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Really Useful Engine, alternately titled A Really Useful Engine, is the last song from the fourth season dedicated to Thomas and the first music video in the UK. 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!

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!

*In the first version of the special, the first and fourth sections were heard while the second and third version were omitted. At the end of the special, the second and third section were heard with the second section used twice with the first and fourth section were omitted in turn. However in both the UK/US bonus feature music video, only the first three section were heard, while the fourth version was omitted again.

Characters

Season 4

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

CGI Series

Episodes

Classic Series

CGI Series

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Thomas and the Breakdown Train:
  1. A deleted shot of Thomas leaving the yard after seeing the Breakdown Train.
  2. A deleted shot sees Thomas pushing the breakdown train into place.
  • Trust Thomas:
  1. An extended scene of Thomas puffing on Toby's Old Tramway with Annie and Clarabel.
  2. A scene of Thomas pushing his stone trucks at the quarry.
  • Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure - A scene of Thomas with Annie and Clarabel arriving at a church.
  • Unknown - A closeup of Thomas' whistle.

Trivia

  • A version without subtitles is seen on Your Favourite Story Collection.
  • This is the fourth song to be rereleased with different lyrics and footage. The first was Engine Roll Call, the second was Go, Go Thomas and the third was Working Together.
  • The Adventure Begins version of this song is the first song since Where, oh Where is Thomas? to be sung by children.
  • In The Adventure Begins, as Thomas approaches Edward before he says, "What are you so happy about today, Thomas?", Thomas can be heard humming the song. This is only present in the US version.
  • A small riff of this song is heard in Philip to the Rescue when Edward tells Thomas that Philip reminds him of a little tank engine who wanted to see the world.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やくにたつきかんしゃ  Useful Engine
Norwegian Jeg er en Veldig Nyttig Lokomotiv (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) I Am a Really Useful Locomotive (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Greek Εγω πραγματικά χρήσιμο τρένο (Ο μαγικός κόσμος του Τόμας) I'm a Really Useful Train (The Magical World of Thomas)
Hebrew מנוע באמת שימושי (תומס ומסילת הקסמים) Really Useful Engine (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
German Eine Lok Und Nützlich im Gebrauch A Useful Locomotive in Use
Danish Et Nyt Lokomotiv er Også Nyttig (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) A New Locomotive is Also Useful (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Portuguese Ele é Muito Prestativo It is Very Helpful
Portuguese (Magic Railroad) O Locomotiva Realmente Útil The Really Useful Locomotive
French Un Locomoteur de Utile Vraiment A Really Useful Engine
French (Canadian) Le Moteur de Vraiment Utile The Really Useful Train
Swedish Jag är en Riktigt Användbar Lokomotiv I Am a Really Useful Locomotive
Spanish Una Locomotora Realmente Útil A Really Useful Locomotive
Spanish (Magic Railroad) Una Locomotora Genial [Hispanoamérica]
Un Motor que Gran Adoración [España]
A Great Locomotive (Hispanic America)
A Great Engine Worship (Castilian)
Catalan Una Locomotora és També Útil A Locomotive is Also Useful

Home Media Releases

UK

US

AUS

  • Playtime

JPN

CDS

Gallery

Original

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

The Adventure Begins

Song

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