Ash's Shortcut is an Ash & Friends spoof to Thomas' Shortcut.


  1. Ash Ketchum as Thomas (Veronica Taylor)
  2. Kevin Keene as Edward (Matt Hill)
  3. Alexander "Alex" O'Connell as Percy (Chris Marquette)
  4. Suzy as Annie (Megan Hollingshead)
  5. Pietra as Clarabel (Carol Jacobanis)
  6. Sonic The Hedgehog as Bertie (Jason Griffith)
  7. Steven Ketchum as Sir Topham Hatt (Dan Green)
  8. Captain Planet as Harvey (David Coburn)
  9. Shaggy Rogers as Henry (Matthew Lillard)
  10. Terry McGinnis as Gordon (Will Friedle)
  11. Raimundo Pedrosa as James (Tom Kenny)
  12. Sakura Avalon as Emily (Carly McKillip)
  13. Evan Daniels as Paxton (Neil Denis)
  14. Nathan Nomad as Stafford (Sean Marquette)
  15. Ethan as Farmer McColl (Nathan Price)


  • Mark Moraghan: It was a sunny day on the land of YTV. Ash was taking Suzy and Pietra along his route. They met Sonic coming along the road.
  • Sonic: Hello, slowcoach.
  • Suzy: He warned him, Ash.
  • Pietra: He's teasing again.
  • Ash: But you're not slowcoaches. You can go very fast.
  • Suzy and Pietra: He's not talking about us. (laughing)
  • Ash: Look at that, two minutes early.
  • Sonic: Good thing I've hurried you or you would've been late.
  • Ash: That's not true. I always get my passengers to the station on time.
  • Sonic: It must be slowing down though, Thomas. Lately, I've seen to be you on the level crossing every time.
  • Ash: I'm not slowing down. I'll show you. Let's race again.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash and Sonic think racing is great fun. Sometimes Sonic is quicker, especially when Ash has to wait for sheep on the line. And sometimes Ash is quicker, especially when Sonic has to stop for workmen repairing the road.
  • Suzy: Slow down, Ash. You'll burst your valves.
  • Pietra: Your rattle and axles loose.
  • Ash: I'm going to win, I'm going to win.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: But lately, every time they have a race no matter how fast Thomas puffs.
  • Ash: Oh, no.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Sonic manages to win.
  • Sonic: You really are very slow these days, Ash. (laughs)
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash couldn't understand it. Why was Sonic always there first?
  • Ash: I was going faster than ever.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Later, Ash met Sonic again, but he wasn't sure if he was happy to see him.
  • Sonic: Hee-hee. Don't be cross, Ash. Should I tell you my secret?
  • Ash: What secret?
  • Sonic: I've been rerouted. Now I take a short cut so my rout is my quicker.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash was very surprised. He didn't know Sonic could take a shortcut. That night, Ash was very cross.
  • Ash: It's not fair. I like to race Sonic, but he was rerouted.
  • Alex: What does rerouted mean?
  • Kevin: It means to go a different way to the one you usually go on.
  • Alex: What's wrong with that, Ash?
  • Ash: Bertie takes a shortcut now, so we always wins.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Then, an idea flew into Alex's head.
  • Alex: So, why don't you take a shortcut too, Ash? Then you could be rerouted just like Bertie.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash thought that was an excellent idea. But Suzy and Pietra didn't.
  • Suzy: But there's no shortcut on your branch line, Ash.
  • Pietra: If you go another way you could miss the station. Or make your passengers late.
  • (Conductor's whistle blows)
  • Mr. Conductor 4: But Ash was determined.
  • Ash: If Sonic could be rerouted, so can I.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash arrived at Dryal Station just as Sonic was arriving too. Some passengers got off and some more passengers got on. But as soon as he could, Ash was rushed away again.
  • Ash: Bye bye, Sonic!
  • Sonic: See you soon, Ash.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: He didn't want to lose another race.
  • Ash: If Sonic could be rerouted, so can I.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash came to a junction where the tracks were already switched.
  • Ash: Maybe that's a shortcut.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: But he only ended up running along the loop siding and coming back onto his branch line again.
  • Ash: Oh.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Then, Ash found another track that led away from the branch line.
  • Ash: Maybe that's a short cut.
  • Suzy and Pietra: We don't think so, we don't think so.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: This time, Ash ended up in an old goods yard.
  • Ash: Oh dear, that's not a shortcut either.
  • Suzy and Pietra: We told you so, we told you so.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: The passengers were grumbling, but Ash didn't want to give up. Finally, Ash spotted an old track that led him to the woods.
  • Ash: This must be a shortcut.
  • Pietra: There is no shortcut, Ash.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Sonic was waiting for Ash at the level crossing.
  • Sonic: He never usually takes this long.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Sonic's passengers were starting to grumble too. So Sonic went on his way. Ash pushed his way along the overground track. Suzy and Pietra were not happy.
  • Suzy: Ash, please!
  • Pietra: Where are we going?
  • Ash: Don't worry. This shortcut is going somewhere. We'll be out of this woods soon and then...
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash biffed along the buffer in the undergrowth and his shoes had come right up the track.
  • Ash: Oh no, I can't back up! I'm stuck!
  • Mr. Conductor 4: The passengers were not happy. Now they were going to be very late indeed. Ash felt terrible. And then, he saw his friend Sonic.
  • Sonic: Hello, Ash. What are you doing in there?
  • Ash: I was trying to find a shortcut, Sonic, but I've come off the rails and now my passengers will be late.
  • Sonic: (chuckles) Oh, dear. Heh. But maybe, I can take your passengers for you.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash's passengers thought that was a very good idea indeed. But Ash was still very silly. It was almost dark when Planet came to shunt Suzy and Pietra out of the way before lifting Ash back on to the rails again.Steven was very cross.
  • Steven: Your passengers don't like to be late, Ash. You have caused confusion and delay.
  • Ash: I'm very sorry, Sir. I was hoping to find a shortcut, but I will stick to my branch line from now on.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: A few days later, Ash was back on the track. He arrived at Knapford Station to pick up Suzy and Pietra.
  • Suzy and Pietra: Ash, welcome back! We've missed you!
  • Ash: Thank you, Suzy and Pietra. I missed you too.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: Ash promised to stick to his branch line in his future. He wouldn't try taking shortcuts again.
  • Sonic: See you later, slowcoach.
  • Mr. Conductor 4: But he and Sonic still like to have races, and sometimes... Ash ever wins.

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