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"I will catch up with the runaway kite! I'll huff, and I'll puff with all of my might! I'm the fastest engine on Sodor!"
— Thomas
Thomas and the Runaway Kite

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Louise Kramskoy


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

February 10th,
2010 (UK)
October 30th,
2010 (US)
November 13th,
2011 (NOR)
February 17th,
2010 (AUS)

Previous episode

A Blooming Mess

Next episode

Steamy Sodor

Thomas and the Runaway Kite is the thirteenth episode of the thirteenth season.


It is the day of the Sodor Kite Festival and Thomas must collect the winner's cup from Brendam Docks. After collecting it, Thomas stops on Gordon's Hill, to find Stephen and Bridget Hatt flying their kite. Suddenly, they spot Thomas and wave to him. And in doing so, Stephen loses the Kite to the wind. Thomas races after it, and spends all day trying to catch it. After declining help from Edward, Percy, Emily and Charlie, Thomas soon realises he needs help after he uses up all of his coal. The engines eventually help him, and they successfully catch the kite when it lands on a signal. Thomas collects Stephen and Bridget and their kite is declared the winner, much to Thomas' delight.




  • This episode was shown in select US theaters in January 2010.
  • This episode is similar to Topped Off Thomas.
  • In Germany, this episode's title is "Thomas on Kite Hunt". In Japan, it is called "Tracking of Thomas". The Welsh title is "Wild Kite". The Danish title is "Thomas and the Kite That Flew Away". The Finnish title is "Runaway Kite". 
  • This episode is similar to the magazine story Thomas and the Kite.


  • Edward is a wise old engine, so it is unlikely he would want to chase a kite. In fact, why would any of the engines want to catch a runaway kite?
  • Thomas will not let Emily help him catch the kite, but it landed right in front of her.
  • It was unsafe for Stephen and Bridget to be out flying a kite near a railway line without adult supervision.
  • Thomas says he is "the fastest engine on Sodor". Should not he have remembered just learning this lesson in Hero of the Rails?
  • Even if Thomas caught up with the kite, how would he catch it?
  • When Edward asks Thomas if he can help him catch the kite, he appears to be pulling two trucks, but a few seconds when he passes Thomas, he is only pulling one.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Henry, James, Thomas, Edward, and Percy's trains.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch De Vluchtende Vlieger The Fleeing Kite




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