Christmas Crisis is a magazine story.
It was Christmas Eve on Sodor and there had been lots of snow and strong wind. Thomas was puffing towards the station at the end of his branch line. On the way there, Thomas passes a village and sees a lot of brightly lit houses with Christmas trees. At the fairy-light-covered station, Thomas was talking to the stationmaster when everything went dark; it was a power cut, snow and wind had brought the wires down. The stationmaster was worried, it would be a very dark Christmas without any lights, television, or Christmas dinner.
When Thomas arrived back at the sheds, all the other engines were getting ready for Christmas. Thomas tells both the engines and the Fat Controller about the village and they all agree something must be done. Soon a convoy was assembled and was steaming up Thomas' Branch Line. Henry had telegraph poles, James had trucks of wires and tools, Percy pulled a coach full of engineers, and Thomas pulled a digger.
Everyone worked hard until the power was restored. The villagers gathered round to thank the engines and the workmen who had worked very hard. Thomas was happy, now everyone could have a very Merry Christmas!
- In the first three illustrations, part of Thomas' running board and lamp are coloured blue.
- Percy's coach looks too small and the way Henry carries the telegraph poles is dangerous. They should be on a flatbed.
- Henry is too heavy to go on Thomas' branch line.