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Confused Coaches is the eighteenth and final episode of the twenty-first season.


Spencer and Gordon upset their passengers when their competitive behaviour gets extremely uncontrollable, causing them to accidentally board each other's coaches.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, the Grumpy Passenger and a Porter
  • William Hope as the Duke of Boxford
  • Jules de Jongh as the Duchess of Boxford
  • Teresa Gallagher as Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt
  • David Bedella as the Mayor of Sodor


  • An instrumental version of Auld Lang Syne can be heard throughout the episode.
  • This is the first New Year's-themed episode in the series.
  • When Thomas was shunting the express coaches at platform 1 during Gordon and Spencer's conversation about the importance of numbers, a bump sound effect used from Seasons 4-7 can be heard.
  • This is the first episode where Spencer is seen with a snowplough.
  • This is currently the final episode narrated by Mark Moraghan, as well as the final episode to use a third-person narrative.
  • In the UK dub, while Gordon is laughing at Philip, he says "68." This line is not present in the US dub. This could also be a reference to Philip's Number, as Gordon makes fun of Philip for being number 68.


  • William Hope and Kerry Shale are credited in the UK end credits despite none of their characters speaking.
  • In the wide side-by-side shot of Gordon and Spencer racing at the beginning, Gordon's wheels are going backwards at a slower speed.

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Language Title
Japanese ゴードンとスペンサーはライバル
Spanish Vagones Confundidos

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