- “We're like the tortoise and the hare!”
Track Race is a magazine story.
It is holiday time on Sodor and the engines have been working hard all day, so Sir Topham Hatt decides to read them all a story. It is the famous story of The Tortoise and Hare in which the tortoise wins a race when the hare decides to take a nap. Thomas asks the Fat Controller if they can stage a race. He agrees and, the next day, the engines line up for the race. James is sure he was going to win. They had not been going long when Percy runs completely out of puff and Edward is not looking where he is going and he turns onto a dead-end siding. Now, only Thomas and James are left and soon James has got bored; he is so sure that he would win that he decides to have a rest, but it is so hot that he falls asleep. Soon, Thomas overtakes and crosses the finish line in first place.
- This story is based on Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare".
- This story seems to be a re-publish of the 2004 magazine story, Thomas the Tortoise.