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This article is about the episode. You may be looking for the magazine story, the Philippine DVD or the Malaysian DVD.
"What ugly wheels you've got."
— Thomas insulting Terence
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Thomas, Terence and the Snow/
Terence the Tractor
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

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

Air date

November 20th,
1984 (UK)
April 22nd,
1987 (AUS)
March 12th,
1989 (US)

Previous episode

Thomas Goes
Fishing

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.

Plot

Autumn arrives on the island of Sodor, turning the fields and trees from green to brown. One day, Thomas is running along his branch line when he spots a tractor ploughing the fields. Later, Thomas gets a chance to talk to the tractor who is friendly and introduces himself as Terence. Thomas cheekily tells Terence he has ugly wheels, but Terence explains they're caterpillars and allow him to go anywhere as he doesn't need rails to run. Thomas is indignant, telling Terence he likes his rails as he leaves.

Winter soon comes, and the landscape is blanketed by snow. Thomas's driver is worried that a heavy fall is coming, but Thomas isn't scared of something like snow. However the countryside is covered with snow and Thomas is angry to arrive at the station to find his snow plough waiting for him. Thomas's driver explains that the tank engine will need to wear it for the next journey, but Thomas is certain snow (which he calls 'silly soft stuff') won't stop him. He is fitted with the snow plough which is very uncomfortable, making Thomas cross causing him to shake and bang it throughout his journey. By the end of the day, the plough is so damaged the driver has to remove it. He tells Thomas that's he a very naughty engine as he shuts him up in the shed for the night.

The next morning, Thomas's driver and fireman arrive early to try and fix the snow plough but can't make it fit. Thomas is very pleased that he doesn't have to wear it and boasts to Annie and Clarabel who are worried about the snow, as is Thomas's driver knowing the snow will be deep in the valley. Thomas isn't concerned at all, and rushes into a tunnel thinking of how clever he is... and comes out to find a massive snow drift which he runs straight into. 

Thomas is stuck, and attempts to reverse out are useless. The guard goes for help as the driver, fireman and Thomas's passengers try to dig him out, however more snow falls until Thomas is nearly buried. Thomas is very upset, believing he'll wind up frozen and realises its his own fault since he wouldn't have got stuck if he'd been wearing his snow plough. 

A bus arrives to pick up the passengers, and none other than Terence (who doesn't mind snow) arrives to rescue Thomas. After taking the now-empty Annie and Clarabel away, Terence returns for Thomas who has had most of the snow dug off him but still can't move. A chain is attached to the two, and Terence is finally able to pull Thomas free after a lot of effort. 

Thomas is now able to move on his own again, and picks up Annie and Clarabel while thanking Terence for the rescue and praising his caterpillars. Thomas's driver hopes Thomas has learned his lesson and will act more sensible in future. Thomas promises to try, as he humbly heads back to the shed.

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Trivia

Goofs

  • 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.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Terence der Traktor Terence the Tractor
Norwegian Thomas, Terence og snøen Thomas, Terence and the Snow
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
Welsh Tomos, Terence a'r Eira Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Polish Tomek, Tymcio i Śnieg Thomas, Terence and the Snow

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