- “Here's another type of table for you all. It's a new timetable!”
- ―Sir Topham Hatt
Travelling Tables is a magazine story.
One day, the Fat Controller sends Oliver to fetch some new chairs and a table that he had ordered from a furniture shop. They are loaded onto Oliver's trucks and he brings them back to the Main Station. Two porters lift the furniture into the station's waiting room. Books and newspapers are then put onto the tables so that the passengers would have something to read whilst they wait for their trains. Later, Oliver is sent to collect a bird-table. When he returns with it, it is placed in the station garden where Sir Topham Hatt puts some nuts and seeds on it. Later, the Fat Controller busily sets about working at his desk. After he has finished, he goes to speak to the engines. He shows them another type of table - a new timetable.