Episode 47: End of the Rails!
Duck sees Boco, Mavis and Dennis derailed at the quarry just for being friends with steam engines. The diesels (Diesel, Iron Arry and Bert, Diesel 10, 261, 199 and Old Stuck-Up) and Alfred plan to take over the North Western Railway, but will they succeed?
- Alice and Mirabel (do not speak)
- Rocky (cameo)
- Arry & Bert
- Diesel 10
- Old Stuck Up
- Ned Flanders
- Donald & Douglas
- Stanley (does not speak)
- Wilbert (mentioned)
- Sir Topham Hatt
Duck the Great Western Engine has worked on his Branch Line for many years, and knows it very well. He has two coaches Alice and Mirabel. Alice can only take passengers, but Mirabel can take passengers, baggage and the conductor. It was a lovely day, and not even Diesel 10 could ruin it for Duck.
Duck arrived at the quarry to see his friend Mavis. To his surprise, he saw Mavis, Boco and Dennis derailed. "What happened to you?" asked Duck in surprise.
"It was those diesels Arry and Bert," said Mavis.
"They derailed us just because we're friends with steam engines," added Dennis.
"I'm sorry to hear that," said Duck kindly, "I'll go and get help!"
Duck soon returned with Bear the Class 35 diesel engine and Rocky the crane. The three diesels were soon back to work.
"Thank you, Duck!" called Boco.
Duck, Bear and Rocky returned to the yards. They saw Arry and Bert.
"What do you want?" growled Arry, the diesel who was clean shaven.
"I want to know why you derailed Mavis, Boco and Dennis," demanded Duck, "That was so mean what you did!"
"Who asked for your opinion?!" Bert sneered.
Duck and Bear were shocked, and Arry and Bert left.
"Those two are trouble," said Bear.
Later, Duck was at Norramby Beach Station, talking to Daisy and Thomas about Arry and Bert. Diesel rolled by with 261, 199, Old Stuck Up, Diesel 10 and Alfred! The three engines gasped.
"Bust my buffers!" cried Daisy, "What are those other diesels doing to Alfred?"
"He must have something with them, I reckon," suggested Thomas.
"What do you think is going to happen to us?" asked Duck, worriedly.
Thomas - being a really useful engine - thought of ideas and explained to Duck and Daisy.
"So you see," he said, "it won't be long until they get their comeuppance."
"It's true," said Daisy, "but they might be scrapping some of steamies!"
"Some diesels like you are nice," insisted Duck, "say Dennis and Mavis, for instance."
Meanwhile, Henry was at Knapford Station when Alfred pulled in.
"Oh, no!" cried Henry.
"Hello, old Henry," said Alfred cockily, "it's been years, and we will now finish what we started!"
Henry gasped in horror and ran off as fast as he could, leaving behind his coaches. For the next few weeks, the bad diesels and Alfred caused trouble for the engines.
Henry was repeatedly hiding from Alfred so he wouldn't hurt him.
Arry and Bert trapped Donald and Douglas in the sheds, to their annoyance.
"Let us out!" demanded Douglas.
"Or you'll be sorry for messing with Scotland!" added Donald.
Arry and Bert didn't care. 261 blocked Gordon's express.
"Let me pass!" demanded Gordon, "The Wild Nor'Wester can't be late!"
"Too bad, steamie," taunted 261, "This is what you get for laughing at me for breaking down!"
Gordon growled in fury. When he arrived at Wellsworth, he was 30 minutes late, and was confined to goods trains for a week, much to his annoyance.
Old Stuck-Up and Diesel harassed Emily and Molly to no end.
"I can't stand them!" growled Molly one day, "Diesels are nothing but trouble!!"
"Some are nice," said Emily. Molly just scoffed. All the time, the bad diesels were making Diesel 10 happy.
One day, Alfred was pulling an express train down along the line!
"I'll prove that I am the real number three on Sodor!" Alfred boasted.
Suddenly, it happened. There was some buffers, that leaded down a hill. Alfred hit the buffers and rolled down the hill, leaving his coaches behind.
"Oh no!" wailed the driver.
"We're off the rails!" yelled Alfred.
Alfred rolled down the hill faster and faster, but saw that worse was to come. Just ahead was a grassy cliff which tractors drive by. It was really high, and had a fence. Alfred hit the fence and fell over the edge!
Alfred and his crew: Aaaaahhh!
He landed with a hugh crash into the bushes and jumped line outside the line! When the crash died away, Alfred was a terrible state! His boiler was a wreck, with a large hole in it, and out of line with the rest of his body. His cab was crushed up, all six drive wheels had come off, and taken the axles with them. His funnel had been snapped in two. His tender was badly damaged. He lay on his side and made no sound. But the worst thing was that his face had disappeared from his smoke box. Duck came by and saw the mess.
"Oh, my," chuckled Duck, "what a mess!"
He puffed to Alfred's remains. Alfred's driver and fireman were in the crushed cab, both still alive.
"Are you all right?" asked Duck.
"Yeah, we are all right," groaned Alfred's driver, "but we drove our ungrateful engine recklessly off the tracks"
"What happened to him?" asked Duck.
"Well he was going to fast on a grassy hill and soon crashed off the grassy cliff and landed over there!" groaned Alfred's fireman, "Luckly, we're still alive, except for our engine. He died."
"Don't worry," called Duck, "my driver, Ned Flanders will call for help. Ned, go and get Toby to take Alfred's crew to a hospital".
"Yes, Duck," said Ned.
He called for help and Toby arrived with Henrietta, Elsie and Victoria to take Alfred's crew to a hospital, to make sure they weren't badly injured. Meanwhile, 199 was to take an express goods train to the other railway.
"His brakes don't look fine to me," said BJ.
"He's sure to have an accident!" remarked James.
"Mind your own business!" growled 199, and he scuttled away. Up ahead, Diesel was rolling along the track for no reason.
"Excellent!" said Diesel, "We'll be better than steam any day!"
"When Sir Topham Hatt sees how good we are," said 199, "he'll get rid of steamies once and for all!"
The two saw each other on the same track and yelled.
Because the two diesels were not concentrating on their work, they had ended up in a big mess. Gordon and Bear arrived at the scene of the mess. Gordon took 199 and Diesel to the yards, and Bear took 199's goods train to the other railway and hurried to make up for lost time.
Meanwhile, Old Stuck-Up approached Gordon's Hill, he saw Stanley whistling for a back engine. "Ha ha," he sneered. "I'll show this stinky silver steamie how we do things." And he tooted up the hill as fast as he could. At last, he reached the top. "That showed him," Old Stuck-Up thought, and raced down the other side.
Suddenly, Old Stuck-Up saw Arry and Bert in front of him with a goods train. "Great blocks of buffers, I can't stop!!!" said Old Stuck-Up, and tried to apply his brakes, but he was going too fast. Coal and stone flew everywhere.
Arry and Bert were derailed and were on their side, Old Stuck-Up was dented. Unluckily for them, Donald and Douglas had seen the incident.
"Ho ho!" chuckled Donald.
"This will teach ye to mess wit Scotland!" laughed Douglas. Later the twins helped the three diesels to the yards were 199 and Diesel were.
Lastly, 261 was at Tidmouth Sheds, full of self-importance.
"I'll show them how fast I go now," he boasted. He started too quickly. The rails he was on were oily. Earlier, a leaky oil car from Wilbert's train made the rails slippy, and he couldn't stop! 261 shut his eyes, and he crashed through the shed, making a hole!
261 wasn't badly damaged, but a dreadful draft came through the hole in the wall. 261 was sent to the same yards where Diesel, Arry, Bert, Old Stuck-Up and 199 were, and all six got a severe talking to from Sir Topham Hatt.
The next day, the six bad diesels were sent away, never to return to Sodor. Duck was talking to Thomas about it.
"You see," said Thomas, "I told you they'd get their comeuppance. No good comes from Diesel, Arry, Bert, Old Stuck-Up, 199 and 261. They're the worst diesels with Diesel 10 to have worked on Sodor."
"Too true, my friend," agreed Duck. Even Daisy admits that diesels aren't that bad. When Diesel 10 was found out... he wasn't very pleased with his punishment.
"Curses!" growled Diesel 10, and he was in a pile of scrap. His paint was rusty, his claw was almost completely broken, not to work again.
"I'll get you, steamies!" Diesel 10 growled at Duck and Emily, "then you'll wipe that silly smile off your smoke boxes!"
"Yeah, right!" said Emily cheekily, "Sez you, evil chocolate bar!"
"Not useful anymore, are we?" agreed Duck.
"Grrraaahhh!" growled Diesel 10.
Life was soon back to normal on Sodor. The engines work hard to make sure that Diesel, Arry, Bert, Diesel 10, 261, Old Stuck-Up and 199 never return.
As for Alfred, he had to be sent to the scrapyard to get scrapped, never to be seen or heard again..