Having recently moved to the Wellsworth line,
Jinty’s hope of a ‘sea breeze’ are dashed when the Island suffers uncharacteristically hot weather. Despite
the Fat Controller making special arrangements to aid the staff, it doesn’t stop Jinty’s Fireman falling ill with
heat stroke while Jinty is mid-journey. BoCo is summoned to assist, but with the heat causing his engine to shut down, the
rescue is aborted and in the end Edward is summoned from Wellsworth to help the cavalcade home. The incident of a ‘double
rescue’ was inspired by problems with the Class 158 diesel units on the Cambrian mainline in May 2010, where a failed
unit and it’s rescuer had to be rescued by a third unit due to problems with the motor systems.
FIRE OF ATLANTA
This was my first attempt at writing for
the Norramby engines, so I was pleased when Ryan informed me he’d enjoyed it; it’s always nice when a character’s
creator has enjoyed what you’ve written. Atlanta, cool and comfortable with her modern motor, enjoys teasing Eagle when
the big engine complains of the heat from his fire. The others suggest she apologise knowing full well how awkward Eagle can
be when teased, and Atlanta reluctantly agrees. When a passenger drops a cigarette in one of her coaches it is Eagle who raises
the alarm and helps avoid a nasty incident, proving that even diesels can have fire trouble. Such an incident happened on
the Talyllyn during my volunteering days, although luckily not with the consequences described.
A second story inspired by mishaps with Class 158
diesel units; on this occasion the real life incident saw a prolonged stop at Wrexham on a Holyhead service. On top of that,
it presented a chance to gice Annie and Clarabel a nice role in a story. When a cleaner with hay fever wakes Daisy up, she
grumbles dreadfully about it. Annie and Clarabel think she s being silly, but Daisy is insistent that the situation is intolerable.
Unfortunately while hard at work Daisy sucks pollen into her air intake, which blocks the filter and makes her most uncomfortable.
She feels better after her Driver has cleared the blockage with a stick, but Annie, Clarabel and the other engines find her
misfortune rather comic!