Delete's Comeback is the first episode of the second volume, 'The Later Adventures of Delete' of the Delete the Mixed-Traffic Engine series.


Delete was to head on home at 12.15 from the Mystic River Traction Company Railway. Two years had passed, and he had started to miss his home on Sodor. However, the points were jammed on his siding, so it wasn't until 8.15, 'till he could return. This was a mistake.

"Do you really think we should head on home now?", asked Delete.

"I'm not sure either, but at least we're together", his Fireman replied, shoveling more coal into the firebox.

Delete had no idea what he was heading for.

Just a little while ahead past Vicarstown, is a junction. It was a line no one dared venture. It lead to the Vicarstown Dieselworks, and the Vicarstown Smelter's Yard. No engine, ever wanted to go there, but there were brave ones.

"Hey, What the?"

Delete's headlamp turned off, and he turned left, and then right.

"Is that Henry's Tunnel we are approaching?", asked Delete, confused.

"I dunno", replied his Driver. "I think it's best we rest here until we get where we are."

Suddenly, they heard horns, and Diesel noises.


"Are we?"

"In the?"

"Smelter's Yard!"

"Oh no. We have to get out of here", cried Delete.

Too late!

"Well. We said we'd be expecting you", said a fimiliar voice.

"I got 'im, 'Arry."

"Good job Bert."

"'Arry and Bert", I thought. 'Arry and Bert had always been described as the Grim Messengers of Doom. They loved to scrap engines, and anything they could.

"Too bad we can't give you a coat of paint", said Bert.

"It doesn't matter. Let;s take him to, the Burner."

"The burner", Delete thought.

"Meet you doom", Bert said.

"Open the doors!", ordered 'Arry.

Suddenly, fire came alight.

"No!", Delete cried.

"Yes", they soothed.

Delete managed to steam up, and pushed Bert, right into the scrap heap!

"Hey, come back here!", they shouted, but Delete didn't. He steamed to the junction, the points switched, and he was off!

(scene flashes to Tidmouth Sheds)

"That's how I got here", Delete told the engines.

"Scary. Terrifing. Creepy", the engines murmured.

Delete fell asleep content. Content that no Diesels would ever scrap him.


  • Delete
  • 'Arry and Bert
  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
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