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

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

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

Air date

September 20th, 1984
(UK)
February 12th, 1989
(US)

Previous episode

Thomas' Train/
A Big Day for Thomas

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.

Plot

Thomas is bored with his job of shunting coaches and complains to the other engines about it. One night, Edward offers Thomas to swap jobs with each other. Edward would shunt coaches, while Thomas took his trucks. With this, Thomas happily agrees. 

Unfortunately, When Thomas takes Edward's trucks, he did not know how troublesome the trucks could be and loses control of them. The trucks push him down a hill and Thomas slips into a siding, where some buffers prevent a nasty accident. The Fat Controller arrives and advises Thomas that he should learn more about trucks if he is to become a Really Useful Engine.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Stock footage from Thomas' Train and an alternate shot from Edward and Gordon is used.
  • In Germany, this episode is called "The Wagons". The Italian title is "A Vicious Train". In Japan, it is called "Calamity of Thomas". The Dutch title is "Thomas and the Wagons". In Finland, this episode is called "Thomas Locomotive and Trucks".
  • As Thomas goes up the hill, a man can be faintly heard saying "Look out for the train" on the US VHS release, Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories.

Goofs

  • At the beginning, 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.
  • Edward was said to feel sorry for Thomas, but just before he looked as annoyed as the others.
  • 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.
  • One of the trucks has glue smeared over its face.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas pulling a truck, the train is missing. 
  • When Thomas backs out of the siding, his wheels slip and the goods coach jolts.
  • Thomas' trucks are constantly changing 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.
  • There is a shot of a truck facing backwards, but as scenery flies by, Thomas is going in the opposite direction.
  • When Thomas opens his eyes, his face is slightly crooked and his eyes are wonky.
  • James appears briefly, but he is not introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • In some US releases and on PBS Sprout, the episode is out of sync and the final music cue is played twice.

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