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Better Late Than Never and Other Thomas The Tank Engine Stories - Full is Pikachufreak's fan-fiction thing to make.

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  • Here's the full version of Better Late Than Never and Other Thomas The Tank Engine Stories CD. Stories narrated by Ringo Starr included: Better Late Than Never, Gordon Takes A Dip, Down The Mine and The Runaway.

Transcript

  • (We open this CD with the Thomas Season 1-7 theme and the start of Better Late Than Never)
  • Ringo Starr: The engines were finding life difficult. Workmen were mending the viaduct on the main line. The arches needed strenghtany. Sir Topham Hatt did not want to close the railway while the work was done and so repairs took a long time. The engines have to take great care when crossing the viaduct and the delay often made them late on their journey to the junction where they knew Thomas would be ready to collect his passengers. Thomas grew crosser and crosser.
  • Thomas: Time's time.
  • Ringo Starr: He grumbled.
  • Thomas: Why should I keep my passengers waiting while Henry and James dawdle about all day on viaducts?
  • Henry: Don't blame me.
  • Ringo Starr: Snorted Henry.
  • Henry: If we hurried to cross the viaduct, it might collapsed, and then you have no passengers at all. What would you do then?
  • Thomas: Run my train on time for one thing.
  • Ringo Starr: Retorted Thomas. He hurried away before Henry could answer. Bertie was impatient too. He was time to arrived just after Thomas. His passengers found that, instead of going straight from the bus till their train, they were kept waiting till Thomas arrived. Soon Bertie grew cross with Thomas.
  • Bertie: Late again!
  • Ringo Starr: He remarked as Thomas panted wearily in.
  • Bertie: We may be friends, but I thought you could go fast, Thomas. It's time we had another race. I reckon I can beat you now.
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas let off steam loudly.
  • Thomas: Rubbish!
  • Ringo Starr: He hissed fiercely.
  • Thomas: It's those main line engines. They differ about on the viaduct, and they blamed Sir Topham Hatt's workmen. It's just an excuse for laziness if you ask me.
  • Ringo Starr: One day, James was later than ever at the junction.
  • James: I'm sorry, Thomas.
  • Ringo Starr: He puffed.
  • James: I was held up at the station, and the viaduct made it worse.
  • Thomas: It's lucky for you I'm a guaratee connection.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled Thomas. Before James could answer, he puffed importantly away.
  • Thomas: Come along, come along!
  • Ringo Starr: He panted to the coaches. Annie and Clarabel did their best but Thomas still found that he couldn't save much time. Suddenly, Thomas saw Bertie ahead. His radiator was steaming.
  • Thomas: What's the matter?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Thomas.
  • Thomas: You should be at the station by now. You're late.
  • Bertie: I feel dreadful.
  • Ringo Starr: Moaned Bertie.
  • Bertie: 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 overwise.
  • Thomas: Of course.
  • Ringo Starr: Agreed Thomas. He now felt sorry for Bertie, and promised to get help at the next station. Thomas set off again already he felt much more cheerful and Bertie's passengers, travelling in Annie and Clarabel all reached home safely. When Bertie was better he came to thank Thomas.
  • Bertie: I'm sorry I teased you about being late.
  • Thomas: That's all right.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'm glad I can help. There are times when being late isn't such a bad thing after all.
  • Ringo Starr: With the last cheerful greeting, the two friends went back to work.
  • (Bertie's horn honks)
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • (Another nameplate sequence happens and we begin Gordon Takes A Dip)
  • Ringo Starr: Gordon was resting in a siding. Sometimes he thought...
  • Gordon: It's really tiring to be such a large and splendid engine, one does have to keep up appearance is so.
  • Henry: Peep peep peep peep! Hello, lazybones!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Henry.
  • Gordon: What cheek!
  • Ringo Starr: Spluttered Gordon.
  • Gordon: That Henry is too big for his wheels. Fancy speaking to me like that. Me who has never had an accident.
  • Percy: Aren't jammed whistles and burst safety valves accidents?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Percy innocently.
  • Gordon: No indeed. High spirits. Might happen to any engine. But to come off the rails like Henry did. Well, I ask you. Is that right? Is it decent?
  • Ringo Starr: Then it was Henry's turn to take the express. Gordon watch him getting ready.
  • Gordon: Be careful, Henry. You're not pulling the flying kipper now. Mind you keep on the rails today.
  • Ringo Starr: Henry went off in a huff, and Gordon yawned and went to sleep. But not for long.
  • Driver: Wake up, Gordon.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: A special train's coming and we're to pull it.
  • Gordon: Is it coaches or freight cars?
  • Driver: Cars.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Gordon: Cars.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Puh.
  • Ringo Starr: Gordon's fire was slow to start, so Edward had to push Gordon to the turntable to get him facing the right way.
  • Gordon: I won't go, I won't go!
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled Gordon.
  • Edward: Don't be silly, don't be silly.
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Edward. At last, Gordon was on the turntable. The movement had shaken his fire. It was now burning nicely and making steam. Gordon was cross and didn't care what he did. He waited till the table was halfway round.
  • Gordon: I'll show them, I'll show them.
  • Ringo Starr: He hissed. He moved slowly forward to jam the table, but he couldn't stop himself and slithered into the ditch.
  • Gordon: Oosh!
  • Ringo Starr: He hissed.
  • Gordon: Get me out, get me out!
  • Driver: Not a hope.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver and fireman.
  • Fireman: You're stuck, you silly great engine. Don't you understand that?
  • Ringo Starr: They telephoned Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: So Gordon didn't want to take the special train and ran into a ditch? What's that you say? The special's waiting? Tell Edward to take it please. And Gordon? Leave him where his is. We'll get him out later.
  • Ringo Starr: On the other side of the ditch, some little boys were chattering.
  • Boy 1: Coo, doesn't he look silly?
  • Boy 2: They'll never get him out.
  • Ringo Starr: They began to sing.
  • Boys: Silly old Gordon fell in a ditch, fell in a ditch, fell in a ditch, silly old Gordon fell in a ditch all in the Monday morning.
  • Ringo Starr: Gordon layed in the ditch all day.
  • Gordon: Oh, dear.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought.
  • Gordon: I shall never get out.
  • Ringo Starr: But that evening, they lifted Gordon and made a rope of sleepers under his wheels to keep him from the mud. Strong ropes were fastened to his back end, and James and Henry pulling hard, managed to bring him to safety. Late that night, Gordon crawled home, a sadder and wiser engine.
  • (Another nameplate sequence happens and we begin Down The Mine)
  • Ringo Starr: One day, Thomas was at the junction when Gordon shuffled in with some freight cars.
  • Thomas: Phew!
  • Ringo Starr: Remarked Thomas
  • Thomas: What a funny smell. Can you smell a smell?
  • Annie: I can't smell a smell.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Annie.
  • Thomas: A funny musty sort of smell.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Gordon: No one noticed until you did.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled Gordon.
  • Gordon: It must be yours.
  • Ringo Starr: Not long ago, he had fallen into a dirty ditch. Thomas enjoyed teasing him about it.
  • Thomas: Annie, Clarabel, do you know what i think it is? It's ditchwater.
  • Ringo Starr: Before Gordon could answer, Thomas puffed away. Annie and Clarabel could hardly believe their ears.
  • Annie: He's dreadfully rude i feel quite ashamed.
  • Clarabel: I feel quite ashamed he's dreadfully rude.
  • Ringo Starr: And to Thomas they said.
  • Annie and Clarabel: You musn't be rude, you make us ashamed.
  • Ringo Starr: But Thomas didn't care a bit.
  • Thomas: That was funny, that was funny.
  • Ringo Starr: He chuckled. He felt very pleased with himself. Annie and Clarabel were deeply shocked. They have great respect for Gordon The Big Engine. Thomas left the coaches at the station and went off to a mine for some cars. Long ago, miners digging there have made tunnels under the ground. Their rooves are strong enough to hold up cars but not the weight of engines. A large notice warns them not to enter the area: Danger! Engines must not pass this board.
  • Thomas: Silly old board.
  • Ringo Starr: Thought Thomas. He had often tried to pass it but had never suceeded. But this morning he had made a plan. The fireman went to throw the switch.
  • Thomas: Now for my plan!
  • Ringo Starr: Huffed Thomas. Bumping the cars fiercely he jerked his driver off the footplate and followed them into the siding.
  • Thomas' Driver: Come back!
  • Ringo Starr: Yelled his driver.
  • (A loud splash is heard as Thomas falls to the mine)
  • Thomas: Fire and smoke!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'm sunk.
  • George Carlin: And he was.
  • Thomas: Oh, dear.
  • Ringo Starr: He said.
  • Thomas: I am a silly engine.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And a very naughty one, too. I saw you!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Thomas: Please let me out. I wont do it again.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm not sure. We can't lift you out with the cranes. The ground's not firm enough. Hmm, let me see. I wonder if Gordon could pull you out.
  • Thomas: Yes sir.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas. But he didn't want to meet Gordon just yet.
  • Gordon: Down the mine is he? Ha! ha! ha!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed Gordon.
  • Gordon: What a joke! Poop poop! Little Thomas, we'll have your out in a couple of puffs.
  • Ringo Starr: Strong cables were fastened between the two engines.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Are you ready? Heave!
  • Ringo Starr: It was a lot harden than they all thought. But at last Thomas was free.
  • Thomas: I'm sorry i was cheeky.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Gordon: That's all right, Thomas. You made me laugh.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Gordon.
  • Gordon: I'm in disgrace.
  • Thomas: So do i.
  • Ringo Starr: Huffed Thomas.
  • Gordon: Why so you are Thomas. Shall we form an alliance. You help me and i help you.
  • Thomas: Right you are.
  • Ringo Starr: Agreed Thomas.
  • Gordon: Good. That's settled.
  • Ringo Starr: Rumbled Gordon. And buffer to buffer the allies puffed home.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we start The Runaway)
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas the Tank Engine was ill. Workmen had been trying to make him better, but it was no use.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Edward must take you to the works.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • (Edward's whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas felt very miserable. Then, Sir Topham Hatt spoke to Duck.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I want you to help Percy and Toby while Thomas is away.
  • Ringo Starr: Duck was delighted. He already knew Percy and soon made friends with Toby and Bertie. Terence the Tractor gave him a big welcome too.
  • Terence: Take care of Thomas' coaches.
  • Ringo Starr: He advised.
  • Terence: He's sure to miss them while he's away.
  • (Duck's whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: Duck was very gentle with the coaches. Annie and Clarabel were impressed.
  • Annie and Clarabel: Such nice manners.
  • Ringo Starr: They told each other.
  • Annie and Clarabel: It really is a pleasure to go out with him.
  • (Duck's whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: When Thomas came back, Annie and Clarabel told him how well duck had managed. Thomas was so pleased to be home that he soon forgot to be jealous.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: The works have left Thomas' handbrake very stiff. It made his brakes seen they were on, when in fact they were not. As a result, he and his coaches often overran the platform. Thomas found this most embarrasing. Gradually, his driver and fireman learned to be extra careful. But one day, Thomas' fireman was ill and a relief man took his place.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: The fireman had fastened the coupling and joined the driver and stationmaster on the platform to wait for Henry's passengers. The fireman had forgot all about Thomas' handbrake. Thomas simmered happily.
  • Thomas: Not long now.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought. As he saw Henry slowly approaching. But Thomas' brakes were not on and suddenly he felt his wheels begin to move. He tried to stop, but he couldn't without his driver and fireman. He tried to whistle a warning, but he couldn't do that either. The Conductor, driver friman and passengers were all stranded on the platform.
  • Annie and Clarabel: Stop! Stop!
  • Ringo Starr: Shrieked Annie and Clarabel. But Thomas, with plenty of steam, kept on going. The alarm went down the line.
  • Signalman: Stop the runaway!
  • Ringo Starr: There ready for action was Harold the Helicopter. The inspector had made a plan and together they took off into the sky. At last Thomas was tiring.
  • Thomas: I need to stop, i need to stop.
  • Ringo Starr: He panted weirdly. As they neared the next station Thomas saw Harold land. They entered the platform slowly enough for the inspector to act. Judging his moments the inspector scrambled into the cab and screwed the brakes on.
  • (The inspector brakes with all his strength)
  • Ringo Starr: At last Thomas stopped. Both he and the inspector were very relieved. Then they thanked Harold.
  • Harold: Think nothing of it.
  • Ringo: Starr: Whirled Harold
  • Harold: Glad to be at service anytime.
  • Inspector: Phew.
  • Ringo Starr: Remarked The inspector.
  • Inspector: You must never let this happen again, Thomas.
  • Ringo Starr: Weirdly, Thomas agreed with him.

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