First with the Food! is a rhyming magazine story.
Early in the morning, Henry has to chuff down to the docks to pull The Flying Kipper. Meanwhile, Percy's driver is running late and he runs into the yard eating an apple for breakfast. Percy's guard is just finishing off a freshly-baked roll and the fireman is stoking up Percy with coal. Elsewhere, James is impatiently waiting while his trainload of oranges is being unloaded. Gordon is pulling the express along with a fine dining car. The passengers can eat wherever they like thanks to the special carriage and its hard-working waiter. After delivering "The Flying Kipper", Henry's driver puts the kettle on for a cup of tea. Even Henry is thirsty, but he has a drink from the tall water tower.