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"Big, horrid, awkward thing!"
— Thomas grumbling about his snowplough

It's Only Snow is the ninth episode of the sixth season.


It is winter on the Island of Sodor. The engines don't mind the weather because they love this time of the year, especially when the stations look festive due to the decorations. There is plenty of work with passengers and parcels to be delivered, no matter the weather. At Knapford Station, Edward tells the other engines that his driver said that there is more snow on the way. James, in an angry mood, says that they'll soon be wearing their snowploughs, and Henry asks Thomas if he'll be enjoying it. Thomas, also in an angry mood, tells them that he never will like it because he hates wearing his snowplough.

That night, the wind is blowing and the snow is falling heavily. In the morning, Thomas has to take a Christmas Tree to the village with Toby, and is very angry when he has to wear his old snowplough. The Fat Controller assures him that everyone needs to wear a snowplough during the winter. On the way to the village, Thomas' snowplough runs into a rock on the track. It flies off to the side, and destroys a water tower. Thomas' driver does not think they can continue, but Thomas is determined to reach the station. He pushes the snow away as hard as he can, and soon reaches the village. The villagers are very pleased with their tree.

The following morning, the Fat Controller praises Thomas' bravery taking on the snow without a snowplough. As a result of this, Thomas is told he will have to do without a snowplough for a while, leaving him feeling very proud.




  • Stock footage from A Friend in Need is used.
  • The working title for this episode may have been Trouble for Thomas, (the US title for Thomas and The Trucks) as this was the title used in the annual adaptation of the story in 2004.
  • The scene of Thomas collecting the Christmas tree was originally at Brendam. Additionlly Edward's role of telling Thomas about the tree may have originally been for Salty. The scene of Thomas collecting the tree from Brendam was seen in the song Winter Wonderland. This version was kept in the 2004 annual adaptation of the story.
  • This is the only sixth season episode written by James Mason, but also his first episode before writing The Refreshment Lady's Tea Stand for the seventh season.
  • This is the only time Thomas uses a snowplough other than his blue one.
  • This marks the only appearance of Ballahoo station in the television series, however the town appears in Day of the Diesels, nine years later.
  • Three posters at Knapford read Alicia Botti in concert tonight at the castle.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Knapford station since the fourth season episode, Paint Pots and Queens.
  • Thomas' large scale model is used in the close-up of when he whistles.
  • This episode marks the first time the term winter holidays was used, a term that would later be criticized by Hilary Fortnam.


  • Thomas is said to arrive at Callan, but he was already there when getting his snowplough fitted.
  • Thomas sets off for Toby's Branch Line, but Ballahoo is not on that line.
  • In the close-up of Thomas before he collides with the water tower, his coupling is positioned incorrectly.
  • When Thomas collides with the water tower, he derails yet still manages to carry on.
  • When Thomas and Toby are at Maithwaite, Toby's face is loose.
  • When Thomas and Toby arrive with the tree, the Storyteller's hat is falling off and is badly damaged.
  • At the end of the episode when Thomas reverses towards the shed, Duck can be seen shunting trucks, but when the scene cuts to a close-up of Thomas, he disappears.
  • In the first scene of Thomas getting his snowplough fitted, his eyes are wonky.
  • Thomas is missing his front coupling in a couple scenes with the snow plow


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たかがゆき It's Only Snow
Norwegian Det er bare Snø It's Only Snow
Swedish Bara Snö Only Snow
Italian Quanta neve! How Much Snow!
Danish Snevejr Snow
Welsh Dim Ond Eira Just Snow
Hungarian A Hóeke The Snowplough
Russian Это всего лишь снег It's Just Snow
Slovenian Saj je Samo Sneg It's Just Snow
Czech Je to Jen Sníh It's Just Snow
Romanian Zăpadă Pretutindeni Snow Everywhere
Slovak Je to Len Sneh It's Just Snow
Polish To Tylko Śnieg It's Only Snow
Chinese 下雪了 Snowing
Korean 트리 운반 Tree Transport
Dutch Het is maar sneeuw It's Only Snow
Thai เครื่องกวาดหิมะของโธมัส Thomas' Snowplow

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