Mavis and the Lorry




March 25, 2009

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Toby, Trucks and Trouble

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Mavis and the Lorry is the second episode of the first season of the Railway Series.


Mavis is in charge of the stone trucks at the quarry. When Toby is busy elsewhere, or if the load is too heavy, Mavis is allowed to bring a loaded train to Ffarquhar. Mavis enjoys these trips because she can strech her wheels and can talk to someone besides trucks. For most of the line, there is a road alongside. Mavis is always careful especially where the policeman who got Thomas in trouble is. A road crosses the line there and even with warning signs, there are lorries and cars that go much too fast around the corner. They make Mavis very nervous because her driver keeps thinking there will be an accident one day.

One day, Mavis was late because the trucks were in the wrong places and she had to sort them out. Down the line, Mavis felt the trucks surge against her. The train neared the crossing, and Mavis saw a lorry coming towards them. She thought the lorry driver would stop for her, but she couldn't know that the driver was new to Sodor and the least thing he was expecting to see was a train. The lorry came much too fast around the corner and the driver realized that the turn was sharper than he had thought. He swerved just when Mavis was halfway across the crossing!

The lorry braked hard and the driver turned the steering wheel, but he was too late. His front bumper just caught Mavis' cowcatcher and skidded into a ditch as Mavis watched in horror. Mavis is worried she pushed the lorry over, but her driver reassures her that noone is blaming her. The driver checked to see if the lorry driver is alright. The lorry driver struggled to get out of the lorry. He was very surprised to see a train.

Mavis' front cowcatcher was bent, but she wasn't badly damaged. The owner of the Ffarquhar Quarry Company sent Mavis to be mended and wanted Toby to help at the quarry. Toby is reluctant to leave his trucks behind, but The Fat Controller told Percy that the trucks will be more work for him. Then the Fat Controller reminds both engines that Toby is the only engine with sideplates and cowcatchers so he's the only one to go up to the quarry especially after Thomas' incident with a policeman. With that, Toby and Percy had to be content.




  • Footage from Mavis, Toby's Tightrope, Horrid Lorry, Toby's WIndmill, Emily Knows Best, Toby's Triumph, Percy and the Oil Painting, and Thomas in Trouble is used.
  • This is the first episode of several things:
    • The first appearences of Mavis, Lorry 1, Lorry 2, Lorry 3, The Owner, The Policemen and Emily.
    • This episode marks Thomas, Percy and Toby's first speaking roles in the Railway Series.
  • The events of this episode takes place in 1987.
  • Apparently, YouTube pulled it down, for no matter what search is used, the video just simply can't be found. Either that, or it is on a different video-viewing website.


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The Railway Series - Mavis and the Lorry

The Railway Series - Mavis and the Lorry