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  • Here is the full script to Special Funnel, the second in the Adventures of Shining Time Station collection that is distributed on April 21, 1998. Stories and Song in order: Special Funnel, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble In The Shed, Bulls Eyes, Fish, Saved From Scrap, A New Friend For Thomas and Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover.


  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Daisy
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Trevor
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rusty (does not speak)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)


Special Funnel

  • George Carlin: It was winter on the Island of Sodor. Peter Sam puffed nervously along the line. His funnel had never been the same since his accident with some cars. Now the biting wind was trying to blow it away.
  • Peter Sam: My funnel feels wobbly.
  • George Carlin: He complained.
  • Peter Sam: I wish manager would hurry up with my new one. He says it would be something special.
  • Engines: You and your special funnel.
  • George Carlin: Laughed the other engines. The were fun to Peter Sam, but his special funnel had become quite a joke. The winter wind grew worse. The rain came too turning hillside streams into torrents which threatened to wash the line away. Rusty the Little Diesel worked hard carrying workmen up and down the line. They were removing branches and trees so water could flow away. But one morning, Rusty's driver brought bad news.
  • Rusty's Driver: There's been a washout near the tunnel. The track bed had been swept away. We must repair the damage immediately.
  • George Carlin: The important work took longer than it expected. As days went by, the weather changed. It became frosty and much colder. The workmen finished at last. Peter Sam was most careful as he took the morning train over the mended piece of track. Soon, he approached the tunnel. It was short and curved so his driver could not see right through it. Peter Sam was heading for trouble.
  • Peter Sam's Driver: There's something hanging from the roof.
  • George Carlin: Shouted his driver. Peter Sam came out of the tunnel a different looking engine. He no longer had his funnel.
  • Conductor: Here's what hit you, Peter Sam.
  • George Carlin: Called the conductor and he produced a think cold icicle. They set off again. But without his funnel, the journey was very difficult. Then the fireman saw an old drain pipe lying beside the track.
  • Peter Sam's Fireman: We'll use that instead of your funnel. At least it'll help control the smoke.
  • George Carlin: Peter Sam finished his journey with the drain pipe wired to his boiler. The other engines laughed and Sir Handel sang a song about.
  • Sir Handel: (singing) Peter Sam said again and again, his new funnel will put ours to shame, went into a tunnel and lost his old funnel now his famous new funnel's a drain.
  • George Carlin: The teasing continue until at last the day came when his new funnel arrived. Sir Topham Hatt proudly presented it.
  • Peter Sam: Oh dear, someone squashed it.
  • George Carlin: Said Peter Sam. But Sir Topham Hatt laughed.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Don't worry, Peter Sam, this funnel is something special indeed. You'll soon see.
  • George Carlin: Peter Sam's new funnel had special pipes which made puffing much easier.
  • Peter Sam: I feel stronger than ever before.
  • George Carlin: He hummed. Even Sir Handel was impressed.
  • Sir Handel: I can't understand it. Peter Sam just seems to stroll along the line. He makes work look so easy.
  • George Carlin: The engines don't laugh at Peter Sam's funnel now. They wished they had one like it.

Tenders and Turntables

  • George Carlin: Henry and Gordon were lonely when Thomas left the yard to run his branch line. They missed him very much. They had more work to do and had to fetch some more coaches. The big engines thought they were too important to fetch coaches. James grumbled too.
  • Henry: We get no rest, we get no rest!
  • George Carlin: They all complained. But the coaches only laughed.
  • Coaches: You're lazy and slack, you're lazy and slack!
  • George Carlin: They answered. All together, the engines were causing Sir Topham Hatt a great deal of trouble. The big stations both ends on the line each have a turntable. Sir Topham Hatt had made them so that the tender engines can be turned round because it is dangerous for them to go fast and backwards. Little tank engines like Thomas don't need turntables. They can go just as well backwards as forwards. But to hear Gordon talk, he would've thought that Sir Topham Hatt had given him a tender just to show how important he was.
  • Gordon: You don't understand, little Thomas. We Tender Engines have a position to keep up. It doesn't matter where you go, but we are important, and for Sir Topham Hatt to make us shunt freight cars, fetch coaches and go on some of those dirty sidings it's, it's, well, it's not the proper thing.
  • George Carlin: Thomas chuckled and went off with Annie and Clarabel.
  • Gordon: Disgraceful!
  • George Carlin: Gordon hissed as he ran backwards to the turntable. The turntable was in the windy place close to the sea, and he was not on it just right, he put amount of balance and made a difficult to turn. Today, Gordon was in the bad temper, and the wind was blowing fiercely. His driver tried to make him stop in the right place but Gordon wasn't trying. The fireman tried to turn the handle, but Gordon's weight and the strong wind prevented him.
  • Driver: It's no good.
  • George Carlin: They said at last.
  • Driver: Your big tender upsets the balance. If you're a little tank engine, you be all right. Now you have to pull the next train backwards.
  • Boys: Look!
  • George Carlin: Called some boys.
  • Boys: There's a new tank engine! Oh, it's only Gordon, back to front.
  • Thomas: Hello!
  • George Carlin: Called Thomas.
  • Thomas: Playing tank engines? Sensible engine. Take my advice, scrap your tender and have a nice bunker.
  • George Carlin: Gordon said nothing. Even James laughed when he saw him.
  • Gordon: Take care.
  • George Carlin: Hissed Gordon.
  • Gordon: You might stick too.
  • James: No fear.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled James.
  • James: I'm not so fat as you. I mustn't stick.
  • George Carlin: Thought James. He stopped on just the right place to balance the table. It could now swing easily. Gordon arrived and time to see everything. James turned much too easily. The wind puffed him round like a top. He couldn't stop!
  • (James spins faster and faster until he slows down, and as the turntable stops, he is all green and dizzy)
  • Gordon: Well, well!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Are you playing roundabouts?
  • George Carlin: Poor James feeling quite giddy rolled off to the shed without a word. That night, the three engines had an indignation meeting.
  • Gordon: It's shameful to treat tender engines like this. Gordon has to go backwards and people think he's a tank engine, James spins like a top and everyone laughs at us. And added to that, Sir Topham Hatt makes us all shunt in dirty sidings. Ugh! Listen.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon. He whispered something to the others.
  • Gordon: We'll do it tomorrow. Sir Topham Hatt will look silly.
  • George Carlin: The engines had decided to go on strike.

Trouble In The Shed

Bulls Eyes


Saved From Scrap

A New Friend For Thomas

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

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