The Great Western Engines is a Thomas VHS/DVD idea made for Anchor Bay Entertainment in July 2002, each containing four Season 2 episodes, three Season 3 episodes, one Season 4 episode and two Season 5 episodes.


  1. Duck Takes Charge (George Carlin)
  2. Pop Goes The Diesel (George Carlin)
  3. Diesel's Devious Deed (George Carlin)
  4. A Close Shave For Duck (George Carlin)
  5. All At Sea (George Carlin)
  6. Escape (George Carlin)
  7. Oliver Owns Up (George Carlin)
  8. Toad Stands By (George Carlin)
  9. Oliver's Find (Alec Baldwin)
  10. Busy Going Backwards (Alec Baldwin)

Bonus Features

  1. Character Gallery
  2. 2 Sing-Along Songs: It's Great To Be An Engine and Come For The Ride
  3. Web Fun


  • Narrated by George Carlin and Alec Baldwin.
  • Distributed on July 23, 2002 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  • The Season 5 intro, nameplate sequence (1999-2000) and the Season 5 outro are used together.
  • The "Next Video Coming Up Soon!" logo is taken from the "Make Someone Happy" 2000 VHS.
  • The text is taken from the "Best of James" 2002 VHS.
  • The nameplates after Duck Takes Charge, A Close Shave For Duck, and Oliver Owns Up are Thomas, James, Gordon, Henry, Edward, Percy, Toby, Bertie and Terence.
  • The nameplates after Pop Goes The Diesel, All At Sea, and Toad Stands By are Bill and Ben, Donald and Douglas, Duck, Diesel, Daisy, BoCo, Harold and Trevor.
  • The nameplates after Diesel's Devious Deed, Escape and Oliver's Find are Duke, Peter Sam, Sir Handel, Rheneas, Skarloey, Rusty and Stepney.
  • The end credits for this release are from the "Best of James" 2002 VHS.

Opening Previews

2002 VHS version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1999-2004)
  3. Thomas & Friends VHS Collection Trailer (2001-2002)
  4. Gullane Entertainment logo (2001-2002)
  5. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  6. Thomas & Friends Season 5 intro
  7. First few seconds of Duck Takes Charge

2002 DVD version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1999-20
  3. Grace & Wild Interactive Development logo (2001-2003)
  4. Gullane Entertainment logo (2001-2002)
  5. Thomas & Friends VHS Collection Trailer (2001-2002)
  6. The Great Western Engines DVD Menu
  7. Gullane Entertainment logo (2001-2002)
  8. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  9. Thomas & Friends Season 5 intro
  10. First few seconds of Duck Takes Charge

Closing Previews

2002 VHS version

  1. Last few seconds of Busy Going Backwards
  2. Thomas & Friends Season 5 outro
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production logo
  4. Gullane Entertainment logo
  5. Thomas & Friends Book Collection Trailer

2002 DVD version

  1. Last few seconds of Busy Going Backwards
  2. Thomas & Friends Season 5 outro
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production logo
  4. Gullane Entertainment logo

Opening Credits

  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Cover Artwork

Front Cover

  • Top: Duck and Oliver
  • Bottom: Scruffey broken to pieces from "Toad Stands By"

Back Cover

  • Top Left: Duck (horrified) and Diesel (bored) from "Diesel's Devious Deed"
  • Top Right: Toad crashing through the gates from "Busy Going Backwards"

Cover Color

  • Olive Green

Running Time

  • 50 Minutes


2002 VHS version


2002 DVD version



Duck Takes Charge

  • Percy: Do you know what?
  • George Carlin: Asked Percy.
  • Gordon: What?
  • George Carlin: Grunted Gordon.
  • Percy: Do you know what?
  • Gordon: Silly!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Of course I don't know what. If you don't tell me what what is.
  • Percy: Sir Topham Hatt says that the work in the yard is too heavy for me. He's getting a bigger engine to help me.
  • James: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • James: Any engine could do it. If you work hard and chatterless, this yard would be a sweeter, a better and a happier place.
  • George Carlin: Percy went off to get some coaches.
  • Percy: That stupid old signal.
  • George Carlin: He thought. He was remembering the time he misunderstood a signal and gone backwards instead of forwards.
  • Percy: No one listens to me now. They think I'm a silly little engine and order me about. I'll show them, I'll show them.
  • George Carlin: But he didn't know how. By the end of the afternoon, he felt tired and unhappy. He brought some coaches to the station.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Hello, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You look tired.
  • Percy: Yes sir, I am sir. I don't know if I'm standing on my dome or on my wheels.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You look the right way up to me.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Cheer up. The new engine is bigger than you and can properly do the work alone. Would you like to help build my new harbour? Thomas and Toby will help too.
  • Percy: Oh yes, sir. Thank you, sir.
  • George Carlin: The new engine arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What's your name?
  • George Carlin: Asked Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Duck: Montague, sir, but I'm usually called Duck. They say I waddle. I don't really, sir, but I like Duck better than Montague.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Good. Duck it shall be. Here, Percy, show Duck around.
  • George Carlin: The two engines went off together. Soon they were very busy. James, Gordon and Henry watched Duck quietly doing his work.
  • Henry: He seems a simple sort of engine.
  • James: We'll have some fun and order him about.
  • Henry, Gordon, James: (quacking noises) Wheesh!
  • George Carlin: Smoke billowed everywhere. Percy was cross, but Duck took no notice.
  • Duck: They'll get tired of it soon. Do they tell you to do things, Percy?
  • Percy: Yes they do.
  • George Carlin: Answered Percy.
  • Duck: Right.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: We'll soon stop that nonsense.
  • George Carlin: He whispered something.
  • Duck: We'll do it later.
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt was looking forward to hot buttered toast for tea at home. Suddenly, he heard an extraordinary noise.
  • Henry, Gordon and James: Wheesh! (snorting noises)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Bother!
  • George Carlin: He said and hurried to the yard. Duck and Percy calmly sat on the switches outside the shed, refusing to let the engines in. Gordon, James and Henry were furious.
  • (Gordon, James and Henry blew their whistles loudly)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Stop that noise!
  • George Carlin: Bellowed Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Gordon: They won't let us in!
  • George Carlin: Hissed Gordon.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Duck, explain this behavior.
  • Duck: Beg pardon, sir, but I'm a great western engine. We do our work without fuss, but begging your pardon, sir. Percy and I will be glad if you like to inform these, um, engines that we only take orders from you.
  • (James and Gordon blew their whistles loudly)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Quiet!
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Percy and Duck, I am pleased with your work today, but not with your behavior tonight. You have caused a disturbance.
  • George Carlin: Gordon, Henry and James sniggered.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: As for you.
  • George Carlin: Thundered Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You've been worse. You made a disturbance. Duck is quite right. This is my railway and I give the orders.
  • George Carlin: After Percy went away, Duck was left to manage alone. He did so...easily!

Nameplates after Duck Takes Charge

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Pop Goes The Diesel

  • George Carlin: Duck is very proud of being Great Western. He talks endlessly about it. But he works hard too and makes everything ran like clockwork. It was a splendid day. The cars and coaches behave well, the passengers even stopped grumbling. But the engines didn't like having to bustle about.
  • Duck: There are two ways of doing things.
  • George Carlin: Duck told them.
  • Duck: The Great Western way, or the wrong way. I'm Great Western and...
  • Henry, Gordon and James: Don't we know it!
  • George Carlin: They groaned. The engines were glad when the visitor came. He purred smoothly towards him. Sir Topham Hatt introduce him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Here is Diesel. I have agreed to give him a trial. He needs to learn. Please teach him, Duck.
  • Diesel: Good morning.
  • George Carlin: Purred Diesel in an oily voice.
  • Diesel: Please to meet you, Duck. Is that James and Henry and Gordon too? I am delighted to meet such famous engines.
  • George Carlin: The silly engines were flattered.
  • Engines: He has very good manners.
  • George Carlin: They murmured.
  • Engines: We're pleased to have in our yard.
  • George Carlin: Duck had his doubts.
  • Duck: Come on!
  • George Carlin: He said. Diesel purred after him.
  • Diesel: Your worth Top...
  • Duck: Sir Topham Hatt to you.
  • George Carlin: Ordered Duck. Diesel looked hurt.
  • Diesel: Your worthy Sir Topham Hatt thinks I need to learn. He is mistaken. We diesel don't need to learn. We know everything. We come to a yard and improvement. We are revolutionary.
  • Duck: Oh!
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: If you are revo-thingummy, perhaps you would collect my cars while I fetch Gordon's coaches.
  • George Carlin: Diesel delighted to show off, purred away. When Duck returned, Diesel was trying to take some cars from a siding. They were old and empty. They've not been touch for a long time. Diesel found them hard to move. Pull! Push! Backwards! Forwards!
  • Cars: Oh! Oh!
  • George Carlin: The cars groaned.
  • Cars: We can't! We won't!
  • George Carlin: Duck watched with interest. Diesel lost patience.
  • Diesel: Grrr!
  • George Carlin: He roared, and gave a great heave. The cars jerked forward.
  • Cars: Ohhh!
  • George Carlin: They screamed.
  • Cars: We can't! We won't!
  • George Carlin: Some of their brakes snapped, and the gear jammed in the sleepers.
  • Diesel: Grrrr!
  • Duck: Ha, ha, ha!
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck. Diesel recovered and try to push the cars back, but they wouldn't move. Duck ran quietly around to collect the other cars.
  • Duck: Thank you for arranging these, Diesel. I must go now.
  • Diesel: Don't you want this lot?
  • Duck: No thank you.
  • George Carlin: Diesel gulped.
  • Diesel: And I've taken all this trouble? Why didn't you tell me?
  • Duck: You never asked me. Besides.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: You were having such fun being revo-whatever-it-was-you-said. Goodbye.
  • Diesel: Grrrr!
  • George Carlin: Diesel had to help the workmen clear the mess. He hated it. All the cars were laughing and singing at him.
  • Cars: Cars are waiting in the yard, tackling them with ease'll, show the world what I can do, gaily boasts the Diesel, in and out he creeps about, like a big black weasel, when he pulls the wrong cars out, Pop Goes The Diesel!
  • Diesel: Grrr!
  • George Carlin: Growled Diesel, and scuttled away to sulk in the shed.

Nameplates after Pop Goes The Diesel

  • Bill and Ben
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Harold
  • Trevor

Diesel's Devious Deed

  • George Carlin: Diesel the new engine was sulking.
  • Freight Cars: Trucks are waiting in the yard...
  • George Carlin: The freight cars were not stop singing rudely at him.
  • Freight Cars: Show the world what I can do, gaily boasts the Diesel. In and out he creeps about like a big black weasel...
  • George Carlin: Duck was horrified.
  • Freight Cars: When he pulls the wrong trucks out...
  • Duck: Shut up!
  • George Carlin: He ordered, and bumped them hard.
  • Freight Cars: Pop goes the Diesel!
  • Duck: I'm sorry our cars were rude to you, Diesel.
  • George Carlin: Diesel was still furious.
  • Diesel: It's all your fault. You made them laugh at me.
  • Henry: Nonsense.
  • George Carlin: Said Henry.
  • Henry: Duck would never do that. We engines have our differences, but we never talked about them to the cars. That would be dis...dis...
  • Gordon: Disgraceful.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • James: Disgusting.
  • George Carlin: Put in James.
  • Henry: Despicable.
  • George Carlin: Finished Henry. Diesel hated Duck. He wanted him to be sent away, so he made a plan. He was going to tell lies about Duck. Next day, he spoke to the cars.
  • Diesel: I see you like jokes. You made a good joke about me yesterday. I laughed and laughed. Duck told me one about Gordon. I'll whisper it. Don't tell Gordon I told you.
  • George Carlin: And he sniggered away.
  • Freight Cars: Ha, ha, ha!
  • George Carlin: Guffawed the cars.
  • Freight Cars: Gordon will be cross with Duck when he knows. Let's tell him and get back at Duck for bumping us.
  • George Carlin: They laughed rudely at the engines as they went by. Soon Gordon, Henry, and James found out why.
  • Gordon: Disgraceful.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • James: Disgusting.
  • George Carlin: Put in James.
  • Henry: Despicable.
  • George Carlin: Finished Henry.
  • Henry: We cannot allow it.
  • George Carlin: They consulted together.
  • Henry: Yes.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Henry: He did it to us, we'll do it to him and see how he likes it.
  • George Carlin: Duck was tired out. The cars had been cheeky and troublesome. He wanted a rest in the shed. The three engines barred his way.
  • (Gordon, James and Henry wheesh steam with fury, causing Duck to get dazed)
  • James: Keep out!
  • Duck: Stop fooling.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: I'm tired.
  • James: So are we.
  • George Carlin: Hissed the engines.
  • Gordon: We're tired of you. We like Diesel. We don't like you.
  • Henry: You tell tales about us to the cars.
  • Duck: I don't!
  • Gordon, James and Henry: You do!
  • Duck: I don't!
  • Gordon, James and Henry: You do!
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt came to stop the noise.
  • Gordon: Duck called me a galloping sausage!
  • George Carlin: Spluttered Gordon.
  • James: Rusty red scrap-irons!
  • George Carlin: Hissed James.
  • Henry: I'm old square wheels!
  • George Carlin: Fumed Henry.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Duck?
  • George Carlin: Duck considered.
  • Duck: I only wish sir.
  • George Carlin: He said gravely.
  • Duck: That I thought of those names myself. If the dome fits...
  • Sir Topham Hatt: (clearing throat)
  • Gordon, James and Henry: He made cars laugh at us.
  • George Carlin: Accused the engines. Sir Topham Hatt recovered. He been trying not to laugh himself.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Did you, Duck?
  • Duck: Certainly not, Sir. No steam engine will be as mean as that.
  • George Carlin: Diesel lurked up.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Now, Diesel, you heard what Duck said.
  • Diesel: I can't understand it, Sir, to think that Duck of all engines. I'm dreadfully grieved, Sir, but know nothing.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I see.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt. Diesel squirmed and hope he didn't.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm sorry, Duck, but you must go to Edward's station for a while. I know he'll be glad to see him.
  • Duck: As you wish, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Duck trundled sadly away, while Diesel smirked with triumph.

Nameplates after Diesel's Devious Deed

  • Duke
  • Peter Sam
  • Sir Handel
  • Rheneas
  • Skarloey
  • Rusty
  • Stepney

A Close Shave For Duck

  • George Carlin: Duck the Great Western Engine puffed sadly to Edward's station.
  • Duck: It's not fair.
  • George Carlin: He complained.
  • Duck: Diesel has been telling lies about me and made Sir Topham Hatt and all the engines think I'm horrid.
  • George Carlin: Edward smiled.
  • Edward: I know you weren't, and so does Sir Topham Hatt. You wait and see. Why don't you help me with these cars?
  • George Carlin: Duck felt happier with Edward, and set to work at once. The cars were silly, heavy and noisy. The two engines have to work hard pushing and pulling all afternoon. At last, they reached the top of the hill.
  • Duck: Goodbye!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Duck, and rolled gently over the crossing to the other line. Duck love coasting down the hill, running easily with the wind whistling past. Suddenly...
  • Duck: It was the conductor's warning whistle.
  • Freight Cars: Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
  • George Carlin: Laughed the cars.
  • Freight Cars: We've broken away, we've broken away! Chase him, bump him, throw him off the rails!
  • George Carlin: They yelled.
  • Duck's Driver: Hurry, Duck, hurry!
  • George Carlin: Said the driver. They raced through Edward's station, but the cars were catching up.
  • Duck's Driver: As fast as we can, then they'll catch us gradually.
  • George Carlin: The driver was gaining control.
  • Duck's Driver: Another clear mile and we'll do it. Oh, glory, look at that!
  • George Carlin: James was just pulling out on they're line through the station ahead. Any minute, there could be a crash.
  • Duck's Driver: It's up to you now, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Cried the driver. Duck put every ounce of wait and steam against the cars.
  • Duck: It's too late!
  • George Carlin: Duck groaned. He veered into a siding where a barber had sent off shop. He was shaving a customer.
  • (Duck crashes into the barber shop)
  • George Carlin: The silly cars were knocked their conductor off his van, and left him far behind after he had whistled a warning. But the cars didn't care. They were feeling very pleased with themselves.
  • Duck: Beg pardon, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Gasped Duck.
  • Duck: Excuse my intrusion.
  • Barber: No I won't.
  • George Carlin: Said the barber.
  • Barber: You frightened my customers! I'll teach you!
  • George Carlin: And he lathered Duck's face all other. Poor Duck! Thomas was helping to pull the cars away when Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Barber: I do not like engines popping through my walls.
  • George Carlin: Fumed the barber.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I appreciate your feelings.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: But you must know that this engine and his crew had prevented a serious accident. It was a very close shave.
  • Barber: Oh.
  • George Carlin: Said the barber.
  • Barber: Oh! Excuse me.
  • George Carlin: He filled the basin of water to wash Duck's face.
  • Barber: I'm sorry. I didn't know you were been a brave engine.
  • Duck: That's all right, sir. I didn't know that either.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You were very brave indeed.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm proud of you.
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt watched the rescue operation, then he had more news to Duck.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And when you are properly washed and mended, you are coming home.
  • Duck: Home, sir? Do you mean the yard?
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Of course.
  • Duck: But, sir, they don't like me. They like Diesel.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Not now. I never believed Diesel, so I sent him packing. The engines were sorry and want you back.
  • (Engines whistling)
  • George Carlin: A few days later when he came home, there was a really rousing welcome for Duck the Great Western Engine.

Nameplates after A Close Shave For Duck

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

All At Sea

  • George Carlin: Percy and Duck like working at the harbour by the sea. On a clear summer's night, there's no better place to be. The big ships bring passengers. Cargo ships carry machinery and other things. Duck and Percy puffed backwards and forwards with the crates of cargo as they are loaded and unloaded by the keyside. One morning, Duck and Percy noticed that the horizon was packed with sails flapping against the blue sky.
  • Duck: I wish I could sail to faraway lands.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Duck.
  • Percy: Engines can't go sailing.
  • George Carlin: Snorted Percy.
  • Percy: Because engines can't float.
  • George Carlin: Duck still had his dreams. Suddenly, they were rudely interrupted.
  • Harold: Wakey, wakey.
  • George Carlin: Hovered Harold.
  • Duck: I'm looking at the boats.
  • George Carlin: Replied Duck.
  • Harold: That's the regatta. Lots of boats, lots of races. Great fun. I hover around in case I'm needed.
  • Duck: Do you go to the horizon?
  • George Carlin: Asked Duck.
  • Harold: Yes and beyond.
  • Percy: I didn't know there was a beyond.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Percy.
  • Duck: Do you go to other places at sea?
  • George Carlin: Continued Duck.
  • Harold: Certainly. I can land on ships you know. Anywhere, anytime. Goodbye.
  • George Carlin: Duck sighed. He went on talking about the regatta all day. Percy lost patience.
  • Percy: Well, Duck, I rather had my wheels on solid ground. Our rails can take us to all the places we can ever wish to see.
  • (We hear a siren wailing)
  • Duck's Driver: That's an emergency.
  • George Carlin: Called Duck's driver.
  • Duck's Driver: I'll check with the harbormaster.
  • George Carlin: He returned with bad news.
  • Duck's Driver: A man taking part in the regatta had hurt his hand. We're to take him to the hospital at the next station. Harold's bringing him now. Come on.
  • (Duck hurries to the scene just in time to see Harold land)
  • Harold: Good to see you again, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Whirred Harold as he landed carefully on the platform. The man was gently helped to safety.
  • Harold: My job is to stay at sea in case of other emergencies. Otherwise I will take this gentleman to hospital myself. Must fly. Goodbye.
  • George Carlin: Duck set off on his journey. Soon he was steaming well and his wheels were thundering along the track. When they reached the station, the man thanked everyone and Bertie got ready to take him to the hospital.
  • Bertie: You look splendid flying along the line, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Bloat Bertie.
  • Bertie: No wonder they called you great western.
  • Duck: Thank you, Bertie. Percy's right.
  • George Carlin: He thought to himself.
  • Duck: Engines are happiest when their wheels are firmly on the rails.
  • George Carlin: That night, Percy and Duck stayed a little longer at the key. The air was warm and the sea calmed.
  • Duck: There's a shooting star.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Percy: Don't be daft.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Percy.
  • Percy: It's Harold. Look, he's hovering overhead.
  • George Carlin: Something fluttered down towards Duck. His driver caught it.
  • Duck's Driver: It's a flag from the regatta. Harold's giving it to you as a present, Duck.
  • Duck: That was kind of Harold.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Duck.
  • Duck: He may have whirly arms instead of wheels. But he seems to understand just what an engine needs.
  • George Carlin: Duck still wonders about the lands beyond the horizon. But I think he knows that, sometimes, the best travels are those we can only dream about. Don't you?

Nameplates after All At Sea

  • Bill and Ben
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Harold
  • Trevor


  • George Carlin: One day, Edward was talking to Trevor when Douglas steamed by. He was pulling a train of heavy coal cars.
  • Douglas: Come on, Edward. Stop gossiping in the sun when there's work to be done.
  • George Carlin: Later, Edward spoke to Douglas.
  • Edward: Trevor and I are old friends and you and he had in lot of common too.
  • Douglas: We do?
  • George Carlin: Quizzed Douglas.
  • Douglas: And what would that be?
  • Edward: Scrap.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward quietly. Douglas gasped.
  • Douglas: Don't mention that word! It makes me wheels wobble!
  • Edward: It does the same to Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Edward: He was been sent to the scrapyard, but the Vicar and I saved him and now he's really useful again. Even so, Sir Topham Hatt certainly does need another steam engine here.
  • Douglas: Aye, he does, and quickly.
  • George Carlin: That night, Douglas was still working. He had taken the midnight goods train to a station at a faraway part of the island where only the diesels worked. He was just shunting, ready for his return journey, when...
  • Douglas: That's sounds like a steam engine.
  • George Carlin: He thought. The hiss came again.
  • Douglas: Who's there?
  • George Carlin: Asked Douglas. A whisper came.
  • Oliver: Are you Sir Topham Hatt's engine?
  • Douglas: Aye, and proud of it.
  • Oliver: Thank goodness! I'm Oliver and I'm with my break van, Toad, we've run out of coal and had no more steam.
  • Douglas: But what are you doing?
  • Oliver: Escaping?
  • Douglas: From what?
  • Oliver: Scrap.
  • George Carlin: Douglas shivered. Then, he remembered Edward's story about saving Trevor.
  • Douglas: I'll be glad to help ya. It lacked look those who were ready to scrap but I'm taking you away.
  • George Carlin: Their drivers and firemen agreed to help too. Everyone worked fast.
  • Douglas: No time to turn round. I'll run tender first. Come on.
  • (Dog barking)
  • George Carlin: But before they could clear the station they were stopped.
  • Foreman: Aha!
  • George Carlin: Called the foreman.
  • Foreman: A great western engine and a break van too. You can't take these.
  • Driver: Aye, but there all for us.
  • George Carlin: Said Douglas' driver.
  • Driver: See for yourself.
  • George Carlin: The foreman looked all over Oliver.
  • Foreman: Seems in order. Right away, guard.
  • (Douglas and Oliver make an escape)
  • Douglas: That was a near thing.
  • Oliver: We have worse.
  • George Carlin: Replied Oliver and they forced ahead. It was daylight when their journey ended.
  • Douglas: We're home!
  • George Carlin: Cried Douglas.
  • Driver: Shh!
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: There the works. We'll find a place for Oliver.
  • George Carlin: Oliver said goodbye and thank you, and Douglas puffed away. The next day, Douglas told the other engines all about Oliver.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt would have to know.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • Gordon: Douglas should tell him at once.
  • George Carlin: Added Gordon.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, here he is.
  • George Carlin: Said a voice.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Now what's this all about?
  • Duck: Beg pardon, sir, but we do need another engine.
  • Gordon: Yes sir.
  • George Carlin: Ventured Gordon.
  • Gordon: A steam engine, sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, unless one saved from scrap, there's little hope.
  • Douglas: But sir, one has...
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Yes indeed. And thanks to you, Douglas, he is now at our works. Oliver is just what we need for Duck's branch line.
  • George Carlin: Everyone cheered. Now Oliver and Toad are mended and painted in full great western colors. Duck and Oliver are happy on their branch line. The others laughed at first and called it "The Little Western". Duck and Oliver were delighted and so the little western, it will always be.

Nameplates after Escape!

  • Duke
  • Peter Sam
  • Sir Handel
  • Rheneas
  • Skarloey
  • Rusty
  • Stepney

Oliver Owns Up

  • George Carlin: On a clear day when the sky is blue and there is just enough breeze to blow the clouds away, you can stand on a big hill above the valley and watch Duck and Oliver far below, busily at work on Duck's branch line near the sea. The two engines are very proud of their matching coats of gleaming color. Oliver often talks about the time that Douglas saved him from scrap.
  • Oliver: If it wasn't for his help...
  • George Carlin: Oliver would say.
  • Oliver: I might have caught when I ran away from the scrapyard, and I would never come to live here on Sir Topham Hatt's railway.
  • George Carlin: The other engines all wanted to know about Oliver's adventures.
  • Henry: Amazing!
  • George Carlin: Remarked Henry.
  • James: Oliver...
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • James: ...has resource.
  • Gordon: And sagacity.
  • George Carlin: Put in Gordon.
  • Percy: What does that mean?
  • George Carlin: Whispered Percy.
  • Thomas: I think...
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas.
  • Thomas:'s about being clever and wise.
  • Gordon: He is...
  • George Carlin: Finished Gordon.
  • Gordon: example to us all.
  • George Carlin: I'm sorry to say that Oliver became very puffed up in the smokebox.
  • Oliver: Henry says I'm amazing. He's right.
  • George Carlin: He whistled as he swooshed along the line. One morning, Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You are doing well. Now you must learn how to look after freight cars.
  • George Carlin: Every wise engine knows that you cannot trust freight cars. The other engines warned Oliver but he took no notice.
  • Oliver: You think I can manage.
  • George Carlin: He said huffily.
  • Oliver: Gordon knows better. He's says I'm sagacious.
  • Duck: You may be good gracious or whatever you called it, but cars can be troublesome and...
  • Donald: Say no more, Duck.
  • George Carlin: Interested Donald.
  • Donald: It's a pity, but the wee engine just learned for itself.
  • George Carlin: Oliver pulled some loaded cars into a siding and pushed the empties into the chute. Then he came back to take the loaded cars away. But they were comfortable and didn't want to move.
  • Car 1: What right is he to poke his funnel in here?
  • Car 2: We want Duck!
  • Car 3: Or Donald!
  • Car 4: Or Douglas!
  • Oliver: Look sharp.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Oliver.
  • Cars: That's not the way to speak.
  • George Carlin: Hissed the cars.
  • Cars: We'll get even.
  • George Carlin: Oliver heard nothing. The cars move smoothly at first, then suddenly, Oliver found them forced forward. His driver applied the brakes, but they were useless against the surging cars.
  • Cars: On, on, on!
  • George Carlin: Yelled the cars. Oliver formed hard, but still they forced them on and on. At last, the cars grew tired.
  • Oliver: I'm winning.
  • George Carlin: Gasped Oliver. But it was too late.
  • (Oliver falls into the turntable well)
  • George Carlin: Oliver layed bruised and bemused, bunkered down in the turntable well. Duck surveyed the damaged.
  • Duck: Hello, Oliver. Are you being a good gracious engine? Beg pardon, we really don't like this sort of surprise. Donald and Douglas will miss their turntable until it was mended.
  • George Carlin: That night, Oliver was hold gently to safety.
  • Oliver: I'm sorry, sir.
  • George Carlin: He said to Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Oliver: I shouldn't listen to Duck's advice. I don't feel good gracious or whatever it is. I just feel silly.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Oliver.
  • George Carlin: Replied Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Now you know the damage cars can do.
  • Oliver: Yes I do, sir. I look like a load of scrap iron.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Oh, I don't think so.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: But you do need to go to the works to be mended.
  • George Carlin: The other engines now felt sorry for Oliver.
  • Duck: The branch line would be a same without you.
  • George Carlin: Whistled Duck.
  • Duck: Come back soon.
  • George Carlin: A few days later, Oliver did come back. His coat paint glistened in the sun. He's a wiser engine too and never made the same about cars again.

Nameplates after Oliver Owns Up

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Toad Stands By

  • George Carlin: Oliver had been to the works to be mended. Some troublesome cars tricked him, and the great western engine fell into the turntable well. Now Oliver was as good as new, be he was still worried about cars.
  • Oliver: I rather not used them.
  • George Carlin: He puffed to himself. But the cars sang songs rude and loud. Scruffey, their leader, led the chorus.
  • Cars and Scruffey: Oliver's no use at all, thinks he's very clever, says that he can manage us, that's the best joke ever, when he orders us about, with the greatest folly, we just pushed him down the well, Pop Goes Old Ollie!
  • George Carlin: Thomas, Duck and Percy were shocked.
  • Thomas: Be quiet!
  • George Carlin: They ordered, but they couldn't be anywhere, and everywhere they went, the cars began again.
  • Cars: Oliver's no use at all, thinks he's very clever, says that he can manage us, that's the best joke ever!
  • George Carlin: At last the engines gave up.
  • Thomas: We're sorry, Oliver.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Oliver: It's really my fault.
  • George Carlin: Said Oliver sadly.
  • Oliver: I shouldn't fallen into the turntable well.
  • George Carlin: Toad the break van felt sorry for Oliver too. Next morning, he spoke to Douglas.
  • Toad: I'm worried, Mr. Douglas. This disrespect for engines. Where's it going to end?
  • Douglas: Who knows?
  • George Carlin: Sighed Douglas.
  • Toad: I've got a plan, Mr. Douglas. May I stay here tonight and help Mr. Oliver? We're both Great Western, and must stand together.
  • Douglas: Certainly, Toad.
  • George Carlin: Replied Douglas and puffed away. Soon, Toad was explaining his plan.
  • Duck: Goodness gracious, Toad. I don't think you should suggest such a thing to Oliver.
  • George Carlin: But Oliver interrupted.
  • Oliver: No, Duck, Toad's right. It's really my fault. I must put this trouble right.
  • Toad: I meant no disrespect you understand.
  • Oliver: Of course not, Toad. Anywhere, driver says the same and he's arranged with the stationmaster.
  • Duck: Very well, Oliver.
  • George Carlin: Conceded Duck.
  • Duck: But I must hurry. My passengers will be waiting. Good luck.
  • Oliver: So long.
  • George Carlin: Smiled Oliver bravely, but he felt dreadfully nervous inside. Oliver marshalled with the worst cars two by two.
  • Toad: That's the way, Mr. Oliver.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Toad.
  • Toad: And if you hadn't leave Scruffey till last, then you'll have him behind you. You can bump him if he starts his nonsense.
  • Scruffey: Hold back, hold back!
  • George Carlin: Whispered Scruffey.
  • Scruffey: And pass the word to the others.
  • George Carlin: The silly cars giggled, but Oliver knew what to do. There was plenty of sand on the rails and his wheels gripped splendidly. He gave a great heave.
  • Scruffey: Ooh!
  • George Carlin: Groaned Scruffey.
  • Scruffey: I don't like this!
  • Duck: Go on!
  • George Carlin: Yelled Duck.
  • Duck: Well done, boy, well done!
  • Scruffey: Oh!
  • George Carlin: Wailed Scruffey.
  • Scruffey: I'm coming apart!
  • (Scruffey breaks himself apart)
  • George Carlin: And he did. Then there was trouble.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Oliver, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?
  • Oliver: (stuttering) N-N-No, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said-said Oliver nervously. Sir Topham Hatt inspected Scruffey.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: As I thought. Rotten wood rusty frames. Maybe if we put you back together, you'll learn yourself a better name.
  • George Carlin: Nowadays, Oliver only takes freight cars when the other engines were busy. But they always quick to warn each other.
  • Cars: Take care with Mr. Oliver. If you play tricks on him, you'll never be the same car again!
  • George Carlin: Scruffey has learned his lesson and says nothing at all.

Nameplates after Toad Stands By

  • Bill and Ben
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Duck
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • Harold
  • Trevor

Oliver's Find

  • Alec Baldwin: Oliver and his break van Toad liked working in the big yards, but one morning, Toad noticed that Oliver was unhappy. He decided to find out why.
  • Toad: Uh, excuse me, Mr. Oliver. It seems to me that things are not well with you, if you forgive me for mentioning it.
  • Oliver: You're quite right, Toad. All I do is shunt these freight cars onto the turntable. I longed for a nice run. It's what an engine really means.
  • Toad: Uh, quite so, Mr. Oliver. May I suggest that you speak to Sir Topham Hatt about your problems.
  • Alec Baldwin: But Oliver said nothing. He just grew unhappier and he was rough with the freight cars.
  • Cars: You're no good, Oliver, you're dangerous. We want Percy.
  • Oliver: Percy's far too busy to be bothered with the likes of you.
  • Alec Baldwin: And Oliver bumped the freight cars hard.
  • (The freight cars fall into the turntable)
  • Workman: You silly engine!
  • Alec Baldwin: Shouted a workman.
  • Workman: It'll take a long time to repair this turntable which'll cause confusion and delay!
  • Alec Baldwin: That night, Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Oliver, you had caused confusion. I thought you can control freight cars. You should work the mail train for a while. Maybe the night air will clear your smokebox.
  • Oliver: Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Oliver sadly.
  • Driver: Cheer up, old chap.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: The mail train run is a fine run for an engine like you.
  • Alec Baldwin: Oliver smiled, but he still felt he had left everyone down. His driver took him along the coastal run with the mail train. The fresh air couldn't help but brighten Oliver's spirits. They made good speed until it was time to collect some important mail from Harold the Helicopter.
  • Oliver: Come on, Harold.
  • Alec Baldwin: At last Harold landed.
  • Harold: Sorry I'm late, great western. Had any uh bit of a problems with one of my arms. Kept letting me down when I was uh meant to be up. You know how it is.
  • Driver: We know that we'll be late for our first run.
  • Alec Baldwin: Replied Oliver's driver. Soon, they were on their way again. Ahead was a red signal light. Oliver didn't realized that the signalman had dozed off. Oliver whistled several times, but the signal stayed red.
  • Driver: There must be something wrong with that signal. We'll go slowly and stop by the signalbox.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver. But they never reached it. The points before the signalbox were switched to an old track. They were going the wrong way. Oliver's fireman was concerned.
  • Fireman: We need to find the water tower soon.
  • Alec Baldwin: Instead they saw an old station. Disaster lay ahead.
  • (Oliver crashes into a shed)
  • Alec Baldwin: Meanwhile, Sir Topham Hatt was worried.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Oliver has not returned. We'll send out a search party.
  • Alec Baldwin: Soon he was high in the sky with Harold.
  • (Harold looks for Oliver)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: There they are.
  • (Oliver is spotted and Harold lands)
  • Driver: It wasn't Oliver's fault.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sighed the driver.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm aware of that. I'm just glad to see you were all safe.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then he saw something. It was an empty old house beside the station. He went to inspect it.
  • (Sir Topham Hatt checks the old house)
  • Alec Baldwin: When he returned, he spoke to Oliver.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You have found another attraction for our island. We'll make this house as good as new and visitors can have tea and crumpets there.
  • Oliver: Hmm.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sighed Oliver.
  • Oliver: Getting lost can be interesting but being found can be much nicer. Especially what an engine feels really useful.

Nameplates after Oliver's Find

  • Duke
  • Peter Sam
  • Sir Handel
  • Rheneas
  • Skarloey
  • Rusty
  • Stepney

Busy Going Backwards

  • Alec Baldwin: Toad the break van was feeling sad. Everywhere he look, he could see engines and coaches moving steadily forwards. They all look confident and cheerful. One day, he decided to talk to Oliver the Great Western Engine.
  • Toad: I'm always going backwards, Mr. Oliver. I have forward thinking views. I could be a leader if you know what I mean.
  • Gordon: You can't be a leader without a train to follow you. You don't have a train.
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon said. Toad felt sadder still. Oliver wanted to help,
  • Oliver: You're a really useful break van, Toad. You help me break and you keep my freight cars in order when we go down hills.
  • Toad: I know, Mr. Oliver, but it'll be so exciting to go forwards for a change instead of always things sliding away from me.
  • Alec Baldwin: The freight cars were cross with Toad.
  • Car 1: Who he to started complaining?
  • Car 2: He's lucky to be look after us.
  • Car 3: Let's teach him a lesson.
  • Alec Baldwin: The freight cars were simply carried up their plan when they reach Gordon's Hill. When they were nearly at the top, they play their tricks.
  • Cars: Ready, steady, go!
  • Alec Baldwin: And they jerked and a coupling which broke.
  • Cars: We're making your wish come true, Toad! Follow the leader!
  • Alec Baldwin: Yelled the freight cars. Toad was still in a state of shock so he didn't know what to think. And he couldn't ask the conductor, he had jumped clear.
  • Cars: Faster, faster, as fast as you want!
  • Alec Baldwin: Screamed the freight cars. Suddenly, Toad found it fun but the fun was soon over. A crossing lay ahead and the gates were closed, Toad couldn't stop. Worst still, Toad now realize he was on the wrong track. There ahead was Gordon! The signalman change the points just in time.
  • Cars: On, on, faster!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried the freight cars. Suddenly, he saw James pulling a long slow train.
  • Toad: Oh, my goodness! Help, save me!
  • Alec Baldwin: A quick thinking shunter did just in time.
  • James: What was that?!
  • Alec Baldwin: Explained James. The signalman warned the stationmaster at the next station.
  • Signalman: There's a runaway coming!
  • Stationmaster: We'll send them into the sidings.
  • Toad: Help, help!
  • Alec Baldwin: Called Toad again. Toad saw some buffers.
  • Toad: Those were stop me.
  • Alec Baldwin: But the points in the buffers weren't safe.
  • Toad: Oh, no! I'm back on the main line!
  • Alec Baldwin: Meanwhile Oliver was racing to the rescue.
  • Oliver: I must catch Toad. I must.
  • Alec Baldwin: Toad sped past Henry. More danger lay ahead. Men were working on the bridge, but they had been warned about the runaway Toad and his freight cars. They diverted him onto old sidings, straight into a muddy pool.
  • (Toad falls into a muddy pool)
  • Toad: Stopped at last.
  • Alec Baldwin: Oliver arrived and when he saw Toad, he can only smile.
  • Oliver: A pond is the only place for a Toad I suppose.
  • Alec Baldwin: That night, Toad spoke to Oliver.
  • Toad: I'm sorry, Mr. Oliver, if I cause to any embarrassment.
  • Oliver: That's all right, Toad. So what do you think of going forwards?
  • Toad: It was fun.
  • Alec Baldwin: Decided Toad.
  • Toad: But from now on, I'd be happy to looking forward to the future, busy going backwards so to speak.

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