THESE ARE SOLEY MY OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE
DIESEL DOES IT AGAIN
Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
The harbour was busier then ever and it made Duck and Percy very tired. The Fat Controller had hired Diesel once again from the Other Railway as he was the only engine available. Diesel was a pain towards the two green tank engines until one day, Diesel shunted some trucks filled with china clay and the loads had sunk. The Fat Controller was annoyed and sent Diesel away...again.
- The harbour setting looks great!
- Why did Diesel come back, he was sent away in disgrace, yes the harbour was busy, but there are other engines.
- Why did Diesel stop when his brakes are not on properly?
- No brake vans on Percy, Duck or James' trains.
- China clay is being uncovered
This episode could've be made due to the popularity of Diesel, I believe. To be honest, this episode is not perfect. Diesel was never seen in the Railway Series again until Christopher Awdry's one-off book 'Thomas and The Evil Diesel', which I think would be a much better story to adapt from then this. In the book, we have Diesel being his devious self and was being sent away in disgrace until he has to help Thomas due to Daisy's oil spill and Clarabel being derailed because of it. In the end, the carriages and the engines felt sorry that Diesel was sent away, but the Fat Controller welcomes him to his railway any time.
There are many nitpicks, if Diesel's brakes are not secured properly, he would've pushed Percy right up a pair of buffers or the end of the quay rather then bashing into Percy and then stop. The china clay is being uncovered and there are no brake vans in the episodes on Percy, Duck and James' trains.
The only thing I do like about this episode is the harbour, it has a much more wider industrial approach in the series and some props came from David Mitton's and Robert D. Cardona's old show 'TUGS'. But the episode is just pointless to have since Diesel was sent away in disgrace and that Christopher Awdry's book would be a better replacement.