October 31st, 2011
Pogo is a special episode of The Dark Railway Series.
It is Halloween night on the Dark Railway, and Brian prepares to tell the engines a story. As he starts going into one about a vicar, coal trucks, and a small blue tank engine, Dave asks him to tell a ghost story. The other engines also ask, causing Brian to relent and tell one.
Long ago, there was a small railway called the Sundale and Porthaven Light Railway. This line owned a small engine called Pogo, who just got on with his work without fuss. One day, he was being laughed at by a visiting engine called Barry, but he ignored him and set off with a train of vans, unaware that they were secretly filled with gunpowder. Sparks flew from his funnel as he climbed the hill, and as he encountered Barry while crossing a bridge, a spark suddenly flew into one of the vans, causing a massive explosion which sent him and his train flying into a deep ravine. Barry went back for assistance, but by the time he returned, Pogo was gone.
Five years later, Barry had been withdrawn and was sent to a scrapyard. One night, he heard the sounds of an engine nearby, and to his horror saw Pogo steam past nearby before simply disappearing. He closed his eyes, only to open them again to find the little engine standing right in front of him. Pogo moved forward towards him, and as their buffers met, Pogo and Barry simply disappeared. Brian ends his story by saying that Pogo appears every Halloween looking for broken engines to take onwards to the beyond. Allan snorts at the story, but they both notice that Dave, who has been out of service with a broken cylinder, has been scared by it, and he doesn't speak again for the rest of the evening.
- Theo and Otto
- Pogo (does not speak)
- Raymond (cameo)
- Colin (cameo)
- Owen (cameo)
- Ryan (cameo)
- The Scrapyard Engines (cameo)
- Mr. Dark (mentioned)
- This episode is the first Halloween special of the series, as well as the first seasonal special of the series in general.
- It has since been revealed that the story Brian tells his friends is all made up, besides the fact that Pogo does exist. He actually met Pogo at Barry Scrapyard in 1958, but made up this fictional story just to scare his friends. Pogo's real backstory is still unknown...