Talk:The Titfield Thunderbolt

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Reference material[edit]

Previously available as external links, providing useful background information regarding the film...

EdJogg 23:36, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Titfield Thunderbolt poster.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot 20:19, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Inclusion of quote from film[edit]

Agreed that it is not 'famous' though nonetheless interesting considering what happened afterwards--Mapmark (talk) 00:23, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Being interesting isn't a sufficient reason to keep it. Notice that WP:MOSFILM doesn't have Quotes listed among its standard sections. Exceptions have been made for such films as Casablanca, where lines have been explicitly recognized as iconic (e.g. by inclusion in the AFI list), but less notable lines belong in Wikiquote (or IMDb). (P.S. I'm sure you didn't intend it, but you also reverted my other changes.) Clarityfiend (talk) 02:18, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

OK thanks for that Clarityfiend, no you are correct I did not mean to undo any of your other changes. Having just watched the film for the first time in 20 years last night, I just thought it would be an interesting addition to the page - since you pointed out the Wiki guidelines, I'll try and remember to consult them before I go chucking in stuf next time! Cheers :-) --Mapmark (talk) 11:43, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Notable Locomotive[edit]

I'm surprised the article doesn't mention that Lion, the locomotive used to play the part of Thunderbolt, was built in 1838 and is the oldest steamable railway locomotive in the UK, and second oldest in the world behind the (British-built) USA's 1831 John Bull. (talk) 01:41, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

It has its own article, where most of this is mentioned. None of it really has much to do with the film itself. Clarityfiend (talk) 03:49, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Link with Rev. W. Awdry?[edit]

A notable volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway which is said to have inspired this film is the Rev. W. Awdry and it is interesting to note that some of the scenes from the film are similar to scenes from his Railway Stories (i.e. Thomas the Tank Engine etc.) and may well have been inspired by the same events at Talyllyn. I am speculating here, but is it also possible that the vicar and the bishop in the film are modeled on the same real people as the "thin clergyman" and "fat clergyman" of Awdry's books who were, of course, Awdry himself and a friend? I'm new here, so just asking if it is worthwhile including a link to other Wikipedia articles which could expand on this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:41, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

A somewhat delayed response for Mr.U.N.Signed, but of possible benefit to others...
From a Wikipedia point-of-view, any such link between Awdry or Sodor and the film characters or events would have to be backed-up by references, and certainly there is no place for speculation (unless from a reference!).
From a 'Thomas' point-of-view, I'm not aware of any events in the film being echoed in any of The Railway Series 42 books, or vice versa; apart from the two mentioned in tis article (bucket-brigade and passengers train-pushing), taken from Rolt's Railway Adventure. In fact, only the first 7 books in the series had been written when the film was made, and the Thin Clergyman and Fat Clergyman did not appear in print until 1967.
Hope this helps.
EdJogg (talk) 00:21, 14 December 2014 (UTC)


I have deleted:

The name "Titfield" is an amalgamation of the villages of Limpsfield and Titsey in Surrey.

Is there any evidence that the filmmakers had these villages in mind in preference to numerous other Tit… …field place names? — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 18:42, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Tibby Clarke lived in Oxted, right next to both of them. Andy Dingley (talk) 20:11, 26 December 2013 (UTC)