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One morning, Percy is feeling very impatient. He has a new coat of paint and is very eager to show it off and complains that his driver is late. The other engines remind him the driver is not late, rather Percy is awake early. Thomas assures Percy it will soon be time for work, but warns him not to be impatient otherwise he may run into danger and Duke will not be there to save them. The other engines are surprised to hear their hero mentioned and Thomas decides to tell them a story his driver told him...
Long ago on the Mid Sodor Railway, back when Sir Handel was still called Falcon and Peter Sam was still called Stuart, the two worked alongside Duke. One day the manager comes along and tells Falcon, who is still new and has a lot to learn, he is pleased with his work but now wants the engine to learn about the Mountain Road, a difficult part of the line. The next day, Falcon will get a new coat of paint, then will go on the Mountain Road with Duke to double-head a train. Falcon is not impressed that he is having to work with Duke, who he considers a fusspot.
The next day, Duke tells Falcon he will head the train since the Mountain Road is tricky to travel over. Falcon refuses and insists on going in front, telling Duke he does not want the view blocked. Duke warns Falcon not to admire the view since he needs to watch the track and also tries to slow them down to keep them safe, but Falcon ignores Duke thinking he is fussing over nothing.
Soon the engines approach a curved tunnel, which Falcon does not like. He rushes through and the journey initially seems normal, but have a near-disaster encounter just after the exit; Falcon derails and dangles precariously over a precipice. Duke holds on to Falcon for dear life, as their crews quickly work to anchor the two engines to the line. However, Duke's driver finds more problems; Duke is low on water. A workman's cottage is nearby and all the passengers assist in fetching water and refilling Duke's tank. Eventually he manages to build up enough steam and works hard to pull Falcon back onto the line.
The manager is waiting for the train at the top station and when Duke and Falcon arrive the passengers tell him that Duke was a hero who would not let go of Falcon, who thanks Duke for saving him, especially as he had been so rude to him. Duke is modest and tells Falcon that it would have been a shame if his new coat of paint had been spoilt.
- The Mid Sodor Railway Manager
- Stuart (does not speak)
- Duncan (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Duke the Lost Engine.
- On the early release of the episode in the scenes when Thomas began telling the story about Duke, the music is omitted until the scene of Duke and Falcon starting their journey.
- In the early release of the episode when Duke pulled Falcon back onto the rails, his chuffing sound is faster.
- Duncan appears, though he was never on the Mid Sodor Railway.
- On early UK releases of Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories, a few lines indicated that they were later redubbed or relocated:
- Henry's "Rubbish!" sounds less enthusiastic.
- "But be careful, or you might run into danger and Duke is not here to save you," is heard earlier. The music is also heard earlier.
- "It was curved and he couldn't see," is heard later.
- "Duke bravely held on with all his strength. 'Stop shaking,' he called. 'I can't hold you if you shake'" is heard later.
- In the side-on shot of Falcon, the space for his nameplate is longer than the nameplate itself, the reason being that Falcon's nameplate would later be replaced by one reading "Sir Handel."
- When Falcon crashes through the fence and Duke tries to save Falcon, Duke derails as well.
- When Duke pulls Falcon back onto the rails, Falcon's nameplate is slightly peeled off.
- Falcon has Rheneas' whistle sound.
- When Duke and Falcon enter the tunnel, one of them has Smudger's whistle sound.
- In a close-up of Duke, his face is smaller than usual. This is because larger scale models were used.
- A rare picture shows Falcon with his Sir Handel nameplate and Rheneas' face.
- In the close-up of Duke before he pulls Falcon back on the track, they are not coupled together.
- Falcon's left (viewer's right) eye is wonky and too far up when the manager is talking to him about the Mountain Road.
- Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
- Henry's face is tilted when he was dozing.
- Percy: Driver should be here by now! What's he doing?
- Gordon: Sleeping!
- Percy: But that means I'll be late! The coaches will be waiting and the passengers will get cross!
- Henry: Rubbish!
- James: It's still early. You just want to show off!
- Percy: No I don't!
- Thomas: Never mind, Percy. It'll soon be time for work. But be careful or you might run into danger. And Duke is not here to save you.
- Toby: Duke? You mean our hero?
- Falcon: Huh! Duke's an old fusspot!
- Duke: Listen. The mountain road is difficult. I'll lead.
- Falcon: No, I'll lead! How can I learn the route with you lumbering ahead and blocking the view?
- Duke: Suit yourself, but never mind the view. Look at the track.
- Duke: Look at the track. Never mind the view.
- Falcon: Fusspot, Fusspot! Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy!
- Falcon: Don't dawdle, don't dawdle!
- Duke: No hurry, no hurry.
- Falcon: Thank you for saving me, Duke. I don't know why you bothered after I'd been so rude.
- Duke: Oh, well! You just had a new coat of paint. It would have been a pity if you rolled down the mountain and spoiled it!
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