“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.


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