- “Is that all I'm good for, hide-and-seek?”
- ―The Old Guard's Van, A Good Hiding Place
Whilst clearing up at the harbour, Thomas and Percy come across a miserable old guard's van. But they have a special surprise for the him and they take the old guard's van to a bird sanctuary. He was then turned into a birdhouse and a place to hide for the birds.
The Old Guard's Van is described as somewhat miserable, but since being rescued it seems to have mellowed.
- The Old Guard's Van appears in the magazine story, A Good Hiding Place.