Mighty Mac and the Campers is the ninth episode of the first season of The Narrow Gauge Engines!.

Plot

When Mighty Mac first came to Sodor, they have been tasked with taking a group of campers to a special campsite high in the mountains. Every year since then, it had become their favorite summer job and both Mighty and Mac take pride in doing it well.

On the first day of summer, Mighty Mac anticipate being tasked with taking the campers to their campsite. Skarloey and Rheneas ask them what makes it so special, and Mighty Mac explain that they are fond of their annual camping traditions: bringing the campers to the same special campsite, help set up their tents, tell them stories in front of a toasty, warm fire, and taking them on a tour through the mountain valley.

Later, Mr. Percival comes to the sheds and tells Mighty Mac to arrive at Stepney's branch line. Mighty and Mac are confused and ask Mr. Percival about the campers, but he explains to them that he hates campers because they're always fucking in tents..

Mighty Mac arrive at the station next to Stepney's branch line, and are suprised to see the campers. Mighty Mac realize they have forgotten their coach, but then Stepney the bluebell engine arrives and explains that he brought the campers here. Mighty Mac insist that it's their job every year to take the campers to their special campsite, but Stepney explains that this year, they have decided to have a new campsite near the bluebell valley. This makes Mighty Mac upset that they couldn't get to do one of their camping traditions.

Stepney, Mighty Mac and the campers arrive at the bluebell valley. Mighty Mac are anticipating being able to help set up the tents, but to their surprise, Thomas, Edward and Percy arrive with special camping trailers. Mighty Mac feel upset that another one of their camping traditions wasn't fulfilled.

That evening, Mighty Mac arrive with firewood to start a campfire, but Stepney explains that the bluebell railway has a strict "No campfires" policy because summer bluebells are highly flammable and the sparks from a real campfire could set the entire bluebell valley ablaze. Fortunately, Stepney's driver sets up an inflatable campfire that isn't as toasty warm as Mighty Mac have hoped, but completely safe.

Despite not being near a real campfire, Mighty Mac are still excited to tell stories in front of it. However, Stepney insists on telling everyone about the time in which Rusty helped saved him from scrap. Everyone is glued to their seats in awe as they hear of Stepney's daring escape, except for Mighty Mac, who have already heard the story from Rusty's point of view several times before.

When dawn breaks, Mighty Mac still have a chance of fulfilling their last camping traditions: taking the campers on a tour of the valley. Fortunately, they see an old narrow gauge coach parked in a rusty siding. They whistle to get the campers' attention and tell them to climb inside the coach. One of the campers is confused and asks if Stepney is going to give them a tour, but Mighty Mac insist that Stepney has worked hard to bring them all here and deserves a break. Soon, Stepney wakes up to see all of the campers have disappeared. Thomas tells Stepney he saw Mighty Mac take them on a tour of the bluebell railway in a rusty old coach. Stepney is shocked and explains that Mighty Mac doesn't know the bluebell railway as much as he does, and he and Thomas go together to find them.

Meanwhile, Mighty Mac are pleased to finally fulfill one of their traditions. The campers are amazed to see the beautiful summer bluebells blooming, but they eventually grow bored of looking at them. Mighty Mac try to find their way back to the campsite, but they discover they are lost.

It is almost dark when Mighty Mac's battery, which electrically heats the water in their boilers, runs out of energy. Now, everyone is stranded. Mighty Mac regret taking the campers out on a tour without Stepney's help. Fortunately, one of the campers has brought firewood, and he and the other campers start a fire. Thomas and Stepney are still looking for Mighty Mac when Stepney notices a glow in the distance. The two engines follow the glow and find Mighty Mac with the campers, though Stepney is more concerned that one of the campers has broken his "No campfire" policy by starting a fire next to bluebells.

Later, Mighty Mac apologize to everyone, but explain that they were upset that Stepney ruined their annual camping traditions. Stepney laughs and explains that not everyone has exactly the same traditions as Mighty Mac do. Mighty Mac feel silly for having their own traditions get the better of them.

The next morning, Skarloey and Rheneas ask if Mighty Mac are excited to take the campers to their campsite again. However, Mighty Mac, having learned their lesson, insist they should let Stepney take care of it for this summer.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Stepney
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Mighty Mac
  • Bertie
  • Some Workmen
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • The Campers
  • Rusty (flashback only)


Cast

  • Mark Moraghan as the narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy
  • Tom Kenny as Stepney
  • Keith Wickham as Skarloey and Sir Topham Hatt
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Matt Wikinson as Rusty
  • Colin Mudock as Mighty
  • Jason Marsden as Mac
  • Kerry Shale as Mr. Percival

Locations

  • Stepney's Branchline
  • The Campsite (flashback only)
  • The Scrapyards (flashback only)

Trivia

  • This episode marks the first of a few things:
    • Stepney and Mighty Mac's first speaking roles since the twelfth season episodes, Rosie's Funfair Special and Mountain Marvel, respectively.
    • The first episode to have Colin Mudock and Jason Marsden voicing Mighty Mac, and the first to have Tom Kenny voicing Stepney.
  • The plot of this episode is similar to the twenty-first series episode Daisy's Perfect Christmas.
  • CGI-recreated flashbacks to the fourth season episode, Rusty to the Rescue, and the ninth season episode, Mighty Mac, are featured.
  • This episode reveals that Mighty Mac are a steam-electric locomotive, as their boilers are heated via electricity powered by a battery.
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