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"I'm reliable too!"
"Apparently not reliable enough!
— Thomas and Elizabeth

Not So Hasty Puddings, retitled Not So Hasty Cakes or Thomas and the Avalanche in American releases, is the twenty-fourth episode of the seventh season.


It is Christmas time on the Island and snow is lying heavy on the ground. When Elizabeth delivers Thomas' snowplough, he refuses to wear it and Elizabeth states that he cannot be reliable without it. Thomas grumbles about how rude Elizabeth was and that his snowplough makes his buffers ache.

When Thomas arrived at Maithwaite, he saw Sir Topham Hatt talking to Elizabeth that the Sodor Pudding Factory was snowed in and that the puddings must get to the Docks before the ship leaves for the Mainland. Thomas volunteers to do it, but Sir Topham Hatt needs Thomas to work on his branch line and gave the job to Elizabeth because she is very reliable. Thomas states that he is reliable too, but Elizabeth says that he is not reliable enough which made Thomas cross as Elizabeth left.

Thomas arrived at every station on time, while Elizabeth was having a hard time driving on the slippery road. Thomas arrived at the Docks to pick up Terence and sees that Elizabeth has not returned. Sir Topham Hatt orders Thomas to find her. Elizabeth was filled with Christmas Puddings and was on her way to the Docks, but the slippery roads and the weight of the cargo got her stuck in a snowdrift. Thomas and Terence are stopped by her driver and Terence pulls her out. Thomas helps Elizabeth deliver the puddings just in time and Elizabeth understands that Thomas is a reliable engine.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the seventh season.
  • Edited stock footage from The Flying Kipper, It's Only Snow and Snow Engine is used.
  • This episode marks the last time of a few things:
  • This episode did not come out on home video in the UK and the US until 2008, when it was released on DVD in the UK as part of The Complete Seventh Series, and in the US on Mud Glorious Mud.
  • This marks the first and only appearance of Hackenbeck in the television series.
  • The Sodor Puddings sign is now preserved by The Coffey Man Preservation from the Prop Gallery.
  • This was the only Classic Series episode that was not released on VHS in the US and the UK. This episode has been released in DVD, but no VHS release has ever been announced in the US and the UK
  • This is the first episode that can only be found in a Complete Series DVD for both UK and Australian regions.


  • In the Mud Glorious Mud DVD and Romanian version of the episode, the episode is titled "Thomas & the Avalanche", which is irrelevant since there is no avalanche in the episode.
  • In the close-up of Elizabeth's wheels, the platform used to make her slide is visible.
  • Because stock footage is used, Henry is in his old shape, from before his rebuild and Thomas is briefly seen with his other snowplough from It's Only Snow with Toby behind him.
  • Although this episode is called "Not So Hasty Cakes" in the American narration, the factory sign still says "Puddings."
  • In a picture, Elizabeth's eyes are wonky and black and red wires are seen in her cab.
  • When Thomas and Terence are flagged down by Elizabeth's driver, Terence's eyes are wonky.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリスマス・プディング Christmas Pudding
Swedish Inga hastbullar No Hasty Puddings
Polish Świąteczne Wypieki Christmas Pastries
Danish Vinterforviklinger Winter Complications
Hungarian A Karácsonyi Puding The Christmas Pudding
Italian I Dolciumi Natalizi Christmas Sweets
Romanian Thomas şi Avalanşa Thomas and the Avalanche
Russian Тяжелый путь пудингов Heavy Road Puddings
Slovak Nevez rýchlo pudingi Not as Quickly Puddings
Chinese 杜丁来了 Pudding Come
Korean 고마워, 토마스 Thanks, Thomas
Thai โธมัสมาช่วยอลิซเซอร์เบ็ธ Thomas Helped Elizabeth

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