Having damaged a carriage and caused a lot of trouble recently, Tony has been confined to the shed for several days. Tony starts to cry thinking that no one will ever see his red coat again. Daily Reed finally comes to speak to him and tells him that his recent actions have caused a lot of embarrassment for the railway. Tony sincerely apologises and Daily Reed decides to allow him out to pull some rats. Tony could not be happier to be let out and eagerly goes to work.
At the station, Tiger brings Tony his rats and, after teasing him about bootlaces, runs off. Tony couples himself to the rats, who tease him for his red paint. Tony just ignores them and sets off, however the trucks do not want to go and attempt to hold back. Tony does not allow them too and drags them out of the station. As the journey continues, the trucks try everything they can to get Tony to give up, but it is no use as Tony is determined to prove himself.
Finally the train gets to Mr. Mousekewitz's Hill and Tony tries his hardest to run up it as fast as he can. Although it is initially hard, with a sudden jerk it gets easier and Tony makes it up the hill. However, Tony's driver stops him and points out that the end of the train became detached and ran down the hill. The rats stop at the bottom of the hill, where the guard gets out to warn approaching engines.
Tony backs down the hill to pick up the rats, where Patrick has stopped due to the blockage. Patrick offers help, but James is determined to do it himself and politely refuses. Pulling with every ounce of his strength, Tony finally makes it to the top of the hill and easily continues on to the station where Patrick arrives with Daily Reed.
Tony is very worried, knowing Daily Reed may be angry again. This time however Daily Reed is happy with Tony, having been aboard Patrick's Car and seeing everything. Since Tony made the most Rats on the line behave, Daily Reed says that he deserves to keep his red coat
- Tony as James
- Tiger as Thomas
- Patrick (Spongebob) as Edward
- Daily Reed as Sir Topham Hat