A reworking of my first ever ERS volume, although following the ERS Overhaul, it is now fourth in my list! It now forms
half of a pair along with Christopher’s ‘Tremendous Tank Engines’, which sees Brad working on the Little
Western. This volume charts the adventures on the Ffarquahar line while he is away.
This story looks at the dangers of winds and storms for a railway, and although falling trees are nothing new to the
series, I cannot recall one ever having fallen onto a train. During high winds a falling acorn breaks one of Daisy’s
cab windows, an incident Thomas finds rather amusing. Toby eventually tells Thomas to stop his teasing, but the next morning
Toby and his trucks discover to their peril that the high winds have left even greater dangers in the woods. Daisy’s
incident is based on a real life mishap too.
MISSING THE POINT
Brad away, poor Percy is feeling rushed with his extra duties. When Daisy and Thomas start teasing him, his pride kicks in
and he rejects Toby’s offer of help. But with too much work and feeling over-tired, Percy makes a mistake and derails
himself on a set of points. The issue of fatigue is becoming more and more important for railway workers, and although indirect
this chapter does look at that issue. Engines derailing on points is nothing new of course.
When Mavis is requested to help during Brad and Percy’s absence, she recalls her first trip along Thomas’
line with a line of trucks. Full of pride and not having listened to Toby’s instructions, she doesn’t realise
that Bear has bought empties for two trains and attempts to haul the entire train home in one go. The trucks are delighted,
but Mavis isn’t when she has to be rescued by Percy.
THERE GOES THE BRIDE!
The true story behind this one I’m fairly sure was from the 1940’s, but I’ve since lost the details.
However, it does give chance to introduce another obnoxious character to the series, this time in the form of Roland, the
gleaming white Rolls Royce motor car. Although rude to all engines, Rosie takes it to heart and doesn’t miss the chance
for a race with him. Unfortunately, Roland then breaks down, while on his way to a wedding. Brad, returning home from the
Little Western, finds the stranded bride by the line side, and hurries her to the wedding in a brake van!