The Picnic Express is a 1994 annual story.
Thomas is upset when Gordon is chosen to pull the special picnic train. Gordon is not very pleased either, thinking himself too important to take it. He pulls the train much too fast and the passengers get very cross. They complain to the Fat Controller that they did not have time to look at the scenery. In the end, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel get to take the passengers around the Island at a more leisurely pace.