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"I'm a railroad man, Tanya, I have to be where the trains are."
— Mr. Conductor, on leaving Shining Time Station
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Is This the End?
Director(s)

Gregory Lehane

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
Rick Siggelkow

Writer(s)

Brian McConnachie

Conductor

Ringo Starr

Air date

June 11th, 1989

Previous episode

Things that Go
Ga-Hooga in the
Night

Next episode

'Tis A Gift

Is This the End? is the twentieth episode of the first season.

Plot

Shining Time Station is closing down, but in the end the station is saved.

Characters

Thomas Stories

Whilst making a delivery to the scrapyard, Edward meets a traction engine called Trevor, sadly awaiting his fate, because his owner thought him “old fashioned”, Trevor reminisces his happier days with Edward, when he was useful and gave children rides. Edward wants to rescue Trevor but can’t think who would want to buy a traction engine – until he encounters Vicar of Wellsworth. After some persuasion, the Vicar brings his two boys to see Trevor in action, with help from Trevor’s driver, Jem Cole. The Vicar is very impressed and buys Trevor there and then to live in the Vicarage Orchard. Trevor is much happier now, with new paintwork and constant work to keep him busy.

Trevor is sent one day to help Thomas build the new harbour near the Junction. Thomas meets Trevor for the first time but isn’t convinced that a steam engine, who doesn’t run on rails, can be of any use. Trevor proves his worth when he helps to clear a small mishap at the harbour, dragging supplies around a mess left by derailed cars, before spending the afternoon giving rides to children on the beach. Amazed and impressed, Thomas realises how useful a traction engine can be, and takes Trevor home afterward a happier engine indeed.

Jukebox Band Song

  • Little Black Train

Trivia

  • The Circus Train's annual stop at Shining Time Station would be featured again in the Season 3 episode "Mysterious Stranger".
  • This episode marks the first time J.B. King acknowledges Mr. Conductor's existance.
  • Ringo Starr's U.S. narrations of "Saved From Scrap" and "Thomas and Trevor" were never released on home video until the 2012 DVD "Engine Friends".
  • This episode marks Leonard Jackson's last appearance as Harry Cupper until the special episode "One of the Family."
  • This is the second and last time the episode's title asks a question, with the first being "Does It Bite?"
  • This the the first (and sole) appearance of Stacy's old friend, who is also Mr. King and Schemer's idol: Jerry Juggler.
  • The person heard on the other end of the telephone conversations in this episode are actually sped-up versions of T.S. Elliot reading a few lines from his poems "The Naming of Cats", "Growltiger's Last Stand" and "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer".

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