"Stupid brakes!"
— Peter Sam

Special Brakes
Season 2, Episode 4
Air date March 13th, 2014
Written by DonaldDouglasandOliver11
Directed by DonaldDouglasandOliver11
Episode guide
Race with the Mail

Special Brakes is the fourth episode of the second season.


It was a hot sunny day on the Island of Sodor. Because of this. A lot of people were thirsty and the Refreshment Lady was very busy indeed. The engines were hot too. They kept needing to go to water towers to cool down. One day, Peter Sam was working at the Blue Mountain Quarry. "There you go Peter Sam." said Luke. "Your trucks are ready." "Thanks Luke." said Peter Sam. But when he started to move, he suddenly stopped. "Huh! What happened?" asked Peter Sam. His driver looked at his brakes "Your brakes have malfunctioned." he said "Oh bother!" complained Peter Sam "Who is going to take me to the steamworks then?" "I will." said Luke "Thank you Luke." said Peter Sam. So Luke puffed away with Peter Sam to the steamworks.

Soon, they reached the steamworks. Victor was there. "Hello there, my friend." he said "What's up with you?" "My brakes are jammed." said Peter Sam "Then you've come to the right place, my friend. Come on then, let's fix you." so they went to fix Peter Sam. They fitted some special brakes on him. "Thanks Victor." said Peter Sam. "Now you're ready to go Peter Sam." said Victor, and he puffed happily out of the steamworks.

That evening, Peter Sam puffed into the sheds. The other engines couldn't believe their eyes when they saw Peter Sam's brakes. "What are they?" asked Sir Handel, "My special brakes." said Peter Sam "Special brakes!" grumbled Duncan "Pah! First a special funnel and now special brakes." he snapped "OK Duncan, there's no need to be cross." said Rheneas "Peter Sam's brakes were broken." "Huh!" snorted Duncan, but remained in silent after that. "Good. No more complaining." said Rusty "I know." said Peter Sam.

The next morning, Peter Sam woke up only to find Duncan complaining. "It's not fair!" he grumbled. "Just stop it Duncan, we hear this every morning..." grumbled Rusty, "What are you complaining about now?" "Grrr! Peter Sam's special brakes." he said, "You're still going on about that?" sighed Rheneas. "Well, he had a special funnel! Now, he has some special brakes." he complained. So the engines went to work.

Peter Sam was coupled up to a passenger train and he puffed away. He chuffed through Rheneas station to pick up some passengers. And then he set off. He puffed through the countryside. "*sigh* It's very hot." he said "I must stop for a drink.", and then he reached a water tower and stopped to fill up again. "That's nice." said Peter Sam, "We must get going now Peter Sam." said his driver, or we'll be late for Geoffrey's train at Crovan's Gate. "OK." he said. Soon his water tank was full and they set off. They were approaching a level crossing. "OK Peter Sam, we'd better stop." said his driver. "OK." said Peter Sam, but when he applied his brakes. He wouldn't stop. "What's going on?" he thought "Why won't my brakes stop?" "Looks like they're jammed too." said his driver. Then Peter Sam saw a lorry driving across the crossing. The lorry driver saw Peter Sam couldn't stop and drove away as fast as he could. But it was too late, Peter Sam crashed through the crossing gate and a piece of the gate made him slide off the track and into a pile of grass. Luckily, his crew jumped clear and the passengers weren't hurt. But Peter Sam was now stuck in the middle of the road. Cars and lorries tooted their horns angrily "What's this train doing on the road?!" shouted a man crossly "Now we can't get to our destinations!" complained a woman. Peter Sam was sad. "Stupid brakes!" he scowled. Soon, Rusty arrived with the breakdown crane "Are you alright Peter Sam?" asked the little diesel "It's these brakes!" he snapped "They were the reason how I fell off the tracks. "Oh." said Rusty. Soon, Peter Sam was put back onto the tracks and he set off towards the station.

Meanwhile at Crovan's Gate, Geoffrey was waiting "Where is he?" he thought "I've been waiting half an hour." he said. Peter Sam was racing down the line as fast as he could. "Must get to the station! Must get to the station!" he panted. He raced through Skarloey station. He was nearly at the station. At last, tired but triumph, he puffed into the station. "What took you so long?" asked Geoffrey. Peter Sam was so tired that he could barely respond. "My *pant* brakes *pant* caused me to *pant* crash." he explained. "OK then. Now I must take these passengers to Vicarstown station so Connor can take them to the Mainland." he said. "Bye Peter Sam." said Geoffrey "Bye Geoffrey." said Peter Sam. Soon, Peter Sam arrived at the steamworks. Victor was there with his fixed brakes. "Your brakes are fixed now Peter Sam." he said. "Thanks Victor." said Peter Sam. He was glad to have his brakes back.

That night, Peter Sam puffed back into the shed "So did you like your new brakes?" asked Sir Handel. "I did at first. But they made me crash at a level crossing." said Peter Sam. "And how long did it take you to arrive at Crovan's Gate?" asked Rheneas "About an hour." said Peter Sam "Really?!" said Sir Handel shockingly "Yes." said Peter Sam. Sir Handel remained in silent. The other engines just grinned at each other. Even Duncan stayed in silent, and because of this. There were no more complaints. Peter Sam was very glad to have his old brakes back again.



  • Sodor Castle
  • Tea Room Station
  • Blue Mountain Quarry
  • Sodor Steamworks
  • Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds
  • Rheneas (station)
  • Crovan's Gate
  • Skarloey (station)
  • Vicarstown Station (mentioned)


  • References to the fourth season episode Special Funnel are made.

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