PART OF THE LOOP
Many years ago the Thin Controller decided to extend the Skarloey
Railway around the Lake to draw in more visitors. To aid in construction he enlists the help of No.1, a privately-owned shunting
engine who hasn't worked for a long while. No.1 gets the perfect chance to stretch his wheels, however, when Rusty needs help
with his supplies train.
Work on the loop line
is going well, but Sir Handel is unhappy. He's fed up of his heavy supply runs and wants No.1's shunting duties instead, seeing
the job of inherently easy. Following an argument with the Foreman, Sir Handel gets his wish - and almost instantly spills
his supplies train all over the Yard! How could any engine clear such a complex mess? No.1 shows him how.
As the loop line nears completion, No.1 finds his work is leaving him more tired out than
ever. Not wanting to let his Owner down with so little left to be done, he and his Driver resolve to say nothing unless something
serious happens. Something serious does happen when No.1 has to take one of Rusty's supply trains all along the line and he
runs out of steam halfway along. No.1 is rescued and put in his shed, but come the day of the grand opening, he's still nowhere
to be seen...
OLD & NEW ALIKE
Many years later, Duncan is helping
to clear the Lakeside Line sidings, which have become old and overgrown. The little engine has been acting worse than ever
recently, to the point of having a serious breakdown. Left alone for a long time before being repaired, Duncan is eager to
work again and redeem himself. This he does when he clears a mudslide on the hill and discovers an old friend of the Railway