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Really Useful Engineers

Based on "Stop Thief!" "Mind That Bike," "Fish," and "Triple Header"

One day, Thomas and Twilight Sparkle stood at the top station in Ffarquhar. They had run their engine round their usual coaches after the morning journey and they, Annie, and Clarabel were enjoying a nice, short rest before the run back down the valley. The passengers knew that the train had arrived early, so they didn't mind the extra wait.

While Thomas stood beside the engine's cab, talking to the conductor, Twilight got a call from her cellphone.

Twilight: Hello? *beaming* Shining Armor??? Hi, B.B.B.F.F.! How's Cadence? How are you two doing together? *pause* Really? What kind of surprise? No, wait. *giggling* Wouldn't want you to spoil it for me. Besides, I'm due to leave Ffarquhar in about a half hour. *pause* Okay. When the day's work is done. See you later, Shining Armor.

No sooner had Twilight hung up than she overheard the conductor telling Thomas some startling news.

Conductor: I've just received word that the Stationmaster's house was robbed last night.

Twilight: *startled* Huh?

Thomas: Really? I never knew he had anything worth stealing. What did they take?

Conductor: You'd be surprised. The Stationmaster has won some cups for gardening. First place. Five years in a row. Every single one snatched, and the scoundrels had the cheek to pinch his car to smuggle them away in!

Thomas: *gasp* Not that new one he's so proud of?

Conductor: *nodding grimly* Cost him about 10,000 pounds. One might mistake it for Sir Topham Hatt's own car. They're of the same design.

Twilight: We don't get many burglaries in Sodor nowadays. It's such a small island, I guess that most just abide by the law.

Thomas: I wish we could teach those thieves a lesson.

At that moment, the signal rose to show that the line was clear. Twilight and Twilight got in the cab, the Conductor blew his whistle, waved his green flag and got into the rear coach, and off they went.

By the time they went through the tunnel, the train was running nicely. Road and railway were beside each other here, with only a stream between them.

Thomas: Say, Twilight. Remember when Bertie and I had that race?

Twilight: How can I not remember? I was there in the cab with you. The only reason we won was because we could go right through the hill while Bertie's bus had to climb over.

Thomas: Indeed. Good thing that bus of his couldn't fly. That would be rather ridiculous.

Twilight: *giggling* You'd have to get it to transform into a plane.

A flash of color caught Thomas's eye.

Thomas: What the?

He looked along the road ahead and saw a familiar looking red shape.

Thomas: Isn't that the Stationmaster's car?

Twilight: Oh, Thomas. Lots of cars look like that.

But just to be sure, Twilight opened the regulator and the train began to draw level. She wanted a good look.

Thomas: Well?

Twilight: So far, I see a man in there... and a dog.

And she was right. At the steering wheel was a man wearing a long blue duster overcoat, long red gloves, a large striped hat with driver's goggles attached, and a handlebar mustache. Beside him sat a canine who appeared to be of mixed breed: bloodhound, pointer, Airedale, and hunting dog.

Twilight couldn't tell what the driver was saying, but from what she could tell on his expression, it was sinister.

Dick Dastardly: *cackling evilly* This is the most despicable, diabolical scheme I've come up with yet! Even though I may not win any trophies in the races, I can still have some stolen cups to compensate for these shortcomings. And with the Mean Machine waiting in the mainland, no one will suspect us. Eh, Muttley?

Muttley: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. *snickering wheezily*

Dick Dastardly: We've got plenty of fuel to reach the next ship at Brendam. I'll wager the coppers think we're heading the quickest way via Knapford by now. *cackling again*

Just then, the fiend known as Dick Dastardly spotted the train running adjacent to the road.

Dastardly: Stick your head out the window, Muttley. And be sure to stick your tongue out. That should help throw the locals off our tail.

Muttley: *grumbling to himself* Sassafrassarassum Rick Rastardly...

As Muttley did as he was instructed, Dastardly increased the throttle on the car.

Twilight: That's the car alright, Thomas, and those two must be the thieves.

Thomas: Quick! We've gotta catch them!

Twilight: But how? They'll be gone long before Haldenbeck and my cellphone's out of power, so we can't call for help.

Thomas: Mine too. We should've recharged them last night...

Just as Thomas was about to give up, an idea flew into his head.

Thomas: A signalbox's up ahead! If we write a message in some container and throw it, the signalman can call the police.

Twilight: Great idea. *pulling out a pencil and paper from her backpack* Luckily, I've brought these along.

Thomas: And I've got this empty soda bottle to put the message in.

Twilight: Actually, Thomas, my lunchbox's empty at the moment and since it's much harder to break than a glass bottle...

Thomas: Brilliant! Now let's get to work.

So Twilight wrote out a message and put it in the lunchbox. Drawing ahead of the car, Thomas blew the engine's whistle to get the signalman's attention. They slowed so that Twilight could throw the lunchbox up to him.

Thomas/Twilight: POLICE!!!

By then, the stolen car had gone well ahead, and Twilight and Thomas didn't see it again. But the signalman immediately telephoned police headquarters.

Later, ten miles farther down the road, the fortunes of Dastardly and Muttley were about to change.

Dastardly: We're nearing Elsbridge. Might as well find a good place to stop for lunch. And who knows, Muttley? They might even offer you a bone.

Muttley: *excitedly* Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

As they rounded a bend, however, they suddenly saw something blocking the road ahead.

Dastardly: Drat! It's the bobbies!

Muttley: Yipe!

Muttley quickly jumped into the backseat, hiding from plain sight.

Dastardly: Calm down, you air-headed Airedale. I'll handle this...

Feeling confident,, Dastardly stopped a few feet from the roadblock and the police cars. He popped his head out the window to speak to the nearest constable.

Dastardly: *giving his most charming smile* Excuse me, officer, but is there any construction going on? I need to get to Elsbridge. It's been a busy day and I'm looking for a fine establishment to dine at. Can't go home on an empty stomach. *chuckling lightly* Unless you know an alternative location?

Constable: May I ask why you're driving the Ffarquhar Stationmaster's car, which was reported stolen?

Dastardly: *feigning surprise* Stolen? But the man who sold it to me said it was brand new. Are you sure?

Constable: If you have indeed purchased it, good sir, then let me see the papers.

Dastardly: *sweating* Papers?

Constable: The receipt.

Dastardly: Oh, yes... The receipt. *nervously laughing* Let me just check my...

*Dastardly's sentence was cut off by a muffled thud at the back of the car, making Muttley give a startled yelp. Seconds later, anther policeman—an inspector—came alongside his fellow lawman. He carried a large brown sack in his left hand.*

Inspector: *firmly* That's alright, Mr. Dastardly. We have all the confirmation we need right here.

Dastardly: *gulp* Have... have you been watching my races, Inspector?

Inspector: More than I care to admit. And I'm not here to ask for your autograph. I hereby arrest you and your dog on the charge of burglary, littering the highway, and obstructing traffic.

Dastardly: *furiously* Drat, drat, and double drat!

Muttley: Sassafrassarassum fuzz...

Inspector: *writing down in his notebook* I think I'll add "grumbling at an officer" to the list of charge.

Muttley: *giving his usual wheezy snicker*

That afternoon, Sir Topham Hatt traveled in the front coach of Thomas' train to Ffarquhar. As soon as he arrived, he and the Stationmaster climbed onto a porter's cart. They told the passengers the entire story, and the Stationmaster thanked Thomas and Twilight for their quick action.

Stationmaster: I don't know what I would've done if you two hadn't recognized my car. The wife is sure to invite you all to dinner for this. *chuckling* So would I, if I'm honest.

Twilight: *modestly* Actually, Mr. Stationmaster, Thomas spotted the car before me. And it was his idea to get that message to the signalman. He deserves most of the credit, if not all.

Thomas: Now don't be so humble, Twilight. You're the one who suggested that we use the lunchbox.

Twilight: *muttering under her breath* Which the signalman hasn't returned to me yet...

When the story was finished, the passengers cheered loudly, and applauded even more when they heard that the Stationmaster's gardening cups had been found undamaged. Indeed, the cups were being presented on the cart for everyone to see.

Sir Topham Hatt held up a hand for silence.

Sir Topham Hatt: Long ago, Thomas Billinton proved himself an invaluable asset to the North Western Railway. Today, I am proud to say that he has continued that legacy and that he and his intern Twilight Sparkle are Really Useful indeed.

The crowd gave the heroes of the day three cheers.

While Thomas was lost in the overwhelming numbers of lady admirers, Twilight slipped away unnoticed. Unlike Rainbow Dash, James, and Gordon, she wasn't used to being in the spotlight. No doubt the main line engineers would be jealous when they received the news.

As she made her way to the cab of the engine, she met up with Song Cue, who had come to congratulate her too.

Song Cue: Oh, well done, Twil! I'm so proud of you for managing to catch those thieves.

Twilight: Oh it was nothing, Song Cue. It was actually Thomas who saw the car before me and came up with the idea. He deserves the credit more.

Song Cue: But you still took part in the chase and caught the thieves. I wish I could do something as heroic as that.

Just then, they spotted a car driving into the station.

It was a dark purple Rolls Royce Phantom V model with white trimmed tires, and golden fittings. On each of the front doors was a blue crystal heart.

Excited, Twilight and Song Cue instantly recognized whose car it was. They ran down the platform over to the parking lot even before the chauffeur let his employers out.

Twilight: Shining Armor! Cadence!

Sure enough, it was Shining Armor and his wife, Princess Cadence. They reached out and pulled Twilight into a long, loving embrace.

Song Cue: Oh, Cadence! *joins the hug* Hi, Shining.

Shining Armor: Hey, girls. Good to see you.

Cadence: How's my favorite student and sister-in-law?

Twilight: We're both doing good. What are you doing here? I thought we were going to meet after work.

Cadence: We heard about what happened and decided to surprise you with an early visit.

Song Cue: That was my reason too. You did read the text I sent earlier, right?

Twilight: I've been rather busy and didn't check.

Shining Armor: We're all so proud of you, sis...

Twilight: *blushing* Thomas' the the real hero. I'm just a regular old intern...

Cadence: *kindly* You are anything but a regular old intern, Twilight.

Song Cue: Say, Cadence,  you and Shining phoned me and presumably Twilight about a surprise.

Twilight: Yeah. What is it?

Shining Armor: Well... there's somebody we want you to meet.

Twilight: *confused* Huh? Who? Do I know them?

Cadence: I think you'll find whoever our someone is... in here.

With a warm smile, Cadence placed a hand on her belly.

Song Cue started jumping up and down.

Song Cue:*excited* Oh my gosh! You're going to be parents?! What is it? Boy or girl? What are you going to name it? Have you got a room ready for it?

Shining Armor: We don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. We're hoping to find out soon. *to Twilight* Yep. This someone's dying to meet you... Aunt Twilight.

It took a few seconds and a little effort for Twilight to get these very words out.

Twilight: *dumbfounded* You mean... you're going to have a... baby?

*Intermission*
Really Useful Engineers part 1
Here's the first part of a new TAF MLP Mash saga. In this part, based on Stop Thief!, Thomas and Twilight have to deal with a pair of thieves when the Stationmaster's car and trophies get stolen. Also Twilight gets a surprise at the end. Hope you like it.:D With help from :icondarthwill3: Special Appearances by Dick Dastardly and Muttley from Wacky Races.

Edit: Changed the ending a bit with including Song Cue.

Thomas and Friends (c) Hit and Mattel
The Railway Series (c) Rev Wilbert Awdry
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (c) Hasbro
Wacky Races (c) Hanna-Barbera
OC (c) :icontobyandmavisforever:
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*Intermission Ends*

On starry nights, when the moon is full and the air still, you can hear the sounds of faraway ships and distant laughter. They echo over the hills and through the valley, down calm canals and sleepy inlets.

Every engineer knows that these are the sounds that say Tidmouth Harbor is hard at work.

This year, the fishermen were bringing in more fish than ever before. Each day the sheds on the wharf were piled high with boxes. Much of this extra fish had to travel by rail, so all the trains Henry and the other engineers had to take, became heavier.

One night, a special load of fish was ordered. Sir Topham Hatt decided that extra vans must be added to the train the men call the "Flying Kipper."

The only vans available were old ones. They had not been used for a long time. Henry waited impatiently by the quayside as Duck and Applejack shunted them into position.

Thomas and Twilight puffed by the Mail Train. They spotted their fellow tank engineers and decided to stop by while the men loaded some parcels into the mail coaches.

Thomas: Hello, Duck. Applejack.

Applejack: Howdy, y'all. How's the Mail Train goin'?

Twilight: Getting better, since Mr. Tipper got his new van. He's delivering parcels almost twice as fast.

Duck: Well, isn't that swell?

Applejack: Say, Twilight, mind if you and Ah have a short stroll around the train? Surely the boys wouldn't want to be bored by... girly talk.

Twilight: *giggling* I think we've got time.

Twilight hopped off Thomas' engine and walked with Applejack towards the brake van. With the girls gone, Thomas started talking to his fellow engineer.

Thomas: Going fishing, Duck? I'd take care if I were you.

Duck: *huffing* Why? It's not like I've got a rod on me or anything.

Thomas: Well, smart guy, I'll tell you. For one thing, if fish get in an engine's boiler, it can cause trouble. And for another thing, fish can be very smelly. And I know what I'm talking about.

As Duck pondered over the piece of Thomas' experience, the girls had a rather private conversation.

Applejack: How are ya holdin' up?

Twilight: "Holding up?"

Applejack: Ya know, about yer becomin' an auntie. What's the big deal?

Twilight fell silent for a moment. Word of Cadence's pregnancy traveled fast around Sodor, which wasn't surprising, given the small size of the island.

Twilight: Well, I know that it's only been two weeks since I got the news. Cadence was barely one month pregnant, then. With the baby coming out in eight months, I guess I'm feeling a little... nervouscited.

Applejack: "Nervouscited?"

Twilight: Guess I've been spending too much time around Pinkie Pie. *chuckling* But I can't believe that I'm going to be an aunt. I want to be there when it happens. And if I'm honest, Applejack, I'm glad we're actually talking about this.

Applejack: Me too, Twi. Ah'll feel a lot better prepared when Fluttershy has mah brother's baby.

That last sentence made Twilight freeze. She stared at Applejack, her jaw slackened. Her eyes fully dilated. Her mind blank.

Twilight: You're... you're not saying that...?

Applejack: *amending quickly* Land sakes, no! Ah'm just sayin' Ah'll know what it'll be like to feel how you feel in the future. Besides, Big Mac and Fluttershy ain't the type of couple to rush into the next level... *under her breath* unlike some couples Ah can mention.

Twilight: *mopping her brow* Phew. Glad they understand the meaning the patience. And they aren't even married yet, let alone engaged.

Applejack: Give 'em time, sugarcube. Give 'em time...

Meanwhile, Henry was feeling especially annoyed. He grunted dreadfully. Song Cue, did what she could to put his misgivings at rest. She was filling in for Fluttershy while she was away.

Henry: We're sure to fall behind schedule with the additional weight. It's more than I can usually haul.

Song Cue: We'll just have to put up with it, Henry. But look at the bright side: The extra load will mean we can have another engine help us up Gordon's Hill.

Henry: *to himself* Singers. What would they know about railways?

Duck was waiting at Wellsworth Station for the Flying Kipper so he could help the Flying Kipper by pushing from behind. Usually, that was Edward's job, but Edward had taken ill. So Duck offered to fill in for him while Oliver handled his trains.

Duck: *anxiously* Here's hoping we don't have trouble like the last time we first acted as a banker. Those old vans' couplings are liable to snap.

Applejack: *tipping her hat* We'll just make sure that ain't gonna happen.

Tonight, Henry made good progress. When they reached Wellsworth, he stopped the train beyond the platform.

Henry: Well, Song Cue, I have to say I'm impressed with your first Kipper run. You make a fine helper.

Song Cue: *beaming* Thank you, Henry.

Then, Henry used his engine's whistle to give a special signal.

Henry: *calling out to Duck* We need a banker, please.

Duck: *sounding his engine's whistle* Won't be long.

Duck gently buffered his engine up behind the train. He didn't couple it up, that way Henry would go on without stopping when they reached the top of the hill.

Song Cue: *calling out* All set, you two?

Duck: *blowing the whistle* Ready!

Applejack: Let's get these horses movin'! Pronto!

And off they went.

Duck: Applejack, when you said "horses," did you mean...?

Applejack: Course Ah was referin' to the engines. What else would Ah be talkin' about? You know, some people call steam locomotives "Iron Horses."

Duck: Never knew that before.

Applejack: Maybe it's 'cause you were caught up in the "Great Western way" durin' yer exams. *chuckling* Ah, don't worry, Duck. Once you've visited places like Appaloosa, y'all learn everythin' on early trains faster than a barefoot jackrabbit on a hot greasy griddle in the middle of August. *wink*

Duck: Um... yeah.

Soon, they reached Gordon's Hill.

Henry: Let's hope our backup can push hard, Song Cue. Even at the rate, it's a pretty steep climb.

Song Cue: They're doing their best, I'm sure.

Duck: We're doing it, Applejack. We're doing it!

Applejack: Great. Hope we can finish in time fer breakfast. Ah'm starvin'.

Henry was having his engine pull harder than he realized. It was a dark night, and Duck and Applejack felt the pressure within the pannier tank slacken. Because of the dark, they couldn't see that the Black Five had taken the train on its own and was slowly drawing ahead.

All trains carry a red lamp on the final vehicle to show that the train is complete. This is called a tail lamp. Duck and Applejack began to worry.

Applejack: What in tarnation???

Duck: There's no sign of a tail lamp!

Duck whistled, but there was no reply.

Meanwhile, Henry had noticed something, too.

Henry: That's odd. This train must be getting heavier. We're slowing down.

Song Cue: But we can't stop now! We're nearly at the top!

Then there was trouble.

*Crash!*

Feeling the jolt from behind, Henry immediately stopped the train, just beyond the top of the hill.

Song Cue: Whoa!

Henry: What the... Dickens?!?

Duck's engine had smashed into the last van of the train. The frantic speed had caused its front to bent. Pieces of broken wood fell all over the engine, one of them denting its funnel. As they were right on top of the van's remains, Duck and Applejack managed to apply the brakes.

Nobody was hurt, but a strong smell of fish hung in the air.

Applejack: *covering her nose* Holy mackerel!

Duck: *flatly* You just had to say it, didn't you?

Next morning, when Edward arrived with the Breakdown Train, it became obvious what had happened. The workman found the broken tail lamp at the bottom of the hill.

Sir Topham Hatt, after tiptoeing over the spilled fish, spoke kindly to Duck and Applejack.

Sir Topham Hatt: The accident wasn't your fault. We should have checked that this tail lamp was fixed on properly. We'll soon have your engine in working order again.

Duck: *sadly* Thank you, Sir. Thomas warned me to be careful about fish. They got us in a right pickle, didn't they?

Applejack: *flatly* Eeyup.

*Intermission*
Really Useful Engineers part 3
Here's part 3 to Really Useful Engineers. In this part, based on Fish, Duck gets himself into a "fishy" problem when being banker for the Flying Kipper. Also Henry gets a new intern. Hope you like it.:D (Big Grin) With help from :icondarthwill3:

Thomas and Friends (c) Hit and Mattel
The Railway Series (c) Rev Wilbert Awdry
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (c) Hasbro
OC (c) :icontobyandmavisforever:

Edit: Changed Octavia to Song Cue.
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Bert Sprite V2 by sodormatchmaker
Bert Sprite V2
Here's the third of the original Arlesdale Trio; Bert. We've got both his original shape and his rebuilt shape. Hope you like it.:D

Thomas and Friends (c) Hit and Mattel
The Railway Series (c) Rev Wilbert Awdry
Sprites (c) Me and :iconmarzipanhomestar66:
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LGee14 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
Hi.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, better replace "Tree Hugger" with "Noble Gleam." Hate for thing to become confusing.
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sodormatchmaker Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Right.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'll need to get rid of this little extra:

Meanwhile, Henry was feeling rather annoyed.

Henry: Why did they have to request an extra load of fish?
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sodormatchmaker Featured By Owner 1 day ago
right
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And after Part 4, we may want to have a little bonus story for Mane Line Engineers.
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sodormatchmaker Featured By Owner 1 day ago
right
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, man! Better check out my latest art.
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sodormatchmaker Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Will do
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Thanks!
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