- "Can I be the Fat Controller and run the big Main Station, for just a little while!"
- ―The small boy
Taking Charge is a rhyming magazine story.
A small boy wants to be the Fat Controller and run the big station for a while. The Fat Controller allows him to and gives the boy a top-hat, whistle, and timetable. Soon Murdoch arrives and breaks his siderod and blocks the line. After that, the small boy decides to give the railway back to Sir Topham Hatt.
- In the final illustration, a man is seen lifting Murdoch's broken siderod, but it would be much too heavy for one person to lift.
- Murdoch's boiler bands are red.