Little Western Legacy
Little Western Legacy
Season Five, Episode Two
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Air date Saturday 10th August, 2013
Written by WildNorWester
Directed by WildNorWester
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Little Western Legacy is the second episode of Season 5, and the fifty-fourth episode overall.


One morning, Duck arrives at Tidmouth and Thomas tells him about the hit and run incident from the previous episode. Thomas mentions Lily, an old Wellsworth and Suddery Railway engine who used to operate The Little Western, and subsequently tells Duck about the time that he got his own branch line.

Before he could start work, The Fat Director tells Thomas that Lily is to help him learn how to properly run a branch line, as it is much different from being a station pilot. Thomas collects his two new coaches, Annie and Clarabel, and Lily allows him to take the first passenger train of the day. Thomas is eager to start and during his journey, he is too busy sightseeing to fill up on water.

Winston shortly arrives and has to help by giving Thomas half of his water. Thomas is grateful and continues his journey to the next station, where he fills up his water tank fully. That night at the sheds, he apologises to Lily, who tells him that passengers are his number one concern. Over the next week, Thomas takes Lily's advice on board and is able to help run the branch line properly.

One stormy evening, Duke arrives late with his passenger train, and on the journey Thomas notices a fishing boat that is about to run aground. The injured fishermen were helped into Thomas' train, where a doctor treated their injuries. At Tidmouth, Annie and Clarabel tell Henry what Thomas did that made him late.

Duck compliments Lily's branch line philosophy and asks what happened to her. Thomas tells him that unfortunately, Lily and the rest of the older engines were taken to the scrap yard on Edward's Branch Line in 1934, with only Neil being preserved.



  • Railway Series references include; Thomas and the Breakdown Train, Thomas' Train, Thomas and Gordon and Saved from Scrap.
  • When this episode was released, WildNorWester requested that there be no talk of romance between Thomas and Lily.
  • A Stranger in Need is referenced.
  • This is the only episode to feature the end credits that include all of the engines at Knapford Sheds.
  • SmudgersPKMN, TheScotsmanReturns and DTChapman1 join the voice cast.
  • This episode marks Annie and Clarabel's first speaking roles.

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