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"Whoo! Look at me! I'm a ghost!"
— Sir Handel
Thomas and the Big Bang

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Abi Grant


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 7th,
2007 (UK)
October 6th,
2007 (US)
September 27th,
2011 (AUS)

Previous episode

Thomas and
the Lighthouse

Next episode

Smoke and Mirrors

Thomas and the Big Bang is the tenth episode of the eleventh season.


Thomas plays a trick on Rheneas by whistling beside him, making the little engine knock his trucks of pilings. The other engines want to join in and surprise Rusty, Sir Handel, and Peter Sam. When Mr. Percival finds that none of Thomas' trucks have been loaded, he is furious. Thomas, seeing the error of his ways, works to get everything in order, but plays one last trick on Mr. Percival and hides his trucks. When Mr. Percival discovers the trick, he declares that Thomas is "a very funny engine".




  • This is the third occasion in which James is spun on a turntable. The first was in Tenders and Turntables and the second in Buzz, Buzz.
  • When Rusty says "You look like a ghost!", the footage is sped up.
  • The title is a reference to "The Big Bang", a phenomenon that occurred billions of years ago that is believed to have created the universe.
  • This is the only eleventh season episode featuring the narrow gauge engines not featured on Engines and Escapades.
  • Going by production order, this is the nineteenth episode of the eleventh season.


  • The narrator says that Rusty steamed around the wharf, but Rusty is a diesel.
  • Peter Sam is wearing Duncan's happy face at the end.
  • The narrator says that the little engines blew their whistles, but Rusty has a horn.
  • When Peter Sam derails, he crashes through the buffers and is off the track, but in the next scene, the rails continue to the edge of the wharf.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die neuen Dampfrohr The New Steam-pipe
Finnish Tuomas Pulassa Thomas In Trouble
Norwegian Thomas og det store smellet Thomas and the Big Bang
Japanese トーマスのドッキリ!!さくせん Thomas' Surprise Plan
Portuguese Thomas e o Grande Susto Thomas and the Big Scare

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • The Complete Eleventh Series



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