This article is about 'the magazine story'. You may be looking for 'the eleventh season/Engines and Escapades episode'.

Ding-a-Ling! is a magazine story illustrated using photographs from the television series.


Freddie is given the special job of collecting a bike from James for the Thin Controller's family cycling holiday through the mountains. James is grumpy, as usual, and when the bike is loaded onto Freddie's flatbed, James states that the bicycle does not have a bell. As Freddie chuffs on, he thinks about what James said and decides that a bell must be important. As Freddie enters the Top Station, he spots Bobo the clown on the platform. He had bells hung around his neck. Freddie was delighted as the bells would make an excellent bell for Mr. Percival's bike!




  • Kuffy the clown is mistakenly called Bobo, a clown that has appeared in other magazine stories.
  • Mr. Percival is known for riding a bike, but this story seems to imply that the bike featured was his first.