THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1992

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 0-86227-854-6

Written by Christopher Awdry. Illustrated by David Palmer

PERCY AND THE VICAR’S PRIZES

A slightly extended version of 1985’s Percy to the Rescue. The main difference is the Vicar leaves behind a suitcase full of prizes behind instead of the Father Christmas outfit.

 

A PROBLEM FOR THE TWINS

Another extended re-write of a story from a previous annual, this time 1985’s The Twins’ Passing Problem.

 

THOMAS AND THE SWANS

Percy is frightened by a pheasant-like bird that flies out and hits him. Thomas scoffs about it, but is soon laughing on the other side of his smokebox, when he has an encounter of his own with an angry swan, with a broken wing. (Adaptation of the story from the 1985 Annual Reprint)
 

BERTIE TO THE RESCUE

The third and final re-write in the annual is of Bertie Saves The Day (again from 1985).

 

GALLOPING SAUSAGE

Christopher Awdry’s own “Diesel trilogy” concludes with this story. Duck suffers the wrath of Henry and James, who have heard his (or rather Diesel’s) nicknames for them, and has to sleep in a siding. After talking with the trucks again, and seeing Gordon’s mishap with a water tower, Diesel comes up with a fitting nickname for the big blue engine. The big engines are all turned against Duck, so the Fat Controller sends him away to help Edward. Of course, as we all know, he found out who was really making up the silly stories all the engines became best of friends again.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1992

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