Trusty Thomas is a magazine story.
Thomas sees Stephen and Bridget at Knapford, but, to his surprise, they walk straight pass him, to his puzzlement. Confusion turns to dismay when they walk straight pass him again at Wellsworth, and Thomas loses concentration: he accidentally bumps Annie and Clarabel and almost passes a red signal. Thomas tells his driver about Stephen and Bridget, and when they return to Wellsworth his driver tells Stephen and Bridget how Thomas feels. They explain that they were competing in a poem competition at Wellsworth Town Hall and their poem, about their favourite engine, Thomas, won. Thomas feels silly for thinking that Stephen and Bridget weren't his friends anymore.