"Look, Santa's caught the train!"
"I think the train caught Santa!
— The children and Harold

Saving Santa! is a magazine story.


One winter's day, snow lay thick on the ground as Thomas puffed into the Main Station with the "Santa Special" train. Soon, all the passengers were onboard Annie and Clarabel and they set off. Thomas was having a hard time chuffing through the big snowdrifts and on the icy rails, but he battled on. Harold was hovering close by and Thomas told him that they're were going to see Santa flying over Wellsworth. As Thomas pulls into Wellsworth, he immediately spots a big, red Santa balloon! As the last of the passengers stepped off the train, the Santa balloon broke loose and soared into the sky! Thomas quickly builds up steam and races after it. The balloon passes Harold and Thomas asks him to help, but he can't; his blades would burst the balloon if he got too close. Soon, the long cable that trailed from the balloon got hooked on a bridge. The driver grabed it tightly and they puffed very proudly back to Wellsworth.



  • In this story, Thomas wears a grey snowplough instead of his usual blue one.


  • It is said that all of the passengers climb out of Annie and Clarabel before Thomas chases the balloon, but in the final illustration, passengers can be seen onboard Annie.


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