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| Thomas and the Trucks|
Trouble for Thomas
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 and Jingle, Jingle, Jingle.
Thomas was bored with his job of shunting coaches and complains to the other engines about it. One night, Edward offered to swap jobs with Thomas: he would shunt the coaches while Thomas took his trucks. Thomas happily agreed.
Unfortunately, Thomas did not know how troublesome the trucks could be and lost control of them. The trucks pushed him down a hill and Thomas was barely able to stop before some buffers, preventing a nasty accident. The Fat Controller appeared and advised 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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, the episode is out of sync and the final music cue is played twice.
- Edward is said to be little, but he is bigger than James, who falls under the "big" category.