Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends (1984) Episode Scripts

N/A - A Smooth Ride

NARRATOR: The island of Sodor is surrounded by beautiful blue sea.
It has fields of green and sandy yellow beaches.
There are rivers, streams and trees where birds sing.
There are windmills and a coal mine and docks where visitors to the island arrive.
The island also has lots of railway lines.
Who's that puffing down the track? (TOOTING) It's Thomas! Hello, Thomas! (TOOTING) Hello, everybody! Welcome to the island of Sodor.
(THOMAS TOOTING) (NARRATOR READING) Sir Handel is one of the oldest engines on the island.
He's a dark blue colour and has a number three painted on his side.
Sir Handel is one of the smoothest engines on the Thin Controller's railway.
He had been working in the quarry all summer.
Mr Percival was happy to see him back.
"I've got a special for you," said Mr Percival.
"I want you to collect trucks of apples.
"You must pull them very carefully or the apples will bruise.
" "Yes, sir," whooshed Sir Handel.
And off he chuffed.
At the orchard, he was coupled to the trucks.
He pulled them away very carefully.
He pulled them around the lake, across the stone bridge, and he started to puff up a hill.
Then there was trouble! His pistons popped, his traction rods rattled and his boiler bubbled and bounced.
He couldn't go on.
Peter Sam puffed up behind him.
He was worried.
"Why have you stopped, Sir Handel?" "I have a problem," wheeshed Sir Handel.
"It happens when I go up hills.
"I start to rattle and rock, and then I have to stop.
" Peter Sam felt sorry for his friend.
"Could you help me?" puffed Sir Handel.
"Of course, I can!" peeped Peter Sam.
And he pushed Sir Handel and the trucks of apples all the way up the hill.
When Sir Handel arrived at the station, the Thin Controller was pleased.
"There's not a bruise on those apples," said the Thin Controller.
"What a smooth engine you are!" Sir Handel was happy that the Thin Controller was pleased, so he didn't tell him about his problem.
"I have another special for you," he said.
"I want you to pick up sheep from the farm.
" "Yes, sir," puffed Sir Handel.
But he was worried.
When Sir Handel arrived at the farm, the farmer was waiting.
"Be careful," said the farmer.
"Sheep need a smooth ride.
" "Yes, sir," chuffed Sir Handel.
And he puffed away.
But soon Sir Handel came to another hill.
His pistons popped, his traction rods rattled and his boiler bubbled and bounced.
Sir Handel couldn't go on.
This time, Duncan puffed up behind him.
Sir Handel told him all about his problem.
Duncan was happy to help.
With Duncan's help, Sir Handel delivered the sheep safely to their new field.
When he arrived at the transfer yards, the Thin Controller and Mrs Percival were waiting.
The Thin Controller was pleased with Sir Handel's work.
Now he had a surprise special for him.
"Today is my wife's birthday," said the Thin Controller.
"Take us to the top of Culdee Fell for a picnic.
" "Yes, sir," puffed Sir Handel.
But he knew that the track to Culdee Fell was very steep.
Sir Handel was more worried than ever.
He puffed towards Culdee Fell.
The track was even steeper than he remembered.
"I can do it! To the top!" he chuffed.
Then there was trouble! His pistons popped.
His traction rods rattled.
Inside the carriage, the picnic hamper burst open and the Thin Controller and Mrs Percival were juddered.
Sir Handel shuddered to a stop.
The Thin Controller was worried.
"You're a fine engine, but you're no longer a smooth engine!" "I'll send you back to the quarry.
That's the place for bumpy engines!" "Sir, I can be a smooth engine.
"I only shudder when I go up hills," Sir Handel wheeshed.
The Thin Controller listened.
"I see," he said.
"Don't send me back to the stone quarry.
" The Thin Controller made a telephone call.
He looked very serious.
Later, Sir Handel was helped back to the transfer yards by Mighty Mac.
Sir Handel was very worried.
He was sure that he was going to be sent to the quarry.
Sir Handel arrived at the transfer yards.
He saw Thomas.
"Hello, Sir Handel," tooted Thomas.
"Sir Handel, I have asked a special engineer to fix you," smiled the Thin Controller.
"You're a special engine.
You need special attention.
" Sir Handel smiled from buffer to buffer.
He had never felt happier.
Sir Handel was soon fixed, and now he could chuff up Culdee Fell.
The children in his carriages cheered.
Sir Handel gave the smoothest ride of all! (TOOTING) (SINGING)