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Mountain Engine is a fan-made Thomas and Friends episode thought up by BiggestThomasFan. It is based on the Railway Series story of the same name from the book, Mountain Engines.

Characters

  • Donald
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Mr. Percival
  • Peter Sam (cameo; when Sir Handel arrives at the sheds)
  • Rusty (cameo; passes Sir Handel near the beginning)

New Characters

  • Culdee
  • Godred (cameo; when Mr. Percival tells the Culdee Fell engines that the inspector's coming)
  • Ernest (cameo; when Mr. Percival tells the Culdee Fell engines that the inspector's coming)
  • Wilfred (cameo; when Mr. Percival tells the Culdee Fell engines that the inspector's coming)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo; when Mr. Percival tells the Culdee Fell engines that the inspector's coming)

Some narrow gauge coaches also speak.

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joe Mills as Donald
  • Keith Wickham as Skarloey, Sir Handel and Mr. Percival
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Matt Wilkinson as Culdee
  • Rebecca O'Mare as Narrow Gauge Coach #1
  • Miranda Raison as Narrow Gauge Coach #2
  • Olivia Colman as Narrow Gauge Coach #3
  • Bob Golding as The Inspector

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joe Mills as Donald
  • Keith Wickham as Skarloey and Sir Handel
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Kerry Shale as Mr. Percival
  • Matt Wilkinson as Culdee
  • Rebecca O'Mare as Narrow Gauge Coach #1
  • Miranda Raison as Narrow Gauge Coach #2
  • Olivia Colman as Narrow Gauge Coach #3
  • Bob Golding as The Inspector

Transcript

Narrator: One morning, Sir Handel was having trouble with some coaches. He did his best to be kind, but the coaches didn't trust him. Sir Handel had been rude to them before, and the coaches felt sure that he was going to be rude to them again.

Narrow Gauge Coach #1: I think he's going too fast.

Narrow Gauge Coach #2: I think so too.

Narrow Gauge Coach #3: Hold back as hard as you can.

Narrator: The coaches held back so much that they made Sir Handel come to a standstill on the viaduct.

Sir Handel: Oh, bother!

Narrator: But that wasn't all. The coaches made Sir Handel come to another standstill. This time in a tunnel.

Sir Handel: Oh, you rude coaches!

Narrator: When Sir Handel finished his run and returned to the sheds, he was furious.

Sir Handel: Those cattle-trucks should be scrapped!

Skarloey: (Gasps) I won't have it! Those coaches need kindness, not bad names.

Rheneas: Exactly so. (Winks at Skarloey) You be thankful, Sir Handel, that we're not a mountain railway.

Sir Handel: A mountain railway! What's that?

Rheneas: A railway that climbs mountain, of course.

Sir Handel: But it can't! It's engines' wheels would slip!

Rheneas: But it can. We've heard of one quite near here.

Sir Handel: It can't!

Skarloey: It can, Sir Handel. Mr. Percival has told us how it works.

Sir Handel: Really? How?

Donald: Shh!

Narrator: Donald arrived shunting a flatbed in a siding nearby. One the flatbed was a queer-looking engine. He had six small wheels and a stove-pip chimney. His boiler was tilted downwards and his cylinders were "back to front".

Donald: Dinna wake the wee engine. It's tired he is. He's away back from England after being mended. Ye ken how it is.

Rheneas: We understand, but who is he?

Donald: He's called Culdee, after the mountain his railway climbs.

Skarloey: Well! Did you ever...!

Sir Handel: I don't believe it!

Donald: Och, ye'd best ask him yeself. Then maybe ye'll learn it's the truth I've been telling ye.

Narrator: Donald puffed away, offended. Culdee woke to find the engines gazing at him.

Culdee: Oh! Um, where am I?

Rheneas: You're by the Skarloey Railway and Crovan's Gate.

Culdee: That's good. I'm nearly home now.

Skarloey: Do you really climb mountains?

Culdee: I've done it for years.

Sir Handel: You must be clever. We couldn't Our wheels would slip.

Culdee: I'm not really clever. I was just drawn like that.

Sir Handel: Like what?

Culdee: With pinion wheels on my driving axles. They have teeth, you see, which fit into a rack rail. I can't slip, however steep the line is.

Rheneas: That must help you going up, but if your line is so steep, aren't you frightened coming down?

Culdee: Why? We have good brakes.

Rheneas: Coaches are sometimes silly and try to push us downhill. Some... hrm... engines find it hard to stop them.

(Sir Handel blushes and looks at his buffers)

Culdee: Our coaches are never silly like that. They know such tricks are dangerous. I've never had that sort of accident. But, I was frightened once - very frightened indeed.

Skarloey: Would you please tell us about it?

Culdee: Of course.

(Cuts to the flashback)

Narrator: One day, before the Culdee Fell Railway line was opened, the engines' drivers made the five engines stand ready outside the sheds. Mr. Percival came to see them. Mr. Percival is in charge of the Culdee Fell Railway, as well as the Skarloey Railway.

Mr. Percival: The inspector's coming. I don't know which of you he'll choose.

Narrator: When the inspector arrived, he chose Culdee. So Culdee pushed two coaches to the Summit.

Inspector: So far, so good. Now, we'll test your brakes.

Narrator: So Culdee went and stood on the steepest part of the line. Down, down it fell, with a nasty curve below, edging a precipice.

Inspector: Brakes off, driver. Let him roll.

Culdee: Oooh!

Narrator: Culdee gathered speed downhill. He was terrified. Culdee's driver's hand stole to the brake.

Inspector: Hands off!

Culdee: Wait a minute, I have automatic brakes. I can put these on myself. I think the inspector wants to see if I could.

(Culdee brakes and comes to a stop)

Inspector: Well done, Culdee. You'll do!

Narrator: Culdee's driver and fireman mopped their faces. They'd been just as nervous as Culdee had been.

(Back to the present day on Sodor)

Skarloey: What an amazing story!

Rheneas: Yes, thank you for telling us, Culdee.

Sir Handel: You're not nervous now, are you?

Culdee: No, I'm never nervous nowadays. Why should I be? There's no need.

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