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"You said that the countryside runs got you all fired up, James, but I didn't think you meant it in this way!"
— Percy
Thomas, Percy and Old Slowcoach

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 5th,
1998 (UK)
December 14th,
1998 (AUS)
February 1st,
1999 (US)

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the Rumours
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Thomas, Percy and Old Slowcoach is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season.


Thomas and Percy discover an old slow coach in the scrap yard. She looks very dirty, but is in perfect shape so they try to help her. Meanwhile, James runs into trouble when his fuel tankers catch on fire. The fire fighters soon help him by putting out the fire.

Later that day, there is another fire at the workmen's hut close to where Thomas and Percy were taking on water. Unfortunately, the firemen discover that they ran out of water after putting out James' fire. Thomas suggests that they use the water from his and Percy's tanks. The plan works well and the fire was soon put out, but the workmen's hut is destroyed.

Percy comes up with the idea of using Old Slow Coach as the workmen's new hut. So, after being cleaned up, she happily enjoys her new life.




  • Elements of the magazine story Fire are used.
  • Scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, Donald, Douglas, City of Truro, and Toad can be seen in the background in shots of the scrapyard.
  • In the first shot of Thomas and Percy at the scrapyard, Big Mickey's model from TUGS can be spotted.
  • In the Latin American dub, Old Slow Coach is referred to as a male.
  • When Thomas and Percy puff to see what they can do to the fire at the workmen's hut, behind them in the background at Tidmouth Hault the station masters house from Thomas Comes to Breakfast can be seen.


  • The new station at Tidmouth Hault now appears to be a shed.
  • In one scene, Thomas' scared face mask is missing the eyebrows.
  • In one shot of Old Slow Coach at the scrapyard, Percy and his trucks are missing.
  • When Thomas and Percy shunt their trucks in the sidings, Percy's eyes are wonky.
  • When the guard says "It's quite a mess", Thomas lurches forward a bit.
  • When James cries "Help!", his eyes are wonky.
  • The term "guard" is used at one point in the US narration.
  • When Percy says "you said the countryside runs got you all fired up James", his lamp is wonky.
  • When the narrator says "They reach the siding and his driver give the alarm" James is covered in smoke dust but when driver says "It's dangerous" James is clean. However, when Thomas and Percy arrive, James is covered in smoke dust again.
  • In one shot in the scrapyard part of the rails are oily.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas, Percy y el Viejo Vagón Thomas, Percy and the Old Wagon
Norwegian Thomas, Percy og den gamle vogna Thomas, Percy and the Old Coach
Japanese トーマスとふるいきゃくしゃ Thomas and the Old Coach



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