THESE ARE SOLEY MY OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE
RUSTY TO THE RESCUE
Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
Rusty visits a railway filled with bluebells and line needs to run by a 'bluebell' engine. Rusty went to the Other Railway and spotted an old tank engine named 'Stepney'. Rusty's crew repaired him and now Stepney works on the Bluebell Railway.
- The diesel scene was brilliantly filmed.
- The 'Other Railway' is heavily modified as Crovans Gate.
- The real Stepney was stuck in a siding, but not saved by a Narrow Gauge diesel.
- Why was Thomas at the 'Bluebell' Railway?
This episode is a terrible episode. The episode is obviously a rewrite of 'Escape' and this is a total disgrace to the Bluebell Railway. The real Stepney was of course found on a siding, as according to the story 'Train Stops Play', but he was found by the Bluebell Railway staff and was restored in time for the 1960 season when the railway was first opened. Plus, what was wrong with 'Bluebells of England'? Sure the story seems short, but it gives us a backdrop on what the real railway really tells us with detail. If the model makers find it hard to adapt it due to budget, why don't they just film the railway and their locomotives during the flashback?
But I do have one pro towards this episode and that is Rusty confronting the diesels on the Other Railway. It was filmed brilliantly. But this episode is my least favourite of the whole fourth series and I think 'Bluebells of England' would've been more suitable.