Edited for the
ERS V2 by Ryan
Jinty needs an overhaul
and so Thomas is asked to go to Tidmouth to act as Station Pilot and relive his younger days.
Thomas is appointed to go
and be Tidmouth’s Shunting engine while Jinty is repaired. However Annie and Clarabel become concerned, even when they
are placed in the capable care of Toby.
Thomas prepares to leave for Tidmouth one morning...but doesn’t count on
a group of delinquent schoolboys playing in the carriage sheds and releasing Clarabel’s brakes. The two coaches roll
away from their shed and follow Thomas, much to everyone’s amusement – as if they wanted to follow Thomas to his
GORDON’S GOOD ROUTINE
Thomas reaches the Big Station and is
greeted by Gordon before settling down to his new position – remembering his old routine with ease. He settles in well
with the Main Line Engines but Gordon becomes conceited about his Express running routine.
However one morning in a change
of plan Thomas has to shunt a freight train into Gordon’s Express platform, waiting for the delayed engine...but it
is Gordon who reaches the station first and has to ‘step out’ of his normal routine!
ARE ’A CHANGING
The shunting is getting busy
and with the extra work as shunting yards are redeveloped, Thomas has to rise earlier and earlier. Thoma sis surprised when
his Fireman arrives an hour earlier – the clocks have gone forward for summer. Thomas is rushed off his wheels and goes
for a drink when BoCo arrives with a rake of trucks. Without Thomas to direct him, BoCo leaves his trucks on a siding thinking
that he has an hour before Henry arrives.
But his Driver hasn’t changed his watch from the night before and Henry
has to jam o his brakes to avert a nasty accident...!
DINING TRAIN SURPRISE
The Railway’s AGm is
fast approaching and the Express Engines are debating who will pull the Officials Train. But the Pullman coaches to be used
are out of order and Thomas is away on other duties. To add to the mixup, the signalman at the main station is ill, but gallantly
vows to work through his shift.
Thomas returns and starts to shunt Gordon’s coaches away until he whistles for a
road – and finds no reply. His driver, frustrated, enters the signalbox only to find the signalman has fainted from
sickness – and discovers that Thomas doesn’t have to shunt the coaches!
In the end, Squaddie leaves with the
AGM train on time, the signalman is relieved to recover from his illness and Thomas leaves for his home on the Branchline,
leaving with fond memories and cheery farewells from the Big Engines.