A Change of Scene
Season One STMY, Episode One
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Air date Saturday 20th of September, 2014
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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A Change of Scene is the first episode of Season 1 of Sodor: The Modern Years. It was released as the sixty-fifth episode overall.


Arriving at the container yard one morning, James is dismayed to find that the tracks he needs for his trucks are full. His driver checks with the container terminal's manager, who advises that due to increased traffic, Diesel has been unable to keep up with shunting both the main yard and the container yard on his own. James shunts the trucks, and is informed that the Fat Controller wants him to return to the sheds when he's done.

James finds The Fat Controller waiting when he returns to the shed. She says she knows the delay is not his fault, but that she's asked Patrick to take the express, to avoid delays. Bear offers to swap his evening express run with James, when the red engine is upset by this. James happily accepts Bear's offer.

Over at the China Clay Quarry, Bill is bringing some workmen out of one of the tunnels when he hears an ominous creaking. He gets them out before the tunnel collapses, and sends Ben to warn the other workmen. Edward brings some health and safety inspectors down from Knapford. Following a brief chat with the inspectors, the quarry manager tells the twins that the quarry will need to be closed for a few months, to their dismay.

Edward departs, worrying about Bill & Ben and what the closure of the quarry will mean for them. Later that night, he and James are waiting to depart with their evening passenger trains. After hearing about James' delay at the container yard, Edward has an idea, which he puts to the Fat Controller.

The next morning, Bill and Ben are playing 'I Spy' to alleviate their boredom. Their manager arrives, accompanied by the Fat Controller. She tells Bill & Ben that she would like them to come and look after the container yard, while the quarry is being rebuilt and inspected. The twins are happy to have something to do, and eagerly depart for the container terminal.

Later that morning, James arrives and is disappointed to see that the tracks for his trucks are once again occupied. However, he's surprised when Bill pushes some of the container flats out. Bill explains that he and Ben are looking after the container yard, and that James just needs to leave his trucks on the arrival track. James is relieved that the container yard is being looked after, but is wary of the twins.



  • This is the first episode to feature the new Railway Series models for the main cast.
  • This episode references the Railway Series story, Wrong Road.


  • During the shed scene, the Fat Controller refers to Patrick's train as a fast goods, but a few moments later, Bear describes it as a slow goods.

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