“Fancy me carrying the bride! I'm a wedding engine!”

The Wedding Engine! is a magazine story about Thomas.


One bright morning, the Vicar calls on the Fat Controller to inform him that there is to be a wedding at the church. The Fat Controller agrees that Thomas can collect the guests. Thomas is cleaned until his paintwork sparkles in the sun, and he puffs proudly out of the main station yard.

At the Big Harbour, Thomas sees a big ship by the quayside. He watches as loads of smartly-dressed wedding guests walked down the gangplank and boards Annie and Clarabel. Thomas is very excited as he chuffs through the countryside; he has never been to a wedding before. Thomas stops at a station near the church to let the passengers off. The church bells begin to ring as a big, long car with a white ribbon pulls up by the church. Thomas' driver explains that the wedding car plays a very important role in the wedding as it transports the bride to the ceremony.

Thomas waits in a siding for the wedding to finish. He has to take the guests to a party afterwards. Finally, the now married couple emerge from the church. Guests throw confetti over the couple as a photographer takes photos. Meanwhile, the driver of the wedding car goes to start it, but the motor will not work. The bride is waiting to be taken to the reception at a hotel in Wellsworth. The bride Is very disappointed to learn that the wedding car has broken down. Thomas' driver has an idea and speaks to the Vicar who phones the Fat Controller. Soon everything is arranged. The white ribbon is untied from the wedding car and fixed onto Thomas instead. The Vicar tells the bride that Thomas will take her to the reception. Thomas is very proud to be carrying the bride.



  • Although the church in the final illustration looks like (and is probably meant to be) the church where the bride and groom got married, it cannot be as it is too close to the station.


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