THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1988

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 0-86227-494-X  ; Budget Books, ISBN 0-86801-924-0

Written by Christopher Awdry. Illustrated by David Palmer.

DONALD & THE LOST TARPAULIN

Due to the fact there is no turntable at the end of Duck’s branch line; tender engines have to run backwards in one direction. This makes Donald cross; especially when the rain gets into his cab. To the keep the rain off, his crew puts a tarpaulin from the cab roof to the tender. When the weather improves it is stashed at the back of the tender. Suddenly, the tarpaulin disappears, but it becomes apparent where it’s got to when Donald’s injector fails…

 

SIGNAL FAILURE

James wishes there would be no signals since he was having trouble with them. His wish comes true sooner than expected when a hurricane attacks the island.

 

TIMBER!

The old elm tree on Wellsworth village green has become unsafe and must be cut down.  Jem Cole and Trevor are called to assist when the tree cutter breaks down. Trevor and his driver work very hard felling the tree and cutting it into smaller pieces to be taken away.

 

LOST IN THE SNOW

It is winter, and Thomas is cross about having to wear his snowplough. Meanwhile, at Dryaw station a cat has gone missing in the snow. Thomas has to stop here for water, and while everyone is searching, Thomas’ crew are filling his watertank with melted snow because the water column is frozen. It is they who find the cat, in a most unexpected place!

PERCY'S PASSENGERS

Percy feels sorry for his guard when no passengers travel in his brake van but feels happier when the guard gains the company of couple of foreign passengers who had missed their stop.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1988

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