Running Solo
Running Solo
Season One, Episode Five
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Air date Friday 4th March, 2011
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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Running Solo is the fifth episode of Season 1.


Skarloey and Rheneas have to run the Skarloey Railway on their own, and struggle with the work. Then, things become worse when Skarloey has an accident with a lorry, leaving Rheneas to run the whole railway on his own. Meanwhile, the Mid Sodor Railway is struggling financially, and its closure is imminent. Gordon hears about Rheneas, and comes up with a solution.



  • This is the first appearance of the narrow gauge engines.
  • The episode references Henry and the Elephant.


  • Smudger appears in the end credits, but he is not in any of the episodes.



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