New Beginnings
New Beginnings
Season One, Episode Six
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Air date Friday 11th March 2011
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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Running Solo Great Western

New Beginnings is the sixth episode of Season 1.


From Running Solo, Sir Charles Topham Hatt was waiting at a platform in Knapford station when Gordon came in with the express. He tells him about the Mid Sodor Railway from his driver and Skarloey's accident with a rude lorry. Meanwhile, the railway was in complete turmoil with lesser passengers and Duke not wanted by the railway's management to work on both passenger and freight runs. The manager, Charles and The Fat Controller agreed in a separate meeting away from the engines that Peter Sam and Sir Handel will be needed on the Skarloey Railway. With Duke left in the shed, Peter Sam and Sir Handel chuffed to be loaded on Henry's goods train. At Crovan's Gate, Henry left the two narrow-gauge engines in the shed and Sir Handel got angry on this if he and Peter Sam had been scrapped to their deaths.

Later on, Peter Sam met Toby at the station of Crovan's Gate. They looked sad when Peter Sam tells about Sir Handel's bad mood and homesickness. After the conversation between the two, Toby headed off with his passenger train. At the quarry, Sir Handel was still in a bad mood and has to take a goods train of slate down south. The trucks decided to make a runaway on the hill and they did. Rheneas saved Sir Handel after the long chase and the trucks' mission had failed for the time being. The case of this runaway from Sir Handel was the railway's difficulty of having new brakes for him and Peter Sam on the Mid Sodor Railway. The next morning, Peter Sam and Sir Handel were given new coats of paint and proper tune-ups in modification. They were happy to be on the Skarloey Railway after all.



  • This episode is loosely based on the Railway Series story, Granpuff.
  • This episode uses stock footage from Running Solo.


  • Smudger is seen in the end credits, although he doesn't appear in the episode.
  • When Toby and Peter Sam get upset, they seem to jerk forward.



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