October 22nd, 2011
Owen breaks down at Merecombe, leaving Mr. Dark in need of another shunter. A new one is sent by British Railways and introduces himself as Allan. Asking what to do first, he is sent by Ryan to Soma, where he finds Theo and Otto gossiping.
Allan boasts that he is the best shunter in the world, even though he is only two months old. The twins offer to show him what to do, but Allan refuses and heads out to shunt around the yard. Fifteen minutes later, he has made a complete mess of the yard, leaving the twins to sort it out. Once the yard is returned to normal, Allan apologises to the twins and thanks them for their help. They assure him that he is just inexperienced, and once again offer their help. This time, Allan accepts.
Soon, Allan learns what do when shunting, being assisted by each of the other shunters on the line. Eventually, he manages to sort out the entire Industrial Estate on his own. Allan continues to learn, determined to become the world's best shunter.
- Theo and Otto
- Colin (does not speak)
- Dai (does not speak)
- Dave (mentioned)
- Mr. Dark (mentioned)
- This episode marks the first appearance of Allan.