The viaduct is being repaired on the Main Line. The Fat Controller doesn't want to close the railway whilst the repairs are being done, and so orders the mainliners to go slowly when crossing it. This delays them with their journey to Thomas, which makes him late to meet with Bertie. Altogether, Thomas becomes very annoyed; until the day comes when he realises that being late isn't such a bad thing after all.moreless
Bertie has his face loose when he says "Late again!"
First time the term "guaranteed connection" is used.
First time the "Repairs" theme is heard(at the beginning of the episode).
Stock footage of Thomas talking to Bertie at the end of this episode is from "Bertie's Chase".
At the start of this episode when Edward goes over the viaduct, his whistle sound is actually Thomas'.
Thomas has to wait for James at the junction. James is supposedly bringing Thomas' passengers, but he is pulling trucks!
Before Thomas encounters Bertie broken down, Annie and Clarabel are facing the other way.
Thomas: Time's time! Why should I keep my passengers waiting while Henry and James dawdle all day about on viaducts?
Henry: Don't blame me! If we hurried across the viaduct, it might collapse, and then you'd have no passengers at all. What would you do then?
Thomas: Run my train on time, for one thing.
Bertie: We may be friends, but I thought you could go fast, Thomas. It's time we had another race. I reckon I could beat you now!
Thomas: Rubbish! It's those Main Line engines! They dither about on the viaduct and then blame the Fat Controller's workmen! It's just an excuse for laziness, if you ask me.
James: I'm sorry, Thomas. I was held up at the station and the viaduct made it worse.
Thomas: It's lucky for you I'm a guaranteed connection.
Appearances by Thomas with Annie & Clarabel, Henry, James and Bertie.
Stock footage from "Thomas and the Guard" is used.
From this point until the end of the season, the Viaduct is seen under construction.
The Fat Controller is mentioned, but not seen.
Cameos by Edward and Trevor.
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