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The Grand Opening/Toby's Windmill/Elizabeth The Vintage Quarry Truck is an episode of the YTV version of Thomas and Friends.

Plot

  • Skarloey has to hurry to the ceremony/Toby wishes to fix the broken windmill/Elizabeth is introduced.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Skarloey
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Elizabeth
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Harvey (does not speak)
  • Terence (does not speak)
  • Harold (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • George (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Tiger Moth (cameo)

Songs

  1. Gone Fishing
  2. Toby
  3. Salty

Notes

  • Release Date: January 3, 2004.
  • Narrated by Alec Baldwin and Michael Brandon.

Transcript

  • (We open this episode with the Season 7 intro, and finally the start of The Grand Opening)
  • Michael Brandon: The engines on the mountain railway were excited. They were helping to build a new line. It would take visitors to even more beautiful places on the Island of Sodor. Sir Topham Hatt arrived with important news.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The grand opening is this afternoon. I want to see the new line from the air. Lady Hatt and I will arrive on Harold The Helicopter.
  • Michael Brandon: Just then, Skarloey chugged in.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You're late for the announcement.
  • Michael Brandon: Complained Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Really useful engines are never late.
  • Skarloey: I'm sorry, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: At the airfield there was another problem.
  • Harold's Pilot: Engine trouble.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the pilot.
  • Harold's Pilot: Harold's not going anywhere today.
  • Michael Brandon: Lady Hatt was most upset.
  • Lady Hatt: But I've been looking forward to the grand opening all week.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And I, my dear, will find a solution.
  • Michael Brandon: And he did.
  • Lady Hatt: Topham, you cannot be serious. Me ride in this.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The wind direction is perfect. We'll be there in no time.
  • Michael Brandon: Soon the hot air balloon rose into the sky. But Skarloey was upset.
  • Skarloey: All this extra work is going to make me late again.
  • Michael Brandon: The hot air balloon was floating peacefully through the sky. Lady Hatt was enjoying herself.
  • Lady Hatt: The new line looks splendid.
  • Michael Brandon: She said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Thank you, my dear.
  • Michael Brandon: Replied Sir Topham Hatt. Down the track, the workmen were still loading their ladders.
  • Skarloey: Hurry up, hurry up!
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey puffed.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: If Skarloey doesn't hurry.
  • Michael Brandon: Sighed Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: He'll be late again.
  • Michael Brandon: All the engines were ready for the grand opening.
  • Rusty: Where's Skarloey?
  • Michael Brandon: Rusty asked.
  • Peter Sam: He promised to be on time.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Peter Sam. At last, Skarloey was on his way. Then there was trouble. The balloon's flame suddenly went out, the air in the balloon cooled and the balloon started to fall.
  • Pilot: Hold tight.
  • Michael Brandon: The pilot called.
  • Lady Hatt: I want to get out!
  • Michael Brandon: Demanded Lady Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Not now, dear.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Skarloey: The balloon's going to land in the tree.
  • Michael Brandon: Cried Skarloey. And it came down right in front of Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: There's Sir Topham Hatt!
  • Lady Hatt: My hat is ruined!
  • Michael Brandon: Cried Lady Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: So is mine.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Skarloey's Driver: Don't worry.
  • Michael Brandon: Called Skarloey's driver.
  • Skarloey's Driver: We'll soon have you down.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Am I glad to see you, Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: Thank you, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Before long, Sir Topham Hatt and Lady Hatt were safely on the ground. They boarded Skarloey's boxcar and set off at once. Everyone was waiting as Skarloey brought his important passengers to the grand opening. Sir Topham Hatt declared the new line open.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: With special thanks to Skarloey.
  • Michael Brandon: He said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: For helping us get here.
  • Michael Brandon: Everyone cheered.
  • Rusty: Even so you were still late.
  • Michael Brandon: Teased Rusty.
  • Skarloey: I know.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: But because I was late, Sir Topham Hatt was right on time.
  • (A passing by sequence occurs and we begin Gone Fishing)
  • Children: (singing) Sometimes it's nice to take some time out. Do what you really want to do. Just to relax and let the world fly by you. Forget your worry, no need to hurry. Just leave a sign to say... Gone fishing, gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way, Gone fishing. Gone fishing, Gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way. Why don't we all go fishing? You drop your line down to the river, Waiting to see what you can find. Whatever life has to offer you. You know you'll take it, stand up and face it, Smiling along the way. Gone fishing, gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way, Gone fishing. Gone fishing, Gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way. Why don't we all go fishing? There's nothing better on a sunny day, When all your work is done. Throw down your line, settle down. Surprise, surprise, look what you've found. Gone fishing, gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way, Gone fishing. Gone fishing, Gone fishing. It's a sunny old day and you're on your way. Why don't we all go fishing? It's a sunny old day and you're on your way... Gone fishing!
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Toby's Windmill)
  • Michael Brandon: There are many beautiful places on the Island of Sodor. The engines loved the pretty watermill, the peaceful canals and the castle on the lake. Toby's favorite place is the old windmill. The windmill is worn, it cannot make much flower now. Toby loves to watch the sails go around. And the miller is his friend.
  • Miller: Good morning, Toby.
  • Michael Brandon: One day, Toby was collecting a load of flour to take to the market. But he was busy watching the windmill sails, that he forgot to look where he was going. All the flour was ruined and the miller was upset.
  • Miller: If I can't sell my flour I'll have to shut down the windmill.
  • Toby: I'm sorry.
  • Michael Brandon: Sighed Toby. Harvey arrived to put the trucks back onto the tracks. Toby was sad.
  • Toby: What will the miller do if the mill shuts down?
  • Toby's Driver: It's a shame.
  • Michael Brandon: Said his driver.
  • Toby's Driver: But we must hurry, Toby, there's a storm on the way.
  • Michael Brandon: Toby couldn't sleep that night. It wasn't the thunder and lightning that kept them awake. He was still worrying about the miller. That stormy night, the old windmill was struck by lightning. The next morning, Toby chuffed carefully along his branch line. The storm had torn trees from the ground and the farm buildings have been damaged. Then, Toby saw the most shocking sight of all.
  • Toby: The windmill is broken!
  • Michael Brandon: He cried.
  • Miller: This means the end of my business.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the miller sadly.
  • Miller: I can't afford the timbers to make the repairs.
  • Michael Brandon: Toby really wanted to help.
  • Toby: There must be a way.
  • Michael Brandon: Suddenly, his driver saw a fallen tree ahead. Harvey and Terence were clearing the track. Sir Topham Hatt was cross.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: This storm has caused confusion and delay. Remove this tree immediately!
  • Michael Brandon: But Toby had an idea.
  • Toby: Please sir. The windmill has been broken. The wood from this tree can mend it and make it work again.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: A splendid idea.
  • Michael Brandon: Agreed Sir Topham Hatt. Toby proudly took the tree to the miller. The miller was delighted.
  • Miller: Now we can build our windmill back up again. It would be good as new.
  • Michael Brandon: Toby watched as the work began. It took a long time, but as last the windmill was completed. Sir Topham Hatt was most impressed. The miller was grateful.
  • Miller: Thank you, Toby, your idea saved my windmill.
  • Michael Brandon: Toby beamed happily. Now the windmill produces more flour than ever before and Toby makes twice as many deliveries to the market. He never tires of watching the sails go around and he is very proud that the miller now calls it: Toby's Windmill.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Toby)
  • Children: (singing) North of the island, there lives a dear old train, a little tram engine, Toby is his name. He's quaint and old fashioned, but careful and wise. His coach is Henrietta and she's seen better days. His mind keeps returning to the good old days. When they were busy working everyday. But nobody rides with them nowadays. They can't understand why things have changed. Their line is closing down today, forever. Toby, oh Toby. What will become of you? The world's much nicer whenever we see you. Toby, dear Toby. There's still lots that you can do. Oldies but goldies, we still care about you. All of the children came to say goodbye. They clapped and cheered as Toby rang his bell, "Bye-bye." Everyone was sad to see them go. Whatever will they do, and where will they go? Suddenly news came to brighten up their day. How Toby and Henrietta were needed right away. The Fat Controller had written to say, could they please come and help right away. Now they're part of his family forever. Toby, oh Toby. Show them what you can do. The world's much nicer whenever we see you. Toby, dear Toby. There's so much to learn from you. Oldies but goldies, we still care about you. Oldies but goldies, we still care for you.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Elizabeth The Vintage Quarry Truck)
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas the Tank Engine enjoys taking specials. Today, he was bringing a special to Brendam Docks. His load was to go onto the cargo ship. The ship was scheduled to depart at sundown. Thomas had to get to the docks before then. But the load was very heavy. So Thomas puffed as hard as he could. He pulled so hard he broke his coupling rods. He wasn't going anywhere.
  • Thomas: Oh, dear!
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas said.
  • Thomas: I'll be late.
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver saw an old shed near the track.
  • Driver: If there's a telephone in there i could call for help.
  • Alec Baldwin: He said.
  • Thomas: Hurry.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: And be careful. It looks spooky.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then a voice boomed from inside the shed.
  • Elizabeth: Do you mind? I'm trying to sleep.
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas hoped it wasn't a ghost, then his driver appeared.
  • Thomas: Is it a ghost?
  • Alec Baldwin: Asked Thomas nervously.
  • Driver: It's a surprise.
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver teased. Then the fireman took some of Thomas' coal and headed off to the shed.
  • Driver: She can get us to the fitter's yard.
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver said.
  • Fireman: If her boiler holds.
  • Alec Baldwin: Added the fireman anxiously.
  • Thomas: What kind of surprise is that?
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas wondered.
  • Driver: Thomas, meet Elizabeth.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver. At last the doors opened and out chuffed a dirty grimy steam truck.
  • Elizabeth: So you're the little puffer that's broken down.
  • Alec Baldwin: She sniffed. Thomas was cross.
  • Thomas: And you're just an old steam truck.
  • Alec Baldwin: He retorted.
  • Elizabeth: That would be vintage steam truck.
  • Alec Baldwin: Snapped Elizabeth.
  • Elizabeth: And I haven't much time for your coupling rods.
  • Alec Baldwin: The driver was concerned. Elizabeth was making awful grinding sounds.
  • Driver: She's not built for hills.
  • Alec Baldwin: He said anxiously.
  • Driver: You're losing steam.
  • Alec Baldwin: He called.
  • Elizabeth: Just catching my breath.
  • Alec Baldwin: Elizabeth chuffed. And finally, she made it. When Elizabeth returned with Thomas' coupling rods, she was pleased with herself.
  • Elizabeth: And next time don't be so careless.
  • Alec Baldwin: She scolded. Thomas thought Elizabeth was the rudest truck he ever met. But he was happy to get his new coupling rods. Thomas made it to the docks just in time.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What took you so long?
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas told him about his broken coupling rods. He wanted to tell how rude Elizabeth was when she rolled up.
  • Elizabeth: Oh, it's you.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Elizabeth looking down at Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Elizabeth: Have you learned to drive properly yet.
  • Thomas: She's in trouble now.
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas said to his driver.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Elizabeth.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Sir Topham Hatt fountly.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: My first truck. I thought you have been lost.
  • Alec Baldwin: They were old friends. It was too much for Thomas. Then Elizabeth told Sir Topham Hatt how she'd been left in the shed for years. Sir Topham Hatt had been so pleased Elizabeth had been found. He asked Jem Cole to restore her to her original beauty. And soon Elizabeth had a rich dark color with gleaming coach works.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You're the grandest truck in the whole railway.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sir Topham Hatt said.
  • Elizabeth: I know.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Elizabeth even more proudly. And Thomas had to agreed she did look grand.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Salty)
  • Men: (singing) There's a dockside Diesel we know well, who can spin a yarn, who can tell a tale, he loves the sea and the ships that sail, Salty is his name. He works so hard, he's very very proud, his friends all love him being around, when the sun goes down they'll gather round, for a tale or a song of the sea.
  • Children: (singing) On with the sailor's song, follow on, Salty's song, follow the leader home, follow the leader home. Salty, tell us another one, Salty, spin us another one, Salty, one more story will do, Salty, oh Salty, we'll always follow you.
  • Men: (singing) Everyone knows the troublesome trucks, push their luck, get the engines stuck. But someone knows just what to do, Salty is his name. When he rolls along, he hums his song, a pretty little song, let me tag along. And his rhythm makes them follow on, homeward bound we go.
  • Children: (singing) On with the sailor's song, follow on, Salty's song, follow the leader home, follow the leader home. Salty, sing us another one, Salty, spin us another one, Salty, one more story will do, Salty, oh Salty, We'll always follow you, Salty, tell us another one, Salty, spin us another one, Salty, tell us another one do, Salty, oh Salty, we'll always follow you, we'll always follow you, we'll always follow you.
  • (Following the last song, we find the end credits with Thomas looking at us)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas end theme plays)
  • (After that, the 2001 HiT Entertainment logo appear)

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