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"I like my engines 'funnel first'!"
— The Fat Controller
Back to Front!

Thomas and Friends 343


November 22nd, 2000

Back to Front! is a rhyming magazine story.


One morning, Thomas is the last to leave the shed, but the turntable won't turn. Diesel teases Thomas and the coaches are quite put out by Thomas facing them. Even the Fat Controller confesses that he likes his trains to be "funnel first". Soon the sky turns black and icy hail begins to fall. Much to Thomas' delight, whilst travelling along his branch line, his coal bunker bears the brunt of the heavy hail. Now Thomas thinks that, just sometimes, it's best to be back-to-front.



  • Annie's front and running board are grey instead of the usual black.
  • In the fourth illustration, Thomas' running board is white.
  • Thomas' coal bunker is referred to as a "tender".
  • Thomas could easily pull his train backwards as well as forwards being a tank engine so the need to use a turnable would be unnecessary.
  • The Fat Controller should know that Branch line engines run around coaches instead of using a turntable.


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