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These are the guidelines by which we form our articles. They will help explain how and why the Wikia has its own particular style of doing things.
Language and Spellings
This Wikia uses British spellings, grammar rules, and terminology, in keeping with the original Railway Series and television show being British. As such, words such as "humor" and "favorite" are spelt with an "extra U" to be: "humour" and "favourite". The term "trucks" is used instead of "freight cars". A car's "license plate" would be a "registration plate" or a "number plate". Etc.
The Wikia also uses the standard "school paper" format by not using contractions (don't, isn't, etc.), exclamation points (!), or the word "you" in articles. Instead, please use "does not", "is not", and the like, and simply end sentences with a period. This does not apply to quotations, where the actual phrasing should be used. These are only acceptable when used appropriately in a story.
After a list of characters on the episode page, some are followed by either, "(does not speak)", "(cameo)", or "(mentioned)". In the past, there has been some confusion as to what this means. A "cameo" appearance is a minor appearance where a character is seen, but doesn't speak nor is it referred to. A "does not speak" role is where a character appears and is referred to by name by either the narrator or another character. When a character does not physically appear, but is mentioned by a character or the narrator, that is classified as a "mentioned" role. A speaking role is, obviously, when a character actually speaks. If any other confusions occur, please notify an admin or leave a message on the relevant talk pages.
Additionally, there is an order in which we list the characters. This goes as follows:
- Standard gauge steam engines (by number, then by order of introduction)
- Standard gauge diesels (by order of introduction)
- Other standard gauge vehicles (by order of introduction)
- Skarloey Railway engines (by number, then by order of introduction)
- Culdee Fell Railway engines (by number)
- Arlesdale Railway steam engines (by order of introduction)
- Arlesdale Railway diesels (by order of introduction)
- Crystal Island engines (by number)
- Keystone Railway engines (by number, then by order of introduction)
- Rolling Stock (by order of introduction)
- Non-rail vehicles (by order of introduction)
- Humans (by order of introduction)
All pages need categories, but not every category goes on every page.