It is Thomas' driver's birthday on Saturday, but Thomas is sent to the yard on Thursday. Thomas begins to worry that he will miss the birthday party! But luckily, the Fat Controller knows about this. He allows Thomas to go to Ffarquhar for the party. When Thomas arrives, he is pleasantly surprised to discover that his driver's cake is a replica of himself!
(*Absent in small version of the book)
- In Australia, it was released with an audio tape or CD of the story read by Ron Haddrick.
- Henry appears to be in his old shape.
- James' wheel splasher lining is yellow and his wheels are red.
- Toby's funnel is off-centre, and Toby is also missing his side windows.