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Salty and the Coaches is a fan-made Thomas and Friends episode idea by BiggestThomasFan. It is partly similar to the Season 8 episode, Henry and the Wishing Tree.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Porter
  • BoCo
  • Salty
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Grumpy Passenger
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • James (cameo; seen at Wellsworth)
  • Stanley (cameo; seen at Brendam Docks)
  • Timothy (cameo; seen at Brendam Docks)
  • Bear (cameo; seen with Rocky when he comes to help Edward)
  • Reg (cameo; seen when Salty passes the scrapyard with his coaches)

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Salty, Sir Topham Hatt and the Grumpy Passenger
  • Steven Kynman as Porter
  • Bob Golding as BoCo
  • Matt Wilkinson as Cranky and Salty's Driver

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • William Hope as Edward
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Bob Golding as BoCo
  • Keith Wickham as Salty, Sir Topham Hatt and the Grumpy Passenger
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Matt Wilkinson as Salty's Driver

Transcript

Narrator: Salty the Dockside Diesel has worked at Brendam Docks for many years. He loves to work there, and he's very good at keeping the trucks in order. But Salty hadn't had much experience with coaches.

One day, the wind blew across the island. There was an old tree standing by the line on Edward's branch line. The wind blew so hard that the tree fell over and onto the tracks, just as Edward was approaching it.

Edward: Bust my buffers!

(Edward applies his brakes, but can't stop in time and ends up crashing into the tree)

Narrator: No one was hurt, but Edward's front was badly damaged. Rocky soon arrived to help clear the mess. Sir Topham Hatt arrived as well.

Sir Topham Hatt: Edward, you will have to go to the steamworks to get your front mended.

Edward: Yes, sir, but what about the trains on my branch line? BoCo can't handle them all by himself.

Sir Topham Hatt: I'll have to see which engines are able to help out.

Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt checked the timetable to see who would be able to help out until Edward was repaired.

Sir Topham Hatt: Hmm...

Narrator: Then, he went straight to Brendam Docks.

Sir Topham Hatt: Hello, Salty and Porter. I need one of you to help out on this branch line for a few days while Edward is being repaired.

Porter: What happened to Edward?

Sir Topham Hatt: He hit a tree that fell on his line, and it damaged his front. So now I need an engine to help pull passenger trains on his branch line until he's repaired.

Salty: I'll do it, captain! I'm sure the passengers will be happy that I'm taking them.

Sir Topham Hatt: Very well, Salty. A passenger train is due to leave here in about 15 minutes, so you better get some coaches ready now.

Salty: Yes, captain. I better get filled up with diesel fuel first. I'll get some coaches once I'm fueled up.

Sir Topham Hatt: Alright, Salty.

(Sir Topham Hatt leaves while Salty starts to fill his tank with diesel fuel)

Salty: Porter, do you know anything about pulling passengers? I've not had much experience with them.

Porter: I'm afraid not, Salty. I've always done either goods work or shunting. I've never pulled passenger trains before. But didn't you once carry the passengers the time you tried to avoid going to the mainland on a ship?

Salty: Yes, but that was only one coach. I think I'll be pulling more than that. Never mind, matey. I'll figure it out.

Narrator: Once Salty's tank was full, he collected some coaches from a siding and hurried over to the passengers loading dock where some passengers were waiting.

Salty: Ahoy, everyone! I'm Salty, and I'll be your engine for this run.

Narrator: Once all the passengers were aboard, the guard blew his whistle and Salty pulled away. But Salty pulled too quickly.

Passengers: Ahhh!

Salty's Driver: We need to be careful, Salty. You can bump trucks, but you can't bump passengers.

Salty: Sorry, me hearties.

Narrator: And Salty left the docks and headed out onto the branch line. It wasn't long before he realized he was enjoying himself.

Salty: Pulling passengers is quite a fun job.

Narrator: Soon, Salty was approaching his first stop, which was Upper Brendam.

(Salty applies his brakes)

Narrator: But Salty braked too quickly, and gave his passengers a bump.

Passengers: (Groaning)

Narrator: Every time Salty left a station, he pulled away too quickly. And every time he stopped at a station, he stopped too quickly. The passengers were having the bumpiest ride they'd ever had.

The Grumpy Passenger: Oh, such a dreadful ride!

Narrator: When Salty reached Wellsworth station, Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for him.

Sir Topham Hatt: Salty, I've been receiving complaints from passengers who were on your train. You must be very careful when pulling passengers. They are not like trucks.

Salty: Yes, captain. I'm sorry, but I've never had much experience with passenger trains and thought they were easy to manage. I promise to more careful.

Narrator: As Salty turned around for his run back to Brendam, he met BoCo.

BoCo: Hello, Salty. How are things?

Salty: Not very well, BoCo. I just had a bad time pulling passengers along the branch line.

BoCo: What happened?

Salty: I kept bumping my passengers, and they complained to Sir Topham Hatt. (Sighs) Some engines make pulling passengers seem easy, but I found out that it's a lot harder than I thought.

BoCo: I can give you some advice if you want.

Salty: Yes, please, matey.

BoCo: When you're leaving a station, you need to pull out slowly. You also need to brake slowly when you're approaching a station. If you're slow and steady when you come in or leave a station, you won't bump your passengers.

Salty: Thank you, BoCo. And now it's time my journey to Brendam.

Narrator: So Salty was re-coupled to his coaches. And when it was time to leave, Salty pulled slowly out of Wellsworth. And when Salty arrived at Suddery station, he braked very slowly and came to a gentle stop.

Salty: Pulling passengers is not such a bad job after all, if you know how to be careful with them.

Narrator: And Salty reached Brendam Docks without any incidents.

Porter: Hello, Salty. How was your journey?

Salty: It wasn't good at first, but after BoCo gave me some advice, I was able to pull my coaches smoothly. I think I'm going to enjoy taking passengers very much this week.

Narrator: Salty kept taking passengers for a week. He still remembered what BoCo said, and did his best to pull his trains smoothly. A week later, Edward returned from the steamworks.

Edward: Hello, Salty. I heard you've been taking passenger trains while I was gone.

Salty: Oh yes, I took passengers up and down your branch line. I had some trouble at first, but I did have some help from BoCo. And now, I've gotten used to pulling passengers. But all the same, I would like to return to the docks and go back to what I do best.

Edward: Well, I'm repaired now, so you can return to Brendam and I'll pull the passenger trains again.

Salty: Thanks, matey.

Narrator: So Salty returned to Brendam Docks to shunt trucks with Porter.

Porter: We're glad to have you back, Salty. The docks have been quite busy while you were gone.

Cranky: Porter's right. We've been so busy, we barely had time to rest.

Salty: Don't worry. I'll be able to help out again. Let's get to work, me hearties.

Narrator: Salty enjoyed his time taking passengers along Edward's branch line, but he was glad to be doing his favorite job again; shunting trucks at Brendam Docks.

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