Easter at Harwick is the sixth story of the second volume.
|Easter at Harwick|
|Season X, Episode 32|
|Air date||12 April 2020|
Daisy, Ryan, and the Cows
This story is dedicated to Virgle, Alice, Tania, David, Max, Carolina, Alma, Marina, Rosalinda, Nicole, and Tanya.
It was a lovely spring morning on the Island of Sodor. Daisy the diesel rail-car was enjoying her journey up to Harwick. The passengers were having a splendid time.
"The day is just so nice," said Daisy. "There are flowers by the line, and leaves on the trees. Sure beats the rain from last week."
"Indeed," agreed the Driver. "It is a lovely day."
They soon reached Harwick. Daisy had just stopped at the platform when she heard a bell.
"Right on time," she purred. "Just how I like it."
"That bell is from the church," observed the Driver.
The church is not far away from the station. It can be seen from the foot-bridge at the station. It is a fairly small church, but does attract a good amount of visitors. On Sundays, Daisy's return train to the Big Station will have several church members. At times, there are days during the week where the church is busy, but Sundays is the main day. Recently, people were getting more and more excited.
One Sunday, some of the church members arrived at the station.
"I can't help but notice how most of you have been wearing violet during the past few weeks."
"That's the colour for this season," said a girl.
"Yeah. Next week is Palm Sunday and then it will be Easter," said her brother.
"Oh, I hear Easter is fun," said Daisy. "Especially with the Easter bunny and all that."
"That is fun," replied the boy. "But it is also so much more than that."
"Yeah," said the girl, "it is really is a time of good-will, renewal, and rejoice."
"So, it is an important day for you."
"Definitely," they replied.
"An important day for people all over the world!" added the girl.
"How do you celebrate Easter?" asked Daisy.
"Well, I like all the nice clothers I can wear," said the girl.
"I like having breakfast with my parents," said the boy. "It reminds me that they are there for no matter what."
"Yeah, it really is a day to enjoy all the good things around us."
"Well, it all sounds lovely to me," said Daisy.
Soon, everyone was on board and Daisy purred away, thinking a lot about the upcoming events.
At the Big Station, once all the passengers had disembarked, she rolled over to the sheds.
James and Douglas were there.
"Hullo Daisy. How is your day so far?" asked James.
"It has been a good day," replied Daisy. "In fact, I have been reminded of what is coming up."
"What do you mean?"
"Very soon it will be Easter."
"Och, yes. A verra special day, noo doubt," said Douglas.
"Very special and important day."
"I know for a fact that my crew gets the morning off that day," said James.
"Easter must be a grand celebration," said Daisy. "But how?"
"Dinna fash yersel," chuckled Douglas. "If anything, yon people will figure something oot."
"I would like to be part of it too," sighed Daisy.
"Well, why don't you have an event at the station," suggested James.
"Hmm, that's a good idea. Of course, it'll take some planning, but it certainly can be done."
"That's good to hear. Now, I have go collect my coaches."
James puffed away. But Daisy still had plenty of thoughts.
"I can see ye have a lot in mind," observed Douglas.
"I do," said Daisy.
That night, Daisy told Ryan everything.
"A party sounds like a lot of fun," he said.
"It will be fun. Plus, the people around here will enjoy it too."
Next Sunday, Daisy was approaching Harwick when she saw palms beside the line.
"What is all this?" she thought. "Oh, today is Palm Sunday. But why are all the palms out?" she wondered.
"Palms have been used for a triumphant entrances," explained her Driver.
Daisy purred into the station to find it was decorated with palms.
"It all looks so lovely," she said.
"Easter will be great," said the Stationmaster. "They are all having brunch here at the station. I wouldn't be surprised if the station gets completely full."
Easter arrived. The station was decorated, and people were preparing for the brunch.
At the Big Station, Ryan was collecting a goods train to take to Harwick. Daisy would follow with her passenger.
"Thank you arranging these Jessie," said Ryan. "I must go now. I don't want to miss the party!"
"Have fun then," replied Jessie. "Happy Easter!"
"Happy Easter!" called Ryan, and he puffed away.
Not soon had Ryan gone that the Stationmater ran up.
"Where is Ryan?" he asked.
"He's already heading up to Harwick," replied Jessie.
"He was supposed to wait for the milk. David is bringing it in."
"From Dryaw, of course. Fortunately we still have Daisy.
"Of course. I hope she doesn't mind."
"I don't think so. Just make sure to secure the coupling."
Minutes later, David arrived with the milk.
"The milk is for Harwick. Is Daisy taking the milk?"
"Yes, since Ryan already left."
"Very well then."
Daisy was soon at the platform and her passengers arrived.
"What is it, my dear Jessie."
"You have to take the milk to Harwick."
"Very funny. Making me take the milk on Easter. All right. Shunt it into place."
Jessie did so and the shunter fastened the coupling.
"Looks like you are ready to go. Happy Easter, Daisy!"
"Thanks Jessie. Happy Easter to you too."
Daisy was soon making good time although the journey was a bit more difficult with the milk-wagons.
"I must get there," she thought to herself. "I don't want anyone to miss the celebration."
Daisy was exhausted when she reached Harwick.
"Here at last!" she exclaimed.
Everyone was glad to see Daisy.
The Stationmaster took the stage.
"Today is Easter," he began, "and I want to just recognise all the hard work that Daisy does."
"She's not only a hard worker, but a very good friend," continued Ryan. "My best friend even. And I don't mind doing a few jobs for her . . . as long as she does some for me!"
"All of you must know that whatever happens, we will always be able to rely on Ryan and Daisy here at Harwick," finished the Stationmaster.
Everyone clapped and cheered. Then, the celebration began.
Finally, that night, Ryan and Daisy were in their shed.
"Today was a fantastic day. A great start to Easter," said Daisy.
"I agree. It was fun," said Ryan.
"You know something. I am glad to be part of the Fat Controller's Railway. I am also glad to run this line with you."
"No problem. Now let's get some rest."
Then the two went happily to sleep.
- This is the Writer's first Easter story meaning it is also the first Easter story featured in Adventures on Rails. Additionally, due to some current real-life events, the story is dedicated to several of the Writer's fellow church members and friends.
- This story is partially inspired by the Random House book, Easter in Harwick. The Writer has also mentioned that it has been in his mind to adapt it for several years and it was thought to be released last year but was postponed.