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"I'm tired of pushing coaches. I want to see the world!"
— Thomas
Thomas and the Trucks
Trouble for Thomas

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 23rd,
1984 (UK)
April 13th,
1987 (AUS)
February 12th,
1989 (US)
May 8th,
1990 (JPN)
December 26th,
1991 (George
Carlin US

Previous episode

Thomas' Train/
A Big Day for

Next episode

Thomas and the
Breakdown Train
Thomas Saves
the Day

Thomas and the Trucks, retitled Trouble for Thomas in American releases, is the sixth episode of the first season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, And the Band Played Off, Jingle, Jingle, Jingle and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.


Thomas is bored with his job of shunting coaches and complains to the other engines about it night after night. The engines get incredibly annoyed, for they have to listen to Thomas' complaining all night long. One night, Edward comes to the shed and felt sorry for Thomas. He offers Thomas his train of trucks, while Edward would shunt coaches. With this, Thomas happily agrees. 

The next morning, their drivers agree and Thomas set off happily for the yard. Troublesome Trucks are very silly and noisy, and often don't attend to what they are doing. They also often play tricks on engines who aren't used to them. Edward had warned Thomas to be careful before his journey, but in his excitement, Thomas didn't listen. Thomas soon starts to pull the train, but the trucks weren't ready. Despite their cries to stop, Thomas just storms out of the station stubbornly.

Thomas goes faster and faster along the journey, but as he went faster and faster, the trucks grow crosser and crosser. Thomas eventually slows down at Gordon's Hill, but as he applies his brakes at the top, the trucks begin to push Thomas down the hill. Thomas loses control of the trucks as they rush into Maron. He swerves into the goods yard and barely stops at some buffers, preventing an accident. The Fat Controller arrives and questions Thomas' speed. Thomas explains what had happened, and the Fat Controller advises Thomas that he should learn more about trucks if he is to become a Really Useful Engine.





  • At the beginning, because of an alternate shot, Gordon is in the middle of the shed with Thomas and Henry to the left and James and Edward to the right, but in the close-ups, Thomas is in the middle, Gordon and James are on one side, and Edward and Henry are on the other. This appears to be unused footage shot for Edward and Gordon as the engines are all in the same positions.
  • Edward was said to feel sorry for Thomas, but he looked just as annoyed as the others moments earlier.
  • The narrator says that the guard blew his whistle and a whistle sound is heard, but the guard is only holding a green flag.
  • When Thomas rushes through Elsbridge, the left-hand track stops dead and a hand can briefly be seen in the upper right-hand corner.
  • When Thomas arranges his train, no shunter can be seen.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas pulling a truck, the rest of the train is missing and the truck is facing backwards instead of forwards. 
  • Thomas' trucks constantly change throughout his journey.
  • In the restored version, the scene of the trucks bumping Thomas is not cut properly, so the buffering sound effects are out of sync.
  • In some US releases and on PBS Sprout, the episode is out of sync and the final music cue is played twice.
  • When Thomas comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas en Problemas Thomas in Trouble
Norwegian Thomas og godsvognene Thomas and the Trucks
Brazilian Portuguese A Bronca The Earful
Japanese トーマスのさいなん Calamity of Thomas
German Die Güterwagen The Freight Wagons
Welsh Tomos a'r Tryciau Thomas and the Trucks
Croatian Tomica i teretni vagoni Thomas and Freight Wagons
Dutch Thomas en de goederenwagons Thomas and the Freight Wagons



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