Great Race is the ninth Thomas & Friends
Direct-To-DVD Special produced by HIT Entertainment.It is the fourth special
to be written by
Head Writer, Andrew Brenner.
The Great Race takes Thomas and his friends on a grand musical
adventure to The Great Railway Show on the Mainland, where engines from all over
the world compete in feats of strength, speed, looks and ability.It introduces
us for the first time to the
grand terminus at Vicarstown, takes us on a trip along The Other Railway, and
introduces us to no less than 13 new International Engine friends.
The story revolves around
Thomas’s desire to compete
alongside the International Engines at the Great Railway Show, trying to make
himself faster, stronger and more striking with a new paintjob and streamlined
casing!But it’s only when he meets a
beautifully painted engine called Ashima that he discovers that all he needs to
do to compete is be himself... but that’s easier said than done when the Diesels’
tricks end up causing an accident, meaning Thomas can’t go to the show until a
last minute emergency arises where Thomas’s help is desperately needed...
All song lyrics written
All songs composed
Will You Won’t You?
The Cast (UK / US)
John Hasler / Teresa Gallagher (UK)
Joseph May / Teresa Gallagher (USA)
I’m Full Of Surprises
Kerry Shale (UK / USA)
You Can Only Be You
John Hasler / Tina Desai (UK)
Joseph May / Tina Desai (USA)
The Shooting Star Is Coming
Keith Wickham (UK)
Kerry Shale (USA)
Be Who You Are (You Can Only
The Cast (UK / US)
He’s Full Of Surprises
Ian McCue, Andrew Brenner, David Stoten, Oliver
Great Racewas written and produced
as a tribute to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, an attempt to reflect the
cultural diversity of the event and the sportsmanship shown between the
competing nations, whilst also reminding viewers that it's you can only be yourself and that's what counts.
Fisher Price and HIT
Entertainment began a heavy
advertising blitz, with the special receiving wide-spread coverage in the
global press, with some commentators accusing the series of trying to pander to
political correctness through the introduction of such a swathe of new
international characters as an attempt to redress balance.
original Blog Reviewer returns to lead the charge on The Great Race Review, with
contibutions by Ryan, Ciremi, Chris The
Xelent, Christopher, The Colonel, Charlie, SkarloeyRailway01, UpsideNow,
Metamorphical, Melshiri &; Halfbaked8
of 2016, we ran a poll for fans to vote on their favourite characters, moments,
songs and which of the International Engines they’d like to see return again to
the series!Was The Great Race a fan
favourite?Find out in our Poll Results
wanted a blog to tie in with The Great Race about Flying Scotsman, there was no
better man to do it than Simon Martin - author of the British Railway Stories
and a passionate supporter of the engine.
talks about his own experiences with Scotsman and why the locomotive remains
such an iconic fixture in the hearts of millions.
discusses Ashima’s Spiritual Home on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in the heart
The SiF Team
talk about their favourite engines built for strength.Engines capable of pulling
the heaviest loads
over the longest distances!With special
guest entries by Nick Ozorak of the Roundhouse Podcast, and Chris Eden-Green of Steam Locos In Profile!
talk about what they think are the most beautiful and handsome engines to grace
the rails! With special guest entries by
Nick Ozorak of the Roundhouse Podcast, and Chris Eden-Green of Steam Locos In Profile!
SiF Team talk
about their favourite engines built for speed!Record breakers and icons in the minds of millions! With special guest
entries by Nick Ozorak of
the Roundhouse Podcast, and Chris Eden-Green of Steam Locos In Profile!
talk about their favourite engines built for use outside of the UK, and engines
brought from overseas to work in the UK! With special guest entries by Nick
the Roundhouse Podcast, and Chris Eden-Green of Steam Locos In Profile!
with official content from The Great Race, featuring trailers, interviews with
the cast and crew, toy reviews, and SiF Admin Ryan being interviewed by BBC
Radio Scotland regarding The Great Race!
showcasing the best of the fan content made in honour of the Great Race, with
excellent remakes with custom-made models and toys, reviews of the feature from
other fans, and various other fun features
playlist, showcasing remixes, instrumentals, original compositions and cover
versions by Michael Melton, TheTuggsterIntensifies, UpsideNowMusic and Awdry’s
It’s another beautiful day on the
Island of Sodor, and Thomas is pulling The Local on his way to Vicarstown
Everything is going splendidly until
Annie hears a familiar whistle approaching in the distance... she and Clarabel
try to distract him, but as soon as Thomas hears it too – he’s got his mind set
on one thing, and no amount of protests from his faithful coaches are going to
hold him back!
As Gordon thunders into view
behind him, Thomas
puts on full steam and pounds his pistons to the next signal box.The coaches
wail at him to slow down, but
Thomas is too excited to listen, and powers his way along the line, determined
to beat the big Express engine to the ‘Finish Line’.
Gordon doesn’t care
a bit, he’s not racing.Despite Thomas’s ‘victory’,
overtakes him and rushes past with the Express.
Not long afterward, still
racing, Thomas arrives at
Vicarstown Station – the terminus of the Fat Controller’s Railway.He
looks out across the bridge beyond,
remembering the time he and the other engines went to the Mainland, and wishing
he could go back.Annie and Clarabel
remind him that it won’t be today!
Just then, a big green engine with two
tenders backs his way into the station.Thomas has never met an engine like him before, and is over-awed at how
grand he appears.
Thomas gushes excitedly to the
newcomer, whilst Gordon stands in adjacent platform feeling rather awkward and
irritated – particularly when the engine passes comment that he never knew
there were famous engines on Sodor.He’s
not being serious – he’s being cheeky
because he knows who’s listening!
The engine glances across
and says “Hello” to
Gordon.Thomas is curious about how they
know each other.Gordon reluctantly
explains that this engine is one of his “Doncaster Brothers”, The Flying
Flying Scotsman revels in
Gordon’s jealousy, and
remarks that his name “almost makes him
sound famous!” whilst cheekily winking at Thomas, who’s also enjoying
Gordon’s deflated ego.
Flying Scotsman has important news –
he’s been invited to take part in the Great Railway Show on the Mainland,
taking part in the racing event with other very fast engines.Gordon is aghast,
but Thomas is intrigued.
Flying Scotsman explains that the Great
Railway Show is a big competition where engines compete in feats of speed,
strength and other activities – but he’s not heard if any Sodor engines will be
Gordon, still jealous, dismisses
it, saying he
doesn’t want to go if engines like
Flying Scotsman are going.But Thomas is
very excited, and desperate to show what he can do, competing alongside the
Mainland Engines.Despite his teasing of
Gordon, Flying Scotsman kindly encourages Thomas and wishes him well for being
part of the competition.
All across the Island of Sodor, there
is an excited buzz about the Great Railway Show – every engine on the railway
wants to go and be part of the fun!
Henry thinks he’d be perfect for feats
of strength, Gordon knows he’d be a definite candidate for the speed
competition, although Phillip begs to differ!Even Devious Diesel wants to be part of the action.Big engines, long
engines, fast engines,
strong engines, narrow gauge and miniature engines – all want to be part of the
Great Railway Show!
At the Shunting Yards, the
engines gather around
Winston, desperate for the Fat Controller to choose them.Despite their eagerness,
the Fat Controller
informs the engines that he doesn’t know who he’s taking to the Great Railway
Show yet, and reminds them firmly that there is still a railway to run, so not
everyone will be going.
But despite being as keen
as every other engine on
the Island, Gordon laughs off Thomas’s ambitions to join the chosen engines at
the Great Railway Show – he doesn’t think he’s useful enough to be part of it.
That evening, Percy is still
bright, but Thomas is grumpy and despondent, convinced that he’ll be shunting
trucks in the yard whilst everyone else goes to the Great Railway Show.
Percy tries to make him feel
better by reminding
him how good a shunting engine he is, but Thomas doesn’t care.He wants
to go more than anything.
Phillip is more encouraging, telling
Thomas that he can do anything if he just puts his mind to it.He likens it
to the time he “beat Gordon in a
race”.Percy laughs and reminds Phillip
that Gordon wasn’t even racing!
Phillip is annoyed to have his
“victory” ignored, but continues firmly that it’s not the point he’s trying to
make.He’s trying to remind Thomas that
anything is possible when you are determined enough to achieve it.Thomas takes
heart from Phillip’s words and
begins to feel a bit better.
The next day, when out on
the Main Line, Thomas
tries to be as fast as Flying Scotsman.Annie and Clarabel laugh it off but when Thomas sees Caitlin rush past
from the Earl’s Estate, he has another idea...
Thomas imagines himself
streamlined, racing all
over the Island of Sodor, admired by everyone who sees him racing past.
When in actuality, he’s
raced right through
Knapford station and over-ran the platform – witnessed by the Fat Controller
himself.Thomas backs up feebly, but his
excitement soon returns when he begins telling the Fat Controller all about his
idea for streamlining him to win races for Sodor at the Great Railway Show.
The Fat Controller thinks
this is a wonderful
idea... when he’s streamlined, Gordon
will be faster than ever before!Thomas’s hopes are dashed again.
Later at Brendam Docks, Thomas is still
feeling cross about not getting streamlined.He’s complaining to Cranky about his woes when a ship arrives at the Rail
Dock.Thomas and Salty look on in
amazement at the sight that awaits them.
The rails lower, the ship blows it’s
horn and a huge group of engines make their way out and into the Harbour Yard.
Engines of all shapes, sizes,
colours and types
emerge into Brendam Docks causing a huge commotion.The Dock Manager is taken
aback, and calls to
them to stop.Axel, the big red Belgian
engine explains that they are here for The Great Railway Show.
The Dock Manager explains
that the Great Railway
Show is taking place on the Mainland, and that they’ve come to the wrong
place.Axel addresses the other engines
and leads them back onto the ship.
Thomas is so excited by the
talk of the Great
Railway Show.He rushes to talk to the
engines from the ship, and tries to ask them all about it.He’s so distracted
that he doesn’t notice
that he’s blocking the way of some of the other engines who need to return to
After a rough bump and rude
comment from an
American engine called Vinnie, he makes his way clear, but still pleads to go
with them as the ship leaves the dock with room to spare on deck.
There’s good reason for the spare space
on deck – there’s a Railway Show engine still on Brendam Docks, and Thomas
discovers this to his peril when she bumps into the back of him, causing him to
dangle off the edge of the Rail Dock!
Quickly, the engine is put into action
to begin rescuing Thomas before he plunges into the water.With a mighty haul,
she pulls him clear of
danger and back to safety with a great cheer from the Dock Workers.
But rather than be grateful
for saving him from a
dunking, Thomas is furious with the other engine’s carelessness.He puffs
around to face her, berating her and
the other Railway Show engines for being show-offs who look down on others...
before suddenly being at a loss for words!
The new engine is beautiful.Painted pink with stunning henna style lining
and decoration to compliment, Thomas has never seen such a design – and he’s
The new engine is very apologetic, telling
Thomas she didn’t intend to bump into him at all.Thomas is still at a
loss for words, so Salty
speaks for him, encouraging civility between the two.Thomas is embarrassed,
but the newcomer
laughs and introduces herself as Ashima from India.
Thomas is still cross and puffs sternly
out of the Docks to continue working elsewhere, leaving Salty and Porter to
attend to Ashima, who’s now lost in a strange place.
After shunting with Percy
and Phillip in the yard,
Thomas is working the Local again and meets Ashima again at Kellsthrope
Road.She’s lost, and trying desperately
to get to the Mainland to participate in the Great Railway Show.
Annie and Clarabel try to
encourage Thomas to help
Ashima find her way there, but Thomas is still upset with her and tells her to
find another engine to help her find her way to the Mainland instead – leaving
her on her own.
As they puff along the line, Thomas
gripes to Annie and Clarabel about Ashima.Annie and Clarabel point out that her beautiful paintwork make her a
natural candidate for the Great Railway Show, despite not being strong or fast.
Thomas is dismissive at first, but then
he has an idea to get himself to the Great Railway Show.
Meanwhile, poor Ashima is
making her way across the
Fat Controller’s Railway, trying to find her way to the Mainland.She
tries to ask some of the other engines,
but they’re all much too busy going about their business to stop and speak to
her.Even Thomas puffs right past her
when he sees her again at Kellsthorpe Road.
Alone and confused, she finds
herself at Maron
Station where a disgruntled Annie and Clarabel are sitting in a siding, train
cancelled and abandoned with no explanation.
Thomas has hurried to the Steamworks to
see Victor about giving him a repaint, so he can look every bit as stunning as
But Victor and Kevin are working very
hard to try and build Gordon’s streamline casing.Victor tries to pacify
Thomas, but he’s much
too excited to listen.He’s most
insistent and won’t take no for an answer.
Across the island at the Dieselworks,
coercing Paxton, Den and Dart into taking part in his plan.He’s collected
three wooden crates from the
Docks, and is going to place them on top of the three Diesels so that they look
like his trucks.
Diesel figures that if he
can make himself look
stronger than Henry, who’s been selected for the Strength Competition, he can
go to the Great Railway Show in his place!However, his plan backfires a tad when his ‘train’ leaves the
Dieselworks without him!
At the Steamworks, everything
is ready for Thomas’s
repaint when the Fat Controller arrives to inspect Gordon’s streamlining.Thomas
is so worried that he reverses
suddenly, causing paint to fly everywhere.The canvas sheets around him fall and reveal him covered from funnel to
footplate in various splattered shades of paint, looking very coy.
The Fat Controller is surprised to find
Thomas at the Steamworks.Thomas
explains that he had another idea – sending an engine painted with an exciting
The Fat Controller forgets to be cross
and congratulates Thomas on another good thought.This will be a great move
for the Best
Decorated Engine award, but gently reminds him that he should be working on his
Thomas rushes back to Maron
to find Annie and
Clarabel gone, and meets Emily and James heading for the Steamworks for a fancy
repaint for the Best Decorated Engine competition.To make matters worse, Emily
that Ashima has been pulling Annie and Clarabel.He storms off huffily to find
Thomas finally catches up with them at
Maithwaite Station and is stern with Ashima, accusing her of running off with
his coaches.Annie and Clarabel defend
Ashima and scold Thomas for racing away like he did.
Thomas is humbled again by Annie and
Clarabel, and realises he has been a very silly engine and behaved rashly.
Thomas follows Ashima back
to Knapford with Annie
and Clarabel, lamenting his story to her about wanting to be repainted with a
fancy new design like hers.Ashima
laughs at him, but she reminds him that it’s important to be himself.
Thomas doesn’t want
to be himself though.He wants to be faster, bigger, stronger.He doesn’t see himself as anything special at
all.But Ashima sees it differently –
every engine is unique and that’s what makes them special.
When they arrive back at Knapford,
Thomas how good he is at shunting trucks.Thomas is puzzled why Ashima would ask, but then she explains that he
could enter the Shunting Challenge.Thomas is overjoyed – maybe there’s a chance for him after all!
The next morning, he puffs off eagerly
to find trucks to practice shunting with.But when he arrives at Knapford Station yard, he finds Diesel shunting
trucks already with great speed and skill.
Diesel has marshalled a long line of
trucks together, which he intends to pull in full view of the Fat
Controller.He snidely encourages Thomas
to be patient, but Thomas is too anxious to wait so he decides to try and move
them himself to clear a path.
Inside the crates, Paxton,
Den and Dart hear a
noise – they think it’s Diesel blowing his horn, and begin to push hard.Really, it’s been Thomas blowing his whistle
to move off, and he’s got no idea that the three Diesels are hiding.
Thomas is caught completely
unawares and is sent
hurtling through the yard, trucks swaying behind him.The Fat Controller is
impressed, but Diesel
is aghast.Thomas continues on to the
junction, running completely out of control just as Norman is approaching with
a goods train.
The signal is red, but Thomas
cannot stop.Still unable to stop, he runs right through
the signal, and bashes into the side of Norman whilst Ashima and the Fat
Controller look on.
A few days later, Emily and James
emerge from the Steamworks completely repainted in beautiful new designs to
compete in the Best Dressed Engine event.Henry is very impressed when he sees them, he’s going to be in the
Strength Competition.Phillip gets to
carry the flag.
Gordon, against Victor’s protests,
emerges from the Steamworks completely streamlined.He’s very proud of
his new look, and rejects
the name Gordon and demands everyone refer to him from here on out as Shooting
Poor Thomas is at the Steamworks
too.Following his accident, he’s badly damaged
and needs repair.The Fat Controller
tries to soothe him, and laments the fact he can’t be part of the festivities,
as he had hoped to enter Thomas as part of the Shunting Challenge.
Thomas is still keen to participate,
but the Fat
Controller insists his repairs are paramount and instead chooses Percy to take
his place.Ashima tries to console
Thomas too – she suspects foul play with the trucks.Thomas wishes his
friends well, and they set
off for the Mainland.
At the Dieselworks, Diesel berates Den,
Dart and Paxton for their failure in executing his plan.He fumes that he would
know better if he were
under a crate... and gets his chance to prove it when one is dropped directly
on top of him.
Poor Den, Dart and Paxton have to give
chase to rescue him as he blindly makes his way across the Island, wailing at
them to “GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!”
Phillip leads Team Sodor to
the Great Railway Show
through Vicarstown Station to a chorus of cheers, waving and cheering fans and
a rousing rendition of an old classic played with gusto by the Brass Band!
They soon arrive at
the Great Railway Show on the
Mainland, where all the other engines are preparing for their respective events,
visitors are milling around taking photographs and admiring the scenes.The
Sodor engines are amazed at what they’re
Engines from all over the
world are present, and
it’s a huge hubbub of activity and excitement as the big day unfolds.
Soon, Gordon spots Flying Scotsman
meandering around the yard, and sidles up alongside to show off his new look,
and his new name.Scotsman is taken
aback, and hardly recognises his brother in his new guise, but laughs off the
name “Shooting Star”!
Gordon tells Flying Scotsman that he
won’t be laughing when he wins the Great Race later that day.Flying Scotsman
says nothing, and leaves him
on a siding to continue his own preparation.
Victor tries to cheer Thomas
up by reminding him
that he’s not the only engine who’s had to remain behind.Thomas
remains despondent, despite his best
efforts.Just then, Kevin rushes in with
something on pallet, trying to get Victor’s attention.
Victor scolds Kevin for his
interruption, but when
he realises what’s on the pallet, he quickly realises the gravity of the
situation – Gordon’s reassembly has missed his safety valve mechanism!And because his final safety check wasn’t
carried out because of his impatience, no-one has noticed.
With pistons pumping and his firebox
fizzling, Thomas races across the railway to get the safety valve mechanism to
Gordon in time.He races through
Vicarstown Station toward the Rolling Bridge – which is rising up to allow a
Tramp Steamer through.Thomas knows
there’s no time to lose and bursts through the barrier, up the rising bridge
arm and makes a dramatic leap onto the other side, landing on the rails with a
Thomas is very relieved – he’s going to
But no sooner has he cleared
the bridge than he
realises he’s on the wrong track and heading straight into Connor’s path!The quick thinking signalman changes the
points just in time to allow Thomas to pass on another track... which happens
to have Hiro heading for Vicarstown!
The signalman rushes to action
again and changes
him back just in time – but this time into the path of Sidney the Diesel!With
one last great effort, he switches
Thomas into a loop and allows him to pass safely – before passing out on the
floor of his Signal Box.
Percy is worried about the
but Shooting Star is confident of his success in the Great Race.But as Phillip
tries to lead him to the
Racing Tracks, he runs into the path of Vinnie, who menacingly threatens him
the next time he gets in his way!
Soon after, Thomas arrives at the show
ground.He can’t believe how big the
area is and wonders how he’ll ever find Gordon.
He pulls up alongside a large blue
tender engine, assuming it’s his friend, only to discover that it’s Frieda, the
German engine – who’s competing in the Strength Competition, and quite offended
to be mistaken for Gordon the Big Engine!
Whilst Percy cheers
on Henry in the Strength
Competition, Thomas tries to reach Gordon on the other side of the yard, but is
blocked by Stephen leading the Parade of Decorated Engines.
James and Emily are pleased
to see him, but Thomas
is becoming increasingly frustrated by not being able to reach Gordon to give
him his safety valve mechanism in time for the start of the Great Race.
As the first results begin
to filter through, Henry
has come fifth in the Strength Competition – out of five engines, and James and
Emily have lost the Best Decorated Engine award to an Indian engine called
Thomas soon finds Percy, Henry and
Phillip and explains his predicament, and Phillip tells him that Gordon’s race
is due to begin soon.They race over to
him as fast as they can, and Thomas tries to tell him about his safety valve.
But Gordon isn’t interested.His mind is focussed on the race, and beating
Flying Scotsman at all costs!When the
call to start is made, he rushes out of his post, followed anxiously by Thomas
on the outside.
Ignoring Thomas’s pleas,
he ploughs ahead. He becomes increasingly confident and proud, outpacing
Flying Scotsman and Axel, and drawing level with Spencer and Etienne, the
French Electric Engine.
But as he gains momentum and
an attempt at the lead,
Gordon feels himself beginning to overheat.
Flying Scotsman can see what’s
happening, and is firm with Gordon, demanding that he listen to him and his
sensible advice.Gordon is overheating
at an alarming rate, losing speed rapidly and becoming increasingly
He still tries to keep up and outshine
the other engines, but loses his lead to Etienne and Spencer who race past as
he peters out slowly and comes to a calamitous stop with a burst boiler.
Flying Scotsman, Spencer,
Axel and Etienne keep
racing.Spencer is confident of a win,
only to be overtaken at the last possible second by Etienne who races into
The Sodor Engines are disheartened
collective performance at the Great Railway Show.Emily tries to encourage Percy
ahead of the
Shunting Challenge, but his heart isn’t in it – he thinks Thomas should take his
Phillip spies him across the
yard and calls out to
him, but he’s distracted from who he’s running toward and directly into...
Vinnie gives chase to Phillip
throughout the yard,
causing him to run into Carlos the Mexican Engine, who’s taking on coal – which
spills out on to Vinnie!Little Phillip
is on the run again!
Emily and Percy try to talk Thomas into
taking part in the Shunting Challenge.Thomas is unsure, he thought Percy was going to compete, but he knows
Thomas would stand a better chance of winning.Thomas tries to encourage Percy to “be yourself”, but he still insists
upon Thomas taking his place.
Thomas is reluctant, he’s badly in need
of repair, but when Emily reminds him he’s Sodor’s last hope – he agrees to
take part in the challenge.However,
he’s still unsure if he’ll manage to win.
Thomas lines up with the other
engines competing in
the Shunting Challenge – including Ashima.The Sodor engines give him their support, watching from the sidelines as
he prepares to start.
When the competition begins,
Thomas has to learn
how to compete quickly – as he’s beaten to a flatbed by Raul the Brazilian
engine, who’s changed tracks to take it for his train.Ashima calls to
him to explain he needs to
compete for every truck in the competition.Every engine calls “Points!” when they want to change tracks.
Thomas soon learns what he
has to do, and soon is
snaffling up every truck he can get his buffers on to complete his train!
Then, trouble arises.Phillip comes rushing through the competition
area backwards, trying to get away from Vinnie, who puffs through the yard,
knocking Gina the Italian engine’s flatbed trucks to the ground, blocking one
of the lines.
The big bully finally catches up to the
little Diesel Box Cab and gives him a heavy shunt toward the turntable well.
Vinnie slithers toward him,
goading him as he
approaches.Phillip knows he has no
escape – the only place he can go is the turntable well.All hope seems
to be lost, and Vinnie is sure
of his ‘revenge’, until he finds himself being dragged backwards away from
Thomas and Ashima have abandoned
and come to help their friend.Vinnie
scoffs at their efforts, belittling them and attempting to pull forward to
overpower them.But the pair have made a
They haul Vinnie back far
enough to be clear of the
points to allow Phillip an assured exit, had the signalman change the points to
be in his favour, and set against
Vinnie tries to break free from them
before Phillip can escape, but he’s too late.Phillip scoots past, whilst Vinnie bounces forward, coming off the
rails, crunching through the dirt and into an electric pylon.
The impact causes the pylon to fall to
the ground into Thomas’s path.Ashima
pulls him back just in time to avoid it hitting him, and the engineer switches
the power off.
The two friends return to
the competition, ready to
finish.The two get down to their last
trucks and prepare to couple up their brake vans to the end of their trains.
Thomas is almost certain of
a victory, but then he
sees something on Ashima’s track.Gina’s
upturned flatbed is blocking the way.Thomas makes a sacrifice and calls for the points to be changed for both
engines, putting him on the track with the upturned flatbed, whilst Ashima gets
to complete his train and be the
first engine to finish.
The other Sodor engines are
disappointed.They can’t understand why
Thomas would forfeit the race when he was so close to winning for them.
Ashima can’t understand why Thomas let
her win at his expense.Thomas gives a
heavy sigh, he knows it wouldn’t have been a fair victory if he had won and
Ashima’s track was blocked.Ashima is
grateful, but would have been pleased for her good friend if he had won instead
But there’s an
even bigger surprise to come.The Judging Panel decide that given Thomas’s
gracious show of sportsmanship, he and Ashima should share the trophy for their
Ashima is granted her win
for completing the
challenge in the fastest time, whilst Thomas is gifted with a win for sacrifice
and effort to help another engine.Both
engines are delighted to share their victory.
When it’s all over, the Fat Controller
comes to see Thomas, who tries to explain his presence at the show – Gordon’s
safety valve, and Percy’s reluctance to take part.The Fat Controller
knows why Thomas has come
– he’s trying to be a Really Useful Engine.
And after everything he’s done, in the
eyes of his Controller and his fellow engines, today he’s been a Really Useful
Meanwhile, Gordon is limping
miserably back through
the yard following his accident.Flying
Scotsman pulls alongside him to offer consolation, and graciously comments that
the Sodor engines are made of sterner stuff than he thought.
At the end of the day, despite
is feeling disappointed.Ashima has
disappeared following the Shunting Challenge, and he’s not had a chance to say
goodbye, despite looking everywhere for her.
It’s nearly time to
go back to Sodor.But then, he hears a sweet singing voice from
nearby.Ashima hasn’t left yet!She is filling up with coal ready to go back
on the ferry.
Thomas is pleased to see her again one
last time, and invites her to join him and the other engines on their way home
Ashima is delighted to accept and
agrees to catch the ferry at Brendam Docks when it stops there later on its way
home.She’s pleased to be going home,
but she’s even happier to be spending some more quality time with her new
That night, Thomas and the
other engines puff home
together.They have all learnt a valuable
lesson in appreciating their own strengths and what makes them special in their
own way.They know they don’t need fancy
paintwork, special streamline casing or to be faster, bigger or stronger –
they’re Really Useful Engines, and that makes them all winners!
As for Diesel... Paxton, Den
and Dart lose him
among the other crates... and end up finding him – on a ship heading away from