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"Oh no!"
— Arthur's horror at upsetting the fish
Thomas and the Runaway Car

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 11th,
2007 (UK)
November 3rd,
2007 (US)
July 29th,
2009 (JPN)
September 25th,
2011 (AUS)

Previous episode

Toby's Triumph

Next episode

Thomas in Trouble

Thomas and the Runaway Car is the seventeenth episode of the eleventh season.


Thomas has been given the important job of taking the Fat Controller's new car to the Sodor Show. Gordon himself has the job of taking the bandstand to the show and challenges Thomas to a race. Gordon manages to get a head start and Thomas is impatient to start, and when he does he forgets to have the flatbed coupled on; ergo, the flatbed breaks away on Gordon's Hill. Thomas follows in hot pursuit, but cannot stop the flatbed from frightening Arthur or splattering Rosie with mud. In the end, the flatbed crashes into some buffers and the car goes flying into a haystack. When Thomas sees Gordon again, he asks the big blue engine to get Rocky to put the car back on the flatbed and to thank him gives him the car to deliver.




  • The "new" car model is actually the same old one.
  • The crowd scene from Toby's Triumph is reused only with the people changed around slightly.


  • Gordon's buffer is crooked at the docks.
  • Gordon has coaches in one scene and a flatbed in the next.
  • At the top of Gordon's Hill, the couplings clang and drop before the flatbed moves away; but it was said that the flatbed was not coupled up.
  • When the flatbed speeds past Arthur, he speeds up after his trucks clear the points.
  • When the fish fly out of the cars on to Arthur, he appears to have two fish stuck on his smokebox before the fish hit him.
  • When the flatbed passes Rosie it splashes mud all over her, but when Thomas runs by he does not.
  • Lady Hatt's model from The Green Controller is used in the crowd scene, but she is meant to be at the Sodor Show.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas og biljakten Thomas and the Car Chase
Japanese トーマスとにげるくるま Thomas and the Runaway Car
Spanish Thomas y el Vagón Fugitivo Thomas and the Runaway Truck
Finnish Karannut auto Lost Car
German Thomas und die Runaway Thomas and the Runaway
Swedish Thomas och bilen som rymt Thomas and the Car that Escaped

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