Thomas and the Castle (Thomas & Friends)
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Percy has been telling ghost stories about Rolf’s Castle, the old ruin near one of the main lines. Thomas doesn’t want to believe in ghosts, but when odd things keep happening, he gets nervous. But on an important, special run, Thomas starts to figure out that mysterious happenings usually have reasonable explanations.
simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. www.randomhouse.com/kids/thomas www.thomasandfriends.com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Thomas and the castle ⁄ illustrated by Tommy Stubbs. p. cm. — (Thomas & friends) “Based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry.” SUMMARY: When Percy and the others report seeing ghosts at Rolf’s Castle, Thomas takes a look for himself. eISBN: 978-0-375-98617-8 [1. Railroads—Trains—Fiction. 2. Ghosts—Fiction.] I.
Maybe the ghosts Bill and Ben saw were just curtains. What is going on here? It was all a mystery. When Thomas approached the signal near the castle, it was flashing red, then green, then red again. “That’s funny,” said Thomas to the signalman. “Bill and Ben were having problems with this same signal the other night.” But Thomas wasn’t scared anymore. He thought he might have an idea what was going on at the castle. He asked the signalman, “Are there people moving into the castle?” “No, but
your guess is close,” said the signalman. “They are restoring the castle. And the electrical work they are doing has been causing my signal to go haywire. But, Thomas, you’d better move on … they’re expecting that load you’re pulling.” When Thomas finally arrived at Rolf’s Castle, Sir Topham Hatt was there, getting ready for a big party to celebrate the reopening of the castle! Thomas was relieved that there was nothing to be scared of after all. He was also proud to have figured out the
Bill. Thomas thought that Bill and Ben were probably just teasing, but he was still uneasy. He asked Sir Topham Hatt for routes that would take him far from Rolf’s Castle. As he was getting ready to take some Troublesome Trucks to the mine, Gordon came chugging up. “Thomas, why are you going to the mine?” asked Gordon. “Are you afraid of Rolf’s Castle?” “I’m not afraid of anything,” wheeshed Thomas. And he chuffed away. “I’ll show him,” said Thomas. “Scaredy-cat. Scaredy-cat,” sang the
foolishly followed the trucks right onto the dangerous siding. “Hurrah,” laughed Thomas. “There’s nothing to be scared of!” Just then, the rails started to quiver. The track gave way, and Thomas sank into the mine! Gordon had to be sent to pull Thomas out of the hole. “Thanks, Gordon,” said Thomas. “I was just trying to prove I wasn’t scared of anything.” “That’s okay,” said Gordon. “I’m sorry I made fun of you.” Thomas decided that being foolish was not the same as being brave. So when Sir