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Story Time with Bulstrode
Thomas and Friends 416
September 10th, 2003
Tour of Sodor, re-released in 2012 as Story Time with Bulstrode, is a magazine story.
One autumn morning, Thomas is pulling Henry's log flatbed. He had borrowed the long flatbed so that he can retrieve the Fat Controller's car from the repair workshop. But at the workshop, Thomas finds he had a wasted journey when the Fat Controller tells Thomas the car is not ready yet. Thomas is annoyed; it is hard work pulling Henry's log flatbed. The driver tells Thomas they can go and have a rest by the beach for a while. As they arrive, a deep voice calls "Hello" to them; it was Bulstrode. He was feeling very lonely sitting on the beach. Soon, Bulstrode was busy telling Thomas about better times when the Fat Controller would let him take holidaymakers around the island, but since Bulstrode has been pulled out of service, the job of showing holidaymakers around Sodor went to James. Soon it was time to go and Thomas feels sorry for the old barge. As Thomas chuggs past Tidmouth, he sees a load of holidaymakers on the platform; James had not turned up. Thomas soon finds that James has snapped a coupling rod and that his wheels cannot move. Thomas has an idea and asks his driver to telephone the Fat Controller to send Harvey to the seaside. Soon, Harvey arrives and puts Bulstrode onto Thomas' flatbed. And they set off for the engine sheds so that Bulstrode could be cleaned. Soon, Bulstrode is taking holidaymakers around the island, being pulled by Thomas!
- Why would Thomas need to take the Fat Controller's car on Henry's log flatbed? If it had been mended, surely the Fat Controller could drive it home himself?
- An ordinary flatbed would have been sufficient to carry the Fat Controller's car. There was no need to borrow Henry's log flatbed.
- Bulstrode would be much too big and heavy for Harvey to lift.