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Thomas and the U.K. Trip (Japanese: きかんしゃトーマスとイギリスの旅) is a Thomas/"Ponkickies" crossover special. It aired in late 1992.


Two children's television characters from Japan, Gachapin and Mukku, visit the United Kingdom. During their visit, they come to Sodor to meet Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, and the other engines. During the second half, they visit real railways and learn how steam locomotives work.






  • This marks the first time Oliver, Mavis, and Bulgy's nameboards are seen.
  • An instrumental version of The Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is used at one point. Ringo Starr has played instruments in that song.
  • The scenes of Thomas and his friends interacting with Gachapin and Mukku were filmed during the production of the third season.
  • When this special aired in Japan, five episodes have been featured in between scenes of the special: Thomas' Train, Thomas Goes Fishing, Thomas and Bertie, Off the Rails and Ghost Train.
  • Thomas' Anthem is played in English.


  • When Thomas is talking to Gachapin and Mukku, a wire is hanging from underneath Thomas' running board.
  • Henry's firebox is crooked.
  • When James and Henry puff out of the shed, they are going slowly, but the sound of them puffing is fast.


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