Sesame Street
Big Bird and Snuffy pretend to be a train
Air date May 4, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors T, 16


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird and Snuffy are playing with a model train set in the arbor, when they notice the viewers. Big Bird tells that they're going to pretend to be a train around Sesame Street. Big Bird pretends to be the pilot, while Snuffy acts as the caboose. Big Bird starts to travel, making "chugga" sounds like an engine, but notices Snuffy not moving with him. He prefers for them to make a "choo-choo" sound instead. The two fight over what sound to use, trading chuggas and choo-choos back and forth. They eventually realize they can put the two sounds together and make a "chugga, chugga, choo-choo" - a much better sound for a train. They put it to use as they travel around the Arbor.
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Song "Count Me In"
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SCENE 2 Alan enters the Arbor from Hooper's Store, where he notices Big Bird and Snuffy's train. Snuffy warns him not to step on their tracks as they circle the crate. They then start slowing down to a stop. Snuffy mentions to Big Bird how they've only traveled around the Arbor, and suggests expanding their zone to other areas. Big Bird decides they'll stop at Hooper's and pick up passengers there.
SCENE 2 cont'd The train arrives at Hooper's Store, where they pick up two kids, Sarah and Adam. Big Bird tells them to get in their line, but Snuffy reminds him to take their tickets, as they're passengers. The two kids pretend to give them tickets and join the train, only for Big Bird and Snuffy to find they don't have any seats - physically. Big Bird temporarily declares the train is out of service, and he and Snuffy travel to obtain seats.
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SCENE 3 Big Bird and Snuffy return with a passenger car, a small wagon fit for two passengers. Sarah and Adam hop in the wagon, and the train takes off to their destination.
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SCENE 4 As Alan packs two paper bags for Gordon, the train reaches its destination...right back at Hooper's Store. After the two kids leave the train, Alan hands Gordon the paper bags, which he mentions are kind of heavy. Gordon declines Big Bird and Snuffy's offer to transport his heavy groceries on their train, but they insist it'll be more fun for them. After Gordon loads the groceries in the wagon, Big Bird tells him to wait at the train station, 123 Sesame Street. When Gordon sits on the steps, the two begin travelling, but he points out they're going in the wrong direction. Big Bird says they're riding on the train tracks, which travel well away from the direction of his apartment. Gordon waits at the steps while the train departs, hoping they arrive soon.
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SCENE 5 Gordon still waits on the steps, when Maria enters from the apartments, who asks why Gordon's sitting. He tells her he's waiting for his groceries to arrive by train, which puzzles Maria. They start to hear the sound of Big Bird and Snuffy's train, when suddenly, before the train reach the station, one of the wagon's wheels breaks off. Thinking they're stuck and won't continue, Big Bird questions what to do. Gordon tries to get the groceries himself, but Snuffy and Big Bird keep him away, since they haven't reached the station yet. Fortunately, Maria has a set of handy pliers with her, and goes to fix the wheel. Gordon comments how lucky they have a train mechanic around.
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SCENE 6 With a final hit of her hammer, the wheel is fixed, so the train can now reach the station. Big Bird and Snuffy approach the steps, when a cow unexpectedly blocks their path in front of the building. Gordon suggests going around it, but Big Bird reminds him how they can't go off their tracks. Snuffy suggests doing something fast, as he's allergic to cow hair. Big Bird tries asking the cow to move, but the cow just moos. He tries talking in "Moo" language to her, but still to no avail. Just when he gives up, Snuffy delivers a strong sneeze, blowing the cow away from the tracks, and onto Gordon! The cow's owner (Stephanie D'Abruzzo) shows up, looking for her bovine Mary Elizabeth, and leaves with her.
SCENE 6 cont'd Big Bird declares at long last, they can finally reach their destination. The train comes to a halt in front of the steps, and Gordon thanks Big Bird and Snuffy for their delivery.
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SCENE 7 Big Bird and Snuffy (now having Radar in their passenger car) circle around the Arbor as Gordon announces the sponsors.

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