- “Good morning, slow and slower!"
"Who are you calling slow?"
"Not very nice, is it?”
- ―Spencer, Gordon and Thomas
One bright day on Sodor, the engines are getting ready to start work. Gordon is pulling the express and Thomas is pulling Annie and Clarabel. Gordon boasts that he is so fast, he will finish before Thomas reaches the first station. Thomas states that doing jobs is not a race.
Just then, Spencer puffs by taking the Duke and Duchess of Boxford on a tour of Sodor. As he passes Thomas and Gordon, he calls them both "slow" to the two engines' fury and Gordon challenges Spencer to a race; Gordon bets he can drop off all his passengers and get back to the water-tower before Spencer finishes his tour. Spencer accepts Gordon's challenge. Thomas says he will join in too, but Gordon and Spencer say he is too slow which makes Thomas feel sad.
Meanwhile, Spencer is whizzing around the island. The Duke and Duchess are not happy; Spencer is going too fast for them to see the sights, but Spencer tells them there is no time to stop.
Gordon is also hurrying around the island. He is going so fast that some passengers do not have time to get off at their stations. The two big engines are not doing their jobs well at all.
Soon, Spencer has finished his tour and is racing back to the water-tower. As he steams around a corner, he slows to a halt. Spencer had been so busy racing around Sodor, he'd forgotten to take on water. Gordon is racing back, too. He rounds the bend and sees Spencer ahead of him. Gordon slams on his brakes, but it is too late. Gordon hits Spencer and comes off the rails.
Rocky is called to help the two engines. Just as he arrives on the scene, Thomas puffs by having completed his run. Thomas wonders what has happened to Gordon and Spencer, but the two big engines are too embarrassed to tell him. Rocky informs Thomas that they had been travelling too fast. Thomas tries to hide a little smile from the big engines as he puffs over to the water-tower.
- An image used in the story was edited from King of the Railway.
- Spencer running out of water because he was showing off is similar to the Series 7 episode Gordon and Spencer.