Wow, been a long time since I did something like this, but I wanted to take a stab at adapting a possible Thomas movie. I remember reading from someone on here that they were disappointed that the first theatrical movie wasn't a series of stories adapted for the big screen, a la "Winnie the Pooh". I liked the idea and considered taking a big section of unadapted Railway Series stories, placing the movie somewhere between Seasons 4 & 5.
The bulk of the action is a combination of "The Great Railway Show" and "Thomas Comes Home". My idea would have been to actually film at the Railway Museum itself and use many of the actual engines, with a full-size replica of Thomas with possibly interchangeable faces, or maybe CGI. This would intercut with stories about the other engines back on Sodor, particularly a new version of "Super Rescue", with the intent of introducing Bear to the railway.
I also envisioned the possibility of various famous figures from Thomas's history making cameos or other roles - Ringo Starr as Thomas's Driver, George Carlin as the policeman issuing the parking ticket, etc.
I wrote the script for this years ago. Finally decided I wanted to show it to someone, and who better than you lot? Hoping to start posting it in sections sometime soon. Watch this space.!
1 EXT. / INT. – ISLAND OF SODOR – DARK TUNNEL – DAY
We’re inside a single-track railway tunnel, looking towards the bright halo of the portal. Hold for a second, teasing the audience – we can hear distant birdsong and water flowing in a nearby river. Then there is a sudden whoosh of steam as a six-wheeled blue tank engine rushes past us into daylight, pulling his two trusty coaches Annie and Clarabel.
2 EXT. SODOR – COUNTRYSIDE – DAY
Now we’re up in the sky, looking down over a Technicolor valley straight out of the travel posters that used to decorate railway stations. We track with a plume of steam that rises over the trees.
3 EXT. RAILWAY – THOMAS
Thomas’ approach around a corner is heralded by billowing steam, before he puffs into view with his train, proudly making his way along his branch-line on the Island of Sodor. As he accelerates ahead of the camera he releases steam through his drain-cocks which floods the screen and it is over this image of billowing white vapor that the opening credits begin to play
FADE UP MUSIC: “THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANTHEM”
DESTINATION FILMS & GULLANE STUDIOS
“THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE”
4 EXT. SODOR – AERIAL VIEW – DAY
A SHIFT IN TIME
We see shimmering filtered sunlight on a leaf, and then then the whole vista of this idyllic setting is laid out before us as we rediscover Thomas puffing through his Island home. As we discover from the montage that follows, it is a landscape of meadows and mountains, sparkling waterfalls, friendly little villages and valleys – all made more picturesque by a brightly-coloured assortment of puffing trains – blue, red, green, brown, black – GORDON, JAMES, PERCY, EDWARD, HENRY, TOBY, DUCK, DONALD and DOUGLAS. Beyond everyone’s idea of a Technicolor holiday heaven, this Island has talking trains as well.
Our introduction to Thomas, his friends and the Island of Sodor is accompanied by the voice of our storyteller.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Once upon a time, on an Island located just south of the Isle of Mann – known to many as Sodor – there was a railway. This railway was a delightful little place, full of busy bustling engines taking passengers and goods to many places across the Island. This is Thomas – the main character in our story. But he has lots of friends who deserve their fair dues as well. We’ll meet them in due course.
5 EXT. / INT. SODOR – BIG STATION – DAY
FADE OUT MUSIC
CLOSE-UP: GORDON, HENRY AND JAMES – IN THE BIG STATION
AND THEY ARE CROSS
NOTE: In addition to specific activity related to the storyline, the engines will conduct their conversations while being busy with the workings of the railway, unless dramatic content dictates otherwise.
GORDON is a blue engine like Thomas but much bigger, and very pompous. HENRY is a big green engine, and also pompous, but to a lesser extent. JAMES is a red engine, prone to being emotional and very proud of his appearance.
The relationship between the engines has its share of teasing and bickering, but fundamentally this is a world of friendly innocence, where no engine would wish another real harm.
However, we are in a time when steam engines are in danger of scrap.
GORDON (fuming) I don’t believe it! What’s Thomas got that an important engine like me hasn’t? Tell me that! Gallivanting off to museums! Pah!
JAMES He’s old enough. If the Fat Controller wants him to be a museum piece, why should we worry?
HENRY It’s not fair, though! For a chance like this, I wouldn’t mind being a museum piece myself!
From behind, we see DUCK arriving. He is pushing Gordon’s coaches into place behind him.
DUCK Listen to you lot! You can’t let the poor engine enjoy himself?
GORDON But why Thomas? Of all the engines to send to York, they’re sending a little tank engine like him! All he’s got is that little branch line! I pull the Express! People rely on me to be on time! I deserve better treatment than this!
SFX: The Guard’s whistle sounds.
Gordon puffs away, still grumbling.
Duck comes up alongside James and Henry.
DUCK The Fat Controller chose Thomas to go to the Railway Show in York. Not any of you. You might as well deal with it and get on with your work.
JAMES But it’s not right! I should be allowed the chance to go to York! To see the sights! To see what’s over the horizon! To meet new people all wanting to take pictures of me and ride in my coaches!
DUCK James, do you even know where York is?
JAMES (faltering) Er... It’s... North?
SFX: Another Guard’s whistle blows!
JAMES (CONT’D) (quickly) Oh! Time to go! Goodbye!
James hurriedly beats a hasty exit, pulling his coaches behind him.
At this moment, we meet SIR TOPHAM HATT – otherwise known as the Fat Controller – approaching the engines. He is a sort of Hitchcockian figure in Victorian top hat and tails. Usually a firm but fair sort of boss, right now, he looks a little worried.
HENRY Sir Topham Hatt, sir!
SIR TOPHAM HATT Good morning, all. I trust you are all getting on with your work?
HENRY Certainly, sir. Just waiting for a ‘road’.
SIR TOPHAM HATT Good, good.
He wrings his hands before clasping them behind his back – trying to look casual.
DUCK Beg pardon, sir, but is everything all right?
SIR TOPHAM HATT Well, unfortunately, no, Duck. I’m afraid that with all the extra work coming in, I’m having to look into acquiring some new engines to help.
HENRY (dreading) Uh-oh. I hear the bell tolling.
SIR TOPHAM HATT I’m afraid that two diesels are all that are available.
Duck and Henry groan unhappily.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (CONT’D) I know, I know. I’m not particularly happy with it either. But it must be said that diesels are versatile mixed-traffic engines. They’re good for very many tasks.
DUCK Including breaking down.
HENRY Well, this just caps off my day. As if Thomas going to York wasn’t bad enough!
SIR TOPHAM HATT Jealous, Henry?
HENRY Sir, of all the engines you could’ve sent, why him? He’s only a tank engine!
DUCK Oh, thanks a lot!
SIR TOPHAM HATT Henry, I’m sending Thomas because I felt he was the right engine for the job.
HENRY And I wasn’t?
SIR TOPHAM HATT Henry, if it were up to me, I would send all my engines to York, but alas, I can only afford to send one. Thomas deserves the trip. He’s been working hard.
SFX: The Guard’s whistle blows.
Henry still looks unhappy as he pulls his coaches away.
DUCK When will the diesels be here, sir?
SIR TOPHAM HATT They arrive the day after Thomas leaves for York. Hopefully, things will go well.
DUCK Even if they don’t, at least they’ll be able to distract Gordon, Henry and James from moaning about York.
Sir Topham Hatt nods in agreement and walks away while Duck sets off about his duties, and over this and the next scenes we hear our Storyteller.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Sir Topham Hatt is the superintendent of the railway, and is affectionately known by the engines as ‘The Fat Controller’. As you have just heard, he is planning to send Thomas to York – a town in London – to a place called the National Railway Museum.
TILT UP TO:
6 EXT. SODOR – BLUE SKY – DAY
FADE UP MUSIC
We pan up to the blue sky, through some friendly, fluffy white clouds, with the blue sky and sunlight weaving through them, and begin to tilt down again.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) The National Railway Museum tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. It is said to be the largest railway museum in the world and is home to several famous locomotives.
PAN ACROSS AND TILT DOWN ON:
7 EXT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR YARDS – DAY
We come down over the quiet yards with a small set of sheds built for three small engines, with a longer wooden shed immediately next to it for coaches. There is a station further away as well, but it is quiet.
As we take in the scenery, the Storyteller continues.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) So as you can probably guess, it is a great honor for an engine to visit the museum, and Thomas is very intrigued by one thing in particular.
We now find Thomas again, resting in his shed. Next to him are PERCY and TOBY.
PERCY is a spunky little green engine, and TOBY is an elderly tram engine.
THOMAS Why me? Of all the engines to go to York, why me? Fancy the people of National Railway Museum wanting to meet me! They’ve never even seen me!
PERCY Yes, they have! The Thin Clergyman wrote those books about the Railway! People have known about our railway since 1945!
TOBY They’ve seen you on television as well.
THOMAS Television? Me?
TOBY Yes! Driver told me. There’s a television show about us.
THOMAS That’s silly. Who’d want to watch a television program about a bunch of trains going back and forth?
PERCY The point is that the whole world is interested in you, Thomas. They want to meet you properly!
THOMAS Well, I’m sure it’ll be good to get away, have a proper holiday for a change!
PERCY I only wish I were going with you!
TOBY As do I. A change of scenery would do us all good.
DAISY (O.S.) Well, that would never do! Someone has to run this branch line!
DAISY THE DIESEL RAIL-CAR rolls out of the carriage shed.
FADE UP MUSIC: “DAISY’S THEME” by O’DONNELL AND CAMPBELL
DAISY is a green diesel who carries passengers inside her, as opposed to pulling coaches. She’s kind at heart, but she tends to lapse into feeling superior to the others.
PERCY (disdainfully) Could’ve sworn you were asleep.
DAISY And miss my next train? Never! (to Thomas) It’s all very good for you to go gallivanting off to the Big City and make an exhibition of yourself, but some of us have to work, you know.
THOMAS (humouring her) That’s right, Daisy. I trust you will look after my passengers until I get back in a few months.
DAISY Of course! I’ve had all my seats reupholstered! They’ll never have travelled finer!
TOBY Enough about your seats, Daisy. Hurry along now and collect your passengers.
DAISY I shall. Good day to you all.
And Daisy slinks away out of the yard and towards the station platform.
FADE OUT MUSIC
Thomas, Percy and Toby are unimpressed.
TOBY She’s got it in her head that she’s going to be in charge of the whole branch line while you’re away.
PERCY I’ll look after Annie and Clarabel for you. Don’t worry.
THOMAS Thanks, Percy. After all that business, I have to say, I’m looking forward to this trip more and more.
PERCY When do you leave?
THOMAS Driver says “any day now”.
TOBY That sounds like a long time.
We pull away from the sheds as we hear from our Storyteller.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) And so the waiting until his trip to York began. Thomas couldn’t wait for it to begin.
Thomas is standing at the platform with Annie and Clarabel. They watch the VARIOUS PASSENGERS milling around on the platform. PORTERS are assisting as much as they can – carrying baggage, pushing trolleys, etc.
Night time at the sheds. Big harvest moon above them.
The lights are on through the windows.
Inside the sheds – the engines are all lined up, talking together – GORDON, HENRY, JAMES, EDWARD, DUCK, DONALD and DOUGLAS – all chatting away.
EDWARD is a blue engine – old, wise and level-headed.
DONALD and DOUGLAS are painted black. They are twin engines from Scotland, and thus they speak with thick accents.
EDWARD I don’t know, James – you always treat all diesels with such suspicion!
JAMES Diesels don’t use coal and water. How can you trust an engine who isn’t normal in his habits?
HENRY Is it normal for an engine to stare at his reflection for hours on end?
JAMES I was making sure the shop windows were clean!
DUCK What were you going to do if they weren’t? Alert the shop manager?
DONALD Och, that’d look very good, wouldn’t it?
DOUGLAS Oh aye! Imagine a shopkeeper being ordered by an engine to clean a window!
The engines all laugh at James.
JAMES Mark my words – these diesels could be trouble.
GORDON Then we shall be on our guard, little James. Don’t fret. You’ll never get any sleep.
JAMES You know what they’re like, those diesels who visit from the Other Railway. They love boasting about how special they think they are. I remember one diesel wouldn’t even come into the shed because he didn’t want to stay with ‘old smokey things’!
EDWARD James, please – you’re only dredging up unpleasant feelings. Why don’t we just get some sleep? Thomas is departing for York tomorrow. The Fat Controller wants us to give him a big sendoff.
DONALD Oh aye. The wee engine is making his big journey. Imagine him making the trip all the way up to yon Mainland – tackling all those diesels prowling up there.
DOUGLAS Aye, he’s a brave one, he is.
EDWARD The Fat Controller wouldn’t send Thomas if it were dangerous. I’m sure he’s planned out the safest route for him to take.
HENRY Yes, well, there wouldn’t be any trouble if one of us were going.
DUCK Go to sleep, Henry.
Going down the line, each engine closes both eyes.
FADE UP MUSIC
10 EXT. SODOR – JUNCTION - DAY
This is the part of the line where Thomas’s Branch Line meets up with the Main Line.
Thomas, Percy, Toby and Daisy are lined up along the station platform. Percy is coupled to Annie & Clarabel, and Toby is coupled to his own coach, HENRIETTA.
Sir Topham Hatt stands on the platform with a large crowd of people.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (addressing the crowd) A long time ago, Thomas showed how valuable he is to the smooth running of my railway. I’m sure you will all agree that he is a most deserving representative of the Sodor Railway, and he will prove to those in York that he is a Really Useful Engine!
The crowd claps and cheers. Percy whistles. Toby rings his bell.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (CONT’D) (to Thomas) Goodbye, Thomas. Enjoy yourself, and be a credit to our railway.
THOMAS (thrilled) I will, sir! Thank you, sir! Goodbye, everyone!
PERCY Goodbye, Thomas!
TOBY Happy journeys!
ANNIE & CLARABEL Come back soon!
The crowd cheers.
DAISY I’ll run the branch line just fine, Thomas! I’ll make sure nothing goes wrong!
TOBY (annoyed) Daisy, you’re not in charge of us.
DAISY (condescendingly) Of course, I’m not, Toby.
Toby and Percy look at each other disparagingly.
Thomas whistles and pulls out of the station.
Everyone cheers as he pulls away.
ANNIE & CLARABEL Ohh, we hope he comes home soon.
PERCY Oh, he will. Besides, we’ll have just as much fun without him, won’t we?
ANNIE & CLARABEL (disinterested) Ohh, we suppose.
PERCY (to Toby) This isn’t going to go swimmingly, is it?
TOBY Between Daisy’s delusions and the coaches worrying, I’m not holding my breath.
We watch as Thomas rounds the bends and disappears into the distance.
11. EXT. SODOR – COUNTRYSIDE – DAY
Thomas travels across the open line, enjoying the journey. It will take a long time for him to travel to York. It is a lovely day, though.
12. EXT. EDWARD’S STATION – DAY
Henry is picking up passengers while Edward shunts in a siding.
Thomas puffs through, whistling cheerfully.
EDWARD (calling after him) Good luck, Thomas!
HENRY Have fun being a museum piece!
Thomas disappears up the line.
13. EXT. WORKS STATION – DAY
Gordon is picking up passengers at the station for his Express.
Thomas races through, whistling again.
GORDON Goodbye, little Thomas.
14. EXT. SODOR – LONG BRIDGE/THOMAS – DAY
The sun is setting now. It has been a long journey.
Thomas rolls up to the bridge, looking out at LONDON on the other end.
THOMAS This is it, isn’t it?
THOMAS’S DRIVER It sure is.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Are you ready, Thomas?
THOMAS Let’s go! Look out, York! Here I come!
Thomas proceeds across the bridge.
15. EXT. LONDON – CANFORD – ENGINE SHEDS – NIGHT
Thomas arrives at a massive engine shed – much bigger than the one back home.
There are several ANONYMOUS DIESELS inside – all painted blue with yellow fronts and backs.
Two, however, stand out – D199 and D7101 – they loom over Thomas.
D199 is aloof and conceited – possibly a villain, although he has no evil plans. D7101, however, is more gentle and inviting – one of the good ones.
THOMAS (awkward) Hello. I’m Thomas.
D7101 (kindly) Hello, Thomas. I’m 7101.
THOMAS That’s your name?
D7101 That’s my number. Engines on this railway aren’t given names. We just have numbers.
D199 (interrupting) Because we don’t neednames. We are efficient machines, unlike you little steam engines.
THOMAS (stunned) Excuse me?
D7101 199, please – he’s a visitor.
THOMAS Only passing through. I’m going to the Great Railway Museum in York!
D199 To be preserved?
THOMAS As an honored guest! I’m going home immediately afterwards.
D7101 Back to Sodor then?
THOMAS How did you know?
D7101 Because that’s where we’re going in the morning.
THOMAS Oh! So you’re the new diesels the Fat Controller ordered?
D199 Indeed, we are. I wouldn’t be surprised if during your little stay in York you end up having more of your steam-churning friends join you. By the time we’re finished on Sodor, the Fat Controller will realize what he’s been missing.
THOMAS (furious) Rubbish!
D7101 Now, now, 199 – leave him alone. That isn’t true at all. Why don’t we all just go to sleep? We have a big journey tomorrow.
D199 snorts but closes his eyes. D7101 does the same.
Thomas looks around unhappily before he closes his eyes as well.
It is a dark gloomy day. The clouds are dark, and the rain is pouring down.
Thomas passes through Skipton Station, looking cold and sopping wet. He is diverted into a siding where there is a water tower. He stops, and his driver and fireman get out getting him a drink.
THOMAS’S DRIVER We just need to wait for a goods train to overtake us and we can start again.
THOMAS Good. I can’t wait to get out of this rain.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Nor can I. I could murder a cuppa.
As they put the hose from the tower into Thomas’s tank, they hear a train coming, and a non-descript engine comes racing through the station. Thomas watches it pass.
As this goes on...
17. EXT. LONDON – MAIN LINE – DAY
The goods engine continues its journey, racing along at fine speed through the rain.
It is racing towards:
18. EXT. /INT. LONDON – SIGNAL BOX – DAY
We see a level crossing now, with two white gates standing over the road, allowing the goods train passage. It races through, whistling as it goes with its trucks rattling along behind it.
THE SIGNALMAN watches it pass, flask of tea in one hand and a clipboard in the other. He nods at what is written on the clipboard. Everything is right on schedule.
As soon as the train has gone from view, he pulls a lever. Outside, the signal drops to show the line is clear for Thomas.
He listens to the rain pelting on the roof of the signal house for a few moments in quiet contemplation when he hears a noise.
It is a loud cracking noise, and it is coming from outside. From out the window, he sees one of the crossing gates violently swing the side, over the line, and it bounces against the other as it is blown by the wind.
SIGNALMAN (horrified) Oh no, that blasted lock is broken!
19. EXT. LONDON – SKIPTON STATION – DAY
Thomas is pulling out of the siding, ready to continue his journey. The signal is in plain view.
THOMAS All clear! Let’s get a move on!
He proceeds to advance along the line.
20. EXT. / INT. LONDON – SIGNALBOX – DAY
Thomas’s whistles sounds in the distance.
Realizing what is going to happen, the Signalman sets the flask and clipboard down, throws the lever back the way it was before and legs it outside.
21. EXT. / INT. LONDON – MAIN LINE/THOMAS – DAY
Thomas is passing under the signal in good spirits.
THOMAS Away we go! Away we go!
There’s a loud clang as the signal changes position to “DANGER!”
THOMAS’S DRIVER (startled) Whoa, Thomas!
Thomas’s Driver applies the brakes as hard as he can.
22. EXT. LONDON – LEVEL CROSSING – DAY
The Signalman is frantically trying to pull the gate open for Thomas. We can see smoke from Thomas’s funnel coming over the trees as he rounds the bend. Unfortunately, it slips from his hands in the rain.
Thomas is horrified when he sees it coming towards him. He screeches along the line as his brakes try to hold him, but the rails are equally slippery, and he slides ahead.
The gate slips out of the signalman’s hands, and it collides with Thomas’s front with an awful crash.
Thomas comes to a very bumpy stop, crunching over the gate, reducing it to splinters.
Finally, Thomas is silent. There is only the sound of the rain coming down.
Thomas’s Driver and Fireman climb down in stunned silence.
Finally, the Signalman manages to find his voice.
SIGNALMAN (stammering) The... the lock broke on the gate... and it just... I tried to warn you, but I couldn’t... I just... (looks at Thomas; realizes) Hey, you’re Thomas the Tank Engine!
Thomas can only look at him – bewildered.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (quietly) We told you, you were famous.
23. INT. LONDON – SIGNALBOX – DAY
The Signalman is up in the signal box again, now on the phone. Thomas’s Driver and Fireman stand nearby.
SIGNALMAN So I thought it best to put the poor engine in a siding. His crew and I just finished clearing up the debris. (beat) Yes, all right. I’ll tell them.
He hangs up the phone and addresses the Driver and Fireman.
SIGNALMAN (CONT’D) They’re sending an Inspector to judge the situation. Hopefully, he’ll be able to set things right.
24. EXT. LONDON – SIDING – DAY
Thomas stands forlornly on the siding. His buffer beam is bent, and one of his buffers is hanging off.
THE INSPECTOR is an older man – graying, late ‘50s, wearing spectacles and holding a clipboard. He is looking the poor engine over.
The Driver and Fireman stand nearby.
THE INSPECTOR You can’t go like that. Not on the rails, at any rate. Not in that condition.
THOMAS (heartbroken) But I’m supposed to be in York tomorrow!
THE INSPECTOR I know that. Leave it with me. I’ll see what can be done. (to the crew) You two will have to come back with me. Paperwork, plus getting out of the blasted rain. Terrible weather, this. Terrible weather.
He walks away.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Chin up, Thomas. It’ll all work out.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Too right. We’ll be on our way to York soon.
THOMAS And I’m just to sit here in the pouring rain, waiting for someone to come and get me?
THOMAS’S DRIVER It could be much worse.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN You could have to fill out paperwork. One of the advantages to being an engine, I’ve found, is that you rarely have to worry about ‘triplicate’ and ‘shorthand’.
THOMAS’S DRIVER We’ll be back, Thomas. Don’t worry. We’ll get to York, all right.
The Driver and Fireman walk away, leaving poor Thomas cold and alone in the siding.
TILT UP TO:
25. EXT. LONDON – GRAY SKY – DAY
FADE UP MUSIC
We pan up to the dismal gray rainy sky. It is not a friendly atmosphere. We weave through as we begin to tilt down again.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) While poor Thomas sat in the rain and felt generally horrible, his friends back on Sodor were not exactly having a nice time either. Remember those two diesels he met? 199 and 7101? Well, they’ve arrived on the Island by now, and they’ve made themselves known.
PAN ACROSS AND TILT DOWN TO:
26. EXT. / INT. SODOR – BIG STATION – DAY
It is rainy and miserable on Sodor as well.
Henry and Duck stand at the station platform, looking on as 199 and 7101 are addressed by the Fat Controller.
SIR TOPHAM HATT Right then – 199 and 7101, you have been brought here to help with passengers and goods. I hope the two of you will work efficiently and be on your best behavior while you’re here.
7101 Yes, sir.
199 Quite understood, sir.
SIR TOPHAM HATT Good. I like to be fair and give all engines of all types a fair chance. Just know that I will not stand for any kind of ‘revolution’ while you’re my railway. Now then – the Inspectors will tell you what to do today. Good day to you.
7101 Thank you, sir.
Sir Topham Hatt turns and walks away.
This leaves the steam engines alone with the diesel engines.
DUCK (awkwardly) Well! Welcome to our railway. We’ll try to make you as comfortable as we can and show you everything.
7101 (pleasantly) Thank you. We’ll do our best to help out.
199 (loftily) We’ll manage just fine, thank you. Just keep your steam out of our faces and stay out of our way.
DUCK (angered) Now hold on a minute!
7101 (dreading) 199, please don’t start.
HENRY The Fat Controller brought you here to help us.
199 Well, of course he did! He knows that deep down, steam engines are cowardly, cranky, worn-out hunks of metal. One day, we diesels will dominate you. When we’re done here, you’ll be nothing but useless scrap.
With that, 199 snakes away.
FADE OUT MUSIC
HENRY What a stinker.
Henry is furious and Duck is outraged.
7101 I’m so sorry. He’s always on about the ‘Diesel Revolution’. I can never get him to shut up about it.
DUCK (crossly) Well, you can tell him diesels won’t dominate or revolutionize anything! We won’t let you! Neither will the Fat Controller!
We hear the Guard’s whistle, and Duck has to leave now, still furious!
7101 can only stand at the platform sadly.
27. EXT. LONDON – SIDING – NIGHT
Thomas is still sitting in the rain, unhappy. It is pouring harder now, and he is beginning to feel cold.
THOMAS I wish I was back in my nice dry shed.
At that moment, the Inspector comes walking up with an umbrella, flanked by Thomas’s Driver and Fireman, who are also carrying umbrellas.
THE INSPECTOR (jovially) I bring tidings of great joy, Thomas! You’ll be at the museum by tomorrow, and they have promised to repair your front in their workshops.
THOMAS Thank you, sir, but if I can’t go by rail, how will I get there?
THE INSPECTOR It’s all fixed. A lorry is coming to collect you in the morning!
THOMAS (aghast) A lorry?! I’m to travel by road?!
THE INSPECTOR That’s right! It’ll be here at eight o’clock sharp! So you might as well get comfortable.
THOMAS (stammering) But...! But...!
THE INSPECTOR Have a good night! (to the crew) Come on! There’s a local inn you can stay out tonight!
The Inspector walks away.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Well, Thomas, looks like we’ll see you in the morning.
THOMAS But a lorry?! What will the other engines say?!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Who’s going to tell them? I certainly won’t.
THOMAS’S DRIVER We’ll take a solemn oath to never let it slip that Thomas travelled to York on the back of a lorry.
They both chuckle, but Thomas is not amused.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (CONT’D) Well, goodnight, Thomas. We’ll see you in the morning.
THOMAS (sadly) Goodnight.
The Driver and Fireman walk through the rain.
Pull out on Thomas – emphasizing how alone he is feeling right now.
28. EXT. /INT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR SHEDS – NIGHT
Percy and Toby are tucked up in their sheds, watching the rain fall.
PERCY Do you reckon Thomas is in York by now?
TOBY Maybe. I hope he’s enjoying himself.
We see Daisy sitting in her own shed, looking miserable.
DAISY Such foul weather! All this rain is bad for my swerves!
PERCY (quietly) Hopefully, one day we’ll find out what ‘swerves’ are.
DAISY Well, how can I be expected to run this branch line in such dreadful weather, I ask you!
TOBY Daisy, it rains all the time. You just need to cope with it.
DAISY If it rains tomorrow, then I’m not taking the passengers tomorrow. Percy – you’ll have to do it.
PERCY Oh, well thank you very much! Apparently, I’m the drizzly day engine!
TOBY Daisy, you’re scheduled to take the morning passengers. Same as you are every morning. Even when Thomas is here, that’s your job.
DAISY I should be the sunshine engine.
PERCY Right, because it would fit in with your sunny disposition so perfectly.
Wow! Just... wow! That is really good! I've written down my own idea on this, except I base it solely off of "Thomas & the Great Railway Show" and "Thomas Comes Home" (I'll be having it up here soon, but, in the meantime, you can read the other ones I've got up so far). Aside from that, can't wait to see how this intertwinement of three books will play out (fairly well, from what I've seen so far ). Keep it up!
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I'm actually quite impressed myself. The two Christopher Awdry volumes seem tailor-made for such interweaving, but the added bonus of keeping the main line involved by including elements from "Enterprising Engines" is inspired!
Thomas is tethered to a faceless lorry, chained to a low-loader. It is carrying him very slowly along the road. There are loads of people pointing and laughing at him. Some are throwing garbage at him. He closes his eyes in shame.
CHILDREN (chanting) Thomas is stuck on a lor-ry! Thomas is stuck on a lor-ry!
And then we hear familiar laughter coming from nearby.
Lined up in a row in three sidings, we see Gordon, Henry and James all laughing at Thomas.
GORDON (laughing) You don’t look Really Useful now, Thomas! You look really disgraceful!
The laughter grows louder and louder.
Thomas closes his eyes tightly.
And then we can hear a familiar voice.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (V.O.) Thomas... Thomas... Thomas! Wake up!
30. EXT. LONDON – SIDING – DAY
Thomas wakes up very shocked.
THOMAS What happened?! Where am I?
THOMAS’S DRIVER Don’t fret, Thomas. It’s eight o’clock. Time to put you on the dreaded lorry!
THOMAS What? Oh... botheration.
Thomas suddenly finds himself looking face-to-face with a DIESEL SHUNTER. He is coupled to a small flatbed, and he proceeds to buffer it up to Thomas.
DIESEL SHUNTER All right, mate – here you go.
THOMAS Where are we going?
DIESEL SHUNTER Special siding that links up with the road. Your lorry is waiting.
THOMAS (disappointed) Oh... good.
The diesel pulls him away.
31. EXT. LONDON – SPECIAL SIDING – DAY
Thomas is now sitting in a special siding with no buffers. The lorry is waiting at the end with its low-loader aligned with the rails. There are two long “rails” between Thomas’s tracks and the loader.
Unlike in the dream, the lorry has a face and speaks. His name is NELSON – and he seems friendly enough.
NELSON All right now – Thomas, isn’t it?
THOMAS (surprised) Er, yes!
NELSON Well, listen, Thomas. We’re going to hook you up to a special cable attached to my winch, and we’ll carry you all the way to London. How’s that sound, mate?
THOMAS Oh, er... Lovely.
The Diesel Shunter proceeds to push Thomas up the special “rails”. The cable on the winch retracts, helping the operation along.
THOMAS (CONT’D) (under his breath) How undignified.
NELSON (struggling) Oof! You’re heavy!
THOMAS (surprised) Heavy? Me? I’m only a tank engine!
NELSON A very heavy tank engine! Almost there!
Thomas is now completely on the low-loader. The men proceed to secure him.
THOMAS’S DRIVER We’ll follow on. They’ve arranged a car for us. We’ll meet you in York, Thomas.
THOMAS I certainly hope so.
NELSON Come on, Thomas! We need to get you to the museum on time!
Thomas is now secured.
Nelson sets off, clearly struggling a bit.
NELSON (CONT’D) Oof! Still heavy!
And they pull off down the road.
32. EXT. LONDON – HIGHWAY – COUNTRYSIDE – DAY
Nelson carries Thomas down a country lane.
Thomas is beginning to warm to the ride.
NELSON Making good time!
THOMAS (impressed) You’re a very good carrier!
NELSON Well, thank you.
THOMAS It’s funny. We engines pull coaches and trucks all day long. It simply never occurred to me how nice it is to be carried for a change.
NELSON I suppose so. I’ve never been carried myself, but then, who would be big enough to carry me?
THOMAS I’ve never seen the world from the road before. I must tell my friend Bertie the Bus about it when I get back. He’ll have a good laugh about that.
They continue along their way.
33. EXT. YORK – BIG CITY – DAY
Now we’re in a big built up area. We are almost into York now. We get a splendid view of the city as we CRANE SHOT over the freeway as Thomas and Nelson arrive. It looks beautiful in the setting sun.
THOMAS Ooh, finally! Is this York?
NELSON That it is, my friend!
THOMAS This is beautiful! Thank goodness – I was beginning to grow bored!
34. EXT. YORK – BIG CITY – STREET – DAY
Nelson carries Thomas through the streets. It’s a very busy place. Thomas is amazed by the streets – he’s never seen them up close before!
As they pull around a corner, they come to a stop on the curb. Thomas watches as Nelson’s door opens, and NELSON’S DRIVER climbs down and heads for a nearby building.
THOMAS What’s happening?
NELSON Driver isn’t sure of the way to the Museum, so he’s stopped to ask for directions.
As the Driver disappears into a shop, Thomas’s eyes fall on a man wearing a flat black cap with a yellow band comes over – he’s a TRAFFIC WARDEN, but Thomas doesn’t realize this. When he realizes the Warden is staring at him, he can only smile winningly.
The Traffic Warden scowls at Thomas as he begins to write something down in his notebook.
Thomas looks worried now.
THOMAS (CONT’D) Wait, are you a policeman? Is it against the law in York to say, “Hello?”
The Traffic Warden just scowls again, finishes what he’s writing and heads for Nelson’s cab. He sticks a slip of paper under the windshield wiper and carries on his way, shaking his head.
THOMAS (CONT’D) Oh, dear. What was that about?
NELSON Not sure. I can’t see that slip of paper from here.
A few moments later, Nelson’s Driver returns. He notices the slip of paper and takes it, reads it, and then he starts scowling as well. He crumbles it up with an angry grunt and gets back into the cab.
THOMAS (beat) That didn’t look good.
But now they’re off again. Nelson rejoins traffic.
35. EXT. YORK – NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM – DAY
We’re finally here! It’s the National Railway Museum! It’s a large building with rails running into it.
Nelson pulls up to the building. Thomas looks around excitedly.
THOMAS This is wonderful! I’m finally here!
NELSON Told you I’d get you here in one piece, my friend! Now let’s see about getting you situated.
They pull through the main gates.
36. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – SPECIAL SIDING – DAY
Thomas is slowly being lowered back down onto the rails again.
THOMAS (with feeling) Oh, that feels good! Back on the ground! Wonderful!
NELSON Time to get your rail wheels back after all that time on the road, yeah?
THOMAS Thanks for the lift, Nelson. It was a fascinating journey.
NELSON Thanks for the company, mate. Pleasure was all mine. You have a good visit then, and try to be more careful on your way home.
And Nelson drives away.
The workmen surround Thomas. He takes in the surrounding area – the rails, the engines, the people, etc.
THOMAS (in awe) I have arrived.
Next to him is a REAL ENGINE – THE ROCKET. It has no face, and Thomas looks at it curiously. He isn’t sure what to say.
37. INT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – WORKSHOPS – DAY
Thomas has been moved into the busy workshops now. Lots of workmen milling around, talking, busy, noisy.
Thomas’s Driver and Fireman arrive, walking up to their engine.
THOMAS’S DRIVER There you are! Told you we’d meet you here!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN So how was the trip for you then, Thomas?
THOMAS It was... an experience. Although, there was one odd bit.
THOMAS’S DRIVER What was that?
THOMAS A man with a flat cap saw me and wrote on a slip of paper and put it on the lorry. I’m not sure what that was about.
Now the Driver and Fireman are laughing heartily.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (laughing) How do you do it, Thomas? That will make the Fat Controller’s day!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Thomas booked for parking!
Poor Thomas just looks confused.
38. EXT. SODOR – RAILYARD – DAY
We pan across the yard where we find James, Henry, Duck and Donald all having an idle chat. James is clearly not happy, and he’s letting the others know it.
There is a low mist rolling in.
It’s not that I don’t like some diesels...
HENRY (dreading) Oh, dear, here it comes...
JAMES In fact, some of my best friends are diesels.
The others groan as if in pain.
JAMES (CONT’D) (ignores them) But when they come into our yard and take our work, I simply cannot abide by it.
HENRY They’re all right, really. Just mixed-traffic engines, like you and me.
JAMES Mixed-up engines, more like. With cabs at both ends, how can they know whether they’re coming or going?
DUCK Toby has two cabs, and he gets along all right.
JAMES Toby’s only a small engine. If an important engine like me didn’t know which way to turn, what would the railway come to?
James puffs away, full of his own self-importance.
HENRY Making out he’s royalty or something. It’s disgusting.
DUCK I knew an engine named King James – back in the old days at Paddington. King James the First, he was, but he’d never swank about like that.
DONALD Och, dinnae be tellin’ James that. It’ll be an even greater misery he’ll be makin’ our lives.
HENRY Exactly. But who’s going to trim his wheels for him?
39. EXT. SODOR – EDWARD’S STATION – DAY
7101 is at the platform with a passenger train. He is waiting for his passengers to finish boarding. He is having a pleasant conversation with Edward, who is parked in a siding nearby having a drink from the water tower.
7101 My color scheme’s all wrong, you see. I shouldn’t be this yellow and blue color. I was designed and built by Beyer Peacock Limited, and all diesels built by them were usually a dark green color. Not this silly yellow and blue nonsense.
EDWARD (kindly) Well, it’s still a nice shade of blue.
7101 It’s bright and garish, and worse still, it’s what all the other diesels are wearing. You know why they do that? It’s so we all blend into the background. None of us matter because we all look the same. We’re not like your railway. You lot have a nice diverse vibrant color system. Much more attractive.
EDWARD Well, thank you. It’s not much, but it’s what everyone prefers nowadays.
We hear the Guard’s whistle blow.
7101 Oh dear, that’s me, I’m afraid. Lovely chat, Edward. Hope to see you again.
EDWARD And you, 7101! Thank you!
7101 pulls his train away.
40. EXT. SODOR – RAILYARD – DAY
There is now a faint mist rolling in over the yard. The various switches are difficult to make out. All we can see in the middle of it all is the signal tower with two large signals mounted on it, as well as a signal box off to the side of yard.
James is still grumbling, now because of the job he has to do.
JAMES Of all the rotten jobs! Shunting! Me! Why did Donald and Douglas have to go gallivanting off to Edward’s line? This is their job!
STORYTELLER (V.O.) James didn’t like shunting his own trucks, but he was rather stuck with it. The mist that had rolled in had made it even more difficult. The trucks James was working with today all called ‘well-wagons’. These have bogeys, which join the wheels together, and they can turn along with the rails.
James bangs about the yard, moving the well-wagons, which are all carrying tractors.
JAMES Come on, you lot! Let’s get moving!
41. INT. SODOR – SIGNAL BOX – DAY
Inside this signal box, we find yet another SIGNALMAN working away. From his point of view, we see that with the mist rolling through, the yard looks barely visible. It is sometimes difficult to see what is happening.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Because of the mist, it was sometimes difficult for the signalman to see what was happening. James’s driver had told him that James would whistle when they had collected all the trucks and were clear of the points. Unfortunately, the signalman is not familiar with every single whistle on the Island, and so that meant he was susceptible to this happening...
42. EXT. SODOR – RAILYARD – DAY
James isn’t finished shunting yet.
At that moment, Duck races through with a goods train on the opposite side of the signal box. He whistles at James.
43. INT. SODOR – SIGNAL BOX – DAY
The Signalman jumps and makes for the lever, pulling it.
44. EXT. SODOR – RAILYARD – DAY
We hear the sound of the points changing – while one of James’s well-wagons is halfway over!
With James still pushing, one bogey goes one way, while the other bogy goes the other. The truck is now travelling sideways!
The signal is between the two lines. The truck collides with it, and it ends up toppling over, crashing to the ground close to James, who by now is coming to a stop. He is horrified.
JAMES Jiminy Christmas pudding!
JAMES’S DRIVER AND FIREMAN climb down from the cab to inspect the damage.
JAMES’S DRIVER Well, that’s torn it. The Fat Controller won’t like this one bit.
45. INT. SODOR – ENGINE SHEDS – NIGHT
Gordon, Henry, James, Edward, Duck, Donald and Douglas are all lined up in the shed.
James is silent.
EDWARD (kindly) The Fat Controller said it wasn’t your fault. All that mist in the area confused the signalman.
DOUGLAS Aye. The only problem noow is tha’ yon signal is an important one.
James says nothing.
HENRY I suppose it must be difficult to know which way to go when you’ve got two cabs, but to go two ways at once with only one cab – that really is something.
Some quiet giggles erupt in the shed.
James just closes his eyes and goes to sleep.
DUCK Well, get to sleep, everyone – winter’s coming. We’ll need to keep warm.
They engines all close their eyes and go to sleep.
Thomas is sound asleep in his corner of the workshop. We see that he has been repaired.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) The people of York had been as good as their word. They had repaired all of Thomas’s bumps and dents, straightened out his buffer beam and even bolted on a new buffer. He was feeling much better.
When he opens his eyes, he looks around, taking in the workshop.
To his right, he and we can now see a big green engine – this is another real engine named GREEN ARROW.
GREEN ARROW Well, good morning!
THOMAS Good morning. I’m Thomas.
GREEN ARROW I know. I recognize you. You’re much bigger than I imagined you’d be. The telly-whatsit doesn’t do you justice.
THOMAS I try not to watch it, myself. Who are you then?
GREEN ARROW I’m Green Arrow.
THOMAS What are you doing in a museum?
GREEN ARROW I was withdrawn from service back in 1962. The National Railway Museum bought me. Lovely bunch. I’m treated well here.
THOMAS Well, that’s nice. What work did you do before?
GREEN ARROW Oh, my brothers and I were built to run fast goods trains, but we did it so well they let us pull coaches as well. Now I’m the only one of my sort left.
THOMAS Who built you? Your design looks familiar.
GREEN ARROW Sir Nigel Gresley himself designed us. I’m right up there with Flying Scotsman.
THOMAS So is my friend Gordon! He had a rebuild at Crewe, so he doesn’t quite look it anymore, but he’s still one of yours.
GREEN ARROW Ah, splendid. Nice to know more of the Gresely stock are out and about.
At that moment, Thomas’s Driver and Fireman arrive – wearing scarves in the cold.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Come along, old boy! Time to go out into the cold.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN I’ll get your fire stoked up and ready to go.
They clamber into his cab.
THOMAS Oh bother, really? I was just chatting with my new friend here.
GREEN ARROW We’ll have time to talk later. It’s time you got out and enjoyed the sights this place has to offer.
Thomas lets of steam as he rolls slowly out of the workshops.
47. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – DEMONSTRATION LINE – DAY
Thomas rolls out into the open. He is surprised by the amount of engines idling in the yard. So many different kinds!
THOMAS Bust my buffers! Look at all these engines!
THOMAS’S DRIVER (O.S.) I know. Isn’t it incredible? Engines from so many different countries and times!
Thomas rolls over some points and onto a special part of the line where he is stopped.
Almost instantly, people are swarming around him – talking at him, taking pictures, etc.
Thomas looks very bemused by it all.
His Driver and Fireman climb down to see him.
THOMAS’S DRIVER What’d we tell you? You’re definitely a star attraction!
THOMAS Is that being a credit to the Fat Controller?
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Of course, it is! Why even ask?
THOMAS I was hoping to make up for the parking ticket.
The Driver and Fireman laugh. The crowds keep coming.
49. EXT. SODOR – FFARQUARH BRANCH LINE – DAY
We see a MONTAGE of Percy, Toby and Daisy working at their jobs.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) While Thomas was away, his branch line had to keep going. Percy looked after Annie and Clarabel, handling most of Thomas’s trains. Daisy took the fast one that met with Gordon’s Express. This made her feel very important. Toby was in charge of the goods trains.
We watch the three engines going about their work. Percy whistles, Toby rings his bell, and Daisy toots her horn.
50. EXT. SODOR – THE JUNCTION – DAY
It is now snowing heavily. We see Daisy parked on the branch line.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) As the days passed, winter came along, and it made the engines very uncomfortable. One day, the train from London was late due to the heavy snow, so Gordon was therefore late meeting Daisy at the Junction.
Huge white flakes fly all around Daisy. She smiles at them.
DAISY What fun! Much better than rain! The other engines don’t like snow, but I think it’s pretty.
But DAISY’S DRIVER and GUARD are on the platform.
DAISY’S DRIVER Daisy hasn’t the weight of a steam engine. She can’t push her way through. We all know how Thomas got stuck once.
DAISY’S GUARD He’s told us often enough.
We hear Gordon’s whistle in the background. Everyone turns to see him pulling up to the station, wearing a big blue snowplow.
GORDON (grumbling) Silly engines from the Mainland – all frightened by a bit of snow!
DAISY I’m not afraid of it! Snow’s not a problem for me!
GORDON Quite right. Well done. But I’m late. Haven’t time to gossip.
A few moments later, we hear the Guard’s whistle, and Gordon tears away.
Daisy sets off confidently.
51. EXT. / INT. SODOR – VALLEY / DAISY’S CAB – DAY
The blizzard is thickening. Daisy struggles through it.
DAISY (taken off-guard) Ugh! I don’t like this!
DAISY’S DRIVER Nor do I. I can’t see where we’re going.
There is a signal box in looming alongside the line. Daisy stops. Her Driver gets out and runs up to the ‘box to talk to the signalman.
Later, he returns, looking glum. He returns inside and addresses the PASSENGERS.
DAISY’S DRIVER (CONT’D) There are heavy drifts ahead. We can’t get through. The signalman says we are to take you back to the last station. We’ll get you all home somehow.
PASSENGER If we’re lucky!
The Driver sits at the controls and throws Daisy into reverse.
Daisy begins to go backwards up the line.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t get very far. After a short distance, she suddenly coughs hiccups and stops.
DAISY (panting) Help! I can’t breathe properly!
DAISY’S DRIVER The snow has blocked your air intake, I’d expect. (to the passengers) Well, that’s torn it. No other options. I’ll make the journey back to the signal box and telephone for help.
The passengers groan unhappily.
52. EXT. / INT. SODOR – VALLEY / DAISY’S CAB – DAY
Daisy is still where she was, only now the snow if piling up high around her.
DAISY’S DRIVER They’ve promised to rescue us. I don’t know how they’ll do it, but they’ll do it. (to Daisy) Daisy, please don’t cry. If you cry, then we’ll all start crying.
Then, up above them, we hear a strange whirring noise.
FADE UP MUSIC: “HAROLD’S THEME” by O’Donnell and Campbell
DAISY Oh no! Not another blizzard!
It’s HAROLD THE HELICOPTER flying in to rescue them!
HAROLD Have no fear, my dear! We’re here to save your passengers!
MONTAGE: We see Harold lowering a special chair down to the ground. One by one, the passengers climb into, and Harold brings it up inside of himself. The final one to get on is Daisy’s driver.
DAISY What about me?
HAROLD I’m afraid I can’t carry you.
DAISY But...! But...!
HAROLD Don’t fret, m’dear! I’m sure the Fat Controller will think of something to help you!
And with the last of his passengers on board, Harold buzzes away into the distance.
Daisy is left alone.
FADE OUT MUSIC
53. EXT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR YARDS – NIGHT
Percy is sitting anxiously in his shed.
At last, Toby arrives, pushing Daisy towards her shed. Her face is very blue.
PERCY (to Toby) Is she okay, Toby?
TOBY She will be. Once she’s been repaired, she’ll be back at work again. Poor engine.
PERCY Imagine being stuck in the cold for an entire week!
TOBY There wasn’t much choice. The snow was too thick for any of us to get to her. We had to wait for a thaw to come around.
DAISY (stammering) I can’t... feel... my... nose...
54. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – DEMONSTRATION LINE – DAY
Thomas is being moved onto a Demonstration Line, which is three sets of tracks going in a huge circle – standard gauge, narrow gauge and broad gauge.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) While the engines on Sodor overcame a terrible winter, Thomas was enjoying himself in York. It was still cold, but today, he didn’t mind. There was no snow on the ground, and his driver had brought him tremendous news.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (O.S.) We’re going to be giving rides on the Demonstration Line today, Thomas.
THOMAS What do I do on a demonstration line?
THOMAS’S FIREMAN (O.S.) Give demonstrations, of course! We’ll take some people around in circles to show them how well you work.
THOMAS Look at all these different rail lines! I’ve seen narrow gauge rails before. Skarloey’s line is like that. What are these rails here?
Another engine named IRON DUKE is parked ahead of him. He is an old engine with a bushy mustache.
IRON DUKE This is Broad Gauge. The Great Western Railway used it up until about one hundred years ago.
THOMAS Did they, indeed? Blimey – Duck will be interested to hear that. He’s Great Western as well.
IRON DUKE Is he? Splendid. The Great Westerners continue to have influence.
THOMAS He’s always saying, “There are two ways of doing things: the Great Western Way or the wrong way.”
IRON DUKE That’s the Great Western creed, all right. Good to see he’s spreading the word.
THOMAS To anyone who will listen. I’ll be sure to tell him about Broad Gauge. It’d be nice to know something about the Great Western Railway for once instead of him.
Iron Duke rolls away.
IRON DUKE Well, it’s time for me to give my demonstrations. Take care, youngster.
Thomas whistles in response.
THOMAS’S DRIVER (O.S.) Come on, Thomas. We’re going to get you coupled to a special truck.
55. EXT. YORK – DEMONSTRATION LINE/THOMAS (TRAVELLING) – DAY
Thomas is now pulling a special wagon that is for carrying people in it. Loads of passengers are inside, enjoying being pulled around. It is a fun atmosphere.
Thomas, however, is looking concerned as he rounds the bend near the crowds of SPECTATORS. They are all trying to get over the fence to get decent photographs. It is making Thomas uneasy.
THOMAS (to his driver) I’m not sure about this. I’ve never seen so many people. What if a child should stray onto the line?
THOMAS’S DRIVER I know how you feel, Thomas, but try not to worry. There are plenty of nice strong barriers, and we’re being extra careful.
Thomas still looks worried.
The crowds appear to be surging against the barriers!
THOMAS If someone were to dart across the tracks, I might not be able to stop in time...
With this unhappy thought, Thomas continues about his work.
56. INT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – ENGINE SHED – NIGHT
That night, Thomas is inside the huge roundhouse in the museum with the rest of the standard gauge engines. We see more engines like Green Arrow, along with MALLARD, DUCHESS OF HAMILTON, BOXHILL and VARIOUS OTHERS.
MALLARD We can’t blame you for being nervous around the crowds, little Thomas.
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON Indeed. Crowd control has always been a problem here. People are so eager for pictures of us that they tend to do very stupid things.
GREEN ARROW Fortunately, most of the spectators are sensible enough, but there are some enthusiasts are a bit too...
GREEN ARROW Very much so.
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON All we can tell you is to be careful.
BOXHILL Quite right. We travel slowly on those lines for a reason. You never know if someone will do something careless.
THOMAS I’ll do my best.
57. INT. SODOR – ENGINE SHEDS – NIGHT
We find 199 and 7101 sitting in the sheds, surrounded by the steam engines.
199 It’s time, 7101, that we took this railway over.
7101 Shush, 199 – it’s their railway, after all.
199 Not for long. Our controller says steam engines spoil our image.
DUCK (crossly) Of course, we do! We show what frauds you are! Call yourselves engines? If anything happens, you care nothing for your train! You just moan for a fitter! We bring it home if only on one cylinder!
199 Nothing ever happens to us. We are reliable.
The steam engines all hiss and grumble at this.
199 (CONT’D) (offended) How rude!
7101 You asked for it. Now shut up and go to sleep.
199 You should really know better, 7101. I swear, sometimes I –
7101 (growling) Shut! Up!
199 is stunned into silence.
The engines all go unhappily to sleep.
58. EXT. YORK – DEMONSTRATION LINE/THOMAS (TRAV.) – DAY
Thomas is once again on the Demonstration Line. It is a lovely day. The crowds don’t seem as overwhelming as before. He is in high spirits.
THOMAS It looks much nicer today, doesn’t it?
THOMAS’S DRIVER It does indeed. All seems to be going smoothly so far.
THOMAS Hopefully, we’ll be done soon, and I’ll be able to have another chat with Iron Duke.
They continue along the line, passing the people at the barricades.
FADE UP MUSIC
The crowds continue to clap and cheer as he passes, taking pictures as they do so.
Thomas is smiling – enjoying himself immensely.
Then, he and we see something round and white suddenly fly out of the crowd and onto the track.
Thomas registers shock.
Thomas’s Driver sees it as well, and he immediately applies the brakes as hard as he dares.
There is a horrible screeching sound as Thomas’s brakes come on, and he slows down, hissing steam loudly, but he can’t just stop on a dime. He whistles frantically.
THOMAS I must stop! I must stop!
Thomas skids along, letting off a huge cloud of steam.
He can’t stop before hitting the bundle, and it explodes with a noise like gunfire! It’s a lunch bag full of sandwiches and crisps that go flying in all directions!
Thomas finally manages to stop completely.
His Driver and Fireman jump down to look. Thomas’s front is splattered with food residue.
Then, it starts to occur to them that they can hear another sound – a child is crying!
They all turn to the crowd where a SMALL BOY is wailing into his ANGRY MOTHER’S arms.
SMALL BOY (hysterical) The mean train scared me! I want to go home, Mummy! NOW!
Thomas is mortified.
THOMAS (stammering) I didn’t... I wasn’t...
ANGRY MOTHER (shaking her first at him) You horrible engine! How dare you try to frighten my boy! I’m reporting you to the manager! I’ll see you thrown out of this Museum for this!
She storms away – the child still wailing as she goes.
The crowd is murmuring amongst themselves.
Thomas’s crew proceed to examine him.
Thomas can only stand there, stunned.
THOMAS I didn’t... I tried to stop, but...
THOMAS’S FIREMAN We know, Thomas. Pay no mind of her.
THOMAS But... I frightened the boy!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN It’s the fault of whoever it was that threw that lunch pack on the line. Idiot. They should know better than that.
THOMAS What will the Fat Controller say when he finds out?
THOMAS’S DRIVER You did very well. Thank goodness it was only a lunch pack and not a child on the line.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN (inspecting Thomas) Uh-oh. Looks like we’ve got a real problem here. You damaged your brakes when you stopped so suddenly. No more work until they’re fixed, I’m afraid.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN (CONT’D) Still, never mind – perhaps the people here have learned something today. Engines can’t stop at once.
THOMAS (overlooking the crowd) I hope they have. I just hope they aren’t frightened of me now.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Rubbish. Come on. We’ll arrange for you to go back to the workshops. You’ve got a soda pop all over your wheels. Very sticky.
They walk in the direction of the buildings.
Thomas looks over the crowd. They are looking at him in silence. He feels very worried.
59. EXT. SODOR – WOODEN BRIDGE/PERCY (TRAV.) – DAY
There is a small wooden bridge that travels over a deep river.
Percy is slowly travelling across it, pulling some trucks.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Near the end of Thomas’s branch line, there is a small station, and close by, there is a wooden bridge that crosses a small stream. As the snow melted, the stream grew higher and higher, rushing and swirling in its hurry to reach the river. Percy was always a bit anxious crossing it.
Percy looks anxious, indeed.
PERCY’S DRIVER Cheer up, Percy – it’s got to come a lot higher than that to stop us.
PERCY I remember years ago I once had to travel through a flood. I remember being cold and wet, and my fire got sloshed out. I’m not eager to repeat that particular experience.
But they make it safely to the other side.
60. EXT. SODOR – STATION – DAY
Percy is waiting with Annie and Clarabel at the station when Toby passes through with a long line of trucks from the harbor.
TOBY Nothing wrong with the bridge today. The water is much lower.
PERCY Good. Hopefully, it won’t give us any trouble today.
Toby continues away.
The guard blows his whistle, and Percy sets off in the opposite direction.
61. EXT. SODOR – WOODEN BRIDGE – DAY
Percy is stopped at the station before the bridge. His Driver gets down from the cab to check the water level, which is indeed much lower.
PERCY’S DRIVER All’s well, Percy. We’re safe to go across!
PERCY That’s good. We’ll meet Henry at the next station now.
62. EXT. SODOR – THE JUNCTION – DAY
Percy, Annie and Clarabel sit on one side of the platform while Henry and his coaches sit on the other side.
HENRY That blasted 199 is still causing trouble. The other night, he simply would not shut up.
PERCY I can’t imagine having to share a shed with someone like that. Even Daisy is friendly once in a while.
HENRY It’s the state of the world, Percy. Diesels are taking over all over the Mainland. I suppose we should feel thankful for places like the National Railway Museum for taking in retired steam engines.
PERCY I know. It’s wonderful what they’re doing.
HENRY Speaking of which, when’s Thomas coming back? He’s not going to be museum piece forever, is he? Mind you, he’s old enough. They may feel inclined to keep him there!
Henry chortles at his own wit, but Annie and Clarabel gasp with horror.
ANNIE & CLARABEL (horrified) They’re not really going to keep Thomas forever, are they?!
PERCY No, of course not. Henry’s just being silly.
ANNIE & CLARABEL They can’t keep him! We’ll never see him again!
PERCY (crossly to Henry) Now look what you’ve done! You’ve upset Annie and Clarabel!
HENRY (awkwardly) I didn’t mean to. I was only making a joke.
ANNIE & CLARABEL It was a horrible joke! How dare you!
The Guard’s whistle blows.
PERCY Just go, Henry.
Henry, quite abashed, hurries away.
Annie and Clarabel are still upset and worrying, much to Percy’s dismay.
63. EXT. SODOR – WOODEN BRIDGE/PERCY (TRAV.) – DAY
Percy hurries up the line towards the bridge with Annie and Clarabel.
PERCY We spent so much time making Annie and Clarabel feel better, we’re running late! We’d better hurry!
PERCY’S DRIVER We’ll soon make up for lost time. We don’t have to stop at the next station today, so there’s nothing more to delay us.
FADE UP MUSIC
They approach the bridge. However, as Percy rolls onto it, it noticeably sags downwards, much to his surprise. There is an ominous creaking noise.
Percy races hurriedly over the bridge, pulling Annie and Clarabel along. Just as Clarabel’s rear wheels leave the bridge, the whole thing sinks and collapses into the river.
FADE OUT MUSIC
Percy stops a safe distance away.
The Fireman runs back to the edge of the river. All that can be seen of the bridge is two sets of rails dangling over the rushing river, and all we can see in the water is a few piece of wood, some of which sink in the current.
Shaken he walks back to the train. Clarabel looks very frightened. He can only pat her on the buffer to reassure her before heading back to the cab.
64. EXT. / INT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR SHEDS – DUSK
Percy and Toby are in their sheds. Annie and Clarabel are sitting outside the carriage shed.
Sir Topham Hatt stands before them.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (to Percy) I’m pleased you were able to escape in time, Percy, and got your passengers home safely. You were very brave.
PERCY Thank you, sir. Hopefully, by the time I’ve stopped shivering, I’ll feel brave.
SIR TOPHAM HATT I don’t have much choice but to close the railway while the bridge is repaired, seeing as how it’s the only way for you to get to the Junction. I’ve spoken with the bus company, and Bertie and his friends will be working to collect your passengers for you.
TOBY How long will we be stuck here, sir?
SIR TOPHAM HATT Well, if all goes well, the bridge should be rebuilt within a week. Until then, the two of you will simply have to stay here.
PERCY On static display.
TOBY Like museum pieces. How ironic.
SIR TOPHAM HATT Yes, well, I have some reports to finish up. The diesels will be finishing their trials by the end of the week.
Sir Topham Hatt walks back to his car.
TOBY Well, I suppose we can be glad of a rest.
PERCY Yes, I suppose. Still, I hope that bridge is made of the sturdiest steel they can find. I’m not inclined to have a bath in a stream any time soon.
ANNIE & CLARABEL Nor are we, thank you very much.
They settle in for some sleep.
65. INT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – ENGINE SHEDS – NIGHT
Thomas and the other Museum Engines are in the roundhouse.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Back in York, Thomas was still feeling down about what had happened. Nothing the other engines said could cheer him up.
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON You mustn’t continue to feel down about it, Thomas. It wasn’t anything you could’ve controlled.
GREEN ARROW Even the manager said it wasn’t your fault.
THOMAS But everyone looks at me differently now. They used to crowd around me and smile. Now they just glance at me and whisper. What if they think I’m a menace?
MALLARD Oh, nonsense. They’ve just finally realized you’re an engine, that’s all.
THOMAS They didn’t know before?
BOXHILL You’re a famous engine, Thomas. People over here know about you through books and telly. They don’t make the connection that you’re a live working steam engine. If any of them were to step in front of us, we wouldn’t be able to stop in time.
GREEN ARROW Disastrous things could happen. People think we trains are like their toy trains. They don’t recognize the danger because they continue to associate us with playthings.
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise you had that accident, Thomas. You’ve shown the visitors what sorts of dangers can await them if they continue to think we’re soft and cuddly.
MALLARD Then there are people who spray paint coaches and stations as if they’re public property.
GREEN ARROW People who throw rocks at us when we pass.
BOXHILL I remember someone once left a shopping trolley on the line filled with garbage for an engine to run over.
THOMAS Cinders and ashes – people really should know better than to do things like that!
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON There are just some people who think they know everything and that they can do whatever they like.
GREEN ARROW They think, (imitates voice) “Oh, they’re just little puffer trains! They can’t hurt us!”
THOMAS That’s horrible.
BOXHILL Well, they’re not all like that. Lots of people are smart enough to know better, but then you get some genuine idiots who think we’re for playing with.
MALLARD But we aren’t. We’re engines, and you’ve reminded them of that. Hopefully, the rest of your stay here shall pass without similar incidents.
THOMAS I certainly hope so. I wouldn’t mind this visit being fun again.
66. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – DEMONSTRATION LINE – DAY
We watch as Thomas travels along the Demonstration Line again – passing Iron Duke on the other line.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) And so, as the days wore on, Thomas began to get back into the swing of things. Over time, people began to approach him again, and as he was careful as he could be, he found that the people were now taking care as well.
Thomas smiles as some children wave at him from the safety of the barricade.
Iron Duke smiles assuringly at him.
Thomas gives a whistle, and the children cheer and clap – delighted.
And on this blissful scene, we:
67. EXT. SODOR – RAILWAY LINE – DAY
We see the steam engines going about their business – pulling trains, whistling to each other.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Back on Sodor, the engines were still working hard, determined not to let the diesels get them down. Unfortunately, Henry was having some trouble of his own.
Henry is moving slowly down the line in reverse. He is miserable. As he moves, he sees BERTIE THE BUS tearing along the road. Bertie is a friendly red bus who is right now looking after things while Thomas’s branch line has its bridge repaired.
BERTIE Hello, Henry!
HENRY Oh, hello, Bertie. How are things on the branch line?
BERTIE The bridge should be repaired soon, and all this extra work should stop. Why are you going backwards?
HENRY I’m a failed engine. Lost my regulator. Driver says it jammed wide open, and he can’t mend it until I’m cool. Still, I’ve got steam, and driver can use my reverser. Now James will make some joke about not knowing if I’m coming or going. I’ll be the laughing stock of the yard.
BERTIE That’s a bit of bad luck, Henry. (looks down the road) Blimey! Look at this! A traffic jam!
On Bertie’s highway, there is a long traffic jam of cars heading towards the level crossing ahead.
68. EXT. SODOR – LEVEL CROSSING – DAY
Henry reverses up alongside 199, who is grumbling with a long line of tanker wagons. Henry whistles to the signal box.
HENRY Worse and worse. Now ol’ reliable is going to laugh at me too.
But 199 seems to not notice Henry. In fact, he seems determined to ignore him.
Another SIGNALMAN comes out of his signal box and stands on the balcony, calling down to Henry.
SIGNALMAN (calling down) For pity’s sake – take this “spamcan” away! It’s failed, “the Limited” is behind, and all he does is wail for his fitter!
199 “Spamcan”?! I’m –
SIGNALMAN (interrupts) Stow it! Or I’ll take my tin opener to you!
199 is horrified and immediately shuts up.
Henry is amused as he moves over the points and into position in front of 199. He pulls the sulking diesel out of the level crossing with his long train of tankers behind him.
Moments later, 7101 goes growling past with “The Limited” – a special passenger train. He overtakes them and rolls ahead.
Now the crossing gates can open, and traffic proceeds as normal.
Bertie honks his horn at Henry in thanks. Henry whistles back.
HENRY Look, 199 – there’s your little pal!
69. EXT. SODOR – RAILWAY LINE – DAY
7101 is having troubles of his own. He is making unpleasant noises as he goes, spluttering and stammering along the way.
But eventually, he finds himself rolling to a stop.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Engines have a special pump called an ejector which draws air out of the train’s brake pipes to keep the brakes off. If it fails, air leaks in, and the brakes come on, gently at first, and then harder and harder.
7101 growls to a standstill.
70. EXT. SODOR – LEVEL CROSSING/HENRY (TRAV.) – DAY
Henry can see 7101 from where he is standing with 199. He smiles broadly. His Driver and Fireman come down from the cab to talk with him.
HENRY’S DRIVER The Signalman says that the other diesel’s ejector has failed. He can’t move another inch.
HENRY Well, well, well! I thought they’d all be laughing at me! Now the joke’s on them!
HENRY’S DRIVER Moving two dead diesels and their trains? That’s no joke for a failed engine. Do you think you can do it?
HENRY I’ll have a good try! Anyway, 7101’s a good sort. Definitely better than old “Spamcan” back there.
HENRY’S DRIVER Come on, then! We mustn’t keep the passengers waiting.
The Driver and Fireman run back to the cab.
A moment later, Henry starts – heaving 199 forwards.
HENRY (straining) Get! Moving! You!
71. EXT. SODOR – RAILWAY LINES – DAY
Henry buffers up behind 7101’s final coach. His Fireman comes down and proceeds to hook Henry’s brake pipe to the coaches.
Henry’s Driver runs up.
HENRY’S DRIVER It’s better than we thought, Henry. According to 7101’s driver, the diesel can pull if we keep the brakes off. The only weight you’ll be dealing with will be Spamcan’s goods.
HENRY That’s a mercy. I’m already feeling rather puffed.
The Driver and Fireman run back to the cab.
7101’s horn blares.
Henry whistles in response.
FADE UP MUSIC
With 7101 growling at the front, and Henry puffing gamely in the middle, the strange train keeps going.
7101 How’s this for only one cylinder, eh?
Henry simply laughs.
72. EXT. / INT. SODOR – BIG STATION – DAY
James and Donald are waiting at the station in the sidings.
We hear a whistle in the distance, followed by a diesel’s horn.
The two engines cheer when they see the strange train entering the station. 7101 pulls in front and Henry – red in the face – brings the train to a halt. 199 and his tankers trail far behind.
Sir Topham Hatt is watching them arrive with great pride.
The PASSENGERS swarm out of the coaches. They are cross at being late, and they start complaining to Sir Topham Hatt. He listens drolly for a moment before stepping onto a baggage trolley and blowing a guard’s whistle, silencing them.
SIR TOPHAM HATT I understand your feelings, ladies and gentlemen, and I apologize for the delay. However, I feel that it should be noted that if not for our Henry and his crew, this could have been a much more serious problem. If not for them, you may not have gotten here at all.
The passengers consider this for a moment.
Then they turn to Henry and start cheering for him, much to his delight.
While they are doing this, Sir Topham Hatt hurries across to James and Donald.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (CONT’D) James, I want you to take the Limited the rest of the way. Donald, I want you to take 199 and his goods, and then take the lousy diesel back to the Other Railway. I will write my views later.
JAMES Yes, sir!
DONALD Strai’ away, sir!
FADE OUT MUSIC
73. EXT. SODOR – RAILWAY LINES – DUSK
Henry and 7101 are travelling home together – face-to-face, with Henry once again traveling in reverse.
7101 I’m sorry about 199’s behavior.
HENRY That’s all right. You did shut “ol’ Reliable” up!
7101 Not to mention, I made a fool of myself today, too.
HENRY Rubbish! A failed ejector might happen to anyone! I’d lost my regulator!
7101 (stunned) You?! Failed?! And yet... (trails off in admiration)
HENRY (modestly) Well... Emergency, you know! Trains must get through.
7101 remains silent as they carry on into the distance.
We see Toby trundling along his line with a long line of trucks behind him.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) The weeks passed. Thomas continued to stay in York, doing rather well, as far as the other engines could tell. However, work continued on, and the engines had to focus on that instead. Toby in particular was enjoying taking Percy’s goods to the harbor. Percy couldn’t understand why, but Toby had used to work in a harbor on the Other Railway, so it was like a pleasant trip back in time for him.
75. EXT. SODOR – DOCKS – DAY
Toby is shunting a long line of stone trucks to a large ship. A crane with a large scoop proceeds to unload them. Toby seems to be enjoying his work.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) But Toby is a little engine with small wheels, and his tanks don’t hold much water. He often has to refill before arriving at the station by the river. Everyone knows about this station because it’s the one where Thomas went fishing.
76. EXT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR YARDS [FLASHBACK] – DAY
Thomas is sitting in the yard – looking miserable.
Sir Topham Hatt and some railway men are sitting on Thomas’s tank with fishing rods.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) When the water tower at the station had been out of order, Thomas’s driver and fireman attempted to use a bucket and rope to get water at the river. Unfortunately, it never occurred to them that the life forms swimming about in the water would end up in Thomas’s tank, causing him a great deal of discomfort and embarrassment.
77. EXT. SODOR – DOCKS – DAY
Toby puffs away with the empty trucks, leaving the dockside and heading back up the line.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) The engines still enjoy teasing Thomas every so often about it. He serves as something of a cautionary tale against taking water from strange places. Engines should only take water from appropriate water towers.
78. EXT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR YARDS – DAY
Toby is waiting in the yard for another engine to arrive – MAVIS.
TOBY It’s not like Mavis to be late. What could be keeping her so long?
TOBY’S DRIVER Never mind, old boy. She’ll be here eventually.
At that moment, the STATIONMASTER runs over to them.
STATIONMASTER I just got a call from the quarry. Mavis was unwell this morning, but they’ve sorted out the trouble, and now she’s on her way up. She’ll be here as fast as she can.
TOBY I should hope so. I’m going to be late.
79. EXT. SODOR – RAILWAY LINE – DAY
Toby hurries down the line with the trucks.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) By the time Mavis finally brought the trucks, Toby was running late, and he had to hurry to the harbor and collect the stone.
80. EXT. SODOR – DOCKS – DAY
Toby is stunned by what he sees. There are loads of full trucks all sitting in rows, waiting to be taken away.
TOBY Gordon Bennett!
TOBY’S DRIVER We seem to have cut it a bit close today, old boy.
THE INSPECTOR walks up.
THE INSPECTOR We’ve got forty-eight trucks here, I’m afraid. Normally, you could make two trips, but you’re late, so there isn’t time today.
TOBY’S FIREMAN Some mega-train!
TOBY’S DRIVER We could leave some and make two trips tomorrow.
TOBY Couldn’t I take them all at once?
The crew looks doubtful.
TOBY’S DRIVER Are you sure, Toby?
TOBY Absolutely, Driver – just fill my tanks as much as you can!
81. EXT. SODOR – DOCKS – DAY
PAN ACROSS the forty-eight trucks – with a brake van coupled behind.
Toby runs ‘round the train and buffers up in front.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) So that’s what they did. Toby’s water tank was filled to the brim, and he soon had the entire train ready.
We hear the guard’s whistle.
With a determined expression, Toby struggles gamely forwards. He moves at a snail’s pace.
TOBY (straining) Come along! Come along! Come along!
They struggle out the harbor and out onto the open line.
82. EXT. SODOR – THE JUNCTION – DAY
Toby struggles along – now red in the face from exhaustion.
STORYLINE (V.O.) He made it up and over the hill, but it was a long job, and it used more steam than he had anticipated. The Driver decided they would have to stop once they reached the station by the river.
TOBY (exhausted) Cor! That was a job and a half!
Toby’s Driver gets out of the cab and heads for the water tower.
TOBY’S DRIVER You’ve got enough to travel on your own, but not with this lot dragging you down.
THE STATIONMASTER walks up.
THE STATIONMASTER I’m afraid I have bad news.
TOBY’S DRIVER (sighs) Oh, of course you do.
THE STATIONMASTER We’ve no water at all at the moment. There’s a pipe burst in town, and now our supply’s been shut off until it’s fixed.
TOBY (groaning) Oh, brilliant. Now what?
TOBY’S DRIVER (thinking) Hmmmm...
The Driver turns to Toby’s Fireman – grins, and then winks.
TOBY’S DRIVER (CONT’D) I think I know where you can get a drink.
TOBY Is it far?
TOBY’S DRIVER Oh, not really. I’ll speak with the signalman so we can put the trucks out of the way, and then we’ll carry on to the spot and double back.
83. EXT. SODOR – RIVER BRIDGE – DAY
The bridge over the river is a stone bridge with many arches, but it’s not all that high up. Toby trundles across it – on his own.
To his surprise, Toby stops.
TOBY Why have we stopped here?
Toby’s Driver and Fireman dismount and approach the edge, looking down at the water.
TOBY’S DRIVER Well, this looks like the right place.
TOBY’S FIREMAN Right! Where’s the bucket? I’ll fetch a rope.
TOBY (horrified) What?! No! You swore you’d never take me fishing! Don’t you dare!
TOBY’S DRIVER (laughing) Calm down, old boy! We’re only pulling your wheels!
TOBY’S FIREMAN We’re going on to the Top Station. We’ll fill up with water there, and then we’ll head back for the trucks.
They climb back aboard, and Toby starts off again – very annoyed.
TOBY Infernal cheek. You two have a very odd sense of humor.
84. EXT. SODOR - FFARQUHAR YARDS – DAY
Toby is gasping for breath as he rolls over the points to a siding. However, he is relieved to see a water tower just ahead.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Toby was nearly out of water by the time he finally pulled into the Top Station. He made it just in time.
Toby pulls up alongside the water tower.
His Driver and Fireman jump down and pull the hose over to his water tank, and they proceed to fill it up.
TOBY (relieved) Ohhh, that’s much better! That’s a mercy!
He closes his eyes in contentment.
85. EXT. SODOR – RAIL LINE – DAY
Toby is now reversing contently back the way he came.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) Once his thirst was quenched, Toby ran back up the line to collect his train.
CROSSFADE TO Toby – now coming back up the line with the trucks.
STORYTELLER (V.O.) (CONT’D) And soon, he was pulling all forty-eight trucks to their intended destination.
86. INT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR SHEDS – NIGHT
Percy and Toby sit in the sheds – having a chat before going to sleep.
TOBY So I made the delivery on time, and the Fat Controller was very impressed.
PERCY Anyone would be. Forty-eight trucks! I’m surprised your boiler didn’t explode!
TOBY Yes, well, hopefully, all will go well tomorrow. I really should just carry extra buckets of water in my cab, though. It’d save a lot of bother.
The two engines chuckle before descending into silence.
PERCY I wish Thomas would come back. It’s nice pulling passengers, but the branch line isn’t the same without him.
TOBY I know. I wonder how long the Railway Museum will keep him for. All this extra work is starting to take its toll on us.
87. EXT. YORK – RAILWAY MUSEUM – ENGINE SHEDS – DAY
Thomas, Duchess of Hamilton and Mallard are parked outside the shed – simmering pleasantly.
Boxhill rolls up alongside.
BOXHILL Guess what, you lot! The manager says there are to be some special excursion trains to the seaside in a few weeks!
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON Ooh, how exciting! A chance to go out for a proper run!
THOMAS It sounds wonderful, Boxhill! But who’s going to pull them?
BOXHILL Search me. I’m too small for the job. They’re still making the preparations.
MALLARD It ought to be me! After all, that seaside place helped to pay for my repairs!
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON I think someone else should have a go, frankly.
MALLARD Hmph! Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
BOXHILL What about you, Thomas?
THOMAS Oh, I’m not nearly important enough to take on such a job. I don’t have the history you other engines have. Still, it’s gotten a bit boring going ‘round and ‘round in circles on the Demonstration Line. They ought to let us out once in a while to stretch our wheels.
BOXHILL Manager says that would involve something called “paperwork”.
88. INT. YORK – WORKSHOPS – DAY
Green Arrow is resting in a siding when Thomas reverses inside.
THOMAS Green Arrow! Did you hear? They’ll be giving rail tours to the seaside soon.
GREEN ARROW I have heard. Seems like quite a bit ruckus out there. Wouldn’t mind making the trip myself.
THOMAS Nor would I. Still, it is fun listening to the other engines bicker about it.
GREEN ARROW I suppose so.
THOMAS Still, all this going around in circles nonsense is beginning to get boring.
GREEN ARROW Feeling a little homesick, Thomas?
THOMAS I suppose so. I miss my coaches. I miss Percy and Toby. I miss Bertie and Mavis. I even miss snooty ol’ Daisy!
GREEN ARROW It’s good that you have such a home to go back to. For the rest of us, this museum is all we have. Do you know, on the Other Railway, there is very little coal and water?
THOMAS (surprised) What? But surely, every proper railway...
GREEN ARROW Exactly. You’re very lucky, Thomas, to have a controller who knows how to run a railway.
Thomas sits in silence – contemplating these words. Then he decides to ask a rather bold question.
THOMAS I hope this doesn’t offend you, but... are you lonely being the last of your class?
Green Arrow is surprised, but he considers his answer carefully.
GREEN ARROW There are some days when I can’t help but dwell on it. It saddens me the way steam engines were cut down like that. However, it cannot be helped. It is simply the way of the world. Steam gave way to diesel, and diesel is giving way to electric. Soon electric will give way to something else. I’ve learned a lot at this museum, Thomas. Time moves forwards, and it takes us all with it.
THOMAS I see.
GREEN ARROW (smiles) Still, it’s not all bad. I know a blessing when I see it, and I’m glad that I was brought here. I still have a boiler that works. I’m still a Really Useful Engine in my own way.
THOMAS (quietly) I’m the last of my kind as well. All my brothers were scrapped by the 1960’s.
GREEN ARROW I’m sorry.
THOMAS Time and change... I’ve never known how to talk about it. All us engines on Sodor – we never talk about it. We’re always too busy to stop and think. That’s the problem with this place. It’s given me too much time to dwell on unpleasant things.
GREEN ARROW I’m sure things will perk up that will help distract you again.
THOMAS I hope so. I really wouldn’t mind a shorter attention span.
Green Arrow laughs.
89. EXT. SODOR – COUNTRYSIDE/RAIL LINES – DAY
Gordon and James are standing in the sidings – taking on water, being cleaned, etc.
GORDON I tell you, it’s such a relief that rotten diesel is finally gone. No more boasting about superiority.
JAMES Indeed. I’m looking forward to things being back to normal around here.
At that moment, Bertie comes up along a road that is parallel to the line. He stops to pick up some people.
BERTIE (mournfully) Good morning.
JAMES What’s the matter with you, Bertie?
BERTIE There’s road construction going on right now at the level crossing. It’s slowing us all down.
GORDON That’s a shame.
BERTIE That’s not the half of it. It means the road needs to be repaved, and that means George is working.
GORDON (dreading) Oh, dear...
JAMES Not that rotten steamroller!
90. EXT. SODOR – LEVEL CROSSING – DAY
We see road construction going on with lots of orange and white traffic cones, and in the middle of it all is GEORGE THE STEAMROLLER – a loud mouth with a lot of bad ideas.
FADE UP MUSIC: “GEORGE’S THEME”
As he chuffers along, paving some freshly laid cement, he sings rudely. Edward puffs up in time to hear some of it.
GEORGE (singing) Railways are no good, you know. Turn ‘em into roads... How do we do this you ask? This steamroller knows... Pull ‘em up! Rip ‘em up! Pull ‘em up! Rip ‘em up! Pull ‘em up! Turn into roads!
EDWARD (wearily) Oh good grief, are you at it again?
GEORGE Just you wait – you clapped out old tin kettle. Any day now, the Fat Controller will see all these old rails of yours ripped up and paved over! Any day now!
EDWARD Oh, if you say so, George. I must be going now. Goodbye.
Edward puffs away.
George is left chuffering away, still grumbling and singing.
FADE OUT MUSIC
NOTE: nicked the idea for George's song from an old Sodor Studios redub of "Steamroller" - probably not a huge deal, but credit where it's due and all that.
91. EXT. YORK – RAILWAY MUSEUM – ENGINE SHED – DAY
Thomas, Green Arrow and all the other engines that fit on standard gauge rails are lined up in the shed. The Manager enters – beaming with pride.
THE MANAGER Well, everyone – I’m sure you all know about the Rail Tours coming up. I know it’s next to impossible to keep a secret around here.
BOXHILL Please, sir – who will be pulling the Rail Tours?
THE MANAGER Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought, and due to the high demand we’re getting, I shall be giving the job to Green Arrow.
GREEN ARROW (thrilled) Oh, sir! Thank you! Thank you very much!
THE MANAGER Quite all right, Green Arrow. Just remember to be careful. There will be a lot of people, and I mean a lot! The train will be heavy.
GREEN ARROW I’ll do my very best, sir.
THE MANAGER That’s a good engine. We’ll make sure everything is ready in a few days’ time.
And with that, the Manager strides away.
THOMAS Congratulations, Green Arrow!
BOXHILL Couldn’t have gone to a more deserving engine!
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON Yes, we’re all pleased for you.
GREEN ARROW Thank you, everyone – I’m looking forward to a nice long run! The seaside is a lovely place!
92. EXT. YORK – SEASIDE – DAY
Green Arrow strides along the line – enjoying the view and the sea air. He pulls several coaches behind him.
93. EXT. YORK – MUSEUM SIDINGS – DAY
Thomas and Boxhill are resting in the sidings.
Green Arrow pulls up alongside after taking his train – and he’s exhausted.
BOXHILL I say, Green Arrow – you’re looking rather puffed out.
GREEN ARROW (gasping) I’ve never seen so many people! I need a drink of water!
BOXHILL Better hurry! Looks like you’ve got more work to do later! The platform’s still crowded with people waiting for the next train!
GREEN ARROW Good grief! I know I wanted a run, but not like this!
THOMAS Maybe it will thin out later once the excitement dies down a bit.
BOXHILL You must be joking. All these people come out here for one reason – to ride on vintage trains. These people are fanatics. Some of them want to go more than once, so they buy as many tickets as they can afford.
THOMAS Bust my boiler! It’s just the same bit of line over and over again!
GREEN ARROW They’re enthusiasts. They’re wonderful. Not to mention heavy.
Green Arrow continues to the water column.
94. EXT. SODOR – LEVEL CROSSING – DAY
Daisy is rolling along when she finds the gates at the crossing closed. She comes to a stop.
First, we see the traffic cones, and then we see George, chuffering along with a nasty scowl on his face.
GEORGE (scowls) Oh, another engine. Wonderful.
DAISY You’re George, I take it.
GEORGE The one and only.
DAISY Well, kindly finish your work so that I may continue on my way.
GEORGE Railways are no good... Turn ‘em into roads.
DAISY Nonsense! No one could reach the villages in the valley without our railway!
GEORGE I’d build a road along your old tracks. Nothing to it. My mates have done it all over the place.
George finally backs off, allowing the gates to swing open.
Daisy rolls through – looking rather perturbed.
95. EXT. SODOR – FFARQUHAR YARDS – DAY
Daisy is talking to Percy and Toby outside the sheds.
DAISY You don’t think he means it, do you?
PERCY Railways do get pulled up now and again...
TOBY (uncertain) The Fat Controller wouldn’t allow it.
DAISY No... No, of course not! He wouldn’t.
PERCY No. This is our railway. George is just trying to scare us.
TOBY Absolutely – so we should just ignore him. Let him do his work and carry on.
There is a long silence as they contemplate this.
DAISY (CONT’D) But to be safe, let’s not say anything rude to him for the time being.
96. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – SIDINGS – DAY
Thomas is observing the throngs of passengers waiting in line.
Green Arrow pulls up alongside him – preparing to collect his coaches.
The Manager walks up.
THE MANAGER Well, how are you feeling today, Green Arrow?
GREEN ARROW Tired, sir. I’m not sure how many more of these trains I can take.
THE MANAGER Well, one option is to add extra trains, but that’s not feasibly possible.
GREEN ARROW Bother!
THE MANAGER Yes, I know. The only option is to add extra coaches.
GREEN ARROW (aghast) What?! Sir, with all due respect, there’s no way I can pull a train that size on my own! With all those people surging about, I’ll be lucky to reach the end of the platform! I had enough of all that heavy pulling nonsense during the war! Nearly put an end to me!
The Manager thinks quickly – and then he notices Thomas for the first time. An idea comes to him.
THE MANAGER Thomas... I don’t suppose you’d be willing to help pull the train?
THOMAS (stunned) Me?? Pull the train? With Green Arrow? Along the seaside of York? Me?!
THE MANAGER Why not? He could use the help, and two engines are a better than one. Besides, the passengers will be thrilled to have you there!
THOMAS But... Aren’t the passengers frightened of me? After I upset that boy...
THE MANAGER Thomas, I told you – that wasn’t your fault! Now come along – Green Arrow needs help!
GREEN ARROW I’d be honored if Thomas the Tank Engine assisted me on my journey.
Thomas’s eyes spin with apprehension. He looks at Green Arrow, and then at the passengers.
THOMAS (with great courage) Then – I’ll try!
97. EXT. YORK – STATION PLATFORM/THOMAS (TRAV.) – DAY
Green Arrow is waiting with the coaches at the platform. Thomas is reversing onto the train. His Driver and Fireman are excited.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Look at all those people!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN The coaches are all full, and it hasn’t even put a dent in that crowd.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Enthusiasts – fascinating people.
THOMAS Ohh, I hope I don’t make any mistakes.
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Don’t worry, Thomas – we made sure all your moving parts are well-oiled, and your fire is burning nicely.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Just focus on the line ahead. Green Arrow was nice enough to let you go in front.
THOMAS Oh, yes! I do like seeing where I’m going!
FADE UP MUSIC
A guard’s whistle blows!
THOMAS (CONT’D) Hurrah! We’re off!
GREEN ARROW (puffing hard) Come along! Come along!
Thomas and Green Arrow pull the coaches along the line – looking very majestic.
People are watching them pass – they wave and take pictures as they go.
Thomas and Green Arrow whistle to them.
They race along – they’re enjoying the lovely day.
99. EXT. YORK – SEASIDE STATION – DAY
Thomas is on the turntable – preparing to run around the train to pull from the front again. People are taking photos. Green Arrow awaits his turn.
THOMAS That was the most fun I’ve had since I got here! Finally – I’ve seen something other than a siding, a shed, a demonstration yard or a workshop!
GREEN ARROW I know – I relish the chance to get out and enjoy myself. We’ll be taking the train down another line for the trip home. It’s a nice place. The line curves, and there’s a ruined abbey standing on the other side of the river.
THOMAS Sounds marvelous! Can’t wait!
The ‘table has finished its turn, and Thomas rolls off of it.
100. EXT. YORK – RAILWAY LINE/THOMAS (TRAV.) – DAY
Thomas and Green Arrow are cheerfully pulling the train along a different line. The line runs next to a river here – two sets of tracks along this path.
We see the ruined abbey standing on the other side of the river. A crowd of people are standing there – waving and taking photos.
FADE UP MUSIC
But Thomas doesn’t notice them. He sees something strange ahead, and after a moment, we see it as well.
The line they are on – the one closest to the river – appears to be lower than the line next to it. The ground beneath the rails appears to be eroding.
Realizing the danger, Thomas calls out.
THOMAS (shouting) Stop the train! Stop the train!
THOMAS’S DRIVER What is it?!
THOMAS Just stop!
Thomas’s Driver puts on the brakes, and the Fireman pulls the whistle – calling for Green Arrow to stop as well.
GREEN ARROW What the devil...?!
THOMAS There’s danger ahead! We need to stop!
GREEN ARROW (straining) I’m trying!
Their brakes come on. They screech noisily down the line – closer and closer to the dangerous spot. But the train is heavy, and they are struggling.
Thomas grits his teeth and holds his brakes.
They come closer and closer...
And they stop just in time!
Thomas sighs with relief.
His Driver and Fireman disembark and examine the spot.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Good grief!
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Look at that! Good work, Thomas!
Thomas simply lets off steam – exhausted from the strain.
FADE OUT MUSIC
101. EXT. YORK – RAILWAY LINE – DAY
Thomas and Green Arrow are still where they were, and now Thomas’s Driver and Fireman are showing the line to the Inspector.
THE INSPECTOR (examining) It’s lucky you were able to stop in time. The water has undermined the embankment. I’ll go to the signal box and sort things out – arrange for the passengers to be taken back by bus and what not.
The Inspector walks up the line.
THOMAS’S DRIVER Well done, Thomas. Engines may not be able to stop at once, but you noticed it quickly enough that we were able to stop in time.
THOMAS So what happens now?
THOMAS’S FIREMAN Now we wait. Once the passengers have been rescued, we’ll take the train over the other line – carefully!
102. EXT. YORK – RAILWAY LINE – SUNSET
Thomas and Green Arrow – now running separately – are easing their way forwards.
Thomas edges his way gingerly along the second line. He looks at the dangerous spot next to him – worried.
But after a few tense moments, he makes it.
As he draws ahead, Green Arrow takes the track with just as much care, but he must pull the coaches behind him, and it takes a long time.
GREEN ARROW (muttering) Whose bright idea was it to add extra coaches?
But he pulls them across.
103. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – STATION PLATFORM – NIGHT
Thomas and Green Arrow bring the train home. The Manager is waiting for them on the platform. As they come to a stop, he walks up to Thomas.
THE MANAGER The Inspector told me all about your actions, Thomas. I’m very impressed. Well done, spotting the damage.
THOMAS Think nothing of it, sir. Danger on the rails can sneak up on you, and it’s important to keep a good lookout at all times.
THE MANAGER Well, I’ve got some good news for you. You’ll be going home in about a week.
THOMAS (tiredly pleased) Oh, sir... That’s wonderful.
104. EXT. SODOR – FFARQHUAR YARDS – DAY
Percy, Toby and Daisy are outside the sheds. Percy is preparing to pull Annie and Clarabel to the station platform.
The Stationmaster comes up.
THE STATIONMASTER Have you all heard? Thomas is coming home next week!
PERCY (thrilled) Hurray!
ANNIE & CLARABEL About time!
DAISY Oh, good! I tell you – being in charge of this lot is quite a chore, and I’m looking forward to relinquishing my command soon.
Percy is collecting passengers with Annie & Clarabel.
Bertie is driving past on the road.
PERCY Bertie! Have you heard? Thomas is coming home next week!
BERTIE Why, that’s wonderful!
And Bertie drives away.
106. EXT. SODOR – BIG STATION – DAY
Bertie is pulling up to the yards by the station.
Edward is shunting, Donald is taking on water, and James is waiting with his coaches.
BERTIE Guess what, everyone! Thomas is coming home next week!
EDWARD How splendid!
DONALD Oh, aye, it’ll be wonderful to have him back!
JAMES Seems as though the people in York finally got tired of looking at him!
The guard’s whistle blows, and James steams away.
107. EXT. SODOR – RAILYARDS – DAY
James is chatting with Henry and Gordon.
HENRY So he’s finally coming home after all. Good for him.
GORDON Yes, it will be nice to see him at the Junction again after all this time.
JAMES (with disdain) After five long months away, I imagine he’ll have many stories to tell us about all his “fans”.
108. EXT. SODOR – EDWARD’S STATION – DAY
Edward is chatting with Duck and 7101.
DUCK Will there be a celebration?
EDWARD There ought to be. He deserves it.
7101 He’s the talk of the railway. Can’t wait to see him!
109. EXT. SODOR – BIG STATION – DAY
Sir Topham Hatt is on the platform – speaking with Douglas.
DOUGLAS Will we be giving him a welcome home, sir?
SIR TOPHAM HATT Most definitely, Douglas. We’ll be having a gathering at the Junction.
110. EXT. SODOR – LEVEL CROSSING – DAY
Daisy pulls up alongside George – who is still working.
DAISY There’s to be a party at the Junction to welcome him home!
GEORGE (nastily) Lot of nonsense! Makes no difference! Your railway will be a road before too long! You’ll see!
Daisy simply snorts and rolls away.
FADE OUT MUSIC
111. EXT. SODOR – THE JUNCTION – DAY
Percy is collecting passengers with Annie & Clarabel, exchanging them with Henry.
Sir Topham Hatt steps out of the station building, rubbing his hands as he heads for Henry’s train.
SIR TOPHAM HATT (to the engines) Well, I’ll see you all in a few days!
PERCY Where are you going, sir?
SIR TOPHAM HATT To York!
And he boards Henry’s train without a word.
112. EXT. YORK – NTL RAILWAY MUSEUM – DISPLAY SIDINGS – DAY
All the engines are on display. Thomas is towards the back – watching all the people.
Boxhill is next to him.
BOXHILL There’re a lot of important people coming today.
THOMAS I wonder who will be here...
And we soon find out. Amongst the crowd of people, Thomas can see the Manager talking to Sir Topham Hatt.
THOMAS (CONT’D) (worried) Oh dear! If the Fat Controller is here, what does that mean for me?
BOXHILL Maybe he’s just here for a visit.
THOMAS But what if I’m in trouble for frightening the boy? What if he’s crossing about the parking ticket? Or for my crashing into the crossing gate?
BOXHILL Well, you’ll soon find out. They’re coming this way.
Thomas looks startled as he sees Sir Topham Hatt and the Manager approaching him.
They are smiling!
THOMAS (stammering) Sir Topham Hatt, sir! I didn’t expect to see you here! It’s a pleasure... A thrill... Wonderful... I’m sorry about the parking ticket!
Sir Topham Hatt can’t help but laugh.
The Manager turns to the crowds and cups his mouth.
THE MANAGER (shouts) May I have your attention, please?
Holding up a hand for silence, eventually the whole crowd quiets down.
The Manager addresses Thomas again – and now we see that he is holding a plaque.
THE MANAGER (CONT’D) Thomas – Sir Topham Hatt here told me upon sending you here that you were a Really Useful Engine. He is right. For preventing a nasty accident the other day, we have decided that you should become an honorary member of the National Railway Collection! This plate will always remind you of your visit here.
He hands it to Sir Topham Hatt, who holds it up for Thomas to see.
THOMAS (emotional) Oh, sir! It’s... It’s such an honor!
SIR TOPHAM HATT (proudly) It is indeed, Thomas. I knew that you would be a credit to our railway.
THE MANAGER Three cheers for Thomas the Tank Engine!
Soon, all the people are clapping and cheering, and the other engines are whistling happily.
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