"Hurry up! The Express can't be late! We're carrying a VIP today!"
"What's that?"
"A little tank engine like you needn't trouble yourself with such important matters. Only a Really Useful Engine knows about VIPs!
— Gordon and Percy

Important Passengers! is a magazine story.


Gordon is to carry the Mayor on his express and is very proud to have a VIP on his train. Percy tries to work out what "VIP" stands for whilst Thomas is given an important job of taking some teddy bears to the children's hospital to cheer up the sick children. Later Thomas boasts to Gordon about carrying some VIBs - "Very Important Bears"!



  • On the line "Only a Really Useful Engine knows about V.I.P.s!", the first speech mark is missing.

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