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This article is about ‘the special’. You may be looking for ‘the book’. Ask yourself what can you do! Uh, no, we can’t do anything. One day, Henry is pulling a goods train to the Mainland, but because of a faulty signal at Vicarstown, he runs right into the back of Hiro’s train and derails, dangling dangerously over the edge of the viaduct.
Meanwhile, on his branch line, Thomas is feeling bright and sunny, whistling hello to everyone he meets. As he pulls into Knapford station, he is complimenting how wonderful the day is, and feels like bursting into song. He is then promptly interrupted by James, who is boastfully singing about how he believes he is the best engine on Sodor. As James pulls up to the platform, Thomas rolls up telling him that he isn’t the favourite engine and that he was going to sing a song.
Thomas meets up with James at Knapford station yard, once again insisting he is not Sir Topham Hatt’s favourite engine. James begs to differ, boasting how he always gets the best jobs and teasing him for collecting pigs from Farmer Trotter. That evening, Edward arrives at Vicarstown with Judy and Jerome to help lift Henry back to safety as Harvey handles the derailed trucks. At his office, Sir Topham Hatt is talking on his telephone and using a map and wooden trains to monitor the situation. Thomas overhears Sir Topham Hatt making plans for James to take Henry’s trucks to a goods yard in Bridlington, where the trucks were meant to go.
The next morning, James arrives at Vicarstown and asks Rosie for his trucks, who tells him that Thomas took them instead. James is left shocked, while Thomas, proud of himself, departs for the Mainland. At the Steamworks, Henry is being repaired with Sir Topham Hatt supervising. James arrives and complains about Thomas’ act. Sir Topham Hatt is not upset, however, and in order to keep the railway in order, decides to put James on Thomas’ branch line for the time being.
On the Mainland, Thomas is marvelling at the Mainland’s scenery. However, he then heads through a very busy yard. Engines to and fro and the trucks’ annoying him, Thomas is left confused as to where he needs to go. Meanwhile, James overshoots the platform at Maithwaite on Thomas’ branch line.
Unhappy with James’ rough riding, Annie and Clarabel hope Thomas returns soon. As Thomas is determined to find his way to Bridlington, he arrives at a canal, but his track is blocked by a gantry crane named Beresford, who refuses to let Thomas pass. Asking him several questions and singing, Thomas eventually tricks Beresford into letting him go. However, as he continues along the line, he runs out of coal and water in an old rail yard.