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Thomas the Really Useful Engine is a book.
When a storm hits Sodor, James, Percy and Henry are sent to pick up supplies to fix the station house. But when they do not return, it is up to Thomas to find them and clean up the mess.
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Edward (does not speak)
- Bulstrode (does not speak)
- Douglas (cameo)
- This is the first book illustrated by Tommy Stubbs.
- Part of the plot is similar to that of Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
- Edward is described as a small engine.
- Tidmouth Sheds is illustrated at Dryaw at one point.
- In one illustration, Henry is depicted as a 2-6-0.
- In the illustration where Thomas finds Percy, Percy is missing a lamp iron.
- In the illustration where Thomas finds Henry, Henry is missing the red lining below the cab window.
- The top of Percy's coal bunker is painted green.
- Douglas' nameplate is white with red outlining and black lettering, and his boiler stripes and running board are red. This may be the fact that Douglas was originally going to be blue, like in The Railway Series.
- In the illustration where Sir Topham Hatt puts Gordon in Charge, Gordon is missing the red lining below the cab windows.
- In the illustration where Gordon tells Percy and Henry to go find James, one of Henry's wheel arches is rectangular shaped.