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Plot

Ron, the rudest tank engine, causes trouble for the engines.

Notes

  • Barney has his Season 3 voice and 1994-1997 costume.
  • Baby Bop has her Season 3 voice and 1996-1997 costume.
  • BJ has his Season 3 voice and 1996-1997 costume.
  • Riff has his 2006 voice and costume.
  • The Barney costume used in this Thomas episode was "Shawn & The Beanstalk".

Transcript

The trains on the North Western Railway are always very busy. Some of the engines like Thomas, Duck and Stanley are friendly and loyal, while most of the engines on the other railway like Diesel and Spamcan were mean and nasty, and one engine in particular was very mean and nasty.

Sir Topham Hatt met the new engine at Vicarstown Station. The new engine was from a heritage railway in England, an LMS Jinty, painted LMS red with yellow and black lining, the nameplate "Ron" on both sides of his smokebox, and only had LMS on his sidetanks and no number.

"So you're Ron," said Sir Topham Hatt.

"Yeah," said Ron, in an angry, rough sounding tone of his voice.

"Today, I want you to get involved with meeting the other engines," said Sir Topham Hatt, "I know they might be pleased to get your help."

"Yeh, whatever, sir!" snapped Ron.

"What was that?"

"I mean, yes, sir!"

"Good," said Sir Topham Hatt, "this is your new caretaker Mr. Smithers."

"Hello," said Mr. Smithers kindly. He was a man with gray hair. Mr. Smithers hoped to make Ron a really useful engine, and his driver and fireman were nasty too.

"GRAY?" snarled Ron, "I have a gray idiot in control of me? BAH!"

Sir Topham Hatt frowned, and wasn't sure he made the right decision to buy Ron.

Molly pulled in with her last train of the day.

"Hello," she said to Ron, "I'm Molly."

"Shoo off, you yellow scrap iron!" snarled Ron.

"Bust my buffers!" said Molly, "no need to be rude."

"Well, leave me alone then!" snarled Ron, "Cause I'm Ruthless Ron!" He puffed away to Tidmouth sheds.

"Ron," said Pete quietly, "where have I heard that name before?"

The engines all hoped Ron was friendly. Too bad he wasn't though.


"Why am I with a whole lot of rustbuckets?" he snarled rudely, "That Edward is too old and weak, and should find himself a museum! Gordon, you're a blue rust bucket on worn out wheels! Henry is a pathetic excuse of a Black 5! James is a rusty red scrap iron! Duck and Oliver are Western junk! Donald and Douglas are scrap Scottish pillocks! Emily is nothing but a dumb, weak idiot, and Thomas thinks he's the best but is NOT!"

"Leave my friends alone, you idiot!" snarled Percy. He didn't like when his friends were insulted.

"And you," said Ron, "nothing but a green caterpillar with red stripes!"

"Not true!" argued Thomas.

"Shut up, you bossy blue showoff!" snarled Ron.

"Shut up yourself, you big bully!" snapped Thomas.

The engines tried to sleep, but Ron kept them up all night with his ranting and yelling.


Pete, Barney, BJ and Baby Bop were looking through their railway books, looking for a picture and description of Ron.

"I heard him somewhere," said Pete.

"Not here," said BJ, after looking through The Book of Engines from 1806 to 1923.

"Nor there," said Barney. He looked through LMS Tank Engines.

"There he is!" said Baby Bop. She was on a book called The LMS 0-6-0 Jinty Class. "Page seventy eight, 'Ruthless Ron was a nasty tank engine who was a bully to everyone and every engine on the LMS, built in 1932 as an extra after the last one was built in 1931.'"

"I'm surprised he never carried a number," said Barney.

"Apparently," said Pete, "he was always rude to the other engines, and I think this will lead to trouble."

"What the heck?" said Barney, "We're gonna have a really hard time working with him..."


Barney was sadly right, as the engines at Tidmouth Sheds were grumpy from lack of sleep, save for Ron, who was ranting in his sleep.

To wake them up, a shovelful of sugar woke them up instantly, though they talked a little bit faster than normal. Percy was telling Rosie, Oliver. and Mike the E2 about Ron.

"That's rough," said Oliver.

"I don't wanna be near him," said Rosie worriedly.

"He's not messing with me!" said Mike, "I could handle that idiot with bent buffers and a broken whistle!"

"Oh really?" snapped Ron, bumping Mike beyond the warning, and bunker first into the sea.

"Aw man!" snapped Mike.

"That was nasty of you to do that!" said Mario angrily. But Ron let off steam, blowing away Mario's hat.

"A plumber without a red hat!" laughed Ron, "Hahahahahaha!"

Mario was furious!

"See ya, losers!" said Ron, running off to Norramby branchline, as Charlie pulled in.

"What happened here?" asked Charlie.

"That nasty engine pushed me into the sea!" snapped Mike.

"Diesel?" asked Charlie.

"No way!" said Stepney, "It was Ron, the new engine!"

"Really?" asked Charlie, "Billy told me Ron called Arnold a pathetic engine who can't speak!"

"That's like Ron," said Rosie, "who knows what will happen next?"


All day, Ron was very nasty to every engine on Sodor.

He saw Hank at Wellsworth station, and called him American scrap, upsetting Hank.

"I was trying to be friendly, little fella!" protested Hank.

"LITTLE?" snapped Ron, "What are you, a piece of scrap?" He blew steam in his face.

Then he called every diesel he met motor oil boxes on wheels, angering Boco, Bear, Mavis and Dennis.

"He's not nice for a steam engine," said Mavis angrily.

"I agree with you!" said Matt crossly.

"Next time I see that red idiot," said Bear, "I'LL DESTROY HIM TIL HE'S DEAD!"

Worst of all, Ron was nasty to the girl engines, thinking of them as weaklings and feeble excuses for engines.

"Girls are too weak!" he said darkly, "Go pretty yourselves and find a shed to stay out of my way! Even those who think they're stronger than me!"

"He's not a Sodor engine like us," snapped Molly.

"I agree with you," said Sarah crossly.

"What a rotten steamie brat!" said Dennis angrily. Ron had called him a pig on wheels. Thankfully, Mr. Smithers was much more kinder.

"I'm sorry," he said sadly, "he is always like this, but I think he means well at least." Baby Bop and Wendy solemnly agreed.


At Knapford Junction, Stanley, Fergus and Dennis were furious, and decided to confront him once he showed up.

"Out of my way, losers!" said Ron.

"Forget it!" snarled Dennis, blocking his path.

"Out of my way!" snarled Ron.

"NO!" yelled Dennis.

"You're a big bully!" said Stanley's Driver.

"They're right!" agreed Stanley, "so leave us alone!"

"Why?" said Dennis' driver, "You're a big green loser!"

"Leave him alone!" demanded Fergus, siding up next to Dennis and Stanley, "You'll have to get through me and my crew!"

"That's right!" said Stanley.

"You're a liar and mental engine!" added Stanley's Driver.

"So get out of Sodor!" yelled Stanley's Fireman.

"Who's gonna stop us?" said Ron's driver.

"I will!" said Sir Topham Hatt. He was cross. "What is going on here?"

"Those two think trucks are useful," lied Ron, "but they should be scrap for telling lies!"

"You're lying!" argued Fergus.

"He was bullying me, Fergus and Henry, so we stood up to him," said Stanley.

"Fergus and Stanley are right," agreed Henry, "Ron is a big bully."

"I will deal with it later that evening," said Sir Topham Hatt, "now get back to work!"


Later that evening, he spoke to Stanley, Fergus and Dennis at Tidmouth Sheds.

"Stanley, Fergus and Dennis," he said, "I know Ron can be a bully, but I know he'll improve his bad behavior. But you were very brave standing up for yourselves and I am proud of both of you."

Stanley, Fergus and Dennis were relieved.

"But remember," continued Sir Topham Hatt, "bullying is a bad thing for troublesome engines."

"Yes, sir," the three engines said.

"Especially after what Barney said," agreed Thomas, "before Bear's breakdown."

"And even Ned Flanders and Kyle," said Duck, who agreed too.

The others were impressed that Dennis stood up for himself, and praised him for his bravery, and Stanley and Fergus too.


Sir Topham Hatt's talk with Ron wasn't nice at all.

"Ron," he said severely, "I don't know what your problem is, but I am going have to ask you to stop being a bully and settle down."

"Fine, sir," grunted Ron.

"If you don't, I will take action!"

"Yeah, like that would ever happen," Ron muttered.

"Let me show them," he said as Sir Topham Hatt left.


Next day, Stanley, Dennis and Fergus took a goods train to Great Waterton, with Fergus leading. Unknown to them, Ron, he didn't switch the track to Great Waterton as payback.

"See you never, losers!" laughed Ron as he rolled away.

Stanley, Fergus and Dennis struggled up to Great Waterton. The conductor watched them hoping they would make it, but Dennis' driver saw trouble up ahead.

"That idiot didn't switch the track!" he yelled.

Dennis heard and applied his brakes. Stanley and Fergus did too, but it was too late!

Dennis, Stanley and Fergus came off the edge of the bridge and landed down the ravine below. Their trucks were everywhere, and the crews jumped clear before the crash. The three engines lay on their sides, leaking steam and oil in all directions. Thomas, Duck and Oliver saw the mess and gasped.

"Oh, botheration," said Duck, "what a mess!"

"I saw Ron doing it!" said Oliver, "he must be having revenge on them!"

"Good observation," said Thomas.

"THAT IDIOT!" yelled Duck, "I'M GONNA GIVE HIM A PIECE OF MY MIND NEXT TIME I SEE THAT RON!"

"Calm down, dude," said Ned Flanders, "Sir Topham Hatt is not going to be happy about this."

"I will tell him what he had done to them," said Duck. And he went to tell Sir Topham Hatt about this accident.


A large crane was helping to lift the damaged engines on its flatbeds. The first was Fergus. His shape was dented. His front was badly twisted. His funnel was cracked. His flywheel and boiler were bented. And his blue paint was scratched.

Fergus opened his eyes. "What...happened?" he panted.

The next was Dennis. His sides were bented. His cab roof was smashed. His front and back ends were twisted. He had lost all his wheels. And worst of all, his grey paint was badly scratched.

The last was Stanley. His front and back ends and funnel were cracked. The side of his boiler was ripped into, creating a hole. One of his wheels was bented. And worst of all, his silver paint had scratches on it. Sir Topham Hatt was cross with Ron when he heard.

"Ron, you had caused an accident between Dennis, Stanley and Fergus!" he boomed.

"I'm sorry," said Ron sadly.

"One more chance," said Sir Topham Hatt, "and if you caused another bad accident, I'll take your parts away and scrap you! Understand?!"

Ron nodded, and went to the sheds.


Next day, Ron was sent to work at the Centre Island Quarry. BoCo was taking dynamite to the Suddery Fireworks and Dynamite Factory. He was glad he was chosen for the job, because a steam engine could cause a tiny mistake and set the trucks ablaze.

Ron was banging trucks angrily while he was working with Bill, Ben and Betty.

"Take it easy!" warned Bill.

"We've had trouble on the mainland and were sent to Sodor as a result!" added Ben.

"Cause you're nothing but useless midgets!" snapped Ron rudely. Bill and Ben thought it was very rude of Ron.

Ron banged his trucks to Suddery Station, when he saw BoCo's next train. There were box vans, open vans, tankers and flatbeds full of gunpowder, fuel, oil, nitroglycerin, TNT, gasoline, thermite and bombs.

"That's a job suited for me!" said Ron.

"I think not!" snapped Smithers, "BoCo's train and not yours! Do you understand?"

Ron didn't listen. Instead, he abandoned his trucks, and was thinking about taking the train himself and proving that he was better than the engines on Sodor. He banged into the first truck in front of him, full of gunpowder, and set off, knocking Smithers off the footplate.

"STOP!" cried Smithers, but Ron didn't. Natalie watched as she saw her engine race to his doom.

"Stupid engines and caretakers," said Ron, "I'll prove them all wrong!"

"You tell them old boy!" chanted his driver and fireman.


The Sodor Fireworks and Dynamite Factory was up ahead, and poor Ron was heading for trouble!

Ron and the trucks derailed on a siding, spilling thermite, fuel, oil, gasoline and gunpowder all over.

"STUPID SIDINGS!" screamed Ron, "WHY CAN'T THEY HAVE BUILT THEM PROPERLY?"

Suddenly, he saw the mixture of fuel and oil going up in flames and hit the gunpowder!

"Uh oh!" exclaimed Ron.

The fire was lit, lighting the gunpowder, nitroglycerin, TNT and bombs, it was literally a recipe for disaster!

Suddenly, with a very loud explosion, a huge fireball went into the sky, leaving Ron trapped in it!

"Heellp!!" he screamed in horror. His voice echoing through the Quarry Sheds.


Duck, Edward and BoCo heard the news and were sent to help. Natalie was aboard with Sir Topham Hatt.

Duck and Edward brought Rocky to clear away some damage, while BoCo brought water tankers to put out the fires. The fire brigade and Harold arrived too.

"Cinders and ashes!" said Riff in shock, "That was a mess!"

"What a mess," remarked Harold.

"Now we got a huge crater on Sodor," exclaimed Boco.

"And Ron never listens to us," chuckled Duck.

"How could this have happened?" demanded Sir Topham Hatt.

"Ask Ron," said Smithers.

Ron had damaged himself beyond repair. His funnel was broken, his dome and firebox were gone. His cab was damaged, and bunker bent backwards. Two of his drive wheels and front bufferbeam were obliterated, and Ron's front was covered in soot. The side of his boiler had a large hole in it. His driver and fireman were obliterated in the explosion. Buildings were beyond repair, and there was not one workman still alive.

"Owww," groaned Ron, "That hurt."

"Or an engine who's lost it," said Sir Topham Hatt.

"Not Sir Topham Hatt," snapped Ron.

"EXCUSE ME?" bellowed Sir Topham Hatt, "Ron, your recent behavior tells me you are a very naughty engine! You caused an explosion at the factory!"

"I'm sorry, sir," said Ron, "Send me to the works so I can get back to work!"

"No way will I do that," said Sir Topham Hatt, "I am sending you to be scrapped!"

"WHAT?"

"Ron, your attitude has caused so much damage, and I'm not going to repair you or use your parts for my engines. I'm not hearing anymore complaints after this," said Sir Topham Hatt sternly.

"NO!" yelled Ron, "THIS RAILWAY IS GOING TO BE NOTHING WITHOUT ME!"

"We'll wait and see, won't we?" Sir Topham Hatt boomed.


Duck took Ron's remains to the smelters yards where Arry and Bert were waiting.

"About time," said Arry, "an engine who blew himself up!"

"I was waiting for fifty years!" said Bert.

No one ever saw Ron again after his accident.

The Fat Controller closed down the factory and demolished the track leading to it to avoid any future incidents.

Fergus, Stanley and Dennis were soon repaired in working order, and were glad that Ron was gone.

"That would've been awesome if we weren't at the Steamworks," said Dennis.

"Maybe so," said Stanlwy, "but Ron deserved scrap anyway."


The conductor heard, and didn't care about Ron.

"What an idiot," said Thomas, "thinking he was best and didn't listen to advice."

"But," said Duck, "Ron deserved it, for the way he was acting."

"What Edward told me," said Percy, "he did say Ron got what came to him in the end."

"Yeah," said Stanley, "I don't think Ron was ever going to learn.

Thomas, Duck and Percy agreed quietly.

After that, Ruthless Ron was never seen or heard from again, and everything on Sodor returned to normal without him, and the engines work hard to make sure another nasty engine wouldn't come.

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