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"What's the funny part about an avalanche?"
— Thomas

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 19th,
1998 (UK)
December 25th,
1998 (AUS)
February 12th,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Rusty and
the Boulder

Next episode

Salty's Secret

Snow is the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season.


Thomas and Rusty become snowed down by a tunnel. So to pass the time, Rusty tells Thomas a story.

One snowy day, Skarloey was traveling up to the slate mine when he passed through a ravine. His driver was concerned that noise could cause an avalanche, and he sets an emergency cap. When Skarloey runs over it, nothing happens, so his crew decide to make a cup of cocoa. Unfortunately, up in the slate mines some "empties" jam the winch and some trucks run down the slope into the ravine, causing an avalanche which buries Skarloey. When Rusty comes to the rescue, they discover that Skarloey's heat has created an igloo, and inside they find Skarloey's crew nonchalantly sipping cocoa.

Thomas grumbles about how trucks can be so troublesome. Gordon then arrives with his snow machine, only to be buried when the noise causes an avalanche. Thomas jokes that if Skarloey could emerge from an avalanche laughing, Gordon could at least do the same.




  • Stock footage from Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure is used.
  • During most of the flashback, Skarloey's large scale model is used; but during the scene where the narrator says "When the snow came...", his small scale model is used.
  • When interacting with Thomas, Rusty's small scale model is used; but when he appears during the flashback, his large scale model is used.
  • When the trucks plunge into the ravine, music is heard in the US version but not the UK version.
  • This was the last episode of a few things:


  • 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 one by one.
  • 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 crashes through the buffers it has a standard-gauge truck face.
  • In the first shot of Rusty's story, when Skarloey approaches the camera, he bounces.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Skarloey and Peter Sam's trains.
  • When Thomas talks to Percy, his eyes are wonky.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Lawine The Avalanche
Japanese ゆき Snow
Korean 눈 이야기 A Snow Tale
Spanish Cuidado con la Nieve Beware of the Snow
Italian La valanga The Avalanche
Brazilian Portuguese Neve Snow
Russian Снег Snow
Swedish Snö Snow
Hungarian A lavina The Avalanche
Danish Sne Snow



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