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  • Here's the full script to the alternate version of Percy Takes The Plunge & Other Stories. Stories in order: Percy Takes The Plunge, Percy's Ghostly Trick, Woolly Bear, Saved From Scrap, A New Friend For Thomas, Bertie's Chase, and Percy and The Signal.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bill and Ben
  • Bertie
  • Trevor
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Diesel (cameo)

Transcript

  • (We open this video with the Strand VCI FBI Warning)
  • (We then see the 1988-1992 Strand VCI Entertainment logo)
  • (The Britt Allcroft Presents logo is then followed)
  • (We soon see the Thomas Season 2 intro and we begin Percy Takes The Plunge)
  • Ringo Starr: One day, Henry wanted a rest, but Percy was talking to some engines. He was telling them about the time he had brave bad weather to help Thomas.
  • Percy: It was raining hard. Water swirled under my boiler. I couldn't see where I was going, but I struggled on.
  • Bill: Oh, Percy, you are brave.
  • Percy: Well, it wasn't anything really. Water's nothing to an engine with determination.
  • Ben: Tell us more, Percy.
  • Henry: What are you engines doing here?
  • Ringo Starr: Hissed Henry.
  • Henry: This shed is for Sir Topham Hatt's engines. Go away. Silly things.
  • Ringo Starr: Henry snorted.
  • Percy: They're not silly.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy had been enjoying himself.
  • Henry: They are silly and so are you. Water's nothing to an engine with determination. Huh.
  • Percy: Anyway.
  • Ringo Starr: Said cheeky Percy.
  • Percy: I'm not afraid of water, I like it.
  • Ringo Starr: He ran off to the harbour singing.
  • Percy: Once an engine attached to a train, was afraid of a few drops of rain.
  • Henry: No one ever lets me forget the time i wouldn't come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint.
  • Ringo Starr: Huffed Henry. Thomas was looking at the board on the key.
  • Thomas: Danger. We mustn't go passed it.
  • Ringo Starr: He said.
  • Thomas: That's orders.
  • Percy: Why?
  • Thomas: Danger means falling down something.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: I went pass danger once, and fell down a mine.
  • Percy: I can't see a mine.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy. He didn't know that the foundations of the key had sunk. The rails now sloped down into the sea.
  • Percy: Stupid board.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy. Percy made a plan. One day, he whispered to the cars.
  • Percy: Will you give me a bump when we get to the key?
  • Ringo Starr: The cars had never asked to bump an engine before. They giggled and chattered about it.
  • Percy: Driver doesn't know my plan.
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Percy.
  • Cars: On, on, on!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed the cars. Percy thought they were helping.
  • Percy: I'll pretend to stop at the station, but the cars will push me pass the board. Then I'll make them stop. I can do that wherever I like.
  • Ringo Starr: Every wise engine knows that you cannot trust freight cars.
  • Cars: Go on, go on!
  • Ringo Starr: They yelled, and bumped Percy's driver and fireman off the footplate.
  • Percy: Oh!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy, sliding pass the board. Percy was frantic.
  • Percy: That's enough!
  • Ringo Starr: Percy was sunked.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You are a very disobeident engine.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy knew that voice.
  • Percy: Please, sir, get me out, sir, I'm truly sorry, sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: No, Percy, we cannot do that till high tide. I hope it will teach you to take care of yourself.
  • Percy: Yes, sir.
  • Ringo Starr: It was dark when they brought floating cranes to rescue Percy. He was too cold and stiff to move by himself. Next day, he was sent to the works on Henry's freight train.
  • Henry: Well, well, well!
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Henry.
  • Henry: Did you like the water?
  • Percy: No.
  • Henry: I am surprised. You need more determination, Percy. Water's nothing to an engine with determination you know. Perhaps you will like it better next time.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy is quite determined that they'll won't be a next time.
  • (A nameplate sequence happens and we begin Percy's Ghostly Trick)
  • (An owl hoots)
  • (The owl hoots once more and Edward's whistle blows)
  • Percy: And every year on a date of the accident, it runs again as a warning to others plunging into the gap, shrieking like a lost soul.
  • Thomas: Percy, what are you talking about?
  • Percy: The ghost train. Driver saw it last night.
  • Thomas and Toby: Where?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Thomas and Toby.
  • Percy: He didn't say. Ooh, it makes my wheels wobble to think of it.
  • Thomas: Huh.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: You're just a silly little engine. I'm not scared.
  • Percy: Thomas didn't believe in your ghosts.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy next morning. His driver laughed.
  • Percy's Driver: Neither do I. It was only a pretend ghost story.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy was dissapointed. That evening, he came back from the harbor.
  • (Percy's whistle toots and an owl hoots)
  • Ringo Starr: Percy knew where he was. Even in the dark.
  • Percy: Crowe's farm crossing. We shant be long now.
  • Ringo Starr: He liked running at night. Rails hummed and the signal light showed green. But a broken cartload of lyme lay ahead. Sam the farmer had just gone for help.
  • (Percy crashes into the cart)
  • Ringo Starr: Percy broke the cart to smitherines. Lyme flew everywhere. He puffed quickly to the nearest signal box.
  • (Percy's whistle toots and sees Toby)
  • Ringo Starr: Percy's driver explained what had happened.
  • Signalman: I'll see to it.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the signalman.
  • Signalman: But you better clean Percy or people will think he's a ghost.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy chuckled.
  • Percy: Do let's pretend I'm a ghost and scare Thomas. That'll teach him to say I'm a silly little engine.
  • Ringo Starr: Toby promised to help.
  • (Toby puffs away)
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas was being oiled up for his evening train.
  • Toby: Percy's had an accident.
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Toby.
  • Thomas: Poor engine.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Botheration! That means I'll be late.
  • Toby: They've cleared the line for you, but there's something worse.
  • Thomas: Out with it, Toby. I can't wait all evening.
  • Toby: I've just seen something.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Toby.
  • Toby: It looked like Percy's ghost. It said it was, was coming here t-t-t-to warn us.
  • Thomas: Huh. Who cares? Don't be frightened, Toby. I'll take care of you.
  • (Percy's whistle toots)
  • Percy: Peep, peep. Pip, pip, pip, peep. Let me in. Let me in.
  • Ringo Starr: Wailed Percy.
  • Toby: No, no. Not by the smoke on my chimney chim chill.
  • Percy: I'll chuff, and I'll puff, and I'll break your door in.
  • (The doors open)
  • Thomas: Oh dear.
  • Ringo Starr: Exclaimed Thomas.
  • Thomas: It's getting late. Oh, I have no idea. Oh, I must find Annie and Clarabel.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots as he comes in the station with Annie and Clarabel)
  • Ringo Starr: It was morning when Thomas returned.
  • Toby: Where have you been?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Toby.
  • Thomas: Ah, well.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: I knew you'd be sad about Percy and I uh, I didn't like to intrude. I slept in the freight shed and...
  • (Percy's whistle toots and Edward's whistle blows)
  • Thomas: Oh, sorry. Can't stop. Got to see a coach about a train.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots and he puffs away)
  • Ringo Starr: Percy was not in the worst for his adventue, and was still enjoying himself enormously. He had heard everything.
  • Percy: Well, well, well. What do you know about that?
  • Toby: Anyone would think.
  • Ringo Starr: Chuckled Toby.
  • Toby: That our Thomas had just seen a ghost.
  • (Another nameplate sequence happens and we begin Woolly Bear)
  • Ringo Starr: In the summer, the work crews cut the long grass along the tracks, raking it into heaps to dry in the sun. At this time of year, Percy stops where they have been cutting. The men load up his empty wagons and he pulls them to the staiton.
  • (The workmen chatter indistinctly. Percy's whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: Toby then takes them to the hills for the farmers to feed their stock.
  • (Toby's bell rings)
  • (Percy's whistle toots loudly)
  • Percy: Wheeeesh!
  • Ringo Starr: Percy gave a ghostly whistle.
  • Percy: Don't be frightened, Thomas.
  • Ringo Starr: He laughed.
  • Percy: It's only me.
  • Thomas: Your ugly fizz is enough to frighten anyone.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: You're like ugly, indeed.
  • Percy: I'm...
  • Thomas: A green caterpillar with red stripes.
  • Ringo Starr: Continued Thomas firmly.
  • Thomas: You crawl like one too.
  • Percy: I don't.
  • Thomas: Who's been late every afternoon this week?
  • Percy: It's the hay.
  • Thomas: I can't help that.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas. Time's time, and Sir Topham Hatt relies on me to keep it. I can't if you crawl in the hay until all hours.
  • Percy: Green caterpillar indeed.
  • Ringo Starr: Fumed Percy. He set off to collect some hay to take to the habor.
  • Percy: Everyone says I'm handsome, or at least nearly everyone. Anyway, my curves are better than Thomas' corners. Thomas says I'm always late.
  • Ringo Starr: He grumbled.
  • Percy: I'm never late, or at least only a few minutes. What's that to Thomas? He can always catch up time further on.
  • Ringo Starr: All the same, he and his driver decided to start home early. Then came trouble.
  • (A treacle crate drops on Percy)
  • Ringo Starr: A crate of treacle was upset all over Percy. Percy was cross. He was still sticky when he puffed away.
  • (Percy puffs into the wind)
  • Ringo Starr: The wind was blowing fiercely.
  • Percy's Driver: Look at that!
  • Ringo Starr: Exclaimed the driver. The wind caught the piled hay, tossing it up and over the tracks. The line climbed here.
  • Percy's Driver: Take a run at it, Percy.
  • Ringo Starr: His driver advised. Percy gathered speed. But the hay made the rails slippery, and his wheels wouldn't grip. Time after time, he stalled with spinning wheels and had to wait until the line ahead was clear before he could start again.
  • (The wind continues blowing)
  • Ringo Starr: Everyone was waiting. Thomas seethed impatiently.
  • Thomas: 10 minutes late. I warned him, passengers will complain and Sir Topham Hatt...
  • Ringo Starr: Then they all saw Percy. The laughed and shouted.
  • (The people laugh at Percy)
  • Percy: Sorry I'm late.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy panted.
  • Thomas: Look what's crawled out of the hay.
  • Ringo Starr: Teased Thomas.
  • Percy: What's wrong?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Percy.
  • Thomas: Talk about hairy caterpillars.
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Thomas.
  • Thomas: It's worth being late to have seeing you.
  • Ringo Starr: When Percy got home, his driver showed him what he looked in a mirror.
  • (Percy is shocked when he sees himself in the mirror)
  • Percy: Bust my buffers. No wonder they all laughed. I'm just like a woolly bear. Please clean me before Toby comes.
  • Ringo Starr: But it was no good. Thomas told Toby all about it.
  • (The workmen get the hay off Percy)
  • Ringo Starr: Instead of talking about sensible things like playing ghosts, Thomas and Toby made jokes about woolly bear caterpillars and other creatures which crawl about in hay. They laughed a lot, but Percy thought they were really being very silly indeed.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Saved From Scrap)
  • Ringo Starr: Sir Topham Hatt works his engines hard, but they are very proud when he calls them really useful.
  • Edward: I'm going to the scrap yard today.
  • Ringo Starr: Edward called to Thomas.
  • Thomas: What? Already? You're not that old.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Thomas cheekily. Thomas was only teasing.
  • (Edward goes to the scrap yard)
  • Ringo Starr: The scrap yard is full of rusty old parts and machinery. The are broken into pieces, loaded into cars, and Edward pulls them to the steel works where they are melted down and used again. Today, there was a surprise waiting for Edward in the yard. It was a traction engine.
  • Edward: Hello.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward.
  • Edward: You're not broken and rusty. What are you doing here?
  • Trevor: I'm Trevor. They're going to break me up next week.
  • Edward: What a shame.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward.
  • Trevor: My driver says I only need some paint, polish and oil to be as good as new. But my owner says I'm old-fashioned.
  • Ringo Starr: Edward snorted.
  • Edward: People say I'm old-fashioned, but I don't care. Sir Topham Hatt says I'm a useful engine. What work did you do?
  • Trevor: My owner would send us from farm to farm. We threshed corn, hauled logs and did lots of other work. The children loved to see us.
  • Ringo Starr: Trevor shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Trevor: Oh, yes. I like children.
  • Ringo Starr: Edward set off to the station.
  • Edward: Broken up, what a shame. Broken up, what a shame. I must help Tevor, I must.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought of all his friends who liked engines. But strangely, none of them would have room for a traction engine at home.
  • Edward: It's a shame, It's a shame.
  • Ringo Starr: He hissed. Then...
  • Edward: Peep-peep! Why didn't I think of him before?
  • Ringo Starr: There, on the platform was the very person.
  • Vicar: Hello, Edward. You look upset. What's the matter, Charlie?
  • Ringo Starr: He asked the driver.
  • Edward's Driver: There's a traction engine in the scrap yard, Vicar. He'll be broken up next week. Jem Cole says he never drove a better engine.
  • Edward: Do save him, sir. He saws wood and gives children rides.
  • Vicar: We'll see.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied the Vicar. Jem Cole came on Saturday.
  • Jem Cole: The reverend's coming to see you, Trevor. Maybe he'll buy you.
  • Trevor: Do you think he will?
  • Ringo Starr: Asked Trevor hopefully.
  • Jem Cole: He will when I've lit your fire and clean you up.
  • Ringo Starr: The Vicar and his two boys arrived that evening. Trevor hadn't been so happy for months. He chuffered about the yard.
  • Vicar: Show your paces, Trevor.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the Vicar.
  • (Trevor goes backwards)
  • Ringo Starr: Later, he came out of the office, smiling.
  • Vicar: I've got him cheap, Jem. Cheap.
  • Jem Cole: Do you hear that, Trevor?
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Jem.
  • Jem Cole: The reverend saved you and you live in the vicarage now.
  • Trevor: Peep-peep!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Trevor. Now, Trevor's home is in the vicarage orchard. And he sees Edward every day. His paint is spotless and his brass shines like gold. Trevor likes his work, but his happiest day is the church fair. With a wooden seat bolted to his bunker, he chuffers around the orchard, giving rides to children. Long afterwards, you will see him shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Trevor: I like children.
  • Ringo Starr: He whispers happily.
  • (Another nameplate sequence happens and we begin A New Friend For Thomas)
  • Ringo Starr: Trevor the Traction Engine, enjoyed living in the vicarage orchard. Edward came to see him every day. But sometimes, Trevor didn't have enough work to do.
  • Trevor: I do like to keep busy all the time.
  • Ringo Starr: He sighed one day.
  • Trevor: And I do like company, especially children's company.
  • Edward: Cheer up.
  • Ringo Starr: Smiled Edward.
  • Edward: Sir Topham Hatt has work for you at his new harbor. I'm to take you to meet Thomas today.
  • (Trevor's whistle toots)
  • Trevor: Oh!
  • Ringo Starr: Exclaimed Trevor happily.
  • Trevor: A harbor. The seaside. Children! That will be lovely!
  • (Edward's whistle toots and Trevor to the yard)
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas was on his way to the harbor with a trainload of metal pilings. They were needed to make the harbor warf firm and safe.
  • Edward: Hello, Thomas.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward.
  • Edward: This is Trevor, a friend of mine. He's a traction engine.
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas eyed the newcomer doubtfully.
  • Thomas: A what engine?
  • Ringo Starr: He asked.
  • Trevor: A traction engine.
  • Ringo Starr: Exclaimed Trevor.
  • Trevor: I run on roads instead of rails. Can you take me to the harbor, please? Sir Topham Hatt has a job for me.
  • Thomas: Yes, of course.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Thomas. But he was still puzzled. Workmen coupled Trevor's car to Thomas' train. And soon, they were ready to start their journey.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots and puffs away)
  • Trevor: I'm glad Sir Topham Hatt needs me.
  • Ringo Starr: Called Trevor.
  • Trevor: I don't have enough to do sometimes, you know. Although I can work anywhere. In orchards, on farms, in scrap yards, even at harbors.
  • Thomas: But you don't run on rails.
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Thomas.
  • Trevor: I'm a tracion engine. I don't need rails to be useful.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Trevor.
  • Trevor: You wait and see.
  • Ringo Starr: When they reached the harbor, they found everything in confusion. Cars have been derailed, blocking the line. And stone slabs lay everywhere.
  • (Thomas and Trevor arrive at the harbor)
  • Thomas' Driver: We must get these pilings past.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas' driver.
  • Thomas' Driver: They are essential. Trevor, we need you to drag them around this mess.
  • Trevor: Just the sort of job I like.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Trevor.
  • Trevor: Now you'll see, Thomas. I'll soon show you what traction engines can do.
  • Ringo Starr: Trevor was as good as his work. He dragged the pilings clear with chains, and towed them into position.
  • Trevor: Who needs rails?
  • Ringo Starr: He muttered cheefully to himself.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots and Trevor's whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: Later, Thomas brought Annie and Clarabel to visit him. Thomas was most impressed.
  • Thomas: Now I understand how useful a traction engine can be.
  • Ringo Starr: The coaches were full of children. Trevor gave them rides along the harbor. He liked this best of all.
  • (Trevor's whistle toots and children chatter indistinctly)
  • Annie: He's very kind.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Annie.
  • Clarabel: He reminds of Thomas.
  • Ringo Starr: Added Clarabel. Everyone was sorry when it was time for Trevor to go.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Ringo Starr: Thomas pulled him to the junction. A small tear came into Trevor's eye. Thomas pretended not to see. He whistled gaily to make Trevor happy.
  • Thomas: I'll come and see you if I can.
  • Ringo Starr: He promised.
  • Thomas: The vicar will look after you and there's plenty of work for you now at the orchard. But we may need you again at the harbor someday.
  • Trevor: That would be wonderful.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Trevor. That evening, Trevor stood remembering his new friend, Thomas, the harbor, and most of all, the children. Then he went happily to sleep in the shed at the bottom of the orchard.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Bertie's Chase)
  • Ringo Starr: One morning, Edward was waiting to pick some passengers from Thomas' train.
  • Edward: Peep peep! We're late! Where is Thomas? He doesn't usually make us wait.
  • Fireman: Oh dear, what can the matter be?
  • Ringo Starr: Sanged the fireman.
  • Fireman: Johnny's so longer...
  • Driver: Never you mind about Johnny.
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed the driver.
  • Driver: Just you climb on the cab and look for Thomas. Can you see him?
  • Fireman: No.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied the fireman.
  • Fireman: There's Bertie Bus in the terriying hurry. No need to bother with him though. Likely, he's on the coach tour of something.
  • Ringo Starr: He clambered down.
  • Bertie: Stop, stop! I've got Thomas' passengers!
  • Ringo Starr: Wailed Bertie, roaring up to the gates. It was no good. Edward was gone.
  • Bertie: Bother.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie.
  • Bertie: Bother Thomas' fireman not coming to work today. Why did I promise to help the visitors catch the train?
  • Driver: That will do, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: A promise is a promise and we must keep it.
  • Bertie: I'll catch Edward or bust.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie.
  • Bertie: Oh, my gears and axles!
  • Ringo Starr: He groaned, toiling up the hill.
  • Bertie: I'll never be the same bus again. Hooray, hooray! I see him!
  • Ringo Starr: Cheered Bertie as he reached the top.
  • Bertie: Oh no! Edward's at the station! No, he stopped at the crossing. Hooray, hooray!
  • Ringo Starr: Bertie toured down the hill.
  • Passengers: Well done, Bertie!
  • Ringo Starr: Shouted his passengers.
  • Passengers: Go it!
  • Ringo Starr: Bertie skitted into the yard.
  • Bertie: Wait, wait!
  • Ringo Starr: Cried Bertie. He was just in time to see Edward puffed away.
  • Bertie: I'm sorry.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Bertie.
  • Passengers: Never mind.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the passengers.
  • Passengers: After him quickly. Third time lucky you know. Do you think we'll catch em at the next station, driver?
  • Driver: There's a good chance.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied his driver.
  • Driver: Our road keeps close to the line and we can climb hills better than Edward. I'll just make sure.
  • Ringo Starr: He spoke to the stationmaster. Bertie and the passengers waited impatiently.
  • Driver: Yes! We'll do it this time.
  • Ringo Starr: Said the driver.
  • Passengers: Hooray!
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers, as Bertie chased after Edward once more.
  • Coaches: This hill is too steep, this hill is too steep!
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled the coaches as Edward snorted in front. They reach the top at last and ran smoothly into the station.
  • Edward: Peep, peep!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Edward.
  • Edward: Get in quickly please.
  • Ringo Starr: The conductor blew the whistle and Edward's driver looked back. But the flag didn't wave, Then he heard Bertie. Everything seem to happy at once, and the stationmaster told the conductor and driver what had happened.
  • Edward: I'm sorry about the chase, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward.
  • Bertie: My fault.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Bertie.
  • Bertie: Late at junction. You didn't know about Thomas' passengers.
  • Edward: Peep peep! Goodbye, Bertie! We're off!
  • Ringo Starr: Whistled Edward.
  • Passengers: Three cheers for Bertie!
  • Ringo Starr: Called the passengers. Bertie raced back to tell Thomas that all was well.
  • Thomas: Thank you, Bertie.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: You're a very good friend indeed.
  • (Another nameplate sequence occurs and we begin Percy and The Signal)
  • Ringo Starr: Percy works in the yard at the big station. He loves playing jokes, but they can get him into trouble. One morning, he was very cheeky indeed.
  • Percy: Peep peep! Hurry up, Gordon, the train's ready.
  • Ringo Starr: Gordon thought he was late.
  • Percy: Ha, ha, ha!
  • Ringo Starr: Laughed Percy and showed him a train of dirty coal cars. Gordon thought how he can pay Percy back for teasing him. Next it was James' turn.
  • Percy: Stay in the shed today, James. Sir Topham Hatt will come and see you.
  • James: Ah!
  • Ringo Starr: Thought James.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt knows I'm a fine engine. He wants me to pull the special train.
  • Ringo Starr: James' driver and fireman could not make him move. The other engines grumbled dreadfully. They had to do James' work as well as their own. At last, the inspector arrived.
  • Inspector: Show a wheel, James. You can't stay here all day.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt told me to stay here. He sent a message this morning.
  • Inspector: He did not. How could he? He's away for a week.
  • James: Oh.
  • Ringo Starr: Said James.
  • James: Oh, where's Percy?
  • Ringo Starr: Percy had wisely disappeared. When Sir Topham Hatt came back, he was cross with James and Percy for causing so much trouble. But the very next day, Percy was still being cheeky.
  • Percy: I say, you engines, I'm to take some freight cars to Thomas' junction. Sir Topham Hatt chose me specialy. He must know I'm a really useful engine.
  • James: More likely, he wants you out of the way.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled James. Gordon looked across to James. They were going to play a trick on Percy.
  • Gordon: James and I were just speaking about signals at the junction. We can't be too careful about signals, but then i needn't say that to a really useful engine like you, Percy.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy felt flattered.
  • James: We've had spoken about backing signals.
  • Ringo Starr: Put in James.
  • James: They need extra special care you know. Would you like me to explain?
  • Percy: No thank you, James.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy.
  • Percy: I know all about signals.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy was a little worried.
  • Percy: I wonder what backing signals are.
  • Ringo Starr: He thought.
  • Percy: Never mind, I'll manage.
  • Ringo Starr: He puffed crossly to his freight cars and felt better. He came to a signal.
  • Percy: Bother, it's a danger.
  • Ringo Starr: The signal moved to show line cleared. It's arm moved up instead of down. Percy had never been that sort of signal before.
  • Percy: Down means go and up means stop. So upper still must mean go back. I know. It's one of those backing signals.
  • Driver: Come on, Percy.
  • Ringo Starr: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Off we go. Stop! You're going the wrong way!
  • Percy: But it's a backing signal.
  • Ringo Starr: Percy protested and told him about Gordon and James. The driver laughed and explained.
  • Percy: Oh, dear.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Percy.
  • Percy: Let's start quickly before they see us.
  • Ringo Starr: He was too late. Gordon saw everything. That night, the big engines talked about signals. They thought the subject was funny. Percy thought they were being very silly.
  • (The story comes to a still and we go to the end credits)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas end theme plays)

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