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“Henry liked being at Crewe, but was glad to come home. A crowd of people waited to see him arrive in his new shape. He looked so splendid and strong that they gave him three cheers.”
―Regarding Henry's homecoming from Crewe

Henry the Green Engine is the sixth book of The Railway Series.

Foreword

Dear Friends,
Here is more news from the Region. All the engines now have numbers as well as names; you will see them in the pictures. They are as follows: Thomas 1, Edward 2, Henry 3, Gordon 4, James 5, Percy 6.

I expect you were sorry for Henry, who was often ill and unable to work. He gave Sir Topham Hatt (who is, of course, our Fat Controller) a lot of worry. Now Henry has a new shape and is ready for anything. These stories tell you all about it.
The Author

Stories

Coal

Henry is feeling ill and the Fat Controller fears that he will have to be replaced if they cannot find a cure. Henry's fireman tells the Fat Controller that Henry's firebox is too small and cannot make enough steam. The Fat Controller decides to have Henry use Welsh coal instead, which helps Henry to run better.

The Flying Kipper

It is Henry's turn to take The Flying Kipper, a special train that takes fish from the harbour into town. Henry makes good time, but accidentally gets diverted into a siding and crashes into another train, leaving him badly damaged. After the crash, Henry is sent away to Crewe to be rebuilt and comes back feeling better than ever, no longer needing special coal.

Gordon's Whistle

Gordon is jealous that Henry now gets to pull the Express and complains that Henry whistles too much. Shortly after, while Gordon is pulling a train, his whistle jams and keeps emitting a loud drone which sends many people into a panic. Gordon leaves his train behind and two fitters knock his whistle valve into place, silencing the noise. That night, Henry teases Gordon about his mishap.

Percy and the Trousers

One cold morning, Percy complains that he wants a scarf and Henry rebuffs him. When he goes to shunt some coaches, he runs over a trolley near the platform, scattering luggage everywhere and leaving him with a pair of trousers wrapped around his funnel. The Fat Controller grabs his top-hat off Percy's lamp iron and Percy goes off.

Henry's Sneeze

Henry is enjoying himself in the countryside when some silly boys drop stones on him from a bridge, breaking the coaches' windows and hitting his fireman on the head. His driver devises a plan to get back at them, and the next time they pass the bridge, Henry sprays soot and ashes all over the boys. Although Henry has never sneezed again, there have been no more boys with stones.

Characters

Coal

The Flying Kipper

Gordon's Whistle

  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Sir Topham Hatt I
  • The Fire Brigade (do not speak)
  • James (cameo)

Percy and the Trousers

  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Sir Topham Hatt I
  • Gordon (cameo)

Henry's Sneeze

Locations

Coal

The Flying Kipper

Gordon's Whistle

  • Tidmouth
    • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Wellsworth
  • Crewe (mentioned)

Percy and the Trousers

  • Tidmouth

Henry's Sneeze

Trivia

  • This is the only book in The Railway Series to feature five stories.
  • In early editions of this book, the story Henry's Sneeze contained a racial slur. This caused a controversy so great that it was reported in The National Press in 1972. Wilbert Awdry later apologised for his offensive remark and changed it for later publications.
  • The Flying Kipper is based on two real accidents that occurred at Abbot's Ripton in Huntingdonshire in 1876 and Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station in 1946, respectively.
  • Percy and the Trousers was adapted from a story in The Trains We Loved by C. Hamilton Ellis.
  • Awdry originally considered writing Henry out of the series, but decided against it due to Henry's popularity among readers (he had received many letters from children expressing their concern for Henry). The main reason for Henry's rebuild was so that C. Reginald Dalby would be more consistent with his design when illustrating him.
  • In the fifth illustration for Coal, advertisements for The Three Railway Engines and James the Red Engine are visible.
  • In the third illustration for Percy and the Trousers, a blue double-decker bus with a sign advertising the book Troublesome Engines can be seen in the background.
  • This is the first book in which all of the engines carry numbers. Thomas was the only one to carry a number previously.
  • The events of Coal take place in 1934 and the remaining four stories take place in 1935.
  • Loraine Marshall recreated most of the illustrations in The Flying Kipper and Percy and the Trousers for the Mr. Perkins segments on the Santa's Little Engine and The Christmas Engines DVDs.
  • An illustration from Coal was painted by Clive Spong for the 1983 Island of Sodor map.

Goofs

  • In the 70th anniversary Railway Series box set, the cover and spine feature illustrations from The Three Railway Engines.
  • In the second and third illustrations for Coal, Henry's head lamps are missing.
  • In the first illustration for Gordon's Whistle, Henry appears to be bigger than Gordon.
  • It was said in Henry's Sneeze that some of the stones fell on Henry and scratched his paint, but no scratches can be seen.
  • In the fifth illustration for Henry's Sneeze, James' wheels are red and the front of Henry's buffer beam is grey.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 焕然一新的亨利
Japanese みどりの機関車ヘンリー
Korean 초록색 기관차, 헨리
Welsh Helyntion Henri

Merchandise

Wedgwood China

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Bowl Unknown Unknown
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Plate 1984 Unknown

released in a two pack with a mug based off Thomas the Tank Engine

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