Time for Trouble
Review by Freddie7
The island of Sodor had many visitors come and go each year, and so, the Fat Controller had scheduled for more trains
to run, Gordon the big blue engine had to worker harder than ever before, pulling the big express across the island in good
time, he always arrived at the stations on time, but whenever he finished one journey, it was soon time for another to start,
he didn't mind that at all, he loved the chance to have a good run and stretch is wheels, but one day the Fat Controller decided
that Gordon needed a rest from pulling the express, and so, James began to help out with pulling the heavy passenger trains,
he loved this oppertunity very much, he was glad to show off his smart red paint and sometimes liked to try and prove
he was as fast as Gordon.
One day he boasted about it to Toby at the yard, he boasted that he was always on time and never late with any of his
trains, Toby just ignored him, but then the Fat Controller arrives and tells Toby he is to go to the works to be mended, Toby
asks if he can take Henrietta along with him, but the Fat Controller insists that she stay in the yard as passengers will
miss having their rides in her. Toby trundles sadly through the yard, he sees Percy at the water tower and promises Toby
that he will look after her until he returns. Later Toby was clanking happily through the countryside, for those who don't
already know, he's a little engine with a wooden body and six small wheels hidden by cow-cathers and side plates. His tank
doesn't hold much water and he soon began to feel thirsty, he clanked along at a steady pace and soon saw a signal in the
distance, he knew then that he was near a station and could take on water there.
They arrived at the station and hoped to take on water and rest until James had passed with the express, but as Toby
was being filled with water, the signalman came up, he had never seen Toby before. But as Toby's driver tries to explain what's
happening, he would not listen, and so he orders them to make way for James and take on water at the next station further
up the line, this makes Toby feel very sad and he clanks sadly away, he hurried along the line, but that used up alot of water
and soon, his tanks were completely empty, poor Toby was stuck on the main line and out of steam too.
Toby's fireman decides that James should be warned about what has happened, Percy soon arrives with Henrietta and so
he flags him down and asks to be taken back up the line to the station, Henrietta hated leaving Toby, but Percy assured her
that she was being a big help by taking Toby's fireman back up the line to warn James.
When James heard the news he was fuming and worried that he would be late, but the signalman owns up and explains that
he had no idea that Toby was on his way to the works to be mended, James's driver turns to James and ells him that he will
have to help push Toby to the works station, this makes James very cross and grumbled dreadfully, he now had to pull his train
as well as push Toby. He puffed up the line and found Toby stuck on the line, he came up behind him and gave him a bump, he
puffed and hissed and soon got Toby moving, he had to work extra hard and was feeling tired, but they soon arrived at the
works station where James was glad of a rest, but he couldn't for very long, some children were on the platform and cried
out about the express being late and needing two engines, one of them jokes that James had to be hauled by Toby as he could
not manage alone, Toby laughs and tells James that they are only teasing, James just huffs as Toby smiles to himself.