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This article is about the song. You may be looking for the DVD, the Railway Series book, or the colouring book.


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!

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!

*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.
  • Thomas Comes to Breakfast - An extended scene of Thomas' wheels when puffing out of the shed.
  • 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 (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) Jeg er en Veldig Nyttig Lokomotiv I Am a Really Useful Locomotive
Greek (Ο μαγικός κόσμος του Τόμας) Εγω πραγματικά χρήσιμο τρένο I'm a Really Useful Train
Hebrew (תומס ומסילת הקסמים) לא ראיתם עוד קטר כה מקסים You Have Not Seen Another Engine So Charming
German Eine Lok Und Nützlich im Gebrauch A Useful Locomotive in Use
Danish (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) Et Nyt Lokomotiv er Også Nyttig A New Locomotive is Also Useful
Portuguese Ele é Muito Prestativo It is Very Helpful
Portuguese (Thomas e a Ferrovia Mágica) O Locomotiva Realmente Útil The Really Useful Locomotive
French (Thomas et la Voie Ferrée Magique) Un Locomoteur de Utile Vraiment A Really Useful Engine
Canadian French (Thomas et le Magie Ferroviaire) 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
Latin American Spanish (Thomas y el Tren Mágico) Una Maquina Muy Util A Really Very Machine
European Spanish (Thomas y el Ferrocarril Mágico) Un Motor que Gran Utilidad A Great Engine Utility
Catalan (Thomas e le Ferrocarril Mágica) Una Locomotora és També Útil A Locomotive is Also Useful

Other Languages Lyrics

Hebrew

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

לא ראיתם עוד קטר כה מקסים
תשאלו את הקרונות, הם יודעים
עובד במלוא המרץ, בכפר או בהרים
הוא תומס, הקטר הכי מקסים
לא ראיתם עוד קטר כה פעיל
הפקח אמר שתומס יעיל
יש עכשיו לתומס מקום פרטי שלו
לא ראיתם עוד קטר חרוץ כמותו
הוא אחד
הוא כה מיוחד, הוא תומס הקטר
לא ראיתם עוד קטר מקסים כמותו

Japanese

ほんとうにやくにたつと
なかまにもいわれてる
きてきならして はしってく
あのきかんしゃだれでしょう?
いちばん いちばん
みんなきみのことすきだよ
いちばん だいすきだよ
トーマスがいちばん
「おまえはやくにたつ」と
トップハム・ハットきょうもいった
トーマスだけしか はしらない
じまんのしせんもあるよ
いちばん いちばん
みんなきみのことすきだよ
いちばん たよりになる
トーマスがだいすき
だれかが ほんとうにこまったとき
いつでもたすけにきて くれるんだ
いちばん いちばん
みんなきみのことすきだよ
いちばん たよりになる
トーマスがだいすき
あおくてちいさいけど
はしると はやいんだ
みんなみたら おどろくよ
ほんとうにやくにたつんだ
いちばん いちばん
みんなきみのことすきだよ
いちばん だいすきだよ
トーマスがいちばん
はしるよきょうもげんきに

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

かれはようきなきかんしゃだ
ほかのきしゃがいってたよ
けむりをあげて きてきならす
げんきにはしってゆくよ
はたらきもののきかんしゃだ
えきちょうさんもいってたよ
いまではじぶんの しせんをもち
ようきにはしってゆくよ
かれがせかいいちのきかんしゃトーマス
やくにたつきかんしゃだよ

The Adventure Begins

First Version
みんなもきづいているよ
だれもがそういってるよ
いいきかんしゃなら
いっしょうけんめいに
がんばるのがだいじだと
いつも いつも
やくにたつきかんしゃって じゅうようだ
いつもいつだって
トーマスはべんきょうちゅう
みんなもきづいているよ
トップハム・ハットきょうもしっているよ
しごとをたくさん おぼえなさい
がんばるのがだいじだと
いつも いつも
やくにたつきかんしゃって じゅうようだ
いつもいつだって
トーマスはべんきょうちゅう
トーマスはべんきょうちゅう
Second Version
みんなもきづいているよ
だれもがそういってるよ
いいきかんしゃなら
いっしょうけんめいに
がんばるのがだいじだと
いちばん いちばん
やくにたつきかんしゃって サイコーだ
いちばん いちばんなんだ
トーマスってナンバーワン
みんなもきづいているよ
トップハム・ハットきょうもしっているよ
がんばったからまかされた
なまえのつくしせんをね
いちばん いちばん
やくにたつきかんしゃって サイコーだ
いちばん いちばんなんだ
トーマスってナンバーワン
いつでもそこにいてなんでもできる
たすけがほしいときもたよれるね
いちばん いちばん
やくにたつきかんしゃってサイコーさ
いちばん いちばんなんだ
トーマスってナンバーワン

Home Media Releases

UK

US

DVD Boxsets

AUS

  • Playtime
  • The Adventure Begins

DVD Boxsets

JPN

CDS

Gallery

Original

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

The Adventure Begins

Special

Official

Song

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