Narrator: The engines on the Island of Sodor like to be called really useful engines, especially Edward, the blue engine. One morning at Tidmouth Sheds, James arrived feeling tired.

James: I need some rest! I'm too tired with pulling those troublesome trucks!

Henry: Nonsense! You don't work hard enough! That's your problem!

James: I work harder than old Edward. He's too old to get anything done.

Edward: Oh, stow it, you two. Just get some rest.

Narrator: Next morning, Sir Topham Hatt showed up. He had news for the engines.

Sir Topham Hatt: I have bad news everyone; the diesel-fueling tank is out of order, so some of the diesels will work for the day. The good news for James, you get the rest of the week off and Boco will do your work.

James: Oh, thank you sir!

Sir Topham Hatt: Right. Now, here are your assignments for the others today. Gordon, Henry, and Emily will do their passenger runs. Thomas and Percy will do the branch line work with Toby. And Edward, I don't have anything for you today, so you get some time off.

Edward: Yes sir. {Later, he is feeling bored.}

Sir Topham Hatt: Edward, what's the matter?

Edward: James says I'm no use.

Sir Topham Hatt: I see. {To himself} With the fuel and, hmm, yes that will work. {He walks away.}

Narrator: Later that day, Boco was to take some tar wagons to mend the roads. He was low on diesel but wanted to do his best.

Boco: I hope I make it in time.

Narrator: But as he was going up Gordon's hill, something bad happened - the coupling between the fifth and sixth tar wagon broke, and James was coming. The last car broke on impact.

James: {as the wagons hit him} Damn it!

Narrator: He pushed them up the hill and ran into Boco! Suddenly, Boco ran out of diesel half way up the hill.

Boco's driver: We didn't get a chance to refuel you, Boco. I'll call for help!

Sir Topham Hatt: Boco and James stuck on the hill? I'll send Edward! {To himself} I knew it would work.'{Later} Edward, you need to help Boco and James. There's been an accident, and a breakdown.

Narrator: Edward was thrilled! Edward pushed Boco and James up the hill with all his might. At last, they made it to Maron station. Sir Topham Hatt was there, and was very pleased with Edward.

Sir Topham Hatt: Well done, Edward. You are a really useful engine. I should give you assignments more often, and Boco shall have the next day off. By the way, I helped you out so James would be wrong.

Edward: Wait! You did this?!

And so, Edward got a chance to exercise his wheels, and helped out many of his friends. Boco was refueled on Molly was soon cleaned. All was well, and Edward was once again a really useful engine on Sir Topham Hatt's railway.


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