Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
Review by Freddie7
It was a splendid morning on the Island of Sodor, James was feeling very pleased with himself, his red paint gleamed
in the sunshine as he sped along the line, he soon reached the junction just as Percy puffed in with some trucks, James was
suprised to see him and told him that he should have been at the harbour by now and that he is running late, Percy sighs and
explains that his trucks have been troublesome all morning, but James just huffs and says that nothing should stop engines,
and he puffs proudly away, Percy just huffs to himself and carries on down the line with his train.
James soon arrived at the harbour, it was market day, the harbour yard was full of the sweet smell of fruits from the
far away lands, the fruit was delivered in big ships.
James watched as strawberries, oranges, melons and bananas were carefully loaded into his waiting trucks, then, whe he
was ready, he set off for the big station on the main line. Along the way, he met Thomas with Annie and Clarabel and boasted
how reliable he was, unlike Percy and then puffed proudly away, Annie and Clarabel wondered what he meant, so Thomas explained
that it meant trouble would be in store for James.
A little later, Percy was back in the yard and shunting trucks, he had them all in good order and was making up for lost
time, but then the station master arrived with bad news, he told Percy's crew that James's brakes had jammed and that Percy
was needed to help right away, so Percy set off to the rescue and soon found James stuck on the line and looking very glum.
Percy was very suprised that James had got himself in this situation and so teased him like James had earlier that day,
Percy's driver tries hard to make Percy stop, but eventually he does, but not before making James very cross with his teasing
one last time before setting off with the trucks. Percy was soon coupled up and puffed quickly away, still teasing James as
he passed by, his driver tried to slow down, but Percy was in a hurry and couldn't have known that the points had failed and
diverted Percy into a siding, his driver applied the brakes but it was too late, with a loud crash, Percy slammed into the
trucks, his driver and fireman had jumped clear, but squashed fruit squirted all over poor Percy.
The Fat Controller arrived and spoke sternly to Percy, poor Percy felt terrible and limped sadly to the shed.
That night, the whole shed was silent, Percy and James felt very sorry for themselves, until at last, Thomas spoke out
loud, he explained that there are more ways than one to get jammed, but the shed was still silent, so Thomas continued, he
explained that when friends help each other out of a jam, things can still go wrong, one of the engines then cries out, 'so'.
Thomas then continues, saying that they have all learned alot today and that makes them all Really Useful Engines after