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Thomas Comes to Breakfast is a book written by the Rev. W. Awdry. The story is a compilation of events that took place in The Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines. It was later re-illustrated with My First Thomas-style illustrations.


Thomas' driver jokes that he can drive without him. Next morning at dawn a cleaner is being careless and when Thomas wakes up he starts to move but finds out that he cannot stop. Thomas thinks that the buffers will stop him but finds that there are no buffers. He runs onto the road and straight towards the stationmaster's house. Thomas crashes through the wall interrupting the stationmaster's family breakfast. Soon Donald and Douglas come to help him out of the mess and he is later scolded by the Fat Controller. The next day a Diesel railcar, named Daisy arrives to the branch line to help Toby and Percy while Thomas is at the works. Daisy causes trouble, but the Fat Controller decides to let her have another chance.




  • This book is a re-write of the first story from the sixteenth book of The Railway Series, Branch Line Engines.
  • The book was published so that the story Thomas Comes to Breakfast could be adapted for television as the second series was still in production when this book was first published. This could also explain why Donald and Douglas are still painted in their black liveries.
  • The My First Thomas version is dedicated to Stuart James Eggenton (1992-1996).
  • There are variants of the My First Thomas version that depict Donald and Douglas in their black and blue liveries, depending on the variant.
  • This book was first published at the same time that the second series episode, Cows, was being pre-recorded.


  • In the original version, Donald and Douglas are missing their nameplates and their smokebox saddles.
  • In the first illustration, a third coach is visible behind Clarabel. However, it could be The Special Coach.
  • Unlike in the original story, Thomas' valance remains curved.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Korean 아침 식사를 하러 온 토머스