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"I was trying to find you a welcome present, Hiro - something special from Sodor, but I couldn't find anything. I'm sorry."
"Thomas, my friend. You must not worry. My welcome present is right here. Being here with my friends is the biggest present of all,
and the most special present from Sodor, there is nothing more special!
— Thomas and Hiro at the welcome party
The Biggest Present of All

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

February 15th,
2010 (UK)
February 20th,
2010 (AUS)
June 2nd,
2010 (JAP)
October 9th,
2010 (US)
December 4th,
2011 (NOR)

Previous episode

Splish, Splash,

Next episode

Snow Tracks

The Biggest Present of All is the sixteenth episode of the thirteenth season.


All of the engines on the Island of Sodor are very excited. Hiro is returning for a visit, and to help with the summer holiday makers. The Fat Controller is throwing a surprise welcome party at Knapford for Hiro, and tells Thomas to tell all the other engines. But Thomas' mind isn't on the party; he wants to get Hiro a wonderful gift to celebrate his visit. Thomas puffs all around the island, trying to find something special for Hiro. Later, Thomas arrives at Knapford, but no one is there, as Thomas had not told anybody about the party. Thomas quickly races around the island and soon they all arrive at Knapford. Thomas apologises for not finding a gift, but Hiro insists that the best present of all was having all of his friends together.




  • This episode was shown in select US theaters in January 2010.
  • Kevin still mistakenly calls Thomas "boss", which began when he took over as manager in Steamy Sodor for a short while.


  • The Fat Controller tells Hiro to go to the Steamworks to have his engine checked. But, Hiro does not have an engine as he is the said engine.
  • Percy was pulling four mail coaches in this episode, but in Thomas, Percy and the Post Train, four mail coaches were said to be too much for one engine to pull.
  • Emily leaves Farmer McColl's farm after she meets Thomas there the first time, but later she is waiting there again.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Emily and Toby's trains.
  • When Thomas returns to tell Emily about the party, Emily's tender is not rendered properly, as it is transparent.
  • When Toby, James, and Henry puff away to shunt trucks, James and Henry swap whistles.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Danish Den Største Gave The Biggest Gift
Finnish Suurin lahja The Biggest Gift
Swedish Den bästa presenten du kan få The Best Present You Can Get
Norwegian Den største gaven av alle The Biggest Gift of All
Japanese とくべつなプレゼント Special Gift
Polish Największym Darem Greatest Gift
German Das größte Geschenk von allen The Greatest Gift of All
Welsh Y Presennol Gorau Erioed The Best Present Ever



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