A New Coat of Paint is the thirty-sixth episode of Delete the Mixed-Traffic Engine.
"Sorry," replied Dodger the Gresley J50, "its just something I have to do."
Delete groaned as the last of the coal poured down.
"Don't worry," sympathized Gordon, "when you're like that, the Fat Controller will always give you a new coat of paint."
"Could you please choose red?" James asked, "cause I want to prove that red is a proper color for an engine."
Delete was sent to the Works next morning.
Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for him.
"I know, you've been working hard, and that your paint is starting to scratch up. And so I want to offer you a new coat of paint. Any color you want, and a good washdown too," the Fat Controller explained.
"Any color, Sir?"
"Well, most of my class was painted black, but some of us were painted brunswick green in 1959."
"Yes, so, what is it?"
"Do you have brunswick green, because I quite like that livery?"
"Yes, of course. If BR has it, then NWR has it."
"And I know, it's odd, but LNER on my tender."
"Sure thing, I let all my engines keep their old livery, but most have had a change."
So it was arranged.
Delete spent the rest of the day, getting a washdown. The next day, his paint was scratched off, and fitted with their red works livery. And on the final day, he was painted into NWR brunswick green with orange and black lining, LNER, and BR number.
James, Henry, and Gordon were quite jealous of his paint.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Henry (non-speaking role)