This particular book was written to follow up the Sodor Castle & The Rail Tour volume, back in 2007, both of which were released similtaneously. This details what happened when
Sodor Castle was away on the Mainland and what he got up to there.
GORDON SLIPS UP
This story was written as a means of showcasing the jealous, but friendly, rivalry between Sodor
Castle and Gordon again. Sodor Castle is due back from his Rail Tour duties,
and Gordon isn’t best pleased at the pomp and circumstance that is being laid on for him. To make him even crosser still, Jinty is busy across the yard and he has to shunt his own coaches back
to the carriage shed. However, he slips on the rails when trying to slow down
and finds himself skidding right through the wall of the shed.
THE MODERN RAILWAY
Sodor Castle explains the complex nature of the Other Railway under privatisation, and the difficulties
he had encountered with commuter trains. One in particular is continually holding
him up, and in turn, is impacting upon the rest of his journey – making the completion of Rail Tour duties all the more
difficult. And when important guests are onboard, and need to make a connection
at the other end of the line, Sodor Castle’s time keeping becomes all the more important. So, he uses the same psychology that worked on Flying Fox, and ‘challenges’ the commuter train
to run to time – a challenge which he gladly accepts and unwittingly helps Sodor Castle!
I make no excuses here, at the time, I was struggling for a break and this seemed like a logical
answer – and so I adapted James’s Traffic Jam from one of the Thomas Annuals.
Sodor Castle is running on another route with a set of coaches specially designated for running here. However, there are a spate of disagreements between them, and bad blood rages throughout the week. And when the emergency brake comes on during the middle of a run, bringing the train
to an abrupt stop, Sodor Castle and the coaches blame each other – only to find that it was a visitor pulling the emergency
cord, confusing it with a means of getting refreshments.
SODOR CASTLE’S MOUNTAIN RESCUE