Nothing out of the ordinary even happens on this little railway in the top left-hand
corner of Wales. But what ordinarily happens is often fairly extraordinary!
2. The Egg
Who lays eggs in a Volcano? Somebody does and Jones and Ivor take the gold-miner's
advice and keep it warm - until they hear it sing!
3. The Proper Container
What is the proper container for red-hot livestock? The Regulations are
quite definite but definitely inflammable. So another, more suitable conveyance must
4. The Alarm
Some creatures are real and some are mythical, even if they are good at frying
fish, and they want to stay mythical.
5. The Retreat
If you want to hide, perhaps the best thing is to pretend you were never there in
the first place - even if it does make your friend look a bit of a fool.
6. The Hat
Mrs Porty does wear some unusual hats but she wouldn't expect to be arrested for
wearing one of them - certainly not in front of the Church Ladies Guild!
7. Old Nell
It's a hard life being a sheep dog, especially when the silly sheep and the
engine driver need to be rescued. Sometimes railway engines are more sensible than
8. Mr Brangwyn's Pigeons
Ivor the Engine, when he sings, could charm the very birds off the trees - or at
least the pigeons off Miss Price's roof.
9. The Visitor
Visitors are always welcome. Even wounded visitors weighing several tons
can be accomodated by Mr Hughes the Gasworks.
10. The Invalid
Nobody likes to take medicine, but some patients are so unhelpful that even the
most patient nurse loses patience and gets the boot.
11. The Boot
We can all be recognised by the sort of clothes we wear, but this invalid is
rescued by her boot and everybody is happy at last.
12. Banger's Circus
If you are far from home it is a great joy if home comes to find you. And
what a show it puts on when it does!
13. Unidentified Objects
Are these strange apparitions flying saucers or just the bubbles of a goldminer's
boredom - and what's the use of gold anyway?
14. Mrs Porty's Foxes
Some wear fancy hats in order to look beautiful. Some wear them to save
their friends - but what else should an engine-driver do?
A good donkey will always do what she is told, even though she has to run a long
way to do it. Luckily there are wheels for the return journey.
16. Dai and the Donkey
The dividing line between being a nuisance and being useful depends on what sort
of disaster is waiting for a small engine.
What is the point in having a bit of gold put by if you can't spend a bit to help
your friends when they are in trouble.
18. Mrs Porty
Perhaps gold will not do to buy the railway, but Mrs Porty is not going to stand
by and let her donkey lose a dear friend.
Volcanoes are not really things that people need, but for some they are home from
home - if they can find one.
20. The Endowment
If you can't find a desirable volcano, then you must seek the help of a learned
society which has a lot of half-crowns.
When the snow is deep and Mrs Williams runs out of jelly-babies, it is time to
invent something to move the snow out of the way.
22. Cold Sheep
Some snowdrifts are just snow, but some have more than snow in them, and they
must not be ploughed aside, even for the sake of the General's new teeth.
23. The Fire Engine
Some fire engines will go absolutely anywhere, so long as they don't get
stuck. Then they must not be too proud to ask for help.
Pulling sledges up the hill can be quite fun, if you are strong enough, but it
can be even more fun sledging down the hill again - if you have a sledge.
25. The Rescue
When all the latest technical equipment cannot pull you out of trouble, perhaps
it is time to get help from more old-fashioned pushers and pullers.
26. The Water Tower
Some engines are very particular about what they will or will not be willing to
drink, for the sake of who or what happens to be in the drink.
27. Mrs Bird
We must always do what we can to help others, even if they do chose to build
their houses in such extraordinarily silly places.
28. The Cuckoo-clock
It doesn't tell the time any more, it doesn't sing anymore. It is no use at
all, except to a homelessbird and her family.
29. The Trumpet
Some trumpets sound very low indeed, but some sound so loud that only mythical
creatures can hear them, and they will come to your aid.
30. Time Off
What is life if full of case we have no time to be with our friends and do
nothing at all. We don't all have to be busy all the time.
31. The Seaside
Everybody loves to go to the seaside and have fun splashing about in the surf,
but some of us aren't able to - and that is a bit sad.
32. The Lost Engine
Engines don't always do what you would expect them to do, but luckily they are
very rarely stolen by gangsters.
33. The Outing
Even the most difficult feats of engineering can be achieved, especially if they
will help a friend to join in the fun, and also get very wet.
The money may no longer buy things in the shops, but people who know where to
find it can help to keep the dragons warm.
35. Sheep Herding
Who said only dogs can herd sheep? Everybody should be allowed to have a
try and it doesn't matter a bit how heavy they are.
When Ivor leaves to seek his fame and fortune, who or what can take his
place? Is it worth a load of gold just for the pleasure of seing it go?
37. The Bird House
Ivor has earned a small fortune, but even though he knows what he wants to buy
with it, can he persuade them to take the money?
Keeping lots of friends warm on his boiler may help to keep his friends warm, but
it makes him a bit grubby. But there are some advantages in it.
39. St. George
Very small dragons do sometimes make mistakes when they meet an old enemy,
especially if they don't notice what he is made of.
There are places where a dragon could possibly live, but wouldn't want to, and
there are places which, with a little help, will do very nicely, thankyou.