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"Engines don't go fishing!"
— James
Thomas Goes Fishing

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


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

Air date

November 13th,
1984 (UK)
April 21st,
1987 (AUS)
March 5th,
1989 (US)
December 24th,
1991 (George
Carlin US

Previous episode

Thomas and
the Guard
Thomas and
the Conductor

Next episode

Thomas, Terence
and the Snow
Terence the Tractor

Thomas Goes Fishing is the twelfth episode of the first season. It aired in the Shining Time Station episodes Faith, Hope and Anxiety and Is Anybody There?.


Thomas wants to go fishing and is annoyed when the other engines say, "Engines don't go fishing". However, he unknowingly gets the chance when the water column at the junction breaks down and his crew must use a bucket to pull water from the river to fill his tanks.

Thomas later develops a pain in his boiler because of a blocked feed pipe. Thomas is stopped in a siding as the driver summons an inspector and the Fat Controller. They look inside Thomas' tank and deduce that fish were collected in the bucket along with water. Thomas' crew fish them out with instruction from the Fat Controller and have a lunch of fish and chips. The Fat Controller asks if Thomas has learned his lesson and Thomas says that he has and that fishing is too uncomfortable.





  • In one scene, Annie and Clarabel are facing the wrong way.
  • The river water is brown when it is lifted in the bucket, but when it is poured into Thomas' tank it is clear.
  • Thomas' driver was said to have hung "DANGER" signs on Thomas' front and back, but they are propped a few metres in front of and beside him.
  • Thick pencil marks are visible on the "DANGER KEEP AWAY" signs.
  • In the American narration by George Carlin, listen carefully after the Fat Controller says "Mmmm . . . " Ringo Starr can be faintly heard saying "Mmmm . . . " in the background.
  • When the men are first seen with the "DANGER" signs, the red lining around Thomas' number is torn.
  • Thomas is wearing Percy's tired face in some shots.
  • Studio equipment can be seen when Thomas says, "Bother! I'm thirsty!" and when the Inspector looks inside Thomas' tank.
  • When the inspector clambers up to check Thomas' tanks, Thomas abruptly stops hissing steam. But when the Inspector comes down, he is hissing steam again and once the Fat Controller climbs up, the steam vanishes. Then again, when the Fat Controller asks Thomas' driver how the fish got there, the steam reappears! And throughout all of this, the hissing sound continues even when Thomas is not letting off steam.
  • When Thomas is at Elsbridge, the siding usually seen at the water column is not there except in the close-up of the out of order sign. When it is seen, it ends in the grass.
  • In the Welsh narration, only one of the "DANGER KEEP AWAY" signs is translated into Welsh, while the others remain English.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas på fisketur Thomas On Fishing Trip
Welsh Tomos yn Pysgota Thomas Fishing
Japanese トーマスとさかなつり Thomas and Fishing
Italian I trenini non vanno a pescare! The Trains Do Not go Fishing!
Finnish Kalaa Thomas Fish in Thomas



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