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Middle Engine/Make Someone Happy/Snow Engine is an episode of the YTV version of Thomas and Friends.

Plot

  • After Percy is grounded by Sir Topham Hatt, James is forced to deal with Arry and Bert/Thomas and the other engines want to make Mrs. Kyndley happier/Oliver has a snowy experience.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Oliver
  • 'Arry and Bert
  • Harold
  • Cranky
  • Toad
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Duck (does not speak)
  • Tiger Moth (does not speak)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)

Songs

  1. Night Train
  2. Percy's Seaside Trip
  3. Accidents Will Happen

Notes

  • Release Date: October 4, 2003.
  • Narrated by Alec Baldwin and Michael Brandon.

Transcript

  • (We open this episode with the Season 6 intro, and finally the start of Middle Engine)
  • Alec Baldwin: Sir Topham Hatt's engines love their work. Gordon likes pulling the express, Thomas likes his branch line and Percy likes taking the mail. But none of them likes being a middle engine. It's no fun being stuck in a middle. One morning, Percy was cheerfully collecting coal cars in the smelter's yards, where 'Arry and Bert worked. They like to play tricks on steam engines. Percy didn't want to fall for their tricks again. But before he knew it, he was stuck in the middle.
  • Percy: Oh, Bother!
  • Alec Baldwin: Huffed Percy crossly.
  • 'Arry: Little green piggy in the middle!
  • Alec Baldwin: 'Arry teased. Percy's driver was cross. With coal cars in front and coal cars behind, Percy had to go slower. James was in the yards when Percy was steamed slowly by.
  • James: Ha, ha! It's Pokey Percy!
  • Alec Baldwin: James laughed.
  • Percy: You wouldn't be laughing if you were stuck in the middle.
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy fumed. And he fumed all the way to the coaling plant. One by one, he shunted the coal cars onto the tipper's loading ramp and the coal was unloaded. Percy was not allowed to cross the loading ramp until the tipper had been turned off. It was against the rules. But as soon as his driver and fireman left, there was trouble. Henry arrived to pick up coal. He bumped into the coal cars and the coal cars bumped into Percy. Percy was pushed onto the loading ramp.
  • Percy: Help!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried Percy. Percy was hoist it up, tipped over and brought back down again. After Percy was load back down to the ground, the manager was very cross.
  • Manager: You have caused confusion and delay!
  • Alec Baldwin: He said.
  • Manager: I'll have to report this to Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Alec Baldwin: That night, Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to Percy.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm very disappointed you, Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: He said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You know it's against the rules to go on to the tipper's loading ramp.
  • Percy: Sorry, sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy said sadly.
  • Percy: But it wasn't my fault. It's because those diesels made me a middle engine.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Never the less, you will shunt freight cars in the yard until I can get to the bottom of this.
  • James: Pah!
  • Alec Baldwin: Said James, thinking that he can hear.
  • James: I can handle those diesels with bent buffers and a busted boiler!
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Then you will do Percy's run in the smelter.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • James: Yes sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said James. The next day, James arrived at the smelter. He was determined to be tricked by 'Arry and Bert.
  • 'Arry: Hello, James.
  • Alec Baldwin: Oosed 'Arry.
  • 'Arry: Come to learn a thing or two from those who know?
  • James: Just get my freight cars ready and stay out of my way.
  • Alec Baldwin: Huffed James importantly.
  • Bert: Yes, sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Bert chimed gricely. James cheerfully backed up to his freight cars. He was certain he had fooled 'Arry and Bert but he was wrong.
  • 'Arry: Little red piggy in the middle!
  • Alec Baldwin: Chortled 'Arry
  • Bert: Just like Percy!
  • Alec Baldwin: Jeered Bert.
  • James: I am not like Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Puffed James.
  • James: I am not a middle engine and I am not moving.
  • Alec Baldwin: And he didn't. When Sir Topham Hatt heard the news he sent Percy to fetch James. This made Percy happy. He buffered up to James and took him along with all the freight cars to the docks.
  • Manager: Right on time.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said the manager.
  • Manager: But what does that big red engine doing in the middle?
  • Percy: Learning.
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy replied.
  • Manager: Learning what?
  • Percy: Learning to be a middle engine.
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy laughed. James covered himself in steam hoping no one would recognize him, but it was good. It was only big red engine on the island and everyone knows his name is James!
  • (A passing by sequence occurs and we begin Night Train)
  • Children: (singing) See how the night sky glows, See the light from the night train, The fire glow from the night train. On down the line he blows... Woooooo-oooooo!!! On down the line he blows. All through the night he goes. Hear the sound of the night train, The chugga-chug-chugg of the night train. Hear how his whistle blows... Woooooo-oooooo!!! Hear how his whistle blows. Pulling, heaving, big engine breathing. Pistons pushing side by side. Driver checking, gauging, peering, Fireman stoking by his side. On down the line they go. Fast track for the mail train, Clear away for the post train. Non-stop all night they go... Woooooo-oooooo!!! Non-stop all night they go. See how the night sky glows. Clear ahead for the night train, Green light for the night train. On down the track he blows... Woooooo-oooooo!!! On down the track he blows. Dawn is breaking, sleepy town waking. Children waving, watch him go. Freight trains, milk trains, Boat trains waiting, Stand aside to let him go. There in the morning glow The sunlight on the night train, Silhouettes the night train. On down the line he blows... Woooooo-oooooo!!! There in the morning glow. On down the line he blows Hear the sound of the night train, The chugga-chug-chugg of the night train. Hear how his whistle blows... Woooooo-oooooo!!! Hear how his whistle blows. On down the line he blows, On down the line he blows.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Make Someone Happy)
  • Alec Baldwin: It was holiday time on the Island of Sodor. All the engines were working happily except for James.
  • James: Why should a splendid engine like me take messy coal cars instead of coaches? Percy or Oliver should do it, i'm too important.
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas was cross.
  • Thomas: James, why don't you think about something or someone else for a change. You'll be surprised at how much better you'll feel if you do.
  • James: Oh, please. Being important is the only thing for me to think about. Hah!
  • Percy: That plane's making a great deal of noise.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Percy to Oliver.
  • Oliver: His name's Tiger Moth.
  • Alec Baldwin: Replied Oliver.
  • Oliver: And it's flying around telling everyone about the fair that's arriving today.
  • Thomas: What are you two doing here?
  • Oliver: Sir Topham Hatt wants us to pick up a very special load from the harbour.
  • Percy: And I think it's got something to do with the fair.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then they puffed away. Meanwhile, James was collecting quarry cars from the yard.
  • James: Dustier and dustier.
  • Alec Baldwin: He grumbled. Then he saw Mrs. Kyndley.
  • James: She looks miserable.
  • James' Driver: What's the matter?
  • Alec Baldwin: Asked James' driver.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: My sister has run to tell me she can't come to stay with me. I was so looking forward to her visit.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sir Topham Hatt soon heard the sad news.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We must cheer her up. Send Harold the Helicopter to pick her up inmediately.
  • Alec Baldwin: A few minutes later there was a surprise for Mrs. Kyndley.
  • Harold: All present and correct.
  • Alec Baldwin: Called Harold.
  • Harold: I'm uh here for a flying visit. Hurry aboard Mrs. Kyndley and uh fly the sky with me. Compliments of uh, Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: Oh, how lovely.
  • James: Harold's made my paint dustier than ever.
  • Alec Baldwin: Muttered James. But he was happy for Mrs. Kyndley. She was soon flying high with Harold.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: I have never seen the island like this before. It's wonderful.
  • Alec Baldwin: Meanwhile, Percy and Oliver were at the docks. Cranky the Crane was unloading an old tramp steamer.
  • Cranky: Hey down there, you two, I'm paying lucky dip in the tramper's hold and all these are for you.
  • Percy: Wooden horses!
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy exclaimed.
  • Percy: For the carousel ride. It's going to be a very exciting fair.
  • James: It is indeed.
  • Alec Baldwin: Whistled James.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt has ordered me to stop pulling coal cars and go to the station instead. Something to do with Mrs. Kyndley. Goodbye.
  • Percy: Well what do you think of that.
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried Percy. Mrs. Kyndley was waiting for James with Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Now this is your very special treat. James will take you on a mystery ride and I shall meet you at your destination.
  • Alec Baldwin: James took Mrs. Kyndley along her favorite coastal route to Tidmouth Bay. When he arrived there, a big surprise awaited Mrs. Kyndley.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: Oh!
  • Alec Baldwin: She cried.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: You brought me to the fairground how lovely.
  • Alec Baldwin: Best of all Sir Topham Hatt invited her to make the announcement.
  • Mrs. Kyndley: I declare this fairground open.
  • Alec Baldwin: Mrs. Kyndley had the first ride on the carousel.
  • (Carnival music plays)
  • James: You were quite right, Thomas.
  • Alec Baldwin: James whispered.
  • James: Making someone happy does cheer you up.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then together they watched the fun of the fair.
  • (Carnival music continues)
  • (Ding)
  • (Man laughing)
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Percy's Seaside Trip)
  • (Rooster crows)
  • Children: (singing) The sun is shining, it's a lovely day. It won't be long before we're on our way. The guard is waiting, flag in hand. He blows his whistle, we're off to sea and sand. The sky is blue, there's not a cloud in sight, So much excitement, didn't sleep all night. Now Percy's rushing trough the countryside, With people waving as we (peep peep) whistle by. Seaside, we're off to the seaside. Ice cream in cones, Candy floss on your nose. Seaside, we're off to the seaside, We're gonna have a lovely day. Just one more hill to climb and we'll be there. Sounds of the seaside start to fill the air. Then someone shouts out excitedly.
  • Girl: "Look over there, everybody, I can see the sea!"
  • Children: (singing) Seaside, we're off to the seaside, Buckets and spades, all the fairground arcades. Seaside, we're off to the seaside, We're gonna have a lovely day. And when it's cold in wintertime, Still you can be there any time. Just close your eyes, count 1-2-3, Dream your dream and once again be by the sea. Sir Topham Hatt arrives to greet the train. He is so pleased that Percy's right on time. So much excitement, so much glee. We're all together with Percy by the sea. Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Building sandcastles with buckets and spades. Seaside, we're all at the seaside. Oh, what a lovely, lovely, day. Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Picnics and paddling, swimming all day. Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Oh, what a lovely, lovely day. Thank you, Percy, for such a lovely day. Hooray!
  • (Owl hoots)
  • (Once again, after the commercials, Oliver The Snow Engine is the last story to start)
  • Michael Brandon: Oliver and Duck are Great Western engines. They delivered goods and passengers when the roads are closed by deep snow. But Oliver thinks snow was messy and cold.
  • Oliver: I'm a Great Western engine.
  • Michael Brandon: He chuffed one day.
  • Oliver: I shouldn't have to shiver.
  • Toad: Begging your pardon, Mr. Oliver?
  • Michael Brandon: Whispered Toad.
  • Toad: But I think snow is splendid.
  • Oliver: Huh.
  • Michael Brandon: Later, Oliver saw some children building a giant snowman for their winter festival. Each time, Oliver passed by the snowman grew bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.
  • Toad: Just an obviation, Mr. Oliver, snow is magical.
  • Oliver: Oh.
  • Michael Brandon: Finally, the snowman was complete. Oliver chuffed back to his warm cozy shed. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You have to return to the mountain village.
  • Michael Brandon: He said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Some goods are needed for the festival.
  • Oliver: But all this snow makes my wheels feel chilly.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Really useful engines work hard whenever the weather.
  • Michael Brandon: Soon, Oliver was loaded and on his way. The snow was cold. It had frozen the points and diverted Oliver into the station sidings.
  • Oliver: Whoa, shiver my boiler!
  • Michael Brandon: Cried Oliver. His driver applied the brakes.
  • Toad: Is there a problem, Mr. Oliver?
  • Oliver: Yeah, there is! Whoa!
  • Toad: That could been a little smoother.
  • Michael Brandon: Oliver felt awful. He thought the children would be upset about their snowman. Oliver's driver went for help. Sir Topham Hatt was just leaving his office when he got the call.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Duck will bring the breakdown crane first thing in the morning.
  • Michael Brandon: He said. Oliver's driver returned and told him the news.
  • Oliver: I'll be out here all night.
  • Michael Brandon: Moaned Oliver
  • Driver: I'm afraid so.
  • Michael Brandon: Luckily, the village inn had a toasty warm room for Oliver's driver. But Oliver was getting colder and colder. His fire had gone out and his funnel was covered in icicles.
  • Oliver: I was right all along. There's nothing magical about snow.
  • Michael Brandon: Toad was beginning to think Oliver might be right.
  • Toad: Brrr!
  • Michael Brandon: Next morning the children saw the situation.
  • Girl: Look.
  • Michael Brandon: A little girl shouted.
  • Girl: Our snowman has eyes in his tummy.
  • Boy: No it doesn't.
  • Michael Brandon: Laughed a little boy.
  • Boy: It's Oliver
  • Michael Brandon: That gave the children an idea. When Oliver woke up he was surrounded by happy children.
  • Children: Oliver's a wonderful snow engine!
  • Michael Brandon: They cried. Oliver was so relief that suddenly he didn't feel any cold anymore. When Duck arrived with the breakdown crane, Oliver didn't want to leave. He loved the winter festival so much.
  • Oliver: You were right, Toad.
  • Michael Brandon: Called Oliver.
  • Oliver: There are some magical things about snow.
  • Toad: Perhaps, Mr. Oliver.
  • Michael Brandon: Shivered Toad.
  • Oliver: Absolutely.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Accidents Will Happen)
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Children: (singing) Thrills and spills on the railway, it's a life of happiness. But sometimes impatience can lead to carelessness.
  • Boy: (singing) Some think they are smart cats...
  • Girl: (singing) ...and some just know it all.
  • Children: (singing) But sooner or later we all find out that... Accidents happen now and again. Just when you least expect. Just when you think that life is okay, fate comes to collect. Accidents happen now and again, when people or trains get smart. If you don't concentrate on the thing that you're doing. Accidents will happen just like that. Your best laid plans can turn upside down if you get to confident. Sometime you will slip and slide if that Lady Luck's intent.
  • Girl: (singing) One minute you're riding high...
  • Boy: (singing) ...the next you're on the ground.
  • Children: (singing) But please remember, whatever the weather, you must take care cause... Accidents happen now and again, sometimes just by chance you gotta pick yourself up and dust yourself down put it down to experience. Accidents happen now and again, just don't take it all to heart. Cause if you don't concentrate on the thing that you're doing. Accidents will happen just like that. The warning signs are there for us to see most of the time. But sometimes we take chances, ignore the danger signs. Fate can surprise with no reason or rhyme. Make sure you'll learn your lesson. You'll know better next time. Accidents happen now and again. Just when you least expect. Just when you think that life is okay. Fate comes to collect. Accidents happen now and again, when people or trains get smart, if you don't concentrate on the thing that you're doing. Accidents will happen just like that. Accidents happen now and again. Sometimes just by chance. You gotta pick yourself up and dust yourself down put it down to experience. Accidents happen now and again, just don't take it all to heart.
  • Girl: If you don't concentrate on the thing that you're doing whatever you're doing is not what you're thinking.
  • Children: (singing) Accidents, incidents. Accidents, incidents, accidents happen just like that.
  • (Gordon crashed into the wall)
  • (Following the last song, we find the end credits with Thomas looking at us)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas end theme plays)
  • (After that, the 2001 HiT Entertainment logo appears)

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