— Percy on brake vans
Percy and the Brake Van

Christopher Awdry

Illustrated by

David Palmer



Percy and the Brake Van is a 1988 annual story.


Henry tells Percy about the goods trains on the Other Railway that do not have brake vans. Percy decides that if the Other Railway doesn't need brake vans, then he doesn't either. A few days later, Percy is arranging a line of trucks at the harbour. He is just backing onto the brake van when the shunter's attention is distracted and he forgets to couple the brake van. The guard, unaware of this, blows his whistle and Percy sets off quickly, without a brake van. Percy starts so quickly that one of the truck's couplings comes loose and as Percy puffs up the hill, the weight of the trucks behind him snap the coupling. The last four trucks roll back down the slope and hit the brake van with a bump. Luckily, the guard sees the runaway trucks coming and screws the brakes hard on before jumping clear. Afterwards, Percy agrees that brake vans are vital after all.




  • In the first illustration both Percy and Henry are missing axles.