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"Well done Thomas. You have saved the day. You are a Really Useful Engine and a credit to the railway."
―Sir Topham Hatt

Thomas to the Rescue is the third (twenty-fourth in Australia) episode of the eighth season.


The Fat Controller sends Thomas to work at the quarry with Mavis, where it has an important order to fill. When Thomas arrives at the quarry, he is shocked to discover that Diesel is working there as well. Diesel is not pleased to see Thomas, who tells Diesel that he has come to help Mavis. Diesel tells Thomas that steam engines cannot help as much as diesel engines. Thomas scoffs at Diesel's insult and sets to work at once. However, Diesel is up to causing mischief, and he pushes Thomas underneath the hopper, covering him in gravel. Diesel insults Thomas and even claims that the Fat Controller is planning to scrap steam engines. Thomas refuses to believe Diesel, but he cannot help worrying about what he said in the shed that night.

The next morning, Salty delivers fresh diesel fuel from the Mainland. Diesel and Mavis are quickly filled up and Diesel boasts that the fresh diesel fuel makes his axles tingle. Then, just as Diesel rolls away to work, his engine coughs, splutters and stops amid clouds of smoke billowing from his exhaust. Diesel feels sick, as does Mavis, who is coughing out smoke from her exhaust. The Quarry Manager realises that the new diesel fuel has been contaminated with water. It is not long before 'Arry, Bert and Salty break down too.

Having heard the news, the Fat Controller orders the Quarry Manager to send Thomas to collect some clean diesel fuel. Thomas sets off for the fuel depot and the workmen fill up two flatbeds with diesel fuel drums. Despite the heavy load, Thomas sets off and delivers the clean fuel to Salty, 'Arry and Bert and then he makes his final delivery at the quarry where all work had just stopped. The contaminated fuel is drained out of Diesel and Mavis' tanks and they are refilled with the clean fuel. Mavis thanks Thomas and after the important order has been filled, the Fat Controller arrives aboard Percy to congratulate Thomas for being Really Useful and a credit to the railway; even Diesel has to agree with that.




  • In a deleted scene, 'Arry and Bert are smiling when Thomas delivers the clean diesel fuel.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Gordon's eyes are animated using CGI while blinking.
  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-fourth episode of the eighth season.
  • This episode may have been rewritten from the cancelled Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, Pop Goes the Diesel.
  • This is the first episode to have Paul Larson co-write with another writer, meaning this is the first episode of the New Series to have two writers write an episode at the same time.
  • When Thomas imagines if Sir Topham Hatt scrapped engines, the scrapped engines appear to be Gordon and James's models.
  • In the original storyboards, Bill and Ben were meant to have a major role in this episode.
  • In the episode, Diesel claims "I'm the fastest engine in the world." This is likely a reference to the sixth season episode, The World's Strongest Engine.
  • This episodes marks the first appearances of Diesel, Mavis, and Cranky in the New Series. Of which, it is also Mavis' only appearance in the eighth season.


  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound.
  • In the opening shot, Percy's steam platform is visible.
  • Salty is missing his rear lamp in the first shot at the docks and a hole is visible where it should be.
  • Right before the quarry manager talks to Thomas, his whistle is severely tilted.
  • Mavis has a male voice in the Finnish dub.


Thomas: (stating his opinion) "Coal doesn't make my axles tangle. I wish I could have fresh fuel."


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian Operazione di Soccorso Rescue Operation
Swedish Thomas hoppar i Thomas Jumps In
Norwegian Thomas til unnsetning Thomas to the Rescue
Danish Thomas kommer til undsætning Thomas Comes to the Rescue
Polish Tomek przybywa na ratunek Thomas Comes to the Rescue
Dutch Thomas komt aan de redding Thomas Comes to the Rescue
German Diesels Großer Irrtum Diesel's Big Mistake
Japanese トーマス、だいかつやく Thomas' Big Success
Spanish Thomas al Rescate Thomas to the Rescue
Russian Томас спаситель Thomas the Rescuer
Finnish Tuomas Pelastaa Tilanteen Thomas Saves the Situation
Hungarian Thomas a Megmentő Thomas the Saviour
Romanian Thomas Sare în Ajutor Thomas to the Rescue
Czech Zachránce Tomáš Thomas the Rescuer
Portuguese Thomas vai ao Resgate Thomas Goes to the Rescue
Slovak Thomas zachraňuje Thomas Rescues
Chinese 托马斯的救援 Thomas Rescue
Korean 특별한 증기 기관차, 토마스 Special Steam Engine, Thomas
Thai โธมัสช่วยได้ Thomas Helped
Croatian Tomica priskače u pomoć Thomas Comes to the Aid
Serbian Tomas stiže u pomoč Thomas Comes to Help

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