The Last Run
The Last Run

Episode number



Simon Martin


Simon Martin


Simon Martin


Simon Martin

Air date

March 24th 2012

Previous episode

The Ghosts of Engines Past

Next episode

Tale of the Unnamed Engine

"The Last Run" is the 18th episode of The British Railway Stories. It was also the final episode to be released under the current format.

Plot Edit

On Boxing Day 1964, Allen sits alone in Hughes Bolckow scrapyard, talking to the audience about how he remembers his life. He remembers his first day in service and when he recieved his nameplates. He remembers when he used to pull all types of trains as well. He then tells the audience about how he misses his friends from Copley Hill, and he remembers the last time he saw them all together.

Copley Hill was closing down in a few weeks time, and the engines were being transferred to other sheds. Herbert became very upset about the engines talking about the end of Copley Hill. He began to tell them that they should all remember the good times they have had at the shed. As he told the other engines about the times they have had, Allen agreed that they should make their last few weeks together good. Sir Ralph then suddenly let out a speech on how great Copley Hill is. The other engines were amazed, and they decided to do their best for Copley Hill from there on.

Meanwhile, in Stratford, Stephen is on one of the sidings, apparently awaiting scrapping. His attitude towards the end of steam has changed: he is now frightened, and upset that his time has come. One of the engines next to him, who is now a stationary boiler, tells him that scrapping is better than his current work, and that sometimes, he wishes that he could just stop working altogether. When Stephen asks why he is so prepared for the end, a familiar voice reminds him that he was once like that. Stephen looks to his side, and finds Jerry the Standard 4 sitting next to him, minus his tender. Stephen tells Jerry that when he saw his classmates being cut up, he didn't want to see his class die out. Jerry says that Stephen is still a brave engine, but he also tells him that it is not the end for him. When Stephen becomes puzzled, Jerry says that he is being stored for service and that he will be moved to the sheds soon, whilst Jerry himself will move to the Works to be repaired soon. As Stephen feels a surge of happiness, Jerry tells him that eternal life is not as good as he thinks, as he will have to say goodbye to the people who have helped him as the years go by.

Allen then tells the audience that Stephen was lucky, and so was he, as he got one last chance to see his friends and to pull a passenger train. He remembers that he pulled one final train to King's Cross, meeting all of his Copley Hill friends as he did so.

Allen smiles happily as he has a final vision of heaven: himself with all of his friends at the yard which brought them all together: Copley Hill.


Trivia Edit

  • This is the final episode to be made using the models. However, in his 5th anniversary video, Simon has revealed that the models will be returning.
  • This is the only episode to have no credits, or have "The End" appear at the end of the episode because it was a happy and romantic ending.
  • During the scenes of Allen remembering his life, an advertisement for Tale of the Unnamed Engine is shown. Another is seen when the words "The End" appear in the final seconds of the episode.
  • According to Simon Martin, Scott was due to have a larger role in this episode, but this was cut due to time limits.
  • According to Simon Martin, Tale of the Tay was originally going to be Episode 18 but he decided to film the Last Run instead to make it more historical.
  • A large portion of this episode is in black and white.
  • Next to The Legacy of Gadwall, The Last Run is Simon's favourite episode.
  • If Tale of the Tay had aired then the series would have continued to show until Episode 30.


  • Jerry's funnel is said to be covered, but, actually, it is not. Simon Martin revealed on his blog that he somehow didn't notice the goof (in fact, he hadn't realized it until reading this very article on the wiki), and was hoping to fix it in the relaunch of the series.
  • Right before Allen reveals the last time he and his friends were at Copley Hill together, Arthur can be seen, his cab being the only clear part of him visible. But the real 60525 wasn't sent to Hughes Bolckows Scrapyard; instead, it was sent to St. Rollox Works.
  • On the flashback Allen's buffers were white but in the last part when Allen was at the scrapyard and the video turned to colored his buffers were black. It seems illogical for the buffers to change color.
  • If Allen is hauling an express train he is supposed to have 2 headlamps, but he only has one.
  • A 9F No.92250 is scene with Stephen, Jerry, and the Claud Hamilton. But the real 92250 wasn't sent to Straford Works, instead, it was sent to John Cashmore Ltd.

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