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"I'm sorry, sir. I was..."
"You are causing confusion and delay! The Duke and Duchess have no wood, straw bales, or eggs. Now I see you have them all here.
Cranky is broken and you, Thomas, think it's a good time to try being a bird!
— Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt

Creaky Cranky is the first episode of the thirteenth season.


It is the day of the spring party at the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House. Thomas arrives at Brendam Docks to collect eggs for the children to paint at the party. Once Cranky unloads the box of eggs, Thomas teases Cranky by calling him "Creaky Cranky," and Cranky teases Thomas back by calling him "Tiny Thomas."

Thomas decides to prove Cranky that he can pull heavy loads by collecting James' timber and Henry's straw bales and taking them back to the Docks. In return, Cranky lifts the respective loads one at a time proving to Thomas that he isn't creaky. However, when Thomas tells Cranky to lift him, Cranky only succeeds in breaking his cable and damaging his gear system.

The Fat Controller arrives and scolds both of them for causing delay and being very silly. Once Thomas is back on the rails again, he asks Spencer to take the heavy loads to the party whilst he helps Cranky by collecting new parts from the Sodor Steamworks.

When Thomas returns with the new parts, he knows now that Cranky isn't creaky and, in return, Cranky knows that Thomas isn't tiny at all.




  • This was the first episode of several things:
    • The first episode directed by Greg Tiernan.
    • Marion Edwards' first episode as executive producer.
    • The first episode in the television series to be fully animated in CGI.
    • As the first episode of CGI Series, this is also the first animated Thomas production not to be based on stories from the original Thomas books by Rev. W Awdry.
    • The first episode narrated by Óscar Gómez in Latin America.
    • The first episode narrated by Michiel de Jong in the Netherlands.
    • The first episode narrated by Vladimir Antonik in Russia and Ukraine.
    • The first episode narrated by Vladimir Jurc in Slovenia since the sixth season.
    • The first episode narrated in Welsh since the seventh season.
    • The first episode where the characters have their own voice actors.
    • The first episode to have a length of eight minutes and forty-five seconds
  • The scene in the original Hero of the Rails trailer where Victor says, "You have come to the right place, my friend" is from this episode.
  • Buster's theme from Thomas and the Moles when he flattens the molehills is heard when Thomas is on his way to the Steamworks.


  • When Cranky lowers Thomas back onto the track, he is on the middle track. Then when Thomas says "Thank you!" to Spencer, he is on the track closest to Cranky.
  • Thomas' flatbed disappears when he arrives at the Steamworks.
  • When Thomas returns to Brendam, Cranky isn't tilted.
  • In the first view of the wash down, James' flatbed is empty.
  • When Henry and James leave the docks, they whistle one by one, but no steam comes out of their whistles.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Welsh Cranky y Craen Creaky Cranky the Creaky Crane
Danish Knirkende Cranky Creaking Cranky
Norwegian Knirke-Cranky Creaky-Cranky
Brazilian Portuguese Cranky e seus Rangidos Cranky and his Creaking
Japanese ガタガタクランキー Rattled Cranky
German Knirschender Cranky Crunching Cranky
Swedish Gnisslande Gnällis Squeaking Cranky
Finnish Nariseva Niilo Creaking Cranky
Polish Skrzypiący Karolek Creaky Cranky
Italian Cranky Scricchiolio Creaky Cranky
Chinese 克兰奇吱嘎响 Cranky's Crunching Sound
Korean 삐거덕 크랭키 Ppigeudeok Cranky-Butt
Greek Ο τριζατος Κρανκι The Creak Cranky
Czech Mrzout Klika Misanthrope Cranky
Russian Скрипучий Крэнки Squeaky Cranky
Hungarian Cranky csikorog Cranky's Screeching
Indonesian Creaky Cranky Creaky Cranky
Romanian Cranky Scârțâie Cranky's Creak
Serbian Škripko čekrk Creaky Cranky
Spanish Cranky Rechinante Creaky Cranky
Slovak Mrzutý žeriav Annoying Crane
Catalan Rondinaire grinyolaire Grumpy Cranky
Thai แคร้งกี้รับคำท้า Cranky's Challenge

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