Cow on the Line and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Thomas & Friends)
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In the title story, Gordon and Henry laugh at Edward when some cows break his train. But when a cow blocks the line several days later, it's Edward who has the last laugh. Also included are "Double Trouble," "Old Iron," and "Percy Takes the Plunge."
“Well, well, well,” chuckled Edward. “Two big engines afraid of a cow.” “Afraid? Rubbish!” said Gordon. “We didn’t want the poor thing to hurt herself by running up against us. We stopped so as not to excite her. You see what I mean, my dear Edward.” “Yes, Gordon,” said Edward. Gordon felt somehow that Edward saw only too well! One day, James had to wait at the station till Edward and his train came in. This made him cross. “Late again!” Edward laughed, and James fumed away. After James had
Henry snorted. “They’re not silly.” Percy had been enjoying himself. “They are silly, and so are you. ‘Water’s nothing to an engine with determination.’ Huh!” “Anyway,” said cheeky Percy, “I’m not afraid of water. I like it.” He ran off to the harbor singing: “Once an engine attached to a train Was afraid of a few drops of rain.…” “No one ever lets me forget the time I wouldn’t come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint,” huffed Henry. Thomas was looking at a board on the
quay. DANGER. “We mustn’t go past it,” he said. “That’s orders.” “Why?” “ ‘DANGER’ means falling down something,” said Thomas. “I went past ‘DANGER’ once and fell down a mine.” “I can’t see a mine,” said Percy. He didn’t know that the foundations of the quay had sunk. The rails now sloped downward to the sea. “Stupid board!” said Percy. Percy made a plan. One day, he whispered to the cars, “Will you give me a bump when we get to the quay?” The cars had never been asked to bump an engine
before. They giggled and chattered about it. “Driver doesn’t know my plan,” chuckled Percy. “On! On! On!” laughed the cars. Percy thought they were helping. “I’ll pretend to stop at the station, but the cars will push me past the board. Then I’ll make them stop. I can do that whenever I like.” Every wise engine knows that you cannot trust freight cars. “Go on! Go on!” they yelled, and bumped Percy’s Driver and Fireman off the footplate. “Ow!” said Percy, sliding past the board. Percy was
“Then you’ll feel better.” The water column stood at the end of the siding with the unsafe buffers. Suddenly Percy found that he couldn’t stop. The buffers didn’t stop him, either. “Ooh,” wailed Percy. “Help!” The buffers were broken, and Percy was wheel-deep in coal. It was time for Thomas to leave. He had seen everything. “Now Percy has learned his lesson, too,” he chuckled to himself. That night, the two engines made up their quarrel. “I didn’t cause your accident on purpose, Thomas,”