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“Sharing your work makes things much easier, but sharing the fun is the best fun of all!”
―Thomas after sharing his load

Thomas and the Circus is the sixteenth (fourteenth in Australia) episode of the eighth season.


The circus is coming to the Island of Sodor and all the engines were excited and wanted to take the circus train. Sir Topham Hatt gave Thomas the job to take the circus train and told him to share the load with another engine if the train was too heavy. When Thomas left, James and Percy are hoping to pull the circus with Thomas soon.

When Thomas arrived at the docks, he was amazed by all the circus trucks he could see. When Thomas backed up to Annie and Clarabel, Salty rolled up and asked Thomas if he wanted him to help. Even though Thomas knew the train was heavy and what Sir Topham Hatt said, he wanted to pull the train by himself and the glory to himself. Thomas puffed along the countryside and was having so much fun as the people at the station cheered for him. Thomas stopped by a bridge where Percy was waiting and the children waved to Thomas. Percy asked Thomas he needed help, but Thomas said no as he wanted to have the fun to himself and puffed on leaving a disappointed Percy.

But Thomas started to get tired as he noticed how heavy the train is. When he saw James, he asked Thomas if he wanted any help, but Thomas still wanted to pull it on his own. But Thomas wasn't having fun anymore pulling the train by himself and got worse when Thomas broke his siderods from the strain of pulling the heavy train and had to stop.

While the driver calls for help, the performers tried to cheer Thomas up, but he didn't cheered up a bit. Percy and James arrived with hay for the horses and Thomas' new siderods. Thomas said to them that he wished he asked them to share the train with them. Percy and James agreed to help Thomas that way they could have fun together and they both watched the performers while Thomas was fitted into his new siderods. Percy and James were coupled up and they helped Thomas with the train. While they watched the circus tent being put up, Thomas thanked his friends and admits that sharing the fun is the best fun of all.




  • Stock footage from Percy's Big Mistake is used.
  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the eighth season.
  • This episode marks Caroline's first appearance since the fifth season episode, Toby's Discovery.
  • A faceless Toad model is the brake van for Thomas' train.


  • A wire is visible underneath Thomas when he is repaired and puffs away.
  • The sound of Thomas' traction rods breaking happens long before they do on screen.
  • When James is pushing the brake van, he is pushing it slightly up off the rails.
  • Bridget and Stephen Hatt are seen as two of the children on the bridge waving to Thomas, but they were just seen at Maron station in the previous scene.
  • In the overhead shot of Thomas passing through Maron, the line ahead is leading to bushes.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas og sirkuset Thomas and the Circus
Japanese トーマスとサーカス Thomas and the Circus
German Geteilter Spaß ist doppelter Spaß Shared Fun Is Double the Fun
Danish Cirkus Circus
Finnish Tuomas ja sirkus Thomas and the Circus
Hungarian Thomas és a cirkusz Thomas and the Circus
Spanish Thomas y el Circo Thomas and the Circus
Dutch Thomas en het circus Thomas and the Circus
Russian Томас и цирк Thomas and the Circus
Italian Thomas e il Circo Thomas and the Circus
Gaelic Tomas Agus an Siorcas Thomas and the Circus
Portuguese Thomas e o Circo Thomas and the Circus
Polish Tomek i Cyrk Thomas and the Circus
Romanian Thomas și Circul Thomas and the Circus
Czech Tomáš a cirkus Thomas and the Circus
Croatian Tomica i cirkus Thomas and the Circus
Slovak Thomas a cirkus Thomas and the Circus
Chinese 托马斯和马戏团 Thomas and the Circus
Korean 토마스와 서커스단 Thomas and the Circus
Swedish Thomas och cirkusen Thomas and the Circus
Thai โธมัสกับคณะละครสัตว์ Thomas and the Circus
Serbian Tomas i cirkus Thomas and the Circus

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Peep! Peep! Hurray! Three Cheers for Thomas
  • The Complete Series 8
  • 3 Great Adventures
  • It's Party Time!

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