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“Fancy jumping at a silly old crane!”
―James

Wharf and Peace is the nineteenth episode of the tenth season.

Plot

Skarloey has been enjoying puffing past his favorite places along the Narrow Gauge Railway, such as the lake and the viaduct. However, he occasionally is assigned to go to the Wharf which is not his favourite place because it is very loud and noisy from the machinery and other trains. He feels more smaller there and does not know anyone's name.

One day, Skarloey delivers trucks full of flour to the Wharf. The trucks see a chance for mischief by wiggling, giggling, and biffing Skarloey several times. He is then startled when some pipes from a crane drop near him, causing his trucks to hit the buffers and spill the flour. James teases Skarloey over what happened, but this makes Skarloey upset and feels more smaller than he did before. The trucks also tease Skarloey and laugh at him. Skarloey feels pathetic and admits that he might actually be a "scaredy engine", so he steamed away.

Skarloey's next job was to collect the Farmer's Prize Bull and take him to the Wharf. He is very worried, until he reaches the rickety bridge where Rusty has stopped on the other side as he is afraid of heights from the bridge. Rusty asks Skarloey what to do, so he shows Rusty to not look down and puff hard while crossing the bridge. Rusty thanks Skarloey and begins to safely cross the bridge.

Skarloey then meets Duncan at a dip in the track caused by earlier water damage, where water then covered the tracks. Duncan worriedly thinks that going on through would extinguish his firebox, but Skarloey proceeds and moves slowly and does not make a wave to put out his fire. Duncan thanks Skarloey and did the same thing.

Later that day, Skarloey nears the Wharf but then spots several logs tumbling free down the slope from a sawmill. Rheneas enters from the other way. Skarloey tries to whistle a warning but Rheneas doesn't hear the whistle so Skarloey steams forward quickly and the logs hit and dent his boiler but he does not derail and luckily no one is hurt. Rheneas was happy to be saved from a nasty accident but Skarloey still looks sad. Skarloey tells Rheneas about his earlier incident at the Wharf, and claims that scaredy engines would no longer be useful. Surprised, Rheneas tells him that he had just saved his friends as well as himself and that he is the bravest engine he knows. Skarloey is doubtful at these words, since he still had to make his delivery to the Wharf.

When Skarloey arrives at the Wharf, he soon realised what Rheneas had just said to him in that he had helped his three friends earlier, and then admits that he actually is indeed the bravest engine. So he says hello to everyone and the workmen say hello back, much to his delight and plucks up courage. However, Skarloey sees the trucks that are still up to their old tricks and try to play tricks on him, so he immediately shuts them up.

Skarloey's bull is safely unloaded, while Thomas and James are impressed and congratulates Skarloey for putting great effort and picking his bravery up. Skarloey is very proud, and happy, now that the Wharf is now his new favourite place with plenty of friends.

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Trivia

  • This episode's name is a pun on Leo Tolstoy's epic novel "War and Peace."
  • This is the first time since the fifth season that the narrow gauge coal trucks have faces. 
  • This was the last episode until the twentieth season episode, Love Me Tender, to have no television series exclusive characters.

Goofs

  • When Skarloey leaves the wharf, the tracks on the bridge bounce up and down as he travels over them.
  • When Rusty crosses the bridge, he does not take his trucks and the bridge sinks and comes back up.
  • When Skarloey is hit by the logs, his rear driving wheels come off the rails.
    • In addition to that, both Rheneas and Skarloey's steam platforms are visible.
  • Skarloey has Duncan's whistle sound when he warns Rheneas.
  • All of the engines' cabs are empty.
  • In the close-up of Skarloey's whistle, he has a gold ring around his left (viewer's perspective right) cab window, which doesn't appear in any other scene.

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