Time for Thomas is a magazine story.
Thomas sees people making things. First he sees builders making a new house, then he sees a newly built garden shed for sale by the station. Later, at a signal, a potter brings his driver a pot to take home that he has just made at the pottery. Thomas really wants to make something, so his driver suggests he starts by going very fast. When Thomas arrives at the next station, the driver checks his watch and finds they are three minutes ahead of schedule. He had made good time!