Set at numerous
points in time, during the early years of Thomas’ Branch Line. Told in flashback by the engines over a number of evenings.
HERD OF TROUBLE
The shorter line from the new
Junction to Toryreck has been completed, but passes through farmland and as a result there are a number of farm crossings
along the line. One day Thomas gets delayed when a herd of sheep break through one of the gates, leaving it across the line
and ends up getting Thomas derailed.
During a morning journey to the Quarry, a loose rock falls and breaks Toby’s bell
chain. Until it is repaired he has to use his whistle, which causes trouble when a relief signalman confuses Toby for Percy-
sending him down the Harbour Line by accident.
rain has caused delays for the engines. Whilst at the new Harbour at Knapford, Percy has an argument with an unruly boat captain
who dislikes railways. Later that night, Percy has to go through flood waters with a train- but gets a surprise when he collides
with the barge of the rude captain. He finds out that, in the dark, the captain thought he was going down the river instead
of over the railway line.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
Percy’s repairs, Terence is called in to help with the shunting at Ffarquhar Yard. The trucks at first enjoy his company
(due to him not being rude or bumping them), but soon become bored and impatient with his slow movement. They plan
to break free and run away, but this plan comes to a stop when they are diverted onto a runaway siding almost immediately.