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"Where's your cowcatcher?"
"But I don't catch cows, sir."
"Don't be funny!
"
— The policeman and Thomas
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Thomas in Trouble/
Thomas Breaks the Rules
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

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

October 23rd,
1984 (UK)
May 5th,
1987 (Australia)
April 9th,
1989 (US)
June 11th,
1993 (George
Carlin US
)

Previous episode

Toby and the
Stout Gentleman
/
Toby the
Tram Engine

Next episode

Dirty Objects/
James in a Mess

Thomas in Trouble, retitled Thomas Breaks the Rules in American releases, is the twenty-second episode of the first season. In the US, this episode aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Ring in the Old and How the Station Got Its Name.

Plot

Thomas is leaving the quarry at the end of his branch line. Thomas is always careful at this point in his run, and sees a new policeman on his bike. Having been friends with the previous policeman who had just retired, Thomas whistles good morning to him. Unfortunately, this policeman is not in the mood to be friendly.

The policeman first complains about Thomas' whistling, and then tells Thomas that he is breaking the law by not wearing cowcatchers and sideplates on the road. Thomas gets angry, and his driver argues that they have never had an accident before. But this just makes things worse, and the policeman brands Thomas a "regular law breaker". Thomas then continues sadly to the station.

In his dining room, the Fat Controller is having breakfast when he is phoned about Thomas' incident with the police. Rushing to the station, the Fat Controller is told what happened, and starts arguing with the policeman. The policeman won't back down however, and the Fat Controller concedes that Thomas will need to be fitted with cowcatchers and sideplates.

Thomas is distraught by this, saying that he will be laughed at for looking like a tram. The comment causes the Fat Controller to be reminded of Toby. Knowing that Toby is losing a lot of his work, the Fat Controller writes a letter to Toby's controller asking if he can be sent to Sodor.

A few days later, Toby arrives, and is greeted by the Fat Controller, who notices that Toby has brought Henrietta with him. But he is more than happy to allow her to stay as well.

Toby soon proves to have a talent for handling the trucks. Although Thomas is jealous at first, he quickly becomes good friends with Toby, especially when Toby uses his bell to frighten the policeman.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book Toby the Tram Engine.
  • The conversation on the telephone is the scene with Thomas, his driver, the Fat Controller and the policeman sped up.

Goofs

  • In the first close-up of the policeman talking, the camera wobbles.
  • As Thomas is seen stopping and talking to the policeman, a small black spot is seen on the top right corner of his tank.
  • When Thomas' driver says "Rubbish, we've been along here hundreds of times," the brim of his cap is falling off.
  • The words "Regular lawbreaker" were written before the narrator says that the policeman wrote them in his notebook.
  • When the Fat Controller talks to the policeman, the brim of his top hat has paint chips in it.
  • Before Toby comes onscreen after frightening the policeman, the track he is on wobbles.
  • In a picture of Thomas at Elsbridge and when Thomas first stops by the policeman, his eyes are wonky.
  • Toby has his 7 before becoming part of Sir Topham Hatt's railway.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas i trøbbel Thomas in Trouble
Spanish Thomas Rompe las Reglas Thomas Breaks the Rules
German Thomas in Not Thomas in Distress
Welsh Tomos a'r Plismon Newydd Thomas and the New Policeman
Japanese トーマスとけいさつかん Thomas and the Police Officers
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas Desrespeita a Lei Thomas Overturning the Law

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