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“I've just seen a double-decker bus that's lost its roof!"
"I hope Bulgy hasn't had another accident!”
―Caroline and Thomas[src]

The Open Top Bus, also known as The Best Bus, is a magazine story.


Thomas is taking the Fat Controller around the island in Annie and Clarabel to plan a sightseeing trip. Caroline tells them about an open-topped double-decker bus that is on trial from the mainland. One stormy night, the shed where Thomas, Annie and Clarabel were staying has a leak. Harvey pulls in the following morning with the open-topped double-decker bus, he explains it broke down and because it has no roof, it was soaked in the storm.