|Taking Out the Trash|
November 26th, 2011
Winter has arrived on the Dark Railway, and Maxen continues to be rude to the other engines, making snide remarks about each of them. Eventually, Maxen's behaviour gets to the point where Eddie confronts him about it at the Gasworks. However, Maxen suddenly turns on his friend, particularly when Eddie states that the Great Western Railway is no more and to get used to it. Furious, Maxen declares Eddie a traitor and nothing but a commoner before steaming away. Eddie races back to the sheds and breaks down in tears. Deciding that Maxen has gone too far, the engines call a meeting to decide what to do with him, though none of them can come to a conclusion.
One day, Maxen is pulling a train of wagons to Merecombe. He is in a bad mood and bumps his trucks all the way. As they approach Merecombe, he finds himself unable to stop and the trucks surge forwards to pay him out, sending him crashing through the buffers and leaving him balanced on the edge of the cliff. Dave is called to help him, but he rolls up behind him far too quickly. He bumps into Maxen and upsets his balance, sending him over the edge and into the ravine below. Once he is lifted out, he is told by Mr. Dark that he will return to the Western Region immediately and they will decide what to do with him.
Eddie takes Maxen down to the Junction, and the tank engine tries to convince him to return with him. Eddie tells him that he is pathetic, and will wind up alone and friendless, but he is determined not to. As another engine arrives, Maxen yells to Eddie that he is a traitor as he is dragged away.
Eddie is comforted by the other engines over the next few days after Maxen's departure, and soon finds himself becoming best friends with one particular engine, Colin, thanks to their love of football. Though unsure if he will ever see his former friend again, Eddie doesn't mind, finally feeling part of the Dark Railway team.
- Colin (does not speak)
- The Class 37 (does not speak)
- Mr. Dark (does not speak)
- Theo and Otto (cameo)
- This episode marks the first appearance of Manston Fore in the series.
- When Maxen first derails, he is further back from the cliff edge than when Dave pushes him over it.