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"Where could the tuba player be?"
— Thomas
Thomas and the Tuba

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Dave Ingham


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)

Air date

August 1st, 2004

Previous episode

Three Cheers
for Thomas
Hooray for Thomas

Next episode

Percy's New Whistle

Thomas and the Tuba is the first episode of the eighth season.


Thomas is happy that he is to collect the brass band, much to the annoyance of James and Gordon. When Thomas arrives at Knapford with Annie and Clarabel, he is very excited; so excited that he accidentally leaves the tuba player behind and it is only when he arrives at Maithwaite that the band leader realizes this. Thomas goes off to find the tuba player, unaware that the tuba player is at the bus stop under the railway bridge.

Bertie takes the tuba player as far as he can and then Elizabeth gives him a lift. Thomas is in such a rush looking for the tuba player that when he flies through the crossing, he does not see Elizabeth with the tuba player. Elizabeth takes the tuba player to the windmill where Trevor gives him a ride. Once again, Thomas is rushing about and does not see or hear the tuba player aboard Trevor when he passes them.

Thomas is looking around Knapford Yards between trucks and inside coaches when he crashes into Percy and his trucks of bunting. Harvey arrives and Thomas tells him what happened; Harvey advises him to look and listen. So, taking Harvey's advice, Thomas searches more carefully until he hears the tuba player aboard Trevor and then takes him to Lady Hatt's birthday party.




  • This was the first episode not to have Britt Allcroft involved in production.
  • This is the first episode in the New Series.
  • In the UK version, Bertie's eyes are animated and move in different directions from the US version.
  • In Finland, this episode is named "Thomas and the Brass Band".


  • The narrator calls Elizabeth's dumper a flatbed.
  • The narrator says that Thomas and the trucks of bunting were derailed, but Thomas is still on the track.
  • In some close-ups of Elizabeth, eye mechanism is visible in her cab.
  • In real life, it would have been illegal for the tuba player to ride in Elizabeth's dumper.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Percy's train.
  • The tuba player's instrument is actually a euphonium.



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