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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
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Thomas, Percy and Old Slowcoach
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 5th,
1998 (UK)
December 14th,
1998 (Australia)

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

Plot

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.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The Swedish title of this episode is "Old Snail". The Italian title is "The Old Slow Coach". In Japan, this episode is called "Thomas and the Old Carriages". The Spanish title is "Thomas, Percy and the Old Wagon".
  • When Thomas and Percy puff to see what they can do to the fire and the workmen's hut, behind them in the background at Tidmouth Hault the station masters house from Thomas comes to breakfast can be seen.
  • In the Latin American dub, Old Slow Coach is referred to as a male.

Goofs

  • The new station at Tidmouth Hault now appears to be a shed.
  • It would have been dangerous to uncouple James from several burning oil tankers.
  • If the fire was lit by fuel, then dousing it with water would simply spread it.
  • 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.

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