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Best of Alex is an Ash & Friends video spoof to Best of Percy. It is composed of one Season 1 episode, five Season 2 episodes, and three Season 3 episodes narrated by George Carlin and Ringo Starr.

Description

  • Known as the Junior Member of the railway with #6 on his side and a spunky personality, Alex has been a faithful friend of Ash from the beginning. Even loyal Ash & Friends' fans like you have chosen Alex as Ash's favorite friend. Celebrate all the special characteristics and qualities Alex brings to the land of YTV in this commemorative Collector's Edition video. In a poll on YTV's website YTV Unlimited, we asked children from around the world to select their favorite classic Alex stories. Remember when Alex pretended to be a ghost and scared Ash... or when, after an argument with Raimundo, Alex ended up in a very "sticky" situation!!!? Join Ash, Raimundo, Steven and the rest of your YTV friends as we honor everyone's favorite little kid who does really big things, ALEX.

Cast

  1. Ash Ketchum as Thomas (Veronica Taylor)
  2. Kevin Keene as Edward (Matt Hill)
  3. Shaggy Rogers as Henry (Matthew Lillard)
  4. Terry McGinnis as Gordon (Will Friedle)
  5. Raimundo Pedrosa as James (Tom Kenny)
  6. Alexander "Alex" O'Connell as Percy (Chris Marquette)
  7. Jackie Chan as Toby (James Sie)
  8. Virgil Hawkins as Duck (Phil LaMarr)
  9. Lexi Bunny as Daisy (Jessica DiCicco)
  10. Beedrill as Troublesome Trucks
  11. Bumpty The Penguin as Bill (Brianne Siddall)
  12. Raphael The Raven as Ben (Phil LaMarr)
  13. Superman as Harold (Tim Daily)
  14. Steven Ketchum as Sir Topham Hatt (Dan Green)
  15. Suzy as Annie (Megan Hollingshead)
  16. Pietra as Clarabel (Carol Jacobanis)
  17. Princess Kitana as Henrietta (Cree Summer)
  18. Wilhelmina Ketchum as Lady Hatt (Amy Birnbaum)
  19. Ken of The Pokemon Mystery Club as Diesel (Marc Thompson)
  20. Nora Shepard as Mrs. Kyndley (Melanie Chartoff)

Episodes

  1. Alex's Ghostly Trick
  2. A Scarf For Alex
  3. Alex Takes The Plunge
  4. Alex's Predicament
  5. Ash, Alex and The Mail Route
  6. Alex Runs Away
  7. Alex and The Traffic Light
  8. Alex Proves A Point
  9. Alex's Promise

Transcript

Alex's Ghostly Trick

  • (Noctowl hoots twice)
  • (Ghost horn blows)
  • Alex: And every year on the date of the accident, it runs again as a warning to others, plunging into the gap, shrieking like a lost soul.
  • Ash: Alex what are you talking about?
  • Alex: The ghost train. Driver saw it last night.
  • Ash and Jackie: Where?
  • George Carlin: Asked Ash and Jackie.
  • Alex: He didn't say, oh it makes my feet wobble to think of it.
  • Ash: Pooh!
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: You're just a silly little boy. I'm not scared.
  • Alex: Ash didn't believe in ghosts.
  • George Carlin: Said Alex next morning. His driver laughed.
  • Driver: Neither do I. It was only a pretend ghost story.
  • George Carlin: Alex was disappointed. That evening, he came back from the harbour. Alex knew where he was, even in the dark.
  • Alex: Crowe's Farm Crossing. We shan't be long now.
  • George Carlin: He liked running at night. The rails hummed and the signal light shoned green. But a broken cart load of lime lay ahead. Sam the Farmer had just gone for help.
  • (A loud crash is heard as Alex hits the cart)
  • George Carlin: Alex broke the cart to smithereens. Lime flew everywhere. He puffed quickly to the nearest signal box. Alex's driver explained what had happened.
  • Signalman: I'll see to it.
  • George Carlin: Said the Signalman.
  • Signalman: But you better clean Alex, or people will think he's a ghost.
  • George Carlin: Alex chuckled.
  • Alex: Do let's pretend I'm a ghost and scared Ash. That'll teach him to see I'm a silly little boy.
  • George Carlin: Jackie promised to help. Ash was being oiled up for his evening train.
  • Jackie: Alex's had an accident!
  • George Carlin: Cried Jackie.
  • Ash: Poor boy.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: Botheration! That means I'll be late!
  • Jackie: They've cleared the line for you, but there's something worse.
  • Ash: Out with it, Jackie, I can't wait all evening.
  • Jackie: I've just seen something.
  • George Carlin: Said Jackie.
  • Jackie: It looked like Alex's ghost. It said it was coming here to warn us.
  • Ash: Pooh! Who cares? Don't be frightened, Jackie. I'll take care of you.
  • (We can hear a loud brake sound)
  • Alex: (ghostly voice) Peep, peep, peep-peep-peep, peep! Let me in, let me in!
  • George Carlin: Wailed Alex.
  • Jackie: No, no! Not by the smoke on my chimney chim chim!
  • Alex: (ghostly voice) I'll chuff and I'll puff and I'll break your door in!
  • (The doors open and reveal Alex all along)
  • Ash: Oh dear!
  • George Carlin: Explained Ash.
  • Ash: It's getting late. Oh, I have no idea. Oh, I must find Suzy and Pietra.
  • George Carlin: It was morning when Ash returned.
  • Alex: Where have you been?
  • George Carlin: Asked Alex.
  • Ash: Ah well.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: I knew you be sad about Alex, and I, um, I didn't like to intrude. I slept in the freight shed and...
  • (A ghostly whistle is heard)
  • Ash: Oh, sorry, can't stop. Gotta see a coach about a train.
  • George Carlin: Alex was non a worse for his adventure, and was still enjoying himself enormously. He had heard everything.
  • Alex: Well, well, well! What do you know about that?
  • Jackie: Anyone would think...
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Jackie.
  • Jackie: ...that our Ash was just seen a ghost!

A Scarf For Alex

  • George Carlin: It was a cold winter's morning on the land of YTV. The wind was bitter and the ground hard with frost. Ash and Alex were cold and cross.
  • Ash: All I want is a warm boiler.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Ash.
  • Ash: Firelighter knows that. He's late.
  • Alex: He's not late.
  • George Carlin: Replied Alex.
  • Alex: This weather woke us up early.
  • George Carlin: Gusts of wind swirled round the shed, tossing flakes of snow towards Ash. Then they swooshed round Alex too.
  • Alex: Why don't we talk about something else?
  • George Carlin: Shivered Alex.
  • Ash: Yes.
  • George Carlin: Replied Ash.
  • Ash: Like how silly we'll look when our funnels turn into icicles.
  • Alex: That's not funny. Maybe we'll stop feeling cold if we talk about warm things-like sunshine and steam.
  • Ash: And firefighters.
  • George Carlin: Muttered Ash.
  • Alex: Scarves!
  • George Carlin: Continued Alex.
  • Ash: Scarves.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Ash.
  • Ash: That's what you need, Alex. A woolly scarf round your funnel.
  • George Carlin: Ash was only teasing, but Alex thought happily about scarves until the firelighter came. Steven was enjoying hot porridge for breakfast. He was looking foward to taking important visitors on a tour of the railway, and had pressed his special trousers.
  • Steven: I shall put them in my trunk.
  • George Carlin: Steven said to his wife.
  • Steven: And change into them just before the photographs are taken.
  • George Carlin: Then he set off to catch his train. Alex was now working hard. His fire was burning nicely, and he had plenty of steam, but he still hought about scarves. He saw them everywhere he went.
  • Alex: My funnel's cold! My funnel's cold!
  • George Carlin: He puffed.
  • Alex: I want a scarf! I want a scarf!
  • Shaggy: Rubbish, Alex!
  • George Carlin: Said Shaggy.
  • Shaggy: Characters don't wear scarves.
  • Alex: Characters with proper funnels do.
  • George Carlin: Replied Alex.
  • Alex: You've only got a small one.
  • George Carlin: Before Shaggy could answer, Alex puffed away. Shaggy snorted. He was looking forward to pulling the special train. It was time for the photographs. Everyone was excited. Steven was waiting on the platform for his trousers. They were in a trunk amoungst a big load of baggage. The porters were taking the baggage trolley across the line. They were walking backwards to see that nothing fell off. Alex was still being cheeky. His driver always shut off steam just outside the station. Alex wanted to surprise the coaches by coming in as quietly was he could. But the porters didn't hear him either. Alex gave them such a fright that boxes and bags burst everywhere.
  • Alex: OH!
  • George Carlin: Groaned Alex. Sticky streams of jam trickled down Alex's face. A top hat hung on his lamp iron. Worst of all, a pair of trousers coiled lovingly round his funnel. Everyone was very angry. Steven seized the top hat.
  • Steven: Mine!
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Steven: Alex, look at this!
  • Alex: Yes sir, I am sir.
  • Steven: My best trousers too.
  • Alex: Yes sir, please sir.
  • Steven: We must pay the passengers for their spoiled clothes, and my trousers are ruined. I hope this will teach you not to play tricks with the coaches.
  • George Carlin: Alex went off to the yard. He felt very silly. On the way he met Raimundo.
  • Raimundo: Hello, Alex. So you found a scarf, eh? But legs go in trousers, not funnels!
  • George Carlin: And he puffed off to tell Shaggy the news. That evening, Ash and Alex were resting in the shed. Alex's driver has taken away the trousers and gave Alex a good rubdown.
  • Ash: Firelighter's promised to come early tomorrow.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash. Shaggy arrived. He'd enjoyed taking the visitors around and now he felt sorry for Alex too.
  • Shaggy: Driver says the weather will be warmer tomorrow. You won't need a scarf, Alex.
  • Alex: Certainly not!
  • George Carlin: Replied Alex.
  • Alex: Characters don't need scarves. Characters need warm boilers. Everyone knows that!

Alex Takes The Plunge

  • Ringo Starr: One day, Shaggy wanted to rest, but Alex was talking to some birds. He was telling them about the time he had brave bad weather to help Ash.
  • Alex: It was raining hard. Water swirled under my boiler. I couldn't see where I was going, but I struggled on.
  • Bumpty: Oh, Alex, you are brave.
  • Rikochet: Well, it wasn't anything really. Water's nothing to a character with determination.
  • Raphael: Tell us more, Alex.
  • Shaggy: What are you characters doing here?
  • Ringo Starr: Hissed Shaggy.
  • Shaggy: This shed is for Steven's characters. Go away. Silly things.
  • Ringo Starr: Shaggy snorted.
  • Alex: They're not silly.
  • Ringo Starr: Alex had been enjoying himself.
  • Shaggy: They are silly and so are you. Water's nothing to a character with determination. Huh.
  • Alex: Anyway.
  • Ringo Starr: Said cheeky Alex.
  • Alex: I'm not afraid of water, I like it.
  • Ringo Starr: He ran off to the harbour singing.
  • Alex: Once a character carrying some flowers was afraid of a few drops of rain.
  • Shaggy: No one ever lets me forget the time I wouldn't come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint.
  • Ringo Starr: Huffed Shaggy. Ash was looking at the board on the key.
  • Ash: Danger. We mustn't go passed it.
  • Ringo Starr: He said.
  • Ash: That's orders.
  • Alex: Why?
  • Ash: Danger means falling down something.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Ash.
  • Ash: I went pass danger once, and fell down a mine.
  • Alex: I can't see a mine.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Alex. He didn't know that the foundations of the key had sunk. The rails now sloped down into the sea.
  • Alex: Stupid board.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Alex. Alex made a plan. One day, he whispered to the Beedrill.
  • Alex: Will you give me a bump when we get to the key?
  • Ringo Starr: The Beedrill had never asked to bump a character before. They giggled and chattered about it.
  • Alex: Driver doesn't know my plan.
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Alex.
  • Beedrill: On, on, on!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed the Beedrill. Alex thought they were helping.
  • Alex: I'll pretend to stop at the station, but the Beedrill will push me pass the board. Then I'll make them stop. I can do that wherever I like.
  • Ringo Starr: Every wise character knows that you cannot trust Beedrill.
  • Beedrill: Go on, go on!
  • Ringo Starr: They yelled, and bumped Alex's driver and fireman off the footplate.
  • Alex: Ow!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Alex, sliding pass the board. Alex was frantic.
  • Alex: That's enough!
  • (Alex falls into the water)
  • Ringo Starr: Alex was sunked.
  • Steven: You are a very disobeident kid.
  • Ringo Starr: Alex knew that voice.
  • Alex: Please, sir, get me out, sir, I'm truly sorry, sir.
  • Steven: No, Alex, we cannot do that till high tide. I hope it will teach you to take care of yourself.
  • Alex: Yes, sir.
  • Ringo Starr: It was dark when they brought floating cranes to rescue Alex. He was too cold and stiff to move by himself. Next day, he was sent to the works on Shaggy's freight train.
  • Shaggy: Well, well, well!
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Shaggy.
  • Shaggy: Did you like the water?
  • Alex: No.
  • Shaggy: I am surprised. You need more determination, Alex. Water's nothing to a character with determination you know. Perhaps you will like it better next time.
  • Ringo Starr: Alex is quite determined that they'll won't be a next time.

Alex's Predicament

  • George Carlin: Lexi Bunny's work in the countryside was full of surprises. But she was frightened of bulls and cows and she remained very lazy and stubborn. One day, Jackie brought Kitana to the Cartoon University where Alex was grumpily sorting.
  • Jackie: Hello, Alex. I see Lexi's left the milk behind again.
  • Alex: I had to make a special journey within I suppose. Anyone would think I've nothing to do.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Alex.
  • Jackie: Tell you what.
  • George Carlin: Replied Jackie.
  • Jackie: I'll take the milk, you fetch my Beedrill.
  • George Carlin: Their drivers and stationmaster agreed. Alex had never been to the quarry before. He began ordering the Beedrill about.
  • Alex: Hurry along.
  • George Carlin: He said. The Beedrill grumbled to each other.
  • Beedrill: This is Jackie's place! Alex's got no right to poke his head in here and push us around.
  • George Carlin: They whispered and pass the word.
  • Beedrill: Pay Alex back! Pay Alex back!
  • Alex: Come along.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Alex.
  • Alex: No nonsense.
  • Beedrill: We'll give him nonsense.
  • George Carlin: Giggled the Beedrill. But they followed so quietly that Alex thought they were under control. Suddenly, they saw a notice ahead: All Trains Stop To Pin Down Brakes.
  • Alex: Peep peep! Brakes, Conductor, please!
  • George Carlin: But before he could check them the Beedrill surged ahead.
  • Beedrill: On! On!
  • George Carlin: They cried.
  • Alex: Help! Help!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Alex. The man on duty at the crossing rushed to warn traffic with his red flag but was too late to switch Alex to the runaway sidings. Frantically trying to grip the rails Alex slid into the yard.
  • Alex: Peep! Peep! Look out!
  • (Alex crashed into the break van)
  • George Carlin: The break van was in smithereens. Alex's driver and fireman had jumped clear but Alex was stranded. Next day, Steven arrived. Jackie and Lexi had helped to clear the wreckage but Alex remained on his perch of Beedrill.
  • Steven: We must now try.
  • George Carlin: Said Steven.
  • Steven: To run a branch line with Jackie and a bunny. You have put us in an awkward predicament, Alex.
  • Alex: I am sorry, sir.
  • Steven: You must stay here till we are ready.
  • George Carlin: Continued Steven.
  • Steven: And you really must be more careful with Beedrill.
  • George Carlin: Alex sighed. The Beedrill groaned beneath his feet. He quite understood about awkward predicaments. Steven spoke severly to Lexi too.
  • Steven: My characters work hard. I send lazy characters away.
  • George Carlin: Lexi was ashamed.
  • Steven: However, Jackie says you worked hard after Alex's accident, so you shall have another chance.
  • Lexi: Thank you, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Lexi.
  • Lexi: I will work hard. Jackie says he'll help me.
  • Steven: Excellent. What Jackie doesn't know about branch line problems isn't worth knowing. But our Jackie's an experienced character.
  • George Carlin: Next day, Ash came back, and Alex was sent to be mended. Suzy and Pietra were delighted to see Ash again and he took them to a run at once. All were now friends, and Jackie has taught Lexi a great deal. She shooed a cow the other day all by herself. That show's you, doesn't it?

Ash, Alex and The Mail Route

  • George Carlin: At night, when the other characters are tucked away in their rooms, you can still hear the faraway call of a Kids' WB character and the proper sound of feet moving. This is the sound of the mail delivery. One train is pulled by Ash, and the other by Alex, as the loads are too heavy for one character to do the work alone. The mail is loaded into Beedrill at the harbour and the characters pull their trains through the silent stations delivering their precious loads. One a clear night, a big shiny moon brightens their journey, but often Ash and Alex can even see the stars. But whenever the weather, lamps along the track always light their way. One night, Alex was waiting at the junction. The main line train was late. At last, Shaggy arrived.
  • Shaggy: Sorry.
  • George Carlin: He puffed.
  • Shaggy: The mail boat from the main line was delayed.
  • Driver: Come on, Alex.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Let's make up for lost time.
  • George Carlin: Alex hurried along as quickly as he could. But the sun was already rising as he finish his work.
  • Alex: Never mind.
  • George Carlin: Thought Alex.
  • Alex: It's nice be up in about, when it's the start of a new day and there's no one else around.
  • George Carlin: Alex was not alone for long.
  • Alex: Bother!
  • George Carlin: Thought Alex.
  • Alex: It's that dizzy-thing Superman.
  • Superman: Good morning.
  • George Carlin: Whirled Superman.
  • Superman: I only said railways were out of date, but you're so slow with the mail. You should give everyone their stamps back.
  • George Carlin: Alex was too tired to explain.
  • Alex: Bird brain.
  • George Carlin: He muttered.
  • Virgil: Good morning, Alex.
  • George Carlin: Called Virgil.
  • Virgil: You're up early this morning.
  • Alex: No, you're wrong.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Alex.
  • Alex: I'm back, tired and late.
  • George Carlin: He rolled up to the shed and fell asleep, almost before his buffers touched the bar. His driver decided to set off early that evening. Ash was waiting at the station.
  • Ash: Thank goodness I have a chance to speak to you. Driver says the person in charge of the mail has complained to Steven about the delay last night.
  • Alex: But that wasn't my fault.
  • George Carlin: Replied Alex.
  • Ash: I know.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash.
  • Ash: And so does Steven, but this mail person wouldn't listen. Tonight, we'll just have to be quicker than ever before.
  • George Carlin: The characters were just leaving when they heard a familiar buzzing.
  • Superman: I say, you two, there's news flying about.
  • Alex: Where?
  • George Carlin: Puffed Alex crossly.
  • Superman: All other the place. They're going to scrap the mail train and use me instead. Wings work wonders you know. Always.
  • Ash: Rubbish.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Ash. That night, everything ran like clockwork. Ash and Alex steamed through the stations making good time everywhere they went. At a station, Ash notice the man looking cold and worried. He had missed his train home.
  • Driver: We can give you a ride.
  • George Carlin: Said Ash's driver.
  • Ash's Driver: But it'll be rather uncomfortable.
  • Man: Thank you.
  • George Carlin: Said the man.
  • Man: Anything's better than sitting here.
  • George Carlin: The next afternoon, Alex past the airfield and saw Superman.
  • Alex: Hello, lazywings. Are you too tired to fly today?
  • Superman: The wings are too strong.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Superman.
  • Superman: I've been grounded.
  • Alex: You need rails.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Alex.
  • Alex: They work wonders you know. Always.
  • George Carlin: That night, Steven show the two characters a letter. It was from the man who missed his train.
  • Steven: He thinks you are both splendid, and everyone says that the mail train is the pride of the line.

Alex Runs Away

  • George Carlin: Shaggy, Raimundo 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 Alex who helps pull coaches 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.
  • Raimundo: We will.
  • Steven: That's good, but please remember that this no shunting nonsense must stop.
  • George Carlin: Steven then told Alex, 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 ladies were very pleased to see Ash again. Kevin and Alex 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. Alex was left alone. He didn't mind that a bit. He like watching trains and being cheeky to the other characters.
  • Alex: Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: He would call, and they got very cross. After a great deal of shunting, Alex was waiting for the signalman to set the switch so that he can go back to the yard. Alex was being rather careless and not paying attention. Kevin had warned Alex.
  • Kevin: Be careful on the main line. Whistle to the signalman that you are there.
  • George Carlin: But Alex didn't remember to whistle, and so the busy signalman forgot him. Alex waited and waited. The switch were still against him so he couldn't move. Then, he looked along the main line.
  • Alex: 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 Alex, who then shuts his eyes and the big character comes to a frightening halt)
  • George Carlin: Alex opened his eyes. Terry had stopped with Alex's buffers just a few inches from his own. But Alex had began to move.
  • Alex: 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.
  • Alex: I want to stop! I want to stop!
  • George Carlin: He puffed. The man in the signalbox saw Alex was in trouble, so he kindly set the switch. Alex puffed wearly onto a nice empty siding, ending in a big bank of earth. He was too tired now to care where he went.
  • Alex: I want to stop, I want to stop! I have stopped!
  • George Carlin: He puffed thankfully.
  • Workmen: Never mind, Alex.
  • 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, Alex. You started so quickly that you stopped the nasty accident.
  • Alex: I'm sorry I was cheeky.
  • George Carlin: Said Alex.
  • Alex: You were clever to stop.
  • George Carlin: Replied Terry. Then Terry helped pull Alex out from the bank. The two characters are now good friends, but Alex was always most careful that he goes out on the main line.

Alex and The Traffic Light

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

Alex Proves A Point

  • George Carlin: Alex worked hard at the Cartoon University. The workmen needed stone for their building. Jackie helped, but sometimes the loads of stone were too heavy and Alex had to fetch them for himself. Sometimes he'd see Ash.
  • Ash: Well done, Alex. Steven is very pleased with us.
  • George Carlin: An airfield was closed by. Alex heard the airplane zooming overhead all day. The noises of all was a superhero.
  • Alex: Silly thing!
  • George Carlin: Said Alex.
  • Alex: Why can't and go and buzz somwhere else?
  • George Carlin: One day, Alex stopped at the airfield.
  • Alex: Hello.
  • George Carlin: Said Alex.
  • Alex: Who are you?
  • Superman: I'm Superman. Who are you?
  • Alex: I'm Alex. What whirly great arms you've got.
  • Superman: They're nice arms.
  • George Carlin: Said Superman.
  • Superman: I can hover like a bird. Don't you wish you could hover?
  • Alex: Certainly not. I like my rails, thank you.
  • Superman: I think railways are slow.
  • George Carlin: Said Superman.
  • Superman: They're not much use and quite out of date.
  • George Carlin: He whirled his arms and buzzed away. Alex found Jackie at the quarry.
  • Alex: I say Jackie. That Superman, that stuck up whirlybird thing, says I'm slow and out of date. Just let him wait. I'll show him.
  • George Carlin: He collected his Beedrill and started off still fuming. Soon, they heard a familar buzzing.
  • Driver: Alex.
  • George Carlin: Whispered his driver.
  • Driver: There's Superman. He's not far ahead. Let's race him.
  • Alex: Yes, let's.
  • George Carlin: Said Alex. Alex pounded along, the Beedrill screamed and swayed.
  • Driver: Well, I'll be a ding-dong dang!
  • George Carlin: Said the driver. There was Superman. The race was on!
  • Driver: Go it, Alex!
  • George Carlin: He yelled.
  • Driver: You're ganging!
  • George Carlin: Alex had never been allowed to go fast before. He was having the time of his life.
  • Alex: Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
  • George Carlin: He panted to the Beedrill.
  • Beedrill: We don't want to, we don't want to.
  • George Carlin: They grumbled. It was no use. Alex was bucketing along with flying wheels and Harold was high and alongside. The fireman shoveled for dear life.
  • Driver: Well done, Alex!
  • George Carlin: Shouted the driver.
  • Driver: We're ganging! We're going ahead! Oh good boy, good boy!
  • George Carlin: A distant signal warned them that the harbour wharf was near.
  • Alex: Peep peep peep! Brakes, conductor, please?
  • George Carlin: The driver carefully checked the train's headlong speed. They rolled onto the main line, and haulted on the wharf.
  • Alex: Oh dear!
  • George Carlin: Groaned Alex.
  • Alex: I'm sure we've lost.
  • George Carlin: The fireman scrambled to the cab roof.
  • Fireman: We've won, we've won!
  • George Carlin: He shouted.
  • Fireman: Superman's still hovering. He's looking for a place to land. Listen, boys.
  • George Carlin: The fireman called.
  • Fireman: Here's a song for Alex. (singing) Said Superman to our Alex you are slow. Your railway is out of date and not much used you know, but Alex and his stone cars did the trip in record time, and we beat the helicopter on our old branch line.
  • George Carlin: Alex loved it.
  • Alex: Oh, thank you!
  • George Carlin: He said. He liked the last line best of all, and was a very happy kid.

Alex's Promise

  • George Carlin: Every summer, the land of YTV is very busy. Holidaymakers love to sight see. When the weather is fine, there is no better place to visit. Some people like to go to the mountains, others like the valleys. Children love the seaside. One morning, Ash was strolling along the line that runs by the coast. His two girls, Suzy and Pietra, were packed with children going to the beach. Everyone was happy. Alex was taking some Beedrill to the Cartoon University.
  • Alex: Hello, Ash. You look cheerful. I wish I can take children today instead of Beedrill.
  • Ash: They're in the vicar's Sunday school.
  • George Carlin: Explained Ash.
  • Ash: I'm busy this evening, but the stationmaster says I can ask you to take the children home.
  • Alex: Of course I will.
  • George Carlin: Promised Alex. Later, Alex saw Superman.
  • Superman: Sorry, Alex. Can't talk. I'm on high alert.
  • Alex: Why?
  • Superman: Bad weather's due. My help's always needed. Might how you go, Alex.
  • Alex: Huh.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Alex.
  • Alex: As long I got rails to run on, I can go anywhere and any weather anyhow. Goodbye.
  • Kevin: Be careful.
  • George Carlin: Warned Kevin.
  • Kevin: There's a storm coming.
  • Alex: A promise is a promise.
  • George Carlin: Thought Alex.
  • Alex: No matter what the weather.
  • George Carlin: The children had a lovely day, but by tea time, dark clouds loomed ahead. Suzy and Pietra were glad when Alex arrived. He was just in time. The rain streamed down Alex's boiler.
  • Alex: Ugh!
  • George Carlin: He shivered and thought of his nice dry shed. Alex struggled on past coastal villages and into the countryside. The river was rising fast.
  • Alex: I wish I could see, I wish I could see!
  • George Carlin: Complained Alex as he battled against the rain. More trouble lay ahead.
  • (Alex falls into the water and inside him, the fire gets sloshed)
  • Alex: Oh!
  • George Carlin: Hissed Alex.
  • Alex: The water's sloshing my fire!
  • George Carlin: Alex's driver and fireman had to find some more firewood.
  • Fireman: I'll have some of your floor boards, please.
  • George Carlin: Said the fireman to the conductor.
  • Conductor: I only swept the floor this morning.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled the conductor and he still help. Soon, Alex's fire was burning well. He felt warm and comfortable again. Then he saw Superman.
  • Alex: Oh dear.
  • George Carlin: Thought Alex.
  • Alex: Superman's coming to laugh at me.
  • George Carlin: Something floated onto Alex's boiler.
  • Alex: Ow!
  • George Carlin: Explained Alex.
  • Alex: He needed throw things.
  • Driver: It's a parachute!
  • George Carlin: Laughed his driver.
  • Driver: Superman's dropping hot drinks from us.
  • Alex: Thank you, Superman.
  • George Carlin: Whistled Alex.
  • Superman: Good to be at service.
  • George Carlin: Replied Superman as buzzed away. The water lapped Alex's feet. Alex was losing steam again, but he plunged bravely on.
  • Alex: I promised.
  • George Carlin: He panted.
  • Alex: I promised.
  • George Carlin: He meant one more big effort, and at last exhausted by triumph, he brought the train home.
  • Ash: Well done, Alex!
  • George Carlin: Cheered Ash.
  • Ash: You kept your promise, dispite everything!
  • George Carlin: Steven arrived in Superman. First, he thanked the men, then Alex.
  • Steven: Superman told me you are a wizard. He said he can beat you at somethings, but not a been on submarine. I don't know what you get onto sometimes, but I do know that you're a really useful wrestler.
  • Alex: Oh sir.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Alex happily.

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