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.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ Based on The Railway Series by The Rev W Awdry Copyright � Gullane (Thomas) LLC 2002. Photographs � Gullane (Thomas) Limited 2002. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited. HIT and the HIT Entertainment logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, and
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
Percy was taking some freight cars to the docks. Terence the Tractor was working in a field close to the line. “Hello, Percy. Nice day for it, isn’t it?” Percy was confused. “Nice day for what?” “Mrs. Kyndley’s daughter is getting married today.” “Oh yes, of course.” But when Percy saw Mrs. Kyndley, she was standing by her gate waving a red flag. “What’s the matter?” asked the driver. “I’ve forgotten about the ‘good luck’ package for the bride!” Percy was puzzled. “What’s a ‘good luck’
was Henry’s turn. “Sir Topham Hatt has chosen Harold because he thinks he’s more important than me. Well, he’s not! Harold can’t fly through tunnels!” Percy stopped by a signal on his branch line near a field where sheep were grazing. Harold hovered for a while, then buzzed away. “I know what he’s doing! He’s counting sheep!” And Percy puffed along his line feeling much better about things. That evening, the engines talked about the situation. “Harold wants to get rid of us,” said Gordon. “He
doesn’t need tunnels,” added Henry. “Don’t worry, he’s just counting sheep,” said Percy. “Counting sheep … pah!” snorted Gordon. “He’s counting how many engines he can get rid of. He’ll see how useful I am tomorrow.” Thomas wanted to mention the children’s playground, but solving the mystery of Harold and the visitor came first. The next day, Gordon was traveling to collect his train. “We’ll show that whirlybird just how fast you can go, Gordon,” said his driver. But because they were