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"Three cheers for Thomas, the number one engine!"
"But I still won the race!
— The children and Bertie cheering for Thomas

Three Cheers for Thomas, retitled Hooray for Thomas in some American releases, is the twenty-sixth episode of the seventh season.


Thomas has to take some children to their annual sports day. When they arrive, a boy tells Thomas that he hopes he is number one and wins a medal. Thomas agrees it is magnificent to win a medal and later imagines himself with a medal around his boiler.

Later, Thomas and Bertie are at the sheds, when Percy arrives. He tells the two he is taking Sir Topham Hatt to the venue. Thomas tells him he can see the egg and spoon race there, where children race with eggs on spoons. The winner of the race gets a medal. Thomas tells Percy and Bertie he wishes he could have a medal and Percy tells him he would have to win a race. Bertie challenges Thomas to a race to the next station. Thomas accepts the challenge and the race begins.

Bertie edges in front at first, but manages to get stuck behind a slowing Trevor and Thomas takes the lead. However, he does not keep the lead for long, as he has to stop to pick up passengers. Bertie regains the lead as he rumbles over the bridge. Then, Bertie has to stop at a level crossing and Thomas takes the lead once more.

Thomas is almost at the station when he spots a signalman with a red flag in his hand and Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham explains that the medals were left in his office and asks Thomas to retrieve them. Thomas, no longer caring about the race, puffs away to retrieve the medals.

Down the line, Bertie arrives at the station having won the race. Bertie waits keenly for Thomas, but he never comes. Thomas is steaming back for the medals. He arrives at Knapford, where the stationmaster gives Thomas' driver the medals. Thomas arrives at the venue, with the medals, just in time for the medals to be handed out.

The next day, Thomas is at Maithwaite station when Sir Topham Hatt and Bertie arrive with a surprise for Thomas. A boy gives Thomas his own medal and wraps it around his funnel. Sir Topham Hatt and the boy express their gratitude for Thomas' hard work during sports day and they thought Thomas deserved a medal all for himself. Thomas thanks them for the medal and all the children give him three cheers.




  • Going by production order, this is the second episode of the seventh season.
  • Stock footage from Make Someone Happy, James and the Red Balloon, Percy Gets it Right, James and the Queen of Sodor and Bulgy Rides Again is used, as well as mirrored stock footage from It's Only Snow.
  • A London, Midland and Scottish Railway poster is seen at Maithwaite.
  • The majority of the footage of Thomas puffing along seems sped up, even after the race.
  • An instrumental version of Let's Have a Race can be heard during Thomas and Bertie's race in the UK and international versions.
  • This is the first episode where Bertie's eyes move.
  • This was the last episode of several things:
  • This marks the second time Thomas and Bertie have a race since the first season episode Thomas and Bertie.
  • A shortened version of this episode was made into a picture-read story for the passport in the My Journey with Thomas the Tank Engine book, titled Thomas and the Race.
  • It is likely that the ending of this episode was filmed around the same time as A Visit from Thomas, as Miss Jenny can be seen waving on the platform at Maithwaite.
  • When Thomas is flagged down, he is cross, but in a deleted scene, he is worried.


  • In the episode, there is a water tower right next to the shed that Thomas, Percy and Bertie were at, but in a deleted scene with Harvey, the tower has moved up and moved to the other side of the tracks.
  • After Thomas stops to pick up passengers at Balladrine, his siderods change position.
  • In the rear shot of Trevor, the left wheels of his cart are not moving.
  • As Thomas races through Dryaw, a strange white object (presumably a film glitch) is seen as he goes off screen.
  • When all the children surround Bertie, his right eye is wonky.
  • Thomas is racing Bertie to the station where Sports Day is being held, but for some reason Bertie races to Wellsworth instead.
  • In Michael Angelis' remastered narration airings on Nick Jr., when Thomas is given his medal, Percy's whistle sound is heard, but he is nowhere to be seen.
  • Because stock footage is used, a close-up of Sir Topham Hatt is at Maithwaite.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーマスだけのメダル A Medal Only for Thomas
Danish Hip hurra for Thomas Hip Hooray for Thomas
Welsh Hip Hip Hwre i Tomos Hip Hip Hooray for Thomas
Hungarian Thomas érmet kap Thomas Gets a Medal
Italian Urrà per Thomas Hooray for Thomas
Swedish Hurra för Thomas Hooray for Thomas
Russian Да здравствует Томас Long Live Thomas
Romanian Trei Urale pentru Thomas Three Cheers for Thomas
Slovak Tri medaile pre Thomasa Three Medals for Thomas
Chinese 托马斯万岁 Thomas Hooray
Korean 금메달을 받은 토마스 Thomas Received a Gold Medal
Polish Potrójne Brawa dla Tomka Triple Applause for Thomas
Thai โธมัสได้เหรียญพิเศษงานแข่งกีฬา Thomas Has a Special Medal for Sporting Events

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