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“It's a snowball!"
"It's a snow house!"
"It's an engine!”
―Workmen speculating over Skarloey's "igloo"

Snow is the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season. It aired during an airing of Storytime with Thomas in the US.


Thomas has become snowed down by a tunnel where Rusty is working close by. So to pass the time, Rusty tells Thomas a story.

On a snowy day, Skarloey was travelling up to the slate mine when he passed through a ravine. His driver was concerned that noise could cause an avalanche, so he set an emergency cap. When Skarloey ran over it, the bang echoed around the gorge but nothing happened, so his crew decided to make a cup of cocoa and be on their way. Unfortunately, up in the slate mines a long line of full trucks were to be winched down the slope but the winch became jammed when some empty trucks derailed. The full trucks ran down the slope into the ravine, causing an avalanche which buried Skarloey. When Rusty came to the rescue, they discovered that Skarloey's heat had created an igloo, and inside they found Skarloey's crew nonchalantly sipping cocoa.

Thomas uses this as an example about how trucks can be so troublesome while Rusty states the same for snow. The workmen finally clear the snow from behind Thomas, but Gordon then arrives with his snow machine, covering Thomas again only to be buried when the steam causes an avalanche, covering Gordon in snow. Thomas jokes that if Skarloey could emerge from an avalanche laughing, Gordon could at least do the same. Gordon scoffs in within and falls silent as the snow.





  • In various scenes, part of Skarloey's cab roof is snapped.
  • When the trucks race down the incline, the middle truck derails.
  • When the trucks crash through the snow bank and buffers, they are coupled, but they fall off separately, one by one. Additionally, a truck is missing when they fall into the ravine.
  • When the trucks are on the incline, the front truck has a narrow-gauge truck face, but when it races down the incline, it has a standard-gauge truck face. Both are due to the fact different scale models were used.
  • When Thomas talks to Percy, his eyes are wonky.
  • Rusty's face changes size during the scene of Skarloey being rescued due to his large scale model being used.


  • Trucks: Break It! Snap It! (a coupling snaps) Faster! Faster!
  • Workman: The snowbank and buffers will stop them.


  • Skarloey and his crew: AVALANCHE!!!


  • Rusty: No one knew that the heat from Skarloey's engine had helped to make an igloo.
  • Workmen: It's a snowball. It's a snow house. It's an engine!
  • Rusty: They cleared away the ice, only to find Skarloey's driver and fireman drinking cocoa, as if nothing had happened!


  • Gordon: Hey, look out! There's snow about! (nears the tunnel and wheeses steam) Oh no! 
  • (snow falls on top of him)


  • Gordon[covered in snow] Help!
  • Thomas: If Skarloey survived a snowfall, surely, a big, proud engine like you could do the same.
  • Gordon[furiously] Pah!


  • Minis - Chillin' Skarloey

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Neve
Danish Sne
Dutch Sneeuw
German Die Lawine
Hungarian A Lavina
Italian La Valanga
Japanese ゆき
Korean 눈사태
Norwegian Snø
Polish Śnieg
Romanian Zăpadă
Russian Снег
Serbian Sneg
Slovak Sneh
Slovenian Sneg
Spanish Cuidado Con la Nieve
Swedish Snö
Thai กอร์ดอนถูกหิมะถล่ม
Welsh Eira

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