Wilbert the Really Useful Engine is SuperMalechi's Episode 14 of Thomas and Friends The Trackmaster Series.


Wilbert returns to Sodor after many years, and works hard on Thomas' branchline. James, Diesel and Daisy doubt his ability, but when they have a mishap each, will they regret making fun of Wilbert?

Featured Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Molly
  • Wilbert
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Percy (does not speak)
  • Mavis (does not speak)
  • Annie and Clarabel (non-speaking roles)
  • Spencer (mentioned)


Part One

Narrator: Thomas' branchline is the most famous part of Sodor. It consists of Percy, Toby, Daisy, Mavis, Emily, Molly, and Thomas himself. Recently, trucks were overloading in the sidings. Molly and Percy worked hard, but the work was too much. Sir Topham Hatt came to see them.

Sir Topham Hatt: I know you work hard, but you do need another engine to help.

Narrator: Percy and Molly agreed with him. Later in his office, Sir Topham Hatt was looking through photographs of his engines. He gasped when he looked at something. A picture shown a blue saddle-tank engine with black wheels, and the nameplate reading "Wilbert" on his boiler.

Sir Topham Hatt: How can I have forgotten this engine?

Narrator: Next day, he spoke to his engines at Tidmouth Sheds.

Sir Topham Hatt: Years ago, we built a six-wheel saddle-side tank engine, in 1932. I want all of you to make him feel welcome. {to James} I mean you too, James.

James: {grumpily} Yes, sir...

Narrator: In the distance, a whistle blew. The tank engine puffed into the sheds. He looked very smart.

Sir Topham Hatt: This is Wilbert. He is to help out on Thomas' branch line with the goods work.

Wilbert: Hello, everybody.

Thomas: Hello, old friend. It's been years.

Emily: You know of this engine?

Thomas: Of course, I do. We're old friends.

Sir Topham Hatt: Thomas, show Wilbert around Sodor today.

Narrator: Thomas showed Wilbert Sodor while Stanley was away. You see, in 1947, Wilbert was withdrawn from service because he was breaking down, so he was concealed from the world to avoid scrap. They returned to Ffarqhuar, where Sir Topham Hatt was waiting. Thomas, Percy, Toby and Emily were impressed.

Toby: That's a good attitude to have from Wilbert. I reckon he'll do fine here.

Sir Topham Hatt: Wilbert, you are a versatile sort of engine. You're strong like a main line engine, but you can work on the branchlines as well. If you pass your trial, you'll primarily be hauling goods from Ffarqhuar as well as the main line. Can I count on you to work hard?

Wilbert: Yes, sir!

Sir Topham Hatt: Excellent. Thomas and Toby will show you all you need to know.

Narrator: Wilbert was as good as his word. He had a spectacular work ethic and never failed to finish a job on time. Thomas, Percy, Molly, Emily and Toby were quite impressed, but Daisy wasn't.

Daisy: He's nothing but a show-off! He rolls around like he's more important than us all, yet he's nothing but a mere goods engine. He's got nothing to be so proud of.

Molly: He's just eager to impress Sir Topham Hatt, Daisy. He knows it.

Thomas: He only wants to pass his trial.

Daisy: He's conceited and silly!

Thomas: You're the one who's always going about like you're better than us!

Daisy: I'm not stupid like Emily!

Emily: Who's Emily?

Molly: She was talking about you, idiot.

Emily: Oh, right, Marie.

Molly: Molly.

Narrator: Daisy didn't care though, she just snorted and went on her way. She later met James and Diesel at Elsbridge.

Daisy: That blue tank engine thinks he's better than all of us.

James: I remember him. He believed he was better than me.

Diesel: He's better than me too.

{Wilbert puffs up pulling a goods train.}

Wilbert: Hello, you two.

James: Humph.

Wilbert: What's wrong, James?

Daisy: You're thinking you're the best engine on Sodor.

Wilbert: What do you mean?

James: Stop showing off, or you'll be payed back!!

Diesel: Yeah!

Narrator: This made Wilbert very upset. He wanted to be really useful like James, Diesel and Daisy..

Sing-a-Long Segment

{Cut to Thomas and Emily on a stage.}

Thomas: Well, folks, here comes the part of the series that I like best: the sing along! That's when all of you viewers join in and sing the lyrics of the next song along with us. Where'd that prop man go to? Yoo-hoo! Oh, prop man!

Emily: At your service!

Thomas: {puzzled} You're the prop girl?

Emily: Yeah! I heard he's on vacation, I'm filling in for him!

Thomas: Oh. Now this next sing along tune has a lot of punch in it! So I would like you to decorate this stage, with something that really fits the mood!

Emily: Are you ready?

Thomas: And a-one, and a-two, and a- Oh, that Emily!

The Beatles: Asked a girl what she wanted to be She said baby, can't you see I wanna be famous, a star of the screen But you can do something in between

Baby you can drive my car Yes I'm gonna be a star Baby you can drive my car And maybe I'll love you

I told that girl that my prospects were good she said baby, it's understood Working for peanuts is all very fine But I can show you a better time

Baby you can drive my car Yes I'm gonna be a star Baby you can drive my car Yes I'm gonna be a star Baby you can drive my car And maybe I'll love you

I told that girl I can start right away When she said listen babe I got something to say I got no car and it's breaking my heart But I've found a driver and that's a start

Baby you can drive my car Yes I'm gonna be a star Baby you can drive my car And maybe I'll love you

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah Beep beep'm beep beep yeah Beep beep'm beep beep yeah Beep beep'm beep beep yeah

Thomas: Well, now, that was pretty darn good I must say! Of course, I expect you'll do even better on this next song that's coming up. Particularly you children out there! So let me hear it this time, eh?

Emily: Thomas, I got to know what kind of song this next sing along's gonna be so I can set the stage prop.

Thomas: Well, I guess you might call it a romantic ballad.

Emily: Ballot, eh? Well, I just got the thing! {exits}

Thomas: This time, I want you kids out there to really sing out-

Emily: All right, Thomas! Here it is! {brings a voting ballot}

Thomas: A voting booth?!

Emily: That's right, Toms. You said a ballot!

Thomas: Not ballot, you clod! Ballad!

Emily: Ah, that's quite another thing all together! {dresses up as a ballet dancer}

Thomas: Now, what on earth is that for?

Emily: Ballet! I'm a ballet dancer! {giggles}

Thomas: Ohh, {sighs} let's have a go at it, folks.

The Beatles: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You think you lost your love, Well, I saw her yesterday. It's you she's thinking of And she told me what to say.

She says she loves you And you know that can't be bad. Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad.

She said you hurt her so She almost lost her mind. But now she said she knows You're not the hurting kind.

She says she loves you And you know that can't be bad. Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad. Ooh!

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah And with a love like that You know you should be glad.

You know it's up to you, I think it's only fair, Pride can hurt you, too, Apologize to her

Because she loves you And you know that can't be bad. Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad. Ooh!

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah With a love like that You know you should be Glad!

With a love like that You know you should be Glad!

Part Two

Narrator: Later that afternoon, Wilbert was still upset about what James, Diesel and Daisy had said about him.

Duck: Don't mind James, or Diesel, or Daisy, Wilbert. They're in one of their moods lately.

Wilbert: {sobbing} Maybe I'm not fit to work on this railway at all.

Duck: Don't take it too seriously. Ever since Gordon and Spencer set their speed records, James has gained and attitude and thinks he's better than all of us.

Narrator: Meanwhile, there was trouble. Daisy was making her afternoon passenger run to the junction where the mainline stopping train would be waiting. It was a very special train. An organization of railway enthusiasts were taking photographs that were going to be put into a railway magazine. Daisy was eager to make herself look good. She climbed the hill near Elsbridge with relative ease, but halfway up, something went wrong.

Daisy: Kessie! I-I don't feel right! I think I may b-be o-overheating!

Kesse: Oh, bother it all!

Narrator: She applied the brakes and turned the engine off, but it was too late. Black smoke bellowed from under Daisy, and she completely broke down.

Daisy: Ohhh! I'm ever so hot!

Kesse: Well, there's nothing I can do. We'll call for help.

Narrator: Wilbert was miserably shunting at the quarry with Mavis. But his heart wasn't in it. The manager came to see him.

Manager: Daisy's stalled further up the line with the enthusiasts' special, we need you to go bring her to the junction!

Narrator: Wilbert smiled a little, and he set off to find Daisy. When Wilbert arrived, Daisy was still fuming crossly. Stanley being her only means of getting to the junction didn't improved her mood.

Wilbert: {teasing} Had a breakdown, have we?

Daisy: {sarcastically} Ha ha.

Wilbert: We all have bad days now and then. C'mon now, there's no reason to sit around like this!

Narrator: Wilbert pushed from behind, while Daisy stayed in front, grumbling furiously. When they arrived at the junction, James was waiting with the enthusiasts' special coach. He had a great laugh when he saw Daisy being pushed by Wilbert.

James: Well, Daisy, you've already proved what Sodor's diesels are worth. Now let me show you the power of steam!

Narrator: James closed his eyes snobbishly, sticking his nose in the air, but he realized he wasn't moving as he'd intended. After a few seconds of silence, he spoke.

James: Well? Am I going to move or not?

BJ: The regulator's jammed. Aw, yi-yi-yi! We aren't going anywhere at this rate!

Narrator: BJ, Rabbit, foreman, stationmaster, and even one of the passengers tried to fix James' regulator, but the only succeeded in breaking it off!

James: {yells in pain}

BJ: A rusty gear's behind this, I'll wager. No matter, though, there's another engine over there being that railcar, he can take us to Knapford, I suppose.

Wibert: I'll do it.

Narrator: And Wilbert pulled the coach along the line. He made it just in time.

Wilbert: I've done it.

Narrator: And Diesel was taking a frieght train up to Maron Station. As he was pulling through Henry's tunnel, something went wrong again.

Diesel: M-Mr. Burns! I don't fell right! I'm going to overheat!

Mr. Burns: Oh, bother at all!

Narrator: He applided his brakes, but it was too late, black smoke bellowed from under Diesel and he broke down completely.

Diesel: Oh bother! I'm stuck!

Narrator: Mr. Burns called Sir Topham Hatt for another engine to help.

Wilbert: I'll try my very best, sir!

Narrator: Wilbert shunted James, Diesel and Daisy into a siding and buffered up to the frieght cars. When everything was in order, he set off quickly to make up for lost time. James, Diesel and Daisy exchanged looks, half in embarrassment, half in disgust. When Wilbert arrived at Maron, he was surprised to be greeted by Sir Topham Hatt. He looked very pleased.

Sir Topham Hatt: Well done, Wilbert! "For you actions today, I have decided to allow you to stay; you have passed your trials!

Wilbert: {overjoyed} Yes, sir, thank you, sir!

Sir Topham Hatt: You will begin your proper schedule next week after your timetables are properly arranged. In the meantime, I have booked you to have a new coat of blue paint of white with red stripes at the works.

Narrator: Wilbert could barely contain his happiness! Meanwhile, Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to James, Diesel and Daisy.

Sir Topham Hatt: You three had really done it this time! I am not pleased with your attitude towards Wilbert!

James: We were actually trying to show him that we're better than him.

Sir Topham Hatt: SILENCE!! He's a really useful engine! And you know it! For punishment, James and Diesel do shunting in the yards for the next two months!


Sir Topham Hatt: Yes! Two months! And, Daisy, you'll be staying in your shed for the same time, two months!

Daisy: No! Not two months, everyone will laugh at me!

Sir Topham Hatt Yes, Daisy! Two months! This is what this teaches you a lesson for not being nice to Wilbert!!

Narrator: Wilbert had now begun his regular service on the railway. He mainly hauls goods trains on Thomas' branchline, but takes Annie and Clarabel when Thomas is away to help another engine, but he is allowed to help with main line trains from time to time. No one ever has a bad thing to say about him, except James, Diesel and Daisy, who next time will see him, they hopefully will have learned not to be so mean.


  • First apperence of Wilbert.

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