Duck the Really Useful Engine is second episode of Thomas' Railway Adventures.


James and Diesel claim that Duck is no use at all, but will Duck prove otherwise.

Featured Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James
  • Duck
  • Donald & Douglas
  • Oliver (non-speaking role)
  • Diesel
  • Annie & Clarebel (cameos)
  • Billy (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Victor (mentioned)
  • Troublesome Trucks
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James' driver
  • Diesel's driver
  • James' fireman
  • The Stationmaster
  • The Foreman


Narrator: The engines on North Western Railway were very busy. Thomas runs his branch line, and James is proud of his red coat of paint and Donald & Douglas are Scottish twins. Duck was puffing along the line. He is proud to work hard. One day, James and Diesel, a black BR Class 08, were unimpressed.

James: Duck is a useless old steampot.

Diesel: He should be retired.

Thomas: Sorry, Duck is a really useful engine. So, stop saying that, you silly engines!

James: PAH!

Narrator: James and Diesel were still more cross. Meanwhile, Oliver told Sir Topham Hatt what James and Diesel had said. Later, Thomas and Duck were talking at Tidmouth Sheds.

Duck: Thomas, I was the hard working engine and pulling trucks and coaches.

Thomas: Thanks, Duck. I will tell Sir Topham Hatt about James and Diesel's rude things.

Duck: Yes, Thomas. Thank you. I will tell Donald and Douglas that what James and Diesel had said.

Narrator: Duck went to tell Donald and Douglas that what James and Diesel had said.

Donald: Hi.

Duck: Hi, twins. James and Diesel had said rude things about me.

Douglas: Yes.

Duck: I love you, twins.

Donald: Us, too.

Duck: Sorry, can't stop. I will go back home to Tidmouth sheds.

Donald and Douglas: Thank ya!

Narrator: Later, the tender engines were at Great Waterton talking.

Donald: Duck is a hard worker, Dougie.

Douglas: Yes, Donal'. We are useful than ever.

Edward: I like to work hard too.

Henry Yes. Tender engines and tank engines are back engines.

James: I looks different to us. Victor is at the Sodor Steamworks.

Diesel: We need to get to the docks.

Narrator: And James and Diesel rolled away with trucks. Duck went to talk to Sir Topham Hatt.

Duck: Hello, sir.

Sir Topham Hatt: Hello, Duck.

Duck: What happened when James and Diesel say rude things about me?

Sir Topham Hatt: They get into trouble with me.

Duck: Thank you.

Narrator: Duck was very happy and saw James and Diesel pulling trucks.

Duck: They were pulling trucks of coal.

Sir Topham Hatt: Yes, Duck.

Duck: They like to be rude.

Narrator: James and Diesel were cross. The trucks decides to tease them.

Trucks: Hold back, hold back! {laugh}

Narrator: James and Diesel were going slower and slower. Sudeenly, there's a loud noise! {James' regulator explodes and Diesel's airtake splutters} James' regulator and Diesel's airtake were jammed. They stopped on the level crossing, haftway and even more cross!

James: Oh, botheration!

Diesel: We're stuck!

Narrator: And they were. James' driver and fireman, Diesel's driver, the stationmaster and the foreman tried to fix James' regulator and Diesel's airtake but it was no good.

James: Bother!

James' driver: It's no use. You can't run today.

Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt saw Duck at Tidmouth Sheds.

Sir Topham Hatt: Duck, you need to rescue James and Diesel. They're stuck on the level crossing.

Duck: I'll never let you down, sir.

Narrator: And Duck puffed away. Duck arrived at the level crossing.

Duck: I've come to help you.

James: Pah! What nonnsences?!

Narrator: Duck's driver uncoupled James and Diesel's train.

Duck: I'll help you.

Narrator: James and Diesel seethed with fury as Duck pushed them to a siding. He buffered up to James and Diesel's goods train. And he took it to the docks. Duck sped up the line. Until he made it to the docks just in time. Thomas, Edward and Henry were there. So was Oliver.

Duck: {catching his breath} I've did it! {he smiles to no one in particular}

Narrator Duck rolled beside James and Diesel, who still said nothing. James and Diesel seethed with anger. Sir Topham Hatt was pleased with Duck.

Sir Topham Hatt: Duck, I'm very pleased with your hard work. You will receive a new coat of green paint, and have the rest of the week off.

Duck: {exhausted} Oh, thank you, sir!

Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt turned crossly to James and Diesel.

Sir Topham Hatt: {to James and Diesel} James and Diesel, you have said mean things to Duck for the last month. As punishment, you will do shunting in the yards, for the next two months!

James: Two months?! You can't be serious!

Sir Topham Hatt: Yes, I am serious, this is what you get for being mean to a Great Western steam engine! Duck has proved himself to be a really useful engine, and you know it!

Narrator: James and Diesel were very ashamed. Duck enjoyed his week off.

Duck: I love my week off.

Narrator: As for James and Diesel, whenever they saw Duck, they would have learned not to be so mean. But I think they learned their lesson, don't you?

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