"I am sure the Fat Controller will get you a new whistle. He knows they are important."
— Edward

Thomas' Present is a magazine story.


Early on Christmas Eve, Thomas steamed out of his shed to start to work. He saw the vicar cycling by. Thomas likes to sound his whistle, but when his driver tried to blow his whistle, nothing happened and the fireman discovered that the whistle was frozen! They melted the ice using hot water but the ice damaged the whistle and it still can't make a sound. Later that day, the big engines such as Gordon, Henry and James heard about Thomas' whistle and they all laughed at him. But Edward cheered Thomas up by saying that the Fat Controller will surely give him a new whistle. 



  • Henry's whistle was not coloured yellow in the eighth illustration.
  • Gordon was out of proportion in the ninth illustration.
  • Thomas upper lip is not coloured in the last illustration.