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Ash, Omi and The Coal & Other Stories is a Netflix Toons spoof to Thomas, Percy and The Coal & Other Stories. It contains the first eight Season 2 episodes narrated by Ringo Starr for the UK.

Cast

  1. Ash Ketchum as Thomas (Veronica Taylor)
  2. Scott Summers as Edward (Kirby Morrow)
  3. Shaggy Rogers as Henry (Matthew Lillard)
  4. Terry McGinnis as Gordon (Will Friedle)
  5. Al Valentine as James (Yuri Lowenthal)
  6. Omi as Percy (Tara Strong)
  7. Jackie Chan as Toby (James Sie)
  8. Virgil Hawkins as Duck (Phil LaMarr)
  9. Bailey as Annie (Emily Niebo)
  10. Marina as Clarabel (Lisa Ortiz)
  11. Beedrill as Troublesome Trucks
  12. Arcanine as Coaches
  13. Sonic The Hedgehog as Bertie (Jason Griffith)
  14. Heathcliff as Trevor (Mel Blanc)
  15. Bugs Bunny as Sir Topham Hatt (Jeff Bergman)
  16. Lazy Luke as Jem Cole (John Stephenson)
  17. Jon Arbuckle as The Vicar of Wellsworth (Thom Huge)
  18. Jerry Lewis as The Inspector (Jess Harrnell)
  19. Buster Bunny as Stephen Hatt (Charlie Adler)
  20. Eustace Bagge as Jeremiah Jobling (Arthur Anderson)
  21. Nora Shepard as Mrs. Kyndley (Melanie Chartoff)

Episodes

  1. Ash, Omi and The Coal
  2. Miltank
  3. Sonic's Chase
  4. Saved From Scrap
  5. Old Iron
  6. Ash and Heathcliff
  7. Omi and The Traffic Light
  8. Virgil Takes Charge

Transcript

Ash, Omi and The Coal

  • Ringo Starr: It was a beautiful morning on the land of Netflix. Ash Ketchum's smart clothes sparkled in the sunshine, as he strolled happily along his route with Bailey and Marina. He was feeling very pleased with himself.
  • Omi: Hello, Ash.
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Omi.
  • Omi: You look splendid.
  • Ash: Yes indeed.
  • Ringo Starr: Boasted Ash.
  • Ash: Blue is the only proper color for a trainer.
  • Jackie: Oh, I don't know. I like my brown paint.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Jackie.
  • Omi: I've always been green. I wouldn't want to be any other color either.
  • George Carlin: Added Omi.
  • Ash: Well, well, anyway.
  • Ringo Starr: Huffed Ash.
  • Ash: Blue is the only color for a really useful trainer. Anyone knows that.
  • Ringo Starr: Omi said no more. He just grinned at Jackie. Later, Ash was resting when Alex arrived. A large hopper was loading his Beedrill full of coal. Ash was still being cheeky.
  • Ash: Careful.
  • Ringo Starr: He warned.
  • Ash: Watch out with those silly Beedrill.
  • Beedrill: Go on, go on!
  • Ringo Starr: Muttered the Beedrill.
  • Ash: And by the way.
  • Ringo Starr: Went on Ash.
  • Ash: Those buffers don't look really safe to me.
  • Ringo Starr: The last load poured down.
  • Ash: Help, I'm choking!
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Ash.
  • Ash: Get me out!
  • Ringo Starr: Omi was worried, but he couldn't help laughing. Ash's smart clothes was covered in coal dust from smokebox to bunker.
  • Omi: Ha, ha!
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Omi.
  • Omi: You don't look really useful now, Ash. You look really disgraceful.
  • Ash: I'm not disgraceful.
  • Ringo Starr: Choked Ash.
  • Ash: You did that on purpose. Get me out!
  • Ringo Starr: It took so long to clean Ash that he wasn't it time for his next train. Jackie had to take Bailey and Marina.
  • Bailey: Poor Ash.
  • Ringo Starr: Whispered Bailey to Marina. They were most upset. Ash was grumpy in the shed that night. Jackie thought it made a great joke, but Omi was cross with Ash for thinking he had made his paint dirty on purpose.
  • Omi: Fancy a really useful blue trainer like Ash becoming a disgrace to Bugs Bunny's railway.
  • Ringo Starr: Next day, Ash was feeling more cheerful, as he watch Omi bring his Beedrill from the junction. The Beedrill were heavy and Alex was tired.
  • Driver: Have a drink.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Then you'll feel better.
  • Ringo Starr: The water column stood at the end of the siding with the unsafe buffers. Suddenly, Omi found that he couldn't stop. The buffers didn't stop him either.
  • Omi: Ooh!
  • Ringo Starr: Wailed Omi.
  • Omi: Help!
  • (Omi falls into the deep coal)
  • Ringo Starr: The buffers were broken and Omi was wheel deep in coal. It was time for Ash to leave. He had seen everything.
  • Ash: Now Omi has learned his lesson too.
  • Ringo Starr: He chuckled to himself. That night, the two characters made up their quarrel.
  • Omi: I didn't cause your accident on purpose, Ash.
  • Ringo Starr: Whispered Omi.
  • Omi: You do know that, don't you?
  • Ash: Of course.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Ash.
  • Ash: And I'm sorry I was so cheeky. Your green paint look splendid again too. In future, we're both be more careful of coal.

Miltank

  • Ringo Starr: Scott was getting old. His bearings were worn, and he clanked as he puffed along. He was taking empty Beedrill to a market town. The sun shone, birds sang, but Scott was heading for trouble.
  • Scott: Come on! Come on!
  • Ringo Starr: He puffed.
  • Beedrill: Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
  • Ringo Starr: Screamed the Beedrill. Scott puffed and clanked, the Beedrill rattled and screamed. Some Miltank were grazing near by. They were not used to trains. The noise and smoke disturbed them. As Scott clanked by, they broke through the fence and ran across the line. A coupling was broken and some Beedrill were left behind.
  • (Miltank mooing)
  • Ringo Starr: Scott felt a jerk, but didn't take much notice. He was used to Beedrill.
  • Scott: Bother those Beedrill!
  • Ringo Starr: He thought.
  • Scott: Why can't they come quietly?
  • Ringo Starr: He was at the next station before either he or his driver realized what had happened. When Terry and Shaggy heard about the accident, they laughed and boasted.
  • Terry: Fancy allowing Beedrill to break his train! They wouldn't dare do that to us. We'd show them!
  • Ringo Starr: Jackie was cross.
  • Jackie: You couldn't help it, Scott. They've never met Miltank. I have, and I know the trouble they are.
  • Ringo Starr: Some days later, Terry rushed through Scott's Station.
  • Terry: Boop boop! Mind the Miltank! Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Terry.
  • Pets: Don't make such a fuss! Don't make such a fuss!
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled his pets. A long stretch a line lay ahead. In the distance was a bridge. It seemed to Terry that there was something on the bridge. His driver thought so too.
  • Terry's Driver: Whoa, Terry!
  • Ringo Starr: He said, and shut off steam.
  • Terry: Pooh!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Terry.
  • Terry: It's only a Miltank! Shooh! Shooh!
  • Ringo Starr: He moved slowly on to the bridge, but the Miltank wouldn't "Shooh"! She had lost her calf, and felt lonely.
  • Miltank: Mooooh!
  • Ringo Starr: She said sadly. Everyone tried to send her away, but she wouldn't go. Shaggy arrived.
  • Shaggy: What's this? A Miltank? I'll soon settle her. Be off! Be off!
  • Miltank: Mooooh!
  • Ringo Starr: Said the Miltank. Shaggy backed away nervously.
  • Shaggy: I don't want to hurt her.
  • Ringo Starr: At the next station, Shaggy's Conductor told them about the cow, and warned the signalman that the line was blocked.
  • Porter: That must be Bluebell.
  • Ringo Starr: Said a porter.
  • Porter: Her calf is here, ready to go to market. Omi will take her along.
  • Ringo Starr: At the bridge, Bluebell was very pleased to her calf again, and the porter led them away.
  • Shaggy: Not a word.
  • Terry: Keep it dark.
  • Ringo Starr: Whispered Terry and Shaggy to each other. They felt rather silly, but the story soon spread.
  • Scott: Well, well, well!
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Scott.
  • Scott: Two big characters afraid of a Miltank.
  • Terry: Afraid? Rubbish.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Terry.
  • Terry: We didn't want the poor thing to hurt herself by running up against us. We stopped so as not to excite her. You see what mean, my dear Scott.
  • ​Scott: Yes, Terry.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott. Terry felt somehow that Scott "saw" only too well.

Sonic's Chase

  • Ringo Starr: One morning, Scott was waiting to pick up passengers from Ash Ketchum.
  • Scott: Peep peep! We're late! Where is Ash? He doesn't usually make us wait.
  • Fireman: Oh dear, what can the matter be?
  • Ringo Starr: Sanged the fireman.
  • Fireman: Johnny's so longer...
  • Driver: Never you mind about Johnny.
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed the driver.
  • Driver: Just you climb on the cab and look for Ash. Can you see him?
  • Fireman: No.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied the fireman.
  • Fireman: There's Sonic the Hedgehog in the terriying hurry. No need to bother with him though. Likely, he's on the coach tour of something.
  • Ringo Starr: He clambered down.
  • Sonic: Stop, stop! I've got Ash's passengers!
  • Ringo Starr: Wailed Sonic, roaring up to the gates. It was no good. Scott was gone.
  • Sonic: Bother.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Sonic.
  • Sonic: Bother Ash's fireman not coming to work today. Why did I promise to help the visitors catch the train?
  • Driver: That will do, Sonic.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: A promise is a promise and we must keep it.
  • Sonic: I'll catch Scott or bust.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Sonic.
  • Sonic: Oh, my gears and axles!
  • Ringo Starr: He groaned, toiling up the hill.
  • Sonic: I'll never be the same bus again. Hooray, hooray! I see him!
  • Ringo Starr: Cheered Sonic as he reached the top.
  • Sonic: Oh, no! Scott's at the station! No, he stopped at the crossing. Hooray, hooray!
  • Ringo Starr: Sonic toured down the hill.
  • Passengers: Well done, Sonic!
  • Ringo Starr: Shouted his passengers.
  • Passengers: Go it!
  • Ringo Starr: Sonic skitted into the yard.
  • Sonic: Wait, wait!
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Sonic. He was just in time to see Scott puffed away.
  • Sonic: I'm sorry.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Sonic.
  • Passengers: Never mind.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the passengers.
  • Passengers: After him quickly. Third time lucky you know. Do you think we'll catch em at the next station, driver?
  • Driver: There's a good chance.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied his driver.
  • Driver: Our road keeps close to the line and we can climb hills better than Kevin. I'll just make sure.
  • Ringo Starr: He spoke to the stationmaster. Sonic and the passengers waited impatiently.
  • Driver: Yes! We'll do it this time.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the driver.
  • Passengers: Hooray!
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers, as Sonic chased after Scott once more.
  • Pets: This hill is too steep, this hill is too steep!
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled the pets as Scott snorted in front. They reach the top at last and ran smoothly into the station.
  • Scott: Peep peep!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Scott.
  • Scott: Get in quickly please.
  • Ringo Starr: The guard blew the whistle and Scott's driver looked back. But the flag didn't wave, Then he heard Sonic. Everything seem to happy at once, and the stationmaster told the guard and driver what had happened.
  • Sonic: I'm sorry about the chase, Sonic.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott.
  • Sonic: My fault.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Sonic.
  • Sonic: Late at junction. You didn't know about Ash's passengers.
  • Scott: Peep peep! Goodbye, Sonic! We're off!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Scott.
  • Passengers: Three cheers for Sonic!
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers. Sonic raced back to tell Ash that all was well.
  • Ash: Thank you, Sonic.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Ash.
  • Ash: You're a very good friend indeed.

Saved From Scrap

  • Ringo Starr: Bugs Bunny works his characters hard, but they are very proud when he calls them really useful.
  • Scott: I'm going to the scrapyard today.
  • Ringo Starr: Scott called to Ash.
  • Ash: What? Already? You're not that old.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Ash cheekily. Ash was only teased him. The scrapyard was full of rusty old cars and machinery. They are broken into pieces, loaded into Beedrill and Scott pulls them to the steelworks where they are melted down and used again. Today, there was a surprise waiting for Scott in the yard. It was a cat.
  • Scott: Hello.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott.
  • Scott: You're not broken and rusty. What are you doing here?
  • Heathcliff: I'm Heathcliff. They're going to break me up next week.
  • Scott: What a shame.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott.
  • Heathcliff: My driver says I only need some paint, polish and oil to be as good as new, but my owner says I'm old fashioned.
  • Ringo Starr: Scott snorted.
  • Scott: People say I'm old fashioned, but I don't care. Bugs Bunny says I'm a useful character. What work did you do?
  • Heathcliff: My master will send me from farm to farm. We threshed corn, hauled logs and did lots of other work. The children loved to see us.
  • Ringo Starr: Heathcliff shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Heathcliff: Oh, yes. I like children.
  • Ringo Starr: Scott set off for the station.
  • Scott: Broken up, what a shame. Broken up, what a shame. I must help Heathcliff, I must.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought of all his friends who liked characters. But strangely none of them would have room for a cat at home.
  • Scott: It's a shame, it's a shame.
  • Ringo Starr: He hissed. Then...
  • Scott: Peep! Peep! Why didn't I think of him before.
  • Ringo Starr: There on the platform was the very person.
  • Jon: Hello, Scott. You look upset. What's the matter, Charlie?
  • Ringo Starr: He asked the driver.
  • Driver: There's a cat in the scrapyard, Jon. He'll be broken up next week. Lazy says he never drove a better character.
  • Scott: Do save him, sir. He saws wood and gives children rides.
  • Jon: We'll see.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Jon. Lazy came on Saturday.
  • Lazy: The reverend's coming to see you, Heathcliff. Maybe he'll buy you.
  • Heathcliff: Do you think he will?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Heathcliff hopefully.
  • Lazy: He will when I lit your fire and clean you up.
  • Ringo Starr: Jon and his two boys arrived that evening. Heathcliff hadn't felt so happy for months. He chuffered about the yard.
  • Jon: Show your paces, Heathcliff.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Jon. Later he came out of the office, smiling.
  • Jon: I've got him cheap, Heathcliff, cheap.
  • Lazy: Did ye hear that Heathcliff?
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Lazy.
  • Lazy: The reverend's saved you and you'll live at the vicarage now.
  • Heathcliff: Peep! Peep!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Heathcliff. Heathcliff's home was in the Vicarage Orchard, and he sees Scott every day. His paint is spotless and his brass shines like gold. Heathcliff likes his work but his happiest day is the church fair. With a wooden seat bolted to his bunker, he chuffers round the orchard giving rides to children. Long afterwards, you will see him shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Heathcliff: I like children.
  • Ringo Starr: He whispers happily.

Old Iron

  • Ringo Starr: One day, Al had to wait at the academy till Scott and his books came in. This made him cross.
  • Al: Late again!
  • Ringo Starr: Scott laughed and Al fumed again. After Al had finished his work, he went back to the yard, and puffed on to the turntable. He was still feeling very bad tempered.
  • Al: Scott is impossible!
  • Ringo Starr: He grumbled to the others.
  • Al: He clanks about like a lot of old iron and he is so slow, he makes us wait!
  • Ringo Starr: Ash and Omi were indigment.
  • Omi: Old iron?! Slow?!
  • Ash: Why, Scott could beat you in a race any day!
  • Al: Really!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Al.
  • Al: I should like to see him do it.
  • ​Ringo Starr: Next morning, Al's driver was suddenly taking ill. He could hardly stand, so the fireman uncoupled Raimundo ready for shunting. Al was impatient. Suddenly, the signalman shouted. There was Al puffing away down the line.
  • Signalman: All traffic halted!
  • Ringo Starr: He announced at last. Then he told the fireman what had happened.
  • Signalman: Two boys were on Al's footplate fiddling with the controls.
  • Fireman: Whew.
  • Signalman: They tumbled off and ran when Al started.
  • (Phone rings)
  • Ringo Starr: The signalman answered the telephone.
  • Signalman: Yes? He's here? Right, I'll tell him. The inspector's coming at once. He wants a shunter's pole and a coil of wire rope.
  • Fireman: What for?
  • Ringo Starr: Wondered the fireman.
  • Signalman: Search me, but you better get them quickly.
  • Ringo Starr: The fireman was ready when Scott arrived. The inspector saw the pole and a rope.
  • Inspector: Good man, jump in.
  • Scott: We'll catch him, we'll catch him.
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Scott. Al was laughing.
  • Al: What a lark! What a lark!
  • Ringo Starr: He chuckled to himself. Suddenly, he was going faster and faster. He realized that he had no driver.
  • Al: What shall I do? I can't stop! Help! Help!
  • Scott: We're coming, we're coming!
  • Ringo Starr: Called Scott. Scott was panting up behind with every ounce of steam he had. At last, he caught up with Al.
  • ​Scott's Driver: Steady, Scott.
  • Ringo Starr: Called his driver. The inspector stood on Scott's front holding a noose of rope in the crook of the shunter's pole. He was trying to slip it over Al's buffer. The characters swayed and lurched. At last...
  • Inspector: Got him!
  • Ringo Starr: He shouted. He pulled the noose tight. Gently braking, Scott's driver checked the characters' speed, and Raimundo's fireman scrambled across and took control.
  • Scott: So the old iron caught you after all.
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Scott.
  • Al: I'm sorry.
  • Ringo Starr: Whispered Al.
  • Al: Thank you for saving me. You were splendid, Scott.
  • ​Scott: That's all right.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Scott. The characters arrived at the station side by side. Bugs Bunny was waiting.
  • Bugs: A fine piece of work.
  • Ringo Starr: He said.
  • Bugs: Al, you can rest, and then take your train. I'm proud of you, Scott. You shall go to the works and have your worn parts mended.
  • Scott: Oh, thank you, Sir.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott.
  • Scott: It'll be lovely not to clank.

Ash and Heathcliff

  • Ringo Starr: Heathcliff the Cat enjoyed living in the Vicarage Orchard. Scott came to see him everyday, but sometimes, Heathcliff didn't have enough work to do.
  • Heathcliff: I do like to keep busy all the time.
  • Ringo Starr: He sighed one day.
  • Heathcliff: And I do like company. Especially, children's company.
  • Scott: Cheer up.
  • Ringo Starr: Smiled Scott.
  • Scott: Bugs Bunny has worked for you at his new harbor. I'm to take you to meet Ash today.
  • Heathcliff: Oh.
  • Ringo Starr: Exclaimed Heathcliff happily.
  • Heathcliff: The harbor, the seaside, children. That would be lovely.
  • Ringo Starr: Ash was on his way to the harbour with a trainload of metal pilings. They were needed to make the harbour wharf firm and safe.
  • Scott: Hello, Ash.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Scott.
  • Scott: This is Heathcliff a friend of mine. He's a cat.
  • Ringo Starr: Ash eyed the newcomer doubtfully.
  • Ash: A what?
  • Ringo Starr: He asked.
  • Heathcliff: A cat.
  • Ringo Starr: Explained Heathcliff.
  • Heathcliff: I run on roads instead of rails. Can you take me to the harbour, please? Bugs Bunny has a job for me.
  • Ash: Yes, of course.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Ash. But he was still puzzled. Workmen coupled Heathcliff's car to Ash's train and soon they were ready to start their journey.
  • Heathcliff: I'm glad Bugs Bunny needs me.
  • Ringo Starr: Called Heathcliff.
  • Heathcliff: I don't have enough to do sometime you know. Although I can work anywhere. In orchards, on farms, in scrapyards even at harbours.
  • Ash: But you don't run on rails.
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Ash.
  • Heathcliff: I'm a cat. I don't need rails to be useful.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Heathcliff.
  • Heathcliff: You wait and see.
  • Ringo Starr: When they reached the harbour, they found everything in confusion. Beedrill had been derailed, blocking the line and stone slabs lay everywhere.
  • Driver: We must get this pilings past.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Ash's Driver.
  • Driver: They are escential. Heathcliff, we need you to drag them round this mess.
  • Heathcliff: Just the sort of job I like.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Heathcliff.
  • Heathcliff: Now you'll see, Ash. I'll soon show you what cats can do.
  • Ringo Starr: Heathcliff was as good as his work. He dragged the pilings clear with chains and towed them into position.
  • Heathcliff: Who needs rails?
  • Ringo Starr: He muttered cheerfully to himself. Later, Ash brought Bailey and Marina to visit him. Ash was most impressed.
  • Ash: Now I understand how useful a cat can be.
  • Ringo Starr: The coaches were full of children. Heathcliff gave them rides to all the harbour. He liked this best of all.
  • Bailey: He's very kind.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bailey.
  • Marina: He reminds me of Ash.
  • Ringo Starr: Added Marina. Everyone was sorry when it was time for Heathcliff to go. Ash pulled him to the junction. A small tear came into Heathcliff's eye. Ash pretended not to see. He whistled gaily to make Heathcliff happy.
  • Ash: I'll come and see you if I can.
  • Ringo Starr: He promised.
  • Ash: Jon Arbuckle 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.
  • Heathcliff: That would be wonderful.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Heathcliff. That evening, Heathcliff stood remembering his new friend Ash, the harbour, and most of all, the children. Then he went happily to sleep in the shed at the bottom of the orchard.

Omi and The Traffic Light

  • Ringo Starr: Omi works in the hallways at the Cartoon Academy. He loves playing jokes, but they can get him into trouble. One morning, he was very cheeky indeed.
  • Omi: Peep peep! Hurry up, Terry, the train's ready.
  • Ringo Starr: Terry thought he was late.
  • Omi: Ha, ha, ha!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed Omi and showed him a train of dirty Beedrill. Terry thought how he can pay Omi back for teasing him. Next it was Al's turn.
  • Omi: Stay in the shed today, Al. Bugs Bunny will come and see you.
  • Al: Ah!
  • Ringo Starr: Thought Al.
  • Al: Bugs Bunny knows I'm a fine boy. He wants me to pull the special train.
  • Ringo Starr: Al's driver and fireman could not make him move. The other characters grumbled dreadfully. They had to do Al's work as well as their own. At last, the inspector arrived.
  • Inspector: Show a wheel, Al. You can't stay here all day.
  • Al: Bugs Bunny told me to stay here. He sent a message this morning.
  • Inspector: He did not. How could he? He's away for a week.
  • Al: Oh.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Al.
  • Al: Oh. Where's Omi?
  • ​Ringo Starr: ​Omi had wisely disappeared. When Bugs Bunny came back, he did see Al and Omi too. Both characters wished he hadn't. One morning, Omi was careless.
  • Omi: I say, you characters, I'm to take some Beedrill to Ash's junction. Bugs Bunny chose me specialy. He must know I'm a really useful characters.
  • Al: More likely, he wants you out of the way.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled Al. Terry looked across to Al. They were going to make a plan.
  • Terry: Al and I were just speaking about traffic lights at the junction. We can't be too careful about traffic lights, but then I needn't say that to a really useful character like you, Omi.
  • Ringo Starr: Omi felt flattered.
  • Al: We've had spoken about backing traffic lights.
  • Ringo Starr: Put in Al.
  • Al: They need extra special care you know. Would you like me to explain?
  • Omi: No thank you, Al.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Omi.
  • Omi: I know all about signals.
  • Ringo Starr: Omi was a little worried.
  • Omi: I wonder what backing traffic lights are.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought.
  • Omi: Never mind, I'll manage.
  • Ringo Starr: He puffed crossly to his Beedrill and felt better. He came to a traffic light.
  • Omi: Bother, it's a danger.
  • Ringo Starr: The traffic light moved to show line cleared. It's arm moved up instead of down. Omi had never been that sort of signal before.
  • Omi: Down means go and up means stop. So upper still must mean go back. I know. It's one of those backing traffic lights.
  • Driver: Come on, Omi.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Off we go. Stop! You're going the wrong way!
  • Alex: But it's a backing traffic light.
  • Ringo Starr: Omi protested and told him about Terry and Al. The driver laughed and explained.
  • Omi: Oh, dear.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Omi.
  • Omi: Let's start quickly before they see us.
  • Ringo Starr: He was too late. Terry saw everything. That night, the big characters talked about signals. They thought the subject was funny. Omi thought they were being very silly.

Virgil Takes Charge

  • Omi: Do you know what?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Omi.
  • Terry: What?
  • Ringo Starr: Grunted Terry.
  • Omi: Do you know what?
  • Terry: Silly!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Terry.
  • Terry: Of course I don't know what. If you don't tell me what what is.
  • Omi: Bugs Bunny says that the work in the yard is too heavy for me. He's getting a bigger character to help me.
  • Al: Rubbish!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Al.
  • Al: Any character could do it. If you work hard and chatterless, this yard would be a sweeter, a better and a happier place.
  • Ringo Starr: Omi went off to get some pets.
  • Omi: That stupid old traffic light.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought. He was remembering the time he misunderstood a traffic light and gone backwards instead of forwards.
  • Omi: No one listens to me now. They think I'm a silly little kid and order me about. I'll show them, I'll show them.
  • Ringo Starr: But he didn't know how. By the end of the afternoon, he felt tired and unhappy. He brought some pets to the station.
  • Bugs: Hello, Omi.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bugs Bunny.
  • Bugs: You look tired.
  • Omi: Yes sir, I am sir. I don't know if I'm standing on my head or on my feet.
  • Bugs: You look the right way up to me.
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed Bugs Bunny.
  • Bugs: Cheer up. The new character is bigger than you and can properly do the work alone. Would you like to help build my new harbour? Ash and Jackie will help.
  • Omi: Oh yes, sir. Thank you, sir.
  • Ringo Starr: The new character arrived.
  • Bugs: What's your name?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Bugs Bunny.
  • Virgil: Montague, sir, but I'm usually called Virgil. They say I waddle. I don't really, sir, but I like Virgil better than Montague.
  • Bugs: Good. Virgil it shall be. Here, Omi, show Virgil around.
  • Ringo Starr: The two characters went off together. Soon they were very busy. Al, Terry and Shaggy watched Virgil quietly doing his work.
  • Shaggy: He seems a simple sort of character.
  • Al: We'll have some fun and order him about.
  • Shaggy, Terry and Al: (quacking noises) Wheesh!
  • Ringo Starr: Smoke billowed everywhere. Omi was cross, but Virgil took no notice.
  • Virgil: They'll get tired of it soon. Do they tell you to do things, Omi?
  • Omi: Yes they do.
  • Ringo Starr: Answered Omi.
  • Virgil: Right.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Virgil.
  • Virgil: We'll soon stop that nonsense.
  • Ringo Starr: He whispered something.
  • Virgil: We'll do it later.
  • Ringo Starr: Bugs Bunny was looking forward to hot buttered toast for tea at home. Suddenly, he heard an extroitnary noise.
  • Shaggy, Terry and Al: Wheesh! (snorting noises)
  • Bugs: Bother!
  • Ringo Starr: He said and hurried to the yard. Virgil and Omi calmly sat on the points outside the shed, refusing to let the characters in. Terry, Al and Shaggy were furious.
  • Bugs: Stop that noise!
  • Ringo Starr: Bellowed Bugs Bunny.
  • Terry: They won't let us in!
  • Ringo Starr: Hissed Terry.
  • Bugs: Virgil, explain this behavior.
  • Virgil: Beg pardon, sir, but I'm a teenager. We do our work without fuss, but begging your pardon, sir. Omi and I will be glad if you like to inform these, um, characters that we only take orders from you.
  • (Al and Terry blew their whistles loudly)
  • Bugs: Silence!
  • Ringo Starr: Snapped Bugs Bunny.
  • Bugs: Omi and Virgil, I am pleased with your work today, but not with your behavior tonight. You have caused a disturbance.
  • Ringo Starr: Terry, Shaggy and Al sniggered.
  • Bugs: As for you.
  • Ringo Starr: Thundered Bugs Bunny.
  • Bugs: You've been worse. You made a disturbance. Virgil is quite right. This is my railway and I give the orders.
  • Ringo Starr: After Omi went away, Virgil was left to manage alone. He did so...easily!

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