THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1996

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 1-85830-288-9

Writer Uncredited.  Illustrated by David Palmer

JAMES GETS CRACKING

James is very puzzled when he is ordered to collect a load from Farmer Finney’s battery farm. He didn’t think batteries came from farms! Some hens run across the line and the emergency stop causes his truck to derail. James now discovers what he’s really carrying – eggs! Farmer Finney arrives with Terence and, while the mess is sorted out, cooks a delicious pancake with the eggs for James’ driver the workmen.

RINGS A BELL!

Mavis is having trouble at the quarry trucks and Toby seems to have disappeared. His bell is heard all over the Island, but no one can find him. When The Fat Controller goes to inspect, he discovers it was really a cow’s bell that everyone has been hearing. They find Toby is stuck in his shed with a broken wheel, thinking everyone had forgotten him.

ALL PULL TOGETHER

A big storm has blown up on Sodor. Percy is having a tough time at the harbour when the wind blows the mail right out of his trucks. Then, a particularly nasty lightning strike sends the Island into darkness, after causing a power cut. All the engines as well as Bertie and Harold work hard through the night to keep the railway running and The Fat Controller is very pleased.

 

THE WRONG SHIRT

Thanks to a mishap caused by Gordon, a boy's football shirt and a workman's overalls get mixed up...

PANTOMIME PRANKS

It’s the day before Christmas on Sodor. The engines see unusual things throughout the day: a talking horse, a flaming black pudding and even a guard in women’s clothing! All is revealed that evening in the sheds, when the railway staff put on a special party and pantomime for the engines. Everyone has a lot of fun and looks forward to a happy Christmas.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1996

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