Duck, the saddle-tank engine, has appeared earlier in the series, but this is the first time he has had a whole book to himself. As usual, he has fun with the other engines, in particular Gordon, Edward, James, Henry and a new-comer, the Diesel Engine. Diesel is a troublemaker and soon after his arrival makes Duck unpopular with the other engines. Duck is very miserable, but in the end the Fat Controller puts everything right, as only he can.
First Edition, full-page colourprinted illustrations by John T. Kenney, 13 tiles listed on final page and on front flap of dustjacket, pp. 64 oblong 16mo., original scarlet boards, front cover blocked in gilt, frayed dustjacket with green inkstains, front panel with tears.
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