- “Fairgrounds are lots of fun!"
"They certainly are!"
"And much more exciting than cows and sheep!”
- ―Thomas, James, and Toby
The Big Wheel is a magazine story.
The next day, Toby gets a surprise when the cows and sheep are gone and in their field is a big, rotating colourful wheel. Toby is curious and rushes to the shed to tell the others. James thinks the idea of a giant wheel is ridiculous, but Thomas tells them that it is a big wheel belonging to a fairground. Thomas, James, and Toby set off to have a look at the big wheel and they see lots of children enjoying themselves on it. The three engines agree that the fairgrounds are a lot of fun.