Thomas and the Rumors (Thomas & Friends)
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There's a rumor out that Sir Topham Hatt is going to get rid of the trains! James learns a lesson about bragging, and Percy saves the day when there is a wedding on the Island of Sodor. This endearing collection of Thomas the Tank Engine stories is illustrated with photos from the beloved TV show.
being repainted, Henry had an accident. “If you can’t push cars properly, Henry, why not talk to a tree instead—you know how much you like the forest!” “As a matter of fact, Bossy Boiler, Sir Topham Hatt is inspecting the island for trees that are too close to the line. He’s worried they might cause trouble.” “Pah,” laughed James. “If I came upon a tree, I’d just push it aside.” “Really!” Henry replied. Soon James was showing off his paintwork. “Make way for an important engine.” “You
wouldn’t feel important if one of those trees crashed on you—you’d feel hurt,” reproached Percy. “Rubbish! It wouldn’t dare!” “You should be careful, James—trees can be just as powerful as engines,” advised Terence. “Oh, please!” snorted James. “Now excuse me. Sir Topham Hatt needs me to pull the Express!” And he huffed away. But James was wrong. “You must go to the yards and collect an important goods train, James. It’s heavy, so be careful,” said Sir Topham Hatt. “But, sir, I’ve just been
repainted. Can’t Thomas or Percy do it? They’re dirty and like working with freight cars.” “Really Useful Engines don’t argue.” So James didn’t. By the time he arrived at the yards, the weather had changed for the worse. “Your color’s nice, James—pity about your face, though,” said a freight car. James ignored them and set off. Soon they came to a hill, and his driver knew they were in for a difficult time. An old tree close to the track was being blown by the strong winds, and the rain had
weakened the slope. All of a sudden, the tree moved. “Ooh, help!” cried James. “Go away!” But, of course, the tree couldn’t. James tried to reverse away from the tree, but his train was too heavy. Then he heard a whistle. “It’s Thomas!” called his driver. James felt embarrassed and worried that Thomas would laugh at him. But Thomas didn’t. He knew this was no time for teasing. “Peep, peep … I’m ready,” whistled Thomas. “So am I,” replied James. “As ready as I’ll ever be.” They were just in
watching Harold, they missed a signal and went onto the wrong line. Gordon was traveling to trouble—ahead was a tunnel under repair. His driver reduced steam and braked hard, but it was too late. Later, Thomas pulled Gordon clear with the breakdown train. Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to Gordon’s driver. “Will Gordon be scrapped, sir?” asked Thomas sadly. “What makes you think that?” said Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas decided to pluck up courage. “Because the engines think the visitor is here to