Thomas and Friends: Lego Island Adventures.
Episode 38: Colin and the Troublesome Trucks.
Written by Euan Mort.
Based on the Railway Series by Reverend W. Awdry and the Television Series by Britt Allcroft.
A few days ago, Thomas had returned from a adventure in England. He and Stepney were sent for repairs at the Steamworks. While there, the two met some old friends from the past, their names are Colin, Lily and Adam. Colin is a little Saddle Tank Engine who came to the railway in 1914 during the first world war along with Lily and Adam. He can be really useful, but can sometimes get overconfident, Adam is a Adams Radial Tank Engine who can be a good hard worker most of the time, but can sometimes lose his temper which can lead him to getting into fallouts with other engines, and Lily is a 0-4-4T LSWR O2 class Tank Engine who cares for all of her railway companions, she's also there for when other engines need guidance or need someone to talk to. The three tank engines are good hard workers and are really useful.
One day, as they were getting up for a hard days work, the Fat Controller came up to them.
"Good morning, Colin, Lily and Adam." She said.
"Good morning, Ma'am." The three engines replied.
"You three have proved to be Really Useful these past few days, and so, I would like to reward you with some assignments." She told them. "Colin, I would like you to bring some fish from Brendam Docks for the new Fish and Chips shop at Knapford." Colin beamed.
"Yes, Ma'am! Thank you, Ma'am!" He replied.
"Adam, there's a large order of ballast that needs to be delivered to Brendam Docks for a railway in Ireland, I would like you to take the trains of ballast from Arlesburgh to Brendam Docks with Oliver until the shipment is done." The Fat Controller told Adam.
"Yes, Ma'am." Replied Adam. "I can manage that, thank you, Ma'am." The Fat Controller turned to Lily.
"As for you, Lily. With Thomas still under repair, I would like you to help Toby and Mavis run the Ffarquhar Branch Line until Thomas and Percy are repaired." She told her. Lily was very pleased.
"Yes, Ma'am." She replied. "Thomas has told us all about his branch line, it will be nice to see it for myself, and I'll be looking forward to meeting his friends."
"Glad to hear." Chuckled the Fat Controller. "I shall make arrangements for the three of you so you can manage the trains." The Fat Controller turned on her heel and walked away to make the arrangements.
The next day, Adam and Oliver started their journeys on the ballast order, Lily had started work on Thomas' branch line with ease and Colin had made his way to Brendam Docks where he saw large ships everywhere, engines at work and two tender engines which looked very identical.
"Hello, laddie." Said one of the tender engines. "Ye must be new to here."
"I am." Replied Colin. "Um... Not to offend you two, but who are you?"
"Donal' and Douggie', lad." The Scottish twins replied at the same time. This made Colin more confused.
"Donal' and Douggie'? What kind of names are..." He was about to ask them when a familiar face came up.
"Donald and Douglas for short." Corrected Edward. Colin gasped.
"Edward!" He cried. "Long time, no see old friend."
"It's good to see you again too, Colin." Replied Edward. "I see you've met our Scottish twins."
"I certainly have." Colin laughed. The three other engines laughed too, just then, Salty, the Dockside Diesel came up.
"Ahoy there, Matey! Ye must be our new member to the crew. Welcome aboard the North Western Crew!" He greeted to Colin in his pirate.
"Um... Thanks? Err... Edward, who is..."
"True, I haven't introduced meself yet, Salty, pride o' the Seven Seas at ye service, shipmate." Laughed Salty.
"He's our Dockside Diesel here at Brendam Docks." Replied Edward. "He always talks like that. He certainly knows how to make a good 'Pirate Captain'." The five engines chuckled.
"Salty, how about a wee story to let Wee Colin know more about ye?" Asked Donald.
"Of course, Donald, me ol' mate!" Replied Salty, and he began to tell one of his tall tales to Colin.
Colin was enjoying his time at Brendam Docks, he got to meet Porter, Bill, Ben and Timothy from the China Clay Pits and even made friends with Cranky! The only trouble Colin would be dealing with would be the common troublemaking rolling stock.
Colin coupled up to some trucks filled with fish for the Fish and Chips shop at Knapford, what he didn't know was that the trucks had already planned ahead of how to do their welcome to the new engine.
"Alright!" Colin called to the trucks. "Come along!" His driver pulled the lever and Colin started. He only went a few inches ahead when the trucks began to feel heavy. "Oh no you don't!" He snapped at them. He knew exactly what the trucks were doing.
"Hold back! Hold back!" Laughed the trucks. Colin pulled, and he pulled, and he pulled! But he couldn't move the silly trucks. "Heave ho! Heave ho!" The trucks laughed again. "You can pull, but we won't go!" Colin was furious, but he wouldn't be beaten so easily. He sanded the rails and at last, he pulled the trucks away to Knapford.
"Right! That should teach you troublesome trucks!" He snapped at the trucks, but Colin knew all to well, that this wouldn't be the last trick they pulled on him.
The next day, Colin entered Brendam Docks and decided to talk to Salty, Porter and Cranky about the matter.
"So, those cheeks are playing their tricks again, are they?" Laughed Salty. "Let us tell ya a wee secret on how we deal with trucks."
"We don't bump and bang them like other engines do," Started Porter. "We sing to a musical rhythm which makes them sing along and give us no trouble at all."
"And if they do start trouble," Continued Cranky. "Just give them a bump."
"Okay, you three." Replied Colin. "I'll give it a try." He backed up to his trucks and started to sing to them. "'Here we go, here we go!'"
"'No we don't, no we don't, no we don't, don't, don't, don't!'" Try as he might, poor Colin couldn't get the trucks to move.
Just then, Adam came in, he saw the situation and began to laugh.
"What's the matter, Colin? A burst safety valve, brakes locked on, oh! I get it, you can't pull your train!" He laughed.
"That's not funny!" Colin snapped. "You just don't care!"
"At least I can actually get my trucks into motion!" Adam called back showing his line of ballast trucks. Colin seethed with fury as Adam puffed off with his trucks.
"And he said he can get his trucks into motion!" He told Edward later that day. "It's like he's saying he's stronger than me!"
"And he is." Replied Edward calmly. "But showing off like that doesn't make him the wiser engine. Every wise engine knows that you cannot trust trucks. Clearly those trucks haven't caused any trouble for him because they're waiting to pounce."
"How is it that these trucks always cause trouble?!" Asked Colin. "I'd have thought they'd be more mature by now!"
"Well, Colin." Said Edward gravely. "Trucks never learn from their tricks and think it's a good joke to cause trouble derailing engines when they least expect it. However, the trucks you're dealing with are easier to handle than Adam's. I'm surprised Adam had managed to get those trucks in line right away."
"Why? What's wrong with his trucks?" Asked Colin worriedly.
"Well," Frowned Edward. "Ballast trucks are the worst trucks on the railway. They hardly listen to their engine and can cause all heaps of trouble if Adam isn't careful. Just ask Oliver when he had taken them. He ended up in the turntable well. One time, a man was even killed from those trucks' idiocy." Colin gasped.
"It was an enthusiast. It was a misty day, Stanley had been taking a train of ballast and..." Before Edward could finish, his driver pulled the lever and Edward set off back to Wellsworth. "I'm sorry, Colin. But I have another passenger train to take. See you later!"
"Bye, Edward!" Called Colin.
In spite of Edward's warning, Colin was determined to show Adam he wasn't weaker than him. This time, he faced his trucks looking stern.
"Listen, you horrible lot! We've got an order that's to go to Knapford, and we're getting it there whether you like it or not! Any nonsense and I'll bump you!" He told the trucks in a stern voice. The trucks just laughed.
"We'll see about that, old timer!" They chortled. "We'll show you engines today should be stronger than an old green caterpillar who should be in a museum!"
Colin took no notice as he coupled up to the trucks, sanded the rails and made a tremendous jerk. The trucks kept their brakes locked on tight. Colin tried hard, but he still couldn't move the trucks.
"I won't let these stupid trucks beat me!" He shouted in his head and shut his eyes as he made another effort. Suddenly, the coupling broke and Colin jerked forward.
"Right! That's it!" He said at last going red in the face. "This is the last straw! Get a move on you stupid trucks!" He charged towards the trucks, bumped them and the trucks were forced back. Colin didn't realise until too late that not all the trucks were on the rails properly, so when he bumped them, some of the back trucks and the brake van derailed onto the other line! He soon realised his mistake.
"Oh no!" He cried out. "What have I done?! We need to get the track clear before..."
Colin went pale as he heard Edward's whistle as Edward came into the Docks with his passenger train. Colin knew the track to the station was blocked, he had to stop Edward before it was too late!
"Edward! EDWARD! STOP!" He shouted out blowing his whistle three times to sound the alarm. Edward heard Colin and looked up ahead and saw the blockage.
"Driver! Brake! NOW!" He called to the cab. The driver slammed on the brakes and opened the sandbox. Edward dug his wheels into the sand, he had to stop before crashing into the derailed trucks. He and Colin shut their eyes as the train came near, until at last, Edward stopped just in front of the trucks.
"Goodness!" Edward breathed out once he stopped. "What happened here?!" Colin breathed out a sigh of relief as he opened his eyes to find no accident had happened. But he wouldn't be thankful for long as they heard a whistle screaming towards them.
"HELP! HELP!" Cried Adam as he came racing into the Docks. "THEY'RE PUSHING ME! THEY'RE PUSHING ME!!!"
"Oh no!" Cried Colin. "He's heading straight for us!"
"Colin, get my passengers to safety! QUICKLY!" Ordered Edward.
"But I can't!" Cried Colin. "You said it yourself! Adam is stronger than me, he'll bounce me off the rails!"
"That doesn't matter!" Retorted Edward. "Passengers come first! Get them to safety! NOW!" Colin knew Edward had a point, he had to make a decision. Would he stand by while Adam rammed into Edward's coaches killing loads of lives or would he try to save the passengers before Adam could harm anyone.
Colin thought hard until he chose to act fast. He buffered up to the brake coach, pulled the coaches away from Edward but was too late to get out of Adam's way. There came a tremendous crash. Colin had been pushed into the coaches, Edward's tender was damaged while his front just hit the trucks making the fly into the air and down onto Adam's boiler while Adam was stuck in a fish truck. A strong smell of fish hung in the air.
Salty and Porter came up from hearing the crash and the smelling the smell of fish.
"Oh, my, matey's!" Laughed Salty. "You look as if fish had attacked you or you went off ship!" Colin and Adam gave Salty a stern look while Edward stayed calm.
"Don't worry, you three." Said Porter calmly. "We'll get help."
And they did, eventually. The Dock Manager telephoned the Fat Controller who telephoned the Sodor and Lego Island Search and Rescue Centre and which engine should bring Rocky to help, but Lily who didn't look pleased at seeing her two friends in a pickle.
"Lily," Gasped Colin and Adam. "We can explain!"
"I don't want to hear it!" Snapped Lily. "If anyone should listen to your excuses, it's Miss Hatt!" Once Salty took Rocky off her buffers, Lily puffed back to Thomas' Branch Line. Colin and Adam were placed back on the rails along with Edward and some of the trucks. The coaches on the other hand were taken to Crock's Scrapyard along with some trucks after police and ambulances arrived to take the injured. The Fat Controller faced the two tank engines severely.
"I've heard the pair of you had been having trouble with trucks, but from what Edward's told me, you two have been using your job as some sort of competition against each other!" She said sternly. "I hope this will teach you two not to meddle around with trucks!"
"Yes, Ma'am. Sorry, Ma'am." Replied Colin and Adam in ashamed voices.
"You two shall be taken to the Steamworks to be repaired, and once you're back on track, your punishments will be waiting for you." Continued the Fat Controller. "Colin, you'll shunt at Wellsworth Yard with Stanley and Adam, you'll be sent to Henry's Forest to take logs to Farmer McColl's Farm on Thomas' Branch Line!"
"Yes, Ma'am." Replied the two engines together as Edward took them to the Steamworks.
TO BE CONTINUED!