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“If you were going any slower, you'd be going backwards!”
―Max to Buster

The Tortoise and the Hare is a Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode released on Thomas' Trusty Friends.


Thomas takes Buster to the newly built Sodor Racetrack to smooth the track, but Max and Monty tease Buster about being slow and challenge him to a race. When the work is done, Miss Jenny allows Max, Monty, and Buster to test the racetrack. Max and Monty race off with Buster trundling behind, but Max and Monty end up in a ditch, while Buster trundles ahead and wins the race.




  • This episode is based on Aesop's fable of the same name.
  • This episode marks Buster's last appearance until The Great Discovery.
  • This marks the only appearance of the Sodor Racetrack in the spin-off Jack and the Pack to date.


  • At the very beginning of the episode, a camera shadow is seen following Thomas.
  • Thomas' right eye is wonky for a good portion of the episode.
  • At the end of the episode, the narrator says that Thomas came back to get Buster, but Thomas is present when Buster crosses the finish line.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch De haas en de schildpad
German Die Schildkröte und der Hase

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