|Season 6, Episode 14|
|Air date||December 11, 2013|
|Rumors and Speculations||The Grand Old Competition|
As usual, Sherwood the diesel engine starts to work hard on the new branch of the Skarloey Railway when he see's Duncan working with some covered wagons. He works hard to pull the trucks but since the brakes were still on, he couldn't move them. It's followed by a "screetch," a "bang," and Duncan's famous quote "Sleepers and Ballast!"
Soon a workman comes to talk to Duncan in a more negative than positive way.He tells Duncan to not to move because any further movement would cause a bigger accident. Then, he tells Fred to get the breakdown train but as Fred goes by, he wispers to Sherwood "be careful around him. He's nice but he occasionally rock's and roll's, if you know what I mean." He laughs and goes away to get the rescue train.
Sherwood, however, does not stay to see Duncan and the wagons get saved. He goes to talk to the other engines instead, but instead of asking questions, he simply says "I got a secret! I got a secret!" The engines wonder about what the secret is. Duke, however, doesn't. He does not want to get involved.
Sherwood spends the rest of the day doing the same thing. A bunch of "I've got a secret"'s have been flying around the railway. It isn't until night time that he stops.
Sherwood's new shed had been built right next to the rest of them. His shed, however, was way bigger than the rest of them. This made him feel special and boast at first but Skarloey sorted him out. He still had an attitude, though, and wasn't afraid to show it.
He acted like he was the king of the railway when Duke said "You should not boast! It could get you into more trouble than you can bear!" This made Sherwood calm down a little but he still was wild. Eventually, Sir Handel snaps. "Why can't you be quiet like the rest of us?!?!?" he yells loudly. All the engines are shocked but they all secretly agree with him.
Sherwood finally decides to tell them what the secret is, especially when Fred and Duncan get to the sheds. He wraps it us with an "I'm sorry" and the engines, mysteriously, start laughing.
It turn's out they all already knew what the secret was but he didn't know! Sherwood eventually finds himself laughing too. Nonetheless, he has learned a lesson that he'll never forget: to not be an annoyance to some and a burdon to others.
- Sir Handel
- Peter Sam
- The yard workman
- Rheneas (cameo)
- Rusty (cameo)
- The narrow gauge breakdown train (mentioned)
- This episode in the UK is named after a song by The Grass Roots while in the US it's named after an Eagles song.