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Skarloey the Brave is the twenty-second episode of the ninth series.
One morning, Skarloey and Rheneas are shunting at the incline, when a line of trucks break away, and come racing towards Skarloey. Skarloey hurries away and rolls into a siding, where the trucks safely thunder past to avoid a collision. As they head into the Transfer Yards, Rusty quickly tells the workmen to set the points, and the trucks are diverted into a siding where they are stopped by a snowdrift. Skarloey thinks he was very brave, but Rusty gets all the credit. This annoys Skarloey, and tries to show everybody how he is very brave.
When Skarloey starts shunting the next day, he doesn't uncouple from his trucks and is pulled up the incline, much to Rheneas' and Duncan's surprise. However, due to Skarloey's weight, the winch breaks and he races down the hill, ending up in a snowdrift in the same siding he was at the day before. Skarloey is later told by The Thin Controller that, as a consequence of his actions, several mountain villages will not get any coal as the winch is unable to get the trucks down that Skarloey needs. Knowing that it is his fault, he climbs up the steep railway to get to the top of the winch the other way. Rheneas and Duncan ask him if he is going to be brave and race down the incline again, but this time, Skarloey politely refuses, and delivers the coal to all the villages who are extremely grateful.
- Going by production order, this is the twenty-fifth episode of the ninth series.
- The Refreshment Coach model before its restoration can be seen next to Skarloey after he gets pulled out of the snowbank.
- This episode marks the second time an engine is pulled up the incline, the first being the sixth series episode Dunkin Duncan. In this case, Skarloey does it on purpose.
- The snow explodes before Skarloey hits it.
- The track sinks slightly when Skarloey races past Thomas.
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