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Thomas and His Friends' Thrilling Adventures (US VHS/DVD)/Script is Pikachufreak's idea.

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  • Here is the full script to Thomas and His Friends' Thrilling Adventures, which is made on July 23, 2002. Stories in order: Foolish Freight Cars, Tenders and Turntables, Saved From Scrap, Daisy, Donald's Duck, Bulgy, Gallant Old Engine, Special Attraction, A Better View For Gordon, and A Big Surprise For Percy.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald
  • Oliver
  • Daisy
  • Bertie
  • Trevor
  • Bulgy
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Peter Sam
  • Duncan
  • Bulstrode
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)

Script

Foolish Freight Cars

  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • George Carlin: James had not been out to push coaches or freight cars in the yard for several days. He was feeling miserable.
  • James: Oh dear. I wonder how long I shall have to stay in the shed would anyone else see my coat again? Why did I go so fast that I made a hole in one of my coaches that had to be mended with of all things a passenger's bootlace.
  • George Carlin: At last Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I know you are sorry, James, and I know too that you want to be a useful engine. People are laughing at my railway and I do not like that at all.
  • James: I will try hard to do my best.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That's a good engine. There's nothing like determination. I want you to pull some freight cars for me.
  • George Carlin: James was delighted and puffed away.
  • Thomas: Here's your freight train, James.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Have you got some bootlaces ready?
  • George Carlin: And he ran off laughing.
  • Cars: Oh, no!
  • George Carlin: Said the freight cars.
  • Cars: We want a proper engine, not a red monster.
  • George Carlin: James took no notice and started as soon as the conductor was ready.
  • James: Come along, come along.
  • George Carlin: He puffed.
  • Cars: We won't, we won't.
  • George Carlin: Screamed the cars. But James didn't care and he pulled the screeching cars sternly out of the station. The cars tried hard to make him give up but he still kept on. Sometimes their brakes will slip on and sometimes their axles will run hot and each time the trouble had to be put right and each time James will start again, determined not to let them beat him.
  • Cars: Give up, give up! You can't pull us! You can't, you can't!
  • George Carlin: Called the cars.
  • James: I can and I will! I can and I will!
  • George Carlin: Puffed James and slowly but surely, he pulled them along the line. At last they saw Gordon's Hill.
  • Driver: Look out for trouble, James.
  • George Carlin: Warned his driver.
  • Driver: We'll go fast and get them up before they know it. Don't let them stop you.
  • George Carlin: So James went faster and soon they were halfway up.
  • James: I'm doing it, I'm doing it.
  • George Carlin: He panted.
  • James: Will the top never come?
  • George Carlin: Then with a sudden jerk, it all came easier.
  • James: I've done it, I've done it. Hooray! It's easy now.
  • George Carlin: But his driver shut off steam.
  • Driver: They've done it again. We've left our tail behind. Look.
  • George Carlin: The last cars were running backwards down the hill. A coupling had snapped. But the conductor stopped the cars and got out to warn approaching engines.
  • James: That's why it was easy.
  • George Carlin: Said James as he backed the cars carefully down.
  • James: What silly things freight cars are. They're might have been an accident.
  • Edward: Shall I help you, James?
  • George Carlin: Called Edward.
  • James: No thank you. I'll pull them myself.
  • Edward: Good, don't let them beat you. You're doing well!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Edward as James slowly struggled up the hill.
  • James: I can do it, I can do it.
  • George Carlin: He puffed. He pulled and puffed as hard as he could.
  • James: I've done it, I've done it!
  • George Carlin: He panted. James was resting in the yard when Edward pulled up.
  • Edward: Peep peep!
  • George Carlin: He whistled. Then, James saw Sir Topham Hatt.
  • James: Oh dear, what will he say?
  • George Carlin: He asked himself. But Sir Topham Hatt was smiling.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I was in Edward's train and I saw everything. You made the most troublesome train on the line behaved. After that performance, you deserved to keep your red coat.

Tenders and Turntables

  • George Carlin: Henry and Gordon were lonely when Thomas left the yard to run his branch line. They missed him very much. They had more work to do and had to fetch some more coaches. The big engines thought they were too important to fetch coaches. James grumbled too.
  • Henry: We get no rest, we get no rest!
  • George Carlin: They all complained. But the coaches only laughed.
  • Coaches: You're lazy and slack, you're lazy and slack!
  • George Carlin: They answered. All together, the engines were causing Sir Topham Hatt a great deal of trouble. The big stations both ends on the line each have a turntable. Sir Topham Hatt had made them so that the tender engines can be turned round because it is dangerous for them to go fast and backwards. Little tank engines like Thomas don't need turntables. They can go just as well backwards as forwards. But to hear Gordon talk, he would've thought that Sir Topham Hatt had given him a tender just to show how important he was.
  • Gordon: You don't understand, little Thomas. We Tender Engines have a position to keep up. It doesn't matter where you go, but we are important, and for Sir Topham Hatt to make us shunt freight cars, fetch coaches and go on some of those dirty sidings it's, it's, well, it's not the proper thing.
  • George Carlin: Thomas chuckled and went off with Annie and Clarabel.
  • Gordon: Disgraceful!
  • George Carlin: Gordon hissed as he ran backwards to the turntable. The turntable was in the windy place close to the sea, and he was not on it just right, he put amount of balance and made a difficult to turn. Today, Gordon was in the bad temper, and the wind was blowing fiercely. His driver tried to make him stop in the right place but Gordon wasn't trying. The fireman tried to turn the handle, but Gordon's weight and the strong wind prevented him.
  • Driver: It's no good.
  • George Carlin: They said at last.
  • Driver: Your big tender upsets the balance. If you're a little tank engine, you be all right. Now you have to pull the next train backwards.
  • Boys: Look!
  • George Carlin: Called some boys.
  • Boys: There's a new tank engine! Oh, it's only Gordon, back to front.
  • Thomas: Hello!
  • George Carlin: Called Thomas.
  • Thomas: Playing tank engines? Sensible engine. Take my advice, scrap your tender and have a nice bunker.
  • George Carlin: Gordon said nothing. Even James laughed when he saw him.
  • Gordon: Take care.
  • George Carlin: Hissed Gordon.
  • Gordon: You might stick too.
  • James: No fear.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled James.
  • James: I'm not so fat as you. I mustn't stick.
  • George Carlin: Thought James. He stopped on just the right place to balance the table. It could now swing easily. Gordon arrived and time to see everything. James turned much too easily. The wind puffed him round like a top. He couldn't stop!
  • (James spins faster and faster until he slows down, and as the turntable stops, he is all green and dizzy)
  • Gordon: Well, well!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Are you playing roundabouts?
  • George Carlin: Poor James feeling quite giddy rolled off to the shed without a word. That night, the three engines had an indignation meeting.
  • Gordon: It's shameful to treat tender engines like this. Gordon has to go backwards and people think he's a tank engine, James spins like a top and everyone laughs at us. And added to that, Sir Topham Hatt makes us all shunt in dirty sidings. Ugh! Listen.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon. He whispered something to the others.
  • Gordon: We'll do it tomorrow. Sir Topham Hatt will look silly.
  • George Carlin: The engines had decided to go on strike.

Saved From Scrap

  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt works his engines hard, but they are very proud when he calls them really useful.
  • Edward: I'm going to the scrapyard today.
  • George Carlin: Edward called to Thomas.
  • Thomas: What? Already? You're not that old.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas cheekily. Thomas was only teased him. The scrapyard was full of rusty old cars and machinery. They are broken into pieces, loaded into cars and Edward pulls them to the steelworks where they are melted down and used again. Today, there was a surprise waiting for Edward in the yard. It was a traction engine.
  • Edward: Hello.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Edward: You're not broken and rusty. What are you doing here?
  • Trevor: I'm Trevor. They're going to break me up next week.
  • Edward: What a shame.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Trevor: My driver says I only need some paint, polish and oil to be as good as new, but my owner says I'm old fashioned.
  • George Carlin: Edward snorted.
  • Edward: People say I'm old fashioned, but I don't care. Sir Topham Hatt says I'm a useful engine. What work did you do?
  • Trevor: My owner will send us from farm to farm. We threshed corn, hauled logs and did lots of other work. The children loved to see us.
  • George Carlin: Trevor shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Trevor: Oh, yes. I like children.
  • George Carlin: Edward set off for the station.
  • Edward: Broken up, what a shame. Broken up, what a shame. I must help Trevor, I must.
  • George Carlin: He thought of all his friends who liked engines. But strangely none of them would have room for a traction engine at home.
  • Edward: It's a shame, it's a shame.
  • George Carlin: He hissed. Then...
  • Edward: Peep! Peep! Why didn't I think of him before.
  • George Carlin: There on the platform was the very person.
  • Vicar: Hello, Edward. You look upset. What's the matter, Charlie?
  • George Carlin: He asked the driver.
  • Driver: There's a traction engine in the scrapyard, Vicar. He'll be broken up next week. Jem Cole says he never drove a better engine.
  • Edward: Do save him, sir. He saws wood and gives children rides.
  • Vicar: We'll see.
  • George Carlin: Replied the Vicar. Jem Cole came on Saturday.
  • Jem Cole: The reverend's comin to see you, Trevor. Maybe he'll buy you.
  • Trevor: Do you think he will?
  • George Carlin: Asked Trevor.
  • Jem Cole: He will when I lit your fire and clean you up.
  • George Carlin: The Vicar and his two boys arrived that evening. Trevor hadn't felt so happy for months. He chuffered about the yard.
  • Vicar: Show your paces, Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Said the Vicar. Later he came out of the office, smiling.
  • Vicar: I've got him cheap, Jem, cheap.
  • Jem Cole: Did ye hear that Trevor?
  • George Carlin: Cried Jem.
  • Jem Cole: The reverend's saved you and you'll live at the vicarage now.
  • Trevor: Peep! Peep!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Trevor. Now Trevor's home was in the Vicarage Orchard, and he sees Edward every day. His paint is spotless and his brass shines like gold. Trevor likes his work but his happiest day is the church fair. With a wooden seat bolted to his bunker, he chuffers round the orchard giving rides to children. Long afterwards, you will see him shut his eyes, remembering.
  • Trevor: I like children.
  • George Carlin: He whispers happily.

Daisy

  • George Carlin: Percy and Toby were worried. Thomas' recent accident had caused a great deal of trouble, and Sir Topham Hatt was waiting with them with important news.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Here is Daisy the Diesel Rail-car, who has come to help while Thomas is...indisposed.
  • Percy: Please, sir, will she go when Thomas comes back, sir?
  • Sir Topham Hatt: That depends.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Meanwhile, however long she stays, I hope you will both make her welcome and comfortable.
  • Toby: Yes, sir, we'll try, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said the engines.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Good. Run along now and show her the shed. She will want a rest after her journey.
  • George Carlin: Daisy was not easy to pleased. She shuddered at the engine shed.
  • Daisy: This is dreadfully smelly. I'm highly sprung, and anything smelly is bad for my swerves.
  • George Carlin: Next, they tried the carriage shed.
  • Daisy: This is better.
  • George Carlin: Said Daisy.
  • Daisy: But whatever is that rubbish?
  • George Carlin: The rubbish turned out to be Annie, Clarabel and Henrietta who were most offended.
  • Annie: We won't stay here to be insulted.
  • George Carlin: They fumed. Percy and Toby had to take them away and spend half the night soothing their hurt feelings.
  • (Percy and Toby take Annie, Clarabel and Henrietta away)
  • George Carlin: The engines woke next morning feeling exhausted. Daisy, on the other hand, felt bright and cheerful.
  • Daisy: Oooh! Oooh!
  • George Carlin: She tooted, as she came out of the yard and back to the station.
  • Daisy: Look at me.
  • George Carlin: She purred to the passengers.
  • Daisy: I'm the latest diesel, highly sprung and right up to date. You won't want Thomas' bumpy old Annie and Clarabel now.
  • George Carlin: The passengers waited for Daisy to start, but she didn't. She saw that the milk van was about to be coupled to her and was most indignant.
  • Daisy: Do they except me to pull that?
  • Daisy's Driver: Surely.
  • George Carlin: Said her driver.
  • Daisy's Driver: You can pull one van.
  • Daisy: I won't.
  • George Carlin: Said Daisy.
  • Daisy: Percy can do it. He loves messing about with freight cars.
  • George Carlin: She began to shudder violently.
  • Daisy's Driver: Nonsense.
  • George Carlin: Said her driver.
  • Daisy's Driver: Come on now, back down.
  • George Carlin: Daisy lurched backwards. She was so cross that she blew a fuse.
  • Daisy: Told you.
  • George Carlin: She said and stopped. Everyone argued with her but it was no use.
  • Daisy: It's fitter's orders.
  • George Carlin: She said.
  • Passengers: What is?
  • Daisy: My fitter's a very nice man. He comes every week and exams me carefully. Daisy, he says, never never pull. You're highly sprung and pulling is bad for your swerves. So that's how it is.
  • George Carlin: Finished Daisy.
  • Stationmaster: Stuff and nonsense.
  • George Carlin: Said the stationmaster.
  • Shunter: I can't understand.
  • George Carlin: Said the shunter.
  • Shunter: Whatever made Sir Topham Hatt send us such a feeble...
  • Daisy: Feeble? Feeble?!
  • George Carlin: Spluttered Daisy.
  • Daisy: Let me...
  • Passengers: Stop arguing!
  • George Carlin: Grumbled the passengers.
  • Passengers: We're late already.
  • George Carlin: So they uncoupled the van, and Daisy purred away feeling very pleased with herself. She can now enjoyed her journey.
  • Daisy: That's a good story.
  • George Carlin: She chuckled.
  • Daisy: I'll do just what work I choose, and no more.
  • George Carlin: But she said it to herself.

Donald's Duck

  • George Carlin: Duck the Great Western engine works hard in the yard at the big station. Sometimes, he pulled coaches. Sometimes he pushed freight cars. But whatever the work, Duck got the job done without fuss. One day, Duck was resting in the shed when Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Your work in the yard had been good. Would you like to have a branch line to your own.
  • Duck: Yes please, sir.
  • George Carlin: Replied Duck. So Duck took charge of his new branch line. The responsibility delighted him. The line runs along a coast by sandy beaches till it meets a port were big ships come in. Duck enjoyed exploring every curve and corner of the line. Sea breezes swirled his smoke high into the air and his green paint glistened in the sunlight.
  • Duck: This is just like being on holiday.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Driver: Well you know what they say.
  • George Carlin: Laughed his driver.
  • Driver: A change is as good as a rest.
  • George Carlin: Soon, Duck was busier than ever. Sir Topham Hatt was building a new station at the port. Duck pulled the heavy freight cars whenever they were needed. Bertie looked after Duck's passengers and the other engines helped too. But the work took a long time. Noise and dust filled the air.
  • Toby: Don't worry.
  • George Carlin: Whistled Toby.
  • Toby: The station is nearly finished.
  • Duck: And on time, too.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck thankfully. Duck felt his responsibility deeply and talked endlessly about it.
  • Duck: You don't understand, Donald, how much Sir Topham Hatt relies on me.
  • Donald: Och aye.
  • George Carlin: Muttered Donald sleepily.
  • Duck: I'm great western and I...
  • Donald: Quack, quack, quack.
  • Duck: What?
  • Donald: You heard. Quack, quack you go. Sounds like you'd an egg laid. Now wheesh and let an engine sleep.
  • Duck: Quack yourself!
  • George Carlin: Said Duck indignantly. Later, he spoke to his driver.
  • Duck: Donald says I quack, as if I laid an egg.
  • Fireman: Quack do you?
  • George Carlin: Pondered his fireman. He whispered something to Duck and his driver. They were going to play a joke on Donald and pay him back for teasing Duck. The engines were busy for the rest of the day and nothing more was said. Not even a quack. But when at last, Donald was asleep, Duck's driver and fireman popped something into his water tank. Next morning when Donald for water, he found that he had an unexpected passenger aboard. A small white duckling popped out of his water tank.
  • Donald: Na doot who's behind this.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Donald. The duckling was tame, she shared the fireman's sandwiches and rode in the tender. The other engines enjoyed teasing Donald about her. Presently, she grew tired of travelling and hopped off to the station and there she stayed. That night, Donald's driver and fireman got busy and in the morning when Duck's crew arrived to look him over they laughed and laughed.
  • Driver: Look, Duck. Look what's under your bunker. It's a nest box with an egg in it.
  • George Carlin: Donald opened a sleepy eye.
  • Donald: Well, well, well. You must've laid it in the night, Duck. All unbeknownst!
  • George Carlin: Then Duck laughed too.
  • Duck: You win, Donald. It'd take a clever engine to get the better of you.
  • George Carlin: There's a pond near the duckling station. Here she often swims and welcomes the trains as they passed by. The stationmaster calls her Dilly. But to everyone else, she is always Donald's Duck.

Bulgy

  • George Carlin: It was a special holiday on the Island of Sodor. Bertie the Bus was working harder than ever before. All the engines were busy too. Duck was waiting for his next journey. Near him stood a red bus. But he didn't look friendly like Bertie. The bus growled as he gazed at the happy passengers.
  • Bulgy: Stupid nonsense.
  • George Carlin: He grumbled.
  • Bulgy: I wouldn't have brought them if I've known. I did have a breakdown or something.
  • Duck: I'm glad you didn't.
  • George Carlin: Smiled Duck.
  • Duck: You had spoiled their fun.
  • Bulgy: Bah! Enjoyment is all you engines lived for. One day railways will be ripped up.
  • George Carlin: Duck felt shocked at such an idea.
  • Duck: We have a friend called Bertie and he's a bus. But he likes the railway. Sometimes he teases us about it, but he'd never want to see it ripped up.
  • Bulgy: Heh!
  • George Carlin: Growled the bus.
  • Bulgy: I know Bertie. He's too small in size to be in any use.
  • George Carlin: Duck took no notice.
  • Duck: That bus is silly.
  • George Carlin: He thought as he steamed away. At the junction, Duck told Oliver all about him.
  • Oliver: I call him Bulgy.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Oliver and then he puffed happily away. But that afternoon when the two engines met again, Oliver was no longer laughing.
  • Oliver: Bulgy's friend had come.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Oliver: He's rude too. He's taking Bulgy's passengers home and leaving Bulgy free to steal ours.
  • Duck: But he can't.
  • George Carlin: Objected Duck.
  • Oliver: Bulgy says he can get them to the big station before us.
  • Duck: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: Replied Duck.
  • Duck: It's much farther by road.
  • Oliver: Yeah.
  • George Carlin: Continued Oliver.
  • Oliver: But Bulgy says he knows a shortcut.
  • George Carlin: That evening, the engines were preparing for the homeward rush.
  • Duck: Where are the passengers?
  • George Carlin: They wondered.
  • Oliver: Look!
  • George Carlin: Shrilled Oliver.
  • Oliver: Look at Bulgy. He's a mean scarlet deceiver.
  • George Carlin: Bulgy was wearing a large sign saying: Railway Bus.
  • Bulgy: Yaa boo snubs.
  • George Carlin: He jeered as he roared away.
  • Duck: Come on.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Duck to his coaches.
  • Duck: Let's see what he's up to.
  • George Carlin: Duck wanted to get back at Bulgy, but he wasn't sure how. Then in the distance, Duck saw a man waving a red flag. That meant danger. The line here crosses a narrow road and there was Bulgy wedged firmly under the bridge.
  • Duck: So this was his shortcut.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck.
  • Bulgy's Passengers: He tricked us.
  • George Carlin: Shouted Bulgy's passengers.
  • Bulgy's Passengers: He said he was a railway bus, but he wouldn't accept our return tickets. He wanted us to think railways are no good.
  • George Carlin: Duck's crew examined the bridge.
  • Duck's Driver: It's risky, but we must help the passengers.
  • Duck: Passengers are urgent.
  • George Carlin: Agreed Duck. Duck slowly and carefully set off across the bridge. Bulgy wailed as he felt the bridge quiver.
  • Bulgy: (groaning) Stop!
  • George Carlin: He shouted.
  • Bulgy: It might fall on me.
  • Duck: That would serve you right for telling lies.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck. But the bridge didn't collapse. Duck made good time and all the passengers caught their trains. The bridge is now mended, but not unfortunately Bulgy and his ways. He never learned sense. He's a henhouse and his lies can do no harm. The hens never listened to him anyway.

Gallant Old Engine

  • George Carlin: Duncan would not stop grumbling. He grumbled that he wasn't polished enough. He grumbled that he was overworked. Most of all, he grumbled about the passengers.
  • Skarloey: I'm ashamed of you, Duncan.
  • George Carlin: Said Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: Thank goodness Rheneas was coming home soon. Perhaps he'll teach you some sense before it's too late.
  • Duncan: What is with Rheneas to do with me?
  • Skarloey: Rheneas saved our railway.
  • George Carlin: Replied Skarloey.
  • Peter Sam: Please tell us about it.
  • George Carlin: Said Peter Sam.
  • Skarloey: Well.
  • George Carlin: Began Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: It was before you came here. Things were bad. Rheneas and I will have to keep the trains running or I'll railway will have to close.
  • Peter Sam: How awful.
  • George Carlin: Murmured Peter Sam.
  • Skarloey: I've tried hard.
  • George Carlin: Continued Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: But my old wheels ached. Rheneas understood.
  • Rheneas: It's my turn now.
  • Skarloey: He telled me. He was often short of steam but he always struggled to the station and then rested there.
  • Rheneas: I mustn't stop between stations.
  • George Carlin: He'd say.
  • Rheneas: The passengers wouldn't like it.
  • Duncan: Hmmph!
  • George Carlin: Huffed Duncan. He had stopped on the viaduct and hadn't cared at all.
  • Skarloey: Passengers.
  • George Carlin: Continued Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: Get cross if you stopped on the wrong places. Rheneas stopped on the wrong place once and this is what happened.
  • George Carlin: One wet and windy afternoon and the rails were dammed, Rheneas was traveling home with a full train. They were even passengers and the caboose. It wasn't a comfortable ride at all. Rheneas' wheels kept slipping and it was a steep climb. At last, his wheels gripped the rails again.
  • Rheneas: The worse was over.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Rheneas: Now we're away.
  • George Carlin: But they weren't.
  • Rheneas: Aah, I've got a cramp!
  • George Carlin: He groaned. And Rheneas stopped on the lonliness part of the line. His driver examing him carefully.
  • Driver: Your valve gear has jammed. We need to reach the next station. Do you think you still get us here?
  • Rheneas: I'll try.
  • George Carlin: Replied Rheneas. Rheneas did his best.
  • Rheneas: If I fail.
  • George Carlin: He thought to himself.
  • Rheneas: The passengers will be cross and the railway will close.
  • George Carlin: Everything blurred. He was really too tired to make the turn of his wheels, but he did, and another, and another, and another. Finally, tired but triumph, Rheneas reached the station.
  • Rheneas: I'm here at last!
  • George Carlin: He wheezed.
  • Passengers: Thank you for giving us home.
  • George Carlin: Said the passengers.
  • Passengers: We'll tell all our friends what a fine railway this is.
  • George Carlin: His driver was delighted.
  • Driver: You're a gallant little engine.
  • George Carlin: He said to Rheneas.
  • Driver: When you're rested we'll mend you, so you'll be ready for tomorrow.
  • Skarloey: And...
  • George Carlin: Smiled Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: Rheneas always was ready for tomorrow.
  • Duncan: Thanks for telling us about him.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Duncan.
  • Duncan: I was wrong. Passengers are important after all.
  • George Carlin: The next day Rheneas came home. All the engines were there to greet him. Edward push his truck to the siding where he was lifted on to his rails. This was the signal for a chorus of whistles from engines large and small. Everyone was happy and Rheneas was the happiest of all.
  • Rheneas: You know.
  • George Carlin: He whispered to Skarloey.
  • Rheneas: This helps an engine feel that at last he has really come home.

Special Attraction

  • George Carlin: Toby the Tram Engine was very excited. He was wearing a brand new bell that shown like gold. He was off to the seaside. His driver was explaining everything as they puff along the line.
  • Driver: There's a seaside village near here, and every year, they have a big parade with a special attraction for all the visitors. This year, Toby, you're the special attraction.
  • Toby: Thank you, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Toby.
  • Toby: But what does a special attraction do?
  • Driver: Oh, just smiles and blows whistles at everyone.
  • George Carlin: Replied his driver.
  • Driver: We're almost there. Listen, you can hear the seagulls.
  • George Carlin: Soon, they reach the little station by the village. But instead of a big welcome, there was just one man. He whispered to Toby's driver and turned sadly away.
  • Driver: Well, if that doesn't take the biscuit.
  • George Carlin: Said Toby's driver.
  • Driver: They've run out of room and a parade and don't need a special attraction after all. We've got to go home, Toby. I'm sorry, old boy.
  • Toby: (sighs) So am I.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Toby. Percy was shunting in the yard. He didn't expect to see Toby.
  • Percy: What are you doing back so soon?
  • George Carlin: Before Toby could reply, Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Leave these cars please, Percy. There's an emergency at the harbour.
  • Driver: Come on, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: This'll be trouble with Bulstrode.
  • Percy: Who's Bulstrode?
  • George Carlin: Wondered Percy. He was still surprised about Toby, and now he had two puzzles to sort out. His driver explained.
  • Driver: Bulstrode is disagreeable barge. He never stops complaining.
  • George Carlin: His driver was right about Bulstrode. Today, the barge was more bad temper than ever.
  • Bulstrode: Come on, come on! Hic. Why aren't you cars where you should be?
  • Cars: There's no engine, and we can only go where we put!
  • George Carlin: Shouted the cars.
  • Cars: You're in the wrong place, not us!
  • George Carlin: When Percy arrived, Bulstrode was sulking and the cars were crosser still.
  • Cars: Our stone is for Bulstrode. Please put us in a siding so that we can load him up and be rid of him.
  • George Carlin: But the cars were being careless. As Percy was lining them up, they burst through some buffers.
  • Cars: Help, help!
  • George Carlin: They wailed. But it was too late.
  • (Percy pushes the cars one by one on top of Bulstrode and is left horrified)
  • Bulstrode: (gurgling) Oh!
  • George Carlin: Cried Bulstrode.
  • Bulstrode: I'm sinking!
  • Cars: Serves you right!
  • George Carlin: Giggled the cars.
  • Cars: You're always barging in and moaning.
  • George Carlin: It took a very long time to clear the mess. Percy watched as Bulstrode was towed to the beach.
  • Workmen: There you are.
  • George Carlin: Said the workmen.
  • Workmen: Now you just stay here. Children can play you all day and at long last you'll be useful.
  • Bulstrode: (groaning)
  • George Carlin: When Percy got home, he and Toby exchange all their news.
  • Toby: Well, we both have seaside surprises today.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Toby.
  • Percy: But driver says that I'm a special attraction anyway, and so are you.
  • Toby: Every time we go on our own line.
  • Percy: What do you mean?
  • George Carlin: Asked Percy.
  • Toby: Well, all we have to do is smile and blow whistles at everyone.

A Better View For Gordon

  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon was feeling grumpy. This was making James cross.
  • James: Why are you complaining all the time?
  • Gordon: Because I'm a big blue engine and I know everything. I shall complain whatever I like. You're just a small red engine with ideas above your station.
  • Percy: I can't see any.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: Where are they?
  • Gordon: Any what?
  • Percy: Ideas above the station. The sky's empty.
  • James: Like your smokebox, Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Laughed James, but Gordon was still grumpy.
  • Gordon: One day I'll show you just a big engine can really do.
  • Percy: So what can a big engine really do?
  • Gordon: Not speak to silly little green engines for a start.
  • Alec Baldwin: Replied Gordon, then he puffed away. Later that day, Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Gordon, you'll be making one stop today with an empty express to test our new station. You can make up time afterwards.
  • Gordon: Why can't Henry do it? He likes idling at stations.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You will do as you are told.
  • Alec Baldwin: So Gordon did. But he was still unhappy and he grew sick too.
  • Gordon: I just can't get up to speed.
  • Alec Baldwin: He groaned.
  • Gordon's Fireman: It's time for your visit to the works. Your pipes are clogged.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said the fireman. At last, they approached the new station. Gordon was impressed but his mood soon changed. In front of him was a blank wall and huge buffers.
  • Gordon: What a boring view! Important engines like me should have a panoramic view where I can see people and people could see me.
  • Alec Baldwin: And he wheeshed angrily. Gordon was happy when it was time to leave.
  • Gordon's Driver: Now you can really enjoy your run as long as your pipes will let you.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver.
  • Gordon: Come on, come on! I can go faster that this!
  • Alec Baldwin: Huffed Gordon.
  • Gordon: Sick? Me? Never!
  • (Gordon suddenly breaks down)
  • Alec Baldwin: But Gordon began to feel more and more feeble, and soon, he came to a complete stop.
  • Gordon: What happened?
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver and fireman inspected him.
  • Gordon's Fireman: Something's broken inside you, Gordon.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his fireman.
  • Gordon's Fireman: Now you're really will have to go to the works.
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon was still fuming when James arrived to collect his coaches.
  • James: Well, well, well! So much about anything. You got too puffed up in your boiler so it's serves you right.
  • Alec Baldwin: When Gordon returned to the works a few days later, he was still boasting.
  • Gordon: I am the finest engine on the Island of Sodor, properly the finest in the world.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Come on, Gordon. We're going to the official opening at the new station.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then, there was trouble. As Gordon approached the new station, neither the driver nor fireman could apply his brakes. Something had jammed. The driver reduced steam, but Gordon was still going too fast.
  • (Gordon crashed into the wall)
  • Gordon: Help me, please!
  • (We see Sir Topham Hatt surviving as he rises up to Gordon)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Gordon.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I knew you wanted a panoramic view, but this is not a way to achieve it.
  • Gordon: Yes, Sir, sorry, Sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: When Gordon was repaired again, he took Sir Topham Hatt to the new station, for a second official opening. This time he arrived safely, and everyone clapped and cheered as he pulled in. Sir Topham Hatt spoke to him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Your panoramic view is here to stay. I trusted you are always see through it, from the safety of your own rails.
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon hardly agreed.

A Big Surprise For Percy

  • Alec Baldwin: Percy was working in the coal yards. He was feeling bored and lonely with only the silly freight cars for company.
  • Driver: Cheer up, Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Sir Topham Hatt has told me that we must be here again tomorrow. We've just got to get the best of a bad situation.
  • Percy: I'll try, sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sighed Percy. Next morning, the freight cars started teasing Percy.
  • Cars: Percy, Percy, green and small, he's no use to us at all, around the yard to puff and blow but on a hills, he's oh so slow!
  • Percy: Be quiet!
  • Alec Baldwin: Then he took the freight cars to the coal hopper to be loaded up. Percy still felt glum as he puffed up to the top of the hill. He parked his freight cars and then set off back down the mines. Not even a cheerful sight of Bertie the Bus could bring a smile to Percy's face.
  • Bertie: What's the matter, Percy?
  • Alec Baldwin: Asked Bertie.
  • Percy: Nothing exciting ever happens. That's the matter.
  • Alec Baldwin: Sighed Percy.
  • Percy: It's just coal coal coal and cars cars cars. I'm bored bored bored.
  • Bertie: Excitement is surprising.
  • Alec Baldwin: Observed Bertie.
  • Bertie: You never know when it'll happen. Otherwise, it wouldn't be exciting. Tootle peep.
  • Percy: It would be surprising if something surprising happened.
  • Alec Baldwin: Muttered Percy. Later, he stopped by the water tower for a drink.
  • Toby: Hello, Percy. How are things?
  • Alec Baldwin: Asked Toby.
  • Percy: Boring.
  • Toby: Well, why not have a few spins on a turntable? You'll like that.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Toby.
  • Percy: I think it just make me feel giddy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy's driver interrupted.
  • Driver: Stop gossiping, you two.
  • Toby: Cheer up, Percy. You soon know about cars than any other engine. That'll be exciting.
  • Alec Baldwin: Called Toby. The freight cars were still grumpy and there was more of them then ever.
  • Cars: You much too small to pull one of us. We want another engine who would be struggling at the hill all night! All night, all right, you can puff and blow, but on a hill, you're still slow! Ha, ha!
  • Percy: Slow yourself!
  • Alec Baldwin: Stuttered Percy.
  • Cars: Temper, temper.
  • Alec Baldwin: Giggled the cars. Percy decided to simply carry on.
  • Driver: Go to it, Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Shouted his driver. The freight cars were still joking.
  • Cars: Too slow, more power, here all night, tomorrow too!
  • Percy: Be quiet!
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Percy angrily. Then there was trouble. A coupling broke.
  • Cars: Surprise, surprise! Catch us if you can!
  • Percy: Oh, no!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried Percy.
  • (The freight cars speed away from Percy and pass Bertie)
  • Alec Baldwin: Percy's driver phoned the signalman and the yard foreman told Sir Topham Hatt what was happening.
  • Yard Foreman: They're heading for the big hill! It'll slow them down but they roll back again right into the village.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Then we'll just have to stop them, won't we?
  • Alec Baldwin: The chase was on.
  • (Sir Topham Hatt and Bertie go after the runaway cars)
  • Alec Baldwin: As they approach the hill, they overtook the freight cars. Sir Topham Hatt and Bertie screeched to a halt, and waited for them near the top. The hill slow the freight cars right down to a stand still. Then the men quickly put wooden blocks behind their wheels so they couldn't roll backwards. The freight cars were now secured. Just then, Percy arrived.
  • Bertie: Well, what do you think of that?
  • Alec Baldwin: Joked Bertie.
  • Bertie: A good chase is always exciting.
  • Percy: It was certainly a surprise.
  • Alec Baldwin: Decided Percy.
  • Percy: And you are right, Bertie. A really useful engine should never be surprise by surprise.

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