The Fat Controller gives the engines their jobs, which he says are "special treats", but they turn to be not what they expect. Thomas works at the china clay pits with Bill and Ben; Henry has work at the scrapyard; Daisy has to collect boxes of fish; and James finds it hard pulling the Express.
- The second and third illustrations are split in half. The second illustration shows Henry at the scrapyard in the top picture whilst the bottom picture shows Thomas at the china clay pits. The third illustration shows Daisy at the harbour in the top picture whilst the bottom picture shows James with the express.