“The boss will be cross...
The boss will be cross...”
―The coaches[src]

Too Hot to Work! is a magazine story.


The island is in the middle of a heatwave. The Fat Controller has had enough and takes a week off. Meanwhile, on his journey, James meets a canal boat at a lock on Gordon's Hill. The canal boat tells him to take a rest at all the stations. The coaches are worried that the Fat Controller will be cross if they keep taking breaks. James assures them he is away, but when they meet the canal boat again, on its deck is the Fat Controller. He has decided to take a boating holiday. He can see James is in danger of overheating so he books James for a week off so he can have an overhaul at the Works.