Being a Logger
Season 1, Episode 12
First Aired (CAN) 2011
First Aired (USA) 2011
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Being a Logger is the twelfth episode of "Sodor High School: Thomas and Friends Tales".

Synopsis

As Thomas and Emily get to know their new friends, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt try to find them.

Plot

The following next morning, both Thomas and Emily went with Bash, Dash, and their uncle, Ferdinand, to the logging station. They rode along with one of their Logging Locomotives through the forest and even through a hallow tree tunnel. Then, at last, they came to the logging station, which was one of the strangest sights the two teens had ever seen.

Emily was surprised by the large number of trees that sat in the river.

"What kind of trees are those suppose to be?" she asked.

"Those would be Jobi logs," answered Bash. "They don't usually grow in the England area-"

"-so we're very lucky to have them here." Dash added.

"My great, great grandfather brought the seeds here a long time ago." explained Ferdinand. "According to the many stories we've heard, when he was a young lad, he went to the Japan to work on another logging railway and that's where he fell in love with a girl named 'Nina'. For some reason that we don't know, to this day he had to leave and return here. Before he left though, Nina gave him a bag full of seeds for Jobi trees."

"Did he ever get to see Nina again?" Emily asked.

"He did, but not for another ten years. When she was travelling to England to find him, she saw Misty Island and some of the beautiful Jobi trees and knew at that moment that he was here..."

"Before you continue with your story," Thomas interrupted. ",and I'm sorry for interrupting, but what was your great, great grandfather's name?"

"Kensworth." Bash answered. "His name was Kensworth."

"Please continue uncle Ferdinand." Dash added.

"Very well. She took a rowboat and came here to the Island, where she met up with Kensworth again," Ferdinand continued. "The two were so happy to be together again that they decided to stay here on the island forever."

"How sweet," Emily gushed happily.

"Well my young friends, we have to get to work, so are you ready?"

"Yes sir," Thomas said with determination. Emily didn't look determined anymore, she was missing her home on Sodor now more than ever.

Back on the Island of Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt had gone to see an old friend that goes by the name of 'Whiff'. His real name is Scott, but he preferred to go by Whiff instead.

"Scott, thank heaven I've found you!" The principal said in relief.

"Hello my old friend." Whiff called. "I haven't seen you in ages."

"There's a good reason for that, but that will have to wait till later for me to explain. I need your help." Sir Topham Hatt then explained to Whiff about the two lost teenagers and his missing boat.

"I see," Whiff said quietly after a while, he then grinned with reassurance. "Well, you're in luck old friend, I haven't taken my boat out of the waters yet, so we could use that to find them."

Sir Topham Hatt felt relieved. "Thank you Scott, I owe you one."

"There's no need to do that," Whiff said cheerfully. "Do you remember when you got me this job? I'd say that this makes us even. Now, where were they last seen?"

"They were last seen near Brendam docks."

"Alright then, we'll start there. Just give me a minute to get my engine."

Whiff then ran off to get his engine and within minutes, his little engine appeared. It was a small tank engine with two sets of front wheels and two sets of driving wheels.

"Alright then sir, hop aboard and let's get going!" said Whiff determinedly.

"Right you are!" Sir Topham Hatt climbed into the cab of the 'smelly' rubbish engine and they set off to the docks. The principal remained in his personal thoughts. "I hope those two are okay."

Back on Misty Island, the two teens and the three loggers travelled along on the rusty old rails with three different engines, each one was driven by one of the loggers. Thomas and Emily were both riding along with Ferdinand.

"We'll be there soon." he was saying. "Just as soon as we cross the Shake-Shake Bridge."

"The what now?" Thomas and Emily both asked in unison.

Before Ferdinand could answer, they heard the whistle sounds of the Logging Locos Bash and Dash were both driving. Thomas and Emily both looked out to see the two engines crossing over an old bridge that looked beyond unsafe.

"We can't cross that bridge!" said Thomas in shock. "It looks far too dangerous to use."

"I second that," Emily agreed. "Let's find another way across."

"Oh, it's perfectly fine." Ferdinand smiled. "But I would advise you two to hold on tight to something and don't let go."

With that said, the man moved in the regulator, and the climax engine he was in charge of began to move across the strange and unsafe bridge. Emily was so scared that something bad might happen that she wrapped her arms around Thomas without knowing it and closed her eyes tightly. It was a bouncy and bumpy ride, but at last, the Logging Loco made its way across the bridge without anything bad happening.

"I know that we should replace that bridge sometime in the near future," Ferdinand was saying to the two Sodor teenagers, "but with the many projects we have going on here, we just don't have the time."

Emily finally opened her eyes and looked up to see that she was hugging Thomas again.

"Sorry," she said meekly.

"That's alright." Thomas replied shyly.

Both teens blushed for a few seconds before they got off the engine with Ferdinand. A little later, the loggers showed Thomas and Emily an old crane that shook and spluttered where it stood.

"What's wrong with that thing?" Emily asked.

"It's quite old." Bash answered.

"No matter how many times we try to repair that crane, it always ends up doing this," Dash added. "But not to worry though, we have our own ways of how to work with this thing. Ready Bash?"

"As ready as I'll ever be." Bash groaned slightly as he ran off to his engine.

Emily and Thomas both stood back to watch everything. Ferdinand was in charge of the crane, it picked up some logs, then without warning, the crane started spinning out of control and threw the logs into the air, but thankfully they landed in the flatbeds.

"What the-?" Thomas was in shock.

"Well, we did say that we have a way to work with this crazy crane." smirked Dash.

The two teens watched the entire operation go on for a little while, and then they went with the loggers to the saw mill. Along the way, Emily spotted a strange machine by the line.

"What is that thing?" she asked.

"That's Hee-Haw," Ferdinand answered. "It's our log loader. We would use it, if we didn't have a serious shortage of oil here. Without that oil, our engines would stop working and so would we."

"What?" Thomas asked, "I thought your engines ran on coal and water."

"Oh no my young friend, our engine's run on oil and wood, and as I said, there isn't a lot of oil left on this island."

"But what will happen to you, Bash, and Dash when that happens?" Emily asked.

"I don't know," Ferdinand sighed as he looked out the cab to the two engines. "I hate to think of what will happen that day. I mean, I can handle living here and doing the work without the machines, but I don't know if Bash and Dash can. I just might send them back to the Mainland."

And throughout the rest of the trip, Thomas and Emily both remained silent, for they were now worried about their new Misty Island friends.

At the saw mill, the loggers allowed Thomas and Emily both a chance to operate some of the machines while Ferdinand did what he could to repair the motor on the boat. The twins were quite impressed with the two teens.

"You two sure picked this stuff up easily." commented Dash.

"Are you sure you've never done this before?" Bash asked.

"We're sure," Thomas answered.

Emily was busy looking around the mill. It too was in terrible shape with rotting wood and broken windows.

"Your uncle Ferdinand said that you three have lots of projects to do here," she said. "Is this mill going to be one of them?"

"It was," Bash sighed. "But with the shortage of oil on Misty Island, it's likely this mill will be reduced to rubbish by this winter's end."

"Sounds like life here is getting to be pretty rough, huh?" Thomas asked.

"Oh, it is." Dash groaned as he looked around the mill. "Bash and I love living and working here though, so we both don't want to go back to the Mainland. I don't care if we do run out of oil, I'm staying with uncle Ferdinand."

"And so am I!" Bash piped up.

"That's so sweet of you guys." Emily said kindly, before frowning a bit. "But what if your uncle says that you have to leave?"

"We won't go!" They said together. "And that's that!"

By the end of the day, the loggers were ready to go back to the log cabins. Along the way, Emily asked Ferdinand a question.

"There's a saw mill near your cabins. Why don't you ever use that one anymore?"

"It's too rundown to be of anymore use," he answered gravely.

Emily remained very quiet throughout the trip, even when they were crossing the dangerous...yet surprisingly stable, Shake Shake Bridge again. She could understand how Bash and Dash were both feeling and how they would react when they were told to leave.

"Ferdinand," Thomas piped up. "Would you really send Bash and Dash back to the Mainland if it came to it?"

"Afraid so, young Thomas," Ferdinand answered. "I know it'll be hard for them, but I think it's for the best."

"That's not always the case. I know this one person who was told that they had to move away from her family because of a rather big problem. This person wasn't happy at all, and, to be honest with you, I think they're still unhappy."

As Thomas said that, he looked over to Emily for a split second. It was crystal clear that he was talking about her and her own family.

"I get what you're talking about." Ferdinand said quietly. "My life would never be the same without those two, but it's something that must be done."

"That's not true, we know that no matter what, they'll stay with you, they said so themselves." Thomas replied wisely.

Ferdinand looked away for a minute, Emily could see that Ferdinand had some tears coming down from his eyes. He remained pretty much quiet throughout the rest of the trip and even when they arrived at the log cabins.

"Thomas," Emily said to him. "Thanks for not telling Ferdinand that it was me who was told to move away from my family."

"You're welcome Emily." Thomas said kindly.

Back on the Island Sodor, Whiff and Sir Topham Hatt both returned to the docks with sad looks on their faces. Obviously, their search was not very successful. When they finally arrived, they could see Percy standing close by and looking very worried.

"What are you doing here Percy?" Sir Topham Hatt asked.

"Well sir," Percy said in a nervous way, "I came out here to find my friends, but..."

"I'm afraid they're lost Percy, somewhere out in the ocean."

"The tide might have taken them to the great unknown!" called the voice of Captain Salty, who walked up to the group. "Maybe even taken them to Misty Island."

"Salty my old friend," Sir Topham Hatt groaned, raising a hand up. "The last thing I need to hear is that Thomas and my daughter are missing in the great unknown..." He then stopped talking and realized what he had just said.

"Your daughter?" Percy blinked. He was shocked to hear what the principal had just said. "But I thought..."

"Oh, well..." Sir Topham Hatt wasn't sure of what to say. "Emily is..."

"It's okay sir." Percy smiled. "I totally get it. And don't worry; I'll keep it to myself."

"Thank you," Sir Topham Hatt sighed with relief, and then looked back over to Whiff. "We'll start searching again at the crack of dawn, if that's okay with you."

"Sure it is, I'm sure that Celvin can handle work at the dump alone."

"I thought his name was Scruff." Percy piped up.

"Normally yes, but his real name is Celvin," Whiff explained.

"Okay, I understand." Percy then turned and asked, "do you mind if I join you on the search tomorrow? They're both wonderful friends of mine after all."

Sir Topham Hatt was silent for quite a while, before he spoke up and nodded. "Very well Percy, be here before six tomorrow morning."

"Yes, sir."

A couple of hours later on Misty Island, everyone was fast asleep, all except for Emily. She was staying in a lonely part in one of the cabins, and almost every sound she heard made her shiver in fear.

"Emily?" a voice whispered softly.

Emily nearly fell out of the bed in fright. "Who's there?" she squeaked.

The voice spoke again. "It's only me, it's Thomas."

"Thomas?" she asked in a calm voice this time, finally seeing her blue-haired friend standing in the doorway of her room. "What are you doing up so late?"

"Probably for the same reason as you," Thomas said, as he walked over and sat down at the front end of her bed. "We both miss our homes and we're both worried for our new friends too."

"Yeah, you got it right. Isn't there anything we can do for them?"

Thomas gave a heavy sigh. "I don't know Emily. I really don't know."

The two teens were silent for a while, trying to think of a way to help their new friends out before the silence was broken by Emily letting out a big yawn, making Thomas chuckle slightly.

"Well, I guess we should try to get some sleep. We're going to be very busy tomorrow after all. Good night, Emily..."

Thomas got up and started to walk away before Emily grabbed him by his upper arm.

"What is it?" he asked kindly.

Emily looked really scared at the same time. "C-can you stay here in this part of the cabin with me? I-I don't want to be on my own in here."

"Sure Emily, I'll stay in here with you."

"Thank you."

Thomas grabbed the blanket off of the nearby bed and brought it and some pillows over to the part of the cabin that Emily was staying in. He then placed them on the floor to the left side of Emily's bed.

"Is this better?" Thomas asked kindly.

"Much better, thank you," Emily smiled, feeling better.

Within minutes, Thomas had fallen asleep, but Emily was still awake. She was busy thinking to herself...

"I've only known Thomas for almost four months now, and yet it's like we've known each other for years."

She then thought back to when she moved in with Thomas and his sisters, then what they did to help Mr. Hiro, and when they helped Henry, the conversation they had at the station before the rail fight, and the most recent rescue on the bridge. Lastly, Emily thought about that night on the boat when she slept so close to Thomas.

"We've shared some good times together." She looked down towards her sleeping friend and softly whispered; "Thank you Thomas."

The dark green-haired girl got up from her bed and gave Thomas a kiss on the left side of his face. She turned on her heel, climbed back into her bed and went off to sleep.

The next morning, Thomas and Emily both joined Bash in the cab of his little engine as they made their way to the logging mill. They worked throughout the entire morning, but by lunchtime, they had run into a bit of trouble.

"Where's uncle Ferdinand?" Bash asked. "He should've been back by now."

Dash then ran into the mill. "Uncle Ferdinand's in trouble!"

"What?!" Thomas and Emily both exclaimed.

"Come with me, I'll show you!"

The four teens quickly shut off all the machines, climbed into the small Logging Loco engines and raced off. They soon came up to an old tunnel that had some rotting supports at the entrance.

"He went in there?" Bash asked in a panic. "But he knows it's dangerous."

"Where does that tunnel lead to?" Thomas asked.

"It leads to the Island of Sodor." Dash answered.

Emily and Thomas both gasped upon learning this bit of very important information.

"It does?" Thomas asked in shock.

"You three never once mentioned that to us!" Emily said angrily.

"There's a good reason why we didn't." said Bash. "It's mostly because the tunnel-"

"-is too dangerous to use." Dash continued. "Our uncle knows that, but he still went in there."

"Then we'll have to go in and try to find him." said Thomas with determination.

"We can't," objected Bash. "Our little engines don't have a lot of oil left to use, they'll run out-"

"-long before we can even reach the halfway point inside." Dash continued.

"We still have to try," Emily spoke up next. "Didn't you two say that you would do anything for your uncle?"

"That's right," They both said together, trying hard to sound like their uncle Ferdinand. "Very well, let's go inside and save him!"

So slowly, with each wheel turn of their Logging Locos, Thomas, Emily, Bash and Dash went into the tunnel. Inside the tunnel, it was very dark, the supports around them creaked and groaned as if they were going to break at any second. Then, at long last, they could see Ferdinand's engine. From their view, they could see he was trying to work on it.

"What are you four doing down here?" he demanded. "You weren't suppose to come down here! Ventilation is bad down here with these steamers."

"We don't care, we came down here to help you, uncle Ferdinand." said Bash. "You know that we'd do anything for-"

Suddenly, they heard a deep rumbling sound from behind them. Everyone ducked for cover as loose rocks from the ceiling began to crash down to the tracks and block their way out.

"What do we do now?" The twin boys asked.

"We'll just have to bash our way through the blockage." said Ferdinand as he climbed into his engine. "Okay, on the count of three, everyone push...one, two, THREE!" He pushed in the regulator and his engine went crashing into the blockage that stood in front of them, hence the second reason Ferdinand stopped in the first place. Bash and Dash moved their engines forward too.

They were doing well until their engines started to slow down and the strength they once had vanished. They had finally run out of fuel and were now stuck inside the tunnel, possibly forever.

"Oh no..." Ferdinand groaned, burying his face with his hands. "And I was hoping to clear the pathway before the oil ran out."

Emily however felt worse off than Ferdinand. "This is all my fault, I encouraged them to go into the tunnel and now we're stuck here." She then started to break down in tears.

She then felt herself being embraced in a gentle hug. She looked up and noticed that it was Thomas hugging her, "it's not your fault Emily. We would've come down here even if you didn't say anything."

"Thomas is right," said Dash. "Bash and I both would've come down here no matter what."

"That's right," Bash said in agreement, but not sounding like Ferdinand.

"Maybe so, but how are we going to get out of here?" Emily sobbed sadly.

"I don't know," Thomas answered as he looked out of the cab and over to the loggers. "I really don't know..."

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Emily
  • Percy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Captain Salty
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Whiff (Debut)
  • Diesel 10 (mentioned)
  • Lady Hatt (mentioned)
  • Scruff (mentioned)
  • Kensworth (mentioned)
  • Nina (mentioned)

Cast

Trivia

  • This episode, along with the previous and next, are based on the special, "Misty Island Rescue".
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