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“You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more!”
―The stationmaster's wife scolding Thomas

Thomas Comes to Breakfast is the eighteenth episode of the second season. In the US, this episode first aired on the Shining Time Station episode Two Old Hands in 1989 and then later, Nickel in a Pickle in 1991.


Thomas' driver jokes that Thomas could almost run his branch line without him. Thomas does not realize he is joking though and becomes conceited. He brags to Percy and Toby later at the sheds and both tell Thomas that he needs a driver, but to no avail.

The next morning, a fire lighter comes and starts up the engines' fires. Thomas wakes up as the warmth spreads through his boiler and then realizes his opportunity to run by himself and prove Percy and Toby wrong by stopping and wheeshing in front of them. Thomas slowly starts moving along the track, but does not realize he is only moving because a careless cleaner has fiddled with his controls. Thomas quickly finds his mistake and tries to stop, but couldn't without his driver. At the end of the tracks sits the stationmaster's house. Thomas crashes through the end buffers, the fence and the front window just as the family is sitting down to breakfast. The house rocks and shattered plaster and glass are everywhere. Both the stationmaster and his wife are angry at Thomas for crashing into their house and ruining their breakfast in the process. The stationmaster's wife bangs the door to the dining room, causing more plaster to fall on Thomas. He feels depressed.

After workmen lay rails through the garden, Donald and Douglas arrive and pull Thomas free of the house. Thomas' front has been badly damaged by the impact and he is in disgrace.


Thomas was in disgrace...

Back at the shed, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for his reckless conduct and sends him to the Works for a long repair. As a result, a diesel railcar is going to be brought in to run his branch line and the Fat Controller informs him that diesels always stay in the sheds unless wanted and never crash into stationmasters' houses. 




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines.
  • Stock footage from Thomas and the Guard is used as well as a deleted scene from Thomas, Percy and the Coal.
  • A foreshadow to Daisy is made.
  • A portrait of Earnest, a Victorian-style steam engine depicted with a mustache can be seen in the Ffarquhar Stationmaster's house.
  • Footage of the episode was used as a reference to the original story read aloud by Christopher Awdry in the exclusive YouTube documentary 70 Years of Friendship. Christopher also stated that this was one of his favourite stories.
  • A large scale model of Thomas was used for the scenes inside of the house.
  • When the narrator says "The stationmaster was furious!" the wall set-up behind the stationmaster is different in the restored version.
  • In George Carlin's US narration, when the stationmaster's wife shouts "Now I shall have to cook some more!" the sound of the door being banged sounds quieter than in the other dubs for this episode.
  • The cereal box that the stationmaster's son is holding is a recreation of Kellogg's Corn Flakes.
  • This marks the only time in the television series that shows Thomas without a lamp to date.
  • When the Fat Controller scolds Thomas when he returns to the sheds, he says "You are a very naughty engine" in a firm voice in the UK. However, in both US narrations, he says "You're in a lot of trouble, Thomas" in a calm voice. The change was likely made because many viewers in the US would not understand how Thomas would be told off in such a manner, making it seem as if The Fat Controller had possible trust issues with Thomas.
  • Bridget Hatt is one of the Ffarquhar stationmaster's children.
  • The events of this episode are mentioned by James in Journey Beyond Sodor.
  • This episode is the first part of the trilogy to Daisy and Percy's Predicament as all the episodes continue the same story arc.


  • Clarabel is facing the wrong direction and her roof is lifted when Thomas comes into Tidmouth.
  • Although the narrator says that Thomas had become conceited, Thomas actually appears to be sad.
  • When Percy and Toby are asleep, Toby is tilted to the left.
  • In the close-up of Toby sleeping, his windows are open slightly, but in the wider shot of the three engines in the shed, Toby's right window (viewer perspective) is completely open. It is then again slightly open when Thomas is rolling out of the shed.
  • Just after Thomas finds that he cannot stop, he passes a station building on his left, but in the next shot, he has not passed it yet.
  • In the shots from Thomas' perspective before he runs into the house, the tracks on the right all seem to end abruptly at a wall (the wall is presumably there to hide the edge of the set).
  • Just before Thomas crashes into the house, the window did not have glass in the frame.
  • As Thomas crashes into the house, his wheels do not move. Not even as he is being pulled out of the house.
  • In the interior shots of the house, the people are almost as big as Thomas due to their large scale models being used.
  • When Thomas is rescued, a bush is lying on his buffer beam, but when the Fat Controller is talking to him, the bush seems to have become larger.
  • When Donald and Douglas pull Thomas out of the house, he is wearing his lamp. In the close-up of Thomas' front, the lamp has disappeared.
  • In a close-up of Thomas' driver, he is clean shaven, but in some non close-ups, he has a beard.
  • When Thomas is pulled away from the house, he looks unharmed. However, in the next shot, a bush suddenly appears on his suddenly damaged buffer beam and his head lamp vanishes.
  • It is clear to see that a bent buffer beam has been placed on top of Thomas' own when it is damaged.
  • When Thomas says "Silly stick-in-the-muds!" the sheds and the engines are all arranged facing the wrong way.
  • During the close-up of Percy looking cross, Donald's tender is seen in the background; because of that, this episode was filmed during the same time as Break Van, where Donald's tender was still jammed in the signal box. However, later in the episode, Donald appears with his tender intact.
  • In the close-ups of the Fat Controller, the faded marks of where a smile had been are visible behind his frown.
  • The Portuguese and Spanish dubs credit George Carlin as the narrator, even though it was redubbed.
  • Thomas' eyes are off-centre from each other throughout the majority of the episode.
  • The narrator says the stationmaster was furious, but he looks very sad.
  • In George Carlin's US narration, he does not provide a muffled voice when Thomas speaks behind his bush.
  • The two bits of clay used to simulate Thomas' half-open eyelids are badly put on, so viewers can see some gaps in his eyelids.
  • When Thomas finds that he cannot stop, his lamp is not placed on correctly.
  • In the Japanese version, Ringo Starr's narrative can be faintly heard throughout the episode.
  • Thomas’ side rods change positions from when he crashes into the house to when he is rescued.


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Brazilian Portuguese Uma Visita Inesperada/Thomas Vem Ao Café da Manhã
Chinese 托马斯来吃早餐
Czech Tomáš Jde na Snídani
Danish Thomas Kommer til Morgenmad
Dutch Thomas Gaat Ontbijten
Finnish Tuomas Tulee Aamiaiselle
German Ein Unwillkommener Frühstücksgast
Hungarian Thomas Reggelije
Italian La Locomotiva Presuntuosa
Japanese トーマスあさごはんにおじゃま
Korean 역장님댁을 무너뜨린 토마스
Norwegian Thomas Kommer til Frokost
Polish Tomek Wpada na Śniadanie
Romanian Thomas Vine la Micul Dejun
Russian Томас приходит на завтрак
Serbian Tomas na Doručku
Slovak Thomas Ide na Raňajky
Slovenian Tomaž Pride na Zajtrk
Spanish La Visita de Thomas
Swedish Thomas Kommer til Frukost
Thai โธมัสชนบ้านนายสถานี
Ukrainian Томас прибуває на сніданок
Welsh Tomos mewn Trafferthion

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