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Really Useful Engine, alternately titled A Really Useful Engine, is the first song and music video in the UK from the fourth season dedicated to Thomas. In the US, it was first introduced in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Missing Whistles. An orchestral and shortened version of the song, with the original children's voices and added backup vocals by Steven Page, was used in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. A third version was made, with vocals by Robert Hartshorne and the Kidmore Children's Choir and slightly modified lyrics for The Adventure Begins.

Lyrics

Season 4 Version

He's a really useful engine, you know
All the other engines they'll tell you so
He huffs and puffs and whistles
Rushing to and fro
He's the really useful engine we adore!
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas the Tank Engine
He's a really useful engine, you know
Cos the Fat Controller, he told him so
Now he's got a branch line
To call his very own
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas the Tank Engine
Little blue train, he's always there
Whenever you need a hand
If you need help with a situation
Who comes into mind
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas the Tank Engine
He's a really useful engine, you know
Maybe little, but he's never slow
Stand back in amazement
Just you watch him go
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas the Tank Engine
He's the really useful engine we adore!

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

He's a really useful engine, you know
All the other engines they'll tell you so
He huffs and puffs and whistles
Rushing to and fro
He's the really useful engine we adore!
He's a really useful engine, you know
Cos the Fat Controller, he told him so
Now he's got a branch line
To call his very own
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas the Tank Engine!
He's the really useful engine we adore!

The Adventure Begins Version

He's a really useful engine, you know
All the other engines they'll tell you so
He huffs and puffs and whistles, rushing to and fro
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's a really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the one you know (UK/US version 1)/he's the number one (UK/US bonus feature music video)
Thomas The Tank Engine!
He's a really useful engine, you know
'Cos The Fat Controller, he told him so (UK version 2 and bonus feature music video)/Sir Topham Hatt, well, he told him so (US version 2 and bonus feature music video)
Now he's got a branch line, to call his very own
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas The Tank Engine!
Little blue train, he's always there
Whenever you need a hand
If you need help with a situation
Who comes into mind?
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas The Tank Engine!
He's a really useful engine, you know
'Cos The Fat Controller he told him so (UK Version 1)
Maybe little, but he's never slow (US Version 1)
Stand back in amazement, just you watch him go
He's the really useful engine we adore!
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the one you know
Thomas The Tank Engine!
Thomas The Tank Engine!

Characters

Season 4

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

CGI Series

Episodes

Classic Series

CGI Series

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Thomas and the Breakdown Train:
    • A deleted shot of Thomas leaving the yard after seeing the Breakdown Train.
    • A deleted shot sees Thomas pushing the breakdown train into place.
  • Thomas Comes to Breakfast - An extended scene of Thomas' wheels when puffing out of the shed.
  • Trust Thomas:
    • A deleted scene of Thomas pushing his stone trucks at the quarry.
  • Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure - Some deleted scenes of Thomas with Annie and Clarabel arriving at a church.
  • Unknown:

Trivia

Goofs

  • When the CGI version of the song aired in the Season 19 airing, Finders Keepers, in the ending credits, Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell are mistakened as the composers of the music video.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Arabic Ana Mufidat Haqanaan Qatira
Qitar Mufid Haqanaan Hataa Alnawe (Arabic TV Dub)
Catalan Una Locomotora és També Útil (Thomas e le Ferrocarril Mágica)
Czech Jsem Lokomotiva V Mysli
Danish Et Nyt Lokomotiv er Også Nyttig (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen)
French Un Locomoteur de Utile Vraiment (Thomas et la Voie Ferrée Magique)
Le Moteur de Vraiment Utile (Thomas et le Magie Ferroviaire)
German Eine Lok Und Nützlich im Gebrauch
Greek Εγω πραγματικά χρήσιμο τρένο (Ο μαγικός κόσμος του Τόμας)
Hebrew לא ראיתם עוד קטר כה מקסים (תומס ומסילת הקסמים)
Hungarian Egyfajta Mozdony Vagyok
Indonesian Aku Lokomotif Sangat Berguna
Italian Sono Una Locomotiva Utile
Japanese やくにたつきかんしゃ 
Norwegian Thomas kan brukes til alt
Portuguese Ele é Muito Prestativo
O Locomotiva Realmente Útil (Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica)
Spanish Una Locomotora Realmente Útil
Una Máquina Realmente Útil (Thomas y el Tren Mágico)
Una Locomotora De Gran Utilidad (Thomas y el Ferrocarril Mágico)
Swedish Jag är en Riktigt Användbar Lokomotiv

Home Media Releases

UK

US

DVD Boxsets

AUS

  • Playtime
  • The Adventure Begins (CGI Version)

DVD Boxsets

NZ

  • Playtime

JPN

CDS

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