Here's my first go at a Ringo Starr US version. It's Bertie's Chase. Taken from Bertie's Chase & Other Thomas Stories (1997) that I made. The nameplates after this are Thomas, James, Gordon, Henry, Edward, Percy, Toby, Bertie and Terence. I took the UK version, and put the line "The conductor blew the whistle" taken from Thomas & The Conductor (Ringo Starr) and edited out the word "guard" and replaced it with "conductor".


  • Ringo Starr: One morning, Edward was waiting to pick up passangers from Thomas' train.
  • Edward: PEEP! PEEP! We're late. Where is Thomas? He dosen't usally make us late.
  • Edward's Fireman (singing): Oh dear. What can the matter be?
  • Ringo Starr: Sang the fireman.
  • Edward's Fireman (singing): Johnny so long at. . .
  • Edward's Driver: Never you mind about Johnny!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed the driver.
  • Edward's Driver: Just you climb up the cab and look for Thomas. (The fireman climbs up Edward's cab) Can you see him?
  • Edward's Fireman: No.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied the fireman.
  • Edward's Fireman: There's Bertie Bus in a terroring hurry. No need to bother with him though. Likely, he's on a coach tour or something. (The fireman climbs back into Edward's cab)
  • Ringo Starr: He clambered down. (Edward's whistle blows as he leaves)
  • (Bertie's horn honks)
  • Bertie: Stop, stop! I've got Thomas' passengers.
  • Ringo Starr: Wailed Bertie roaring up to the gates. It was no good. Edward was gone.
  • Bertie: Bother.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie.
  • Bertie: Bother Thomas' fireman not coming to work today. Why did I promise to help the passengers catch the train? (Edward disappeared in the distance as his whistle blows and Bertie starts moving)
  • Bertie's Driver: That will do, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Bertie's Driver: A promise is a promise and we must keep it. (Bertie's horn honks as he moves on)
  • Bertie: I'll catch Edward or bust.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie. (Bertie keeps looking for Edward)
  • Bertie: Oh, my gears and axels.
  • Ringo Starr: He groaned, towaring up the hill.
  • Bertie: I'll never be the same bus again. Hooray, hooray. I see him.
  • Ringo Starr: Cheered Bertie as he reached the top.
  • Bertie: Oh, no. Edward's at the station. (He stops) No, he stopped at a crossing. Hooray, hooray. (He keeps going)
  • Ringo Starr: Bertie toward down the hill.
  • Passengers: Well done, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Shouted his passengers.
  • Passengers: Go it. (Edward leaves)
  • Ringo Starr: Bertie skiddered into the yard.
  • Bertie: Wait, wait.
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Bertie. (He stops at the gates) He was just in time to see Edward puff away.
  • Bertie: I'm sorry.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie. (everyone was out)
  • Passengers: Never mind.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the passengers.
  • Passengers: After him, quickly. Third time lucky, you know. Do you think we'll catch him at the next station, Driver?
  • Bertie's Driver: There's a good chance.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied the driver.
  • Bertie's Driver: Our road keeps close to the line and we can climb hills better than Edward. I'll just make sure. (His head turns to the right)
  • Ringo Starr: He spoke to the stationmaster. Bertie and the passengers waited impatiently.
  • Bertie's Driver: Yes. We'll do it this time.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the driver. (Everyone is back in)
  • Passengers: Hooray.
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers as Bertie chased after Edward once more. (Bertie's horn honks as he continues on)
  • (Edward puffs over the bridge, while Bertie rolls under)
  • Coaches: This hill is too steep, this hill is too steep.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled the coaches as Edward snorted in front.
  • (Edward finally makes it)
  • Ringo Starr: They reached the top at last and ran smoothly into the station. (Edward's whistle blows and stops at the station)
  • Edward: PEEP! PEEP!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Edward.
  • Edward: Get in quickly, please. (The conductor blows his whistle)
  • Ringo Starr: The conductor blew the whistle and Edward's driver looked back. But the flag didn't wave. (Bertie's horn honks) Then he heard Bertie. Everything seemed to happen at once. And the stationmaster told the conductor and driver what had happened.
  • Edward: I'm sorry about the chase, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward. (Bertie pants)
  • Bertie: My fault.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Bertie. (Bertie continues panting)
  • Bertie: Late at junctions. You didn't know about Thomas' passengers. (Edward's whistle blows and everyone was on board)
  • Edward: Peep, peep. Goodbye, Bertie. We're off.
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Edward. (he leaves)
  • Passengers: Three cheers for Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers. (Back backs up) Bertie raced back to tell Thomas that all was well. (Bertie's horn honks and goes to find Thomas)
  • (Bertie's horn honks once again and stops)
  • Thomas: Thank you, Bertie for keeping your promise.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: You're a very good friend indeed.


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