Trying Time is a rhyming magazine story.
Elizabeth is hauling sacks of coal along the road while Arthur is pulling a heavy train of trucks on the railway line nearby. Meanwhile, Bertie is picking up passengers and BoCo's carrying wood. Percy meets them all as he makes his way to the docks. When he arrives, he calls up to Cranky to tell him how hard everyone is trying today, but Cranky is not interested as he has been working all night and is trying to sleep.
- Arthur (does not speak)
- BoCo (does not speak)
- Bertie (does not speak)
- Elizabeth (does not speak)
- Salty (cameo)
- In the final illustration, there is a derailed truck, Percy is missing his number and all of the trucks seem to be missing their buffers.