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This'll teach you a lesson. This'll teach you a lesson.

Well, little Thomas. Now you know what hard work means, don't you?

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the first episode of the Engine Friends miniseries.


Thomas is a tank engine who lives at the big station on the Island of Sodor. He's a cheeky little engine with six small wheels, a short, stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome. He's a fussy little engine too, always pulling coaches about for the big engines to take on long journeys. And when the trains come in, he pulls the coaches away so the big engines can go and rest. Thomas thinks no engine works as hard as he does and he enjoys playing tricks on them, including Gordon, the biggest and proudest engine of all. Thomas enjoys whistling loudly behind him.

(Thomas’ whistle is heard.)

Wake up lazy bones. Why don't you work hard like me?” he would say.

One day after pulling the big Express, Gordon arrived back at the sidings very tired. He was just falling asleep when Thomas came up in his cheeky way.

(Thomas’ whistle is heard.)

Wake up lazy bones. Why do some hard work for a change? You can't catch me.

And off he ran, laughing.

Instead of going back to sleep, Gordon thought of how he could get back at Thomas.

Next morning, Thomas wouldn't wake up. His driver and fireman couldn't make him start. His fire went out and there was not enough steam. It was almost time for the Express. People were waiting, but the coaches weren't ready. Finally, Thomas started.

Oh dear, oh dear,” he yawned.

He fussed into the station where Gordon was waiting.

Hurry up, you,” said Gordon.

Hurry yourself,” replied Thomas.

Yes,” Gordon said quietly to himself, “I will.

And almost before the coaches had stopped moving, Gordon reversed quickly and was coupled to the train.

Get in quickly please,” he said.

Thomas usually pushes the big trains to help them start. But they always uncouple Thomas first. But Gordon started so quickly they forgot to uncouple Thomas. Gordon's chance had come.

Come on, come on,” Gordon puffed to the coaches.

The train went faster and faster, too fast for Thomas. He wanted to stop but he couldn't.

(Thomas’ whistle is heard.)

Peep-peep. Stop! Stop!” he whistled.

Hurry, hurry, hurry,” laughed Gordon.

You can't get away. You can't get away,” laughed the coaches.

Poor Thomas was going faster than he had ever gone before. He was tired out and his wheels hurt him, but he had to go on.

I shall never be the same engine again,” he cried, “My wheels will be quite worn out.

At last they stopped at Wellsworth Station. Thomas was uncoupled and he felt very silly and exhausted. Next he went on to a turntable thinking of everybody laughing at him. And then he went on to a siding out of the way.

Well, little Thomas,” chuckled Gordon, "now you know what hard work really means, don't you?

But Thomas couldn't answer, he had no breath. He just puffed slowly away to rest, and had a nice long drink of water. He went home that night very slowly, and he decided to never be cheeky to Gordon again.

A few days later, Thomas was shunting trucks in the Yard, when an engine with a goods train came rushing through the yard much too fast. It was James, and he was frightened. His brake blocks were on fire!

Help! Help!” cried James, “They're pushing me! They're pushing me!

On, on, on,” laughed the freight cars.

Still whistling ‘Help, help,” poor James disappeared. Soon came the alarm.

James has come off the rails,” said a signalman, “The breakdown train quickly!

Thomas was coupled on and off they went. Thomas worked his hardest.

Hurry, hurry, hurry,” he puffed.

He wasn't pretending to be like Gordon, he really meant it.

Bother those trucks and their trucks. I hope poor James isn't hurt.

James’ driver and fireman were feeling him all over to see if he was hurt.

Never mind, James,” said his driver, “It wasn't your fault. It was those wooden brakes they gave you. We always said they were no good.

Thomas pushed the breakdown trains, who were named Jerome and Judy, alongside, and he pulled the unhurt trucks away.

Oh dear, oh dear,” they groaned.

Serves you right. Serves you right,” puffed Thomas.

He was hard at work puffing backwards and forwards all afternoon.

This'll teach you a lesson. This'll teach you a lesson,” he told the trucks.

Yes it will. Yes it will,” they answered.

They left the broken trucks, and with both cranes, they put James back on the rails. James tried to move but he couldn't, so Thomas pushed him back to the shed. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting anxiously for them.

Well done Thomas,” he said, “I've heard all about it and I'm very proud of you. You are a really useful engine. James shall have proper brakes and a new coat of paint. And you shall have a branch line all to yourself.

Oh thank you Sir,” Thomas said gratefully.

Now Thomas is as happy as can be. He also now has two coaches named Annie and Clarabel. He puffs happily backwards and forwards down his line with them all day long. He is never lonely. Edward and Henry stop quite often to tell him the news. Gordon is always in a hurry, but never forgets to whistle ‘Poop- Poop,” to which Thomas always replies with “Peep-Peep.”



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