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This article is about the episode. You may be looking for the 2011 magazine story or the 2013 magazine story.
"WOAH! Cinders and Ashes!"
— Thomas
Time For a Story

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Miranda Larson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

February 4th,
2010 (UK)
February 13th,
2010 (AUS)
September 22nd,
2010 (JAP)
October 2nd,
2010 (US)
October 16th,
2011 (NOR)

Previous episode

Thomas and the Pigs

Next episode

Percy's Parcel

Time For a Story is the ninth episode of the thirteenth season.


New story books are to be delivered to the library for the school children's story time and the Fat Controller gives this special job to Thomas. Thomas goes to Maithwaite to collect the trucks full of books, but he is so excited about the children's storytime that he leaves too soon and does not wait for the stationmaster to cover the books to keep them inside the trucks. On his way to the library, Thomas sees a red signal ahead and goes down the branch line before he reaches the signal, so as to not be late for story time. However, Thomas soon pays the price for his impatience when he ignores warning signs about track repairs and hits the bumpy track, causing his trucks to derail, crash into Farmer McColl's Field and spill the books all over the field.

Thomas feels bad for being impatient, but he has an idea. Seeing how bright the colourful books are in the field, Thomas decides that instead of bringing the books to the children, he will bring the children to the books. So he collects Annie and Clarabel and then collects the schoolchildren and their teacher. Once back at Farmer McColl's Field, Thomas listens to the teacher telling a story about a boy who learned patience.




  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in October 2010.


  • The trucks somehow change tracks at Maithwaite before Thomas couples up to them.
  • The teacher does not actually read from the book, she just keeps turning the page.
  • The book pages are blank.
  • In some shots, the tracks are completely smooth, yet Thomas and the trucks still bounce.
  • When Thomas was leaving the Steamworks, his wheels were moving slower than he was.
  • Thomas puffs down the branch line despite the points being switched against him.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Swedish Dags för sagostunder Time for Story Time
Danish læsning Dag The Reading Day
Norwegian Eventyrstund Story Time
Finnish Erilainen Satutunti Different Story Hour
Japanese すてきなおはなしかい Splendid Story Hour
German Der Sonder Geschichte der Zeit The Special Story Time
Welsh Amser stori Story Time
Polish Czytania Bajki Reading Fairy Tales
Greek Ώρα για ένα παραμύθι Time for a fairytale
Indonesian Saatnya Bercerita/Watkunya Berceita Time for a Story
Korean 책 읽기 소풍 A Book Read Excursion
Italian L'ora delle Storie Story Time
Czech Čas na pohádku Time for a Fairytale
Russian Необычный пикник Unusual Picnic

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