A Big Day For Ash and Other Stories is an Ash and Friends spoof to the 1998 Thomas video: A Big Day For Thomas and Other Stories. It has seven episodes of the first season of Ash The Pokemon Trainer and Friends narrated by George Carlin.


  1. Ash Ketchum as Thomas (Veronica Taylor)
  2. Kevin Keene as Edward (Matt Hill)
  3. Virgil Hawkins as Henry (Phil LaMarr)
  4. Terry McGinnis as Gordon (Will Friedle)
  5. Al Valentine as James (Yuri Lowenthal)
  6. Rikochet as Percy (Carlos Alazraqui)
  7. Scott Summers as Toby (Kirby Morrow)
  8. Various dogs as The Coaches
  9. Janet Van Dyne as Henrietta (Colleen O'Saughnessey)
  10. Beedrill as Troublesome Trucks
  11. Suzy as Annie (Megan Hollingshead)
  12. Pietra as Clarabel (Carol Jacobanis)
  13. Steven Ketchum as Sir Topham Hatt (Dan Green)
  14. Wilhelmina Ketchum as Lady Hatt (Amy Birnbaum)


  1. A Big Day For Ash
  2. Rikochet Runs Away
  3. Ash Breaks The Rules
  4. Virgil's Special Medicine
  5. The Flying Kipper
  6. Trouble For Ash
  7. Scott Summers


A Big Day For Ash

  • George Carlin: Ash Ketchum was grumbling to the other characters.
  • Ash: I spend my time guiding dogs about, ready for you to take out on journeys.
  • George Carlin: The other characters laughed.
  • Ash: Why can't I pull passenger trains too?
  • Terry: You're too impatient.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Terry: You'd be sure to leave something behind.
  • Ash: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: I'll show you.
  • George Carlin: One night, he and Virgil were alone. Virgil was ill. The men worked hard, but he didn't get better. He felt just as bad next morning. Virgil usually pull the first train and Ash had to get his coaches ready.
  • Ash: If Virgil is ill.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Ash: Perhaps I shall pull his train.
  • George Carlin: Ash ran off to find the dogs.
  • Ash: Come along, come along.
  • George Carlin: He fussed.
  • Dogs: There's plenty of time, there's plenty of time!
  • George Carlin: They grumbled. Ash took them to the platform and wanted to run round at once. But his driver wouldn't let him.
  • Driver: Don't be impatient, Ash.
  • George Carlin: Ash waited and waited. The people got in, the conductor and stationmaster walked up and down, the porter banged the doors and still Virgil didn't come. Ash got more and more excited. Steven came to see what was the matter, and the conductor and stationmaster told him about Virgil.
  • Steven: Find another character.
  • George Carlin: He ordered.
  • Both: There's only Ash.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Steven: You'll have to do it then, Ash. Be quick now.
  • George Carlin: So Ash ran round to the front and back down on the coaches ready to start.
  • Driver: Let's not be impatient.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: We'll wait till everything was ready.
  • George Carlin: But Ash was too excited to listen. What happened then, no one knows. Perhaps they forgot to couple Ash to the train, or perhaps the Driver pulled the leather by mistake. Anyhow, Ash started without his dogs. As the pass the signal tower, men waved and shouted, but he didn't stop.
  • Ash: They're waving because I'm such a splendid character.
  • George Carlin: He thought importantly.
  • Ash: Virgil says it's hard to pull trains, but I think it's easy. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: He puffed, pretending to be like Terry.
  • Ash: People had never seen me pulling a train before. It's nice of them to wave.
  • George Carlin: And he whistled.
  • Ash: Peep peep! Thank you.
  • George Carlin: Then he came to a signal at danger.
  • Ash: Bother!
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Ash: I must stop, and I was going so nicely too. What a nuisance signals are.
  • George Carlin: He blew an angry "Peep peep!" on his whistle. The signalman ran up.
  • Signalman: Hello, Ash.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Signalman: What are you doing here?
  • Ash: I'm pulling the train.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: Can't you see?
  • Signalman: Where are your dogs then?
  • George Carlin: Ash looked back.
  • Ash: Why bless me.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Ash: If we hadn't leave them behind.
  • Signalman: Yes.
  • George Carlin: Said the signalman.
  • Signalman: You better go quickly and fetch them.
  • George Carlin: Poor Ash was so sad he nearly cried.
  • Driver: Cheer up.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Let's go back quickly and try again.
  • George Carlin: At the station, all the passengers were talking at once. They were telling Steven what a bad railway it was. But when Ash came back, they saw how sad he was and couldn't be cross. He was coupled to the train, and this time he really pulled it. Afterwards, the other characters laughed at Ash and said...
  • Virgil: Look! There's Ash, who wanted to pull the train, but forgot about the dogs.
  • George Carlin: But Ash had already learned, not to make the same mistake again.

Rikochet Runs Away

  • George Carlin: Virgil, Al and Terry were miserable. They had been shut up for several days for being naughty, and longed to be let out again. At last, Steven arrived.
  • Steven: I hope you are sorry.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Steven: And that you understand that every job on the railway is important. We have a new character named Rikochet who helps pull dogs and Ash and Kevin had worked the main line nicely, but I will let you now if you promise to work hard.
  • Terry: Yes sir.
  • George Carlin: Said the three characters.
  • Al: We will.
  • Steven: That's good, but please remember that this no shunting nonsense must stop.
  • George Carlin: Steven then told Rikochet, Kevin and Ash that they can go and play on a branch line for a few days, and they ran off happily to find Suzy and Pietra at the junction. The two coaches were very pleased to see Ash again. Kevin and Rikochet played with the Beedrill.
  • Beedrill: Stop, stop, stop!
  • George Carlin: Screamed the Beedrill as they pushed them to their proper sidings. But the two boys laughed and went on shunting till the Beedrill were tightling arranged. Next, Kevin took some empty Beedrill from the quarry. Rikochet was left alone. He didn't mind that a bit. He like watching trains and being cheeky to the other characters.
  • Rikochet: Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: He would call, and they got very cross. After a great deal of shunting, Rikochet was waiting for the signalman to set the switch so that he can go back to the yard. Rikochet was being rather careless and not paying attention. Kevin had warned Rikochet.
  • Kevin: Be careful on the main line. Whistle to the signalman that you are there.
  • George Carlin: But Rikochet didn't remember to whistle, and so the busy signalman forgot him. Rikochet waited and waited. The switch were still against him so he couldn't move. Then, he looked along the main line.
  • Rikochet: Peep, peep!
  • George Carlin: He whistled in horror, for rushing straight towards him was Terry with the express.
  • Terry: Oh!
  • George Carlin: Groaned Terry.
  • Terry: Get out of my way!
  • (Terry approaches Rikochet, who then shuts his eyes and the big character comes to a frightening halt)
  • George Carlin: Rikochet opened his eyes. Terry had stopped with Rikochet's buffers just a few inches from his own. But Rikochet had began to move.
  • Rikochet: I won't stay here, I'll run away!
  • George Carlin: He puffed. He ran straight through Kevin's station, and was so frighetend that he ran right up Terry's hill without stopping. After that, he was tired, but he couldn't stop. He had no driver to shut off steam and applied his brakes.
  • Rikochet: I want to stop! I want to stop!
  • George Carlin: He puffed. The man in the signalbox saw Rikochet was in trouble, so he kindly set the switch. Rikochet puffed wearly onto a nice empty siding, ending in a big bank of earth. He was too tired now to care where he went.
  • Rikochet: I want to stop, I want to stop! I have stopped!
  • George Carlin: He puffed thankfully.
  • Workmen: Never mind, Rikochet.
  • George Carlin: Said the workmen as they dug him out.
  • Workmen: You shall have some drink and some coal and then you feel better.
  • George Carlin: Presently, Terry arrived.
  • Terry: Well done, Rikochet. You started so quickly that you stopped the nasty accident.
  • Rikochet: I'm sorry I was cheeky.
  • George Carlin: Said Rikochet.
  • Rikochet: You were clever to stop.
  • George Carlin: Replied Terry. Then Terry helped pull Rikochet out from the bank. The two characters are now good friends, but Rikochet was always most careful that he goes out on the main line.

Ash Breaks The Rules

  • George Carlin: There's a line to a school at the end of Ash's route. It goes to some distance along the road. Ash was very careful to whistle here in case anyone was coming. Early one morning, a large policeman was sitting close to the line. Ash liked policemen. He had been a great friend of the officer who had just retired.
  • Ash: Peep! Peep!
  • George Carlin: He whistled.
  • Ash: Good morning.
  • George Carlin: Ash expected that the new officer would be friendly too. But was sorry to see that he didn't look friendly at all. He was red in the face and very cross.
  • Policeman: Disgraceful!
  • George Carlin: He spluttered.
  • Policeman: I didn't sleep a wink last night. It was so quiet, and now trainers come whistling suddenly behind me.
  • Ash: I'm sorry, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: I only said good morning.
  • George Carlin: The policeman pointed to Ash.
  • Policeman: Where's your cowcatchers?
  • George Carlin: He asked.
  • Ash: But I don't catch cows, sir.
  • Policeman: Don't be funny.
  • George Carlin: Snapped the policeman. He looked at Ash's shoes.
  • Policeman: No side plates either.
  • George Carlin: And he wrote in his notebook.
  • Policeman: Trainers goin on public roads must have their shoes covered and a cowcatcher in front to protect people and animals from being dragged under the wheels if they stray under the line. You haven't so you are dangerous.
  • Driver: Rubbish.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash's driver.
  • Driver: We've been along here hundreds of times and never had an accident.
  • Policeman: That makes it worse.
  • George Carlin: The policeman answered. He wrote Regular Law Breaker in his book. Ash puffed sadly away. Steven was having breakfast he was eating toast and marmalade. The butler came in.
  • Butler: Excuse me, sir, you're wanted on the telephone.
  • Steven: Bother that telephone!
  • George Carlin: Said Steven.
  • (Phone chattering)
  • Steven: I'm sorry, my dear.
  • George Carlin: He said to his wife.
  • Steven: Ash is in trouble with the police and I must go at once.
  • George Carlin: At the station, Ash's driver told Steven what had happened.
  • Steven: Dangerous to the public indeed. We'll see about that.
  • George Carlin: Steven spoke to the policeman. But however much he argued with him it was no good.
  • Policeman: The law is the law.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Policeman: And we can't change it.
  • George Carlin: Steven felt exhausted.
  • Steven: I'm sorry, driver.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Steven: It's no use arguing with the policeman. We will have to make those cowcatcher things for Ash I suppose.
  • Ash: Everyone will laugh, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: They say I look like a tram.
  • George Carlin: Steven stared, then he laughed.
  • Steven: Well done, Ash. Why didn't I think of it before. We need a tram engine. When I was on my holiday, I met a nice little boy called Scott. He takes Beedrill from the farms but the trucks have taken most of his work and he needs a change. He has cowcatchers and sideplates. I'll write to this superintedant at once.
  • George Carlin: A few days later, Scott arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's a good boy.
  • George Carlin: Said Steven.
  • Steven: I see you brought your coach Janet.
  • Scott: You don't mind, do you, sir?
  • George Carlin: Asked Scott.
  • Scott: The stationmaster wanted to use her as a hen house, and that would never do.
  • Steven: No indeed.
  • George Carlin: Said Steven.
  • Steven: We couldn't allow that.
  • George Carlin: Scott made the silly cars even better than Ash did.
  • Policeman: Hey you!
  • George Carlin: At first, Ash was jealous, but he was so pleased when Scott rang his bell and frightened the policeman, they've been firmed friends ever since.

Virgil's Special Medicine

The Flying Kipper

Trouble For Ash

Scott Summers

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