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“You have caused confusion and dela... Oh, uh, confusion and um... Well, uh... a great deal of confusion!”
―Sir Topham Hatt

Confusion Without Delay is the third episode from the twenty-second season.


Rebecca, the big tender engine, surprises the Fat Controller by arriving early on the island. After all the other engines tell her how fast and useful they all are, Rebecca wants to impress them too. But she tries too hard that she turns up too early for the passengers and leaves early too.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Diesel
  • Rob Rackstraw as James
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Keith Wickham as Salty, Sir Topham Hatt, the Workers, the Wellsworth Stationmaster and the Passengers
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip


  • At the end of the episode, Thomas mentions the events of The Adventure Begins. Stock footage from said special is used.
  • This episode marks the first of a couple things:
    • The first appearance of Vicarstown Sheds since the fourth season episode, Rusty to the Rescue, excluding stock footage in Paint Pots and Queens.
    • The first full appearance of the Flying Scotsman in an episode.
    • The first episode to feature the new lineup of the Steam Team together.
    • The first time S.S Roxstar is seen moving.
  • In the scene of Philip and Edward at Wellsworth Sheds, a voice clip from the episode A Shed for Edward is reused for Edward.
  • A reference to The Great Race is made by James and Nia.


  • In the UK dub, Thomas has his US voice when the Fat Controller almost runs into him. Additionally, Percy has his US voice when the engines welcome Rebecca.
  • When the Fat Controller addresses Thomas, Percy, Nia and Emily before introducing Rebecca, there are trucks behind Percy during his close-up, but they are not present in Emily's close-up.

In Other Languages

Language Title
German Rebeccas erster Tag
Hebrew בלבול ללא עיכוב
Polish Chaos Bez Opóźnień
Spanish Confusión sin Retraso

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