Air date: October 7th, 1998
Stepney is bored on the Bluebell Railway, so he is naturally eager when allowed to help at the quarry. However, Stepney forgets the Fat Controller's warnings to be home before nightfall and agrees to take a special train down the branch line.
Toby and Mavis warn Stepney to be careful and Stepney leaves the quarry with the special train. After delivering the train, Stepney then heads home, but takes a wrong turn after fog descends and ends up in the scrapyards. His crew goes for help, but in their absence, two diesels, named 'Arry and Bert, creep up and take him to the smelter shed, where Stepney is shunted underneath a giant grabber.
It looks like the end for the little tank engine, but the Fat Controller arrives in the nick of time and has the grabber shut down. The Fat Controller then sends Stepney back to the Bluebell Railway and Stepney learns that there is no place like home.
Tropes featured in the episode:
- Darker and Edgier: Oh, so very much....
- Deus ex Machina: The Fat Controller just "happens" to be wandering around the smelters at midnight, enabling him to save Stepney.
- Wham Line: "Oh no! We're in the scrapyards!".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Arry and Bert after leaving Stepney to be scrapped.