Freedom at Last! is the eighth episode of the twelfth season.

Freedom at Last!
Season 12, Episode 8
Air date May 25th, 2013
Written by MainLineEngines
Directed by MainLineEngines
Episode guide
A Surprise for Percy/A Big Surprise for Percy
Clever Thinking


Percy was getting tired of working at the Mines.

The trucks would only sing songs about him, that were rude. Contrary to what the Fat Controller said, the big engines only teased him more. He wanted to go back to the Branch Line.

One day, he met Thomas at Vicarstown.

"Hullo Thomas. What are you doing this far out?"

"The Fat Controller put me in charge of a stopping train. The Branch Line needs some goods help. Daisy has been complaining about pulling goods."

"I'd be more than happy to help out once my work at the Mines is finished."

Later, he was taking a load of coal trucks to Tidmouth, as he climbed Gordon's Hill, he felt the trucks hold back.

"I know what you're doing."

"Or do you," they replied mysteriously.

Percy payed no attention.

Suddenly, he felt himself out of control and rolling down the hill! His Driver was knocked off the footplate and into a bush!

"Help me! I'm going to crash!"

He slid through Edward's station without stopping.

Luckily, help was arriving sooner than expected.

Gradually, he felt himself stopping.

"I want to stop, I want to stop, I want to stop," he chanted rapidly.

(Danger theme music ends)

"Pheww! I have stopped!" he though thankfully.

"You're lucky I was here," said a familiar voice.

Percy opened his eyes to see none other than Dodger the Gresley J50.

"You're a life saver," Percy said gratefully.

Dodger pulled Percy back to Tidmouth.

"Well done, Dodger. I'm proud of you. And Percy, you too, did a good job, puting up with all these trucks. And you may not believe me, but the Main Line Engines do appreciate you bringing them full supplies of coal. You know Gordon needs around 5 tons a day."

Percy chuckled, "Thank you, Sir."

Percy was then glad to go back to Thomas' Branch Line, and Dodger resumed work at Vicarstown Coal Mines, and both engines were glad to be Really Useful engines.


  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Dodger
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Edward (mentioned)
  • Gordon (mentioned)
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