The Alternate Railway Series Dec 26, 2019 17:54:51 GMT
Post by no216redengine on Dec 26, 2019 17:54:51 GMT
Dead In Tow
The next morning, Henry's driver and fireman came to start him. "Thank goodness I'm not on anymore lorries," sighed Henry. "I prefer to travel under my own power." Once everything was ready, Henry set off again.
They were going well and nothing happened. Then Henry grumbled again when he got to Carnforth. "I'm afraid the journey on our own ends here," said his driver. "What do you mean?" asked Henry. "I mean the rest of the way has no coal and water stops," replied the driver. "So well have to be taken to our destination in another way." "Not another lorry," groaned Henry. "No, no," laughed his driver. "Another engine is going to come and pull you." "In another words I'll be Dead In Tow," said Henry. "Exactly," said his driver.
Henry wasn't pleased that he had to be pulled down the rest of way, but was relieved that he at least got to stay on the rails. A diesel was sent to collect Henry. It coupled to the front of him and then pulled him down the line. The journey was quite at first and then the diesel spoke. "The railway you're going to be helping out on is nice," said the diesel. "It's also long enough to give you a good run. You'll definitely enjoy it."
"It'll be better than feeling like being a coach or a truck," snorted Henry. "It must be nice being able to pull coaches or trucks," sighed the diesel. "I can't do that I was built as a goods engine with no train heating equipment." "I'm sorry," sympathized Henry. "I had my share of troubles too." And Henry told the diesel how he used to be always ill until I was given Welsh and then a new shape.
"It was given to me at Crewe," said Henry. This surprised the diesel who said "I was built at Crewe." "Bust My Buffers!" exclaimed Henry. For the rest of the way Henry and the diesel were chatting like old friends.
Soon they reached the railway and the diesel left Henry in a siding. "Goodbye Henry," said the diesel. "I hope you have a good time." "Thank you," replied Henry.