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- “Happy birthday, sir!”
- ―Thomas and Salty
One morning, the Fat Controller arrives at Brendam Docks in Winston. Thomas and Salty are waiting for him. The Fat Controller tells them it is his birthday and he is going shopping with Lady Hatt. The Fat Controller then tells Thomas that he is to take Winston with him for the day while he does his jobs as Winston is new to Sodor. Thomas is happy to help.
When the Fat Controller had left, Salty tells Thomas and Winston a story about the Fat Controller birthday celebration when he was a young man. He explains that every year, the Fat Controller would visit each station in his favourite carriage. He loved riding in the carriage, but no-one has seen it in years. When Salty has finished his story, Thomas and Winston head off to go to work. However, Winston cannot stop thinking about the Fat Controller and his special carriage.
Thomas speeds to his first job at Farmer Trotter's Farm. Then, Thomas realises that Winston is not with him. When Winston suddenly reappears, he tells Thomas that he had been busy looking for something. Thomas is not impressed.
After they have completed their delivery of apples for Farmer Trotter, Thomas speaks to Winston, but Winston does not answer, because he is not there. He arrives moments later and tries to explain what he had been doing, but Thomas is not interested and is very cross with Winston.
Thomas tells Winston to travel in front of him so that he cannot go off again. Then, Winston stops and will not move. He says that he has spotted something that will make the Fat Controller very happy. Winston has found the Fat Controller's special carriage hidden in the trees. When the Fat Controller sees it, he cannot believe his eyes. He calls both Thomas and Winston really useful.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Edward (cameo)
- Cranky (cameo)
- Lady Hatt (mentioned)
- Farmer Trotter (mentioned)