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This article is about the episode. You may be looking for the UK DVD, the Japanese DVD, the Buzz Book, the board book, the 1988 magazine story, the 1998 magazine story, the My First Thomas book or the Engine Adventures book.
“Well done, Thomas! That was fun, but to beat you over that hill, I should have to grow wings and be an aeroplane!”
―Bertie

Thomas and Bertie, retitled Thomas and Bertie's Great Race in American releases, is the fourteenth episode of the first season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Agree to Disagree in 1989 and Field Day in 1991.

Plot

Thomas is waiting at a junction when a bus drives up alongside him. The bus introduces himself as Bertie, who remembers Thomas from the time he took his passengers home after Thomas crashed into a snowdrift and tells Thomas that he has come to help his passengers today. Thomas claims that he can go faster than Bertie. Bertie then challenges Thomas to a race. Their drivers agree and Thomas and Bertie begin their race.

ThomasandBertie14

Goodbye Bertie!

As it takes Thomas a while to build up speed, Bertie draws in front at the beginning of the race until he reaches the level crossing, where Thomas passes him and takes the lead. After that the road leaves the railway and Thomas stops at the next station to collect passengers. He tells them to get in quickly and as he starts off again, he sees Bertie zooming over the bridge and retaking the lead. Thomas tries to catch up, but he has to stop at the next station. Bertie continues on gleefully and Thomas now feels sure that he will lose the race, but he feels better after a drink and starts off once more.

While crossing the river bridge, Thomas finds that he still has a chance to win seeing that Bertie is waiting on a traffic light. As Bertie starts again, Thomas reaches full speed and takes the lead as he passes Bertie at the tunnel and makes it to the last station, winning the race. Everyone celebrates Thomas' victory, but they give Bertie a big cheer too. Bertie congratulates Thomas and tells him that to beat him over that hill, he would have to grow wings and be an aeroplane.

The two friends often talk about their race, but Bertie's passengers do not like to be bounced like peas in a frying pan and the Fat Controller warns Thomas not to race at dangerous speeds. Although it does not seem likely the two will ever race again, secretly Thomas and Bertie would like to again some day.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • At the beginning of the episode, Thomas' boiler is chipped.
  • When Thomas and Bertie are about to start their race, in the bottom left corner of the screen, a camera shadow can be seen.
  • Thomas has Percy's tired face mask on when he puffs into Elsbridge.
  • The narrator says "...the road left the railway..." but there is a road right next to Thomas.
  • The plane seen taking off as Thomas and his coaches leave Dryaw suddenly stops moving before they have passed the camera.
  • In a close-up of Bertie, he has no driver.
  • In the shot of Thomas racing past Lower Arlesburgh, the end of the set is visible in the background. Also, Thomas is on Toby's Branchline
  • In the shot of Thomas entering the tunnel, in the top left corner, studio equipment can be seen.
  • Annie and Clarabel keep changing position throughout the race.
  • In the restored version, studio equipment can be seen when Thomas pulls into Ffarquhar after the race.
  • In the close-up of Thomas, we can see a camera capture on his coupling.
  • The narrator says Bertie was fuming at the gates, but Bertie looks happy.
  • Because stock footage is used, sometimes Annie and Clarabel are not behind Thomas.
  • A rare picture of Thomas passing Bertie on the Elsbridge Viaduct shows the end of the set on the far left.
  • When Thomas stops at Elsbridge, he passes the end of the platform, but when he is drinking water, he has moved backwards.
  • When people gather around Thomas and Bertie, there are a ton of people in front of Bertie, but in the next scene they're gone.
  • In the final scene, studio equipment can be seen on the top left corner.

Merchandise

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Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race 1998 1998
  • "Tired" Thomas
WoodenRailwayThomasAndBertie’sGreatRaceStoryPack
Let's Have a Race Set 2002 2006
WoodenRailwayLet'sHaveaRaceSet
Thomas and Bertie Story Pack 2010 2011
WoodenRailwayThomasAndBertieStoryPack

Take Along

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Lets Have A Race Set 2008 Unknown
TakeAlongGreatRaceSet

Plarail / Motor Road and Rail

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Thomas the Tank Engine & Bertie Set 1994 Unknown
PlarailThomastheTankEngine&BertieSet
Thomas and Bertie Set 1998 ? Unknown
MotorRoadAndRailThomasandBertieSet
Thomas’ Big Race 2004 Unknown
MotorRoadAndRailThomas’BigRace
The Great Race 2005 Unknown
MotorRoadAndRailTheGreatRaceSet
Thomas and Bertie Set 2008 Unknown
PlarailThomasAndBertieSet
Thomas and Bertie Competition! Rainbow Bridge Set 2016
PlarailThomasAndBertieCompetition!RainbowBridgeSet
Full Sounds! Railroad Crossing 2017
PlarailFullSoundsRailroadCrossing

Tomica

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Thomas and Bertie's Race Set 2017
TomicaThomasandBertie'sRaceSet

Hornby

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Thomas and Bertie Set 1988 Unknown
HornbyThomasandBertieSet

Mega Bloks

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Thomas and Bertie Small Set 2016
MegaBloksThomasandBertie

Books

Name Published Publisher Highlights Photo
Thomas and Bertie and Thomas Down the Mine 1984 Ladybird Books
  • A promotional copy of the book came with Hornby's 1988 Thomas and Bertie set.
Ladybirdbook4
Thomas and the Great Race 1989 Egmont
Random House
ThomasandtheGreatRace
Thomas and Bertie 1990 Buzz Books
ThomasandBertieBuzzBook
Thomas and Bertie 1992
ThomasandBertie(boardbook)
Thomas and Bertie 1997 Egmont
Random House
ThomasandBertie(book)
Thomas' Big Race Sound Book 2000 Egmont
Thomas'BigRaceSoundBook
The Great Race 2000 Random House
TheGreatRace
Bertie 2005 Egmont
MyThomasStoryLibraryBertie
Thomas the Tank Engine the Great Race 2015 Egmont
ThomastheTankEnginetheGreatRace
Thomas and Bertie's Race 2017 Egmont
ThomasandBertie'sRace(EngineAdventures)

Home Media Releases

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UK

DVD Boxsets

WAL

  • Troublesome Trucks and 8 Other Stories

US

VHS/DVD Boxsets

AUS

DVD Boxsets

NZ

JPN

PHL

FRA

GER

DVD Boxsets

SE

NL

UKR

NOR

FIN/ISL

  • Thomas the Tank Engine 2 (Scandinavian VHS/DVD)

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IND

ITA

HRV

ROM

DVD Packs

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