THESE ARE SOLEY MY OWN OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE
Originally Written by
Adapted for Television by
Britt Allcroft, David Mitton & Robert Cardona
Thomas was ill and Edward took him to the works to be mended. So Duck took care of Thomas' branch line and hauled Annie and Clarabel and even made friends with Toby, Bertie and Terence, he already knew Percy. When Thomas came back, he felt much better, but the workmen had left Thomas' handbrake very stiff. He can feel his breaks hard on when they are not. One day, Thomas fireman was ill and a relief man took his place, as Thomas and his crew were waiting for Henry. But the fireman had forgotten about Thomas' handbrake and as Henry approached, Thomas felt his wheels moving and Thomas was a complete runaway. Harold came to his rescue and the inspector stopped Thomas with his handbrake hard on.
- The scene when the inspector scrambled into the cab was just amazing editing.
This has gone down as one my most favourites. Whenever I watch the episode on DVD, I always watch this episode first. This was another story from Christopher Awdry's 'More About Thomas the Tank Engine' Railway Series book and has stuck close with the original story, minus the Thomas and Percy argument as the happy ending was made in the first episode of the second season. But this is more better then the first episode as that one was adapted poorly. This one is great. One of the scenes I'm really fond with was when the inspector went into the cab, the scene was done like magic, there was no jump cut from the film just Thomas gently passing by and the inspector jumped in the cab in one scene with no hand in site.