THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1987

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 0-86227-372-2

Written by Christopher Awdry. Illustrated by David Palmer

PERCY AND THE BRAKE-VAN

Percy begins think that perhaps he could get by without his brake-van. A few days later, Percy sets off with his goods train, unaware that the Guard and the brake van have been left behind. Suddenly a weak coupling snaps, and the last four trucks roll back down the hill. The Guard runs to the brake-van in time, slamming the brakes on and then jumping out. The trucks hit the brake-van, which stays on the line, halting the trucks. Later Percy has to admit that brake-vans are useful after all.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Percy has to spend the night at the Big Station shed, and Gordon tells him about the responsibilities he has of keeping the railway running efficiently. Next day, Gordon has to push Percy to the water column. When Gordon tries to use the water column himself, he can’t move; his valves have jammed. Percy has to push Gordon back to the Shed, although he feels it best to say nothing at all.

 

THOMAS AND TREVOR

Trevor has to take some steel pilings to the new harbour, but Thomas is rather unsure about him due to his unusual looks. On arrival Trevor soon sorts out the terrible mess. Later, Trevor even gets to give some children rides. Trevor feels sad to leave, but Thomas tells him that they may need his help again one day, which makes him feel much better.

 

TERENCE TURN POT HUNTER

Terence is ploughing in a field opposite to one where an archaeological dig took place. His plough unearths some rather old pottery. The Tidmouth Museum curator comes to investigate, and discovers why: the archaeologists had been using an old map, and had been digging on the wrong side of the railway!

ON YOUR GUARD

There are thieves about, and Bill and Ben are warned to be ‘on their guard’ although they don’t know what this expression means. One night, Ben hears noises, and sees a dark shadow in the shed. The intruders are shocked by the Twins thinking they are seeing the same engine again and again. This proves too much for them, and they make a run for it.

Next morning, Bill and Ben tell their drivers about the two men who tried to play hide and seek in the sheds with them!

JACK-IN-THE-BOX

A mysterious crate is being loaded into the guards van James’ train. No one knows what is in the crate. After a delay, James starts in a hurry. When he arrives at the next station, there is no sign of the Guard. The men look all around, and they go into his van, and find him locked inside the crate. Everyone laughs when they discover he had been looking in the empty crate when James started suddenly, so he fell in and it locked itself!

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1987

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