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Duck, BoCo and the Boulder is the 12th episode of the fourth season of Thomas the ERTL Adventures.

Featured Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • BoCo
  • Sir Handel
  • Rusty
  • Godred
  • Butch
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Bertie (mentioned)

Transcript

Narrator: An extension to the railway was being built into the mountains beyond the quarry. It was a massive project, so all of the engines were involved. While Bertie and the other buses looked after the passengers, the engines bustled back and forth from the junction at Crovan's Gate to the construction site, their trucks loaded with goods from the Skarloey Railway, where the little engines live. All of the engines were excited about the new extension. Well, not Gordon. He found the job awkward.

Gordon: {to BoCo} I don't understand it. Why on Earth would passengers want to come up here? It's like giving them a trip to a quarry with all these rocks and rubbish!

BoCo: It's primarily for tourist purposes. I hear that the view from further up the line is breath-taking, but the rails aren't laid there yet, so I can't say so myself.

Gordon: Humph! If they want a breath-taking view they can ride on James' trains; he'll stop on the viaduct for them, after all!

Narrator: BoCo just rolled his eyes and headed to the junction to collect a load of ballast. At the junction, BoCo met with Sir Handel and Rusty, who had brought the ballast down from the slate quarries. As the loads were dumped into BoCo's trucks, Sir Handel and Rusty told him the news.

Sir Handel: Thomas' bringing down a special later this week.

Rusty: We don't know what it is, but apparently it's supposed to be able to cut into cliff faces to make way for more rails and construction work. That's all Thomas has said, at least.

BoCo: Well, I'm sure it'll be an asset to the operation. The surveyors have said that there are some tight spots up in the valleys and it'd be easier to carry on if there was more room. I look forward to this special indeed!

Narrator: For the next few days, work went smoothly. The little engines would bring in trains loaded with stone, steel and ballast and the little engines would carry the special loads up to the building sites. Despite grumbling from Gordon and the occasional slip-up from Emily, nothing seemed to go wrong. In time, however, the rails finally reached a tight, narrow valley that would prove troublesome. It was hard for the men to work there, so the construction was held up a day. One afternoon, Duck and BoCo were waiting outside the sheds when they heard a familiar whistle.

Duck: {gasp} Is it-?

BoCo: Yes it is!

Narrator: Thomas steamed into view, the special in tow. It was a purple Mountain engine.

BoCo: What is this contraption?

Thomas: It's called Godred-

Godred: {snorting pompously} He's called Godred, thank you very much!

Thomas: Erm, yes. Anyway, he's the new mountain engine who works in the extension. He's bound to be a big help to you-

Godred: And don't you forget it! I do not want to be treated as an "it" while I'm here!

Narrator: Thomas just sighed. Duck and BoCo exchanged nervous looks. It was several seconds before anyone spoke again.

Godred: {groans} Well?? Am I going to sit here all day or what?

Narrator: Godred was loaded onto a large lorry and hauled off to the extension. Thomas was glad to be rid of him indeed! Godred's abilities were quite useful, but he was exceptionally stuck-up and demanding. None of the engines found him pleasant at all. He also tended to go overboard; he'd often pull farther into something than necessary and hold up work. Duck and BoCo were beginning to grow worried of what would happen if Godred went too far, especially after they noticed a massive, odd-shaped boulder atop the cliffs in the valley where Godred was helping to pull. The two engines confronted him about it.

Duck: Godred, could we have a word?

Godred: {growling crossly} Ugh, what is it?

BoCo: Do you see that boulder up there?

Godred: Yeah, I do. Is that all you wanted to bother me about?

BoCo: No, you see, We're just a bit worried that if you aren't careful you may shake it lose. If it falls... {can't finish his sentence}

Godred: {guffaws} Ha! Me? Cause an accident? That'll be the day!

Narrator: Godred puffed back to work. Duck and BoCo looked at the boulder again and shivered uncomfortably. Things went as usual. Thomas, Duck and the other engines brought up workmen and materials as Godred made his way along the valley, expanding it so the rails could be laid. They soon reached the end of the valley where the old boulder stood. BoCo peered up at it, observing it's position. He noticed that it had a sturdy, proud look to it. But it was roughly-shaped and it looked as if it were to topple over.

BoCo: {whispering} Look at that boulder up there.

Toby: {whispering} Yes, I see it. But why are we whispering? It's not like our voices are shaking it loose.

BoCo: I'm taking any risks. That old thing scares me to death.

Narrator: A few hours later, Godred and Thumper went back to work. Thumper placed his great, mighty arms against the cliff face under the boulder's shadow. He drilled and pounded the rock in front of him, grinding it to fine stone for the workmen to haul away.

Thumper: {jeering happily} Now this is the life!

Narrator: But, little did he know that he'd already shifted the boulder. The noise and movement from Thumper's arms had shaken it off it's initial standing point. He backed up from the cliff-face. Just then, Duck and BoCo arrived with some empty trucks. They looked first at the boulder, and to this day they're thankful that they did!

Duck: {yelling} IT'S TIPPING OVER!!!

Narrator: Every workman in the area gazed up at the mighty rock, and within seconds they had all cleared the site in their lorries and cars. Godred, with the boulder on a flat car, was trying to back up, but it was windy. Even his driver had disappeared. Duck and BoCo made their way to the other end of the valley just in time. The boulder and Godred fell off the cliff and landed on the ground with a loud crash {smashing crash}. When everything had settled, Duck, Gordon, Thomas, Toby and BoCo made their way up to the site of the disaster with workmen and truckloads of supplies. The boulder had shattered on impact. Duck chuckled to himself and thought of what Godred would've said about being called "it". Later, Duck went to the docks and told BoCo everything.

Duck: Godred was such a reckless engine.

BoCo: Yeah, he is.

Duck: That's right, BoCo.

Narrator: And Duck and BoCo. Then, Butch the breakdown vehicle arrived. He was taking a smashed, squished, battered and wrecked Godred from the crash site.

BoCo's Driver: What happened?

Butch: Godred had been pushed off a cliff and was smashed down by the boulder, who also fell too.

Narrator: Godred didn't look like himself. He had lost all his wheels. His funnel, dome, mountain tanks and back were demolished, his boiler was dented. And worst of all, his purple paint was badly scratched over.

Godred: Why didn't I look like myself. Are they gonna scrap me?

Duck: Yeah.

Godred: (screaming) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Butch: Looks like it's time for me to take you to the smelters yard to get you melted down.

Narrator: Duck and BoCo watched as Butch took Godred to the smelters yard. And when they arrived. The claw lifted Godred's smashed body and dropped it into the melting pit.

Butch: Let's go back to Tidmouth Sheds to talk to the engines.

Narrator: And he raced back to the sheds to tell all the engines what happened.

THE END

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