Thomas Comes Home is the thirty-sixth book of the Railway Series.
|Thomas Comes Home|
1992 - present
Dear Friends, Daisy was most upset when she heard that people were saying there were no female engines on the Fat Controller's Railway. "You must do something about it" she told me indignantly. "There's me and Mavis, and I was in charge while Thomas was away at that Great Railway Show, wasn't I?"
Well she wasn't really, but would you dare tell her? These stories are about what happened before Thomas came home.
A snowfall on the Other Railway delays the diesel connecting with the Express, making Gordon late at Knapford. While Daisy waits for him, the blizzard blows over Sodor, covering everything in a blanket of white snow. Daisy is unconcerned and sets off, but the snowdrifts are too much for Daisy and she has to go back. Unluckily, the snow blocks her air-intake and Harold has to take her passengers to Dryaw, but he cannot do anything for Daisy and by the time the snow melts a week later, Daisy has a different opinion about snow.
After the snow melts, the water level in a stream near a station rises to dangerous levels, and Percy is worried. Toby brings news that the water level is dropping, to Percy's relief. Later, Henry jokes Thomas may actually be kept at the National Railway Museum, and Annie and Clarabel are so upset Percy is late after soothing them; matters aren't helped when he has to take on water at Elsbridge. Percy is later crossing the bridge when he hears an ominous creaking, and no sooner has he crossed it than it is swept away. The line is closed while the bridge is mended, and although things are back to normal after its rebuilding, Percy has always been careful while crossing it.
Toby does the shunting at Knapford Harbour while Percy takes Annie and Clarabel. There are many trucks, and Toby is worried he may run out of water at some stage. One morning Mavis is unwell and is late to deliver her trucks, and so Toby eventually racks up a load of forty-eight trucks. Toby, forgetting his small tank and the uphill journey, decides to pull all forty-eight trucks at once, and at Elsbridge he discovers the watertower is empty. Toby's driver says they'll have to go fishing like Thomas, but he's only joking and Toby goes to Ffarquhar to take on water, then runs back to take the trucks.
Thomas Comes Home
George is doing repairs on a road near the railway, and threatens Daisy to flatten her rails. The engines aren't sure whether to call his bluff, but all thoughts of George are expelled when they hear Thomas is returning in a week. On the great day, Daisy sets off with a special train, but at the crossing a traffic cone is blown under her wheels by the wind, jamming her brakes. A fitter works swiftly to repair the damage, and Daisy arrives just in time to see Thomas puff proudly in.
- Thomas (does not speak)
- Mavis (does not speak)
- Harold (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- The Caterpillar Crane (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (mentioned)
- Mr. Kyndley (mentioned)
- "Toby's Megatrain" is based on the annual story, The Strawberry Special.
- Also in "Toby's Megatrain", Toby is shown with a face on both his front and rear cabs. This is the only time in the Railway Series that Toby has been illustrated with two faces.
- Despite the book's title, Thomas only appears in the last illustration.