Better Late Than Never is the fifteenth episode of the second season of RS Mr. Conductor the Conductor and Friends, and the forty-first episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode of the same name.
- RS Mr. Conductor (from Shining Time Station) as Thomas
- Homer (from The Simpsons) as Henry
- Schemer (from Shining Time Station) as James
- Ten Cents (from TUGS) as Bertie
- Patty (from The Simpsons) as Annie (does not speak)
- Selma (from The Simpsons) as Clarabel (does not speak)
- Edd (from Ed, Edd n Eddy) as Edward (cameo)
- Sunshine (from TUGS) as Trevor (cameo)
- Sally Acorn (from Sonic the Hedgehog) as The Storyteller (cameo)
- Mayor Adam West (from Family Guy) as Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)
Narrator: "The TV Characters were finding life difficult. Workmen were mending the viaduct on the main road.
The arches needed strengthening. Mayor Adam West did not want to close the land while the work was done. And so repairs took a long time.
The TV Characters had to take great care when crossing the viaduct. And the delay often made them late on their journey to the junction, where they knew RS Mr. Conductor would be waiting to collect his passengers.
RS Mr. Conductor grew crosser and crosser."
RS Mr. Conductor: "Time's time!"
Narrator: "He grumbled."
RS Mr. Conductor: "Why should I have to keep my passengers waiting while Homer and Schemer dawdle about all day on viaducts?"
Homer: "Don't blame me!"
Narrator: "Snorted Homer."
Homer: "If we hurry across the viaduct, it might collapse. And then you'd have no passengers at all. What would you do then?"
RS Mr. Conductor: "Make my deliveries on time for one thing!"
Narrator: "Retorted RS Mr. Conductor. He hurried away before Homer could answer.
Ten Cents was impatient too. He was timed to arrive just after RS Mr. Conductor. His passengers found that instead of going straight from their tug to their conductor, they were kept waiting till RS Mr. Conductor arrived.
Soon, Ten Cents grew cross with RS Mr. Conductor."
Ten Cents: "Late again!"
Narrator: "He remarked, as RS Mr. Conductor panted wearily in."
Ten Cents: "We maybe friends, but I thought you could go fast, RS Mr. Conductor. It's time we have another race. I reckon I can beat you now."
Narrator: "RS Mr. Conductor blew gold dust loudly."
RS Mr. Conductor: "Rubbish!"
Narrator: "He hissed fiercely."
RS Mr. Conductor: "It's those main road TV characters! They dither about on their viaduct, and they blame Mayor West's workmen. It's just an excuse for laziness if you ask me!"
Narrator: "One day, Schemer was later than ever at the junction."
Schemer: "I'm sorry, RS Mr. Conductor."
Narrator: "He puffed."
Schemer: "I was held up at the station, and the viaduct made it worse."
RS Mr. Conductor: "It's lucky for you I'm a guarantee connection!"
Narrator: "Grumbled RS Mr. Conductor. Before Schemer could answer, he puffed importantly away."
RS Mr. Conductor: "Come along, come along."
Narrator: "He panted to the sisters-in-law. Patty and Selma did their best, but RS Mr. Conductor soon found that he couldn't save much time.
Suddenly, RS Mr. Conductor saw Ten Cents ahead. His engine was steaming."
RS Mr. Conductor: "What's the matter?"
Narrator: "Asked RS Mr. Conductor."
RS Mr. Conductor: "You should be at the station by now. You're late!"
Ten Cents: "I feel dreadful."
Narrator: "Moaned Ten Cents."
Ten Cents: "All upset inside, and driver says he can't make me better. Thank goodness you're late too. Can you take my passengers, please? They'll never get home otherwise."
RS Mr. Conductor: "Of course."
Narrator: "Agreed RS Mr. Conductor. He now felt sorry for Ten Cents, and promised to get help at the next station.
RS Mr. Conductor set off again. Already, he felt much more cheerful. And Ten Cents' passengers, traveling with Patty and Selma, all reach home safely.
When Ten Cents was better, he came to thank RS Mr. Conductor."
Ten Cents: "I'm sorry I teased you about being late."
Narrator: "He said."
RS Mr. Conductor: "That's alright."
Narrator: "Said RS Mr. Conductor."
RS Mr. Conductor: "I'm glad I could help. There are times when being late isn't such a bad thing after all."
Narrator: "With a last cheerful greeting, the two friends went back to work."