Thomas Braves the Waves is a magazine story.
Thomas is envious of a pier train. He thinks it must have the best job on the whole island. Later, Thomas is called to help build the jetty and once it is complete, the Fat Controller allows Thomas to chuff along it first for being so useful. Thomas finds the jetty to be much like the pier. Then, a storm breaks out across the island. The pier train is unable to run and even a freight boat has to be rerouted. Next, Thomas notices a boat being tossed about on the rough sea. It is out of control. The boatman throws Thomas' driver a line who then pulls the boat ashore, with the help of Thomas. Thomas does not envy the pier train any more - he is happy to keep his wheels on dry land.