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"We can go The Thomas Way!"
— Thomas

The Thomas Way is a magazine story, illustrated using images from the CGI television series.


One morning, Harold is rescuing some climbers from the rocks near Callan Castle. He flies them to safety, but when Harold tries to take off, he discovers that his blades are jammed. Duck is called out to help Harold.

The Fat Controller tells Duck to take Harold to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre for urgent repairs. Harold is worried that he might collide with things due to his size. The Fat Controller reassures Harold that Thomas will be Duck's back engine to keep an eye out for narrow or low gaps. Duck, Thomas and Harold set off for the Rescue Centre.

Harold begins to feel sad about his damaged blades so, to cheer him up, Thomas offers to show Harold the sights of Sodor. Duck is not keen on Thomas' idea and insists that they go directly and promptly to the Rescue Centre as it's the Great Western way. Harold is even more upset now.

On the way, Thomas sees a tunnel ahead and knows that Harold will not fit through it. Thomas shouts out "stop", but Duck thinks that Thomas is just trying to change their route in order to show Harold the sights and carries on into the tunnel. Harold's blades soon become wedged against the tunnel's walls. Thomas, Duck and Harold are all stuck in the tunnel.

The Fat Controller arrives at the tunnel and is very cross. Duck apologises to Thomas for ignoring him. The engineers arrive and soon they are all freed from the tunnel. Duck is worried about getting to the Sodor Search and Rescue without using tunnels, but Thomas suggests that they try "the Thomas way". Thomas gets to cheer up Harold by showing him the sights of Sodor, after all.



  • This story is based on the seventeenth season episode of the same name.
  • After reading the story, readers are given the chance to win the Take-n-Play Spills and Thrills on Sodor Playset by answering the question: "What is the name of the green engine in the story" with the options of "Chick", "Owl" or "Duck".


  • In the first image, Duck's front has a piece missing.

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