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North Western Railway Engines by TheCaptainofDerp North Western Railway Engines by TheCaptainofDerp
For my fellow railway whores, drawfriends and Thomasfans, here is a drawing I completed in late 2010 but never uploaded. This shot includes some of the main engines of the North Western Railway from the Railway Series books and television series "Thomas and Friends", drawn by me to be as prototypically accurate as possible.

Included are:

Thomas the Tank Engine (#1)
Edward the Blue Engine (#2)
Henry the Green Engine (#3)
Gordon the Big Engine (#4)
James the Red Engine (#5)
Percy the Small Engine (#6)
Toby the Tram Engine (#7)
Duck the Great Western Engine (#8)
Donald the Scottish Twin Engine (#9)
Douglas the Scottish Twin Engine (#10)
Oliver the Western Engine (#11)
Emily the Beautiful Engine (#12)
Bill the Tank Engine Twin (SCC 1)
Ben the Tank Engine Twin (SCC 2)
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:iconkanjilearner3309:
Kanjilearner3309 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
I don't get why James is considered one of the Three Big Engines when he's no bigger than Edward.
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:iconcolstoneford:
colstoneford Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student General Artist
BoCo and Bear are ALSO Northwestern railway engines.
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:iconkanjilearner3309:
Kanjilearner3309 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Just curious, is Bill the twin engine in front of Emily or behind her?
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Fascinating, slightly more realistic and attuned to their inspiration
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:icondespicme95:
despicme95 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
When was Emily 12?
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
She never has been, but given her position in the television series it seed plausible enough to assign her a number.
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:iconkodimarto:
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Filmographer
These models are very, very well done and well drawn too! Great job! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconkodimarto:
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014   Filmographer
:) You're welcome.
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:icondonaven951:
Donaven951 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I have a question which stories are your favorite regarding the narrow gauge engines? and which narrator would you prefer?
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:icondonaven951:
Donaven951 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Hey Can I ask you a question? I'm asking everyone what their favorite narrow gauge stories for my project. Which are your favorites and which narrator do you like?
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Sorry for the delay. If your question is still relevant, my favorite stories are usually the ones involving Duncan, mostly because I think he's the most well-developed character there. I always enjoyed Michael Angelis- since he was at it so long, the series kind of evolved off of his voice and tone.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Guess which two I'm looking at!
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My favorite are the ones with GWR!
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Good to know, matey.
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:iconmatt3985:
Matt3985 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Now this is the order, that I wanted the new Steam Team to be, but thanks to HIT, Duck, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Bill & Ben have been left out of the team until (except for so far Donald & Douglas) Duck, Oliver, Bill & Ben have return to the series but still are not on the main character roles like I wanted them to be. 
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Eh. What can we do by this point, you know?
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:icontophxomi:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice to see emily with a proper number! although the austerity engine was probably going to be number twelve.
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I had nothing to work off of with the Austerity Engine. Otherwise I would have onsidered it. Thank you though.
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:icontophxomi:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconatticus-w:
Atticus-W Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Gah. I've eyed this piece a few times and I finally need to comment. This is so beautiful to me. I just adore the vintage aesthetic you’ve portrayed-- it’s as if I’m looking at a real railway poster from decades ago. Given a series that today has largely forgotten what a “railway” is, it’s so refreshing to see a fan reach back to its roots and recall a more sensible time. How could Rev. Awdry himself not have loved this-- your characters even look like his models! ^^

I’d love to hang this up in my train room. (Emily, perhaps, withstanding. XD)
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you, Atticus! I'm glad to see a fellow fan appreciates them to such a level. :)
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:iconhilltrack:
Hilltrack Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is a really amazing drawing!
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconbond750:
bond750 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I know its part of the Railway series but why do people insist on calling the railway the north western railway?

why not Just call it sodor railway?
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:iconwhippetwild:
WhippetWild Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe this shall help? [link]
As North Western Railway was a fictional name for when it was part of British Railways.
And as there are more than one railway on Sodor.
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:iconbond750:
bond750 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
well I know that there's more then one railway on sodor.

I Just find it simpler to Just call it Sodor Railway.
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:iconthe-scarved-whovian:
The-Scarved-Whovian Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's called NWR in the RWS, Awdry himself confirmed it, so therefore it's canon to call it the NWR.
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:iconwhippetwild:
WhippetWild Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes. I think NWR was when they were part of British Railways.
And Sodor Railway is once, franchising took over again (yes I realise Thomas started in 1984 and Franchising started in 1996/97 so that is a big flaw to my logic)
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:icondaxserv:
Daxserv Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
cool collection
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thanks.
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:icondamocles178:
Damocles178 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I really like the RWS influence for the characters. :)
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks.
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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:iconmatt3985:
Matt3985 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is what the Steam Team should still look like but sadly my two favorite engines Duck & Oliver as well as Donald, Douglas, Bill, Ben. Darn HIT for not keeping them in the series but oh well at least we have seasons 1 to 7 to see them
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I'm willing to bet we'll see them again sometime before the end of the series.
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:iconelr79655:
elr79655 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Very impressive. Your drawing skills probably rival those of Andy Fletcher, artist-in-residence for the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
[link]
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks for believing me to such a high profile. It's much appreciated.
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:iconmatt3985:
Matt3985 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Now this the the 14 engines I wish were part of the Steam Team today. Plus Great job on this.
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks a bunch. I'd like to see this as the standard set as well.
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:iconsketchman147:
Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This is pretty cool! :)
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Much obliged.
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:iconsketchman147:
Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Welcome. :)
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:iconbluehedgehog14:
bluehedgehog14 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
since when was emily the number 12 engine????
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
She never was, but I felt it appropriate to give her a recognized number as a leader of the North Western Railway.
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:iconbluehedgehog14:
bluehedgehog14 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ohhh ok btw awesome drawing
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:iconthecaptainofderp:
TheCaptainofDerp Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconbluehedgehog14:
bluehedgehog14 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol np
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