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"What's that noise, boss?"
"Who knows, Kevin, who knows? Some early bird!
— Kevin and Victor
The Early Bird

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


David Richard Fox


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

February 1st,
2010 (UK)
February 10th,
2010 (AUS)
May 19th,
2010 (JAP)
September 18th,
2010 (US)
September 25th,
2011 (NOR)

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Play Time

The Early Bird is the sixth episode of the thirteenth season.


Percy is at the Sodor Steamworks for repairs, so the Fat Controller puts Thomas in charge of the mail run. Thomas is excited about doing it, but Gordon tells him to take advice on how to do it from Percy. Thomas ignores Gordon and doesn't ask advice from Percy as he heads back to Tidmouth Sheds.

Early next morning, Thomas collects the mail coaches and makes deliveries at the Quarry, Brendam Docks, and the Steamworks. To alert the management at each location, Thomas blows his whistle loudly and he accidentally wakes up Mavis, Cranky, Victor, and Kevin. On his way back to Tidmouth, Thomas is surprised to see Mavis and Cranky making mistakes with their work, unaware that they have fallen asleep as a result of being woken up too early.

When Thomas returns to Tidmouth Sheds, the Fat Controller scolds him for blowing his whistle too loudly as Mavis and Cranky have made mistakes. Thomas feels bad; however, he has the chance to redeem himself as Percy is still under repair, so he'll take the mail train again. Gordon overhears the conversation, and recommends, again, that Thomas should ask Percy for advice. Thomas puffs to the Steamworks to ask Percy, he tells Thomas to deliver the mail train quietly and to not blow his whistle this time.

So, when Thomas takes his second mail train, he makes his deliveries very quietly and does not blow his whistle. When he arrives at the Steamworks, Thomas is very happy, and then falls asleep.





  • Cranky is asleep at Brendam, but it was mentioned on a few occasions that he works twenty-four hours a day and never gets any sleep.
  • Thomas and Gordon wait at a level crossing, but nothing passes by. Then, when a car does approach the gates close.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Percy, Mavis, and Thomas' trains.
  • As Thomas puffs away from Mavis' shed, you can see that the track she is on ends abruptly.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Welsh Mae'r riser cynnar The Early Riser
Danish Tidlig foregår Early Going On
Norwegian Morgenfulgen The Early Bird
Polish świt Dawn
Italian Thomas si sveglia presto Thomas Wakes Up Early
Swedish Upp Tidigt Up Early
Finnish Aamuvuoro Early Birds
Japanese トーマスのはやおき Thomas Wakes Up Early
French Le lève-tôt The Early Bird



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