The Heritage Engines are relaxing at the end of a busy season. To pass the time, Cora the Guard’s
Van tells them of an incident on the former Mid Sodor railway when Stuart (aka; Peter Sam) once came across a sheep
stranded on a ledge. But the Driver also gets stuck whilst trying to rescue it, and with the nearest stations miles away,
Stuart suggests of the Guard and Cora running “free” down the line to fetch help. His idea works ,and both Driver
and Sheep are safely rescued...but Cora is not so keen on trying it again!
GEOFFREY & THE COWS
On the Rev. W. Awdry’s model railway of the Mid Sodor, there is a photograph of an amusing
confrontation between a traction engine and a herd of cows on a road bridge. When developing his character, Geoffrey the Steam
Plough, 01Salty decided to use that photograph as part of his backstory. And in turn, I thought it just ideal to turn into
a proper story – of how a young Geoffrey “back in the day” learnt not to be so impatient when he accidentally
frightens a herd of cows, who end up blocking road and railway in their panic!
ROAD OR RAIL?
Some years ago, Ryan had contemplated the idea of having Bottom the Land Rover converted to
run on the rails as a means of developing the character. Where he got the inspiration from I can’t remember, but I thought
it’d be fun to use in a different manner....
Bottom is insulted when the Heritage People consider the idea of converting him as an Inspection Car in order to save money.
But when a tractor runs into trouble, Bottom proves that he still has his uses off-road after he helps to rescue it.