Henry To The Rescue & Other Thomas Stories is a Thomas VHS idea made for Strand Home Video in 1994 and Video Treasures in 1996, each containing five Season 1 episodes, one Season 2 episode and one Season 3 episode.


  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Bill and Ben
  • BoCo
  • Bertie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
  • Trevor (cameo)


  1. Henry To The Rescue
  2. Henry's Special Coal
  3. The Flying Kipper
  4. One Good Turn
  5. Better Late Than Never
  6. James Learns A Lesson
  7. Foolish Freight Cars


  • Narrated by George Carlin.
  • Released on September 12, 1994 by Strand Home Video and in 1996 by Video Treasures.
  • The Season 3 intro, nameplate sequence (1992-1994) and the outro are used together.
  • The "Next Story Coming Up Soon!" logo is taken from the "Thomas Gets Tricked" 1993 VHS, the "James Learns A Lesson" 1993 VHS and the "Tenders and Turntables" 1993 VHS.
  • The text is taken from the "Thomas' Christmas Party" 1994 VHS.
  • In the end credits, a still from "Foolish Freight Cars" is used.
  • The end credit text is taken from the "Thomas' Christmas Party" 1994 VHS.

Opening Previews

Strand Home Video version

  1. Strand Home Video FBI Warning
  2. Strand Home Video logo (1993-1994)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of Henry To The Rescue

Video Treasures version

  1. Video Treasures FBI Warning
  2. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of Henry To The Rescue

Closing Previews

Strand Home Video version

  1. Last few seconds of Foolish Freight Cars
  2. Thomas and Friends outro
  3. Strand Home Video logo (1993-1994)

Video Treasures version

  1. Last few seconds of Foolish Freight Cars
  2. Thomas and Friends outro
  3. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997, still version, silent)

Opening Credits

  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Cover Artwork

Front Cover

  • Henry at Wellsworth from "Henry To The Rescue"

Back Cover

  • James at the top of Gordon's Hill from "Foolish Freight Cars"

Cover Color

  • Purple

Running Time

  • 35 Minutes


Henry To The Rescue

  • George Carlin: Gordon always pull the big express. He was proud of being the only engine strong enough to do so. It was full of important people like Sir Topham Hatt and Gordon will see how fast he can go.
  • Gordon: Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Coaches: Trickety-trock, trickety-trock, tricktey-trock!
  • George Carlin: Said the coaches. In a minute, Gordon will see the tunnel where Henry stood bricked up and lonely.
  • Henry: Oh, dear. Why did I worried about rain spoiling my lovely coat of paint? I'd like to come out of the tunnel.
  • George Carlin: But Henry didn't know how to ask.
  • Gordon: I'm going to boop boop at Henry.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon. He was almost there when... Wheesh! And there was proud Gordon going slower and slower in a cloud of steam. His driver stopped the train.
  • Gordon: What has happen to me?
  • George Carlin: Asked Gordon.
  • Gordon: I feel so weak.
  • Driver: You burst your safety valves.
  • George Carlin: Said the driver.
  • Driver: You can't pull the train anymore.
  • Gordon: Oh dear.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: We were going so nicely too. And look, there's Henry laughing at me.
  • George Carlin: Everyone came to see Gordon.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Hmph.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: These big engines are always causing me trouble. Send for another engine at once.
  • George Carlin: While the conductor went to find one, they uncoupled Gordon who had enough puff to slink on the siding out of the way. Edward was the only engine left.
  • Edward: I'll come and try.
  • Gordon: Hmph.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: That's no use. Edward can't push the train.
  • George Carlin: The kind Edward puffed and pushed and pushed and puffed but he couldn't move the heavy coaches.
  • Gordon: I told you so.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Why not let Henry try?
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Yes.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I will. Will you help pull this train, Henry?
  • Henry: Oh yes.
  • George Carlin: Said Henry. When Henry had got up steam, he puffed out. He was dirty and covered with cobwebs.
  • Henry: Oh, I'm stiffed, I'm stiffed.
  • George Carlin: He groaned.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Have a run to ease your joints and find a turntable.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt. When Henry came back, he felt much better. Then they coupled him up.
  • Edward: Peep peep.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Edward: I'm ready.
  • Henry: Peep peep peep.
  • George Carlin: Said Henry.
  • Henry: So am I. Pull hard, we'll do it! Pull hard, we'll do it!
  • George Carlin: They puffed together.
  • Edward: We've done it together! We've done it together!
  • George Carlin: Said Edward and Henry.
  • Coaches: You've done it hurray! You've done it hurray!
  • George Carlin: Sang the coaches. Everyone was excited. Sir Topham Hatt leaned out on the window to wave at Edward and Henry. But the train was going so fast, that his hat blew off into a field where a goat ate it for tea. They never stopped 'til they came to the station at the end of the line. The passengers all said thank you, and Sir Topham Hatt promised Henry a new coat of paint. One their way home, Edward and Henry helped Gordon back to the shed. All three engines are now great friend. Henry doesn't mind the rain now. He knows that the best way to keep his paint nicely not to run into tunnels, but to ask his driver to rub him down when the day's work was over.

Nameplates after Henry To The Rescue

  • Edward
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

Henry's Special Coal

  • George Carlin: One morning, Henry was feeling very sorry for himself. Sometimes he can pull trains, but sometimes he felt he had no strength at all.
  • Henry: I suffer dreadfully and no one cares.
  • James: Rubbish, Henry!
  • George Carlin: Snorted James.
  • James: You don't work hard enough!
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt spoke to him too.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What's wrong with you, Henry? You have lots of new parts and new paint too, but they've done you no good. If we can't make you better, we must get another engine instead of you to do the work.
  • George Carlin: This made Henry, his driver and fireman very sad. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting when Henry came to the platform. He had taken off his hat and coat and put on overalls. Henry managed to start but his fireman was not satisfied.
  • Henry's Fireman: Henry is a bad steamer.
  • George Carlin: He said to Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Henry's Fireman: I built up his fire, but it doesn't give enough heat.
  • George Carlin: Henry tried very hard, but it was no good. He didn't have enough steam, and came to a stop outside Edward's station.
  • Henry: Oh dear!
  • George Carlin: Thought Henry.
  • Henry: I shall have to go away! Oh dear, oh dear!
  • George Carlin: All he could do is to go slowly onto a siding, and Edward took charge of the train. Sir Topham Hatt and the Fireman went on discussing Henry's troubles.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What do you think is wrong, fireman?
  • George Carlin: Asked Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Henry's Fireman: Excuse me, sir.
  • George Carlin: He answered.
  • Henry's Fireman: But the fact is the coal was wrong. We've had a poor lot lately, and today's it's worse. The other engines can manage. They had big fireboxes. Henry's is small and can't make the heat. With Welsh coal, he'd be a different engine.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: It's expensive.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: But Henry must have a fair chance. James shall go and fetch them.
  • George Carlin: When the Welsh coal came, Henry's Driver and Fireman were excited.
  • Henry's Driver and Fireman: Now we'll show 'em, Henry old fellow.
  • George Carlin: They carefully made his fire, putting large lumps of coal like a wall round the outside, then the glowing middle part was covered in smaller lumps.
  • Henry: You're spoiling my fire.
  • George Carlin: Complained Henry.
  • Henry's Fireman: Wait and see.
  • George Carlin: Said the fireman.
  • Henry's Fireman: We'll have a roaring fire just when we wanted.
  • George Carlin: The fireman was right. When Henry reach the platform, the water was boiling nicely, and he had to let off steam.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: How are you, Henry?
  • Henry: Peep, peep, peep! I feel fine!
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Have you a good fire, driver?
  • Henry's Driver: Never better, sir, and plenty of steam.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: No record breaking.
  • George Carlin: Warned Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Don't push him too hard.
  • Henry's Driver: Henry won't need pushing, sir. I'll have to hold him back.
  • George Carlin: Henry had a lovely day. He had never felt so well of his life. He wanted to go fast, but his driver wouldn't let him.
  • Henry's Driver: Steady old fellow.
  • George Carlin: He would say.
  • Henry's Driver: There's plenty of time.
  • George Carlin: They arrived early at the station. Thomas puffed in.
  • Henry: Where have you been, lazybones?
  • George Carlin: Asked Henry.
  • Henry: Oh, I can't wait for dawdling tank engines like you. Goodbye.
  • Thomas: Whoosh!
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas to the coaches.
  • Thomas: Have you ever seen anything like it?
  • George Carlin: Both Annie and Clarabel agreed that they never had.

Nameplates after Henry's Special Coal

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

The Flying Kipper

  • George Carlin: One winter evening, Henry's driver said...
  • Henry's Driver: We'll be out early tomorrow. We've got to take the Flying Kipper. Don't tell Gordon, but I think if we pull the Kipper nicely, Sir Topham Hatt will let us pull the express. The special coal they gave you is working well.
  • Henry: Hooray!
  • George Carlin: Cried Henry.
  • Henry: That will be lovely.
  • George Carlin: All kinds of ships use the harbour at the big station by the sea. There are passenger ships, cargo ships and fishing boats also come here. They unload their fish on the quay. Some of them goes the shops in the town, and the rest in a special train to other places far away. This is the train the railwaymen called the Flying Kipper. Henry was ready at 5:00. There was snow and frost. Men hustled and shouted loading up the crates of fish. The last door banged, the guard showed his green lamp, and the Flying Kipper was ready to go.
  • Henry: Come on, come on, don't be silly, don't be silly.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Henry to the freight cars. The cars shuttered and groaned.
  • Cars: Trickety-trock, trickety-trock, all right, all right!
  • Henry: That's better, that's better.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Henry. Cloud of smoke and steam poured from his funnel into the cold air, and the fire's light shown brightly.
  • Henry: Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: Panted Henry. They were going well. The light grew better, signal light shown green as they passed. Then, a yellow signal appeared ahead. His driver prepared to stop, but the home signal was down.
  • Henry's Driver: All clear, Henry. Away we go.
  • George Carlin: They couldn't know the switches from the main line to a siding were frozen, and a home signal should have been set a danger, but snow had forced it down. A freight train was waited in a siding to let the Flying Kipper past, and a Driver and Fireman were drinking cocoa in the caboose.
  • Conductor: The Kipper is due.
  • George Carlin: Said the conductor.
  • Fireman: Who cares?
  • George Carlin: Said the Fireman.
  • Fireman: This is good cocoa.
  • George Carlin: The driver got up.
  • Driver: Come on, fireman, back to our engine.
  • George Carlin: They got out just in time.
  • (Henry crashes into the break van and comes off the rails completely)
  • George Carlin: Henry's driver and fireman had jumped clear before the crash, but Henry lay dazed and surprised. Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Henry: The signal was down, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Henry.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Cheer up, Henry. It wasn't your fault. Ice and snow cause the accident. I'm sending you to Crewe, a fine place for sick engines. They'll give you your new shape and a larger firebox. You'll feel a different engine, and you won't need special coal anymore. Won't that be nice?
  • Henry: Yes, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Henry doubtfully. Henry liked being a Crewe, but was glad to come home. A crowd of people waited to see him arrive in his new shape. He looked so splendid and strong that they gave him three cheers.
  • Henry: Peep, peep!
  • George Carlin: He whistled.
  • Henry: Thank you very much!
  • George Carlin: I'm sorry to say that a lot of little children were often late for school, because they waited to see Henry go by. They often see him pulling the express. He does it so well that Gordon is jealous. But that's another story.

Nameplates after The Flying Kipper

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

One Good Turn

  • George Carlin: Bill and Ben are the most mischievous engines working on Sir Topham Hatt's railway. They're kept busy pushing and pulling cars up and down the line that runs from the china clay works to the harbour yard. They like to have fun together and often play tricks on the workmen.
  • (Bill pulls the cars away and soot falls on the tracks)
  • George Carlin: But sometimes, their teasing ways can get them into trouble. One morning, Sir Topham Hatt came to see them.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Important goods have arrived in the big yard. Bill and Ben, I need you to help the other engines.
  • Bill and Ben: Oh, yes, of course, sir.
  • George Carlin: Replied the twins. They set off happily on their important mission. BoCo was resting in the yard when suddenly he heard a pair of familiar whistles.
  • BoCo: Hmm.
  • George Carlin: Sighed BoCo.
  • BoCo: Here comes trouble.
  • Bill: Sir Topham Hatt told us you were tired.
  • George Carlin: Teased Bill.
  • Bill: He asked us to take all your cars for you.
  • BoCo: You two never stopped do you? But I'm wise to your pranks and we do need help here.
  • George Carlin: The twins were soon busy pushing and pulling the heavy cars into place. At last, the day's work was done. The twins now became excited. They were going to use the turntable for the first time. Bill went first.
  • Bill: This is fun!
  • George Carlin: He shrieked to Ben. He didn't want to move off at all. The foreman stopped the turntable.
  • Foreman: Please make way for the other engines.
  • George Carlin: He ordered. Bill did so, but the foreman had accidentally stopped the turntable in the wrong place. Bill was on the wrong track and there was Ben puffing directly toward him. The engines came to a grinding halt.
  • (Bill and Ben stop against each other)
  • George Carlin: They gazed grimly at each other.
  • Bill: I was here first!
  • George Carlin: Said Bill.
  • Ben: But you're in my way!
  • George Carlin: Protested Ben.
  • Ben: You'll have to back up again!
  • Bill: I won't!
  • Ben: You will!
  • Bill: I won't!
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt came to stop the noise.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: If you don't behave, I shall not allow you here again.
  • George Carlin: The next day, Ben was still grumpy.
  • Ben: That Bill! Imagine getting in my way on the turntable. He's a really silly engine!
  • BoCo: The way I heard it.
  • George Carlin: Sighed BoCo.
  • BoCo: It sounded like you were both to blame.
  • Ben: Pooh! You must have heard it all wrong!
  • George Carlin: The twins grumbled about each other all day. Even kind Edward lost patience.
  • Edward: All this grumbling spreads bad atmosphere in the yard.
  • BoCo: You're quite right and that's why I come up with a plan.
  • George Carlin: BoCo whispered his plan to Edward. Then his driver told Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'll start making arrangements right away.
  • George Carlin: The next morning he called Bill and Ben into the yard.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: BoCo is taking a special train to the harbour. His regular heavy goods train is waiting on the siding. You can pull it together.
  • Ben: But...
  • Bill: But...
  • George Carlin: Protested Bill and Ben who were still not speaking to each other.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Good. I knew I can rely on you two.
  • Ben: I'll take the train myself.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Ben.
  • Bill: Go right ahead.
  • George Carlin: Said Bill. Ben was coupled up to the train of freight cars, but they were too heavy for him to move alone.
  • (Ben attempts to pull a train)
  • Bill: Go on.
  • George Carlin: Teased Bill.
  • Ben: I can't!
  • George Carlin: Said Ben. Then suddenly, both twins laughed.
  • Bill: I don't think we'll take turns this time, Ben.
  • George Carlin: Said Bill.
  • Bill: I think we better pull together!
  • George Carlin: Ben was delighted. It was good to be helping each other. Best of all, it was good to be friends again.

Nameplates after One Good Turn

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

Better Late Than Never

  • George Carlin: The engines were finding life difficult. Workmen were mending the viaduct on the main line. The arches needed strengthening. 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.
  • George Carlin: 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.
  • George Carlin: 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.
  • George Carlin: 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!
  • George Carlin: 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.
  • George Carlin: Thomas let off steam loudly.
  • Thomas: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: 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.
  • George Carlin: One day, James was later than ever at the junction.
  • James: I'm sorry, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: 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 guaranteed connection.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Thomas. Before James could answer, he puffed importantly away.
  • Thomas: Come along, come along!
  • George Carlin: 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?
  • George Carlin: Asked Thomas.
  • Thomas: You should be at the station by now. You're late.
  • Bertie: I feel dreadful.
  • George Carlin: 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 otherwise.
  • Thomas: Of course.
  • George Carlin: 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.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'm glad I can help. There are times when being late isn't such a bad thing after all.
  • George Carlin: With the last cheerful greeting, the two friends went back to work.
  • (Bertie's horn honks and Thomas' whistle toots)

Nameplates after Better Late Than Never

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

James Learns A Lesson

  • George Carlin: James was enjoying his life on the Island of Sodor, but he still had a lot to learn.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You're a special mixed traffic engine.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You can pull coaches or freight cars quite easily, but you must learn by your mistakes.
  • George Carlin: James knew what Sir Topham Hatt meant. He could well remember that dreadful accident on his first day.
  • Edward: Be careful with the coaches, James.
  • George Carlin: Said kind little Edward.
  • Edward: They don't like being bumped.
  • George Carlin: Everyone came to admire James.
  • James: I'm really a splendid engine.
  • George Carlin: He thought and suddenly let off steam.
  • James: Wheesh!
  • George Carlin: A shower of water fell on Sir Topham's nice new top hat. Just then, the conductor blew his whistle and James thought they had better go.
  • James: Go on, go on!
  • George Carlin: He puffed to Edward.
  • Edward: Don't push, don't push!
  • George Carlin: Puffed Edward. The coaches were grumbling too.
  • Coaches: Don't go so fast, don't go so fast!
  • George Carlin: But James wouldn't listen. When at last they stopped at the next station two coaches were beyond the platform. They have to go back to let the passengers out. But no one seems to know about Sir Topham's new hat so James felt happier. Presently they came to the station where Thomas was waiting with his two coaches.
  • Thomas: Hello, James.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Feeling better? That's good. Oh, that's my conductor's whistle. I must go. I don't know what Sir Topham Hatt to do without me to run this branch line.
  • George Carlin: And he puffed off importantly. Edward and James passed the field where James had his accident. The fences were mended and the cows were back again. They ended their journey and rested before setting off for home. James was still wondering what Sir Topham would have to say about his new hat. Next morning, he spoke severely to James.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: If you can't behave, I shall take away your red coat and have you painted blue.
  • George Carlin: James didn't like that at all. He was very rough with the grumbling coaches as he brought them to the platform.
  • James: Don't talk, come on! Gordon never fetches his own coaches.
  • George Carlin: He thought to himself.
  • James: And he's only painted blue.
  • George Carlin: To make James even more cross, this time no one came near him.
  • James: I'll show them.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • James: They think Gordon is the only engine who can pull coaches. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: Puffed James.
  • Coaches: You're going too fast, you're going to fast!
  • George Carlin: Replied the coaches. James laughed and tried to go faster, but the coaches wouldn't let him.
  • Coaches: We're going to stop, we're going to stop!
  • (James soon comes to a complete halt)
  • James: What's the matter?
  • George Carlin: James asked his driver.
  • Driver: The brakes were on, leak in the pipe most likely. You banged the coaches enough to make a leak in anything.
  • Conductor: How should we mend it?
  • George Carlin: Asked the conductor.
  • Driver: We'll do it with newspaper and a leather bootlace.
  • George Carlin: Replied the driver.
  • Conductor: Well, where's the bootlace coming from?
  • George Carlin: Asked the conductor.
  • Driver: Ask the passengers.
  • George Carlin: Said the driver.
  • Conductor: You have a leather bootlace there.
  • George Carlin: Said the Conductor to a smartly dressed man.
  • Conductor: Please give it to me.
  • Man: I won't.
  • Conductor: Then I'm afraid the train will just stop where it is.
  • George Carlin: The passengers all said what a bad railway it was. Then they told the man how bad he was instead. Everyone was very cross. At last, he handed his laces over. The driver tied a pad of newspapers tightly round the hole in the brake pipe, and James was able to pull the train. But he was a sadder and wiser James, and took care never to bump coaches again.

Nameplates after James Learns A Lesson

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby

Foolish Freight Cars

  • George Carlin: James had not been out to push coaches or freight cars in the yard for several days. He was feeling miserable.
  • James: Oh dear. I wonder how long I shall have to stay in the shed would anyone else see my coat again? Why did I go so fast that I made a hole in one of my coaches that had to be mended with of all things a passenger's bootlace.
  • George Carlin: At last Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I know you are sorry, James, and I know too that you want to be a useful engine. People are laughing at my railway and I do not like that at all.
  • James: I will try hard to do my best.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's a good engine. There's nothing like determination. I want you to pull some freight cars for me.
  • George Carlin: James was delighted and puffed away.
  • Thomas: Here's your freight train, James.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Have you got some bootlaces ready?
  • George Carlin: And he ran off laughing.
  • Cars: Oh, no!
  • George Carlin: Said the freight cars.
  • Cars: We want a proper engine, not a red monster.
  • George Carlin: James took no notice and started as soon as the conductor was ready.
  • James: Come along, come along.
  • George Carlin: He puffed.
  • Cars: We won't, we won't.
  • George Carlin: Screamed the cars. But James didn't care and he pulled the screeching cars sternly out of the station. The cars tried hard to make him give up but he still kept on. Sometimes their brakes will slip on and sometimes their axles will run hot and each time the trouble had to be put right and each time James will start again, determined not to let them beat him.
  • Cars: Give up, give up! You can't pull us! You can't, you can't!
  • George Carlin: Called the cars.
  • James: I can and I will! I can and I will!
  • George Carlin: Puffed James and slowly but surely, he pulled them along the line. At last they saw Gordon's Hill.
  • Driver: Look out for trouble, James.
  • George Carlin: Warned his driver.
  • Driver: We'll go fast and get them up before they know it. Don't let them stop you.
  • George Carlin: So James went faster and soon they were halfway up.
  • James: I'm doing it, I'm doing it.
  • George Carlin: He panted.
  • James: Will the top never come?
  • George Carlin: Then with a sudden jerk, it all came easier.
  • James: I've done it, I've done it. Hooray! It's easy now.
  • George Carlin: But his driver shut off steam.
  • Driver: They've done it again. We've left our tail behind. Look.
  • George Carlin: The last cars were running backwards down the hill. A coupling had snapped. But the conductor stopped the cars and got out to warn approaching engines.
  • James: That's why it was easy.
  • George Carlin: Said James as he backed the cars carefully down.
  • James: What silly things freight cars are. They're might have been an accident.
  • Edward: Shall I help you, James?
  • George Carlin: Called Edward.
  • James: No thank you. I'll pull them myself.
  • Edward: Good, don't let them beat you. You're doing well!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Edward as James slowly struggled up the hill.
  • James: I can do it, I can do it.
  • George Carlin: He puffed. He pulled and puffed as hard as he could.
  • James: I've done it, I've done it!
  • George Carlin: He panted. James was resting in the yard when Edward pulled up.
  • Edward: Peep peep!
  • George Carlin: He whistled. Then, James saw Sir Topham Hatt.
  • James: Oh dear, what will he say?
  • George Carlin: He asked himself. But Sir Topham Hatt was smiling.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I was in Edward's train and I saw everything. You made the most troublesome train on the line behaved. After that performance, you deserved to keep your red coat.

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