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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 and final episode of the fifth season. It aired during an airing of Storytime with Thomas in the US.


One winter day on the Island of Sodor, a thick layer of snow had fallen and all engines have gone to work except Percy, who is stuck in a snowdrift. Thomas finds Percy and tells him that there is no time for resting, but is told that Percy's crew had just left to seek help. Thomas scoffs at this but continues his journey to clear the rest of the snowed in railway lines. Later, Thomas had to clear snow from a tunnel but the snow is deep enough for him to get stuck, much to his annoyance. 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. Whenever snow came, work became difficult in the slate mines and snow was used as a "double buffer zone" to stop trucks from falling into the ravine below. One day, Skarloey was travelling to the mines with empty trucks, while at the mine, the winch that hauls the trucks up and down the incline wasn't working properly. When Skarloey reached the ravine, his driver was concerned that any 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. However, 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. A coupling on the full trucks snapped and they ran down the slope. A workman thought the snowbank and buffers would stop the runaway, but he was wrong. The trucks instead broke through the buffers and plunged into the ravine, and all the noise from the trucks caused an avalanche which buried Skarloey deep inside. 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 to clear away drifts. Gordon loudly blows steam and causes an avalanche, covering both he and Thomas in snow. Gordon cries for help, and Thomas jokes that if Skarloey could emerge from an avalanche laughing, Gordon could at least do the same. Gordon just scoffs 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.
  • A wire can be seen between Rusty and his coach after the workmen have removed the ice from Skarloey.


  • 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!

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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