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Henry and the Roof

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"I’ll listen to what my driver says, next time."
— Henry

Henry and the Roof is a magazine story.


There had been a terrible storm on the Island of Sodor, as the trees had been uprooted in the strong winds. Even the roof of Henry’s engine shed had been damaged. His driver examined the roof and could see that it was not safe, but Henry refused to come out of the shed and argued with his driver that the storm might come back. This went on until his driver reminded him about being bricked up inside a tunnel one time, which Henry remembered and had not liked that one bit, but Henry still refused to come out. His driver had no choice but to tell Sir Topham Hatt about his misbehaviour and left his engine in the unsafe engine shed.

All of a sudden, there was a crash and his driver ran back to see some of the roof beams had fallen on top of poor Henry. Later the workmen came and set Henry free from the fallen roof beams, although they were very heavy and it took some time to free him. Shortly afterwards, Henry felt upset that his paintwork has been badly scratched from the ordeal.

His driver then scolded him that he was lucky that he was not severely damaged, and told him that if he had come out of the shed, that would never have happened to him. Henry then apologised for being so silly, and promised his driver that he would listen to what he is told next time as the men came to paint over his scratch marks.




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