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This article is about the 1996 magazine story. You may be looking for the 2011 magazine story.
"I didn't think James would worry about the express. He must try to be more relaxed, like you, Henry."
— Sir Topham Hatt

Too Tired! is a magazine story.

Plot

One Friday morning, Gordon announces to the other engines in the shed that he is to have a service. This means that he would not be able to pull the express until the following weekend. The engines wondered who would be given the job of being Gordon's replacement. Henry is nervous as he might be chosen, but James is confident he will be chosen for the special job.

Sure enough, James was soon waiting in the main station yard while Percy fetched the express coaches for him. Before long, boastful James was coupled up to the coaches and soon on his way. It had rained heavily overnight and the rails were wet and greasy. Up Gordon's Hill, James' wheels kept spinning and he lost a lot of time. The Fat Controller tells James, when he returns to the main station, that it should not happen again. James wondered what the Fat Controller had meant and had a hard time going to sleep that night because he was fretting about it. At last, James dozed off, but he began to have nightmares. He imagined all sorts of delays whilst pulling the express. Next morning, James could hardly keep his eyes open.

Yawning, James followed Henry to the yard. It was a bright and sunny day and the Fat Controller tells the engines that there should be no slipping wheels today. James realised that the Fat Controller was referring to the weather when he made his comment the previous day. James tells the Fat Controller that he spent all night worrying. The Fat Controller decides that an exhausted engine could not possibly pull the express, so he gives the important job to Henry. The Fat Controller goes on to tell James that he should relax more like Henry. James was left sulking as Henry pulled away.

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  • The side of James' running board is white in one illustration.

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