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The Hot Soup Special! is a magazine story.
It was winter and a very cold morning. Thomas was in a siding but he was shock to learn that the rails are slippery. Luckily there were no trucks or engines in his way to cause an accident. The Fat Controller had warned him about it and told him that he must go steady. Thomas set off with some empty trucks. He was delivering them to a station on his branch line. As he arrived his driver was sharing his flask of tea with the guard and fireman and the stationmaster has his flask of hot soup from the station cafe. Meanwhile Thomas saw Bertie coming. His wheels were skidding on the icy road but his driver controlled them skillfully. With the ice on the road, Bertie was stranded. But Terence the tractor came to help to pull Bertie out and the passengers were very pleased. Meanwhile Thomas' driver shared cartons of steaming hot soup for Bertie's passengers.
- Bertie is missing his eyebrows.