which more details of Bert’s overhaul and improvement are brought to light, as the depiction of them had been omitted
in Jock the New Engine (Bert was overhauled and rebuilt before Jock arrived).
Here we find that the first overhaul was not quite as effective and that it took some adjustments to make Bert a really useful
engine, and how a dramatic event unfolds, making all of the Small Railway Engines really useful.
tries to scare Mike and Bert with tales of ghosts from Duke’s old railway but serves only to incur Mike’s wrath
upon him instead. Instead, Mike’s crew make arrangements and Jock vanishes – in the end it is Rex who gets the
big scare on a Halloween Special train...
ASHES TO ASHES
a diesel usually helps out and is often on maintenance trains. One wet and windy morning however he doesn’t want to
leave his warm shed and throws a strop before grudgingly going to work – with his engine making strange noises.
Bert who has a history of poor steaming even after a rudimentary overhaul, is rostered to take a passenger train up the line
but fails due to poor steaming. Frank, still wet and cold grudgingly rescues Bert and brings him home to the Shed, only for
Rex to see it as an opportunity for teasing!
Bert however, is taken away on a low loader....
Jock is mysteriously moved to the workshops and comes back
untouched. In the Shed the Small Engines conspire to go on strike as they suspect that Bert has actually been sent for scrap
and to be replaced by a new engine – after Rex spreads rumours and gets his facts wrong!
A few weeks later an engine
for the Railway does indeed arrive – but the steam engines are kept in suspense. After a confrontation between a snarling
Mike and a taken-aback Small Controller, Jock resolves to sort out the awkward situation. He finds a new-looking engine, only
to find that it is infact an improved and better-looking Bert!
Bert travels up the line on a light engine test, with Jock
following on a passenger train but at the Top Station, Jock breaks down and receives help from an overexcited Bert –
only for Bert to be mistaken for Jock!
Mike and Jock argue about who’s the better engine. They agree to a ‘duel’ as they are both on passenger
trains, but when Jock gets overexcited, his sparks fly out and cause a fire on an embankment close the railway. Mike breaks
down next to the raging fire – and it is Jock who redeems himself by saving Mike, before all the engines team up to
help and put out the fire. After a magnificent effort on both the diesel and steam engines part, the fire is gradually quelled
and little harm was done - and an unexpected happy ending is gained!