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Thomas' Busy Day is a book that was included in the Me Reader and 8-Book Library.


One morning, Sir Topham Hatt gives the engines their jobs. Thomas wants to know who is the busiest worker on the Island. His first job is to drop off some passengers at the seaside. On the way, he passes Murdoch and Bertie who are busy on their jobs, then passes at Brendam where Cranky is unloading some cargo for Rosie. She states it is her third load already.

Thomas later meets Terence at the farm on the way to his next job. The tractor tells Thomas that he has a lot of land to till.

Thomas has to collect some cargo when he passes Harold and Bulstrode. He peeps "Hello!" to them, but they are too busy to chat.

All day, Thomas sees his friends are working very hard, such as Stanley and Mavis having their trucks filled with coal, Percy collecting passengers by the seaside and Emily pulling a heavy coal train.

At the end of the day, Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas who is the busiest engine. Thomas replies that he is, as keeping up with his hard-working friends is the hardest job of all!



  • Stanley is depicted as a 0-4-0 in the eighth illustration.
  • Toby's sideplates that go along with the bufferbeam are red.