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"Don't ye know what a Christmas tree looks like? It's tall and green and pointy!"
— Duncan teasing Thomas
Thomas' Tricky Tree

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 7th,
2006 (UK)
September 23rd,
2006 (US)
December 17th,
2008 (JPN)

Previous episode

Duncan Drops
a Clanger

Next episode

Toby's Afternoon Off

Thomas' Tricky Tree is the seventh episode of the tenth season.


It's Christmas time, and the Skarloey Railway Engines are busy taking passengers and freight. Thomas is on his way to the Wharf to collect the Christmas tree from Sir Handel for the Fat Controller. However, upon arrival, Thomas can't find it. Duncan asks Thomas if he's looking for something, so Thomas explains. Duncan can't help but tease Thomas that he doesn't know what a Christmas tree looks like, making Thomas cross; he gets even more cross when Duncan suggests to Peter Sam that Thomas needs their help, which Thomas down-right refuses.

Thomas sets off to find the Christmas tree himself. First, he meets Sir Handel, who is about to explain that he's got the Christmas tree on his flatbed. But, Thomas interrupts him, jumping to the conclusion that Sir Handel (like Peter Sam and Duncan) is teasing him, and wants to help him find the Christmas tree, leaving Sir Handel feeling confused.

Thomas carries on around the Wharf, and meets Rusty in a warehouse, who asks Thomas if he needs help. Again, Thomas turns down Rusty's assistance. However, he begins to worry that he won't find the Christmas tree. In another warehouse, Thomas meets Skarloey, who ask if he needs help. Again, Thomas turns Skarloey down, not wanting to be teased by another narrow-gauge engine. Then, Thomas sees a flatbed with a green tarpaulin over it. Feeling excited, Thomas takes it, thinking that it's the Christmas tree that he's being looking for, but Skarloey is confused.

Thomas takes the flatbed out of the warehouse, but some frozen pointwork get the better of Thomas sending him into a siding. Thomas' flatbed crashes through the buffers and into the canal; but then, he realizes how silly he had being when Skarloey explains to Thomas that the flatbed had no Christmas tree on it - it was a load of pipes. Also, he goes onto explaining that Sir Handel delivered the tree earlier; so only he knows where it is, according to Duncan.

Thomas realizes that he had being very silly in thinking that, him being a standard-gauge engine, he knew better than the narrow-gauge engines. So admitting defeat, he goes off to the Transfer Yards to find Sir Handel, which is exactly where he is. After apologizing to Sir Handel, Thomas asks him for his assistance, which Sir Handel happily accepts. Going back to the Wharf, Thomas collects the Christmas tree and thanks Sir Handel for his help. Duncan apologizes to Thomas for teasing him, and in return, Thomas apologizes to Duncan for not asking for his assistance.

Once at the village, the Christmas tree is ready, and the Fat Controller switches on the Christmas lights. Thomas now knows that, no matter what size he and his friends are, he can still ask for their help.




  • When Thomas puffs quickly away to find Sir Handel, a steam platform is clearly visible.
  • When Thomas meets up with Skarloey, the narrator says that Thomas puffed into another warehouse, even though it is the same warehouse where he met up with Rusty.
  • Peter Sam has Emily's seventh season whistle sound.
  • The UK title card adds an extra "s" at the end of "Thomas'."

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Swedish Den förlorade julgran The Lost Christmas Tree
Norwegian Thomas og juletreet Thomas and the Christmas Tree
Japanese トーマスとクリスマスツリー Thomas and the Christmas Tree
Danish Thomas og den forsvundne træ Thomas and the Lost Tree
German Wo ist der Weihnachtsbaum? Where is the Christmas Tree?
Czech Tomášův záludný strom Thomas' Sneaky Tree
Hungarian A karácsonyfa The Christmas Tree
Polish Kłopotliwe drzewko Tomka Thomas' Troublesome Tree 
Italian Thomas e L'albero di Natale Thomas and the Christmas Tree
Portuguese Thomas e a Árvore Thomas and the Tree
Chinese 托马斯的圣诞树 Thomas' Christmas Tree
Korean 도와달라고 말해요 Say for Help
Romanian Copacul Țepos al lui Thomas Thomas' Spiky Tree
Slovak Thomasov záľudný strom Thomas' Sneaky Tree
Thai ต้นคริสต์มาสของโธมัส Thomas' Christmas Tree

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


  • The Complete Tenth Series

DVD Boxsets


DVD Packs




DVD Boxsets


  • Percy and the Funfair








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