In which a new narrow gauge diesel is introduced – but opposed to being yet another visitor
to the Skarloey, she has in fact helped over the years to rebuild part of Duke’s old railway line – the Mid Sodor
Railway. These stories tell of what happened when a section was completed – and Duke was brought back to his old home...
Duke is invited back to his old line –
and discovers that a Preservation Society has infact restored half a mile of track to run on! Sir Handel turns his nose up
but Duke soundly agrees with the preservationist’s actions. Meanwhile, Rusty shunts stock that came from the old Mid
Sodor Railway, including Millicent and Gertrude. However, Cora the old brake van has lain out of use as a workman’s
hut for some time now.
However, the Mid Sodor Heritage Railway note Cora’s absence – and visit her which leads
to a serendipitous result!
A FLYING START
Mid Sodor Heritage Railway Society had started trackwork many years ago and had bought a diesel to help them rebuild the line.
Unfortunately she isn’t needed at first and is left under a cold, wet tarpaulin for several months until one March morning,
her Driver tries to start her up – to no avail.
Her Driver decided to charge up her engine with his car to give
her engine a ‘jumpstart’ – but unfortunately her engine won’t slow down which leads to a small if
noisy accident! Afterwards, she is mended and by virtue of the noise her engine makes, the society people agree to give
her a name...!
Based on a Talyllyn incident from 2008 when No.9 Alf was jump-started
by No.10 Bryn Egwlys and sent flying down Pendre Yard (With thanks to Talyllyn for supplying the story!)
Duke is loaded up and sent to the Mid
Sodor Heritage Railway, where he and Buzz do not see eye to eye at all! Buzz has an accident and Duke loses his temper which
only helps to make things more awkward between the two engines.
The next day Duke meets the other vehicle responsible
for the Mid Sodor Heritage Railway – a land Rover named Bottom who explains to Duke the story of how Buzz had rebuilt
the line sofar. He also asks his driver to leave Duke a picture book of the society’s history for the old engine to
look at while his crew go for a break. But what Duke finds shakes him to his very core...
WHEN OPPOSITES ATTACK!
Duke, now savagely disturbed by what he saw in the book, is in no mood
to be trifled with. Buzz mistakes this for anger at her! Worse is to come when a volunteer accidentally makes Buzz
shunts into Duke’s tender – and Dukes loses his temper with the little diesel. Buzz rushes away in fear –
but someone else saw what really happens and resolves to patch things up between the two engines....
MID SODOR VANGUARD
It’s opening day for the new halt on the Mid Sodor line and Duke is
selected to pull the opening train. Buzz however resents this as she feels that the new MSHR is her railway. Disaster
strikes however as Duke loses his train and the clock is ticking – an Important Person is due to open the new halt when
the train arrives at the station.
Bottom again rambles to the rescue when he rallies Buzz to Duke’s cause and with
all three of them helping each other, it’s both Buzz and Duke – Mid Sudrian Number 1’s together –
that take the train to the new halt. Buzz receives her number and nameplates from the Important Person and all is settled.
Until Duke leaves for home,
happier than he was before but now a lost soul...