answer isn't known.
5. Unless you can't speak English, do NOT use foreign languages on my deviants, because I only understand English and it's a waste of time. However, this rule can be broken IF you can't speak English, and you must be honest here. All others will be ignored. But don't speak foreign languages on purpose just to annoy me. Trust me, it will be marked as spam.
7. Don't change the subject: it's wrong and rude.
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Well, what do you think?
P.S. If you don't wish to follow any, that's fine, but it will be ignored.