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"Thank you for looking after my passengers!"
"Oh, that's alright Thomas! I like to make new friends, but I'm glad to share them with you!"
"Bertie, you're a very good friend indeed! (You're a good friend indeed and always will be! - US Narration)
— Thomas and Bertie

Thomas Gets Bumped is the sixth episode of the third season. It first aired on Shining Time Station in the episode Nickel in a Pickle in 1991.


Every afternoon, Thomas puffs along his branch line with Annie and Clarabel. They would pass the watermill, then they come to a big farm and see a village nestle either side of it. Whenever children hear Thomas coming, they would stand on the bridge to wave at him.

One day, Thomas was waiting at a signal to talk to some children. Percy was waiting too and teases Thomas that if he is late, Sir Topham Hatt will replace him. Thomas disapproves of this, but was worried.

The next day, Thomas sees an inspector waving a red flag. He saw some children waving at him on the bridge, asking if he would take them home. The stationmaster explains to the driver that the school bus had broken down and that the parents would be worried. So the children walked down the bridge and climbed on board Annie and Clarabel and Thomas took them to the next station where Bertie was waiting to take them home. When Thomas finishes his job, he was very late and was worried that Sir Topham Hatt would be cross.

But next morning, Thomas was relieved that Sir Topham Hatt was nowhere to be seen at the station, but Thomas' fears amplify when the rails on the branch line buckle due to being heated by the hot sun. Thomas tries to stop in time, but he suddenly derails on the bent tracks. Later, he is sent to shunt trucks in the yard whilst the workmen repaired the line. Bertie comes to see Thomas and understands he needs his help again. Bertie does his passenger work, making him miserable that he had lost his passengers. Much to Thomas' relief, the line is repaired and Sir Topham Hatt is not replacing him and changes Thomas' timetable so he and Bertie can work together more often. Even though his passengers mention how much they missed Thomas, he thanks Bertie for looking after his passengers.





  • Side views of Thomas at the signal show that his siderods appear to be disconnected from his front wheels.
  • When Thomas' signal lowers, its support post leans slightly to the right.
  • A wire can be seen under Annie and Clarabel when Thomas puffs along before reaching the broken track.
  • When Thomas falls off the tracks a stone is visible underneath him.
  • The scene of Thomas passing the watermill is sped up.
  • The sign on Ffarquhar station is blank and the roof is badly damaged.
  • The Fat Controller has a black car.
  • When Thomas passes by the Goods Station at the beginning, Thomas' signal is up.
  • In the shot of the damaged tracks, Thomas is not seen coming around the bend, but in the next shot, he is already around it.
  • In one shot at Knapford, James can be seen ahead of Percy, but when Percy talks to him, somehow James has inexplicably moved further back.
  • In a deleted scene of Thomas passing through the Goods Station, the end of the set is visible.
  • In a deleted scene, a red wire is visible inside of Thomas' coal bunker.
  • In a deleted scene, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Finnish Tuomas Menee Raiteiltaan Thomas Goes Off the Rails
Japanese トーマスとバーティーのてだすけ Thomas and Bertie's Cooperation
German Thomas entgleist Thomas Derailed
Norwegian Thomas blir hektet av Thomas Gets Hooked Off
Welsh Tomos yn Poeni Thomas in a Worry
Italian L'Amicizia vince sempre Friendship Always Wins
Polish Tomek Wypada z Szyn Thomas Dropped Rails
Czech Vykolejeny Tomáš Thomas' Derailment
Slovenian Tomaž se zaleti Thomas Bumps
Turkish Thomas Terkedilince Thomas Was Abandoned
Dutch Thomas Ontspoort Thomas Derails
Russian Томас набивает Шишки Thomas Fills Bumps
Ukrainian Томасові допомогають Thomas Help
Romanian Thomas Este Lovit Thomas is Hit
Spanish El Golpe de Thomas The Strike of Thomas
Hungarian Thomas és a Meggörbült Vonatsín Thomas and Bent Train Tracks
Slovak Vykoľajený Thomas Thomas' Derailment
Swedish Thomas blir hektet av Thomas Gets Hooked By
Chinese 托马斯发生碰撞了 Thomas' Collision
Danish Thomas bli'r hægtet af Thomas is Going to Lose Out
Thai โธมัสตกราง Thomas' Derailment

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