One day, the Fat Controller sends Thomas to collect some new coaches. Thomas is very sad; he thinks that he won't be allowed to pull Annie and Clarabel anymore.
Thomas does as he is told and collects the new coaches, but he is still not happy. When Thomas gets back to the station, the Fat Controller is waiting. The Fat Controller tells Thomas to take the coaches to the yard where they will be given to their new owner - Emily.
Thomas puffs away feeling very relieved; the coaches were not for him after all. He is so pleased to have faithful old Annie and Clarabel back, he takes them for a run straight away to celebrate.