This article is about the Story Library book. You may be looking for the engine or the Engine Adventures book.

Spencer, re-titled Spencer the Express Engine in 2011 and Edward takes the Lead in 2015, is the thirtieth book in the My Thomas Story Library series.


Spencer arrives with the Duke and Duchess for a tour of Sodor, but soon ends up stuck on Gordon's Hill and has to be rescued by Gordon. Later, Spencer boasts about being fast and soon races Edward, only to lose the race after falling asleep.




  • This book is based on the seventh series episode, Gordon and Spencer and the eighth series episode, Edward the Great.
  • A deleted scene of Donald and Douglas from "Edward the Great" is used as the Scottish Twins are mentioned and shown in one of the illustrations.
  • This book was featured as a read along on the Read & Play App.


  • On the front cover and in the third illustration, Spencer is missing his front coupling.
  • In two illustrations, Spencer's fly crank is missing.
  • In one of the pictures of Knapford, there are three lines between platform three and four.
  • Even though the 2015 version is called Edward Takes the Lead, Gordon is shown on the front cover instead.


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