Wilbert: "You are all lucky to have such a long line, mine's only one and a half miles long, with a station at Norchard and another at Lydney, The scenery's beautiful though, and most of my passengers say that its better up the valley. Our railway's volunteers are going to open up that bit too, they work hard, but it does take a long time."
Narrator: One of Wilbert's first jobs was to work in the old lead mines. Thomas gave him some advice.
Thomas: "Don't pass the danger notice, because one time, I drove my engine down one of the mines."
Twilight: "Yes, I remember you being scolded severely by Assistant Controller Celestia that day."
*Thomas blushes from embarrassment*
Wilbert: "Prior to working on my current railway, I worked in a colliery, so I do know about Danger notices, but there was a chap I knew who once thought he knew better.
Toby/Henrietta/Applejack/Thomas/Twilight: "Well, what happened?"
Wilbert: "He didn't really have a name, we just called him by the number his engine sported, which was 16. Now, 16 and his engine worked in a steelworks. One of the jobs that he and his friends had to do was take the waste from the works in special ladle trucks to a place called the tip, there the waste would be dumped. Anyway, 16 got tired of always stopping at the same place, he tried to go further, but his co-worker, who worked as the fireman always prevented him. The others tried to stop him too."
Hurricane: "Don't do anything reckless and stupid. If the notice says DANGER, you shouldn't pass it."
Wilbert: "However, 16 paid no attention to his co-workers."
Ted the Fireman: "They're right, don't be stupid! We mustn't pass the notice, or goodness knows where we'll end up,"
Wilbert: "But 16 wanted to know."
16 *scoffs*: "Pah, I can take care of myself."
Wilbert: One wet day, 16's chance came, the rails where slippery, and when Ted tried to put on the brake, he couldn't, You see, 16 had asked the delinquents that rode in the trucks in front of him to get him past the warning sign, they did just that, and the momentum pulled 16's saddle tank with them."
Ted: "You silly fool."
16 *mutters*: "Wasn't my fault, it was those delinquents."
Ted: "But you've always wanted to pass that board, I believe you deliberately asked them to drag our engine on purpose."
Wilbert: "A foreman ran towards them."
Foreman: "What are you doing there? It's not safe!"
Ted: "Those delinquents in the trucks dragged us."
Foreman: "Well, come to the office with me, and you, 16 get your engine back on firm ground before its too late."
Wilbert: "But, it was already too late, as the foreman turned away to go back to his office, the ground beneath the wheels of 16's engine sank, and the rails sagged, a small rush of stones clattered away and tumbled to the bottom of the bank. 16 knew that if he tried to move his engine now, that he would only make things worse,"
16: "oh, maybe I should have rethought about this."
Wilbert: "Beneath the weight of his engine, the rails sagged even more, suddenly, they fell away completely, as he leapt for safety, 16's engine overbalanced, the coupling between his engine and the trucks broke, and it rolled cab-over-wheels down the bank, his engine reached the bottom with a CRASH! and laid on its side, he looked surprised as steam leaked in all directions."
Narrator: The staff that worked on the branch were silent.
Toby: "What happened to 16 after that?"
Wilbert: "Oh, his engine was rescued but his engine wasn't repaired and he got a severe warning and had to get his salary deducted to pay for a fine, as well as a warning that if he tried such a stunt like that again, he'd be sacked."
Twilight: "Is he still there at that steelworks?"
Wilbert: "Even though he should have been fired, he got better than what he deserved, for you see, some preservationists came and purchased his engine and hired him, and now he lives and works in the Midlands, but I think that's he super lucky to have been given a second chance."
Narrator: The others could only agree.
Thomas *after hearing that story*: "Wow, Twilight, what I did foolishly all those years ago pales in comparison to what we heard."
Twilight: "I know, and I am glad that you're much more sensible now."