In The Beginning
For the first two years, Ted's channel was used only to post comments, like videos, and so on. Ted stumbled upon the TWR Community on YouTube in the summer of 2012. He first found ThomasWoodenRailway and watched every video he had ever made that summer. After Ted had done that, he went on and found some other users. He started to get inspired to make his own TWR Videos.
The Thomas Wooden Railway Competition was what lit the spark in Ted's interest in making TWR videos. Ted decided to enter the competition with his first TWR Video. The entry did not get a prize but Ted decided to start collecting new items for the first time since he was seven.
Ted has struggled with his YouTube name from the start. When he was making his channel he thought it was asking for personal information so he put random numbers, and his username ended up as "1646010". This did not bother him for the first two years but when he started to transform his channel and start using it for TWR, he could not come up with a good name. After countless attempts to change it he gave up and changed his channel name to Oliver267 studios. Oliver267 is Ted's preferred name. Finally, around February 2013, Ted gave in and linked his channel with Google Plus. There, he could change his name to anything with a space and no numbers or symbols. He decided to pick the name Oliver Duck from his two favorite characters from Thomas & Friends.
Ted started making his first episode in December 2012. By the time he was done it was January 2013. He uploaded a layout video for his first episode. Then, shortly after episode 1 he named his new series Northwestern Railway Series. He continued to make episodes and gain subscribers. He started another series called Rail Tours. Ted does plan on making more Rail Tours after taking a short break from them. Train Yard Reviews was his next series that he made. They are his Thomas Wooden Railway Reviews.
Ted's first subscriber from the community was Jlouvier, because Josh was impressed with his work in the TWR Competition. He was one of the first community members to see and comment on Ted's videos. Later, Percyno6 found him and was impressed, so he decided to promote Ted, like how he promoted sirtophamhatt291. Soon after HenryisGreat15 added him to a Skype call with other members of the community, where he met a lot of people from the community and started befriending many people, including LNERFlyingScotsman, MrMPS2002, and TheBluebellEngine.
After the wiki's hacking, Ted was one of the three users who went in and rebuilt it. Ted is now a main wiki admin and does a lot of work on the main pages. Some ideas that Ted has had and done, include The Wiki Poll, Wiki Spotlight, Video Spotlight, the "Logo Background", The Navigation, the TWCR on Twitter page, and more!
Ted was one of the only users who joined at the time of him joining. He had help promoting his channel from friends like Percyno6 and later LNERFlyingScotsman, TheBluebellEngine, and HenryisGreat15. So when the community was "in the dumps" back at the start of December, Ted wanted to help new members, like how so many users helped him. One of the larger examples is a video made about a number of lesser known users that was posted on Percyno6's channel so it could reach more people. It helped many users who are now on the wiki including woodenrailway123, Culdee Thenumberfour , Crimson2091, Christianc6100 and more.
Besides YouTube, Ted has a Twitter account where he updated on his work, shows behind the scenes and general interaction with the Community. He has a Skype account and uses it to talk to users. He also has a Google+ account which he hardly uses. In January of 2014, Ted attempted to get an Instagram but he did not have a phone so he was not able to. Later in July, Ted tried again with success and now, from time to time, posts pictures.
Ted's Filming Issues
For his first video, Ted used his upstairs hall. Later he used his basement foyer. Ted's parents realized that he had an interest in TWR and let Ted move in a table and a blue sheet for his filming. This is where most of his videos were filmed. However, in late June 2013, Ted's grandparents moved into his basement and as such, they took up his filming location. Ted decided to move filming outdoors and has started work on moving the ground so he can set up his layouts. However after 2 failed attempts at making an episode, this idea was for the most part scrapped. Instead, Ted moved to his room in September, with a small studio. Ted continued to use the the small space up to Christmas day 2013, when he cleared out his room and was able to fit his old studio table from storage.
In Late July 2013 to late November, Ted went on a 4 month hiatus. Ted did not go on Twitter, YouTube or Skype. He said that time just slid away from him. Over the complete time Ted had around 20 videos filmed which needed to be edited, and his studio set up in his room the whole time.
Ted remembers coming onto YouTube one day and seeing that it was 3 months from his last upload. Ted scrapped the unedited videos and started making new ones. At the same times, the TWRC was going past a major slow point where all major users were less active, had left the Community or were on hiatus. The day Ted came back marked the One Year Anniversary of his series. He made a tweet saying that he would end TWR 2013 with a bang. This was met by users like HenryisGreat15 and LNERFlyingScotsman (who had just left) in incredible disbelief, but somehow Ted did it; One new upload every day in December 2013. As the month went on Ted did all he could to restore viewership. Notable projects included an advertisement for new members (who are almost all on the Wiki now!) and a step it up guide posted on Percyno6's channel. By the end of 2013 the community was back on its feet and Ted believes he did just about everything to help it get there.
December 2013-March 2014
Ted looks back at this time as his 2nd stage of videos. He came back better then ever and fined tuned his skills in this time. This time area has many note worthy videos such as E8 and E9, MPS's Crossover, Old Iron remake and more. In this time Ted was gaining in respect and viewership.
North Western Railway 100 years in the making.
This 8 part project has been by far Ted's largest project. Taking a very large amount of time, he filmed the movie and the many spin offs and side videos. This was Ted's first project with voice actors. The movie was taken amazingly with users such as EE93 recompensing Ted for the first time an record high views and subscribers.
This, despite being shorter then the first, hit Ted heavily. Taken when Ted's personal life was so full he could not do more then tweet. This was diffident then the first hiatus, it was not due to lack of motivation, it was due to lack of time.
After Ted got off school he went right back to working on his videos! Ted properly continued all work that he stopped before his break. Several new reviews and Episode 10 were to follow, and Ted quickly regained and expanded his following to new heights.
This was a golden age for Ted. In the summer, Ted worked on Episode 10, and started to remaster his old episodes, including episode one, which so far is Ted's personal favorite project. TYR's had a plot line which resolved in the stranded island review which will give purpose to Ted's reviews right up to December. Ted started a music account with Ericpierre53 called MusicOfSodor. Ted also made a handfull of crossovers. On the last days of August, Ted finally finished the last cut of Episode 1. By the end of it he made 5 different cuts.
Meeting Wooden Railway Reviews in real life
In Mid summer 2014, Ted (Oliver Duck) met Rob (WoodenRailwayReviews) in downtown Toronto. The meeting
was planed over Skype call, nor Ted or Rob live in the city of Toronto, but since the city has such a importance in Ontario, it was easy to get to for both of them. The day came, and the two met. It was Ted who saw Rob first, looking into the roundhouse in the roundhouse park. The two got along seamlessly talking about the community, past events, and users. It was the first time wooden railway users have ever met in real life, something Ted likes to constantly remind people about.
The video TYR: Harold, has footage of the two in Toronto.
Ted spent most of the season working on Episode 2 and remastering Episode 3.
For Christmas Ted uploaded three reviews and a Christmas short. These reviews were the first of a new improved style. The short was a 3 minute long episode that does not fit in the canon of Ted's series.
This was when Ted made some of his best content. He received good lighting equipment for Christmas that improved his quality greatly. He made big plans for Season Two and a movie that would come next. Custom models were the most common videos in these days, with many of them being made and videos about them uploaded. These were proven to be very popular, and were some of the last content made before he departed that summer. Other then that, Ted filmed many parts for other crossovers, clips and lines. So many that he hardly had time for his own videos.
Since the start of 2015, Ted felt like he was in a rut. Spending a lot of time caught up in the little fights of the community and talking to many people on Skype. He committed to so many non main channel things, that soon he only had time for custom videos that were fast, and not to work on episodes. Ted also started to feel like he was competing with everyone, not just having fun on his channel and it was about fame and ad revenue. When Summer of 2015 broke, it brought with it many trips, and jobs, in fact more then the school year. After one of these long trips in August 2015, after a months long hiatus, Ted finally snapped. He spent a month away from home and he could not handle his room and studio being the same room, and having to spend so much time on videos. This added to the mixture of factors stated earlier, he was no longer having fun making videos. He was no longer able to make episodes, that is what Ted joined to do, and it was one of the factors to bring him out. Ted announced he was leaving the community on August 10th after a few days of discussion with Percyno6. In just under 2 years away, only HiroTheJapaneseTrain, LegoLover117, Percyno6, and ThomasWoodenRailway could contact Ted. He left all of his group channels, and social media for this time. Ted would always be known for helping to save the community and had been missed by his fans and members of the TWR Community. However, his departure wasn't permanent.
In the spring of 2016, Ted had regained the passion to make episodes, and really just that. He decided to attempt to make as many episodes as fast as possible before he returned, so once he was back he could focus on other people, clips, crossovers, and communication over Skype and Twitter. He started his plan, and by the start of June he had filmed parts of 7 episodes and finished three completely, and had scrips started for Season 2 and a movie. His progress was heavily slowed when his computer crashed in late June and halted production to fall of 2016. If his computer remained in working order, it would be likely that much more videos would be made as of now. Ted informed Percyno6, and HiroTheJapaneseTrain about this, so they along with people Ted knew in person, could voice act. On November 16, 2016, Ted released "The Return" announcing that he would be officially coming back to the community. The episodes will be released monthly until the summer. Other plans for additional videos are also in the works. One such video was a parody of the Christmas tale "A Christmas Carol" which featured community members MrMPS, Percyno6, LegoLover117, turtlesandthomas, DuncanWoodenRailway, MasterofLemons and EricPierre53.
- Ted's real name is Edward, but Ted is a short form.
- Two deleted episodes were made in the late summer of 2013 fully outside.
- Ted plays on the Ontario Rugby team.
- The first user Ted found was Smudgersirhandel.
- Ted has a large HO scale model railway.
- Very different from the the current Ted the Wiki Admin, when Ted first found the TWRC Wiki, he made a page 3 times, having them deleted each time before he understood the Wiki rules.