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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)
February 17th,
2010 (AUS)
July 28th,
2010 (JAP)
October 30th,
2010 (US)
November 13th,
2011 (NOR)

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 and gets snagged 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.
  • This episode could have been inspired by the magazine story Thomas and the Kite.


  • 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
Finnish Runaway leija Runaway Kite
Norwegian Thomas og den løpske dragen Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Japanese トーマスのだいついせき Tracking of Thomas
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Pipa Perdida Thomas and the Lost Kite
German Thomas auf Drachenjagd Thomas on Kite Hunt
Welsh Barcud gwyllt Wild Kite
Danish Thomas a'r barcud sy'n hedfan i ffwrdd Thomas and the Kite that flew away
Polish Tomek i Pogoń za Latawcem Thomas and pursuit of Kites



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