LEGEND OF THE LOST TREASURE is the eighth Thomas & Friends Direct-To-DVD Special produced by HIT Entertainment.It is the fourth to be written by Head Writer, Andrew Brenner.
There had been another script
drawn up for the 70th
Anniversary Special beforehand.However,
for undisclosed reasons, the Executives at HIT Entertainment felt that
something else was needed to celebrate such an important milestone, and the story the team initially wanted to tell was scrapped. Andrew Brenner then took five other ideas he had banked and amalgamated them to create
what eventually became Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure
For the first time in twenty years,
characters from the Railway Series books created by the Rev. Awdry would be
adapted for television – and for the first time ever, they would not debut in a
Railway Series story, but a completely original tale.
Legend of the Lost Treasuretells
the story of the construction of a new Branch Line up to
Harwick, where when he falls victim to his own cheekiness, Thomas finds himself
at odds with a new tank engine called Ryan.And when an attempt to be really useful backfires, Thomas finds a pirate
ship lost deep underground, which in turn attracts the attention of the
dastardly Sailor John!
Legend of the LostTreasurewas
written byAndrew Brenner, the Head Writer forThomas
Overlook A Little Engine
Robert & Peter Hartshorne
Tom Stourton, Tim Whitnall & Keith Wickham
Make A Team Together
Robert & Peter Hartshorne
Sam Blewitt & Westfield Infant School
Upon its initial limited run cinematic
release,Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasurewas thefirst Thomas & Friends
Special to be shown across various chains of cinemas in the UK, as opposed to its
predecessors, which were screened exclusively at Vue Cinemas.The initial working
title for the special wasThe Great Treasure Hunt.
It is the first Thomas & Friends Special to
have special guest voice-actors, including Oscar Winner, Eddie Redmayne and the
legendary John Hurt.
It’s also the first
time that Robert and Peter
Hartshorne have had the opportunity to create music with a live orchestra for
the movie’s soundtrack.The father and
son team recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in the city of
Skiff the Rail Boat
VOICE ARTISTS (USA ONLY)
JULES DE JONG
Robert & Peter
Performed by theCity of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Score Preparation byDuncan Lamont
The SiF Staff
and ViPs discuss what they thought were the best bits of Sodor’s Legend of
the Lost Treasure
2015, we asked SiFansite visitors what they thought of Sodor’s Legend of the
Lost Treasure. Favourite characters, songs, moments and more
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SiFox talks about The Small
Railway Engines' segway from the Railway Series books to their adaptation to the screen for Thomas & Friends
ShiningTime95 asks the question whether the depiction of Sailor John in Sodor’s
Legend of the Lost Treasure, could prove that Magic Railroad’s PT Boomer, wasn’t
as scary for young children as Britt Allcroft previously feared?
It’s a bright sunny day on the Island
of Sodor... and it’s time for Thomas and Bertie to have another friendly race
to Ffarquhar to see who can get there fastest.
Thomas is in a cheeky, but confident
mood – and narrowly avoids collision twice with some workmen and with Toby and
Henrietta coming the other way! It’s
only thanks to a quick thinking Signalman that Thomas is switched to the loop
line in time, and ploughs on regardless to catch up to Bertie!
Poor Bertie however, ends
up getting stuck behind
Oliver the Excavator, and watches helplessly as Thomas races past on his way,
whistling triumphantly as he goes.
Annie and Clarabel are
less than impressed with
Thomas’s silly racing and scold him when they reach the station.Thomas
is dismissive and laughs it off, he’s
been racing on the Branch Line for years.
Clarabel is quick to remind
him that although
Thomas thoroughly enjoys his escapades, his poor passengers don’t always share
Bertie is also upset.He’s forever getting stuck behind slow
vehicles and it’s all down to construction work on the Fat Controller’s new
branch line.Annie and Clarabel are
surprised to hear about it – they’ve never heard of such plans and worry what
it could mean for their own line.
Thomas is quick to reassure them that
all will be well on their line.He
thinks that their Branch Line is the most important part of the whole railway,
and he’ll always be the Fat Controller’s No.1 engine!
Marion the Steamshovel is
making her way down Duck’s
Branch Line to help with construction of the new Branch Line that will run from
Arlesburgh up to Harwick.She’s captivated
by the beauty of the forest and her imagination begins to run wild with
thoughts of fairies and other enchanted creatures which might live there.
All of a sudden, she’s
taken aback by a sudden rush
from through the trees!She’s completed startled,
and a little scared, so she shuts her eyes to save her worry...
...only to run into Toad the Brake Van,
who’s at the rear of Oliver the Western Engine’s ballast train heading for the
extension. Oliver is dazed, but Toad is seemingly unperturbed - it's only Marion
Marion tries to apologise and explain
why she was so startled, when she’s caught out again by the sight of something she’s
never seen before and rushes backward to hide from it.
Toad laughs – it’s
only Mike, Rex and Bert, the
Small Railway Engines!
Marion has never seen such small
engines before – and she begins to wonder if they’re real at all!The
Small Engines tell Marion they are quite
real indeed, and explain that they bring ballast and wool for making clothes
down from the hills, as well as taking passengers on excursion trips up the
Marion is impressed, and speculates
that the Small Engines must be some “sort of magic”.
Duck the Great Western Engine
is shunting trucks up
at the Construction Yard, and meets Donald and Douglas who are delivering
supplies of sleepers and rails to help lay more track.
The workmen at the Construction
Team are busy working
with Jack, Alfie and Oliver the Excavator from the Sodor Construction Company,
blasting away rock from the hillside to clear the path through.
The following morning at Tidmouth
Sheds, Thomas is slow to wake and the other engines are concerned that he won’t
be in time to fetch Gordon’s coaches for that morning’s Express service.
Thomas isn’t worried – he’s prepared to
let Gordon and his passengers wait as long as it takes to build up enough steam
and get to the platform.
Gordon is fuming at the platform
waiting for Thomas
and the coaches to arrive.When Thomas
does arrive, he cheekily calls Gordon lazy and suggests that he should be
fetching his own coaches instead!
Gordon firmly reminds Thomas
that tender engines
are too big for shunting.He also
reminds Thomas of his place in the yard – “That’s what silly little tank
engines are for!”
But Thomas has had enough.He decides it’s time to teach Grand Gordon a
lesson!Thomas races through the
station, propelling the Express Coaches as he goes, right past Gordon and out
onto the Main Line, and through a red signal!
Gordon gives chase, and Thomas tells
him if he wants his coaches, he’ll have to catch him first!But Thomas’s
confidence is shortlived when
Toby calls out to him.
He doesn’t realise Emily
is coming into his path,
and she brakes hard to avoid hitting the coaches.Thomas stops abruptly and
compliment of Express Coaches fly off the track and land in a heap all over
Knapford Station yard – halting all traffic in and out of the station.
Up on the new Branch Line,
Marion is helping to
widen a cutting.With a shovel full of
rocks, she asks Donald if he’d like to play her favourite game – “Guess What’s
In My Shovel?”Donald politely declines
and carries on up the Branch Line with his delivery, so Marion turns her
attention to a new friend...
She calls out to the Excavator
digging the other
side of the cutting and asks if he would like to play her game instead.As the
two have never met before, she asks
him his name – and is surprised to find he’s called Oliver.Marion
is convinced it’s Oliver the Western
Engine, and won’t listen to Oliver the Excavator when he tries to explain that the
two simply share a name.She’s convinced
it’s the work of the Small Engines and ‘magic’!
At Knapford Station, the Fat Controller
is cross with the mess that Thomas has caused.Thomas tries to shift the blame to Gordon and Emily, but the Fat
Controller isn’t convinced, and tells Thomas that he will be going to work on
the new Branch Line, shunting trucks in the Construction Yard as a consequence
of his cheekiness.
Gordon is delighted with the
arrangement, but Thomas is concerned about who will take care of his branch
line whilst he’s gone.
Just then, a new engine puffs
into the yard.This is Ryan, the Fat Controller’s new tank
On the new Branch Line, at the new
cutting that Marion and Oliver the Excavator have just been digging, the ground
has become unstable, and engines are ordered to stop running on it post-haste
to avoid any trouble.
Signs were put up to warn everyone of
the danger, and plans are put in place to carve out a new route which will
avoid the danger zone completely.
At Arlesburgh Junction, Rex,
Mike and Bert are
working in their yard when Thomas puffs in looking very upset.They ask what
the matter is and he tells them
what happened at Knapford, still blaming Gordon for the accident.He’s
crosser still that a new engine called
Ryan will be taking over his duties on the Ffarquhar Branch Line in his place.
Rex, Bert and Mike are sympathetic
Thomas that big engines don’t always win – and that you should never overlook a
Feeling better, Thomas takes another
train of ballast to the Construction Yard, and finds a train of sleepers and
rails waiting on an adjacent siding.Bert the Small Engine has told Thomas that the construction team needs
to lay the rails first, so Thomas thinks he’s being helpful when he shunts the
trucks out of the Construction Yard and up the Branch Line.
As he leaves the yard, the workmen wave
and shout at him.Thomas thinks they’re
just excited to see him and carries on without stopping!
Thomas bursts through the
barrier, stopping engines
from entering the danger zone, and doesn’t realise the danger he’s in until it’s
much too late!
The ground from beneath the
rails gives way under
the weight of the heavily loaded trucks, and leaves the rails hanging
precariously over the abyss.Thomas
brakes, but it’s much too late to stop the inevitable.One by one, the
trucks fall into the cavern
Thomas tries hard to pull back the last
remaining truck he’s coupled to, but he can’t manage.He ends up
being dragged in as well, rolling
down the various rails and sleepers before landing in a muddy heap, deep in the
It’s here that Thomas sees something
extraordinary... a huge Pirate Ship, buried deep beneath the ground!
Duck and Emily bring Rocky
to lift Thomas and the
trucks out of the pit.The Fat
Controller speaks severely to him, and when Thomas tries to explain that no-one
warned him about the danger zone, he simply isn’t interested.
And when Thomas tries to tell
him about the Pirate
Ship buried down in the cavern below, the Fat Controller dismisses him completely
and orders Emily to take him to the Steamworks.
But down in the sea below,
there’s someone who is
very interested in hearing what Thomas might have to say about the Pirate
At the Steamworks, Victor and Kevin are
sympathetic and try to reassure Thomas that everything will be all right.But
Thomas is still despondent and convinced
that the Fat Controller has given his Branch Line away to Ryan as a punishment.
Victor assures him that the Fat
Controller wants Thomas back at work as soon as possible, and Kevin tells him that
dropping the trucks down the cavern was an accident – and reminds Thomas that
he makes mistakes all the time, and still has a place working on the railway.
Soon, Edward bustles into
the Steamworks and tells
them that something incredible has happened – Rocky has discovered an old
Pirate Ship in the bottom of the cavern.
Thomas is fuming.He had found the Pirate Ship, and the Fat Controller wouldn’t listen to
him when he tried to explain.Now, Rocky
is going to be given all the credit for discovering the Pirate Ship instead of
The Fat Controller is delighted with
the discovery, and the engines and Construction Vehicles look on in awe as it’s
lifted from the ground and onto a flatbed for Donald and Douglas to take to
Arlesburgh Harbour to go on display.
They all speculate on how the Pirate
Ship could have gotten into the cavern in the first place.Donald and Douglas
are convinced that the
ship sailed in through an entrance which has since collapsed.
Marion is particularly enthused
– if there’s a
Pirate Ship, there’s bound to be buried treasure, and she knows how she can dig
it up before anyone else!
The Small Engines are working in their
yard when Marion steams in eagerly calling out to the “Magic Engines”!Bert is confused by what she means, but Rex
knows exactly what she’s referring to – and decides to leave poor Mike to
suffer at her shovel!
Mike, who is stuck on top of the chute
dropping more ballast into the Standard Gauge trucks is caught unawares as
Marion arrives and stops him from moving down again.
He protests, but she’s
adamant!She wants to make a wish!Mike
doesn’t know what to make of this and
struggles to get free – whilst Marion wishes she can be the one who digs up the
Pirate treasure.When she opens her eyes
again, Mike has managed to get free and hurries away up the line away from
Marion is fully convinced
that Mike has magicked
himself away – when in fact, all he’s done is break free of her bucket!
At Arlesburgh, Donald and
Douglas create a
sensation when they bring the Pirate Ship through the town.Everyone stops to
admire it, including a
mysterious figure from the Harbour.
That night, Henry is pulling a goods
train when he sees something mysterious coming toward him from the opposite
track.He cannot fathom what it might be
other than a ghostly sail boat, sailing along in the moonlight!
Henry gets such a fright, that he
lapses concentration and ends up battering into the buffers on a siding and
spends the rest of the night there.
The next morning at Brendam
Docks, James laughs and
suggests Henry was dreaming it all.But
Salty suggests it’s all to do with ‘The Lost Pirate’...
tells the engines that long ago,
the Lost Pirate sailed the seven seas attacking merchant ships and stealing
their valuables to have as his treasure.When the merchants and the navy tried to retrieve the treasure, the
Pirate hid his ship and buried the treasure deep in the ground where no-one
could ever find it.
as he sailed away from Sodor, the
map was lost to the four winds and was blown away.Now, the ghost of the Lost
Pirate roams the
Island of Sodor, trying to find his treasure forever more!
The engines are amazed, but
Cranky laughs it off –
calling it one of Salty’s tallest tales ever!But Henry is still convinced – he’s confident about what he saw the
At the new Branch Line, Thomas is
puffing back to work.Dirty, scratched
but repaired sufficiently for work.At
the Construction Yard, he takes on some fresh coal from the old Hopper, when he
sees Ryan talking to the Fat Controller.
Thomas sees his chance and hurries over
to speak to the Fat Controller about going back to the Branch Line again.But
the Fat Controller says no.Percy is looking after the Branch Line and
Thomas still has plenty of work to do at the Construction Site.
By the time Thomas arrives
at Arlesburgh Junction,
the smoke coming from his funnel is thick and black, and full of sparks.The
Small Engines are concerned, and Thomas
blames Ryan for making his “firebox fizz”.
The Small Engines keenly remind
Thomas that Ryan’s
not to blame – it’s all down to a batch of bad coal, and that he should go and
get some fresh coal to replace it as soon as he possibly can.
That night, after having his firebox
cleared out and filling up with fresh coal, Thomas prepares to settle down for
the night in the sheds at the Construction Yard.However, despite a warm welcome
Thomas is not so keen on sharing a shed with him and puffs away to sleep on a
Ryan is disappointed – he only wants to
be friends and can’t understand why Thomas is so upset with him.
when Thomas is trying to rest that he hears
something whoosh past him – it looks like a ghostly boat!Thomas quietly
follows the mysterious boat
out of the Construction Yard and onto the new Branch Line.It’s only when
Thomas gets closer that he
discovers it’s not a ghost boat at all – it’s got wheels!
When he finally catches up with it, he finds the
Rail Boat has a captain too.He shines a
light in Thomas’s face and demands to know who he is and why he’s following
them.Thomas tells the sailor all about
how he discovered the cavern and the Pirate Ship – and the sailor is delighted,
he says it makes them “friends”.
He introduces himself as Sailor John,
and his Sailboat introduces himself as Skiff, and accidentally lets slip that
they’re trying to find ‘the treasure’.Thomas is surprised, he never knew about any treasure, but Sailor John
insists they’re merely acting on a hunch.
But the pair are pretty keen.Sailor John and
Skiff invite Thomas to help
them look for the treasure, and given that Thomas is looking for approval and
good friends, he agrees to assist them.
Thomas helps lower Sailor
John into the cavern to
have a good look down there.Skiff
explains that they’ve been sailing up and down the same coast for years looking
for the entrance to the cavern, and couldn’t believe their luck when Thomas
fell into it.
Sailor John can’t believe
his luck either when he
makes another important discovery – deep in the cavern, he finds the map and is
overcome with glee!His treasure hunt
can now begin properly!
As dawn breaks, Sailor John and Skiff
are keen to get on their way.Try as he
might, Skiff can’t roll on back to the sea – there’s no wind to carry him.But Thomas knows a way of getting his new
friends back to sea!
Thomas pushes Skiff along the new
Branch Line, down to Arlesburgh Port, and into the sea, where they sail on
again until night.
Thomas arrives back at the
yard to find Ryan up and
running.He hadn’t realised at the time,
but Ryan had seen him pushing Skiff and Sailor John.Thomas denies the claim
and Ryan dismisses it
as just being a dream.
Ryan puffs up to the Coal
Hopper with the bad
coal.Thomas asks what he’s doing, and
then realises that Ryan doesn’t know.Instead of warning him, Thomas puffs away, leaving Ryan to take on the
bad coal instead.
Meanwhile, Marion and the Construction
Vehicles are waiting on a train of dynamite to blast their way through the
When Ryan arrives with the trucks
loaded with dynamite, he’s suffering the effects of the bad coal – puffing
black smoke and sparks from his funnel.Thomas is smug about it, until he and Ryan discover that one of the
sparks from the bad coal has flown into one of Ryan’s trucks!It’s
lit the fuses for the dynamite!
Ryan tries to biff the trucks
away as hard and as
far as he can – but Marion stops them and pulls out a box of fizzing, lit
fuses!She tosses it to Alfie, who
throws it to Jack, who flings it back in the truck it came from.
Marion swats the trucks back
to Ryan and
Thomas.A workman changes the points in
time to avoid a collision with Ryan, and Thomas buffers up and runs the
dangerous load down the branch line and out of the way of the engines and crew
stationed at the Construction Yard.
Unknown to Thomas, Ryan is right in
front of him as he’s pushing the trucks along!He urges Ryan to get out of the way and forces him onto the diversion
route out of the way, whilst he carries on down the old route toward the cavern
and the danger zone.
The trucks hit the buffers and tumble
over the edge, into the abyss below where the dynamite explodes on impact.Everyone
is safe, and the Construction
Vehicles come rushing to cheer Thomas for saving them from a nasty accident.
But the Fat Controller has
seen Thomas chasing Ryan
down the Branch Line with the loaded trucks.He didn’t realise the trucks were loaded with dynamite ready to blow up,
and thinks that Thomas was just being silly again.
Thomas tries desperately to
explain about Ryan’s
sparking funnel, and to make the Fat Controller listen to him again.But he’s
having none of it and orders Thomas
to go back to the Construction Yard and stay in his shed until he’s called out
Marion, Alfie, Jack and Oliver the
Excavator try to dig away at the rock, but without the dynamite, they’re
limited to what they can do.Marion is
still eager to continue working, and ends up digging out something rather
unusual... a wooden box.
She calls to the others, but they’ve
decided to call it a day and go home for some rest before starting work again
in the morning.
That night, Thomas leaves
the Construction Yard
again whilst the other engines are asleep to rejoin Sailor John and Skiff again
as they look for the buried treasure.
Thomas helps move Skiff to
the point where Sailor
John suspects the treasure is hidden and together, the three work together
through the night to try and find the missing loot.But despite their best efforts,
John looking everywhere he can think of, there’s no sign of the treasure at
By the time morning comes, Sailor John
is frustrated and tired.He’s convinced
he’s dug everywhere, and the treasure should be where he’s been digging.There’s only one explanation – someone’s
beaten them to it... and he suspects that Thomas has told his friends and had
it dug up before Sailor John and Skiff can reach it.
Skiff isn’t so sure, but Sailor John is
convinced that Thomas has been working against them.Instead of asking Thomas
to escort them back
to Arlesburgh as he had before, Sailor John begins propelling Skiff down the
line himself using an oar, whilst Thomas looks on, worried.
As Thomas puffs back to the
Marion is woken by the dawn breaking and calls out to him as he passes her
by.She’s so eager to show Thomas what’s
in her shovel, that neither of them stop in time when they reach the points
leading to the junction!
They clash with a clang and
the impact causes the
box inside Marion’s shovel to come loose, spilling its contents all over
Thomas finds himself covered
in gold coins, chains
and gems – Marion has uncovered the lost treasure!Marion is overjoyed,
she’s convinced that her
wish has actually came true!
The Fat Controller praises Marion for
her discovery and says that the Pirate treasure will make an excellent display
at the Sodor Museum.
Thomas is still in disgrace.When Ryan is sent
to Brendam Docks to collect
more dynamite, this time with some nice clean coal, Thomas is sent to deliver
construction waste to Whiff’s Waste Dump instead.
It’s on the way to the
Dump that he sees Henry
racing past on the coastal run, wailing about ‘The Lost Pirate’ as he hurries
past.Thomas is unmoved by this and
carries on regardless... and then he sees why Henry was so scared.
Sailor John and Skiff are
waiting around the bend,
blocking Thomas’s path.Sailor John
demands to know where the treasure is, and he is apoplectic when Thomas tells
him that it’s being given to the museum.Thomas is firm with Sailor John and pushes both him and Skiff into a
siding, before carrying on to the Dump.Skiff is apologetic – he doesn’t want to be part of Sailor John’s plan.
On the way back to the Construction
Yard, Thomas overhears the Fat Controller talking to the curator of the museum
about the treasure, offering to keep it in the safe in his office overnight
before transporting it there the next day.
But Thomas isn’t sure that it will be
safe in the Fat Controller’s office overnight.He returns to the Construction Yard feeling heavy-hearted and rather
anxious.Sailor John is out there and
he’s determined he’s going to have the treasure.
At the sheds, Ryan thanks
Thomas for saving him
from the dynamite, and apologises for getting him into trouble.Thomas concedes
that he should have warned
Ryan about the bad coal in the first place, and the two quietly make up their
Ryan invites Thomas to share
the shed with him that
night, but Thomas politely declines this time.Thomas tells Ryan he’s going to be spending the night in Knapford
station – just in case.Ryan doesn’t know
what Thomas means by this and is left wondering what’s going on.
Thomas hides behind one of the Knapford
Station buildings, determined to keep an eye out for Sailor John.Sure enough,
in the early hours of the
morning, Sailor John and Skiff sail into the yard when Thomas is asleep in his
Sailor John blasts his way into the Fat
Controller’s office and breaks the safe open, stealing the treasure and heading
off quietly into the night.Skiff’s loud
protests to Sailor John’s behaviour wake Thomas, and he proceeds to give chase
down the line!
Sailor John and Skiff get
a headstart as Thomas
tries to get his fire burning.The other
engines, along with Annie and Clarabel, are woken by Henry’s wailing as he
races past Tidmouth Sheds – being chased through the night by what he thinks is
‘The Ghost Ship’.
At first, Annie and Clarabel
dreaming!Then, they see Thomas racing
past them calling out to Sailor John and demanding that he gives the treasure
back at once!
Thomas chases after Sailor
John and Skiff as fast
as his wheels will carry him.He almost
loses them when he has go race right through a red signal, narrowly avoiding a
collision with Gordon and the Express!
As Thomas catches up, he emerges from a
tunnel to find something large and unnerving waiting for him at the top of the
hill!Sailor John has gotten hold of the
Pirate Ship, unfurled the sails and is now preparing to make his way out to sea
with “Superior Sail Power!”
Sailor John raises the anchor and lets
the weight of the Pirate Ship on a flatbed and the open sails take him and
Skiff on a high speed run down the Little Western Branch toward Arlesburgh
Harbour – whilst Thomas frantically gives chase, doggedly trying to catch up
and stop them from getting away!
Further along the line, Ryan
is at Alresburgh
Junction and making his way toward Knapford.He’s concerned about Thomas – he can’t sleep for wondering what was
worrying him so much that he would choose to sleep in a siding at Knapford
instead of at the Construction Yard.
He thinks Thomas could be
in trouble, and wants to
help him.Then, he sees the large Pirate
Ship, rolling down the line toward him!Poor Ryan is so startled that he goes quickly into reverse to avoid it.
The Small Engines, being readied for
the day’s work, hear Thomas crying out to them to help stop the Pirate
Ship.Sailor John scoffs at the
suggestion that these Small Engines could stop a ship of this size!
But Rex, Mike and Bert are very sure
they can make a big impact in slowing Sailor John down and help Thomas to put a
stop to his dastardly plan once and for all.Together, they race up their chute and bash some trucks over the edge –
sending them crashing to the rails and blocking the line!
The Pirate Ship keeps on going,
but with a Small
Ballast wagon trapped under its wheels, it loses momentum and begins to slow
Sailor John and Skiff down.
By chance, a rope is hanging
from the Pirate Ship,
which lasoo’s itself around Ryan’s buffer.Thomas tells Ryan to brake hard and stop the ship.Ryan is caught completely
unawares, but does
as Thomas says and brakes as hard as he can before hitting a set of buffers and
causing the ship to topple.
Sailor John is frustrated, but it’s not
stopped him completely.He and Skiff
race on toward Arlesburgh Harbour, and Thomas finally reaches them.He calls
to Skiff to stop, but Skiff
can’t.He has no brakes.
Sailor John proceeds to throw a shovel
and Skiff’s anchor at Thomas, before finally reaching for a batch of dynamite,
which he proceeds to light and tosses that instead! Skiff wobbles enough to
put Sailor John
off-balance and the dynamite ends up missing Thomas completely and landing by
the side of the track instead.
Thomas tries hard to derail
Skiff, whilst Sailor
John tries to hit him with the oar of the boat again.Thomas gives Skiff a hard
biff and puts him
on a different track, and the two end up going different paths to the Port.
Thomas is now on the track
running through the
town, whilst Sailor John and Skiff are below nearest the water.Sailor John
is confident of his victory and
bids Thomas farewell, thinking he’s won!
But he’s reckoned without the
cross-roads at the bottom of the hill.Thomas puffs down the line and finds Skiff and Sailor John again, and
hits Skiff with a huge CRASH – putting them on the same track again.
Thomas and Skiff are both relieved –
but it’s shortlived when Thomas discovers the track they’re on leads directly
into the sea!He brakes hard, but it’s
no use, he ends up landing right in the water, whilst Sailor John and Skiff
sail on with the treasure.
Skiff begs Sailor John to
help Thomas, but instead
he threatens to scuttle Skiff if he doesn’t stop his mutinous talk!
Then there’s trouble!Skiff begins to take on water.The
treasure is weighing him down and causing
him to list.He tells Sailor John he
needs to throw it overboard or they’ll sink, but Sailor John won’t do it, and
orders Skiff to “Sail on!”
But when Skiff sees a huge wave
sweeping toward them... he takes his chance and finally defies Sailor John,
sending him overboard into the sea, and losing the treasure in the process.
Thomas has seen everything and is sure
that Skiff has been lost to the wave.But thankfully, Skiff is all right and bobs back up to the surface –
smiling and laughing to his new friend.Whilst Sailor John gives up his hopes of retrieving the treasure and
returns to hang onto Skiff until he can reach dry land.
When morning comes, Captain
escorts the Police out
to sea to apprehend Sailor John and place him under arrest.
Thomas is rescued by Rocky
and greeted once again
by the Fat Controller.Thomas thinks
that the Fat Controller will be cross with him, and tries to explain, but the
Fat Controller is smiling.Ryan has told
him everything, and he’s very proud of Thomas for being so brave.
Thomas apologises for not
being quick enough to
save the treasure, but the Fat Controller tells him that his engines are more
important than any treasure.Thomas is
back to being the railway’s No.1 engine once again!
A few days later, Thomas is repaired
and returns to join the other engines for the grand opening of the new Branch
Line.Marion is gushing with pride over
her achievements, and musing to the Construction Vehicles.
But she’s most surprised to find Oliver
the Western Engine and Oliver the Excavator aren’t the same individual.The
two namesakes laugh and confirm that, yes,
there CAN be two Olivers on the Island of Sodor!
Thomas arrives with Annie
and Clarabel, the opening
ceremony begins, with the Fat Controller addressing the engines, Construction
Vehicles and the important guests present, and makes a speech.
As well as giving Ryan the
job of goods traffic
work, he has a special friend in mind to take care of the passengers.At first
Thomas is convinced he’ll be doing
it – but the Fat Controller has someone else in mind instead...
Daisy the Diesel Rail-Car
will be the mainstay of
the passenger services between Arlesburgh and Harwick!
The Fat Controller gives Thomas the
honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon.Thomas is delighted and puffs forward proudly, leading the cavalcade of
engines up the new Branch Line toward Harwick on its first official run!
The Construction Vehicles raise their
buckets in a salute to Thomas and his friends, and Marion is surprised to find
she’s got a little souvenir of her time as a treasure hunter!
Everything has worked out
nicely.Skiff now takes Rail-Boat tours along
Arlesburgh Port, and the treasure is safely retrieved from the sea, ready to be
taken to the museum.