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One day, as Stafford passes under the footbridge at Wellsworth station, he calls "hello" to some children. The children are confused; why doesn't Stafford puff and chuff like the steam engines? Stafford is very sad, he does not make steam engine sounds because he runs on batteries. He wishes that he could make steamie sounds.
Later on at the yard, Stafford sees Thomas and Percy hard at work. Thomas notices sad Stafford and asks what is wrong. Stafford explains that he wants to make steamie sounds. Percy is sure that they can help. Thomas and Percy show Stafford how to make puffing and tooting noises.
Soon, Stafford sounds just like a steam engine. Everywhere that he goes, everyone loves Stafford's new sounds - especially the children.
Later on, the Fat Controller tells Stafford that Farmer McColl needs his help urgently. Stafford is coupled to some livestock wagons and races away. As he arrives at the farm, Stafford gives off his loudest burst of steam engine sounds yet. The loud noise scares away Farmer McColl's lambs. Farmer McColl is very annoyed and explains that he asked for Stafford because he is a very quiet engine. Stafford feels very bad. Farmer McColl runs off to find his animals.
A while later, Stafford hears a distant bleating noise and realises that it must be the missing lambs. Stafford quietly finds Farmer McColl and together they head off to round up the lambs.
That evening, Stafford passes Percy and Thomas who are confused as Stafford is not making his steamie sounds anymore. Stafford explains proudly that he is not making those noises anymore; he is Quiet Stafford the Electric Shunting Engine.
- In the first image, Stafford is passing under the bridge pulling some trucks, but in the next, the trucks have vanished and he is passing under the bridge from the opposite direction.
- The livestock wagons are called "livestock cars", but cars is an American term.