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

Thomas and the Trucks, retitled Trouble for Thomas in American releases, is the sixth episode of the first season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, And the Band Played Off in 1989, re-aired in Jingle, Jingle, Jingle in 1991 and in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wildlife in 1996.


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 feels 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 sets off happily for the yard. Troublesome Trucks are very silly and noisy and often do not attend to what they are doing. They also often play tricks on engines who are not used to them. Edward had warned Thomas to be careful before his journey, but in his excitement, Thomas did not listen. Thomas soon starts to pull the train, but the trucks were not ready. Despite their cries to stop, Thomas just puffs out of the station stubbornly.

Thomas goes faster and faster along the journey, but as he went faster and faster, the trucks grew 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.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • The events of this episode were remade in CGI for the 2015 special, The Adventure Begins.
  • A deleted scene from Edward and Gordon and stock footage from Thomas' Train is used.
  • In the part where Thomas pulls the trucks until he stops, a remix of the original tune is heard.
  • This episode marks the first time the phrase "really useful engine," which would become one of the most well-known staples of the franchise, was said in the series.
  • At the beginning of the A Big Day for Thomas release of this episode, Mr. Conductor's whistle from Shining Time Station can be heard.
  • In some releases of this episode with US Ringo Starr Nararation, a very faint voice saying "Look out for the train" can be heard.


  • 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 the episode Edward and Gordon, as the engines are all in the same positions.
  • 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.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas pulling a truck, the rest of the train is missing.
  • When Thomas hits the buffers in the siding, there is a second track because the same truck close-up is used.
  • 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.
  • When Thomas hits the buffers on the siding, the closeup shows him with black buffer housings and a different-looking brakepipe.
  • In some US releases and on PBS Sprout, the episode is out of sync and the final music cue is played twice.
  • In the close-up of Thomas hitting the buffers, his buffer beam is black as opposed to red.
  • When Thomas comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces.
  • When the narrator says, "When he opened his eyes," Thomas' eyes are wonky.
  • When Thomas is first seen shunting, the siding he is on does not have buffers at the end.
  • In a rare picture, the edge of the set can be seen behind Thomas and the trucks.
  • In a deleted scene, a truck overlaps a small portion of James' face.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas en Problemas / Thomas y los vagones Thomas in Trouble / Thomas and the Wagons
Norwegian Thomas og godsvognene Thomas and the Trucks
Brazilian Portuguese A Bronca / Problemas para Thomas The Earful / Trouble for Thomas
Danish Thomas og godsvognene Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Hebrew (תומס וקרונות המסע (משא Thomas and the Freight Cars
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 the Freight Wagons
Dutch Thomas en de goederenwagons Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Italian Un Trenino Dispettoso A Spiteful Train
Hungarian Thomas és a teherkocsik Thomas and the Wagons
Slovenian Tomaž in vagoni Thomas and the Wagons
Polish Tomek i Wagony Thomas and the Wagons
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Tavaravaunut Thomas the Tank Engine and Troublesome Trucks
French Thomas et les camions Thomas and the Trucks
Swedish Thomas och Godsvagnarna Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Chinese 托马斯和货车厢 Thomas and the Freight Cars
Korean 말썽꾸러기 화물차들 The Troublemaker Vans
Romanian Thomas și Vagoanele Thomas and the Wagons
Slovak Thomas a nákladné vágony Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Russian Недовольный паровозик Unhappy with the Train
Czech Tomáš a vagóny Thomas and the Wagons
Serbian Tomas i teretni vagoni Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Thai โธมัสถูกลองดี Thomas Was a Good Try

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