OUTDATED BUT NOT OUTMODED
Written by Christopher & Ryan
This story marks the first appearance of Dick the Class 66 Diesel.
BoCo is made to feel his age when a sleek new Diesel engine appears at the Refinery and suggests that he should be
retired as he is outdated and outmoded by comparison. However, when Dick’s
ATP system fails and leaves him stranded on the Main Line, he isn’t quite as smug when he has to accept BoCo’s
help to get moving again.
BILL, BEN & EAGLE
Written by Ryan
Following his incident on the Main Line, Eagle is sent to work with BoCo on Edward’s Branch
Line. There, he meets the twins, Bill and Ben, who are frustrated with the amount
of trucks that are currently sitting in their yard. They decide to take advantage
of Eagle’s naivety and set him the task of shunting the trucks for them whilst they hurry back to the China Clay Works. Eventually, Eagle finally marshals his own train together, only to find that Bill
and Ben have tricked him into doing their work for them. He’s now running
late, and wants to pay them out for their deceit, but soon finds that he already has – in his own confusion, he has
left the yard in such a mess that the twins now have twice as much work to do as before!
FUEL OF MISCHIEF
Written by Ryan & Christopher
I can recall coming up with the title for this, and getting halfway through before abandoning it. Christopher then stepped in skilfully and saved the day, restructuring the story to
make it that bit better. Edward finally arrives back on the Branch, and sets
back to work. Meanwhile Dick the Diesel is delivering fuel around the island,
and rather than waiting for Kaiser the Fireless Engine to shunt some fuel tankers for him, he ends up taking some dirty, unclean
ones instead. Dick takes the fuel to the refuelling stage for BoCo and Edward,
and leaves a supply. However, when BoCo takes some onboard, he begins to feel
unwell and soon fails. Poor Edward suffers similar trouble when dirt finds its
way into his water column, and he ends up in a similar situation. It’s
now up to Dick to save the day and help Edward finish his passenger run, and help BoCo back to the junction before heading
home again to the Mainland himself.
Written by Christopher
Based on the Annual Story by Christopher Awdry
Gordon finds that he cannot start a heavy Express owing to the rear coach’s brakes being
so stiff they won’t come off. Edward and his crew inform him that there’s
a spare coach waiting at Wellsworth, so long as they can get the train there. Gordon
gives a great effort and brings the train to the station to fetch the new coach, and they soon discover that the problem has
been a tiny nut which stopped the Guard from turning the brakes on. But Edward
praises Gordon for remembering to take care of his passengers and living up to his responsibilities.