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Henry and the Elephant is a book.
Henry and Gordon miss Thomas when he goes to run his branch line. The Fat Controller gives them a new coat of paint but it does no good. Then a circus arrives and Edward, James, Gordon and Henry all want to pull the circus train. But James is chosen to pull it. This makes the three other engines cross. Later Henry has to bring some workmen to a blocked tunnel. The workmen go in, and then run out. They say there was something moving inside. The foremen tells Henry to push the thing, but Henry doesn't want to, and neither does his driver, but they push any way. Henry goes in and then... BUMP! Henry is pushed out of the tunnel by an elephant! The workmen run to the telephone and after that they eat lunch they give the elephant some sandwiches. Later the elephant drinks three buckets of water but then Henry blows off steam and makes the elephant jump, and splashes water all over Henry. The animal keeper then arrives and takes the elephant home. That night, Henry tells Gordon and James that he had a bad day.
- This book is based on the Railway Series story, Henry and the Elephant, from Troublesome Engines.
- When the book was first published by Dean, it had fewer illustrations than when it was published by Jellybean books/Random House.
- This book was included on the Best of Percy DVD release as a read-along bonus feature, narrated by Robin Smith.
- On the cover, the elephant is in a truck without couplings.
- In two illustrations, a workman is seen holding onto Henry's funnel. This is very dangerous, as his hands could have been burned due to the heat.
- In one illustration at Elsbridge, Gordon is seen pulling only one express coach.
- In the last illustration, Henry's wheels and wheel arches are out of alignment.
- Because bogies and tender wheels are not fitted with brakes, Henry's should not have been sparking whilst he was being pushed backwards.