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Change in the Air is the fifth story of volume three.

Change in the Air
Season X, Episode 55
Air date 15 March 2021
Written by MainLineEngines
Directed by MainLineEngines
Episode guide
The Re-opening
Banker Engine


The re-opening of the Norramby Branch Line attracted many visitors. Molly was temporarily assigned to work on the line until she suggested that Emily help run it. Emily was delighted and so arrangements were made so that she could start work on the branch right away.

Now Emily was settling into her new job. She now slept at Vicarstown along with Molly, Dodger, and David. She already knew Molly but the others were still adjusting to having another engine around.

Emily and Molly enjoyed talking to each other.

"It's great that we can talk more often now," said Emily.

Molly agreed. "And how are doing on the branch so far?"

"It's a lovely line. I am able to run all my trains to time, so I'd say everything is good so far," replied Emily.

"Good to hear," smiled Molly.

The two engines talked till they finally went to sleep.

The next morning, Dodger and David were alone in the shed. Emily and Molly had already headed out for the day.

"I don't think I said a single word to her last night," complained Dodger.

"Yeah. I thought we were her best friends," said David sarcastically.

"Well the presence of Emily means we're in the background . . . for now."

"Eh, I'm sure things will work themselves out."

"Maybe. The worst case scenario is we become nothing more than acquaintances to Molly which would be really sad."

"You two have been friends for so long that nothing can come between you."

"You do have a point. Besides, Emily is Molly's friend and I can't change that. It'll be all right."

Even so, Dodger was secretly worried. However, he tried not to think about it as he went about his work.

Meanwhile, Emily kept busy too. She had one passenger train after another.

"I must keep time. I must keep time," she chuffed.

Later, Dodger puffed into the sheds and saw Emily there.

"I might actually get to speak to her," thought Dodger.

"Hullo Dodger."

"Hey Emily. How are . . ."

"Oh sorry," cut in Emily, "my Driver and Fireman are back. I have to head out now. We can talk later."

Emily puffed away.

"Yeah, that's not going to happen," said Dodger, grimly.

The next few days were quite rough for Dodger.

"I barely see Molly nowadays," he complained to David. "She's either away or talking to someone else."

"I know it's not the best time to tell you but I did talk to her yesterday," replied David.

"Oh great, insult to injury."

"Eh, it wasn't very long. I haven't talked to her more than you."

Dodger rolled his eyes and continued, "I knew there would be some changes with the Norramby Branch re-opening and Emily coming here, but I never imagined that this would be happen. And yeah yeah, we've been friends for a long time, but I guess I just really miss her."

"Don't worry," soothed David. "We'll get through this. Before you know it, we'll all be talking and laughing together."

"I hope so," whispered Dodger.

That night at the sheds, Emily and Molly were chatting as usual.

"Cast off to the side as usual," grumbled Dodger. "How much more do we have to put up with?"

David was worried for his friend. He could tell that Dodger was not happy at all.

"Molly leaves pretty late tomorrow, so you might have a chance to speak to her then," said David.

"I've been telling myself that for the past few weeks," retorted Dodger. "Frankly, I've had it."

"Wait, what?"

"You heard me! I've had it!" Dodger burst out.

Emily and Molly quickly stopped talking.

"Is something the matter?" asked Emily.

"Ah, look at that. Now you pay attention to me," retorted Dodger.

"Dodger, what are you talking about?" asked Molly.

"Oh look, now you want to talk to me!"

Molly was still confused.

"For the past few weeks, I have put up with your constant chatter with Emily but now I've had enough. We should just go back to the way things were before Emily arrived."

"But that's impossible!" cried Emily. "Besides, I am doing a good job so far on the branch."

"I've no problem with that, but I do have a problem with you taking away my friend."

"I'm not taking her away!"

"Says the one who has been talking to her non-stop for the past few weeks."

"Look Dodger," cut in Molly, "I didn't mean for you to feel that way."

"And you know what," interrupted Dodger. "I don't want to hear it. Let's just go to sleep."

Silence fell over the sheds.

Dodger went to sleep rather content but Molly was upset.

The next morning, Dodger and David were ready for work.

"Well, I think I did a good job letting out my frustration last night," said Dodger.

"Look, we're friends and good friend always tells the truth so I'm going to tell you that you didn't do a good job."

"I'm sure things will be fine."

"You do remember that Molly can be sensitive at times. It's no wonder she left early."

"Everything is fine so stop exaggerating. Besides, if you want to continue to be ignored by Molly, be my guest. I've made my stance."

Then Dodger puffed away.

In the yard, he saw Emily picking up her coaches.

"Hey Dodger!" called Emily. "About last night . . ."

"Look, you and I have nothing more to say," cut in Dodger. "I have my own work to do."

"I have work too," replied Emily.

"Then perhaps we should just focus on our work instead," finished Dodger and he steamed away leaving Emily behind.

Later, David was waiting at the station when presently, Molly puffed in.

"Hullo Molly."

"Hullo David."

There was a moment of silence.

"So, erm, I know things got a bit out of hand last night," said David.

"About that. I did some thinking and I'm sorry if I made you guys feel excluded," explained Molly. "You should know that we will always be friends," she added.

"I know that and so does Dodger," replied David, kindly. "He just couldn't hold it in anymore."

"I know he can be rather temperamental at times. Hopefully, we can work things out."

"Just give it some time," put in David. "It's glad I'll be if we can all get along. I really miss talking to you and I do wish I could talk more to Emily."

"You should definitely get to know her better!" chuckled Molly. "Sorry I kind of pushed you off to the side."

"No worries. If I see Dodger, I'll explain things to him."

"Perhaps I should talk to him."

"Either way works. Besides, he never stays mad at you," said David. "In fact, before this, I don't think he's ever been mad at you."

"Well there's always a first time," sighed Molly.

"Eh, never mind. It'll be all right."

"I hope so. Now get going with your goods train!"

"I will Molly!"

Then David puffed away feeling much better.

Molly also felt a lot better.

Meanwhile, at the Coal Mines, Dodger was still cross as he shunted the trucks into place.

"Don't forget the deliveries to Norramby," said the Manager.

Dodger wasn't really paying attention and he continued to take empty trucks into the sidings.

At the Works station, David stopped and saw Emily on the other platform.

"Hullo Emily," said David.

"Hullo David."

"I just wanted to apologise for last night. Even I was frustrated that you were great friends with Molly, but I hope we can work things out."

"I know you have all friends for a long time and I don't want to come between the three of you," explained Emily.

"That's a relief," chuckled David. "Anyways, we really should talk more even though you enjoy talking more to Molly!"

"We definitely should!" chuckled Emily.

Then she continued along the way. Once she arrived at Norramby, she went to take on coal but found there no coal in the hopper.

"Oh no. I'm going to be late if I don't get more coal," cried Emily.

Dodger soon heard the news.

"I thought I told you," said the Manager.

"Darn it. I was so cross earlier that I just didn't hear," puffed Dodger.

"So now we have to take the coal to Emily," said his Driver.

"Well, I suppose I have to make up for my mistake some way or another."

"Good boy. Let's go!"

Dodger quickly arranged the trucks in line and started as soon as the Guard blew his whistle.

"Come along, come along," he puffed to the trucks.

The trucks just groaned as Dodger pulled them along the line.

Finally, they were approaching Norramby.

"I heard there was no coal and I couldn't allow that, so I brought plenty of coal," said Dodger.

"Thanks Dodger," replied Emily. "I was worried I might be late but you got here so quickly that I will still be able to leave on time."

"I am glad to have helped."

Emily filled up coal and then hurried to the station and coupled up to her coaches. Then she puffed away.

That night in the sheds, things were a bit different.

"Emily, I'm sorry I was so cross," apologised Dodger. "I am fine with you joining our little team here at Vicarstown and honestly, I was worried Molly and I wouldn't be friends anymore."

"Yeah, so was I," put in David.

"That's all right you two," replied Emily. "I'm very glad to know you both. I know we're all busy but we can certainly get to know each other."

"I just want you to know we always will be no matter what," smiled Molly.

Dodger and David felt better after that and nowadays, all four get along much better and they all proud of their role on the railway.