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All At Sea and Other Thomas Stories (August 26) - Full is Pikachufreak's fan-fiction thing to make.

Description

  • Here's the full version of All At Sea and Other Thomas Stories, a video released on August 26, 1993. Stories narrated by George Carlin included: All At Sea, Percy, James and The Fruitful Day, Bulgy, James Goes Buzz Buzz, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble In The Shed and A New Friend For Thomas.

Opening Previews

  1. Strand Home Video FBI Warning
  2. Strand Home Video logo (1993-1994)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of All At Sea

Opening Credits

  • THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE & FRIENDS
  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • ALL AT SEA
  • Told by GEORGE CARLIN
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Transcript

  • (We open this video with the Strand Home Video FBI Warning)
  • (We then see the 1993-1994 Strand Home Video logo)
  • (The Britt Allcroft Presents logo is then followed)
  • (We then see the Thomas Season 3 intro and we begin All At Sea)
  • George Carlin: Percy and Duck like working at the harbour by the sea. On a clear summer's night, there's no better place to be. The big ships bring passengers. Cargo ships carry machinery and other things. Duck and Percy puffed backwards and forwards with the crates of cargo as they are loaded and unloaded by the keyside. One morning, Duck and Percy noticed that the horizon was packed with sails flapping against the blue sky.
  • Duck: I wish I could sail to faraway lands.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Duck.
  • Percy: Engines can't go sailing.
  • George Carlin: Snorted Percy.
  • Percy: Because engines can't float.
  • George Carlin: Duck still had his dreams. Suddenly, they were rudely interrupted.
  • Harold: Wakey, wakey.
  • George Carlin: Hovered Harold.
  • Duck: I'm looking at the boats.
  • George Carlin: Replied Duck.
  • Harold: That's the regatta. Lots of boats, lots of races. Great fun. I hover around in case i'm needed.
  • Duck: Do you go to the horizon?
  • George Carlin: Asked Duck.
  • Harold: Yes and beyond.
  • Percy: I didn't know there was a beyond.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Percy.
  • Duck: Do you go to other places at sea?
  • George Carlin: Continued Duck.
  • Harold: Certainly. I can land on ships you know. Anywhere, anytime. Goodbye.
  • George Carlin: Duck sighed. He went on talking about the regatta all day. Percy lost patience.
  • Percy: Well, Duck, I rather had my wheels on solid ground. Our rails can take us to all the places we can ever wish to see.
  • (We hear a siren wailing)
  • Duck's Driver: That's an emergency.
  • George Carlin: Called Duck's driver.
  • Duck's Driver: I'll check with the harbourmaster.
  • George Carlin: He returned with bad news.
  • Duck's Driver: A man taking part in the regatta had hurt his hand. We're to take him to the hospital at the next station. Harold's bringing him now. Come on.
  • (Duck hurries to the scene just in time to see Harold land)
  • Harold: Good to see you again, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Whirred Harold as he landed carefully on the platform. The man was gently helped to safety.
  • Harold: My job is to stay at sea in case of other emergencies. Otherwise I will take this gentleman to hospital myself. Must fly. Goodbye.
  • George Carlin: Duck set off on his journey. Soon he was steaming well and his wheels were thundering along the track. When they reached the station, the man thanked everyone and Bertie got ready to take him to the hospital.
  • Bertie: You look splendid flying along the line, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Bloat Bertie.
  • Bertie: No wonder they called you great western.
  • Duck: Thank you, Bertie. Percy's right.
  • George Carlin: He thought to himself.
  • Duck: Engines are happiest when their wheels are firmly on the rails.
  • George Carlin: That night, Percy and Duck stayed a little longer at the key. The air was warm and the sea calmed.
  • Duck: There's a shooting star.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Percy: Don't be daft.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Percy.
  • Percy: It's Harold. Look, he's hovering overhead.
  • George Carlin: Something fluttered down towards Duck. His driver caught it.
  • Duck's Driver: It's a flag from the regatta. Harold's giving it to you as a present, Duck.
  • Duck: That was kind of Harold.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Duck.
  • Duck: He may have whirly arms instead of wheels. But he seems to understand just what an engine needs.
  • George Carlin: Duck still wonders about the lands beyond the horizon. But I think he knows that, sometimes, the best travels are those we can only dream about. Don't you?
  • (A nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Percy, James and The Fruitful Day)
  • George Carlin: It was a splendid morning on the Island of Sodor. James was feeling very pleased with himself. His red paint gleamed in the sunshine as he sped along the line. He reached the junction just as Percy puffed in with some freight cars. James was surprised to see him.
  • James: What are you doing here, Percy? You should be at the station by now.
  • Percy: I know.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Percy.
  • Percy: These cars had been troublesome all morning.
  • James: That's no excuse, Percy. Nothing should stop us. Sir Topham Hatt relies on us to be on time. Now if you excuse me, I'll be on my way.
  • George Carlin: And James puffed importantly away.
  • Percy: Bossy buffers.
  • George Carlin: Muttered Percy. James arrived at the harbour. It was market day. The harbour yard was filled with the sweet smell of fruits from far away lands. The fruit was delivered in big ships. James watched as strawberries, oranges, melons and bananas were carefully loaded onto his cars. Then, he set off for the station on the main line. On the way, he met Thomas.
  • James: Really reliable, that's me!
  • George Carlin: Panted James.
  • James: Pity the same can't be sent for Percy. Goodbye!
  • Annie and Clarabel: What was all that about?
  • George Carlin: Gasped Annie and Clarabel.
  • Thomas: That was trouble. Trouble for James, just wait and see.
  • George Carlin: Percy was back in the yard and busy shunting. He had the cars in good order and was making up for lost time. But the stationmaster had bad news.
  • Percy's Driver: What's happened?
  • George Carlin: Asked Percy's Driver.
  • Stationmaster: James' brakes have jammed we need Percy's help right away.
  • George Carlin: Percy quickly set off to the rescue. James was stuck on the line and looking glum. Percy couldn't help laughing.
  • Percy: Got yourself in a bit of a jam eh, James, a sticky situation?
  • James: Be quiet! It's not funny having jammed brakes.
  • Percy: And not very reliable either. I'm surprised you let it happen, James. Nothing should stop us engines.
  • Percy's Driver: That's enough, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Said the driver.
  • Percy's Driver: Can you push these cars?
  • Percy: Of course I can. There's no time to lose. James has done too much of that already.
  • George Carlin: James angrily hissed steam as Percy was coupled to the cars.
  • Percy: Off we go!
  • George Carlin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: I'll have to go fast to get there in time. Those big engines are so unreliable.
  • Percy's Driver: Be careful, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Called his driver. But Percy was in a hurry. He didn't see that the switch had failed and that he had been diverted into a siding.
  • Percy's Driver: Look out, Percy!
  • George Carlin: Shouted his driver and applied the brakes, but it was too late.
  • (Percy crashes into the van)
  • George Carlin: The driver and fireman had jumped clear but squash fruit squirted all over Percy.
  • (The squash fruit covers Percy completely)
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Percy, you were not to blame for the switch failure. But I do not run a jam factory.
  • Percy: Yes, sir, uh no, sir.
  • George Carlin: And Percy squelched sadly away. That night, the shed was silent. James and Percy felt very sorry for themselves. At last, Thomas spoke.
  • Thomas: You know...
  • George Carlin: He said to no engine in particular.
  • Thomas: There's more than one way to get jammed. We all learned that today.
  • George Carlin: Still there were silence.
  • Thomas: What's more, we also learned that sometimes when engines helped each other out of a jam, things can still go wrong.
  • Voice: So.
  • George Carlin: Said a voice.
  • Thomas: So, that means learned a lot today. And there for...
  • George Carlin: Then came a chorus.
  • Engines: We're really useful engines after all!
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Bulgy)
  • George Carlin: It was a special holiday on the Island of Sodor. Bertie the Bus was working harder than ever before. All the engines were busy too. Duck was waiting for his next journey. Near him stood a red bus. But he didn't look friendly like Bertie. The bus growled as he gazed at the happy passengers.
  • Bulgy: Stupid nonsense.
  • George Carlin: He grumbled.
  • Bulgy: I wouldn't have brought them if I've known. I did have a breakdown or something.
  • Duck: I'm glad you didn't.
  • George Carlin: Smiled Duck.
  • Duck: You had spoiled their fun.
  • Bulgy: Bah! Enjoyment is all you engines lived for. One day railways will be ripped up.
  • George Carlin: Duck felt shocked at such an idea.
  • Duck: We have a friend called Bertie and he's a bus. But he likes the railway. Sometimes he teases us about it, but he'd never want to see it ripped up.
  • Bulgy: Heh!
  • George Carlin: Growled the bus.
  • Bulgy: I know Bertie. He's too small in size to be in any use.
  • George Carlin: Duck took no notice.
  • Duck: That bus is silly.
  • George Carlin: He thought as he steamed away. At the junction, Duck told Oliver all about him.
  • Oliver: I call him Bulgy.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Oliver and then he puffed happily away. But that afternoon when the two engines met again, Oliver was no longer laughing.
  • Oliver: Bulgy's friend had come.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Oliver: He's rude too. He's taking Bulgy's passengers home and leaving Bulgy free to steal ours.
  • Duck: But he can't.
  • George Carlin: Objected Duck.
  • Oliver: Bulgy says he can get them to the big station before us.
  • Duck: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: Replied Duck.
  • Duck: It's much farther by road.
  • Oliver: Yeah.
  • George Carlin: Continued Oliver.
  • Oliver: But Bulgy says he knows a shortcut.
  • George Carlin: That evening, the engines were preparing for the homeward rush.
  • Duck: Where are the passengers?
  • George Carlin: They wondered.
  • Oliver: Look!
  • George Carlin: Shrilled Oliver.
  • Oliver: Look at Bulgy. He's a mean scarlet deciever.
  • George Carlin: Bulgy was wearing a large sign saying: Railway Bus.
  • Bulgy: Yaa boo snubs.
  • George Carlin: He jeered as he roared away.
  • Duck: Come on.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Duck to his coaches.
  • Duck: Let's see what he's up to.
  • George Carlin: Duck wanted to get back at Bulgy, but he wasn't sure how. Then in the distance, Duck saw a man waving a red flag. That meant danger. The line here crosses a narrow road and there was Bulgy wedged firmly under the bridge.
  • Duck: So this was his shortcut.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck.
  • Bulgy's Passengers: He tricked us.
  • George Carlin: Shouted Bulgy's passengers.
  • Bulgy's Passengers: He said he was a railway bus, but he wouldn't accept our return tickets. He wanted us to think railways are no good.
  • George Carlin: Duck's crew examined the bridge.
  • Duck's Crew: It's risky, but we must help the passengers.
  • Duck: Passengers are urgent.
  • George Carlin: Agreed Duck. Duck slowly and carefully set off across the bridge. Bulgy wailed as he felt the bridge quiver.
  • Bulgy: (groaning) Stop!
  • George Carlin: He shouted.
  • Bulgy: It might fall on me.
  • Duck: That would serve you right for telling lies.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck. But the bridge didn't collapse. Duck made good time and all the passengers caught their trains. The bridge is now mended, but not unfortunately Bulgy and his ways. He never learned sense. He's a henhouse and his lies can do no harm. The hens never listened to him anyway.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin James Goes Buzz Buzz)
  • George Carlin: Trevor the Traction Engine was enjoying his work in Vicarage Orchard. Birds were singing and apples were brightening on the trees. It was a lovely day.
  • James: Hello Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • James: You look as bright and cheerful as my red paint.
  • Trevor: Oh I am.
  • George Carlin: Replied Trevor.
  • James: What's that noise?
  • Trevor: It's the bees.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Trevor.
  • Trevor: They're all in these boxy things called beehives. I'm taking them to the station. The vicar says his bees make good honey and he's giving some of them to his friends.
  • George Carlin: Just then, BoCo the diesel engine hummed in.
  • BoCo: Take care you two. Don't make the bees angry. They might sting you.
  • George Carlin: James didn't like being told what to do by a diesel and he buzzed away.
  • BoCo: Goodbye, Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Called BoCo and set off to see Duck at the next station. Bill and Ben the tank engine twins were busy arranging cars. But they scampered off when they saw BoCo.
  • BoCo: I remember the first time I met those two.
  • George Carlin: Laughed BoCo.
  • BoCo: They nearly made my eyes pop out. Edward soon put a stop in their games.
  • Duck: Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in order.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck.
  • Duck: I sometimes call them "The Bees".
  • BoCo: A good name.
  • George Carlin: Replied BoCo.
  • BoCo: Their terrors when the start buzzing around.
  • George Carlin: James bustled in.
  • James: What's that, Duck? Are you afraid of bees? They're only insects after all, so don't let that buzz box diesel tell you different.
  • Duck: His name is BoCo, and he didn't. We...
  • James: I wouldn't care, if hundreds were swarming around. I'd just blow smoke and make them buzz off.
  • Duck: Buzz, buzz, buzz.
  • George Carlin: Retorted Duck. The next morning, James arrived at the station to collect his coaches. The passengers were excited and keened to get on board. The platform was crowded and the porter was in a hurry.
  • Porter: Mind your backs.
  • George Carlin: He shouted. Then there was trouble. The beehive fell and broke open. The station cleared like magic. James heard a familiar buzzing. The bees were to cold to be cross so they buzzed around the fireman hoping he'd mend their hive. But he didn't understand, nor did his driver. So the bees turned to James. His boiler was nice and warm.
  • James: Buzz off! Buzz off!
  • George Carlin: Hissed James. One bee burnt its foot.
  • Bee: Ooh! Aah! Ooh! Ooh!
  • George Carlin: The bee thought James had burnt him on purpose.
  • (The bee charges toward James)
  • George Carlin: So it stung James right back on the nose.
  • (Doink!)
  • James: Eeeeeeeeeeee!
  • George Carlin: Whistled James. He had had enough so had his fireman and driver. They didn't notice till too late that they had left all their coaches behind. They tried everything to get rid of the bees. First they spun on the turntable but to no avail. They tried washing them off but the bees clung harder to James' warm boiler. Then they tried smoking them off by going through a long tunnel. But still the bees wouldn't go away.
  • Driver: It's no good, James.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: We'll just have to get back to the orchard and fetch another hive.
  • George Carlin: James' reply was drowned by the sound of buzzing. The Vicar was waiting anxiously for James. When he arrived, the buzz swarm straight into their new home.
  • Driver: Come on, James.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: What you need now is a good hosedown.
  • George Carlin: Later that evening, James was resting in the shed when the Vicar came to see him.
  • Vicar: Thank you for saving my bees.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Vicar: It's the pity it's not Christmas, then we can call you James the Red-Nosed Engine.
  • George Carlin: Everyone laughed even James. But instead, they decided to call James "The Bees Knees", which means they thought he was more useful than ever.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Tenders and Turntables)
  • George Carlin: Henry and Gordon were lonely when Thomas left the yard to run his branch line. They missed him very much. They had more work to do and had to fetch some more coaches. The big engines thought they were too important to fetch coaches. James grumbled too.
  • Henry: We get no rest, we get no rest!
  • George Carlin: They all complained. But the coaches only laughed.
  • Coaches: You're lazy and slack, you're lazy and slack!
  • George Carlin: They answered. All together, the engines were causing Sir Topham Hatt a great deal of trouble. The big stations both ends on the line each have a turntable. Sir Topham Hatt had made them so that the tender engines can be turned round because it is dangerous for them to go fast and backwards. Little tank engines like Thomas don't need turntables. They can go just as well backwards as forwards. But to hear Gordon talk, he would've thought that Sir Topham Hatt had given him a tender just to show how important he was.
  • Gordon: You don't understand, little Thomas. We Tender Engines have a position to keep up. It doesn't matter where you go, but we are important, and for Sir Topham Hatt to make us shunt freight cars, fetch coaches and go on some of those dirty sidings it's, it's, well, it's not the proper thing.
  • George Carlin: Thomas chuckled and went off with Annie and Clarabel.
  • Gordon: Disgraceful!
  • George Carlin: Gordon hissed as he ran backwards to the turntable. The turntable was in the windy place close to the sea, and he was not on it just right, he put amount of balance and made a difficult to turn. Today, Gordon was in the bad temper, and the wind was blowing fiercly. His driver tried to make him stop in the right place but Gordon wasn't trying. The fireman tried to turn the handle, but Gordon's weight and the strong wind prevented him.
  • Driver: It's no good.
  • George Carlin: They said at last.
  • Driver: Your big tender upsets the balance. If you're a little tank engine, you be all right. Now you have to pull the next train backwards.
  • Boys: Look!
  • George Carlin: Called some boys.
  • Boys: There's a new tank engine! Oh, it's only Gordon, back to front.
  • Thomas: Hello!
  • George Carlin: Called Thomas.
  • Thomas: Playing tank engines? Sensible engine. Take my advice, scrap your tender and have a nice bunker.
  • George Carlin: Gordon said nothing. Even James laughed when he saw him.
  • Gordon: Take care.
  • George Carlin: Hissed Gordon.
  • Gordon: You might stick too.
  • James: No fear.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled James.
  • James: I'm not so fat as you. I mustn't stick.
  • George Carlin: Thought James. He stopped on just the right place to balance the table. It could now swing easily. Gordon arrived and time to see everything. James turned much too easily. The wind puffed him round like a top. He couldn't stop!
  • (James spins faster and faster until he slows down, and as the turntable stops, he is all green and dizzy)
  • Gordon: Well, well!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Are you playing roundabouts?
  • George Carlin: Poor James feeling quite giddy rolled off to the shed without a word. That night, the three engines had an indignation meeting.
  • Gordon: It's shameful to treat tender engines like this. Gordon has to go backwards and people think he's a tank engine, James spins like a top and everyone laughs at us. And added to that, Sir Topham Hatt makes us all shunt in dirty sidings. Ugh! Listen.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon. He whispered something to the others.
  • Gordon: We'll do it tomorrow. Sir Topham Hatt will look silly.
  • George Carlin: The engines had decided to go on strike.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Trouble In The Shed)
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt sat in his office listening to the noise outside. The passengers were angry. The stationmaster came in.
  • Stationmaster: There's trouble in the shed, sir. Henry was sulking. There's no train and the passengers are saying this is a bad railway.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Indeed.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We cannot allow that.
  • George Carlin: He found Gordon, James and Henry looking very cross.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Come along, Henry. It's time your train was ready.
  • Gordon: Henry's not going!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: We won't shunt like little tank engines. That was Thomas' job. We are important tender engines. You fetch our coaches and we will pull them. Tender engines don't shunt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We'll see about that.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: No engine on my railway is too important for small jobs.
  • George Carlin: And he hurried away to find Edward.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The yard has never been the same since Thomas left to run his branch line.
  • George Carlin: He thought sadly. Edward was shunting.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Leave those freight cars please, Edward.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I want to push coaches for me in the yard.
  • Edward: Thank you, sir. That will be a nice change.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's a good engine. Off you go then.
  • George Carlin: So Edward found coaches for the three engines and that day, the train's ran as usual. But next morning, Edward looked unhappy. Gordon came clanking pass hissing rudely.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Bless me!
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What a noise!
  • Edward: They all hissed me, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Answered Edward.
  • Edward: They say tender engines don't shunt and last night they said I have gray wheels. I haven't have I, sir?
  • Sir Topham Hatt: No, Edward, you have nice blue ones, and I'm proud of you. Tender engines do shunt, but all the same we do need another tank engine here.
  • George Carlin: He went to the workshop and they showed them all sorts of engines. At last, he saw a smart little green engine with four wheels.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's the one.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: If I choose you, will you work hard?
  • Percy: Oh sir, yes sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's a good engine. I'll call you Percy.
  • Percy: Yes sir, thank you sir.
  • George Carlin: And Sir Topham Hatt brought Percy back to the yard.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Edward.
  • George Carlin: He called.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Here's Percy. Will you show him everything?
  • George Carlin: Percy soon learned what he had to do and they had a happy afternoon. Then Henry came by hissing as usual.
  • Percy: Wheesh!
  • George Carlin: Went Percy. Henry jumped and ran back to the shed.
  • Edward: How beautifully you wheeshed him!
  • George Carlin: Laughed Edward.
  • Edward: I can't wheesh like that.
  • Percy: Oh.
  • George Carlin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: That's nothing. You should hear them in the workshop. You have to wheesh loudly to make yourself heard.
  • George Carlin: Next morning, Thomas arrived.
  • Thomas: Sir Topham Hatt sent to me. I expect he wants help.
  • George Carlin: He said to Edward.
  • Edward: Sh, sh, here he comes.
  • George Carlin: Replied Edward.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well done, Thomas, you've been quick. Listen, Henry, Gordon and James are sulking they say they won't shunt like little tank engines, so I have shut them up and I want you both to run a line for a while.
  • Thomas: Little tank engines indeed.
  • George Carlin: Snorted Thomas.
  • Thomas: We'll show them.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And Percy will help too.
  • Percy: Oh sir, yes sir, please sir.
  • George Carlin: Answered Percy. Edward and Thomas worked the main line greeting each other as they pass by. Percy puffed along the branch line. Thomas was anxious about Annie and Clarabel, but both driver and conductor promise to take care of them. They were fewer trains but the passengers didn't mind. They knew the three other engines were having a lesson. Gordon, James and Henry were cold, lonely and miserable. They wish now they haven't been so silly.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin A New Friend For Thomas)
  • George Carlin: Trevor the Traction Engine enjoys living in the Vicarage Orchard. Edward came to see him every day, but sometimes Trevor didn't have enough work to do.
  • Trevor: I do like to keep busy all the time.
  • George Carlin: He sighed one day.
  • Trevor: And I do like company. Especially, children's company.
  • Edward: Cheer up.
  • George Carlin: Smiled Edward.
  • Edward: Sir Topham Hatt has worked for you at his new harbor. I'm to take you to meet Thomas today.
  • Trevor: Oh.
  • George Carlin: Exclaimed Trevor happily.
  • Trevor: The harbor, the seaside, children. That would be lovely.
  • George Carlin: Thomas was on his way to the harbour with a trainload of metal pilings. They were needed to make the harbour wharf firm and safe.
  • Edward: Hello, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Edward: This is Trevor a friend of mine. He's a traction engine.
  • George Carlin: Thomas eyed the newcomer doubtfully.
  • Thomas: A what engine?
  • Trevor: A traction engine.
  • George Carlin: Explained Trevor.
  • Trevor: I run on roads instead of rails. Can you take me to the harbour, please? Sir Topham Hatt has a job for me.
  • Thomas: Yes, of course.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas. But he was still puzzled. Workmen coupled Trevor's car to Thomas' train and soon they were ready to start their journey.
  • Trevor: I'm glad Sir Topham Hatt needs me.
  • George Carlin: Called Trevor.
  • Trevor: I don't have enough to do sometime you know. Although I can work anywhere. In orchards, on farms, in scrapyards even at harbours.
  • Thomas: But you don't run on rails.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Thomas.
  • Trevor: I'm a traction engine. I don't need rails to be useful.
  • George Carlin: Replied Trevor.
  • Trevor: You wait and see.
  • George Carlin: When they reached the harbour, they found everything in confusion. Cars had been derailed, blocking the line and stone slabs lay everywhere.
  • Driver: We must get this pilings past.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas' Driver.
  • Driver: They are escential. Trevor, we need you to drag them round this mess.
  • Trevor: Just the sort of job i like.
  • George Carlin: Replied Trevor.
  • Trevor: Now you'll see, Thomas. I'll soon show you what traction engines can do.
  • George Carlin: Trevor was as good as his work. He dragged the pilings clear with chains and towed them into position.
  • Trevor: Who needs rails?
  • George Carlin: He muttered cheerfully to himself. Later, Thomas brought Annie and Clarabel to visit him. Thomas was most impressed.
  • Thomas: Now I understand how useful a traction engine can be.
  • George Carlin: The coaches were full of children. Trevor gave them rides to all the harbour. He liked this best of all.
  • Annie: He's very kind.
  • George Carlin: Said Annie.
  • Clarabel: He reminds me of Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Added Clarabel. Everyone was sorry when it was time for Trevor to go. Thomas pulled him to the junction. A small tear came into Trevor's eye. Thomas pretended not to see. He whistled gaily to make Trevor happy.
  • Thomas: I'll come and see you if I can.
  • George Carlin: He promised.
  • Thomas: The Vicar will look after you and there's plenty of work for you now at the orchard. But we may meet you again at the harbour someday.
  • Trevor: That would be wonderful.
  • George Carlin: Said Trevor. That evening, Trevor stood remembering his new friend Thomas, the harbour, and most of all, the children. Then he went happily to sleep in the shed at the bottom of the orchard.

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