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"I want to fish!"
"Engines don't go fishing!"
"Silly stick-in-the-muds!
―Thomas and James[src]

Thomas Goes Fishing is the twelfth episode of the first season. It aired in the Shining Time Station episodes Faith, Hope and Anxiety in 1989 and Is Anybody There? in 1991.



"Engines don't go fishing!"

Along his branch line, Thomas often looks forward to the sight of the river, and the people that fish there. He often wants to stay and watch, but his driver decides against it, worrying what would happen if they fell behind schedule by stopping to fish. Whenever he meets another engine, he shares with them his desire to fish, but they all tell him that "engines don't go fishing." However, he unknowingly gets the chance when he finds the water tower at the junction out of order. Thomas is cross, but his crew decide to get water from the river.

The crew find a bucket and rope and hurry to the bridge. There, they lower the bucket down to the river, but unfortunately the bucket has five holes, and water leaks out fast, meaning that they have to hurry before the water drains out. The crew repeat this several times before at last Thomas' thirst is quenched. 

Before long, Thomas develops a pain in his boiler. Steam rushes from his safety valve, and Thomas is alarmed that he may burst. The crew dampen the fire and struggle on to Ffarquhar. Annie and Clarabel are uncoupled and Thomas, still aching, is stopped in a siding as the guard phones an inspector and the Fat Controller. Workmen put signs saying "DANGER KEEP AWAY" all around Thomas. The inspector and the Fat Controller arrive, who consul Thomas of the situation. The driver explains what had happened, and the inspector concludes that the feed pipe is blocked.

The inspector looks inside Thomas' tank, he climbs down and asks the Fat Controller take a look in the tank as well. What the Fat Controller sees shocks him, and both agree that it was fish. They deduce that fish were collected in the bucket along with the water. Thomas' crew fish them out with instructions from the Fat Controller and afterwards have a meal of fish and chips. The Fat Controller asks if Thomas has learned his lesson, to which Thomas replies that he now understands why engines don't go fishing: "it's too uncomfortable."





  • In one scene, Annie and Clarabel are facing the wrong way.
  • Thomas' driver was said to have hung "DANGER" signs on Thomas' front and back, but they are propped in front of and beside him.
  • The narrator says the bucket has five holes, but a close-up shot shows six holes on the bucket.
  • When the bucket is lifted from the river, the water is shown to be brown and muddy. However, when the water is poured into Thomas's tank, the water appears to be clean.
  • Thick pencil marks are visible on the "DANGER KEEP AWAY" signs.
  • In the George Carlin narration, when the Fat Controller says "That was good!" Ringo Starr can be heard in the background very faintly.
  • When the men are first seen with the "DANGER" signs, the red lining around Thomas' number is peeling away.
  • Thomas is wearing Percy's tired face in four shots.
  • In the restored version, studio equipment can be seen when Thomas says "Bother! I'm thirsty!" and when the Inspector looks inside Thomas' tank.
  • When Thomas puffs on to the siding, steam continues to vent from the tracks even after he leaves, but in the next shot, it all disappears. Later, 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, when the Fat Controller asks Thomas' driver how the fish got there, the steam reappears. 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.
  • There's a tiny hole in Thomas's smokebox when the inspector looks into his tank.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Thomas geht angeln Thomas Goes Fishing
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! Engines don't go Fishing!
Finnish Tuomas Veturi Kalassa Thomas the Tank Engine is Fishing.
Hebrew תומס הולך לדוג Thomas Goes Fishing
Croatian Tomica ide u ribolov Thomas Goes Fishing
French Thomas va à la pêche Thomas Goes Fishing
Dutch Thomas gaat Vissen Thomas Goes Fishing
Danish Thomas på en fisketur Thomas on a Fishing Trip
Chinese 托马斯去钓鱼 Thomas Goes Fishing
Korean 물고기 소동 Fish Disturbance
Slovenian Tomaž gre na ribolov Thomas Goes Fishing
Hungarian Thomas Halászni Megy Thomas Goes Fishing
Czech Tomáš na rybách Thomas on Fish
Swedish Thomas på fisketur Thomas on Fishing Trip
Romanian Thomas se duce la Pescuit Thomas Goes to Fishing
Spanish Thomas va de pesca Thomas Goes Fishing
Slovak Thomas ide na rybačku Thomas Goes for Fish
Polish Tomek Jedzie na Ryby Thomas Goes to Fish
Russian Паровозы не ловят рыбу Locomotives No Fish
Serbian Tomas na pecanju Thomas Fishing
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas vai pescar Thomas Goes Fishing
Thai โธมัสอยากตกปลา Thomas Wants Fishing

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