|The Three Railway Engines|
|Author||Reverend W. Awdry|
|Illustrated by|| William Middleton|
C. Reginald Dalby
|Publishers|| Edmund Ward|
|Published||12 May 1945|
|Next book||Thomas the Tank Engine|
The Three Railway Engines is the first book of the Railway Series.
The big engines are teasing Edward that he will not be allowed out because he is too weak, but when the driver sees him upset he offers to take him out. Edward goes to get some coaches, and, after a few moments of panic waiting for the guard, they start off and Edward has an enjoyable day.
Gordon is bragging about pulling the express, but when Edward is shunting Gordon comes past with a long goods train. Gordon deliberately stalls at a hill and Edward comes as a "banker". At the top of the hill, Gordon races ahead and Edward gets puffed out, but is pleased at the prospect of a new coat of paint.
One rainy day, Henry stops in a tunnel and refuses to move. His crew, the passengers, another engine and even the Fat Director try to get him to move, but to no avail. Eventually, they have him bricked up, and they bore a new tunnel.
Gordon is pulling the Express when he bursts his safety valve outside Henry's tunnel. Edward tries to pull the train, but can't. The Fat Director lets Henry out of the tunnel so that he and Edward can pull the train. They later help Gordon home, and Henry is rewarded with a new blue coat.
- The Fat Director
- The Little Boys
- The Red Engines (not named)
- 98462 and 87546 (not named)