& Introduction by Christopher
Flying Scotsman's book for the ERS is notable for the fact that it matches very nearly
the same word count for the actual RWS books – and as such, with every ERS volume written, each story is all based on
actual happenings in the same tradition.
TIED IN KNOTS
train is coming to Sodor, and Henry is very pleased when he is chosen to pull it. His constant boasting gets on the other
engines' nerves until he sets off with his special train on a cold, icy day. In a boisterous attempt to go as fast as Gordon,
Henry's wheels slip fiercely on a sleety patch until his valve gear is tied up in knots. James takes over the train with gloating
response to Henry's incident.
MAN ON THE LINE
With Henry out of action, Pip
and Emma are to be brought to Sodor to help, with much delight from the other engines. Until they arrive, Edward is to help
out temporarily on the Main Line. One night, a delay on on the Other Railway makes Edward late getting back to Tidmouth. On
his way home, he and his crew see what looks like a man dancing on the line. When they stop to check, they realise that it
was only a moth fluttering in front of his headlamp. But they soon owe a gratitude to that little moth – as it turns
out that, further up their line, Douglas had derailed with the Midnight Goods, and that their moth had saved them from a serious
Bear has trouble starting on cold mornings. James and
Gordon tease him about it, claiming that “steam engines never have trouble in the cold”. But later that day, while
taking one of Henry's goods trains, Gordon gets stuck on his hill due to icy rails. James is brought to help push from behind
– they manage all right, until one of the pipes in James's cab bursts, forcing his crew to jump clear. With no one to
put his brakes on, James keeps on pushing until he runs out of steam. In the end, Bear shunts James out the way then helps
Gordon over the hill. Without a doubt, it's Bear who gets the last laugh.
NOT TO BE MOVED
Pip and Emma's work on the Main Line is a great help to the other engines, and Henry's repairs are finally completed.
He is left in a siding awaiting final checks, with a 'NOT TO BE MOVED' sign hung on his buffers. Eventually some fitters come
to get Henry in steam – only being warned in time that another fitter is still beneath Henry, and had avoided being
run over. At last, Henry returns home and listens intently to all the goings on while he was away. They are all in agreement
when Bear remarks; “If it weren’t for the occasional adventure, things could get awfully boring.”