Splatter and Dodge
Season 1, Episode 3
Air date December 3, 2016
Written by OliverDuckandToad11
Directed by OliverDuckandToad11
Episode guide
Percy's Oil Spill
Old and Wise

Splatter and Dodge is the third episode of the first season.


Workload had been increasing greatly on the North Western Railway. Arthur was feeling exhausted and was in serious need of help on the Norramby Branch Line, while a permanent station pilot at Tidmouth was still to be decided. The Fat Controller was aware of this and one day, he had an idea of what he could do to prevent all the problematic circumstances.

One morning at Brendam Docks, Salty was shunting a goods train in line for Murdoch when he heard the horn of a ship blasting in the distance, it was approaching the main dock. As Salty squinted at the ship, he saw what looked to be an engine on board. "Argh me hearty, I think we have visitors." he chuffed.

"Visitors? What, on that ship?" asked Cranky.

"Of course, matey," replied Salty, "there's an engine on board, no wait… there's two engines! Shall we go and meet them?"

"Your choice, not mine," scoffed Cranky.

"I'll take that as a yes then," said Salty as the ship pulled into the dockside. As Cranky began lifting from the ship, there appeared two BR Class 08 diesels who looked very identical to one another, they didn't look familiar with Salty whom the latter had no idea of who they were.

"Ahoy shipmates, welcome to the Island of Sodor!" Salty introduced as the two diesels were placed onto the rails one by one. "This is Brendam Docks, I'm Salty the dockyard diesel and-"

"We've been here before you know," interrupted one of the diesels snarkily.

"Yeah, before you ever came around," retorted the other, "and why do you have to speak and act like a pirate?"

"Yeah, you sound awfully stupid!"

Salty felt offended by the diesels' words, he hated it when engines questioned him of his pirate nature. Despite all this, he still wanted to make the diesels feel welcome. "No questioning of that," he said sternly, "anyway, who might you lads be?"

"I'm Splatter," said Splatter.

"And I'm Dodge," purred his twin. "But together we are…"

"Splatter and Dodge!" finished the two diesels together.

"Um, Splatter and Dodge," pondered Salty. "It reminds me of a story." Cranky just rolled his eyes and sighed. "Anyhow, do you want me to show you shipmates around?" Salty asked the two diesels.

"Ah, no thank you," replied Splatter.

"We can manage alone," said Dodge firmly, "just you wait!"

"Well, if you say so me hearties, good luck then," chuffed Salty. "Don't get lost on the way. Har-Har-Har-Har!"

"Wait! Before we leave," began Dodge, "I have a question to ask you pirate diesel, or whatever your name is…"

"Oh, didn't you hear? I'm Salty the dockyard diesel- Well, just go with Salty."

"Okay Salty," wheezed Dodge, "my question is, do you like steam engines?"

"Steam engines, of course!" Salty exclaimed. "They're very kind and friendly, and hardworking too."

"You traitor!" snarled Splatter. "How dare you be friends with those out-of-date worthless steam kettles!"

"They're supposed to be foes, not friends!" added Dodge furiously. "