While some may argue that this volume focuses more on the Ffarquhar Engines than the actual diesels, it proved
to be just the beginning of two major developments later on in the Library. The expansion of Thomas's Line and a new Diesel
bought for the quarry to work alongside Mavis.
Work on Thomas's Branch Line has expanded vastly over the years with more stone and passengers
than ever. Thomas becomes very conceited when a group of Enthusiasts come to visit, but Daisy is not happy when they accidentally
remind her of her bull incident – next to the Dining Car brought especially for the visitors. But when Thomas falls
ill, Daisy swiftly steps in to save the day and get the Enthusiasts home, even acting as a Dining Car herself!
Mavis is overworked at the quarry,
so her Manager promises to bring a bigger engine to help with the stone traffic. However it's Toby's turn to fall ill, so
in a fast turnaround Percy is drafted in his place on the tramway. But for safety regulations, while on Toby's line, Percy
has to wear cowcatchers and sideplates! Thomas thinks it a huge joke until Percy's cowcatchers manages to prevent a sticky
returns to work, just as the new engine arrives. His name is “Lucky”, a powerful but unhappy Class 14 Diesel –
unhappy because he claims to be jinxed. Bad things always happen wherever he's sent. This seems to be correct when a trial
run with the trucks goes terribly wrong, and he is sent to the Works in disgrace. But the Manager has other ideas...
TED'S NEW HOME
It was this story, alongside co-writer
and friend Doug, that we saw through together the development of “Lucky” based on pure facts of his class and
our own imagination. Rather than “jinxed”, the Quarry Manager realises that poor maintenance was the cause behind
the accidents; and a major overhaul has made the new Diesel a happier and more laid-back engine, improving his work ethic
ten-fold. As such, Mavis suggests a new name to officially mark his fresh start - “Ted”, as the Class 14s were
fondly nicknamed “Teddy Bears” following a comment by Swindon Works foreman George Cole – “We've
built the Great Bear (being the GWR 111 locomotive), now we're going to build a Teddy Bear!”