Thomas the Tank Engine is to head an enquiry into why The Runaway Train , which has always gone up the hill, broke all rules sworn to by all nursey rhyme characters to never transgress into human life.
A sorrowful Little Miss Muffet cried as she admitted loving The Runaway Train. 'What can have made him do this? I was with him only yesterday and everything seemed fine. He had puffed up his hill in his usual way, but now he has done a terrible thing. I never thought I would see this day.'
The Queen of Hearts, after carefully laying out the tarts she had made, all on a summer's day, considered that an example should be made of the Train that ran off into human life. 'I think his wheels have to removed permanently. He is not to be trusted ever again.'
Alice looking at herself in a Looking Glass was kinder in her response. 'I think we should find out why our lovely train misbehaved. Was it something that happened to him at the station. I know the station master can have a bitter tongue.'
I tried to get an interview with the Runaway Train, who was abandoned in a miserable siding. He couldn't even manage a whistle. His sad eyes told a story of great suffering. He knew his days as a Runaway Train were over. He had run out of steam.