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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, 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.
- 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 is used, as is an alternate shot from Edward and Gordon.
- This episode marks the first time the phrase "a really useful engine" was said in the series.
- 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 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 rest of the train is missing and the truck is facing backwards instead of forwards.
- 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.
- 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.
In Other Languages
|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|