This was another chance for development in continuity and
characters. Duck feels restless and needs a change. He learns to be careful what to wish for when heavy rain and high tides
threaten to wash the coastline away, damaging the track. As such, the Little Western is temporarily closed, forcing Duck and
Oliver to work elsewhere while the repairs are done.
UP A GUM TREE
story was another once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that simply begged to be penned! In South London, 2004, a skip lorry's cab
ended up in a tree when it tried to lift two heavy skips, upended by the weight after the chains broke. Thus we are introduced
to Rocky, a skip lorry who literally finds himself “up a gum tree” by the exact same event word from word. It
certainly brings a smile to Oliver's face while on Thomas's Line!
With Oliver working on Thomas's Line, Duck is sent to Edward's, acting as a Banker Engine; helping heavy trains over
Gordon's Hill. On one occasion, he is surprised to see a familiar face from the past – Diesel 199 (alias “Spamcan”)
is not pleased to return to Sodor after Henry's “Super Rescue” event all those years ago. But it seems he still
hasn't learnt sense when he neglects Duck's help and winds up stuck on the hill as a result!
GREAT WESTERN SPECIAL
At last, news arrives that maintenance work on the Little Western is nearing completion,
and Duck and Oliver are delighted to be going home. However, Sodor Castle runs into trouble with the Express; checking suddenly
to avoid an accident, his brakeblocks jam solid. Fortunately, Duck and Oliver are close by, and act as a triple-header to
keep the brakes off, bringing the train back on schedule and arriving home in a spectacular manner.