- "I said it before and I'll say it again, there could be no doubt that Thomas is a really useful engine!"
- ―The Fat Controller
Thomas and the Important Visitor is a 1985 annual story.
One winter day, an important looking man has a meeting with Mr. Kyndley. Unfortunately, both the road and railway are blocked with deep snowdrifts. At Thomas' suggestion, Terence comes to the rescue to clear the line for them. The important visitor gets to the meeting and the Fat Controller is very pleased with them.
- The Fat Controller
- Terence (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Percy (mentioned)
- Toby (mentioned)
- Mrs. Kyndley (mentioned)
- This story uses photographs from the first season episodes, Thomas, Terence and the Snow and Thomas' Christmas Party.