|Rosie Takes Over|
| Season 2, Episode 4|
|Air date||February 27th, 2019|
Bill and Ben's Big Mistake
Daisy Does it All
Thomas the tank engine loves his branchline very much. He works nearly everyday on the line and he enjoys every moment of it. Whether it’s saying hello to his friends or passing his favorite places or racing Bertie the bus or just taking Annie and Clarabel, Thomas can’t think of anything better and thinks the line is the first on Sir Topham Hatt’s Railway. Everyone knows he thinks this too and they know too if someone else were to run his line, Thomas would be most upset and they don’t want to take it away from him. Some other engines have worked on his branchline before while Thomas was doing other work, but in the end, Thomas makes it back and still continues to take great pride, and joy for that matter, in running his branchline to this day.
One morning, Thomas had to go to the Steamworks to be repaired. His pistons had popped and his breaks had failed, so Percy helped him get there. When they arrived, Percy placed Thomas on the turntable, getting him ready to be inspected.
“There you go Thomas,” puffed Percy. “Now you’re all ready for Victor.”
“Thank you Percy,” said Thomas sadly. “I appreciate the help, though it’s a shame I can’t work with Annie and Clarabel or work on my branchline today. I’m missing them both now.”
“Don’t worry, Thomas,” soothed Percy. “I’m sure Victor can get you fixed in no time. He’s very efficient, you know.”
“Percy’s right, my friend,” came a voice. It was Victor himself. “Once the workmen check you over, I’ll make sure they will have you be back at work quicker than you can even say...” Then came a sudden banging and clanging. “Kevin!!!”
“Oops, he he, sorry boss,” called Kevin. “It was the usual you know, just a slip of the hook.”
“Ugg, we know, Kevin, we know,” muttered Victor.
Just then Sir Topham Hatt arrived. “Ah, Thomas, there you are. Now I’ve heard about your predicament and I know you want to get back to work as soon as possible, but it’ll have to wait a little while, but don’t worry, I have found a temporary replacement engine to take care of your branchline while you’re being repaired.”
Thomas was relieved. “Thank you sir,” he said. “Whose going to take care of it?”
“Well let’s just say it’s an engine that you’re good friends with,” smiled Sir Topham Hatt.
Thomas was curious. “Oh, is it Percy?”
“No not Percy. He has mail duties today,” replied Sir Topham.
“Hmmm, is it Toby?”
“No he has quarry duties with Mavis.”
“Uh, is it Duck?”
“No he has work on the Little Western.”
Thomas gasped horrifically. “Please tell me it’s not Diesel, sir.”
Sir Topham Hatt chuckled. “No Thomas, it’s not Diesel either. You’re replacement is Rosie.” At that point, Rosie came puffing in.
“Hello Thomas,” she peeped prettily.
Thomas was surprised. “Rosie?!” He exclaimed.
“Yes Rosie, Thomas,” confirmed Sir Topham Hatt. “I picked her because she was the only tank engine available and I know I can rely on her to get your jobs done. It’ll only be temporary like I said, so when you’re repaired, she’ll go back to doing her regular work.”
Thomas was worried, but he conceded reluctantly. “Yes sir,” he said.
“Very good,” said Sir Topham Hatt. “Now I wish you good luck with your repairs Thomas, and Rosie and Percy, you best be getting back to work.”
“Yes sir,” replied the engines, then Sir Topham Hatt drove away.
Thomas was still frowning. “Don’t you worry, Thomas,” smiled Rosie. “I’ll take great care on your branchline and I’ll make sure everything will run smoothly and right on time. You can count on me, and who knows, I might run it even better than you,” she giggled cheekily, and puffed away. Thomas snorted at that remark.
Percy could tell he was not happy. “Um Thomas, just wondering, you seem annoyed with Rosie. Did she do something?”
“Well, no Percy,” replied Thomas. “It’s just I don’t like the fact that she’s going to be working on my branchline.”
“Oh? And what’s the problem with that?” Asked Percy.
“Because Rosie has a tendency to behave just like me,” huffed Thomas, “and now that she’s taking over my jobs for a while, she’s bound to make herself look silly and make a mess of my branchline.”
“Oh I see,” said Percy. “Well, I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you, Thomas. Yes Rosie does try to be you, but I think that’s because she looks up to you and wants to be just as really useful as you.”
“I agree,” added Victor, who had been listening. “Plus, I think Sir Topham Hatt wouldn’t have picked her for this job if she wasn’t useful, so I think you have nothing to worry about, Thomas my friend. I’m sure your branchline is in safe buffers with Rosie.”
“Well, I guess you two have some points,” he chuffed, “but I just hope she doesn’t do anything silly.”
“Don’t worry about it, Thomas,” soothed Victor. “Everything will be alright, I promise.”
“And if you’re that worried about her,” added Percy, “Toby, Bertie, Mavis and I can keep an eye on her and see what she does. How about that?”
Thomas brightened up at the sound of this. “If you could do that, Percy, I would appreciate it very much.”
“Alright, then in that case, I’ll let the others know,” conceded Percy. “I have to get back to taking the mail train now, so I’ll talk to you later Thomas, and good luck with your repairs.” Then Percy whistled good-bye and puffed away.
Thomas felt pleased, but Victor was unsure. “I don’t think it was such a good idea for you to agree to that, Thomas. It would have been better if you had left it alone.”
“Don’t worry, Victor,” said Thomas. “I know what I’m doing.”
“Hmph, says you,” muttered Victor, “but no matter. Now let’s get you fixed up and back to work before you have another incident.” Then Kevin crashed again. “Huh, or before someone else causes an incident for you.”
“Sorry again, boss,” called Kevin again as Victor just sighed.
Meanwhile, at Knapford Station, Annie and Clarabel had heard about Rosie taking over Thomas’ duties and they were curious.
“I wonder what Rosie will be like,” wondered Annie. “I never really heard much about her.”
“Well I have and I hope she’s reliable and useful,” puffed Clarabel. “I’ve heard about her imitating Thomas all the time and frankly, I’m not sure she’s best suited for taking us.”
“Oh don’t be so harsh,” scoffed Annie. “She might imitate him, but that doesn’t mean she’s not useful, just you wait and see.”
At that point, Rosie arrived. “Hello Annie and Clarabel,” she whistled sweetly. “Guess what? I get to take you today! Doesn’t that sound fun?”
“Huh, as long as that ‘fun’ means being useful,” muttered Clarabel quietly.
“Clarabel, shh!” Hissed Annie quietly back. “Yes dear, that sounds like great fun,” she said to Rosie. “We can’t wait to get started.”
“Great!” Said Rosie cheerfully, as she gently coupled up to Annie. “In that case, let’s go ahead and collect our passengers.” Then she started off smoothly and puffed over to the station.
When she arrived, all of Thomas’ passengers were waiting, and were very surprised.
“Hello everyone,” Rosie puffed. “Thomas is under repairs for now, so I’ll be taking over his jobs for today. So all aboard!”
The passengers were still puzzled, but they understood and they climbed aboard. Then once everything was ready, the guard blew his whistle and Rosie started off.
“Here we go,” she called.
“Yes here we go indeed,” muttered Clarabel, but to her and Annie’s surprise, Rosie started off very smoothly and carefully and didn’t jerk them around. The coaches were slightly impressed.
Soon they were well on their way on Thomas’ branchline and making good time. Rosie was enjoying herself and keen to be just as good as Thomas. Annie and Clarabel could tell.
“Well Rosie,” chuffed Annie. “I must say compared to Thomas, you are doing a splendid job so far.”
“Yes indeed,” agreed Clarabel. “You are making excellent time and you’re not going too fast or too slow either, just the way we prefer.”
“Really?” Asked Rosie excitedly. “Wow, that’s great! I was wondering how I was doing and to be honest, I was a little worried, but I’m glad to hear that. So thank you, Annie and Clarabel.”
“You’re quite welcome, dear,” replied Annie.
Just then Percy caught up with them while taking the mail. “Hello, ladies,” he whistled. “How’s your day going so far?”
“Quite well actually, thank you for asking Percy,” replied Rosie. “Annie and Clarabel just told me that I’m doing a good job and I’m being just as good as Thomas.”
“Yes she certainly is,” said Annie. “In fact, she’s doing an even better job than Thomas I have to say.” Then she, Clarabel, and Rosie chuckled. “Oh, but don’t tell Thomas I said that,” she added quietly.
“Don’t worry, I won’t breathe a piston about it to him,” chuckled Rosie, and they continued on. “Bye Percy, nice talking to you.” Then Rosie puffed onwards.
After they left, Percy was worried. “Oh dear, Thomas wouldn't like the sound of that,” he thought.
Soon Rosie arrived at Dryaw station, where she stopped to let passengers on and off the train.
“Right on time,” said the station master. “Good for you, Rosie. The passengers and I appreciate it.”
“Thank you sir,” replied Rosie. She felt very pleased.
Just then, she heard a honk and looked over and saw Bertie the bus arrive next to the station.
“Oh, hello there Rosie,” he said. “Surprised to see you here. What are you doing on Thomas’ branchline? Or have you officially become Thomas?”
Rosie laughed. “No Bertie, I’m just taking over his jobs for today while he’s being repaired, that’s all. He should be back to work in a couple of days.”
“Ah, I see,” said Bertie. “Well that’s too bad about Thomas. I was looking forward to racing him today and beating him.” Then Bertie paused and looked at Rosie. “Though I could also try beating his replacement instead,” he added cheekily.
Rosie thought for a moment. “Hmmm, well I don’t know, Bertie. I don’t think you would be able to keep up with me. Thomas might be fast, but I can be even faster.”
“Oh ho, sounds like a little challenge, I think,” puffed Bertie. “Well, in that case, when your signal changes, how about we see who’s faster?”
“You’re on,” said Rosie. “Ready...set...” Then the signal changed. “Go!” And Bertie raced off, but surprisingly, Rosie didn’t. She just started off normally.
Annie and Clarabel were surprised. “Rosie, what are you doing?” Asked Annie.
“I thought you were going to race Bertie?” Added Clarabel.
“Don’t worry, I am,” whispered Rosie, “but from what I learned, slow and steady wins the race, so you wait and see. Bertie might be fast, but I’m sure I’ll win this race.”
Annie and Clarabel were puzzled. “Hmm, I never thought of that before, but that might just work. Good thinking Rosie,” said Annie. Rosie grinned.
Meanwhile Bertie was racing along the road, feeling pleased with himself. “Ha ha, silly tank engine,” he muttered. “Thinking she was faster than Thomas, well look at me. I’m nearly at the station and she’s barely left Dryaw. Oh-ho, this is too...” But then suddenly he looked ahead and saw sheep were in the middle of the road. “Oh no!” He cried, as his driver quickly put on the brakes. Bertie then skidded to a complete stop, just inches away from the sheep. “Oh bother,” he grumbled. “Silly sheep, move will you!” He honked, but the sheep didn’t move. They just kept roaming around. Bertie was cross, then he saw Rosie puff carefully by with Annie and Clarabel, giggling when they saw Bertie.
“I told you you wouldn’t be able to catch up with me!” Rosie called. “Oh well, better luck next time, Bertie!” And she continued on, leaving Bertie feeling embarrassed and upset.
Soon Rosie arrived at Elsbridge station, feeling pleased with herself.
“Well, well, well,” chuffed Annie. “I have to admit, Rosie, that was quite clever of you to think of that trick. Even I wouldn’t have thought that.”
“Me neither,” added Clarabel, “and the fact that we still arrived on time too is even more impressive. Good thinking, Rosie, and clever you.”
“Thank you, ladies,” replied Rosie. “I told you it would work.”
Just then Bertie finally rolled up to the station. “Oh silly sheep,” he grumbled. “Getting in my way like that. Why do they have to be such a nuisance? I could’ve won that race if it hadn’t been for them.”
“Oh don’t take it too personally, Bertie,” called Rosie. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t, there will be plenty of other races for you to win, but with me, it may not happen that much,” she added cheekily, and she and the coaches laughed.
Bertie snorted. “Huh, cheeky engine,” he muttered quietly. “I can’t wait until Thomas comes back.” Then he drove away.
Just then, Henry arrived at the station with his passenger train. “Oh hello Rosie. Fancy seeing you here. I take it your Thomas' replacement for now?”
“Yes I am,” replied Rosie. “I’m taking over his jobs for today, and so far, I think I’m doing pretty good.”
“Yes quite well indeed,” agreed Annie and Clarabel.
“Well, I can already tell you are because you got here before me,” laughed Henry. “Usually, I have to wait a while for Thomas to arrive.”
“Really?” Asked Rosie.
“Yes, and believe me, the passengers and I get really annoyed about it because we end up being late,” added Henry, “but good thing we don’t have to worry about that today, thanks to you, Rosie.” Rosie beamed, then Henry’s guard blew his whistle. “Well, I must be off now, so take care you three, and keep up the good work, Rosie. I’m sure Thomas would be very pleased with you.”
“Thank you Henry,” called Rosie, then Henry puffed away. Rosie felt very proud, then she set off again too.
A little while later, Rosie came to a red signal next to a field, and she stopped. Then she heard a noise and looked over and saw Terence the tractor plowing the field. Terence came over to talk to her.
“Hello there, you must be Rosie, I presume?” He asked her.
“Yep, that’s me,” said Rosie brightly, “and you’re Terence, aren’t you?”
“Yep, you’re correct there, little lady,” laughed Terence. "So how do you feel working on Thomas' branchline?”
“Oh, I’m having a great time," replied Rosie. "Running his branchline is quite fun and everyone’s been saying I’m doing a good job as well.”
“Well, that’s great to hear then,” puffed Terence. “Good for you, but you better hope Thomas doesn’t get jealous of you for saying that.”
Rosie frowned. “Do you think he would?”
“Well you never know with Thomas,” admitted Terence. “Sometimes he’s okay with others running his line and sometimes he’s not, but in this case, I’m really just joking with you. I’m sure he’s glad that you’re taking care of it, since from what I’ve heard, you enjoy trying to be him.”
Rosie smiled. “Oh okay, I see, Terence. I hope he’s happy with me too.” Then Rosie’s signal dropped. “Well, I must get going now, Terence. It was nice talking to you and I’ll see you later.”
“The same to you, Rosie,” replied Terence. “You keep taking care of Thomas’ branchline too.” Then with that, Rosie puffed away.
Meanwhile at the Steamworks, Percy was telling Thomas about what Annie and Clarabel had said about him to Rosie.
“And then they said Rosie is doing an even better job at running your line than you, Thomas,” explained Percy, “and they laughed about it.”
Thomas scoffed. “Oh that’s just Annie and Clarabel,” he muttered. “They’re always making fun of me. They know I run my line well and never make a mistake. They probably can’t wait for me to come back.”
Percy frowned. “I don’t know,” he puffed. “They seemed to like Rosie taking care of them.” Thomas just rolled his eyes.
Then Bertie came up, still grumbling. “Huh, that cheeky Rosie,” he huffed. “Pulling a stunt on me like that. Who was she to do something like that? It’s not fair.”
“Oh? What happened to you, Bertie?” Asked Thomas.
“Oh it’s that Rosie,” explained Bertie. “We had a race, she wasn’t even racing, and yet, she still won and all because I got stuck behind some sheep. According to her, ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Quite a silly saying if you ask me. Huh! When will you be repaired, Thomas?”
Thomas smiled. “Don’t you worry, Bertie,” he said. “I’ll be repaired soon, then we can race whenever we want to and you won’t have to listen to Rosie’s silly sayings again, though I’ll still beat you regardless.” Then he and Bertie chuckled.
“Well, as long as it will be soon, then good,” said Bertie. “See you later everyone.” Then Bertie drove away, as Percy and Victor looked at each other, giving each the sense that they both thought Thomas was starting to be rather silly.
Meanwhile, back on the branchline, Rosie had finished taking the passengers and was making her way up the quarry with some trucks, still feeling pleased with herself.
When she arrived, Toby and Mavis were waiting for her.
“Ah there you are Rosie,” said Toby. “Glad to see you could make it. We heard about what happened to Thomas and I take it you’re doing a good job with taking care of his jobs?”
“Oh yes, quite well indeed, Toby,” replied Rosie proudly. “I honestly thought I wouldn’t, but everyone’s been saying I’m doing very good and I’m feeling confident.”
“Well, that’s good to hear dear,” said Mavis, “and you have another opportunity to show everyone how good you are. We do need some help shunting and loading trucks here and your help will be greatly appreciated. Though you may want to be careful. The trucks are being troublesome today.”
Rosie looked around at all the trucks. There was a lot and she was a little worried but she was still feeling confident. “No problem here, Mavis,” she said. “I’ll take care of these trucks in no time, and maybe even better than Thomas.” Then she set to work as Toby and Mavis chuckled.
Rosie was soon hard at work and as good as her word. Some of the trucks were being difficult, but Rosie learned what she had to do and she was able to biff and bash them into place and get the work done without much trouble. Toby and Mavis were impressed.
After a long while, the shunting and loading was completed. Rosie felt tired, but she was pleased with herself and so were Toby and Mavis.
“Good work, Rosie,” said Toby. “Thank you for your help.”
“Yes, that was really good shunting,” added Mavis. “Usually we and Thomas have trouble with those trucks, but you handled them very well, Rosie, and you know, I’d say you were better than Thomas after all.” Then she, Toby and Rosie laughed.
“Well, I don’t know about that,” said Rosie modestly, “but I appreciate you saying that Mavis, so thank you, and also thank you both for giving me the opportunity to work here as well. I have to take this train of stone to the docks now, so I’ll see you both later.”
“Good-bye Rosie,” said Toby.
“And you’re welcome too,” said Mavis, then Rosie puffed away. Toby and Mavis looked at each other and smiled, definitely pleased with Rosie’s work.
Later, the two of them went to the Steamworks and told Thomas about Rosie.
“She worked really hard and was able to keep many of the trucks in line,” explained Mavis.
“Yes, and she really made the work go by fast too,” added Toby. “Without Rosie’s help, we would probably still be working right now and be behind schedule. She was definitely a great help today.”
Thomas frowned. “Nonsense you two,” he scoffed. “That can’t be Rosie you’re talking about. If she was trying to be like me, she would have messed things up and have caused confusion and delay.”
“Well that’s not what happened earlier, Thomas,” denied Toby. “Rosie was quite useful indeed and from what I heard, she is doing an excellent job today with all our work and everyone is praising her as well.” Thomas was surprised.
“Yes, and I haven’t heard a complaint once about her either,” added Mavis. “If you ask me, it sounds like you might have some competition with Rosie, Thomas, so you might want to watch yourself when you come back to work.” Then she and Toby laughed and puffed away. Mavis was of course only teasing, but Thomas thought she was serious and became concerned, especially after hearing that Rosie was doing a good job after all.
For the next few days as he was being repaired, Thomas heard more and more things about Rosie from the other engines and how well she was doing running his branchline. Some assured him he has nothing to worry about as Rosie was doing a good job, while others were jokingly saying that Rosie might take over his line soon, but regardless, the more he heard about Rosie, the more jealous Thomas was becoming, and secretly a little cross as well.
At last, Thomas’ pistons were repaired and his brakes were fixed and he was ready to go back to work. He felt pleased.
“There you go, Thomas my friend,” said Victor. “Good as new and ready for work. That didn’t take long, now did it?”
“Well, it kind of did,” Thomas admitted, “but I’m just glad to be ready for work once again. Now I can get back to my branchline and Rosie can go back to doing her own work and stop taking over everything.”
Victor frowned. “Now you listen here, young engine,” he said firmly. “I don’t want you getting competitive with Rosie just because of all the praise she received this week. The important thing is she took care of your line and your back to work, so just be happy about that. Otherwise, that competitive nature of yours is going to lead you to trouble.”
“Also, Thomas on a serious note,” added Kevin. “You may want to take it easy while you’re stopping today. You might have new brakes, but these are rather sensitive to stopping sharply, so whenever you need to stop, I’d recommend doing it slowly and carefully at first.” But Thomas was feeling too conceited to listen to either of them.
“Uh, yes thanks for the advice you two,” he said hastily. “I have to get back to my branchline now, so I’ll talk to you both later and thank you for all your help.” And he rushed out of the Steamworks.
Victor and Kevin were worried. “Thomas is going to be back here very soon again, isn’t he boss?” Asked Kevin.
“Highly likely, Kevin my friend,” sighed Victor. “Highly likely indeed.”
Meanwhile, Thomas had collected Annie and Clarabel and arrived at Knapford Station, feeling pleased to be back.
“Ah, feels good to finally be working again,” he puffed. “No broken pistons, no faulty brakes, and no Rosie. Just me, my coaches, and back my branchline.”
Annie and Clarabel frowned at Thomas’ statement. “It’s nice to be back with you too, Thomas,” said Annie, “but what does that remark about Rosie mean?”
“Oh you know,” puffed Thomas. “Her taking over my line, stealing all of my fame, and trying to prove she’s better than me, that’s all. Just another typical Rosie.”
Clarabel snorted. “Don’t be so rude, Thomas,” she scolded. “Rosie did a fine job taking care of your branchline and she was not trying to prove anything as silly as that.”
“Clarabel’s right,” agreed Annie. “Rosie was just being really useful and being reliable, that’s all, so mind your manners, Thomas.”
Thomas rolled his eyes. Just then Rosie came puffing up.
“Hello Thomas,” she whistled sweetly. “Glad to see you’re repaired and back at work again. I had a great time running your branchline the past few days and...”
“Yes, I bet you did,” Thomas interrupted smugly.
Rosie was puzzled. “What?”
“It means I know you liked taking over my branchline and trying to be better than me this week,” Thomas accused. “I heard all about your hard work and how everyone is saying you’re taking over my branchline, well I have to say one thing about that: it’s my branchline, it’s my pride, and no silly engine who enjoys idolizing me is going to take over it. Not now, and not ever, so there.” Then Thomas fumed away.
“Huh? But Thomas, wait!” Called Rosie, but Thomas was already hurrying out of the station trying to get away from her. Rosie felt hurt.
Soon Thomas was hurrying along his branchline, trying to get as far away from Rosie as he could get. He was still annoyed with her and Annie and Clarabel were still cross with him.
“That was completely unnecessary, Thomas,” scolded Annie. “Bursting out at Rosie like that as if she did something wrong. What has gotten into you?”
“I quite agree, Annie,” added Clarabel. “I have never known you to be such a rude and mean engine, Thomas. Like we said, Rosie wasn’t trying to take over your branchline, so calm down. In fact, she even told us that she doesn’t...”
“Doesn’t what?” Interrupted Thomas hastily. “Want me back here? Well she sure thought wrong there. No one is ever going to take my branchline away from me, no matter how much they might try, so there.” And he continued to hurry onwards, making the coaches feel even more cross, and a little worried.
Then Thomas heard a honk and looked over and saw Bertie, and was pleased. “Hey there he is,” chortled Bertie. “The little engine who thought he could, as in the one who thought he could beat a bus.”
Thomas chuckled. “It’s great to see you too, Bertie.”
“I’ll bet it is,” laughed Bertie, “and it’s especially great to know that Rosie is back to her usual work and I finally race someone again. Is she ever coming back here again?”
“Huh, I sure hope not,” puffed Thomas. “I don’t need any more trouble on my line, especially from her and her silliness of trying to be me.”
“I couldn’t agree more,” said Bertie, then he gasped. “Oh, and actually there is trouble on your line!”
“Huh?! What is it?” Gasped Thomas.
“It’s being overrun...by a bus!” Laughed Bertie, and he took off. “Ha, ha! Catch me if you can slow coach!”
“Hey, not fair I wasn’t ready!” Called Thomas, and he chased after Bertie.
The two friends raced each other all across Thomas’ branchline and were having great fun, and Thomas felt very pleased to be working on the line again and racing Bertie, but he was so conceited and happy, he completely forgot to stop at the stations.
At Elsbridge station, Henry was already waiting with passenger train for him. Then he heard a rumbling sound and then all of a sudden...WHOOSH!
“Weeeeee! I’m going to beat you, Bertie!” Called Thomas.
“Oh ho, no you’re not!” Called Bertie, as they raced by.
Henry was most surprised. “Thomas!” He called. “Where are you going? Your passengers are all waiting for you!” But Thomas was already clear of station and didn’t hear him.
Henry was worried. “Huh, well at least he wasn’t late this time,” he thought.
Thomas and Bertie were still racing and still not paying attention to what they were doing.
“I’m almost at Ffarquhar!” Called Bertie.
“Yes, that’s right, I am!” Retorted Thomas cheekily, but then there was trouble. Thomas looked ahead and saw the signal was red. He quickly set on his brakes, but he had forgotten about Kevin’s warning about his new brakes. Suddenly, due to him putting them on so hard, Thomas’ brakes snapped and broke, and now, he was running lose along the line.
“Oh no! Not my brakes! Help!! I can’t stop!” He cried as he raced on. Bertie was worried.
Annie and Clarabel were worried too. “Good heavens! This is way too fast!” Wailed Annie.
“What ever are we going to do?” Cried Clarabel, but then Clarabel’s guard climbed into her cab and set her brakes on. Luckily, it was able to slow the coaches down, but unfortunately, the jerk caused the coupling between Thomas and Annie to snap. Now Thomas was running by himself while Annie and Clarabel came to a safe and complete stop.
Then there was trouble again. Thomas looked ahead and noticed there was a loose rail on the line. He shut his eyes tightly.
“Oh no!!!” He cried, as he ran over the loose rail and came off the tracks and plunged into Terence’s field, getting covered all over in fresh mud and manure. Luckily, no one was hurt and Thomas finally stopped, but now he felt foolish and wet.
Then Terence came over. “Hmmm, well Thomas, if you wanted to know what it’s like having caterpillar wheels, you could’ve just told me instead of trying to pretend you had them, because believe me, it’s harder to use them than you think.” Thomas didn’t say anything. He was too embarrassed to speak.
Soon Percy arrived to help Terence get Thomas out of the field and back on the rails. With Percy was Sir Topham Hatt, and he was cross.
“Oh, Thomas, what has gotten into you today? You just got repaired this morning and then all of a sudden, you race around your branchline like a drag racer? Maybe I should have had Victor clean your smoke box too, since you clearly not using it today.”
Thomas felt ashamed. “I’m sorry sir,” he said sadly. “I didn’t mean to cause all this trouble. I was just racing Bertie and I guess I got carried away.”
“Hmph, well that’s still no excuse Thomas,” scolded Sir Topham Hatt. “You should have known better. Now you’ve caused confusion and delay and you must go back to the Steamworks. It’s lucky for you that Rosie’s still available to take care of your jobs, so I’ll get in contact with her shortly. In the meantime, Percy, please take Thomas for me and make sure Victor takes care of him.”
“Yes sir,” replied Percy.
“Yes sir,” sighed Thomas, then once Thomas was on a flatbed, Percy took him to the Steamworks.
Later at the Steamworks, Thomas still felt foolish and embarrassed about what he had done, and Victor and Kevin were chatting.
“Wow, looks like we were right, boss,” chuffed Kevin. “Thomas was going to be back here soon after all.”
“Yes he was, Kevin,” replied Victor, “and quite frankly, I’m not surprised. I told you not to worry about Rosie, Thomas, but you clearly didn’t listen and now look what’s happened to you. It’s lucky for you it’s just a few dents and scratches, so it’ll be easier to repair you, but this time, I don’t want to hear any complaints about Rosie and all this nonsense of her taking over your branchline, understand?”
“Yes Victor, I understand,” sighed Thomas, then suddenly they heard a whistle and looked outside to see Rosie herself puffing up. Thomas squirmed.
“Hello everyone,” said Rosie.
“Hello Rosie,” said Victor. “Is there something I can help you with?”
“Um, no thank you Victor, I’m fine,” replied Rosie, “but if it’s alright with you, I’d like to have a word with Thomas about something.”
Victor and Kevin looked at each other. “Uh...sure, that’s fine with me. Come along Kevin. I have some crates for you to move in the back.”
“Oh sure thing, boss let’s get to it,” replied Kevin, then they headed towards the back of the building. Then there was a crash. “Uh, was it those crates boss?”
“Ug, yes those, Kevin, huh,” came a disgruntled groan from Victor from the back.
Then Rosie spoke to Thomas. “Thomas, I have to say something to you.” Thomas stayed silent, but listened to Rosie. “If you thought I was trying to take over your branchline for good, then I just want you to know I was not trying to do anything like that at all. I had fun running it the past few days, but I in no means want to stay on the line. Your branch line is your pride and joy, Thomas, and no one runs it better than you can and you deserve to keep it. Also, people along your line have been looking for you this week as well and were starting to worry about where you were. Lastly, I want you to know that I do like you and often idolize you, but that’s because I look up to you, Thomas. You’re the number one engine on this railway and you get all of the attention and I want to be as good as you too and let people know that you’re a role model for everyone.” Thomas looked thoughtfully at Rosie. “Huh, but you probably still think I’m a silly engine who likes copying you and I can accept that, and if you truly don’t want me running your branchline, then I’ll let Sir Topham Hatt know.” Then Rosie started puffing slowly and sadly away.
Thomas felt even more ashamed now. “Rosie wait,” he called. Rosie stopped. “You are not the silly engine: I am. I was very silly and foolish for thinking you were trying to take over my branchline. I heard all about how well you were running it and I have to say, despite my rude thoughts, I’m glad Sir Topham Hatt chose you to run it for me. You sounded like you knew what you were doing, you got the jobs done, and most of all, you were really useful too.”
Rosie began to smile. “You really mean that?”
“Of course I do,” smiled Thomas. “Also, I’m sorry for accusing you of all those things earlier. You are not a silly engine after all and you are quite the hard worker too and I’m glad I am there to help you be really useful as well.” Then Thomas had an idea. “And you know, now that I think about it, I think you’ve been even more useful than any of the engines who have run my line before and guess what?”
“What?” Asked Rosie.
“How would you like it if I asked Sir Topham Hatt to make you one of my replacement engines when I’m away? Along with Percy and Toby, of course.”
Rosie beamed with joy. “Yes please Thomas!” She said excitedly. “And you would be okay with this.”
Thomas chuckled. “Yes I would Rosie,” he replied. “Anyone who is a really useful engine deserves to share my branchline with me.” Rosie was very happy, and Kevin and Victor smiled with them too.
So it was arranged. After Thomas told Sir Topham Hatt his plan, he agreed to it and now, whenever Thomas has work elsewhere and Percy and Toby are unavailable, Rosie runs the branchline for him. Everyone is happy with this plan and they have to agree that Rosie is definitely just as good as Thomas when running the line and deserves to run it as well, even Bertie admits sometimes too. Thomas is also happy to be friends with Rosie again and he promises never to get jealous of another engine running his branchline again, for a while anyway!
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- James (does not speak)
- Duck (does not speak)
- Emily (does not speak)
- Stanley (does not speak)
- Ryan (does not speak)
- Daisy (does not speak)
- Edward (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- Charlie (cameo)
- Paxton (cameo)
- Philip (cameo)
- Stafford (cameo)
- Diesel (mentioned)
- Sodor Steamworks
- The Windmill
- The Watermill
- Terence’s Field
- Anopha Quarry
- Brendam Docks (mentioned)
- Canonically by the television series, this episode marks the first appearance of Rosie in her new red livery.
- This also marks her first speaking role in The Many Adventures on the Island of Sodor as well.
- This is the first episode of The Many Adventures on the Island of Sodor series in which there are no direct references made to television series episodes or previous episodes of this series.
- When Thomas asks Sir Topham Hatt who will take over his branchline, he names the engines who have ironically worked on his branchline before or at least have taken Annie and Clarabel.
- Bertie makes a play-on-words reference to the Watty Piper children’s book, The Little Engine That Could.