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The RS Mr. Conductor and Friends version of Spooks and Surprises is a TV/Thomas parody of the Thomas and Friends UK video of the same name. It features nine fifth season episodes of RS Mr. Conductor the Conductor and Friends narrated by Michael Angelis.

Cast

  • RS Mr. Conductor (from Shining Time Station) as Thomas
  • Edd (from Ed, Edd n Eddy) as Edward
  • Homer (from The Simpsons) as Henry
  • Garfield (from Garfield and Friends) as Gordon
  • Schemer (from Shining Time Station) as James
  • Bart (from The Simpsons) as Percy
  • Grandpa Dave (from Arthur) as Toby
  • Franklin (from Franklin) as Skarloey
  • Rabbit (from Franklin) as Rheneas
  • Owl (from Little Bear) as Rusty
  • Fox (from Franklin) as Duncan
  • Goombas (from Mario) and Changelings (from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) as The Troublesome Trucks
  • Gort, Wart and Mort (from Garfield/US Acres) as The Horrid Lorries
  • Big Mickey (from TUGS) as Cranky
  • Mayor Adam West (from Family Guy) as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Phil (from Rugrats) as Stephen Hatt
  • Lil (from Rugrats) as Bridget Hatt
  • Grandpa Lou Pickles (from Rugrats) as Old Bailey
  • Jon (from Garfield and Friends) as The Special Visitor
  • Granny (from Looney Tunes) as Dowager Hatt (not named)
  • Santa's Little Helper (from The Simpsons) as Gremlin
  • Bear (from Franklin) as Peter Sam (does not speak)
  • Uncle Rusty (from Little Bear) as Bertram (does not speak)
  • Lanolin (from Garfield/US Acres) as Henrietta (does not speak)
  • Mater (from Cars) as Butch (does not speak)
  • Sawtooth (from Wacky Races) as Thumper (does not speak)
  • Budgie (from Budgie the Little Helicopter) as Harold (does not speak)
  • Spike (from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) as Duck (cameo)
  • Mario (from Mario) as Donald (cameo)
  • GC Mr. Conductor (from Shining Time Station) as Oliver (cameo)
  • Patty (from The Simpsons) as Annie (cameo)
  • Selma (from The Simpsons) as Clarabel (cameo)
  • Lanolin (from Garfield/US Acres) as Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (from Mario) as Toad (cameo)
  • Scooby Doo (from Scooby Doo) as Terence (cameo)
  • Ten Cents (from TUGS) as Bertie (cameo)
  • Sunshine (from TUGS) as Trevor (cameo)
  • Oscar (from Sesame Street) as George (cameo)
  • Zoe Trent (from Littlest Pet Shop (2012)) as Caroline (cameo)
  • Eustace (from Courage the Cowardly Dog) as Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
  • Lazy Luke (from Wacky Races) as Jem Cole (cameo)
  • Orson (from Garfield/US Acres) as Farmer Trotter (cameo)
  • Everyone else as Themselves

Episodes

  1. Horrid Pig
  2. Garfield and the Gremlin
  3. Haunted Homer
  4. Grandpa Dave's Discovery
  5. RS Mr. Conductor and the Rumours
  6. A Surprise for Bart
  7. Fox Gets Spooked
  8. Snow
  9. Owl and the Boulder

Transcript

Horrid Pig

Narrator: "It was a busy time at the docks. All the TV Characters were working hard, pushing and pulling goombas about.

One morning, Bart was late. Big Mickey the Crane was quick to criticize."

Big Mickey: "These ships can't be kept waiting, they have important cargo. If they miss the tides, they will be delayed in the docks. You should look up to ships, and show more respect. You are after all, only little."

Bart: "We've got too much work."

Narrator: "Huffed Bart."

Big Mickey: "Then perhaps a pig should do your job."

Narrator: "Bart was shocked.

He told the other TV Characters what Big Mickey had said."

Schemer: "Stuff and nonsense!"

Narrator: "Snorted Schemer."

Homer: "We TV Characters run this land."

Narrator: "Said Homer."

Bart: "What if a pig does arrive?"

Narrator: "I'm afraid it did, along with 2 more.

Big Mickey was delighted."

Big Mickey: "Hey you down there! Your job's done now. These pigs are taking over. One of them wants to talk to you."

Narrator: "The pig was very rude."

Wart: "What's that steaming lump of Scrap Iron doing here? Be off with you!"

Bart: "Scrap Iron? Steaming Scrap Iron? Pah!"

Narrator: "A little later, Bart met up with RS Mr. Conductor and Schemer. Another pig was being rude to them, then he saw Bart."

Gort: "Oh look, it's a little red Goblin on 2 feet. You'll be scrapped. Just you wait and see!"

RS Mr. Conductor: "Well bust my hands, what a horrid pig!"

Narrator: "Exclaimed RS Mr. Conductor."

Schemer: "Despicable!"

Narrator: "Agreed Schemer.

The next character to meet a pig was Grandpa Dave."

Wart: "Well, well, well! No wonder this land's in a mess. You belong in a museum, not working in a quarry."

Grandpa Dave: "I might look old, but I'm very useful!"

Wart: "Useful? Pah!"

Narrator: "Replied the pig."

Wart: "Just you toodle off!"

Grandpa Dave: "TOODLE?!"

Narrator: "Spluttered Grandpa Dave."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "Come along, Grandpa Dave!"

Narrator: "Interrupted his Driver."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "Don't bother arguing with him! We'll go to the Flour Mill instead."

Narrator: "But when they arrived, Grandpa Dave was shocked to see yet another pig."

Grandpa Dave: "What are you doing here?"

Mort: "We 3 are doing your work now. You're too slow."

Narrator: "The Foreman spoke to Grandpa Dave's driver."

Foreman: "I'm sorry. Times are changing I'm afraid."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "Grandpa Dave might be old."

Narrator: "Replied his driver"

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "But he's reliable!

Come on Grandpa Dave, we'll go to the farms. They'll still use us."

Narrator: "Grandpa Dave trundled sadly away.

His roadway ran through a narrow gorge. But vehicles had to tackle a steep and dangerous road.

When Grandpa Dave arrived, he saw the pig from the Quarry again. He was loaded with rocks."

Grandpa Dave: "That pig's in trouble!"

Narrator: "Thought Grandpa Dave. And he was."

(Wart Crashes)

Narrator: "The driver was thrown clear."

Wart's Driver: "Rotten roads!"

Narrator: "He muttered. The wrecked pig was taking to the docks.

Bart looked at the pig."

Bart: "What's this lump of Steaming Scrap Iron?"

Narrator: "He teased."

Wart: "I'll be back!"

Narrator: "Replied the pig."

Wart: "So you can wipe that silly smile off your face."

Bart: "Pah!"

Narrator: "Said Bart, and wheeshed him loudly.

Then Mater the Tow Truck arrived. He was towing the pig from the Flour Mill."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "What happened?"

Narrator: "Asked Grandpa Dave's driver."

Workman: "He was over-loaded with flour."

Narrator: "Came the reply."

Workman: "And he got hurt!"

Grandpa Dave: "Not very useful now, are you?"

Narrator: "Said Grandpa Dave."

Wart and Mort: "GRRRRR!"

Narrator: "Replied the pigs.

Then Schemer whistled excitedly."

Schemer: "They're bringing the 3rd pig on a barge! What happened to that one?"

Narrator: "Schemer asked."

Tow Truck Man: "Stupid pig was reversing and fell straight into the sea."

Narrator: "Said the Tow Truck Man.

Later, RS Mr. Conductor arrived. He looked at the 3 pigs, and laughed."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Well, well, well! The Brother's Grimm! Smashed, Broken and Sunk!"

Narrator: "The pigs didn't return! And the TV Characters now worked even harder to make sure they never will."

Garfield and the Gremlin

Narrator: "Early one morning, Garfield was feeling tired."

Firelighter: "I don't know what's wrong."

Narrator: "Sighed the firelighter."

Firelighter: "There must be gremlins about."

Bart: "What are gremlins?"

Narrator: "Asked Bart."

RS Mr. Conductor: "I've heard they're little green men who play tricks."

Narrator: "Replied RS Mr. Conductor."

Bart: "Can we find one?"

Narrator: "Asked Bart."

Schemer: "Pah!"

Narrator: "Said Schemer."

Schemer: "Gremlins don't exist, they're just an excuse for when things go wrong, and no one knows why."

RS Mr. Conductor: "If firelighter says there are gremlins, there are!"

Narrator: "Insisted RS Mr. Conductor."

Schemer: "Ha!"

Narrator: "Snorted Schemer.

Mayor Adam West had heard everything."

Mayor Adam West: "Silence!"

Narrator: "He said."

Mayor Adam West: "I am expecting a V.I.P., a very important person today. She has heard that that all my TV Characters are really useful. Please prove it."

RS Mr. Conductor, Bart and Schemer: "Yes, sir!"

Narrator: "They said."

Bart: "As long as the gremlins let us."

Narrator: "Added Bart."

Mr. Garrison: "What gremlins?"

Bart: "The one's in Garfield's head, sir. That's why he's not ready yet."

Mayor Adam West: "We'll see about that."

Narrator: "Thundered Mayor West, and he did."

Mayor Adam West: "Garfield, I expect you to be on your best behavior today. You are to take a very special flower for my special visitor. But no high speeds, please; she won't like that."

Narrator: "Garfield was proud and pleased.

He was waiting for his special flower when Bart puffed in with some coal."

Bart: "What's the matter, Garfield? You're late."

Garfield: "Driver says there's gremlins in the turntable."

Narrator: "Replied Garfield."

Bart: "They must be everywhere!"

Narrator: "Squeaked Bart.

At last, the turntable was mended, and Garfield puffed away with the special flower.

He was soon working hard to make up for lost time.

After he arrived at the station, Mayor West became concerned."

Mayor Adam West: "Where's RS Mr. Conductor?"

Narrator: "He wondered."

Mayor Adam West: "He's supposed to be bringing my visitor from the docks."

Garfield: "Ha!"

Narrator: "Huffed Garfield."

Garfield: "RS Mr. Conductor isn't really useful if he's late."

Narrator: "But it wasn't long before RS Mr. Conductor arrived."

RS Mr. Conductor: "I'm sorry, a cow strayed on the path and we had to wait for the farmer to take her away, but driver says your visitor is here safe and sound."

Mayor Adam West: "Indeed she is."

Narrator: "Smiled Mayor West."

Mayor Adam West: "How nice to see you."

Bart: "Who is it?"

Narrator: "Whispered Bart."

RS Mr. Conductor: "I don't know,"

Narrator: "Replied RS Mr. Conductor."

RS Mr. Conductor: "But Mayor West is certainly keen to please her. He's arranged a special party for her."

Bart: "She's got a dog."

Narrator: "Said Bart."

(Santa's Little Helper barks)

RS Mr. Conductor's Driver: "Come on, RS Mr. Conductor."

Narrator: "Said his driver."

RS Mr. Conductor's Driver: "You need a drink."

Garfield: "Pah!"

Narrator: "Puffed Garfield."

Garfield: "RS Mr. Conductor is just a lazy little conductor. Mayor West is expecting me to arrive on time. We're late because of RS Mr. Conductor."

Narrator: "Garfield's driver decided to make up for lost time.

Then there was trouble."

Garfield's Driver: "I think we'd better slow down, this is an old path and could make things very uncomfortable for the V.I.P."

Narrator: "And it did. She was taking a bath, and the water was slopping about all over the place."

Granny: "Ohhhh!"

Narrator: "She cried.

Garfield was very relieved to reach his final destination, where RS Mr. Conductor was waiting to collect Mayor West and his special visitor.

He blew an extra-long whistle. This frightened the visitor's dog so much, that he fled from the station and ran into a field where a bull was grazing.

The bull frightened the little dog even more. He ran back again, onto the platform, and over the bridge.

He didn't stop until he jumped right next to RS Mr. Conductor."

(Santa's Little Helper barks)

Narrator: "But he had a wonderful ride, all the way to the docks."

RS Mr. Conductor's Fireman: "What's the dog's name?"

Narrator: "Asked the fireman."

Granny: "Well, after today's events, I think I'll rename him 'Santa's Little Helper'."

Narrator: "Mayor Adam West chuckled."

Mayor Adam West: "In that case, I've met a gremlin at last. Ho ho ho!"

RS Mr. Conductor: "Excuse me, sir, but who is your very important visitor?"

Mayor Adam West: "Why, didn't I tell you? This lady is my mother, and she agrees with me, you are indeed, really useful TV Characters, and my mother, of course, is always right."

(Santa's Little Helper barks)

Haunted Homer

Narrator: "It was a moonlit night, and Homer was working with Edd. The big TV character was taking some goombas to the station by the lake."

(Owl hoots)

Edd: "Whenever that owl hoots, a mist rolls in."

Narrator: "Murmured Edd."

Edd: "There's a legend that when the mist's about, there's a ghost about, too. Take care on the old line, Homer."

Homer: "Stupid bird!"

Narrator: "Said Homer."

Homer: "Owls, mist, ghosts, Edd's going soft in the head. There's no mist."

Narrator: "But Homer was wrong."

Homer: "What's that?"

Narrator: "Cried Homer."

Homer's Driver: "It's an amber lamp."

Narrator: "Murmured his driver."

Homer's Driver: "That means 'proceed with caution'.

Who's there?"

Narrator: "No one replied.

Homer crept slowly forward. He stopped by a tree. It had a sign nailed to it. 'BEWARE OF THE VIADUCT'.

The driver was surprised."

Homer's Driver: "No one warned us about that before. And look! The light's red, and the gates are closed! A-a-a-and there's a fogman's coat! But where is its owner?"

Narrator: "Then, they saw a light move within the station building."

Homer: "G-g-g-g-ghosts!"

Narrator: "Exclaimed Homer."

Homer: "Edd was right!"

Homer's Driver: "Something very strange is happening."

Narrator: "Said his driver."

Homer's Driver: "I think it's best we go back."

Homer: "So do I!"

Narrator: "Agreed Homer.

By morning, the mist had cleared. An workman was talking about the unsafe viaduct."

Workman: "Lucky you didn't cross it last night."

Homer's Driver: "Yes, but we don't know who warned us!"

Narrator: "Replied Homer's driver.

Later that day, he spoke to Homer."

Homer's Driver: "The viaduct has been repaired. We can take our goombas back along the old line tonight."

Narrator: "Homer really didn't want to.

But when nightfall came, he was sizzling nicely. Suddenly, an owl hooted, and then Garfield thundered by."

A Goomba: "Oh, look, Homer's spooked."

Narrator: "Said a goomba, and the others giggled in their silly way."

Homer: "Be quiet!"

Narrator: "Snapped Homer."

Homer: "I'm not scared!"

Narrator: "But he was.

A little later, the fog came down.

As they approached the same area, they saw the amber light again."

Homer's Driver: "Here we go."

Narrator: "Said Homer's driver.

Then, unknown to Homer, the gates mysteriously closed by themselves, and the light went red. The monkeys had seen all, and they were spooked."

Goombas: "Faster! Faster! There's a ghost about!"

Homer: "Stop! Stop!"

Narrator: "Yelled Homer."

(Homer and the goombas crash though the gate)

"A mysterious figure watched Homer go by. Ahead was a landslide blocking the line. Homer stopped hard, but the goombas hit some of the rubble and plunged into the ravine."

(Goombas crash)

"Just then, Homer's driver saw a strange sight coming towards them."

Homer's Driver: "What's that?"

Narrator: "He said, the fireman laughed."

Homer's Fireman: "That's our ghost. It's Lou Pickles, the fogman."

Narrator: "Lou Pickles was very cross."

Grandpa Lou Pickles: "I tried to warn you about the viaduct. Why didn't you pay attention?"

Homer's Driver: "We're sorry we ignored your warnings."

Narrator: "Replied the driver."

Homer's Driver: "Is there anything we can do to thank you.

Grandpa Lou Pickles: "I'd like to operate that old station. If you let me, I promise it won't spook Homer."

Narrator: "And in a little while, Lou Pickes' wish was granted."

Mayor Adam West: "You and your station will be really useful."

Narrator: "Said Mayor Adam West."

Mayor Adam West: "Let's hear a hearty 'thank you' to the friendliest, uh, ghost in TV Land."

Narrator: "Everyone cheered, Especially Homer, who was the happiest of all."

Grandpa Dave's Discovery

Narrator: "One morning, Mayor Adam West and his grandchildren came to see Grandpa Dave."

Mayor Adam West: "Come on, Grandpa Dave. We're all going to seaside. We will walk next to Lanolin."

Grandpa Dave: "Yes, sir."

Narrator: "Said Grandpa Dave happily.

They came to a small seaside station. Soon, the children were playing in the sand, building a splendid castle. Mayor West inspected it."

Mayor Adam West: "My word! That's a very fine castle. Have you seen a real one like it?

Phil and Lil: "Yes."

Narrator: "Replied the children."

Phil and Lil: "It's here on the island."

Narrator: "And they showed him a map."

Mayor Adam West: "Hmm."

Narrator: "Pondered Mayor West.

They met Grandpa Dave at the harbor."

Mayor Adam West: "Come on. We're going exploring. It will be a great adventure."

Narrator: "Soon they were in the wildest part of TV Land. They stopped by a lonely signalbox."

Signalman: Where might you be going then?"

Narrator: "Asked the signalman."

Mayor Adam West: "We are trying to find an old castle."

Narrator: "Replied Mayor West."

Signalman: "I know the place, sir."

Narrator: "Said the signalman."

Signalman: "There's a small junction not too far down the path. Just switch the points."

Narrator: "When the fireman switched the points, their adventure really began."

Grandpa Dave pushed past branches and bushes till they came to another little junction. There, they saw two old signs. One read 'To The Castle', and the other 'To The Mine'."

Mayor Adam West: "We'll go check castle first."

Narrator: "Grandpa Dave stopped by an old water fountain."

Phil and Lil: "There's the castle!"

Mayor Adam West: "Yes."

Narrator: "Replied Mayor West."

Mayor Adam West: "And now we shall visit the mine."

Narrator: "Once upon a time, the mine had been worked by the little TV characters and their paths were still in place. But now everything is very rusty and overgrown.

Mayor West was most impressed, but Grandpa Dave was rather scared. He was glad when it was time to go home."

Mayor Adam West: "I think the castle and the mine will make a very fine place for visitors, but it will take a lot of hard work first."

Grandpa Dave: "Y-Yes, sir."

Narrator: "Said Grandpa Dave nervously.

Mayor West's plans were soon put into action. But Grandpa Dave was still worried."

Grandpa Dave: "I'm sure this place is haunted."

Narrator: "He said to himself."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "It's our turn to stay here on guard tonight, Dave."

Grandpa Dave: "Oh y-y-yes. Why not?"

Narrator: "Stuttered Grandpa Dave."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Beware of the ghost, Grandpa Dave."

Narrator: "RS Mr. Conductor said."

Grandpa Dave: "What ghost?"

Narrator: "Asked Grandpa Dave."

RS Mr. Conductor: "The old warrior ghost. Every night he gets dress, then goes hunting. Goodbye."

Narrator: "RS Mr. Conductor replied.

Night came. Grandpa Dave looked anxiously around. Everything seemed rather spooky.

Quite suddenly, he heard a strange wheezing sound."

Grandpa Dave: "It's the ghost!"

Narrator: "He wailed."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "What ghost?"

Narrator: "His driver asked."

Grandpa Dave: "It's the old warrior! He's come to hunt me down!"

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "Don't be so daft. We'll go and investigate."

Narrator: "They returned quite soon."

Grandpa Dave's Fireman: "The old warrior wants to meet you."

Narrator: "Laughed his fireman."

Grandpa Dave: "Can't it wait till morning?"

Narrator: "Replied Grandpa Dave."

Grandpa Dave's Driver: "Ghosts don't work day shifts."

Narrator: "Said his driver. Grandpa Dave bravely made his way."

Grandpa Dave: "Well, bless my shrit!"

Narrator: "He exclaimed. There, in front of him, was a big bear."

Signalman: "This is your ghost, Grandpa Dave."

Narrator: "Said the signalman."

Signalman: "His name's really Uncle Rusty, but we call him the Old Warrior because he's so brave."

Narrator: "Uncle Rusty and Grandpa Dave are now firm friends. They take the visitors to the splendid castle and the mine. If there are any ghost here, they certainly help to make the place very happy."

RS Mr. Conductor and the Rumours

Narrator: "RS Mr. Conductor loves his route. One day, when he stopped at a small station, some children looked sad."

Lil: "They've closed your playground and our favorite sand pit."

Boy: "Teacher says the sand is soiled and too dirty to play in."

Children: "Please help us, RS Mr. Conductor."

Narrator: "They pleaded."

RS Mr. Conductor: "I'll see what I can do."

Narrator: "Replied RS Mr. Conductor kindly.

RS Mr. Conductor hoped things weren't quite as bad as the children had made them out to be. But as he passed their playground, a large sign read "Playground closed until further notice"."

RS Mr. Conductor: "The children were right."

Narrator: "Thought RS Mr. Conductor sadly.

He puffed into the yards and was just about to tell the other TV characters about the playground when Bart rushed in."

Garfield: "You look glum, little Bart. What's up?"

Narrator: "Asked Garfield."

Bart: "Mayor Adam West told driver that he's using Budgie to show a special visitor the land instead of using any of us TV characters."

Garfield: "Despicable!"

Narrator: "Said Garfield."

Homer: "Disgusting!"

Narrator: "Snorted Homer."

Schemer: "TV characters are meant to take special visitors around our land. Not that whirlybird thing!"

Narrator: "Schemer exclaimed.

Garfield was the first to see Budgie."

Garfield: "Budgie thinks he can go faster than me. I'll show him!"

Narrator: "Next, it was Homer's turn."

Homer: "Mayor West has chosen Budgie because he thinks he's more important than me. Well, he's not! Budgie can't fly through tunnels!"

Narrator: "Bart stopped by a signal on his route near a field where sheep were grazing. Budgie hovered for a while, then buzzed away."

Bart: "I know what he's doing."

Narrator: "Said Bart."

Bart: "He's counting sheep."

Narrator: "And he puffed along his path feeling much better about things.

That evening, the TV characters talked about the situation."

Garfield: "Budgie wants to get rid of us!"

Narrator: "Said Garfield grimly."

Homer: "He doesn't need tunnels!"

Narrator: "Added Homer."

Bart: "Don't worry, he's just counting sheep."

Narrator: "Said Bart."

Garfield: "Counting sheep? Pah!"

Narrator: "Snorted Garfield."

Garfield: "He's counting how many TV characters he can get rid of. He'll see how useful I am tomorrow!"

Narrator: "RS Mr. Conductor wanted to mentioned the children's playground, but solving the mystery of Budgie and the special visitor came first.

The next day, Garfield was traveling to collect his flowers."

Garfield's Driver: "We'll show that whirlybird just how fast you can go, Garfield!"

Narrator: "Said his driver. Because they were watching Budgie, they missed a signal and went onto the wrong path.

Garfield was traveling to trouble. Ahead was a tunnel under repair. His driver braked hard."

(CRASH!)

Narrator: "But it was too late.

Later, RS Mr. Conductor pulled Garfield clear with the breakdown crane. Mayor West spoke severely to Garfield's driver about the accident."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Will Garfield be scrapped, sir?"

Narrator: "Asked RS Mr. Conductor sadly."

Mayor Adam West: "What makes you think that?"

Narrator: "Said Mayor West. RS Mr. Conductor decided to pluck up courage."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Because the TV characters think the special visitor is here to see if we can be replaced by Budgie."

Narrator: "He replied. Mayor West laughed."

Mayor Adam West: "Ho, ho! Well, the TV characters are wrong, and you shouldn't listen to rumours, RS Mr. Conductor. This gentleman is making a playground for the children. It was easier to find a suitable site from up in the air."

Jon: "And what's more,"

Narrator: "Said the special visitor."

Jon: "That tunnel sand will be perfect for the playground. Found by accident and rumour, you might say."

Narrator: "Mayor Adam West still uses Budgie to fly above the land. All the TV characters know that Budgie isn't spying on them. He is, in his way, just being very useful."

A Surprise for Bart

Narrator: "Bart had been working in the coal yards. He was feeling bored and lonely with only the silly goombas for company."

Bart's Driver: "Cheer up, Bart."

Narrator: "Said his driver."

Bart's Driver: "Mayor Adam West has told me that we must be here again tomorrow. We've just got to get the best of a bad situation."

Bart: "I'll try, sir."

Narrator: "Sighed Bart.

Next morning, Bart puffed back to the coal mines. When he arrived, the goombas started teasing him."

Bart: "Bart, Bart, yellow and small, he's no use to us at all, around the yards he'll puff and blow, but on the hills, he's oh so slow!"

Bart: "Be quiet!"

Narrator: "Then he took the goombas to the coal hopper to be loaded up.

Bart still felt glum, but said nothing as he puffed up the steep incline to the yards at the top of the hill.

He parked his goombas, and then set off back down to the mines. Not even the cheerful sight of Ten Cents the Tug could bring a smile to Bart's face."

Ten Cents: "What's the matter, Bart?"

Narrator: "Asked Bart."

Bart: "Nothing exciting ever happens. That's the matter."

Narrator: "Sighed Bart."

Bart: "It's just, coal, coal, coal! And goombas, goombas, goombas! I'm bored, bored, bored!"

Ten Cents: "Excitement is surprising."

Narrator: "Observed Ten Cents."

Ten Cents: "You never know when it'll happen. Otherwise, it wouldn't be exciting. Tootle peep!"

Bart: "It would be surprising if something surprising happened."

Narrator: "Muttered Bart.

Later, he stopped by the water fountain for a drink."

Grandpa Dave: "Hello, Bart. How are things?"

Narrator: "Asked Grandpa Dave."

Bart: "Boring!"

Narrator: "Replied Bart."

Grandpa Dave: "Well, why not have a few spins on a turntable? You'll like that."

Narrator: "Said Grandpa Dave."

Bart: "I think I'd just feel giddy."

Narrator: "Bart's driver interrupted."

Bart's Driver: "Stop gossiping, you two!"

Grandpa Dave: "Cheer up, Bart. You'll soon know more about goombas than any other TV character. That'll be exciting."

Narrator: "Called Grandpa Dave.

The goombas were still grumbling, and there was more of them than ever."

Goombas: "You much too small to pull all of us. We want another character that will be struggling up the hill all night! All night, all right, you can puff and blow, but on the hill, you're still too slow! Ha, ha!"

Bart: "S-Slow yourself!"

Narrator: "Stuttered Bart."

Goombas: "Temper, temper."

Narrator: "Giggled the goombas. Bart decided just to carry on."

Bart's Driver: "Go to it, Bart!"

Narrator: "Shouted the driver, as they started to climb the hill. The goombas were still joking."

Goombas: "Too slow! More power! Here all night! Tomorrow too!"

Bart: "Be quiet!"

Narrator: "Said Bart angrily. Then, there was trouble. A rope broke."

Goombas: "Surprise, surprise! Catch us if you can!"

Bart: "Oh no!"

Narrator: "Cried Bart.

Bart's driver told the signalman, and the yard foreman told Mayor West what was happening."

Yard Foreman: "They're heading for the big hill. It'll slow them down, but they may roll back again, right into the village."

Narrator: "Said the foreman."

Mayor Adam West: "Then we'll just have to stop them, won't we?"

Narrator: "Said Mayor West firmly.

The chase was on.

As they approached the hill, they overtook the goombas. Mayor West and Ten Cents screeched to a halt, and waited for them near the top.

The hill slowed the goombas right down to a stand still. Then the men quickly put wooden blocks behind their feet so they couldn't roll backwards. The goombas were now secured.

Just then, Bart arrived."

Ten Cents: "Well, what do you think of that?"

Narrator: "Joked Ten Cents."

Ten Cents: "A good chase is always exciting."

Bart: "It was certainly a surprise."

Narrator: "Decided Bart."

Bart: "And you were right, Ten Cents. A really useful boy should never be surprised by surprise."

Fox Gets Spooked

Narrator: "The animals were busy clearing their paths of leaves and broken branches.

Bear and Owl often worked together. One day, Owl helped Bear to a water fountain. And once there, whistled goodbye.

Bear felt much better after his long drink, but the changelings were bored.

Changelings: "Let's break away!"

Narrator: "They giggled. Their loads were heavy, and the chains old. One snapped!"

Changelings: "Faster! Faster!"

Narrator: "Shouted the changelings. A sign read 'Slow steep bends and ravine ahead', but the silly changelings never saw it.

Then, it was too late.

Bear arrived at the scene of the disaster. His driver sighed."

Bear's Driver: "This was our fault; we didn't secure them properly. We'll have to get help to pull them up.

Mayor Adam West will be very annoyed."

Narrator: "And he was."

Mayor Adam west: "You will arrange changelings in the yards until I can trust you again."

Narrator: "Fox was delighted with Bear's dilemma."

Fox: "Fancy not securing your changelings on a hill. They'll come back to spook you and your special head. Whoo!"

Owl: "And who's to say you're not afraid of ghosts?"

Narrator: "Snapped Owl."

Fox: "Pah! Ghosts? Things that go bump in the night? Rubbish!"

Owl: "Well, I'll tell you a story that will make your ears quiver!"

Narrator: "Owl said."

Owl: "A long time ago, a fox was returning home. It was a misty moonlit night. As the fox cross the old iron bridge, he suddenly lost control and plunged over the side into the swamps below.

He was never found again, but many a workmen will tell you that when the moon is full, they have seen the fox trying to get home, but he never reaches the other side.

So what do you think of that, Fox?"

Fox: "Pah! Nonsense!"

Narrator: "Replied Fox, and he puffed away."

Owl: "Never mind him, Bear. He'd be frightened if he really saw a ghost."

Narrator: "This gave Bear's driver an idea."

Bear's Driver: "Let's play a trick on Fox!"

Narrator: "The next day, he spoke to Fox's driver and fireman, who agreed.

Fox's Crew: "We'll do it tonight!"

Narrator: "They said.

Fox had to bring changelings to the slate mines, and then bring changelings back.

Fox's driver decided, as part of the plan, to cross the old iron bridge."

Fox: "Haunted bridge, pah!"

Narrator: "Snorted Fox."

Fox: "It's as tame as a pet rabbit!"

Narrator: "But all the same, he kept thinking about Owl's story.

When dusk fell, he was keen to leave."

Fox: "If we don't go now, Franklin will take my favorite place in the room."

Fox's Driver: "We can't go back until we've collected all the changelings."

Narrator: "His driver replied.

He could see his plan was working, because Fox was nervous.

When night fell, they set off.

The moon was full, and the mists were rising around the old iron bridge.

Fox screamed, and the sound echoed everywhere.

Then, ahead, he saw flickering lights. His driver knew they were only little insects that shine brightly at night, but to Fox, they looked like another fox!

Next, his driver secretly threw a rock into the ravine below."

Fox: "It's the ghost! Take me back! Take me back, please!"

Narrator: "When Fox reached the safety of his room, he closed his eyes tightly."

Fox's Driver: "Spooked, are you, Fox?"

Narrator: "Laughed his driver."

Fox: "No!"

Narrator: "Wailed Fox."

Fox: "I'm asleep!"

Narrator: "And refused to open his eyes.

He did though, when he thought his driver wasn't looking, just to make sure that he was still there."

Snow

Narrator: "It was winter in TV Land. The snow covered fields and paths. All the TV characters were hard at work, except Bart."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Come on, Bart. This isn't time to have a rest."

Bart: "I'm stuck."

Narrator: "Moaned Bart."

Bart: "And my head's freezing up. Driver's sent for help."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Pah!"

Narrator: "Huffed RS Mr. Conductor, and went on his way.

Later, RS Mr. Conductor had to help clear snow by a tunnel. But it was too deep, and he got stuck. RS Mr. Conductor was very cross."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Snow is nothing but trouble!"

Narrator: "He moaned. Owl was close by."

Owl: "Driver says that this winter is just as bad as the worse winter of all."

RS Mr. Conductor: "How worse?"

Narrator: "Asked RS Mr. Conductor."

Owl: "I'll tell you."

Narrator: "Replied Owl, and the little owl did."

Owl: "Franklin was working the path to the slate mine in the mountains.

When the snow came, it was difficult to work. They used the snow as a double buffer zone to help stop changelings skidding through to the ravine.

One day, Franklin set off to the mine with some empty changelings.

Meanwhile, there was trouble at the mine. The winch that hauls the changelings up and down wasn't working properly.

Franklin had reached the ravine. High above him were the mine yards."

Franklin's Driver: "That snow looks dangerous."

Owl: "Said his driver."

Franklin's Driver: "The sound of your body and the changelings could cause an avalanche. I'll set up an emergency cap and see what happens."

Owl: "Franklin watched as the driver prepared it.

Then they ran over the cap." (Boom!) "The bang echoed around the gorge. Nothing happened."

Franklin's Driver: "Good."

Owl: "Said his driver."

Franklin's Driver: "All's well. We'll have a cup of cocoa, and then make our way."

Owl: "But high above them, all was not well. A long line of full changelings was about be winched down the slope. They had just started their journey when some empty changelings fell down. The winch groaned."

Changelings: "Break it! Snap it!"

Owl: "Shouted the changelings. And they did."

Changelings: "On, on, on! Faster, faster!"

Owl: "They giggled."

Workman: "The snowbank and buffers will stop them."

Owl: "Said a workman. But he was wrong. The changelings plunged into the ravine.

Franklin and his driver heard the noise and looked up."

Franklin and his Driver: "Avalanche!"

Owl: "They cried."

(Avalanche falls on Franklin)

Owl: "When the snow ploomed clear, there was no sign of Franklin. He was buried deep inside the high drift blocking the ravine.

And then came the funny part."

RS Mr. Conductor: "What's the funny part about an avalanche?"

Narrator: "Asked RS Mr. Conductor."

Owl: "Well...

No one knew that the heat from Franklin's body had helped to make an igloo."

Workman #1: "It's a snowball."

Workman #2: "It's a snow house."

Workman #3: "It's a turtle."

Owl: "They cleared away the ice only to find Franklin's driver and fireman drinking cocoa as if nothing had happened."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Luckily for them. But it just goes to show you can't trust changelings."

Owl: "Or snow."

Narrator: "Said Owl. The men had just cleared the snow away from him when Garfield puffed by with his machine."

Garfield: "Hey look out, there's snow about!"

Narrator: "Laughed Garfield. He stopped by the tunnel, and kicked loudly. Then it happened."

Garfield: "Uh oh."

(Avalanche falls on Garfield)

Garfield: "Help!"

Narrator: "Cried Garfield."

RS Mr. Conductor: "If Franklin survived a snowfall and laughed, surely a big proud cat like you can do the same."

Narrator: "Chuckled RS Mr. Conductor.

Garfield: "Pooh!"

Narrator: "Moaned Garfield, and then fell as silent as the snow."

Owl and the Boulder

Narrator: "In TV Land, high up in the mountains was a mysterious boulder. It had stood alone for a long time. But one day, workmen arrived to build a quarry on the land below.

Owl, the Little Owl met RS Mr. Conductor and Bart."

Bart: "Where's all this rock coming from?"

Narrator: "Bart asked."

Owl: "The new quarry."

Narrator: "Replied Owl."

Owl: "This mountain rock is good for many things, although it's dangerous up there."

RS Mr. Conductor: "Why?"

Narrator: "Asked RS Mr. Conductor."

Owl: "Because of a big boulder. I think it's watching me."

Narrator: "Said Owl nervously."

Bart: "How can that be? Boulders don't have eyes."

Owl: "That's as may be, Bart, but there's something strange about this one."

Narrator: "Just then, Edd arrived. He was delivering a new beaver for the quarry."

Owl: "What's that?"

Narrator: "Asked Owl."

Edd: "His called 'Sawtooth'. Apparently he helps collect the rock faster."

Narrator: "Replied Edd.

Soon Sawtooth was working hard. The men were pleased. But no one bothered to check the boulder.

When it rained, the workmen went away. Owl gazed up and shivered. Above stood Boulder. Suddenly, a large slab of rock landed on the road. Owl was shocked. Driver was concerned."

Owl's Driver: "We best leave till the weather's better. The rain loosens some of this rock."

Narrator: "He said."

Owl: "I think it's Boulder wanting us to go away."

Narrator: "Whispered Owl.

The next day, the sun shone. The quarry was filled with more TV characters.

Suddenly, Owl noticed something."

Owl: "Boulder's moving!"

Owl's Driver: "Don't be so daft! It can't."

Narrator: "Said Owl's driver. But it could."

(Boulder falls to the road and rolls towards Owl)

Owl: "It's rolling along our road!"

Owl's Driver: "We'll stop here until Boulder passes by."

Narrator: "Said Owl's driver. But Boulder was nowhere to be seen.

Suddenly..."

Owl's Driver: "Oh no! It's behind us!"

Narrator: "Just then, they saw a small junction. One road when up hill. Boulder thundered past.

Meanwhile, Franklin was making his way up to the quarry. Then he saw Boulder."

Franklin: "Yikes!"

Narrator: "Boulder was catching up to them fast. But they veered into a siding."

Franklin: "We must warn the yards!"

Narrator: "Shouted Franklin."

Owl: "Yes, but how?"

Narrator: "Called Owl.

Boulder rounded a bend, and there ahead was Rabbit."

Rabbit: "It's running loose!"

Narrator: "Yelled Rabbit. His driver took him back as fast as he could."

Rabbit: "Yikes!"

(CRASH!)

Rabbit's Driver: "Rather a smash than a squash."

Narrator: "Sighed his driver.

At the yards, Bart was collecting goombas. Then, he heard Boulder."

Bart: "Oh no! It's heading straight for me!"

(CRASH!)

Narrator: "When Mayor Adam West inspected the damage, he decided to close the mine. Then he looked at Boulder."

Mayor Adam West: "We should have left this part of the town alone."

Narrator: "He said thoughtfully.

They moved Boulder to a hill close by the yards. Owl is sure that one clear night, it is gazing up at the mountains and that its sizes are being carried out by the wind to where it once used to stand proud and silent. I wonder if Owl is right, don't you?"

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