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"Look out, Percy! Or the dragon may gobble you up!"
— James
Thomas, Percy and the Dragon

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Andrew Brenner
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 18th,
1991 (US)
April 7th,
1992 (UK)
May 26th,
1992 (JAP)
February 23rd,
1993 (AUS)
October 7th,
1996 (US)

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Thomas Gets

Next episode

Diesel Does it Again

Thomas, Percy and the Dragon is the seventh episode of the third season. In the US, this episode first aired on the Shining Time Station episode Scare Dares and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.


Percy is still ribbing Thomas about the time he thought Percy was a ghost. Thomas pays no attention, and one night is asked to collect a special load from Brendam. Thomas is horrified to find it is a dragon, but his driver tells him it is made of paper and is needed for a carnival.

Meanwhile, Percy is stuck in a siding while shunting and has to stay there for the night because of jammed points. Thomas passes by with the dragon and Percy is so terrified that he doesn't sleep at all.

The next day Percy sees the dragon again, but is indignant when he sees Thomas pushing it. Thomas explained what happened and the two make up their teasing.




  • In the restored version, in the last shot of Thomas and Percy in the shed, Thomas looks cross instead of asleep.
  • The second season episode, Ghost Train is referenced.
  • A deleted scene shows Gordon passing Percy in the siding instead of James.
  • Big Mickey, from Thomas and Friends' sister show, TUGS, makes his first appearance in the show as a background character. He continues to be a background character to this day, even making it into CGI.
  • S.S. Vienna's model from TUGS appears in the scenes at the docks.
  • This is based on the two Andrew Brenner magazine stories, Percy's Night Out and Percy and the Dragon.


  • The dragon was said to be covered in lights, but it was actually lit up from underneath.
  • The steam vent goes off too early when Thomas blows steam at Percy.
  • In the shot of Henry, James, and Duck, Henry's front wheels are derailed and his brake pipe is wonky.
  • When Thomas goes under the bridge, the rails on the left end.
  • In the overhead shots of the jammed points, a truck next to Percy is derailed.
  • In the scene of Thomas and Percy in Tidmouth Sheds, Thomas is in a middle berth. But, the morning after, Thomas has moved to the berth on the far right.
  • George Carlin uses the term guard at one point.
  • Wires can be seen under the tarp on the flatbed in front of the dragon when Thomas passes Percy. These are most likely wires connecting the power source to the dragon's lights.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Thomas' train.
  • When Thomas arrives at Elsbridge, his lamp is wonky.
  • Percy whistles at James with no driver.
  • In one screenshot of the Chinese Dragon at Elsbridge, its eyes are wonky.
  • In the shot of the owl, the moon is seen behind it. However, in the next shot of Percy, the moon is higher up behind him.
  • Considering the fact that the dragon is made out of paper, the lights should have set it on fire.


  • Gordon: "You've been in the sun too long! Your dome has cracked!"
  • James: "Look out, Percy! Or the dragon may gobble you up!"
  • Percy: "No one believes me! Maybe I did imagine the dragon after all."


In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas, Percy og dragen Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Spanish Thomas, Percy y el Dragon Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Welsh Tomos, Pyrsi a'r Ddraig Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Japanese トーマスとパーシーとりゅう Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Slovenian Tomaž Poldi in Zmaj Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Polish Tomek, Piotruś i Smok Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Finnish Tuomas, Pekka ja Lohikäärme Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Czech Tomáš, Percy a Drak Thomas, Percy and the Dragon



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