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Sleeping Beauty is the second story segment of the second episode from the fourth season of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. This episode would have first aired in May 1994 in the UK and April 1995 in the US.
While Duke was abandoned in his shed for many years, he was certainly not forgotten. Sir Handel and Peter Sam miss him so they tell Skarloey and Rheneas who tell a group of passengers who tell Mr. Percival who tells Sir Topham Hatt.
The group teams up intending to find and rescue Duke. The team was prepared with maps and knew where to look, so the Fat Controller agreed. Everyone set off to the mountains in a train and began the long search. As the days passed, the search grew harder and there was no sign of Duke, but the rescuers were just as determined to find him.
Finally, the search ended, quite by accident, when one of the team members fell through the roof of Duke's shed, having not realized he was standing on it and age had weakened the roof to where it could collapse. Duke wakes up and asks the men if they are vandals, but they assure him that they are there to rescue him and reunite him with Stuart and Falcon. After digging him out of the shed, they took Duke to his new home, the Skarloey Railway. Falcon and Stuart - now Sir Handel and Peter Sam - were ready to greet their old friend, who complained that they woke him up and started to tell them about the older days.
The two engines laughed at this and told Duke that they were all due to go back to work tomorrow and they could keep Duke in order. Duke pretended to be cross, but he could not be happier to be back at work with his friends.
- Sir Handel
- Peter Sam
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Mr. Percival
- The Portly Man
- Duck (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Sodor Gold Company
- Bertram's Old Mine
- Skarloey Station
- Rheneas Station
- Skarloey Railway Slate Quarry
- Rheneas Viaduct
- Crovan's Gate
- Sir Topham Hatt's Office
- There is really no difference from the actual TV Series episode aside from the Tidmouth Sheds scenes being removed and the beginning being more RWS accurate.
- The episode would have been told by present rather than as a flash back.
- Peter Sam would maintain his special funnel when he reunites with Duke in the last scene.
- The Mid Sodor episodes would have been filmed before the Skarloey Railway episodes.
- The sets used for Mid Sodor would have been re-dressed sets from the Skarloey Railway.