Help Wanted is the ninth story of volume three.
|Season X, Episode 59|
|Air date||18 April 2021|
Thomas in Charge
One morning, all the engines were getting ready for the day. James had already shunted the trains and had gone to deliver some trucks to the Junction.
Henry, Duck, and Donald were at the coaling stage filling up with coal.
"Looking forward to a busy day?" Duck asked Henry.
"I suppose so," said Henry.
"Well no wonder you're taking on so much coal," teased Duck.
"There is more work around here since Jessie is out of service."
"But hey, at least we have James!"
"Yeah but I think the Fat Controller is going to bring in more help."
"Really? What makes ye think that?" asked Donald.
"I just have a feeling," replied Henry.
Presently, James puffed by and behind was an engine they had not seen before.
"Good morning you three," said James. "I'm back with some great news for everyone." He paused dramatically. "Pug has come to help out with the shunting here."
"That's a relief," sighed Henry.
"I didna say," puffed Donald. "Welcome to the railway Pug!"
"Hullo. It's very nice to see you again," replied Pug. "I remember Henry and Duck but I don't remember you," he said to Donald.
"Dinna fash yersel. I'm Donal' and it's nice to meet ye."
"So he is one of Percy's friends," commented Henry.
"I am," replied Pug. "It's great to be back. I heard you needed help so I am glad to be here."
"All right. Let me show you the shed," puffed James.
James and Pug puffed away.
"I guess you were right Henry about the Fat Controller bringing in help," said Duck.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," finished Henry.
Pug soon got to know all the engines. James showed him around before he had a passenger train to take.
"That's all I have for you. When Jessie is back, she'll show you a lot more. In the meantime, I am glad you've come 'cause now I can get back to my usual jobs!" said James.
"I'll fetch your coaches then," said Pug.
So Pug brought James's coaches to the platform and after he had gone, he was left alone. He went over to the shed and saw Jessie and Bear. The two engines didn't know Pug but they soon began to talk amongst each other.
"The railway has changed a lot since my last visit," said Pug.
"Some of us weren't on Sodor yet back when you visited," said Bear.
"In 1956, I was still working at the Steelworks," put in Jessie.
"I was allocated at Barrow at that time," said Pug. "And Percy would bring stone trains and from there I knew him. I never thought I'd actually get to work on Sir Topham Hatt's railway."
"Neither did I," added Jessie. "But I am very glad to be here."
"So am I," put in Pug, "and I do hope to get to know all of you. After all, I'll be seeing you around."
"Definitely!" laughed Bear.
Just then, Douglas puffed in.
Pug was rather surprised. He thought it was Donald who he had just seen.
"I thought you were at the coaling stage," said Pug.
"Dinna fash yersel! That was Donald, my brother," laughed Douglas. "I'm Douglas."
"Oh, so you're twins."
"Yes indeed," murmured Douglas. "Noo, I dinna have much time before my next job."
"Well, I'm Pug and I'll be helping out with the shunting around here."
"Good. We do need the help. And if ye're ever confused about Donal' and I, I'm nummer 10 and he's 9."
"Oh, yes, I see," replied Pug.
"Well, I better get going," said Douglas and he puffed away.
"Is he always that busy?" Pug asked Jessie and Bear.
"Donald and Douglas are always all over the place," explained Bear.
"They are good at many different jobs," added Jessie.
"I understand," said Pug, "and are they always, joking around and such."
"They do like to have a good laugh, but they are easy going," said Bear.
"Well, I hope we can all get along."
"I'm sure you will," put in Jessie.
Then Pug puffed back to work.
Pug was busy for the rest of the day. Occasionally, he saw Donald and Douglas and although he didn't speak to them, he simply did his work without fuss.
"Ye're doing a fine job," said Douglas.
"Er, uh, thanks," replied Pug. "You'd best get going now."
Douglas puffed away.
"Phew!" sighed Pug.
At the end of the day, Pug puffed back into the shed. All the other engines were already there including the Twins.
Everyone wanted to meet Pug. The engines asked his all sorts of questions till at last they all fell asleep.
The next morning, Pug went to work bright and early. He was shunting coaches when Donald came up.
"Hey Pug, when ye can, fetch my trucks will ye!" he called. "I have to take on coal and water."
Pug stopped suddenly.
"Of course!" he replied. "I better fetch his trucks first," he thought to himself. So, he shunted Donald's trucks and then took the coaches to the station. Henry was already there.
"You took your time," chuckled Henry.
"Slow start, it's a slow start," replied Pug. "By the way, do you know if Douglas needs me to fetch his trucks."
"Hmm, I think he's heading to Edward's line so you're fine," said Henry.
"That's a relief," sighed Pug.
After Henry's train had gone, Pug fetched coaches for the other engines then went back to the shed.
"Busy morning, isn't it," said Jessie.
"Very busy and some engines keep you very busy," replied Pug.
"That is true," murmured Jessie and she looked over at Gordon and James.
"Eh, Gordon and James are fine. The truth is that Donald and Douglas are always so demanding."
"Really?" asked Jessie.
"Yeah. Maybe it's also 'cause I can never tell if they're playing around or not so I just do whatever they say to avoid any confusion. It's probably because they are always so busy," said Pug. "Anyways, I have more work to do, see you around."
Pug puffed leaving the other engines very surprised.
"It shouldn't be a surprise that I think James and Henry are the most demanding," said Jessie.
"I never expected Donald and Douglas to be demanding," said Gordon.
"Neither did I," said Jessie. "I think that he just doesn't know them that well. That's all."
"Yeah. After a while, you get used to their jokes."
"Then again, Donald and Douglas don't really focus on who likes them or not. They just do their work without fuss," added Gordon.
"True," said Jessie. "But I wouldn't want that to affect Pug's work in the yard."
"Hopefully you'll be back at work soon."
"Actually today I am going out for a test run so perhaps tomorrow I will be back in the yard," said Jessie.
So, later that day, Jessie puffed out of the shed and went down to the Junction and then back again. When she got back, she saw Douglas taking on coal.
"Hey Jessie, great tae see ye oot and aboot again!"
"Do ye think ye can shunt mae trucks?"
"Hmm, actually, could you ask Pug to do that?"
"Ye still need time fur yerself, eh!" chucked Douglas.
Jessie chuckled. She knew he was just joking. "Eh, just be kind with Pug though and just be clear about that when you ask him."
"The lad is doing a fine job. I wouldnae get mad at him," said Douglas.
So, once Douglas had finished taking on coal, he went to the yard and saw Pug shunting. Pug saw Douglas and quickly stopped shunting.
"What do you need?" asked Pug, quickly.
"Juist mae guids train," replied Douglas. "And ye can take yere time. Ye're doing a guid job so far."
Pug wasn't very convinced but he quickly shunted Douglas's goods train.
"Thanks!" whistled Douglas.
Pug whistled in reply, then once he was out of sight, he went to fetch some coaches.
Unbeknownst to them, Jessie had seen everything. Later, she spoke to Pug.
"I think you're doing a very good job so far," said Jessie.
"Thanks Jessie. I'm glad you appreciate my work around here. After all, that is why I was brought here," replied Pug.
"Just so you know," continued Jessie. "All of us engines may tease each other or get mad at each other from time to time, but in the end, we are all hard workers on the Fat Controller's Railway. So don't worry if you aren't the best of friends with all the engines."
"I suppose you're right," said Pug. "I should just focus on my work."
"I do hope that at least you and I can get along. After all, we will be working here in the yard."
"I'm sure we will," smiled Jessie. "I will warn you though that I am pretty versatile myself so do excuse me if I sometimes seem a bit 'demanding'."
"Oh, I'm sure you'll be fine!"
"Honestly, I'm surprised you find Donald and Douglas demanding. Clearly you haven't been around Henry, Gordon, and James!"
"Well, I am still getting to know them. Besides, as I said, I am going to focus on my work."
With that, the two engines went about the yard shunting trucks and coaches.
Eventually, Norman returned and Pug soon got used to working with him. He has also gotten more used to being around Donald and Douglas and he enjoys being part of the Fat Controller's Railway.
- Donald and Douglas
- Norman (does not speak)
- Edward (mentioned)
- Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)