Trouble in Town is a De Agostini magazine story.
Thomas tells Gordon that the little children wave to him as he goes through the town. Henry tells him that the policeman waves to him sometimes. Gordon never sees anyone as he goes too fast, but he is sure they all watch him. A truck was listening to the engines' conversation and was jealous; no one ever takes notice of the trucks.
The next day, the Fat Controller tells Gordon to take a truck of sand through town. Gordon set off as fast as he could, but when he reached the town, the truck spilt the sand over the track. The truck was sure he would get noticed now. Sure enough, the children waved, cars hooted their horns, and the policeman phoned for the fire brigade to wash away the sand. That evening, Thomas and Henry had a good laugh; people certainly were watching Gordon today.