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Henry's Busy Day

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"I'm having such a busy day, Gordon - the Flying Kipper and now all these trains!"
"Is that so?
— Henry and Gordon

Henry's Busy Day is a magazine story.


It's Henry's turn to pull "The Flying Kipper". He passes Thomas and remarks what a busy day he's having, but Thomas doesn't take much notice. A bit later, Henry is taking his usual daytime trains when he passes Gordon. Once again, Henry remarks how busy he is, but Gordon doesn't take much notice as he steams off with the express. Later, Henry's driver tells Henry that they have to take an extra train of schoolchildren to visit a factory. Henry tells Percy how busy he is, but Percy ignores him completely. After taking the children, Henry returns to the Main Station where he meets up with Edward. Henry asks Edward if he'd like to hear about how busy he's been. But Edward doesn't have time and sets off.

Henry is upset and tells the Fat Controller that all his friends are not interested in how busy he's been. The Fat Controller sternly tells Henry that they've all been busier than Henry and that's why they don't have time to talk. He goes on to tell a surprised Henry that both Duck and James are at the Works and the others are having to do their work as well as their own. Then, the Fat Controller tells Henry that if he has time to tell other engines how busy he is; then he isn't very busy at all!



  • Illustrations two and four are muddled up. Edward is painted green and is supposed to be Percy, and Percy is painted blue and is supposed to be Edward. However, in the re-release Edward and Percy are both in their correct colours.


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