Season One STMY, Episode Two
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Air date Friday 26th of September, 2014
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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A Change of Scene Ode to George Carlin

Tornado is the second episode of Season 1 of Sodor: The Modern Years. It is the sixty-sixth episode overall.


One afternoon, Bear arrives at Knapford to take the express, as Gordon is still being repaired at the steam works. He's a bit worried, as Alice was supposed to be taking that run, and he was reassigned to it at the last minute. Hence, his goods train will have to wait. The Fat Controller reassures him that Alice will look after his goods run. As Bear departs, the Fat Controller muses that this isn't the first time there's been such a delay, and realizes another engine is needed.

Later that evening, the engines are discussing the situation when the Fat Controller arrives. She compliments them on their efforts, and both she and the engines agree that another engine is needed. Tornado arrives, and the Fat Controller introduces him. The other engines are surprised to learn he's a new build, and that he's never worked in revenue service before. Tornado explains about the heritage society that built him, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

Early the next morning, Tornado is taking the express, which has several rail fans aboard. He was spotted heading for the main sheds last night, and word spread via online forums. Tornado confesses to Duck that he doesn't quite understand the excitement that seems to follow him around.

He departs with the express and makes good time along the line, arriving at Crovan's Gate on schedule. While there, he has what seems to be a usual station stop, and he leaves without incident. However, he was supposed to have a guaranteed connection with the Skarloey Railway, and Peter Sam was running late.

Tornado is reminded of this when he gets to Barrow-in-Furness, where the stationmaster tells Tornado that the Fat Controller emailed him. Tornado is a bit embarrassed, however the guard admits that it was partially his fault, as he mistook one of the other Skarloey Railway trains for their connection.

A few hours later, Tornado is returning to the sheds, and he's still feeling a little embarrassed. He tells Henry and Peter what happened, and both of them reassure him by telling him of their own, similar mistakes. Peter recounts the time he accidentally took James' train instead of his own, and Henry tells of how he once stopped in a tunnel due to rain. Reassured by this, Tornado realizes that he'll enjoy his time on Sodor.



  • Part of this episodes script was released on November 6th by WildNorWester for people to audition for different roles.
  • This is the first episode to reference the events of Locomotives and Legends, and a flashback to events from 'Shaky Start'.
  • This is the last episode where WildNorWester voices Duck.
  • Oliver Duck makes his first appearance as part of the voice cast.

Voice Cast