- "You'll be my birthday guest!"
- ―Thomas to Dan
Birthday Engine is a rhyming magazine story.
Dan is Duck's driver's son and it is his birthday. As a special birthday present, Duck's driver gives him a model engine. Dan runs round the station showing his special gift to everyone and all the engines agree the model will bring the boy lots of fun. Then, Thomas arrives and bumps the buffers loudly. Dan is so startled that he drops his toy and it breaks in half as it hits the ground. Thomas feels very bad, but insists it had been an accident and that the works will mend it. By way of apology, Thomas invites Dan into his cab as a special treat. Dan is delighted and agrees that real engines are the best.
- The model train looks like James.