UNDERPOWEREDGwen feels frustrated
and tired due to the
increasing load sizes at the Kirk Ronan harbour, and begins to wonder if
she’s cut out for continued work there. After hearing about the
success of the NW Freight diesels she begins to get concerned that she
may soon be replaced, and her worries are only exacerbated further when
she struggles to move a heavy train and crashes into the buffers ahead
of her when a coupling breaks.
BETWEEN A CROC AND A HARD PLACE
becomes convinced that she must give it her all to show that she is
still needed around the docks, working herself to the near-point of
exhaustion. However, when Croc comes to the docks and causes the little
engine to fail her future begins to look very dim indeed.
Gwen is away at the works a diesel shunter is drafted in to assist with
the dock duties. Simon and Alex discuss the situation, and Alex
reveals that he’d like to see Gwen return and expresses concern over the
way he’s treated her during the past; much to Simon’s shock!
BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
passes, and Simon and Alex begin to question to cause of the extended
delay – saying that the line just doesn’t feel the same without Gwen.
Eventually Simon is sent off to collect a special load from the
junction, but ends up stuck at Rolf’s Castle after a car crashes over
the bridge onto the line. Alex is left in suspense for several hours
while the mess is cleared up, but Simon soon returns with Gwen poised
triumphantly on a flat truck. Alex greets her with less hostility than
usual, and Gwen explains that her boiler pressure has been increased to
allow her to cope with the heavier loads.