Right then. DnD's JBS is done and up. Rushed the end a bit because I'm tired of working on it and want to move on to the next project.
I've talked about this before, but it's my take on BWBA. Much as I enjoyed the special, you know me, I like to do my own thing and write in a way to avoid the problems of the actual special.
I feel Flying Scotsman is a better fit for world travel than Thomas due to his prior experience and also his own equipment from his US tour. And with Flying Scotsman himself having recently spread the ashes of his savior Mr. Alan Pegler, I feel now more than ever that I want to do this.
Here's a quick rundown of what to expect:
Scotsman's personality and strength will circumvent problems in the movie that Thomas succumbed to- i.e. lack of strength, being sway insanely easily, having plenty of water, etc. For 80% of the story, he will be in US configuration to comply with other railways' regulations regarding lamps and cowcatchers.
Nia will NOT be happy go lucky and be more of a tragic depressed character. I want to depict her in a light that's realistic and not stereotypical. Her homelessness will be touched upon sooner rather than later and give her the excuse to be Scotsman's cohort throughout the story.
There will be no gags of TFC due to the wiser use of Scotsman instead.
While Scotsman is away, Rebecca will take over his duties. There will also be "meanwhile on Sodor" moments to tie a take on Season 22 into the special. Edward will go to Wellsworth, leaving a space in Tidmouth Sheds. Phillip will NOT be there at Wellsworth but at the Peel branch. Henry will not leave until Scotsman returns, and will have proper reasoning. I feel that while the moving of said engines is controversial, with the right explainations they are acceptable moves.
Nia may be out of steam when the two journey to America, due to Nia not having the proper equipment.
America will not be limited to what was seen in the special and explore more of the vast country, and upon visiting the east coast, Flying Scotsman will discover a distant relative and friendly rival: The Flying Yankee- based on a real engine and train service.
As Scotsman is NOT easily swayed, he will not take an alternate path to get Ace to the race and thus piss off Nia. Instead he will be taken to a repair shop and he will have been dropped out from his race. Serves him right.
As a result of THAT as well, China will NOT be a locale in Scotsman's World Tour. Appropriately replacing it instead is Australia, where Scotsman will mostly return to his UK configuration.
I will come up with an excuse to stick with UK rolling stock in other countries, as the Flying Scotsman models I have installed for illustrative purposes do not have knuckle couplers on the water tender. I can't model myself nor have the time/money to commission such a tender from anyone for either the RWS or CGI models I'll be utilizing for illustrative purposes.
Returnees from TGR will probably, hopefully have more lines. Sam conveniently was in my take on TGR, so his will be a no brainer. Raul will likely appear with his twin from BWBA- whom I've aptly named Sporticus after the Lazy Town character as a tribute to said show.
Beau will be called Tex due to the closest model I have to him being called Texas, and have a breakdown. No idea if I'll make him a crazy old geezer or not though.
The Arizona Diesel will be more appropriately based on one shape and color wise. Will not appear in uploaded shots though.
To my knowledge, I will not be integrating any Season 22 elements into the plot, Rebecca aside. Mainly because I'm not using China, and also because India is broad gauged, and Ashima is narrow gauge in my version of events. I may send Yong Bao to America for a bit, as I know a couple of Chinese engines were sent here years ago and "Americanized", so I could throw in Yong Bao, being there on a visit to see some old friends.
Listening to: Shaq Fu theme
Reading: this journal
Watching: Whose Line Is it Anyway?
Playing: Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Eating: Hob Nobs
Drinking: Chocolate milk