Series 18 continues the developments
Brenner and Ian McCue started out with during Series 17.Bringing back Oliver,
Toad, Duncan and giving
Henrietta a brand new face to allow for more interaction with Toby.
Sadly, Series 18 marks the
final time that Thomas
& Friends voice actors, Ben Small and Martin Sherman will be part of the
cast. New actors will take their place
for Series 19 onward.
the Strong Tank Engine
The Slip Coaches
It's Christmas Time
VOICE ARTISTS (USA ONLY)
MARTIN T. SHERMAN
JULES DE JONG
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Marion Edwards
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION
In 2015, we
ran a poll on Series 18 to determine what the best episodes of the Series were
as well as what else fans enjoyed about it.Best characters, episodes, and aspects of production are included and
broken down in our poll results blog!
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The Fat Controller has
heeded the calls from his
passengers and begins giving them exactly what they’ve asked him for... only
for them to change their minds, and leave him wondering “Is it all worth it?” –
but Percy is on hand with words of encouragement to put a spring back in his
18.1 - Old Reliable Edward
Written by Andrew Brenner
pulling the Express one day, Gordon sees what looks like a red flag
planted near his namesake hill. But when he stops halfway up, he
realises that it's just a pair of red trousers that had blown off a
washing line! Gordon tries to set off again, but finds that he can't
restart his heavy train on the steep gradient, and has to wait for
Edward to come and give him a push.
and Thomas pass by, and each laugh at Gordon's predicament. By the
time Edward arrives to help, Gordon is very cross indeed - he calls
him old and unreliable, and doesn't even thank Edward when he manages
to push the Express over the hill.
Edward complains to Thomas about how ungrateful Gordon is - the big
engine is always teasing him about being old, never thanking him for
his help. And so the two engines decide to teach him a lesson…
night in the shed, the other engines tease Gordon about his mistake
with the trousers. Gordon assures them that he didn't really
need Edward's help, being the fastest engine on the railway. Thomas
decides to let Gordon prove it, and bets that the big engine won't be
able to follow him across the Island. The other engines are
surprised, but Thomas doesn't seem worried.
next morning, Gordon allows Thomas a ten-minute head start before
following after him as agreed. Annie and Clarabel are nervous, but
Thomas knows what he's doing.
enough, ten minutes later, Gordon begins to catch up to them. But
before he can overtake, Thomas cheekily crosses in front of Gordon -
as per the "arrangement", Gordon is forced to "follow" behind Thomas on the same line!
indignant Gordon urges Thomas to hurry up, but when they reach the
hill Thomas deliberately goes slower and slower…until on the
steepest part, Gordon loses his footing and find himself stuck again!
few minutes later, Edward pulls alongside. Gordon begs Edward to give
him a push, but Edward thought that he didn't need help from an "old"
and "unreliable" engine, and pretends to leave him
stranded…in desperation, Gordon promises not to tease Edward
anymore. He even thanks him after the old engine "agrees"
to help after all!
Not So Slow Coaches
Written by Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson
is very fond of his coaches, Annie and Clarabel, but sometimes Thomas
does little things that can annoy them. One day, they grumble that
Thomas is going too fast, so Thomas, feeling cheeky, deliberately
slows down to a crawl, and then picks up speed suddenly. But all his
stopping and starting makes him late for his next job.
Caitlin asks Charlie if she could leave her coaches at the shunting
yards while she heads off to the Steamworks to have some loose bolts
tightened. But across the yard, at about the same time, Thomas leaves
Annie and Clarabel in another siding while he hurries to his next job
- delivering empty trucks to the quarry and then bring loaded ones
little later, Annie and Clarabel are dozing quietly as Caitlin
arrives to collect her coaches. Charlie offers to fetch them for her,
but he's so busy telling her jokes that he accidentally shunts Annie
and Clarabel behind Caitlin's train. Caitlin starts away, not
realising that Thomas' coaches have been coupled on by mistake.
and Clarabel quickly realise what's happening when they wake up and
see Thomas entering the yards to collect them. But it's too
late…Caitlin is already picking up speed, and poor Annie and
Clarabel find themselves on the fastest ride in their lives!
desperately chases after Caitlin, but is soon left far behind. At
last, Caitlin stops at Wellsworth Station where she meets Connor.
Annie and Clarabel are relieved…until Conner and Caitlin decide to
have a race up to Ulfstead Castle! And once again, Thomas misses his
chance to catch up as the two Streamlined Engine race away faster
than ever up the steep hill to Ulfstead Castle.
Annie and Clarabel vow that they'll never complain about Thomas going
too fast again…while Thomas, puffed out and worried sick, promises
never to tease his coaches if he ever manages to catch them.
Unfortunately, just as he reaches the top of the hill, Caitlin races
past in the other direction - with Annie and Clarabel still in tow!
is in a race against time, desperate to stop Caitlin before she
crosses the Vicarstown Bridge onto the Mainland. But when he reaches
the bridge, he finds to his dismay that the bridge has been raised to
allow a ship through, and Caitlin is no where to be seen. As the
bridge is lowered again, Hiro crossers over onto Sodor…where, to
Thomas' great delight, he presents Annie and Clarabel! Hiro was lucky
enough to stop Caitlin from taking them with her on to the 'Other
evening, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel return to their quiet lives on
the branch line, where all three share their promises with one
another. Even so, Annie and Clarabel still can't resist a friendly
18.3 - Flatbeds Of
Written by Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson
One very misty day, Thomas is collecting a load of pipes
from Brendam Docks when he hears a strange whistling sound. Salty reckons it might be the "flatbeds of fear" - and goes on
to tell a story of how a trainload of flatbeds broke away one night, and that they still roam the rails, "a-whistling and
a-wailing, looking for an engine to bump into."
enough, on his way to the shunting yards, Thomas hears the spooky
whistling sound all through his journey. When he arrives to drop off
the pipes, he warns Emily and Henry about the "flatbeds of
fear". Emily thinks it's stuff and nonsense, but Henry isn't so
next morning, as Henry heads off to collect the pipes from the yards,
he tries to name other sounds he can hear in the mist to put his mind
at ease - the mooing of cows or a Guard's Whistle. But after he
collects the pipes and heads off to Vicarstown, he hears the
whistling noise too, and is certain now that the "flatbeds of
fear" are after him. He worries so much over this that he begins
to slow down, forcing his Driver to stop the train in a goods loop
and telephone for help.
arrives to take over the train, but she tells Henry that there is no
such thing as the "flatbeds of fear". However, as she
resumes the journey, the spooky whistling noise starts up again.
Emily tries to find a logical explanation…but on finding none, her
own fears get the better of her. In desperation, she picks up speed,
trying to escape the "flatbeds of fear" - but she goes too
fast on a tight bend, and the stack of pipes spill out onto the Main
is embarrassed about the accident, as Edward brings Rocky to clear
the mess, but at least the whistling noises have stopped…
have they? At the Docks, Thomas is collecting another shipment of
pipes when he hears the "flatbeds of fear" again. Only this
time, Cranky tells Thomas that the strange whistling is just the wind
blowing through the pipes. Salty happily admits that he was only
night in the shed, Emily still feels silly about the accident, but
Thomas and Henry remind her that she had been right all along. So the
other engines decide never to talk about the "flatbeds of fear"
again…except for Salty on occasion!
18.4 – Disappearing Diesels
Written by Andrew Brenner
One day, Diesel persuades Den, Dart and Sidney to play a joke on Paxton - they all hide around
the Dieselworks so Paxton can't find them. Paxton looks in every shed and siding, but the other Diesels keep hiding in different
places, until Paxton becomes convinced that they must have all mysteriously disappeared
When he hurries away from the Dieselworks in a panic, Den,
Dart and Sidney
realise that they've taken the joke too far - but Diesel doesn't care
tries to find the other Diesels, looking everywhere he can. He
searches through the Blue Mountain Quarry (just missing Rusty),
Knapford Station and then Brendam Docks. It's at the Docks that he
manages to find Salty, who assures him that the other Diesels will
turn up eventually.
feels reassured by this. After all his rushing about, Porter kindly
offers him some fuel to top up his tank. Just as Paxton is finishing
his drink, Cranky remarks that Diesel himself has turned up. Diesel
doesn't want to see Paxton just yet and rushes off, but Paxton gives
chase all the same.
two shunters race along Edward's Branch Line. Diesel tries to hide at
the Scrapyards, until Reg the Crane gives him away. Just as Diesel
decides to try hiding up at the quarry, he suddenly runs out of fuel,
allowing Paxton to catch up.
is relieved that Diesel is all right - but when he learns that Diesel
has run out of fuel, he kindly pushes him to the next station to
refill his tank.
is taken aback; he can't believe that Paxton still wants to be
friends after his bad behaviour towards him…but he's not used to
kindness, so he doesn't thank Paxton for helping him.
Paxton returns to the Dieselworks that evening, he is delighted to
see his friends waiting for him. And when Diesel arrives he parks in
the berth next to Paxton. He still doesn't say "thank you",
but he does manage a friendly smile…which is good enough for
18.5 – Signals Crossed
Written by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
is always nervous whenever he and Henrietta have to collect the
Workmen from Knapford Junction - there are so many points and signals
there, he feels dizzy trying to remember which is his.
one particularly busy morning, Toby has a hard time trying to find
his signal again. Each time one shows the line is "clear",
he has to stop suddenly to allow the right engine through. All
morning he bumps backwards and forwards as Henrietta tries to help
calm him down. Finally, Toby takes a risk and charges through the
station throat…reaching the right platform at last, but
overshooting it as a result and missing his chance to collect the
sees what's happened and goes after Toby, where he finds him hiding
in a siding. Toby insists that he's just counting the bricks on the
side of the signalbox…but with Thomas and Henrietta's
encouragement, he comes clean and admits that he is afraid of
the Junction. Thomas explains that the only signal he has to look out
for is the one directly above him; the rest would be down to the
mind set at ease, Toby feels confident enough to return to work. He
picks up the Quarrymen then waits for his signal to turn green…but
it doesn't. Toby waits and waits, but the Workmen grumble at the
delay. Then James pulls in behind, and orders Toby to move forward.
Henrietta tells James that they're waiting for their path - but James
becomes impatient and tries to push Toby and Henrietta out of his
way. Toby sets his brakes on hard, avoiding a collision with Gordon
and the Express.
make matters worse, the Fat Controller turns up and asks why Toby
hasn't left yet. Toby explains that his signal is still at red…then
the Fat Controller realises that the signal is broken! He
congratulates Toby for remembering his signals…as a very
embarrassed James apologises to Toby and Henrietta.
the signals are being mended, workmen with flags help the engines on
their way. After that, Toby never worries about travelling around
Knapford Junction again.
18.6 – Toad's Adventure
Written by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
never tires of telling everyone about his daring escape from the
scrapyards. But Toad has become bored with hearing the same story
over and over. The little brake van wishes he could have his own
adventure story to tell for a change…
afternoon, Oliver sets off on his passenger run, leaving Toad by
himself in the shunting yards. But Toad still wants to have an
adventure, and so encourages a reluctant James to take him along on
his next journey to Vicarstown. James feels sure that HE doesn't need
a brake van. But he finally gives in, and they set off together on
the Main Line.
a time, James begins showing off to Toad, boasting about his red
paint and showing how fast he can go. But James' rough riding makes
the journey very bumpy, and Toad's hopes for an adventure soon begin
James thunders up Gordon's Hill, he doesn't see the broken branch
near the summit until it's too late. The fallen branch is dragged
under the train and uncouples the coal truck nearest to James. Next
moment, Toad and the heavy train begin to roll back down the steep
down the line, Thomas is taking the Fat Controller and Dowager Hatt
to see the Opera on the Mainland. Thomas sees the breakaways heading
towards them and tries to back away to safety - but Percy comes up
behind suddenly with a goods train.
realises that Thomas and Percy won't be able to clear the line in
time and, with the Guard's help, he sets his brakes on as hard as he
can, forcing his weight against the trucks.
a very close call, but Toad manages to stop the trucks in the nick of
time! James arrives and is faced by a very angry Fat Controller, who
demands an explanation. James is about to admit that it was his own
fault…until Toad explains about how the fallen branch had caused
the breakaway. Dowager Hatt is clearly impressed, and calls Toad a
"Really Useful and brave brake van". The Fat
Controller can't help but agree.
feels very proud after Dowager Hatt's praise - but James decides to
be extra careful all day. They finish their journey safely, and James
thanks Toad for his help.
at the shunting yards, Oliver is ready with another story to tell
Toad, until James suggests asking Toad about HIS day instead.
So Toad begins to talk about his adventure on the Main Line while the
other engines gather round to listen - including Oliver, who is
18.7 – Duck In The Water
Written by Andrew Brenner
a cold winter's day, James boasts about pulling passengers, seeing
that Duck has been given a goods train. Duck points out that James
pulls trucks too - though James is sure the passengers would
that morning, Harold Helicopter sees that heavy rains have flooded
part of Duck's Branch Line, and flies off to warn the Fat Controller.
But he's too late to stop Duck - the Great Western engine runs into
the floodwaters, which put his fire out.
is resting at the Big Station when the Fat Controller arrives and
asks him to fetch Rocky so that he can rescue Duck. James is
indignant; his next train is a passenger one - the Fat Controller
points out that the sooner he rescues Duck, the sooner he can be back
in time for his next train.
James bustles off to find Rocky, who is just finishing up a job. But
James pulls away before Rocky's arm is properly secured. It starts to
swing about dangerously as James hurries along - ignoring poor
Rocky's requests to stop and secure his arm as it knocks into almost
everything that they pass.
they near where Duck is stranded, Rocky's arm finally knocks over a
signal. Unaware of what's happened, James positions the rescue crane
into place so that he can lift Duck out of the water. Cheekily, James
remarks that he thought "that ducks liked the water!"
Oliver comes up behind James and bumps into him - causing Rocky to
drop Duck in the water again. James is cross until Oliver points out
that he didn't see the signal warning him that the line was blocked.
As Oliver backs away so his Driver can a warning flag behind
them…Percy appears suddenly and bumps into him!
this time, Harold has seen all, and flies off to find the Fat
Controller again. They return just as Rocky manages to rescue Duck at
last, but the Fat Controller is annoyed by the delay. Rocky admits
that his arm wasn't properly secured, which must have knocked over
the signal. James tries to explain that no one was to blame…until
it slowly dawns on him that it had been someone's fault - his!
Fat Controller isn't happy at the damage James has done to the
signal, but he is proud that he at least owned up about it. So he
orders James to pull Duck's trucks while his firebox dries out to
make up for it. James, rather reluctantly, agrees that it would be
18.8 – Duck & The Slip Coaches
Written by Mark Huckerby
& Nick Ostler
a very busy Summer, and the engines have lots of holidaymakers to
carry around the Island of Sodor. The Fat Controller is worried of
how to get all the passengers to their stations on time.
evening, Duck stays overnight at Tidmouth Sheds to help with the
extra work, and begins to chat away about the old days when he worked
on the Great Western Railway. He remembers when he used to pull
special rolling stock called Slip Coaches - carriages which could be
uncoupled at particular stations without the need to stop. All the
engines think they sound splendid…but James is tired of hearing
Duck's stories for one evening.
that night, however, James overhears the Fat Controller talking to
the Foreman about managing tomorrow's workload. This gives him an
idea - checking that the other engines are fast asleep, James
suggests to the Fat Controller of using Slip Coaches…
the morning, the other engines are very impressed when they see three
Great Western Slip Coaches in their yard. Duck recognises them, much
to his delight, and tries to grab their attention, but can't get past
the engines crowding round to get a good look. The Fat Controller
announces that he brought the Slip Coaches over from the Mainland to
help cope with the Summer work - all thanks to James' clever idea.
Duck is suddenly disappointed; he tries to explain that it was his
idea, not James'…but everyone leaves before he can get the chance.
sets off proudly on his first run with the Slip Coaches, pleased at
the attention he is receiving. The Slip Coaches are nervous, though,
hoping that James knows what he's doing.
is waiting sadly at Bluff's Cove when James arrives. As the first
Slip Coach is uncoupled, James can't resist slowing down to show off
his paintwork to the passengers on the platform…the coach can't
slow down in time, and bumps into the rest. The passengers aren't
hurt, but are very cross - they complain to the Fat Controller, who
is starting to have doubts over James' "splendid idea".
when Duck offers to help, the Slip Coaches recognise their old friend
at once. Duck manages to explain how James got the idea of Slip
Coaches from him last night…and so the Fat Controller decides to
let Duck pull the "Slippies" instead, much to James'
to Duck - who knows how to handle Slip Coaches properly - all the
passengers reach their destinations on time. Everyone agrees that
Slip Coaches are Really Useful indeed…with Duck proving that at
times it IS best to do things "The Great Western Way!"
– Thomas The Quarry Engine
Written by Andrew Brenner
and Diesel are sent to collect a big load of stone from Ffarquhar
Quarry to take to the Docks, but neither can agree on who should be
the Back Engine. Hearing the two engines arguing, Mavis wishes that
she could go to the Docks for a change and see the seaside, compared
to her boring life up at the quarry.
kindly suggests that Mavis could help him deliver the stone trucks
down to the Docks, whilst Diesel looks after things in her place. But
Diesel has other ideas - he persuades Mavis to let HIM deliver
the stone as Diesels are "revolutionary". Mavis warily
agrees, and they leave an unwilling Thomas to look after the quarry.
Thomas arranges the next load of stone, Mavis is in awe as she
arrives at Brendam Docks. This gives Diesel a naughty idea, and urges
her to accompany him on his next job, leading her further and further
away from the quarry…
Thomas waits for Mavis and Diesel to return. But the two engines take
a long time getting back, and Thomas worries that the next stone
train will be late. In the end, tired of waiting, he decides to try
and pull the train by himself.
the Troublesome Trucks take advantage of the fact that Thomas doesn't
have a Back Engine to help him. As they approach the hill they
deliberately hold back…and then all push Thomas down the other
side. Thomas tries to stop, but the train is too heavy - he nearly
runs into Toby and Henrietta at the station before a vigilant
Signalman sends the runaway train into a siding.
and the trucks lay derailed along the siding just as Mavis and Diesel
turn up. Mavis is horrified at the accident, and then indignant when
Diesel tries to put the blame on Mavis for straying so far from the
the Fat Controller soon hears all, and orders Mavis and Diesel to
clear up the mess. But he also reprimands Thomas for trying to take
the heavy train by himself.
Mavis returns to her work at the quarry. However, the Fat Controller
does allow her to make journeys to the Docks now and again as a
treat. Mavis is delighted to be "beside the seaside" after
18.10 – Thomas & The Emergency Cable
by Andrew Brenner
a time, Annie and Clarabel notice that one of their regular
passengers acting very strangely - a man with a pair of binoculars
gets off at every station, apparently looking for something. Thomas
thinks he might be a Station Inspector…but just to make sure, he
decides to asks the man next time they see him. The man with the
binoculars explains that he is a Bird Watcher, and is looking for a
very rare bird in the local area.
minds set at ease, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel set off on their return
journey to Knapford. But suddenly, someone pulls the Emergency Cable,
and the Guard applies the carriages' brakes. Thinking there might be
trouble, Thomas stops while the Guard goes to investigate. He finds
that the person who pulled the cable was the Bird Watcher. The man
sheepishly explains that he thought he heard the rare bird he was
looking for and, in a state of excitement, pulled the cord to get a
look at it…
Guard, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel are most annoyed, but there is more
trouble as they try to restart their journey - one of Annie's wheels
develops a "flat" after braking suddenly, and won't turn at
all. Annie is uncoupled and left behind while all of the passengers
squeeze into Clarabel.
is crosser still - none more so than the Fat Controller, who
reprimands the Bird Watcher for his careless actions. The Bird
Watcher apologises and promises to use the emergency cable properly
from now on.
evening, Thomas collects Rocky to lift Annie onto a flatbed and take
her to the Steamworks to have her damaged wheel replaced.
Unfortunately, Victor is unable to find any carriage wheels in
Annie's size - until more can be ordered, Thomas has to be content
with carrying passengers with only Clarabel.
miss Annie terribly, which makes Thomas angry about the Bird Watcher.
As they approach Dryaw station, they see the Bird Watcher again,
waiting for them on the platform…but Thomas refuses to stop for
him. But hardly have they passed the station then someone pulls the
emergency cable again. This time, it's by a woman in a big hat,
indigent that Thomas almost missed her stop! Thomas is forced to back
up to the station to let her off, and allow the Bird Watcher on
it's Thomas's turn to receive a dressing down - the Fat Controller
tells Thomas that the Bird Watcher has truly learnt his lesson about
the emergency cord, and that in future he must stop at every station
"whether you're in a bad mood or not!" But Thomas
and Clarabel are happy again when Annie returns to work…and the
Bird Watcher even manages to find his rare bird, too!
18.11 – Duncan & The Grumpy Passenger
by Davey Moore
morning at Glennock, Duncan complains to Rheneas about his wobbly
wheel, the track at Cros-ny-Cuirn, and to top it all off, a grumpy
passenger who tells him he isn’t doing his job properly. Rheneas
quips that Duncan is running rather late, and Duncan leaves the
Duncan is right about his grumpy passenger, who complains almost as
much as Duncan – when Duncan runs late, when the coaches are too
full, when Duncan goes too slowly and when he goes too quickly.
reaching Crovan’s Gate, the passenger moans to the Stationmaster
and then departs in a huff. Whilst there, Duncan meets Peter Sam,
and he informs him that he is going to make sure the grumpy passenger
will have nothing to complain about in future.
heads over to the Depot, where he collects two extra coaches to make
more room, so that the grumpy passenger will not complain. However,
just as Duncan is leaving, Rusty calls after him, saying that the
coaches Duncan has taken were meant for Skarloey’s train!
evening, Duncan collects his passengers from Crovan’s Gate as
usual. But after he leaves the station, an angry Skarloey arrives,
with no coaches to take his passengers home...who begin complaining
to the Stationmaster about the predicament they have been left in.
Duncan approaches a section of line where workmen are busy by the
track. Duncan spots the warning flags, but fails to slow down in case
the grumpy passenger starts complaining. The workmen are very cross
indeed when they see Duncan speeding past!
so, he arrives back at Glennock on time, and the passengers are
pleased – all except for one.
following morning, the grumpy passenger is nowhere to be seen. The
Guard blows his whistle, but Duncan doesn’t depart, fearing the
passenger will moan if he leaves without him. Eventually, the
passenger scrambles onto the train, and Duncan feels sure that this
time, he will have nothing to complain about. But the other
passengers grumble at being late! Then, Skarloey arrives behind
Duncan; unable to enter the station, Duncan has made him
the end of his journey, the Thin Controller tells Duncan that it is
better to concentrate on doing his job properly rather than trying to
please the one passenger who will never stop complaining no matter
what happens. Duncan apologises for his previous behaviour, and on
his return journey he slows down when he sees the warning flags,
despite the grumbles from the passenger!
he arrives back at Glennock, Duncan tells Rheneas about the lesson he
has learnt – but upon leaving the station, his old ways creep in
and he starts grumbling all over again!
18.12 – Marion & The Pipe
by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
is repairing an embankment along the main line. Percy notices her and
slows down in the hope she won’t notice him...but Marion spots him
trying to creep by, and plunges straight into one of her stories
about Roman coins. Percy quickly makes his excuses and pulls away,
leaving Marion to continue digging.
Gordon approaches the embankment with the express. Marion, unaware of
this, swings her bucket away from her so that it is overhanging
Gordon’s line, and he is forced to stop to avoid a nasty collision.
Gordon tells Marion to be careful, but Marion is uninterested and
attempts to tell another story, this time involving a woolly mammoth.
Gordon scoffs and departs, claiming “the express waits for no
has nearly finished repairing the embankment when Thomas arrives with
a goods train. Unlike most of the other engines, Thomas enjoys
hearing Marion’s stories, and asks her to tell him the time she dug
up a treasure chest. But as she's doing so, Marion hits something in
the embankment. Thomas informs her that it’s a water pipe, but
Marion thinks it might be the mast of a Viking longship.
confused, Thomas leaves, but as he does so water begins to gush out
from the object, and Marion realises that Thomas was right – it was
a water pipe. Seeing that the Workmen haven't noticed what has
happened, Marion quickly drops a shovelful of mud over the leaking
pipe in order to stop the water flow, and leaves.
next day, Thomas is passing the embankment again, when he notices
water leaking out from the area Marion discovered the pipe. Realising
the possible danger of the situation, he heads to the China Clay
Works to find Marion, who is busy playing “Guess What’s In My
Shovel” with Bill and Ben. Upon Thomas’ confrontation, Marion
feigns ignorance at first, but eventually she follows Thomas back to
discover that the water appears to have stopped, and Marion declares
the situation as “perfectly fine”. ..until with a ominous
rumbling, the water bursts through the mud, washing a large heap of
rocks onto the main line.
instantly apologies, and stays there to clear the lines whilst Thomas
reverses to warn the other engines. No sooner has Thomas left,
however, when Gordon passes him with the express, heading towards the
notices Gordon approaching and shovels faster than ever, but there is
still a large rock on the track. Realising that Gordon is unable to
stop in time, Marion swings her shovel and knocks the boulder out of
his way – like a golfer striking a golf ball!
their way back to work, Marion thanks Thomas for his help and tells
him that the next time she makes a mistake, she will be sure to tell
somebody. She returns to the Clay Pits, feeling very tired and a
little silly. Bill and Ben notice this, and ask for a game of “Guess
What’s In My Shovel” – which cheers Marion up instantly!
18.13 – Missing Gator
by Andrew Brenner
day, Salty notices Percy looking out to sea at Brendam Docks, with a
glum look on his face. Percy tells him that he was thinking of Gator,
and recounts what happened when they first met. But now, Gator has
gone away and Percy is missing his friend.
his way to deliver his trucks, Percy decides to try not to think of
Gator at all – that way, he won’t feel sad. But as he climbs up
Gordon’s Hill, he can’t help but remember how Gator made pulling
trucks look so easy. And when he returns to the docks,he remembers
Gator’s wise advice;
brave is not the same as not feeling scared. Being brave is about
what you do, even when you do feel scared”.
catches Percy looking glum again, and Cranky advises him to keep busy
to take his mind off Gator.
Percy keeps himself very busy indeed. But his rushing about makes him
rather carless, when he accidentally bumps his trucks into Stafford
whilst at the Shunting Yards.
one day, Percy is sent to Ulfstead Castle to collect some valuable
sculptures and paintings, which are to be delivered to the Docks.
Still in a hurry, Percy buffers up to his trucks, but doesn't wait to
be coupled up to them...
he begins to push the trucks down the hill, they begin to roll away!
Percy chases after them, but they roll onto the old track leading to
the mine shaft, which had only recently been re-boarded up. Percy
stops as the trucks crash through and disappear into the mine. Percy
is too frightened to go in after them and, taking the opportunity to
calm down, he stops to think for a moment – but of course, he
starts thinking about Gator, and remembers his words of bravery.
his new found confidence, Percy heads off into the mine shaft. After
much searching he finds the trucks, who are are scared of the dark
and want to be pulled out the mine again! Percy is coupled up to the
trucks, and pulls them safely out. He realises that it was only by
thinking of Gator that he was able to overcome his fears and be
when Percy arrives at the docks, Salty spots him looking out to sea
again. But Percy admits that thinking about Gator makes him sad, but
happy too, as he learnt a great deal from him. Salty laughs, and
reckons that Gator may well return to Sodor one day...
18.14 – No Steam Without Coal
by Davey Moore
and Ben are at Brendam Docks. Bill is to collect equipment for the
Clay Pits, whilst Ben is waiting for his trucks to be loaded with
coal. Bill is quick to tease Ben about the time it is taking for his
coal trucks to be loaded, and claims that he’ll be first back to
the Clay Pits. Angered, Ben steams off after him, before his trucks
have been filled up!
heading back to the Clay Pits, Ben pulls ahead of Bill and then
switches over to his line, so that Bill cannot regain the lead. Ben
is full of pride after winning the race, but Bill defends himself, as
he had loaded trucks while Ben’s were empty. Marion overhears this,
and Bill explains to her that Ben didn’t collect the coal from the
Docks. Marion is not impressed, and states that coal is needed to
keep them going. But the twins remind her of Timothy – the “odd
one one”. Timothy is the only oil-burner on the whole of Sodor!
Marion tells Ben to go back and collect the coal. The twins won’t
have any of it, as they're sure that the hopper is still full. But
Ben relents and tells her that he will go back… eventually! Timothy
intervenes to tell Bill and Ben that there is a big order of clay for
the docks, so they will both be burning a lot of coal. But the twins
take no notice.
of following Timothy's advice, Bill and Ben start playing around,
which burns a lot of coal in the process. No matter what Timothy
says, the twins don't take him seriously, and call him “boring”.
later Bill and Ben go to load their bunkers up with coal – they
find the hopper empty! They don’t even have enough steam to puff
away from one another, and begin to squabble. Marion wonders what
they should do – and everybody looks to Timothy for help. Timothy
obliges, and he heads to Brendam to drop off the clay delivery and
then returns to the Clay Works with trucks loaded with coal.
is stern with Bill and Ben when Timothy arrives, and forces them to
apologise for making fun of him. They even go as far as to tell him
that being one of a kind is special, and really useful – when
they’ve run out of coal!
18.15 – Spencer's VIP
by Andrew Brenner
Fat Controller informs his engines at Tidmouth Sheds that a VIP is
coming to the Island, and wants them all to be on their very best
behaviour. He explains that this VIP is a Deputy Minister from the
Mainland, who is coming to present the Fat Controller with an award
for “Services to Transport”. All the engines are very
pleased - until the Fat Controller reveals that Spencer is taking the
Deputy Minister to Sodor.
Spencer crosses the Vicarstown Bridge, he boasts to his VIP that he
will have him there on time. But along the way, he doesn't pay
attention to any of the signals, and overtakes Edward at a junction.
As a result of this, at Wellsworth Junction, the Signalman
accidentally sends Spencer along Edward's branch line...where the big engine ends
up at the Claypits!
Spencer finally arrives at Knapford, he is very late indeed. The
Fat Controller is greeted with an unimpressed Deputy Minister, who
insists that he will not travel back to the Mainland on Spencer.
Gordon, James and Thomas hear this, and each reckon they could be
chosen to take the Deputy Minister home.
all the engines are racing about the Island, trying to impress the
Minister. But in doing so, they start to make silly mistakes –
Thomas makes the silliest mistake of all when he pulls away from the
coal hopper too soon, and coal pours out all over Annie and Clarabel!
this time, Spencer is left feeling very sorry for himself, lamenting
over his mistake as he watches the other engines rushing around.
the end of the day, the Fat Controller assembles his engines at
Knapford, and addresses them bluntly. He is very annoyed, and feels
that none of them deserve to take the Deputy Minister home. Spencer
pipes up and humbly asks to be given a second chance. The Deputy
Minister agrees, saying that everybody deserves a second chance,
including the other engines. As such, he promises to return the
he does return, all the engines concentrate on their jobs this time. The
Minister is very impressed, and finally presents the Fat Controller
with his special reward, as all the engines cheer in delight!
18.16 – Toad's Bright Idea
by Davey Moore
is waiting at Brendam Docks for his ship to come in. He becomes bored
of sitting around doing nothing...until that evening, the Dock
Manager tells Gator that Oliver has broken down on the Little Western
on the way to the docks. He asks if Gator can go collect his trucks
and bring them back before first light. Gator is overjoyed at having
something to do, and hurries off.
his way, he is so excited that he doesn’t notice when his lamp goes
out. Oliver is given a surprise when Gator pulls up – he didn't see
Gator approaching with his lamp out. Gator is surprised by this, but
once his Driver turns it back on, he turns himself around on the loop
and puffs away with Oliver's trucks, as well as Toad the brake van.
haven't gone far before Gator’s lamp flickers off again. Toad
informs Gator of the dangers of travelling at night without a light,
and asks to have his lamp switched back on again. Gator agrees and
stops at a junction to do so – at that moment, James passes by with
the Flying Kipper. Because Gator’s lamp is off, he mistakes Gator's
odd shape for a monster, and flies away in a panic!
no sooner does Gator restart his journey when his lamp goes out
again. He doesn’t want to be late, so keeps quiet about it to
Toad...until Percy, passing by, points out that Gator's lamp isn't
insists that Gator should stop to relight his lamp, but Gator is
having none of it. And when he ignores Toad's advice to slow down at
the junction near the gravel pits, Toad has had enough – he applies
his brakes and forces Gator to stop.
infuriated, decides to leave Toad behind, hoping to finish his
journey more quickly. But without his lamp to see what lies ahead, he
is startled to find the track is lined with spilt gravel. Feeling
embarrassed, he returns to Toad and apologises, realising that the
little brake van had been right about everything. But without a
working lamp, he knows they that he won’t make it to the docks on
then Toad has a very bright idea – he offers Gator one of his
tail-lamps so that he can see where he is going and warn other
engines. So once the Driver changes the lens from red to white, Gator
finishes his journey to the docks without anymore trouble. The Dock
Manager praises Toad for his ingenuity, and Toad and Gator make
18.17 – Long Lost Friend
by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
is unloading a ship, a few days before Christmas, when he feels an
especially heavy load on his hook. To the surprise of Cranky and
Salty, the "heavy load" is Gator, who has come to visit
Sodor for Christmas - and in particular, to find Percy.
ship has also brought a load of rock salt, but the order form had
become wet and smudged during the journey - no one can be sure of
where the salt is meant to go. The Dock Manager assumes it might be
for the Blue Mountain Quarry, and asks Gator to take it there.
the way, Gator meets Thomas, who is very surprised to see Gator has
returned. Thomas wastes no time in telling Percy, who excitedly
hurries up to the quarry to find Gator.
the Quarry Manager tells Gator's Driver that they didn't order the
rock salt, and is sure it's meant for the Steamworks. So Gator heads
there instead…but he's not gone long before Percy arrives, and is
disappointed at having just missed Gator.
the Steamworks, Gator learns that the rock salt wasn't meant to go
there either. The Steamworks Manager thinks it might be for
Knapford to stop the platforms being slippery. But of course, when
Gator heads off, he misses seeing Percy again. Each engine begins to
think that the other doesn't really want to see him…
meets Thomas again at Knapford, feeling very sad. He thinks that
Percy hasn't really missed him at all when he went away. Then the Fat
Controller arrives and, learning about the rock salt delivery,
explains that it was meant for Brendam Docks to keep ice off the
quayside. So Gator heads back to the Docks.
Thomas pulls out, he meets Percy coming the other way. Percy is sad,
too, as he thinks Gator doesn't want to see him again - but
Thomas explains that he does and is heading back to the Docks.
Thinking that Gator might be going away again, Percy rushes to
Brendam as fast as he can.
Percy arrives in the Docks too quickly. He slips on the icy rails and
crashes into the trucks, spilling rock salt everywhere. He feels very
upset…until he sees, to his delight, his old friend Gator at the
other of the train - covered in rock salt. At last, the two engines
have found each other and are happy once again as they begin to catch
18.18 – Last Train For Christmas
by Andrew Brenner
is Christmas Eve, and people are rushing home to be with their
families for the festive season. Thomas meets Duck and Oliver at a
junction, where Oliver complains about the snow. Thomas quips that
they won’t have to wear their snowploughs tomorrow, as tomorrow is
Christmas Day, when no trains will run!
is on the Mainland, collecting passengers to be taken to Sodor. But
there are still lots of people wanting to get home, and his train is
already full. Connor promises to be back for them. When he returns at
Knapford, he urges the Fat Controller to allow him one more trip to
the Mainland to ensure that everybody gets home for Christmas. The
Fat Controller agrees but warns him to be quick, as there is more
heavy snow coming.
Connor is looking for coaches, Thomas offers the Slip Coaches –
which could be uncoupled on the move without stopping. Connor
delightedly agrees to take them.
He hurries back across the
Island, but the snow is getting heavier, and
the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. At last, the
snow becomes so heavy that the main line is blocked. The Fat
Controller informs the other engines that the last train will have to
and Percy remain optimistic; they feel sure if they all work
together, they can clear the line for Connor's last train. At this,
the Fat Controller quickly changes his mind, and sends his engines
off into the snow.
and Percy work hard clearing the line around Wellsworth, when Percy
spots a red light in the sky. He gets excited, thinking it might be
Father Christmas – but Thomas quickly points out it’s only Harold
the Helicopter, searching for anyone stuck in the snow.
and Henry clear the track beyond Maron, but the snow is thicker
towards Vicarstown. Emily is unable to clear the line by herself and
is ready to give up...when suddenly, Hiro bursts through the
snowdrifts, clearing the snow from the other side. He crosses the
Vicarstown bridge, and clears the line for Connor to make his way
releases the first Slip Coach at Kellsthorpe Road, and the second at
Maron. He releases the last coach at Wellsworth, but he drops the
coupling too late and the coach overruns the platform. Luckily,
Thomas is on hand to shunt the coach back into the station, so that
the passengers can alight safely.
arrives at Knapford safely, and the Fat Controller praises all the
engines for their hard work. They wish one another a Merry Christmas
as they all return home. As he is leaving, Thomas sees bright lights
in the sky, and whistles a “Merry Christmas” to Harold.
who he thinks is Harold, anyway!
18.19 – Duncan The Humbug
by Davey Moore
the Narrow Gauge engines are excited about Christmas - except Duncan.
Whichever the engines enjoy about Christmas, Duncan finds something
of it to complain about - icy rails, noisy carols, not even the sight
of the Depot decorated can cheer him up. His grumbling starts to get
to Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty. Only when they mention that the Thin
Controller is giving them all a fresh coat of paint does Duncan seem
to brighten up.
the Thin Controller hears about Duncan's moaning from Rusty - and
tells him that he will only receive a new coat of paint if he can
avoid grumbling for one whole day. It's easier said than done, as the
other engines are told to keep an eye on Duncan. But no matter what
happens to Duncan, he tries his hardest not to complain.
when he gets stuck behind Luke, struggling up a slippery hill, Duncan
finally lose his temper. However, his outburst upsets Luke, whose
sandbox has run out. Realising what he's done, Duncan uses his own
sand to help push Luke and his train over the hill.
morning, Duncan is very upset as he feels sure that he won't get his
repaint. But Rusty had seen what had happened yesterday and tells the
Thin Controller, who is pleased that Duncan has rediscovered his
Christmas spirit to help out Luke. And for that he gives Duncan his
new coat of paint…but that doesn't stop him grumbling for long!
18.20 – The Perfect Gift
by Davey Moore
all the engines on Sodor, Percy enjoys Christmas more than any other.
But he feels sorry for Reg the Crane - the Scrapyard where he works
isn't the most cheerful of places, even at Christmas. Reg doesn't
mind; he's only too happy when Percy brings "lovely scrap"
for him to lift and load. But Percy becomes determined to bring some
Christmas cheer to the scrapyards.
Tidmouth Sheds, Percy finds an old Christmas laid aside, and asks if
he could take it for Reg to decorate his Scrapyard. But Reg doesn't
recognise it as a Christmas Tree and drops it into a wood chipper
Percy is asked to take some Christmas Carollers to Wellsworth
Station, and this gives him an idea. On the way, he stops by the
Scrapyard and asks the puzzled Carollers to start singing. But the
noise of the scrap being crushed and dropped startles them, and
distracts Reg as a result.
refuses to give up - he decides the best he can do is find Reg a
present he is sure to like. But no matter how hard he thinks or
looks, nothing comes to mind…
evening, Percy sadly brings his next load scrap for Reg, who is more
pleased than usual. Percy then realises why - next to his usual work,
Reg has quietly been building his own "Christmas Tree" out
of scrap - and Percy had just brought the very piece he was looking
for to finish his "master piece". Reg explains that he's
still able to celebrate Christmas in his own way, and even gives
Percy a gift himself - a special star-shaped piece of scrap to hang
above his shed berth.
18.21 – Marion & The Dinosaurs
by Andrew Brenner
loves talking about all the things that she has dug up over the
years. She is especially proud of the dinosaur skeleton she helped to
dig up from the claypits, which stands on display at the Town Square.
day, Marion is working in a siding, clearing the area for some new
sheds. Thomas passes by with a delivery of stones and plants to
Ulfstead Castle. Upon arriving at the Estate, Millie and Stephen puff
out excitedly - but are rather disappointed when they see it is only
Thomas. Stephen explains that the Earl has ordered a special shipment
from the Mainland, but they don't know what it is…
night, Marion is asleep in the siding when she hears the sound of a
passing steam engine. When she opens her eyes, however, she's
startled to find a line of dinosaurs coming towards her! Marion
thinks that she's dreaming and calls for the dinosaurs to go
away…she's rather surprised when they do!
following morning, when Thomas passes by again, Marion tells him what
she saw last night. Thomas reminds Marion that dinosaurs don't exist
anymore, and that she probably had a nightmare.
later that day, Marion is horrified to see the dinosaurs again -
realising that she's not dreaming this time, she reverses away from
them as fast as she could all the way up the hill to Ulfstead Castle.
and Millie are just as frightened when they see Marion being "chased"
by the dinosaurs, and all three hide in the castle. As they hear the
dinosaurs coming nearer, the three engines suddenly the Earl whooping
bravely, Stephen, Millie and Marion venture out to investigate and
realise that the special delivery has arrived - the dinosaurs are
just giant models on flatbeds, pulled by a sturdy tank engine called
Samson. Samson was meant to have arrived last night, but he
sheepishly admits that he got "lost" and ended up at the
Blue Mountain Quarry by mistake.
Earl explains that he wants to build a Dinosaur Park near Ulfstead
Castle to show visitors what they looked like thousands of years ago.
Marion feels silly for being scared, but cheers up immediately when
the Earl asks her to keep a look out for anymore dinosaur bones she
may dig up in future, and hurries of to start right away!
18.22 – Millie & The Volcano
by Andrew Brenner
on the new Dinosaur Park at the Earl's Estate is underway - Millie
brings lots of plants and trees for decoration around the model
dinosaurs, which Harvey and Samson are helping to set up.
Millie gets a shock when Harvey accidentally swings the head of the
Megalosarus too near her. Samson laughs at this and calls Millie a
"silly little engine" for being frightened of models.
is upset, and tells the Earl what happened. This gives the Earl an
idea, but doesn't tell her exactly why or how…
Millie is helping the Groundsman again when she sees Harvey and
Samson working on another giant model. Samson, believing himself an
expert on all things prehistoric, explains to Harvey that this model
is be a volcano - a giant mountain that sprouts out lava and smoke.
This gives Millie a cheeky idea to pay them back for teasing her.
she helps the Groundsman collect all the old branches and leaves,
Millie suggests that they should make a bonfire near the model
volcano. So when Harvey and Samson approach the model, they see the
smoke and think that the volcano is erupting! They hurry away,
calling for help, until Millie tells the "silly big engines"
about her trick.
the Earl is not happy about Millie tricking Harvey and Samson. He
knows that Millie is really a very clever little engine, and with
that the three engines decide to make up.
the Dinosaur Park finally opens, the Fat Controller and Dowager Hatt
are given the first tour by Millie and the Earl. Amongst all the
fantastical models, they admire the model volcano smoking just like a
real one - as well as the Megalosaurus, which has been built to move
its head towards the passengers and gives them a friendly fright!
18.23 – Timothy & the Rainbow Truck
by Davey Moore
Of all the engines on Sodor, Bill and Ben love playing tricks on Timothy as
he's the most gullible. One day, the twins ask him to look for a very special truck - which is all the colours of the rainbow,
and part of a "surprise" for the Fat Controller. Thinking that he's helping his friends, Timothy begins his search for the
everywhere for the special truck all along Edward's Branch Line - he sees trucks of all different colours at the Docks (but
none multi-coloured), he passes a colourful parrot at the Animal Park, the Duchess of Boxford wearing a colourful dress, and
even some children flying rainbow-coloured kites. But he can't find the rainbow truck anywhere.
decides to try looking at the Shunting Yards. But the Fat Controller finds him, and asks why he's not working at the claypits.
Feeling ashamed and silly, Timothy sadly makes his way back home.
Along the way,
he decides to try searching Brendam Docks again. Cranky doesn't know where to find a "rainbow" truck - but Salty does, and
takes Timothy to a corner of the dockyards where a smelly rubbish truck is standing, covered in "all the colours of the rainbow!"
When Salty realises that Bill and Ben have been playing tricks again, he suggests to Timothy that he should take the truck
anyway, whether they want it or not!
Bill and Ben
are aghast when they see Timothy pulling in with the "colourful" rubbish truck, and hastily explain that they had only sent
him on a fool's errand. The Fat Controller arrives in time to hear this, and punishes Bill and Ben by putting them on waste
collecting duty - starting by taking the dockyard scrap to the Waste Dump, complaining all the way!
18.24 – Samson At Your Service
by Davey Moore
delivering the Dinosaur models to Ulfstead Castle, Samson’s first
trip to Sodor resulted in him getting lost, and staying the night at
the Blue Mountain Quarry.
A short while after, the Fat
Controller entrusts Samson with the job of delivering stone from the
Blue Mountain Quarry to the Mainland. Samson promises that he will
not foul up again – now that he knows where the Blue Mountain
Samson heads off to fill up with coal at the
Shunting Yards, but Duck, Percy and Diesel tease him for his silly
mistake. Samson is so cross about it that he becomes distracted, and
is coupled to the Express coaches by mistake. Stanley tries to warn
him, but Samson is having none of it and departs with the
When Thomas arrives to collect Gordon’s coaches,
he's very surprised when Stanley explains the situation to him.
Gordon isn't happy either as he is already twenty minutes late with
his Express run.
Meanwhile, Samson carries on along the main
line towards the quarry. He rolls straight through Wellsworth
station, with the passengers looking on in bewilderment! James
notices this and tries to warn Samson, but Samson is insistent that
he is still in the right. When Samson comes across Bill and Ben, they
tease him instead, but the proud tank engine thinks they are praising
By now, Gordon is so late that he is forced to take Annie
and Clarabel instead! They dislike travelling at high-speeds and
shriek in horror as they are pulled along.
finally arrives at the Quarry, where Skarloey tells him about his
mistake. Samson now feels very silly indeed. He heads back over to
the shunting yards, but he meets the Fat Controller along the way,
who tells him that everyone makes mistakes...but they make more
mistakes when they don’t ask for help!
collects the trucks and takes them to the Quarry, where they are
loaded. But he is too late to take them to the mainland, and so has
to spend another night at the quarry. The narrow gauge engines tease
him again, and for once even Samson sees the funny side.
18.25 – Emily Saves The World
by Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson
Crovan’s Gate, Emily overhears Rheneas and Duncan boasting about
some of the special jobs they’ve had over the years: Duncan once
took an elephant statue, and Rheneas pulled a dinosaur skeleton.
Emily is only pulling sand, and can’t help but feel left out.
Maron, she sees Gordon, who tells her about all his special trains –
amongst them, collecting Alicia Botti and the Queen of England.
the docks, Thomas tells her of the time he was once sent flying
around the Island by a jet engine, but insists Emily must have had
something exciting. But all she can think of is the time she took
Sodor United's dirty laundry...
The next day, Emily is sent to
the yard to collect a special. She is overjoyed when she sees it is a
giant globe for the Animal park, and can’t wait to show it off to
the others. She takes it to the Steamworks, but Victor and Kevin are
nowhere to be seen. Neither are any of the narrow gauge engines when
she goes to Crovan’s Gate, and at Maron she pulls in just as Gordon
is departing with the Express.
Desperate to show off the
globe, Emily doesn’t go straight to the animal park, and switches
tracks at the junction to try and find other engines. But on this
line, a low bridge breaks the strap holding the globe onto the
flatbed. As Emily crosses over another bridge, the globe wobbles off
the flatbed, over the side and lands on one of Hiro’s wagons
Ahead, Emily sees Thomas, and proudly shows off
her special. Thomas is bewildered – the flatbed is empty! Emily is
horrified and scampers off to find the globe again.
to her, the globe is still on Hiro’s train. Eventually, it hits a
signal gantry and rolls off over a hill. Emily is still searching,
but doesn’t see it roll through Wellsworth station and up Gordon’s
Hill, where it crawls to a halt and starts to roll back down again.
This time, Emily spots it, but it speeds straight through the
Meanwhile, Thomas is pulling Annie and Clarabel, all
three are laughing at how silly Emily was to make up her special…
until they see the giant globe rolling behind them! They pull into a
siding out of the way, and see the globe flash past, followed by
globe reaches the Docks, where Cranky attempts to stop it, but only
sends it back in the other direction. It bounces off Thomas, then
Emily before falling into the sea. Luckily, Captain the Lifeboat is
close by, and brings the globe back to shore, where it is loaded back
onto Emily’s flatbed.
hurries off to the Animal Park without further incident. The globe is
soon on display, and Thomas tells Emily how exciting her special
really was. Emily reckons it may have been too exciting!
18.26 – Samson Sent For Scrap
by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
day, Scruff is struggling to pull a heavy train of scrap to the
scrapyard when he suddenly blows a gasket. Luckily, Samson is
available and he hauls Scruff away to the Steamworks. Samson brags on
a job well done, and so the Fat Controller chooses him to work with
Harvey, clearing away line-side scrap, until Scruff is repaired.
Harvey and Samson are soon busy stopping at various track
repair sites, where Harvey eagerly loads the scrap metal into
But Samson starts to get carried away with
his new duties. He spots a bike by the line, and, thinking it to be
scrap, orders Harvey to load it into the truck. Harvey isn’t
convinced, but does so anyway...and they depart just as the horrified
postman arrives to find that Samson has stolen his bike!
Samson pressures Harvey into taking away a bus stop sign. Bertie
arrives in time to see that his stop sign has gone. The postman
hurries up and orders Bertie to follow Samson and Harvey.
ahead, the Fat Controller is in his car when it runs over a pin and
gives his tyre a puncture. Lacking a spare, he and his driver head
off for a new tyre. While they are gone, Samson spots the car and,
mistaking it for scrap, tells Harvey to put it in the truck. Harvey
is positive that it’s the Fat Controller’s car, but Samson
refuses to be told otherwise, and so Harvey loads the car anyway.
the Fat Controller and his driver return to find that their car has
gone. Bertie arrives and tells Sir Topham that Samson has taken his
bus stop, and the postman's bike. The Fat Controller realises that
Samson has taken his car too, and begins to worry when Scruff, fully
repaired, pulls up. He says that he knows a shortcut to the
scrapyard, and rushes off to save the Fat Controller’s car.
the scrapyard, Reg is very excited about the scrap brought in by
Samson. But as he is just about to dig his claw into the truck,
Scruff puffs up in time to tell Reg that the car is the Fat
Controller’s. Samson isn’t convinced…until Bertie pulls in,
with the Fat Controller and the postman.
is very sorry for causing confusion, and the Fat Controller is quick
to point out that his car is anything but scrap...until the wing
mirror suddenly falls off, causing everybody to laugh!