I took on the new Book 100 as a solo project to try and redevelop the storyline of finalising the push to Ulfstead. However, along the way, the spirit of teamwork and co-operation was as strong as ever,
with much of the original storylines kept intact, with minor editing, and additional help from Christopher and Loey Machan
in developing storylines for the new piece.
THE LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE
by Old Square Wheels and Ryan
The character of Eagle was for
the first time in the Extended Railway Series, brought out of his comfort zone at Norramby and up to the Ffarquhar Branch
Line to help finish the Ulfstead extension by delivering supplies to help finish the job.
However, he doesn’t take kindly to some trainspotters and decides to get his own back when he gets confused over
the idea of them ‘trying to take his number’. Whilst approaching
Gordon’s hill, where the ‘spotters’ are waiting, he lets out a large burst of steam, cloaking himself from
their gaze and soaking them to the skin. However, he ends up wasting steam that
he could have used to climb the hill – and has to rely on the kindness of the spotters to get him rescued. In turn, Eagle is sent to the Wellsworth Branch to fill in for Edward whilst he helps finish the work through
MINDING HIS OWN LINE
by Ryan, The Old Bean & Old Square Wheels
The original version of this
was a tip of the iceberg story, where Thomas was growing so cocky and unlikeable, that his comeuppance was right around the
corner. I dropped this arc completely when I did the rewrite, and instead focussed
upon him becoming a little bit uppity with duties for the Branch Line’s extension even over-riding the importance of
Gordon’s Express. However, the overarching moral at the end of the story
is that Thomas is reminded that without the help of the other engines – the Branch Line wouldn’t be quite as special
or easy to run as he’d like to think otherwise!
THE GREEN GODDESS
This was an opportunity to give
Daisy a bit of a run in the proceedings. Daisy is given the important task of
taking the officials to do an inspection of the line prior to the official opening of the new extension. However, there’s a fire at a hay barn, which the Fire Brigade cannot reach owing to a flat tyre. Daisy is commandeered to take them to the scene of the blaze, holding up the inspection. Thankfully, Daisy’s heroic actions do not scupper the extension’s chances
of opening, and the Grand Opening is allowed to go ahead as planned. But not
before Daisy is given a special letter of thanks by the Sodor Fire Service, although the Fat Controller feels she may misconstrue
the name ‘Green Goddess’ to the peril of the other engines...
ROSIE PLAYS BALL
by Ryan & Loey Machan
To further develop the new Book
100, Loey suggested I have special trains running prior to the opening of the extension – and one of the best examples
was football trains, where the Ulfstead Town team would come down to play the Ffarquhar Masons, who have Mavis as their mascot. Rosie is charged with the responsibility of bringing the Ulfstead team down to Ffarquhar,
and on the way, passes a field where children are playing ball – one volleys it directly at the train, hitting off Rosie’s
side and goes directly into the goal when it flies back. The team cheer for Rosie,
and when they reach Ffarquhar, they name her their new mascot to match Mavis!
WELCOME TO ULFSTEAD
on ‘Thomas Sees Sense’ by Ryan & Stuart
Adapted by Ryan
The original cut of this had
seen Thomas become so arrogant that he deserved to come back to earth with an almighty bump, which Stuart and I delivered
at the time. However, this time around, we had dropped that arc in favour of
new stories to develop the storyline focussing on the extension, and give the other engines time and space to shine. The story sees Thomas and Rosie being chosen to haul the train which will open the
new Ulfstead extension, only for Thomas to lose control of some trucks and send them flying onto the main road in Ulfstead
town. Edward makes an excuse for Thomas to save his position, fearing that the
Fat Controller may remove Thomas from the double-header. Thomas is appreciative
of his friend’s efforts and the ceremony goes ahead as planned, with Edward leading the cavalcade of engines that precede
Thomas and Rosie’s train into the new Ulfstead Station.