Thomas the Magician is a magazine story.
Thomas sees a magician performing at the school's Christmas party. Later, Thomas is shunting, but the trucks wear him out. Thomas goes to take on more water, but when he returns he finds his trucks have disappeared. Thomas thinks he is a magician, but soon becomes worried when the breakdown crane disappears while he is taking on coal. Soon Toby arrives looking tired: While Thomas took on water and coal, Toby shunted the trucks and the breakdown crane.