THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1989

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 0-86227-635-7

Written by Christopher Awdry. Illustrated by David Palmer

TRAPPED BY TREES

 One blustery morning, Gordon boasts to James and Henry. He manages to cross the big viaduct with some difficulty, but is stopped later at Edward’s station by a tree blocking the line. Then another tree falls behind Gordon, trapping his train. Luckily, Trevor is soon on hand to move the tree, but not before Henry comes past just in time to see Gordon’s predicament!


THE TROUBLE WITH SHEEP

There is a stray dog about, chasing sheep in the valley. On one of his journeys, Thomas comes across the canine and has to make an emergency stop. After the sheep are rounded up, Thomas tries to start again, but he cannot move. His driver fixes the problem with the brakes, but in his haste to start Thomas once again leaves someone behind…

 

POST EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

One evening, about a week before Christmas, Percy has to pull a special mail train along the branch line. Despite having a snowplough, Percy cannot move for snow by the time he reaches the valley. He ends up stuck there for the night. The next day, the skies are clear enough to allow Harold to take off, and he relieves Percy of the mail, but Percy remains there until the following afternoon.

 

HAROLD AND THE LANDSLIDE

Heavy rain causes a landslip on Duck’s branch line. Then, Harold has to come to the rescue of a hiker who has fallen over some cliffs. It’s a tricky job reaching him in the high winds, but the man gets to hospital safely. Meanwhile, Duck is not best pleased that he has to stay at Arlesdale for a week, while the line is repaired!

 

QUICK THINKING

One day, Donald is taking a long train of china clay trucks down Edward’s branch line, when they push him down the hill towards the passing loop. He cannot stop, and to his horror, BoCo is coming the other way with his empties. Will the quick thinking of BoCo’s driver be enough to prevent a head-on collision? 

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1989

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