This is the point we had been building to for quite some time, where Edwin Richard would move on
from the Skarloey Railway and up to the Mid Sodor Heritage instead. I always
had designs on introducing a Diesel service to the railway, given that many narrow gauge railways do for the ease of convenience
and cost – but remains a factor that the Talyllyn choose not to use currently.
A little something different – and we got the wonderful Shamus out of it!
The Mid-Sodor Heritage Railway bring in a new Diesel from Bord Na Mona in Ireland to help with
their next extension to Ulfstead Road. He is given the affectionate nickname
of Irish Pete by the workmen, and his presence on the railway allows Buzz and Evan to continue their passenger work without
concern. However, Pete proves unreliable and breaks down when pulling a train
to the extension. Much as the workmen try to fix him, it is no good – and
the Manager decides to send him over to Mr Hugh to see what can be done instead.
Pete is successfully repaired by Mr Hugh and his team, whilst Sir Handel is sent to Mid-Sodor to
help in the meantime. When Mr Hugh sees how strong Pete can be, talk soon turns
to the idea of running a Diesel passenger service – a move which everyone bar Edwin Richard sees potential positives
in. But when he suffers a broken spring, and Pete is sent to help him home,
he proves a massive hit with the crews who want to try and utilise him more on the railway – however, Edwin Richard
still has his doubts.
THE WINDS OF CHANGE
The swap has proven to be a massive coup for both the Skarloey Railway and the Mid Sodor Heritage,
with Sir Handel’s presence drawing in more visitors than ever, and Irish Pete being of great benefit to the others on
the Skarloey line. Evan overhears the Thin Controller and the Mid Sodor Manager
discussing the possibility of the swap becoming permanent, which alarms Sir Handel – until he’s informed he will
not be affected. They then approach the Skarloey engines and explain –
Edwin Richard is who the Mid Sodor want, and reluctantly, he agrees to join them and sacrifice his position as No.10 to Irish
ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
The engines are surprised when Pete is called to the workshops by Mr Hugh again – believing his
engine has been fixed and no further work needs done. On his last day of work
on the Skarloey Railway, Edwin Richard double-heads a train with Irish Pete, prior to the handover ceremony back at Crovan’s
Gate. To mark the new beginning for the railway, Irish Pete is given a new official
name, honouring one of the railway’s founders – Shamus Terboc. After
that, Edwin Richard bids a fond farewell to the Skarloey Railway and makes his way to the Mid Sodor to begin his new working