Dennis' Visit is the tenth and final episode of the eleventh season.
|Season 11, Episode 10|
|Air date||March 5th, 2013|
Duck the Great Western Engine
Diesel Does it Again
There were soon plans for the reconstruction of the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh Branch Line. That meant Duck had to do work himself whilst taking care of shunting at Tidmouth, but he found little sucess in that.
He tried shunting everything for the morning before taking a train to where the line was being mended, then leaving it to the engines to position the coaches. He tried many ways, but none seemed to work.
Dodger was delivering coal the next day as Duck was arranging a goods train for James.
"Hullo, you look tired," Dodger commented.
"I am. Its tiring to shunt whilst simatamiously repairing what's to become your Branch Line," he replied.
"Here, let me help you."
"Thank you, Dodger, thank you."
"You really should talk to the Fat Controller about this, Duck. Before you know it, you'll need an overhaul, and then who can we spare?"
"Yes, I will."
Ironically, at that moment, the Fat Controller was on the telephone in discussion of an engine.
"Yes, so what class is he?... Seems alright. Is he suited for shunting?... Very well, uh, send him over... Only for a couple months or so. Thank you, have a good night."
He then went outside and saw Duck and Dodger waiting for him.
"Well, I've got good news. I've just talked to the Southern Region of British Railways controller and he agreed to loan us a Prototype Bulleid No. 11001 Diesel for a couple months. He'll relieve you from your shunting and you'll be able to go on 'full time' in reconstruction."
Duck, though uneasy on Diesels, was glad he would get the help he needed.
The Diesel arrived the next day. He was painted in BR Slate grey and his name was Dennis. He was no faster than a BR Class 09, but luckily, speed didn't matter in shunting.
"Now then, with coaches you must take care not to bump them," Duck expalined, "but with trucks, if they misbehave, you can bump them."
"Sure thing," and Dennis was put to his paces.
1957 came fast and progress was good, and Dennis stayed until 1958. It wasn't until 1960, that it was decided to buy, but by then, he had long met the cutter's torch.
To be continued...