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"Well, well, well! The Brothers Grimm: Smashed, Broken, and Sunk!"
— Thomas
Horrid Lorry

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

September 15th,
1998 (UK)
November 24th,
1998 (AUS)
January 12th,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Cranky Bugs

Next episode

A Better View
for Gordon

Horrid Lorry is the second episode of the fifth season.


One morning, Percy is late to collect his train from the docks. Cranky begins to criticise Percy, but Percy complains there is too much work. Cranky suggests it would be better if lorries did his work. Percy is shocked by this. Later at the sheds, Percy tells the other engines what Cranky had said. The other engines are dismissive, but Percy worries that lorries might actually come.

Soon, three lorries do arrive and Cranky is delighted. One of the lorries is rude towards Percy. Later, when Percy sees Thomas and James, he finds another lorry being rude to them. At the quarry, Toby runs across another lorry. Toby's driver tells him to ignore the lorry, and they proceed to the flour mill. But when they arrive at the flour mill, Toby is shocked to find yet another lorry. The lorry tells Toby that they are doing his jobs now. The foreman tells Toby's driver that he is sorry for Toby's replacement.

Toby's driver then tells him they can head to the farms. As Toby trundles toward the farms, he enters a canyon, where he watches a lorry having trouble navigating on a treacherous road above. The lorry then falls off a cliff and crashes into some rocks below. The smashed lorry is taken to the docks, where Percy begins to laugh at him. Butch arrives with the lorry from the flour mill.

The tow truck driver explains to Toby's driver that the lorry was overloaded with flour and broke down. James whistles excitedly as he watches men bringing the third lorry in on a barge. Another workman elaborates that the lorry reversed into the sea. Thomas arrives, laughing at the lorries and calling them "The Brothers Grimm": "Smashed", "Broken", and "Sunk". The lorries promise to return, but never do. The engines commit themselves to their work to ensure the lorries never return.




  • Mirrored stock footage from Thomas and the Special Letter is used.
  • A rare picture shows Lorry 3 confronting Thomas and James instead of Lorry 1.
  • Thomas' nickname for the Lorries, "The Brothers Grimm", is a reference to two German scholars best known for publishing many well-known folk and fairy tales.
  • The barrel the foreman stands near is the "Best Quality Diesel Oil" barrel from Bowled Out.
  • Butch does not have a face in this episode.
  • S.S. Vienna, Big Mickey and Izzy Gomez from TUGS can be seen at the docks.
  • This was the only episode to refer to Butch by name until the fifteenth season episode, Stuck on You.
  • A rare picture shows Toby going the other way around the gorge, and much closer to Lorry 2 who is about to fall off the gorge.


  • When Lorry 2 is being rude to Toby, his eye mechanism is visible through his window.
  • Lorry 1 returns covered in algae and seaweed as if he were submerged, but he was not; he merely ran into the sea. He later gains some more when Thomas sees him.
  • When Henry says "We engines run this Island!", his tender is uncoupled.
  • When one of the lorries talks to Toby, the lorry's driver appears to be made of paper.
  • When James questions what happened to Lorry 1, Michael Angelis uses his regular voice for the entire line.
  • James has his fourth season whistle sound when the third lorry is brought into the docks on a barge.
  • James appears in one location when he points out the sunk Lorry, then appears in a completely different location after the shot of the Lorry on the barge.
  • When Percy arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • Throughout the American narration, the lorries are referred to as so, rather than "trucks".
  • Throughout the episode, the lorries' eyebrows and the shapes of their noses keep changing.
  • When Percy is talking to Lorry 2 after he crashes his eyes are sunk in..
  • In a rare picture, a wire is seen under Butch's cab.
  • Lorry 3 simply broke down, however, he is seen with a black eye and a flat tyre and then at the docks, covered with flour, as if he was in an accident.


  • Lorry 1 (referring to Percy): Oh look, a little green goblin on wheels. You'll be scrapped.
  • Toby: Toodle?!
  • Lorry 2 (after being practically destroyed): I'll be back, so you can wipe that silly smile off your smokebox!
  • Percy: Pah!
  • Lorry 2 (referring to Toby): Well well well. No wonder this railway's in a mess, you belong in a museum, not working in a quarry.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Camiones Regañones Scolds Lorries
Norwegian Forferdelige lorry Horrendous Lorry
Danish Dumme Lastbiler Stupid Trucks
Italian Odiosi camion Hateful Trucks
German Grossmäulige Lastwagen Loudmouthed Trucks
Japanese だいのトラック The Three Lorries
Swedish Fula Lastbilar Ugly Lorries
Polish Straszne Ciężarówki Scary Lorries
Russian Ужасный грузовик Horrible Truck
Slovenian Nesramni Tovornjak Rude Truck
Hungarian Undok furgon Nasty Van

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