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-When I was a little boy,
-about your age I'd say...
-..or maybe a little older...
-..I enjoyed staying
-with Mam-gu and Tad-cu.
-They were special people.
-Mam-gu was kind
-and would always cwtsh me.
-She always smelled
-like sweet apples.
-No-one could make rice pudding
-Or make a bed feel so comfortable.
-My bed in Mam-gu's house was larger
-than the one I had at home.
-Smooth and welcoming.
-and thick feather-filled cushions
-She would read me stories
-and sing special lullabies...
-..before I sailed away
-to the land of dreams.
-And that was always
-a good night's sleep.
-Tad-cu was my best friend.
-He was funny and mischievous.
-He had the greatest laugh
-you could imagine.
-If Tad-cu laughed,
-the whole world laughed with him.
-But the best thing about Mam-gu
-and Tad-cu's home was in the garden.
-That's where I'd spend all my time,
-Tad-cu and me.
-Tad-cu loved trains.
-And so, he built the most magical
-and incredible railway you ever saw.
-His little engines and carriages
-would be the centre of attention.
-He would polish them
-and look after them...
-..and they would run happily
-on the railway all day long.
-The journey would begin
-in the kitchen train station...
-..and I was the station manager.
-When Tad-cu was ready, I would shout
-"all aboard for Tad-cu's garden".
-I would blow my whistle
-and Tad-cu would fire up the engine.
-Off went the train with puffs
-of smoke rising from its chimney.
-The train would leave
-the kitchen station...
-..and chuff-chuff past flower valley
-and Mam-gu's little paradise...
-..a corner of the garden where she'd
-planted primroses and pansies...
-..between pieces of slate
-and little stones.
-Tad-cu had built a tunnel
-in Mam-gu's little paradise...
-..and when the train came out
-the other side...
-..it would continue its journey
-around the lawn.
-More often than not, Wini,
-Mam-gu and Tad-cu's old cat...
-..would slouch across the track
-at this point.
-As soon as she heard
-the train approaching...
-..with a loud choo-choo...
-..she would dart into the hedge
-..until the train
-had disappeared from sight.
-On went the journey
-to the bottom of the garden...
-..behind the shed,
-towards the compost heap...
-..before heading for home
-past the hedge, the rosebush...
-..and Norman and Kevin,
-the two garden gnomes.
-It would eventually arrive
-at the kitchen window.
-The train would be out of steam
-by then, but proud of itself.
-"Kitchen station, last stop,"
-Tad-cu would announce.
-I would wave my red banner before
-entering the station office...
-..in the kitchen for a glass of
-milk and a slice of buttery toast...
-..made by the cafe mistress, Mam-gu.
-Then we'd go back
-and do it all again.
-We'd continue like this
-During the evening,
-Tad-cu would work on the carriages.
-He'd fix them and clean them
-until they shone brightly.
-"You look after that train better
-than you look after yourself,"...
-..Mam-gu would whisper
-with a sly smile.
-"Look after your things and one day,
-they'll thank you for it,"...
-..Tad-cu would say every time.
-One stormy autumn day, Tad-cu was
-busy at the bottom of the garden...
-..clearing the brown,
-orange and yellow leaves...
-..which had fallen
-from the nearby trees.
-He would use a rake
-to gather up the leaves.
-He'd load them into a wheelbarrow
-and pour them on the compost heap.
-But he left his rake
-on the ground...
-..as he moved the leaves from
-the wheelbarrow to the compost heap.
-The next thing he knew,
-he was flat on the ground.
-He'd tripped over the rake,
-landed awkwardly and hurt his foot.
-He couldn't move.
-He started to shout for help.
-Mam-gu was listening to the radio
-in the kitchen...
-..so she couldn't hear or see him.
-He was behind the shed,
-out of sight.
-What on earth was he going to do?
-Just then, he heard
-a "choo-choo" approaching.
-As the train neared
-the back of the shed...
-..it slowed down
-and stopped next to Tad-cu.
-"Thank goodness you're here,"
-"I'm so glad to see you.
-"Take this to Mam-gu."
-He took off his flat cap
-and placed it on the front carriage.
-"OK," he said, "All aboard."
-The train continued its journey.
-Tad-cu could see it carrying
-the cap past Mam-gu's bench.
-"On you go, little train,"
-There were leaves on the track
-by the rosebush...
-..but the train
-battled bravely over them.
-"Oh, no," groaned Tad-cu.
-Norman the gnome had fallen over
-in the wind...
-..and he was lying across the track.
-"That's the end of it now.
-"The train will hit Norman and
-they'll both be smashed to pieces."
-But the little train
-slowed right down...
-..and as it approached Norman,
-it started to shunt him slowly.
-It used all its strength
-to move the gnome inch by inch...
-..a little at a time...
-..slowly and patiently.
-"Well done, my dear friend,"
-"Steady on now."
-Mam-gu was washing the dishes.
-She raised her head
-as the train approached her.
-She was wondering what was lying
-across the front carriage.
-The train stopped
-outside the kitchen window.
-Mam-gu recognised the shape
-"It's Tad-cu's flat cap! How on
-earth...? What's it doing...?
-"Oh, no, something's happened.
-"Bill? Bill?" she shouted.
-"Over here, Megan," he shouted.
-The poor dab was in a lot of pain.
-Mam-gu went to help him.
-She phoned the ambulance
-and it arrived promptly.
-Tad-cu was taken to the hospital.
-They looked after him
-until he was better.
-Soon, he was back on his feet
-and feeling much better.
-When I'd go on my holidays...
-..Mam-gu would tell me that story
-before I went to sleep.
-I loved it.
-The story about how
-the little train rescued Tad-cu...
-..and how Tad-cu would remind us...
-.."Look after your things and
-one day, they'll thank you for it."
Stori rheilffordd hudolus a rhyfeddol ac arwr go anarferol sy'n achub y dydd. Steffan Rhodri tells the tale of a magical railway and an odd hero who comes to save the day.