North Western Tales Episode 21 - RevengeOn the morning of November 2nd, Oliver the Little Western Engine was shunting some ballast wagons to take down to Tidmouth. He didn't normally do this, but Douglas was having trouble getting steam up and the 1400 was the only engine available. With Donald and Douglas still refusing to go near each other after their fallout and with Duck still filling in for Thomas on the Ffarquhar Branch Line, the workload had to be split between Arnold and Oliver. Both found it very stressful and wished they could get help from another engine.North Western Tales Episode 21 - Revenge by NorthWester1
Eventually, once all of his trucks had been collected, he buffered them up to Toad, his old brake van. "Ah, Mister Oliver, it's so good to be working with you again," he said happily. "Well Toad, I've missed working with you too. But we better get this ballast to Tidmouth, otherwise James will start complaining." "Aye, you've got a point there, Mr. Oliver," Toad replied. Oliver said no more and pushed the empty ballast wagons under the chute. As he waited for hi
North Western Tales Halloween SpecialAs October drew to a close, so too did the holiday of Halloween get closer. The engines loved Halloween, except for Henry: he couldn't understand why people dressed up in costumes.North Western Tales Halloween Special by NorthWester1
"I just don't get it," he said to the other engines at Tidmouth Roundhouse on Halloween evening. "Why exactly do people dress up in costumes for Halloween? What purpose does it serve?" "They wear costumes to scare away the ghosts," James answered. Henry just snorted. "Pah! Ghosts? There's no such thing!" "That's not what the Celtic people once believed," said Duck, who was staying at Tidmouth with Oliver and Arnold while Arlesburgh Shed was undergoing maintenance. The other engines stared at him. "Whitiver dae ye beir, Dook?" asked Douglas. "I mean," Duck replied, "that in ancient times, the Celtic people of England would prepare themselves for the dark winter days by having a festival, where they lit bonfires and sacrificed animals. They believed that evil spirits were about, so they dressed up in costumes
North Western Tales episode 20 - Guard DutyOne night at the China Clay Works, three men crept into the area. They looked around for a while, then collected some dynamite. They also stole a wrench and a toolbox. "Roight, that's all the stuff we need," said one in a Birmingham accent. "Let's get ert of eya before we get caught." The other men agreed and they all left the China Clay Quarry before the sun came up.North Western Tales episode 20 - Guard Duty by NorthWester1
The next morning, when the workmen arrived, they were surprised to find nearly all of their stuff gone! "What happened to the dynamite?!" asked one in alarm. "We were going to blast today," added another. "Me tewbox isn't ed de table whuz ay left it!" another complained in a Liverpudlian accent when he saw an empty table. "My favorite wrench is gone too!" cried a third. "Alright boys, what's going on?" asked the foreman who came running up. The other workmen told him about what had been stolen. "Alright, I'll contact the police. However, I don't see why we could replace them." "Actually, my favorite wrench can't be replac
North Western Tales Episode 19 - BoredomIt was now the middle of October, and the North Western engines were still not very busy. Zack was kept busy with his maintenance duties, but the other engines weren't so lucky when passengers were involved: though locals still travelled on the NWR, tourists weren't coming, due to the tourist season being over. Thomas, in particular, was upset: many people came to see him even though it wasn't summer, and although he usually enjoyed it, he was now getting tired of it. "What do I have that no other engine does?" he asked Toby on the 13th. "I mean, sure I'm the last of the E2s, but why am I so popular. Are the passengers using me for publicity and merchandising?" Toby looked thoughtful for a moment. "Well, I'm afraid that I can't answer that question Thomas," he eventually admitted. "However, your trip to the National Railway Museum did make you very popular." Thomas still looked upset. "Well the other engines deserve the same amount of attention!" he growled. "Especially Percy: he worksNorth Western Tales Episode 19 - Boredom by NorthWester1
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On the Skarloey Railway, passenger traffic was just as low as it was on the North Western Railway, but they still had the slate quarry to keep them busy. During this time, Rusty and Fred would take turns traveling up and down the line with the maintenance crew. One of the jobs they had to do was keep the tracks in running order and free from obstructions. For this reason, branches hanging dangerously over the line would be cut, because they could harm an engine. The bridge supports of every bridge also had to be checked for cracks. Should that be the case, they would quickly be mended. It was hard and tiring work, but the diesels enjoyed it a lot. Well, at least Rusty did: Fred seemed to hate it, and nobody knew why.
One morning on October 11th, Fred was taking the weed killer down the track in order to kill weeds growing close to the line. Fred had tried faking illness, but the Thin Controller, Mr. Roger Sam, saw through his li
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Edward the Blue Engine is 101 years old, and has lived on Sodor since 1915. He is capable of handling many tasks; be it freight, passengers, shunting, or being a back engine, Edward takes on all of these without trouble. Sometimes, his age makes Gordon, Henry, and James doubt him, but he always proves them wrong in one way or another, like the time he chased after James after the red engine became a runaway and when he made it to Wellsworth with an enthusiasts train with only one cylinder and not giving up. However, there was a time when he had to prove himself to a much younger machine.
It all began one cold October morning, on October 4th to be exact. Edward was resting at the shed at Wellsworth when Sir Topham Hatt came over. BoCo had already left with his own branch line passenger train. "Edward," he said, "the Christmas holiday rush is coming in a month, so to prepare for it, First North Western has agreed to loan me a class 153 diesel mul
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One rainy September morning, on September 26th to be exact, Oliver pulled into the bay platform at Tidmouth Station with his two autocoaches, Isabel and Dulcie. The 1400 class tank engine had arrived 23 minutes ahead of schedule, so his crew left to get some coffee from the Tidmouth Station cafe. He looked to his left and in platform 3, saw a class 47 diesel locomotive. He had just arrived yesterday and was to be on Sodor for three weeks. His name was Ronald, and he was very friendly. Oliver normally didn't trust new diesels, but on this day, he sensed that for some odd reason, the class 47 was depressed. Oliver decided to find out why.
"Hello there Robert," said Oliver, "what's up?" Robert sighed sadly. "It's what's happening on the mainland to us diesels," Robert replied. Oliver was puzzled. "What do you mean?" the 1400 asked. "I mean, said the class 47, "that the railway board now considers some types of diesels out-of-date." Oliver was still co
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It was September, and the summer season was now over. Fall came into the air, and the green leaves turned brown. The temperature also dropped, so it was cold every morning. Passenger services died down due to not many people traveling by rail during the fall and the lack of tourists also prevented mass amounts of passengers from coming. Though most of Sodor's residents trusted railways, not all of them did.
Though there was still a reasonable amount of passengers, goods traffic had also decreased. With a decrease in workload, Zack was used on maintenance trains. The work he did was slow, due to the top speed of a class 08 diesel shunter being 15 miles per hour, but he didn't mind at all: he was just happy to be busy. Zoey still had lots of work to do, but she didn't mind either: it had lessened now that summer was over. The Ffarquhar Branch Line however, remained busy due to an increase in stone. Also, even though summer was now over, many people w
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On the Little Western branch line, Duck and Oliver were finding a huge increase in tourists. It was now August 12th, and summer was in the air. During the summer, thousands of tourists flock to Sodor to travel on trains by steam engines. But the Little Western ran by the sea and Arlesburgh was the terminus of the Arlesdale Miniature Railway. The Arlesdale Railway engines were also having to deal with extra traffic, though Frank the diesel was often drafted onto passenger services during this time of year.
On this day, Sir Topham Hatt decided to find another engine to help out
Duck and Oliver. Unfortunately, all the other North Western engines were busy with the summer rush on their own railways, even Zoey and Zack. He decided to buy one from a heritage railway. He called all sorts of railways, but even Finn wasn't available. Finally, he called the Avon Valley Railway. As it turned out, they had a Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0 saddle-tank engine named Arnol