the last few months more and more of the secondary passenger services have been handled by the diesel locomotives to save
the North Western Railway money. Although most of the engines have accepted this change readily, Henry has begun complaining.
One night Daphne calls out Henry's blustering, and asks him to take her train tomorrow to show he can do it better; a challenge
Henry readily accepts.
The next day, Henry is determined to show that there’s no need to cut back on steam services for these trains. However,
as he departs he finds himself directed onto section of track under repair, and comes to a rough stop on the ballast where
a rail has been removed!
Daphne takes over the train while Henry is recovered, and it is revealed that the accident is the fault of a workman who failed
to block the point movement in the signalling system. However, this does little to soothe Henry's hurt ego.
taunts Henry that night in the shed, and as the engines in the shed begin arguing as to whether the steam engines are being
relegated or not the atmosphere becomes grim.
The next morning Daphne is scheduled to take a commuter train, resolute in showing Henry that she can handle these trains
better than him. However, as the journey goes on she begins to feel a growing pain in her engine, and just before a station
she limps to a halt. However, through sheer determination she struggles on to the end of the line where, although late, she
is praised for her efforts.
Once she's inspected it's revealed she's cracked her cylinder liner and, operating on only one engine, will require a trip
to the Works to have the cylinder liner replaced.
Daphne's failure, the Fat Controller reveals that he'll have to put aside plans he was working on; plans to have more diesel-hauled
trains for the secondary passenger services! Following some poorly-chosen words and misunderstandings about whether steam
engines would have been able to complete the journey in the same manner Daphne did if they'd experienced a fault a decades-old
unease between the steam engines and the diesels returns...
Lot long after, Robert is scheduled to take a stopping train across the Island. The weather is damp, and a recent delivery
of bad coal has made steaming difficult. Unfortunately, a red signal stops him outside of Crosby, and Robert soon finds himself
stalling attempting to climb Gordon's Hill, eventually destroying his fire. BoCo is sent to help pilot him as far as Wellsworth,
and the two engines agree that it'd be best to keep the incident to themselves to reduce the chance of tensions in the shed
However, BoCo's odd maneuvering at the station is spotted by the passing Spartan, leading to the two engines believing the
story may still get out...
BURDEN TO BEAR
The story of Robert's failure and subsequent rescue by BoCo causes much taunting by
Dick in the sheds, and to make matters worse the Fat Controller decides to let further reduce the number of steam-hauled services,
at least until better coal can be received.
Although said to be only temporary, Bear soon finds himself working the passenger runs near-exclusively, and begins to grow
impatient for a good long run. Unfortunately, during one journey a gear in his motor is sheered of its teeth, leaving Bear
stranded on the Main Line. And, despite the bad coal and poor steaming, Pegasus is the only one who is able to come to the