Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

Thomas' New Trucks

6,328pages on
this wiki
This article is about the episode. You may be looking for the DVD or the rolling stock.
"James, I think trucks like to be useful, rather than clean!"
— Thomas teasing James
Thomas' New Trucks

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Paul Larson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

November 4th,
2005 (UK)
November 5th,
2005 (US)
March 7th,
2007 (AUS)
June 25th,
2008 (JAP)

Previous episode

Thomas' Day Off

Next episode

Duncan and the
Old Mine

Thomas' New Trucks is the nineteenth episode of the ninth season.


Thomas is jealous when he learns that James has received brand new trucks, but is delighted when told his trucks are too old to use and he will have to use new ones.

Thomas and James become competitive about keeping their trucks clean, but at the quarry the trucks bump forward and get covered in dust. Thomas orders his trucks to behave, but they ignore him and get Thomas and themselves showered in coal.

James laughs that Thomas will never win, but Thomas realizes that if he uses his old trucks he will not have to worry about getting them dirty. Thomas collects some coal and sets off, but on the way a coupling breaks and Thomas goes ahead of the trucks. He stops too soon, and the trucks crash into him and disintegrate, flinging coal everywhere.

Harvey and the workmen clear up the mess, Thomas collects his new trucks and has the coal loaded into them, and arrives at Brendam without the trucks making any trouble. James gloats his victory, but then is hit by a falling crate of melons. Thomas tells James that trucks prefer to be useful than clean, and the trucks giggle in agreement.




  • Going by production order, this is the sixteenth episode of the ninth season.


  • Thomas' new trucks don't have faces until he meets James at the quarry.
  • This episode is called "Thomas' New Trucks" in America, even though it should've been retitled, "Thomas' New Cars".
  • As Thomas backs under the coal hopper, one of the trucks is missing its face.
  • When Thomas and James meet at the washdown, Thomas has James' trucks and vice-versa.
  • When James is showing off his trucks to Bill and Ben, he doesn't have a crew.
  • The narrator says that "The engines and their trucks were working very hard", but Gordon was pulling coaches in that scene.
  • The sound heard when Thomas applied the brakes appears to be telling that Thomas wheels are slipping while his siderods are brake-on, even though Thomas brakes normally.
  • The UK term "trucks" is used in the US narration at one point.
  • When Thomas collects his new trucks, the background to the left (perspective right) appears to be misplaced and titled.
  • The crate of melons smashed on James boiler between his cab and brass dome. Therefore his face, tender and trucks shouldn't have been covered in squashed melons.
  • Cranky is smiling when his cable snaps.


In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas får nye vogner Thomas Gets New Trucks
Japanese トーマスのあたらしいかしゃ Thomas' New Trucks
Danish Thomas' nye vogne Thomas' New Wagons
German Thomas Ruft New Cars Thomas Gets New Cars
Italian I Nuovi Vagoni di Thomas Thomas' New Wagons

Home Media Releases



  • Milkshake Muddle


Merchandise Gallery


Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki