|Thomas the Tank Engine|
|Author||Reverend W. Awdry|
|Illustrated by|| Reginald Payne|
C. Reginald Dalby
|Publishers|| Edmund Ward|
|Previous book||The Three Railway Engines|
|Next book||James the Red Engine|
Here is your friend Thomas the Tank Engine. He wanted to come out of his station yard and see the world. These stories tell you how he did it.
I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
Your Loving Daddy
Thomas the station pilot surprises Gordon, and Gordon, furious, wonders how to pay Thomas out. Next day, Thomas is late and forgets to get uncoupled after shunting Gordon's coaches. Gordon takes Thomas on a wild high-speed journey across Sodor. Thomas later resolves to never tease Gordon again.
Henry is ill and Thomas is the only one available to take his train. Thomas, impatient, leaves too early and only stops when a signalman points out he is missing his coaches. Thomas goes back and is able to take the train that time, but is teased by the others for a long time afterwards.
Thomas wants to see the world, but no one takes notice until Edward offers him to pull his train the next day. Thomas is excited but careless, and the trucks push him down Gordon's Hill. Thomas manages to stop in time, and the Fat Director tells him to start shunting trucks at Wellsworth.
- The Fat Director
- Henry (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (not named; do not speak)
- 98462 and 87546 (possible appearance)
- Vicarstown Sheds
- Crovan's Gate
- Henry's Tunnel
- Gordon's Hill
- The Cow Field