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Fergus' New Driver is a fan-made Thomas and Friends episode idea made by BiggestThomasFan. It is partly based on the magazine story, A New Driver.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Fergus
  • Dennis
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo; seen at the cement works)
  • Toby (cameo; passes Fergus when he's pulling the train of cement mix)
  • Stanley (cameo; seen shunting at the cement works)
  • Bear (cameo; seen at the cement works)
  • Henrietta (cameo; being pulled by Toby)
  • Rosie (mentioned)

New Character

  • Roy, Fergus' new driver

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Sir Topham Hatt and the workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Fergus
  • Bob Golding as Dennis and Fergus' Old Driver
  • Tim Whitnall as Jerome and Roy
  • Teresa Gallagher as Judy
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • William Hope as Edward and the workman
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Matt Wilkinson as Fergus
  • Bob Golding as Dennis and Fergus' Old Driver
  • Tim Whitnall as Jerome and Roy
  • Teresa Gallagher as Judy
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks

Transcript

Narrator: Fergus is a railway traction engine who works at the cement works on the Island of Sodor. He is the pride of the cement works. He knows the rule book by heart and obeys all the rules. But sometimes, he gets cross when other engines disobey the rules. One day, Sir Topham Hatt came to the cement works to see Fergus.

Sir Topham Hatt: Fergus, there's something I need to tell you.

Fergus: What would that be, sir?

Sir Topham Hatt: You're to have a new driver starting tomorrow.

Fergus: A new driver? Why?

Sir Topham Hatt: Because your old driver has to move to the mainland. So, he won't be able to work with you anymore. Please be on your best behavior with your new driver.

Fergus: Yes, sir. I will, sir.

Narrator: As Fergus worked for the rest of the day, he kept wondering what his new driver will be like. And when it was time to go to sleep for the night, Fergus and his driver said their goodbyes to each driver.

Fergus: Goodbye, driver. It's been nice working with you.

Fergus' Old Driver: It's been nice working with you too, Fergus. Goodbye, and I hope your new driver does just as well as I did.

Fergus: So do I.

Narrator: As Fergus drifted off to sleep, he kept wondering what his new driver will be like. The next morning, Fergus woke up to find an unfamiliar driver walking into the shed, followed by the firelighter. The new driver looked a bit surprised.

Fergus: Hello. My name is Fergus. Are you my new driver?

Roy: Um, yes. My name is Roy. Nice to meet you, Fergus. Although, I've never driven a steam engine before. I've always worked with diesels in the past.

Fergus: Does that mean you won't able to drive me then?

Roy: Of course, not. I'll do my best drive you well.

Fergus: Thank you.

Narrator: So once Fergus had his fire going well, Roy carefully brought him out of the shed to start work. Fergus did his best to shunt the trucks carefully around the cement works. But Roy didn't know how the controls worked.

(Roy stops Fergus under the chute)

Fergus: We can't stop here!

(Cement mix offs on Fergus)

Roy: Oops! Sorry, Fergus.

Fergus: Now, we have to shunt these trucks onto that train over there.

(Roy shifts Fergus into reverse)

Fergus: No! Not that way!

Roy: Sorry about that, again.

Fergus: We need to collect some more cars from the siding.

(Roy makes Fergus move to fast)

Fergus: We're going too fast! Stop!

(Fergus bumps into some trucks)

Troublesome Trucks: Ow! Oh! What was that for?

Narrator: Finally, Fergus had had enough.

Fergus: Do it right, you silly driver!

Narrator: Roy was surprised by Fergus' reaction. But then, he felt cross.

Roy: No engine I've worked with in the past has ever spoken rudely to me like that! (To himself) That's it! I'm not listening to him.

Narrator: A short while later, Fergus had finished shunting a train of cement mix that needed to go to Brendam Docks. Then, a workman walked up to Fergus and Roy.

Workman: Rosie was suppose to take this train, but she's been delayed. Can you take it, Fergus?

Fergus: Um, well...

Roy: We'd be happy to take it.

Narrator: Fergus was a little worried. It had been a rough morning for him while he was shunting due to his new driver. But now, he had to pull a train with his new driver. Fergus didn't want to go, but he knew that he was the only engine available now. So he was coupled to the trucks, and he puffed out of the cement works. As they puffed along, Fergus could here the troublesome trucks whispering to each other. They were still cross with Fergus for bumping them earlier and thought that he had done it on purpose. So when they came to a hill, the trucks started to hold back.

Troublesome Trucks: Hold back! Hold back!

Fergus: Ah, Roy, the trucks are...

Roy: No, Fergus! I'm not listen to another one of your orders.

Fergus: But Roy!

Roy: Silence now!

Narrator: Fergus had to puff hard to get to the top of the hill.

Fergus: (Sighs) Thank goodness.

Narrator: But as they started to go down the other side, the trucks surged forward.

Troublesome Trucks: On, on, on! Faster, faster, faster!

Fergus: Help!

Roy: Are those trucks pushing us?

Fergus: Yes! I was trying to warn you that the trucks might cause trouble for us, like holding back and pushing us down the hill.

Narrator: Now Roy could see that he made a mistake by not listening to Fergus' warning. He quickly applied the brakes, but Fergus could see a curve ahead, and he knew that he couldn't slow down in time.

Fergus: Oh no!

Narrator: Roy had to jump clear just as Fergus and some of his trucks came off the rails. Luckily, no one was hurt, but Fergus had fallen on his side and was very upset.

Roy: Don't worry, Fergus. I'll go get help.

Narrator: So Roy went to the nearest signalbox and told the signalman what had happened. Before long, Edward arrived with Jerome and Judy to clear the mess.

Edward: Are you alright, Fergus?

Fergus: No.

Jerome: Don't worry, Fergus.

Judy: We'll have you and your trucks up right again in no time.

Narrator: Dennis also arrived to help clear away the trucks that had remand on the rails. He had also brought Sir Topham Hatt, who was not happy.

Sir Topham Hatt: Fergus, why were racing down the hill too fast?

Fergus: Sir, it wasn't my fault. My new driver didn't apply the brakes right away.

Roy: He's right, sir. I didn't listen to him because this morning, when we were shunting, he got mad at me for not driving him properly, which caused a few incidents at the cement works. He yelled "Do it right!" to me. So I decided not to listen to him again, but I didn't think that it would cause an accident, sir.

Sir Topham Hatt: Fergus, is that true? Were you rude to your new driver this morning?

Fergus: Yes, sir.

Sir Topham Hatt: So both of you have caused confusion and delay! And now, Fergus needs some repairs. Once Fergus is repaired, you will both stay in the cement works until Roy can get used to Fergus' controls.

Roy: Yes, sir.

Fergus: We understand, sir.

Sir Topham Hatt: Dennis, please take Fergus to the steamworks, and you'll have to look after the cement works while he's being repair.

Dennis: Of course, sir.

Narrator: As Judy lifted Fergus onto the flatbed, Fergus called to Roy.

Fergus: I'm sorry I was rude to you this morning. If I hadn't, maybe this wouldn't have happened.

Roy: It was my fault too, Fergus, and I'm sorry. I promise to listen to you from now on.

Fergus: And I promise not to be so bossy to you again.

Narrator: A few days later, Fergus was fixed, and he returned to the cement works. He was ready to start a new leaf with his new driver, Roy. However, Roy still had some troubles with Fergus' controls.

(Fergus jerks backwards)

Roy: Oops! Sorry about that, Fergus.

Fergus: That's okay, Roy.

Narrator: But Fergus knew that it would take a while for Roy to get use to his controls.

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