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"What ugly wheels you've got."
— Thomas insulting Terence
Thomas, Terence and the Snow/
Terence the Tractor

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 17th,
1984 (UK)
April 22nd,
1987 (Australia)
March 12th,
1989 (US)

Previous episode

Thomas Goes

Next episode

Thomas and Bertie/
Thomas and
Bertie's Great Race

Thomas, Terence and the Snow, retitled Terence the Tractor in American releases, is the thirteenth episode of the first season. In the US, this episode aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Agree to Disagree in 1989 and 'Tis a Gift in 1990.


Thomas meets a friendly tractor named Terence and mocks Terence's use of his caterpillars. Winter soon arrives, and Thomas is forced to wear an uncomfortable snowplough. Thomas shakes and bangs the snowplough so much that by the end of the day it's too damaged to use again.

The next day Thomas continues his work, without his snowplough, much to his delight. Unfortunately, he quickly comes across a snowdrift and crashes right into it, ending up trapped in the snow. Instantly he begins to regret breaking his snowplough.

Bertie arrives to take Thomas' passengers and Terence comes to the rescue, taking Annie and Clarabel away before rescuing Thomas from the snow. Thomas thanks Terence and calls his caterpillars splendid.





  • In some close ups of Thomas, he is not pulling Annie and Clarabel.
  • When Thomas collects Annie and Clarabel, a truck is next to him. When he puffs off a brakevan has mysteriously appeared in front of it.
  • Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel are not at the station in the close-up of Thomas' snowplough.
  • When Thomas leaves Knapford, Annie and Clarabel's names are missing.
  • In the shot after Thomas pulls out of Knapford Station, the end of the set is visible.
  • When Thomas says "Cinders and ashes!" it looks as if Clarabel is derailed.
  • When the guard is said to leave for help, Clarabel is smiling. Would not she be worried for Thomas?
  • When the narrator says "slipped and tugged" and when Thomas is pulled out of the snow, Annie can be seen in the tunnel, but she and Clarabel were supposed to be on the other side.
  • When Thomas reverses towards Annie and Clarabel, the coupling sound is heard before Thomas couples to Annie.
  • At least some of the snow should have melted from the heat of Thomas' boiler.
  • If there was a risk of a heavy snow fall, then it would be risky to allow Thomas to set off on his journey without a snowplough anyway.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Terence, der Traktor Terence the Tractor
Spanish Terence el Tractor Terence the Tractor
Japanese トラクターのテレンス Terence the Tractor
Brazillian Portuguese Terence, o Trator Terence the Tractor



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