Many of my friends know I love trains. Not all of them know what gave me this love. First of all it's in the family. My great Uncle, My father and now me were and are avid train fans.
But for me it's not as simple as being in the blood. No there is another reason I personally love the machines of a bygone era, to climb into a cab and put my hand on the reverser and feel the sheer power thunder around me as a primal life born of the two most powerful elements coming together. To know the beauty and power of being one with this magnificent beast of Iron and Steel the way a Cowboy was one with his horse as they rode through the west.
The truth is my love for Steam Locomotives in fact any Locomotive on the rails was born from a simple source. A VHS tape plays in the VCR, The name Britt traces out to a tune and then a small scene of a tank engine puffs across a railway pulling two coaches. They pass a windmill, run under a bridge and at last come to a halt at a small station.
Yes I remember well this sequence. The early days of a world loved icon, a icon I would learn started from a simple story told by a father to his son when he was sick. Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. For years I watch the adventures of this cheeky blue train, Met Percy, Mavis, Oliver, Stepney and all the others. I saw a movie that may not have been ready for it's time, heard a narrator who I honestly didn't care for yet still loved Thomas.
I have watch the series and I own the stories the Rev. W. Awdry wrote in book form. Now I know it's a bit odd that a man my age still enjoys a world of living trains. But even now there are older wiser men and women out there who love Thomas. Unlike the characters he was paired with Thomas was not soley meant for children he was meant for anyone who loves what he represents, The love of a father, the beauty of a locomotive, the written word and most of all imagination.
I just finished watching the latest special and it took me back. The new special is a throw back to season one, exploring how Thomas came to Sodor and the events that lead him to his own branchline. There are a lot of call backs to the series humble roots and it tries to be more faithful to the books than the models of the first sean allowed. All in all I think its a great movie and I hope to see another delve into the past.
Anyway I had to say this. I find nothing wrong with being a fan of a series like this or any other any more than I would enjoying Mickey Mouse.
So as a rail fan I say smooth running and dry rails to all locomotives out there and as a Thomas fan I say Peep peep in return for all the years that I've enjoyed watching and reading.