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The Flying Kipper is the nineteenth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Henry the Green Engine.


Plot

One night in winter, after his day's work is done, Henry is told by his driver that they will be leaving early in the morning to pull The Flying Kipper, a train from the quay that carries fish from the harbour to the Mainland. The driver tells Henry that his special coal is working so well that if he pulls the Flying Kipper nicely the Fat Controller will let him pull the express, a thought that makes Henry very happy.

At five o'clock next morning, Henry arrives at the harbour ready to pick up the Flying Kipper. Everything goes very smoothly and Henry leaves the harbour without a hitch. After getting the vans to come along quickly and quietly, Henry quickly begins to enjoy his journey marvelling at the countryside as the sun rises.

Soon Henry comes to a yellow signal indicating caution. Henry's driver initially prepares to stop, until he sees the home signal is down indicating that the line ahead is clear. With that, the driver allows Henry to continue at full speed. What Henry and his crew do not know, however, is that the points to the main line had been frozen toward a siding and the home signal, which should have been set to danger, had been forced down by snow.

In the siding is a goods train which had pulled in to let the Flying Kipper pass and the Engine's crew are enjoying cocoa in the brake van. However the crew notices that it is nearly time for Henry to pass by, so they leave to return to their engine. Their exit comes just in time, as Henry comes barreling down the siding at full speed and unable to stop, collides straight into the train, destroying the brake van and derails, landing on his side.

A few hours later, the clean-up effort is underway. While his driver and fireman had jumped clear before the crash, Henry is left dazed and surprised. The Fat Controller comes to talk to Henry and kindly reassures him that the accident was not his fault, but was caused by the weather. He then tells Henry that he is going to be sent to Crewe, an excellent place for sick engines. As well as repairing him, they will also give him a brand new shape and a larger firebox. As a result, Henry will feel much better and will not need special coal to run properly anymore.

A few weeks later, it is springtime and Henry has returned from Crewe. Although he enjoyed his time there, he is happy to be back on the Island of Sodor. A lot of people wait at the station to welcome him home and see him in his new shape. When he rides through, he looks so splendid and strong that the crowd gives him three cheers much to Henry's gratitude. Unfortunately, a lot of children are now often late for school as they want to wait to see Henry ride by and often see him pulling the express. He is able to pull it so well that Gordon feels jealous of him, but that's another story.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon

Trivia

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