Aura of Menace
"A lot can change in over a decade..."
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Date Aired *August 31, 2013 (Promo)
  • September 15, 2013 (Part 1)
  • September 16, 2013 (Parts 2 and 3)
Previous Episode Luke and Millie's Blue Mountain Adventure
Next Episode Henry and Kurt

Aura of Menace is the twenty-second episode of the second season.


A station announcer notifies the public that a goods train bound for the Island of Sodor is delayed, but rail tours to Ulfstead Castle will continue. We then enter a building in England with Connor and Caitlin preparing for a rail tour. Unknown to them, Ricky Mason and Walter Richards are conversing nearby, having sabotaged D199 and D261, two diesels that have been purchased by Walter Sliggs. Caitlin then heads off to Ulfstead Castle.

We then join Edward, Victor, and the Flying Scotsman at Crovan's Gate Works, the latter having received a new coat of paint. The Scotsman then heads off to Crovan's Gate, where he is met by Winston and the Fat Controller. The Scotsman hints about not having enough work, to which Sir Topham Hatt apologizes and explains his dilemma: the opening of the Little Western Extension, which the Scotsman and another engine were due to open, has been delayed due to several things, the most prominent being the disappearance of the other engine. Sir Topham Hatt says he will try to scrape up more work for the Scotsman.

At Brendam Docks, Cranky yells at Salty to try to get him to leave him alone before the Flying Scotsman arrives and tells him that he is looking for Scruff. Scruff then shows up, and the Scotsman heads off with him to Ballahoo Marshaling Shed. When they get there, Scruff introduces the Scotsman to Stanley, Whiff, and Hank. The group talks before Gordon arrives, bringing Sir Robert Norramby with him. The Earl offers the Scotsman and Gordon a chance to double-head a passenger excursion to Ulfstead Castle from Barrow-in-Furness, to which the Scotsman happily agrees.

The two head to Barrow-in-Furness before they are stopped by a red flag. Harry and Bert make flippant remarks towards them and head off, chuckling. The two LNER engines eventually arrive at the big station before being passed by D199 and D261, hauling their train. Gordon is shocked, remarking that he hasn't seen the two diesels in over a decade. The Scotsman then remarks that the diesels are heading off towards Walter Sliggs before heading off. 

Meanwhile, we rejoin the two diesels as they remember being embarrassed on Sodor decades ago by Bear, Henry, Stepney, and Duck. The two diesels then encounter a red flag but are unable to stop before something in D199's undercarriage stops. The workman announces that the points up ahead will divert them to the Mine Junction.

Just as the diesels realize they've become a runaway, Gordon and the Flying Scotsman are soaring down the line in style until they are stopped by the flagman who had tried to flag down D261 and D199. He informs them of the pressing situation and insists something must be done. The engines are uncoupled from their coaches and attempt to pursue and overtake the diesels, planning to warn everyone at the Mine Junction of the impending collision. They overtake the diesels and arrive at the Mine Junction, where Walter Sliggs, Bertram, and Darren are. Walter Sliggs is informed of what is going on. Byron, Jack, Alfie and Max & Monty the nearby construction machines build a barricade and everyone evacuates as the two diesels smash into the barricade.

Everyone survives, and Sliggs decides to head back to his indoor recreation facility to play tennis, to the disdain of everyone else. Meanwhile, The Fat Controller muses to himself that he will need a new engine to open the Extension with the Scotsman as Spencer rushes past. The Fat Controller then thinks that he must phone the Duke and Duchess.

Sliggs enters his indoor recreation facility and is quickly joined by Sir Frederick Aura, who laughs evilly. Sliggs orders him to leave, but Aura stays and two of his men enter and hold Sliggs at gunpoint. Aura orders Sliggs to follow through with some obligation he has made. He then says that unless Sliggs follows his orders, Aura will make him lose millions of dollars and blows up Sliggs' refinery at the Mine Junction, causing a building to crush and kill Darren and several workmen. Sliggs tells Aura that he will expose him, but Aura once again threatens Sliggs to keep quiet. He then says that there is vast quantities of oil under Ulfstead Castle, and that he knows how to get it.



  • This episode's promo is titled "Return to Sodor".
  • A scene featuring Ricky Mason, Walter Richards, and two of Aura's men threatening a signalman outside the Mine Junction was scripted and shot, but then deleted for an unknown reason. However, when D261 and D199 realize they can't stop, Aura's henchmen can still be seen threatening the signalman.
  • This is the second episode to have a promo released for it prior to the episode's release.
  • This is the first episode where D261 has a main role.
  • References and flashbacks to the Railway Series stories "Super Rescue" and "Bowled Out" are featured.
  • This episode marks Whiff, D261, Caitlin, Connor and Alfie's first speaking roles in the series. 
  • Ricky Mason's voice was digitally lowered by EnterprisingEngine93, as he felt the original actor's voice wasn't intimidating enough.
  • A reference to Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand, the Logging Locos, is made by Walter Sliggs when he asks for someone to protect him. According to EE93, this was an improvisation by DTChapman1 that he felt simply could not be left out!
  • This episode marks Darren's demise in the Enterprising Engines! series.
  • Edward and Flying Scotsman's newer 2013 models are used from this episode onwards.
  • This is the first three-part episode of Enterprising Engines!
  • This episode marks the first time Edward has been voiced by Tardisrescue & the first time Gordon and D199 has been voiced by KnapfordHarbour.