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- “Thank you. You were very brave to help me.”
The Old Bridge, retitled The Old Iron Bridge in some releases, is the fourth episode of the seventh season.
Skarloey and Rheneas love to puff along the narrow gauge railway. But an old wooden bridge has been damaged by a storm. One day, Skarloey is enjoying his journey and when he puffs across the bridge he ends up on the broken beam, which he does not see until the last second, and dangles precariously above the river. But Rheneas pulls him to safety.
A few days later, the Fat Controller tells the engines that the bridge has been mended. He also tells Skarloey to collect the worker's trucks that have been left there. He agrees, but he is afraid to go on the bridge again. Skarloey arrives and sees the trucks on the other side of the bridge. He becomes afraid and remembers what happened before and stops halfway across. His driver tries to tell him that the bridge is safe, but Skarloey is still doubtful. So they leave without the trucks. They arrive back at the sheds and Rheneas' driver decides that he will pick up the trucks instead. Rheneas warns Skarloey that the Fat Controller will be cross if he does not cross the bridge soon.
Now Rheneas has to take Skarloey's trucks as well as his own. He puffs across the bridge with his heavy train. Meanwhile the Fat Controller punishes Skarloey for disobeying him, telling him to stay and shunt trucks until he will do as told.
The next morning, Rheneas takes his long train as usual and puffs through the countryside towards the old bridge. But while halfway across the bridge, he soon runs out of water. The yard manager tells Skarloey, who sets off to help him immediately. Skarloey arrives and sees Rheneas stranded. He is very scared, but he is determined and bravely chuffs onto the bridge. It creaks and groans underneath him, but he finally reaches Rheneas and gets coupled up to him and pulls Rheneas to safety.
Rheneas takes on water and tells Skarloey that he was very brave to help him. Now, Skarloey is no longer afraid of crossing the bridge and he loves his journeys more than ever.
- Skarloey Railway Depot
- Sodor Castle
- Valley View
- The Old Trestle Bridge
- Rheneas Viaduct (stock footage)
- Skarloey Bridge (stock footage)
- Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the seventh season.
- Stock footage and a deleted scene from Dunkin Duncan is used.
- The plot is somewhat similar to the 1993 magazine story The Viaduct!
- This is the first Narrow Gauge episode since Gallant Old Engine that does not feature Rusty.
- Small scale narrow-gauge trucks from the fourth and fifth seasons are seen in shots below the bridge.
- In most North American releases, this episode is called "The Old Iron Bridge," but the bridge is wooden.
- In the third shot of this episode, Skarloey's eyes are wonky.
- Skarloey falls down the broken rail on the bridge and hits the broken bridge rail on the other end head first, but in the following scene, Skarloey is a short distance away in between his head and rail before Rheneas helped him out.
- Skarloey is wobbling when Rheneas pulls him away from the bridge.
- When Skarloey leaves for the Old Bridge, Rheneas' eyes are wonky.
- When Rheneas approaches the bridge for the last time, he is pulling the same train that he took earlier in the episode, meaning the scene was intended to be used earlier in the episode.
- When Skarloey shunts coaches at the yard, his eyes look wonky.
- Rheneas is wearing Skarloey's happy face when he is rescued
- Skarloey and Rheneas continually change whistle sounds.
- In one scene of Skarloey looking at Rheneas while puffing by the bridge, the bridge slightly wobbles.
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