Here's part two of the Strand VCI version of Percy Takes The Plunge & Other Stories. This part features:

  1. Woolly Bear
  2. Nameplates after Woolly Bear
  3. Saved From Scrap
  4. Nameplates after Saved From Scrap


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 alot, but Percy thought they were really being very silly indeed.

Nameplates after Woolly Bear

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

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.

Nameplates after Saved From Scrap

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Bertie
  • Terence

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