Based on the Original Episode
The Fat Controller's engines are kept busy all year round doing the jobs they like to do best. Gordon pulls the express, Thomas runs his branch line, Duck and Oliver run the little western branch line, Edward shunts and Percy carries the mail.
But none of the engines like being a middle engine, it's hard to see in the middle, which makes the journey all the more difficult.
One morning Percy was sent to the big yards to collect some coal trucks, when out of nowhere 'Arry and Bert showed up with some more coal trucks. Before Percy could act, he was stuck in the middle!
"Oh bother!" groaned Percy.
"Little green piggy in the middle, " chortled 'Arry.
Percy's Driver was annoyed, with coal trucks in the front and the back, Percy would have to go slowly.
They were soon passing through Maithwaite station where James was waiting for his next train.
"Ha-Ha! It's slow coach Percy!" he laughed.
"You wouldn't think it's funny if it was you in the middle!" snapped Percy and continued on to the coaling plant.
One by one, Percy shunted the trucks in front of him onto the tiper's loading ramp and the coal was quickly unloaded. Percy knew that he was never allowed on the tiper's loaing ramp, unless it was turned off, it was aganist the rules.
Percy's driver and fireman walked off to talk to the yard manager when trouble came.
Henry had arrived to take some coal trucks away, he bumped into the coal trucks, which pushed Percy...onto the tiper's loading ramp.
Before anyone could stop him, Percy was being lifted by the ramp.
"Help!" he cried, "I'm not a truck!"
But no one heard him, he went to the top of the ramp, tipped over to his side, then came back down again. He was dizzy by the time he came back down, but he knew he was going to get into trouble for sure.
"What happened here?" asked the yard manager.
"I was pushed onto the ramp, sir," groaned Percy.
"I see," he said, "still I'll have to report this to the Fat Controller."
That night, Percy told the Fat Controller everything that had happened.
"Well, I'm glad it wasn't your fault Percy," he said, "but why were you in the middle of your train?"
"It was 'Arry and Bert sir," groaned Percy, "they made me into a middle engine before I could react to their silly tricks."
"I see," said the Fat Controller, "well till this matter is sorted out, Percy you're not allowed into the big yards until those diesels are caught in the act."
"Pah!" snorted James, thinking nobody could hear him, "I could handle those diesels with bent buffers and a busted boiler!"
"Then you can do Percy's run to the yards tomorrow James," said the Fat Controller sternly.
"Yes sir," said James quietly.
The next morning, James arrived at the yards determined not to bullied by 'Arry and Bert.
"Hello James, " oozed 'Arry, "care to learn a thing or two from those who know?"
"Just get my trucks ready and stay out of my way," said James in a commanding voice.
"Yes, sir, " oiled Bert.
James returned later to find his trucks all ready for him, he thought that he had the diesels fooled but he was wrong!
"Little red piggy in the middle," chortled 'Arry.
"Just like Percy," cheered Bert.
"I'm not like Percy," snorted James, "I'm not a middle engine and I'm not moving till you remove these trucks from my view!"
'Arry and Bert didn't, so James stayed where he was, despite his Driver telling him otherwise.
In the end, Percy was called to take James and his trucks to the docks, of course James didn't help one bit.
"Right on time Percy," smiled the yard manager, "but what is James doing in the middle of your train?"
"Learning to be careful what he says in future!"
James vanished in a cloud of steam, but it didn't help as everyone knew that he was the only red engine on the Fat Controller's railway. Needless to say, James was not impressed.
'Arry and Bert were punished by the Fat Controller once he caught up with them, and as for James, he certainly was more careful the next time the subject of middle engines was brought up.