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- “Maybe those inspectors were right. Maybe the Fat Controller doesn't need two fire engines.”
Too Many Fire Engines is the sixteenth (sixth in Australia) episode of the seventeenth season.
One day, Thomas is taking the Fat Controller, along with a team of railway inspectors around Sodor. The inspectors are pleased with what they have seen so far, and the Fat Controller tells Thomas to go to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. Thomas quickly sets off.
At the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, Belle and Flynn are trying to see who can shoot water further as they wait for the railway inspectors to arrive. Flynn is just about to shoot water out of his cannons, when Thomas arrives with the railway inspectors. The Fat Controller explains how Belle has water cannons fitted to her boiler to fight fires. The inspectors are impressed, so the Fat Controller continues, saying how Flynn can run on both rails and roads. The railway inspectors are even more impressed, but wonder if there really needs to be two fire engines, which makes Belle and Flynn worry. But the Fat Controller suggests otherwise, which makes the pair of fire engines feel relieved just as the emergency bell rings. Butch arrives and explains that there is a fire in a shed near Wellsworth. Belle races off to put out the fire on the rails, but Flynn uses his road wheels instead, due to the road route being faster.
As Flynn reaches the shed, one of his tyres flattens and he has to stop, out of action. Flynn watches helplessly as Belle puts the fire out by herself. Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, and the railway inspectors all congratulate Belle for her excellent skills, but Flynn is very disappointed. Butch arrives to tow him back to the Rescue Centre, and tries to encourage him, which makes the fire engine feel better.
A few days later, the alarm sounds again. Rocky tells Flynn that Harold has spotted a forest fire near Arlesdale End. Flynn is unsure at first, until Rocky reminds him that he is the only fire engine available. Flynn sets off on the rails to prevent another flat tyre. He races by Wellsworth, passing Thomas and his coaches. Unknown to Flynn, Belle had already gone to the scene of the fire. As Flynn nears Arlesdale End, he sees the smoke, but it seems to turn into steam. As he rounds a bend, he sees that Belle had already putting it out. Flynn is disappointed again and starts to believe that the railway inspectors were right.
A few days later, Thomas arrives at Flynn's shed and tells him that the Fat Controller wants him to go to the Ulfstead Castle Fireworks display, to watch out for fire, but Flynn refuses to go, saying Belle can go instead. Thomas goes off and tells Belle to go instead. That night, Thomas arrives with visitors at Ulfstead Castle to watch the fireworks. Belle is there too, watching in case of a fire.
Meanwhile, Flynn is sulking in his shed, just as Butch arrives and warns him of a fire. At first, Flynn is reluctant, until Butch tells him that the fire is at Brendam Docks and that Belle cannot go because she has to stay at the castle. Now, Flynn is motivated to go and leaves at once.
At the Docks, the dock workers are desperately trying to put out the fire, just as Flynn arrives and quickly puts it out. Flynn feels proud and realises that the Fat Controller does need two fire engines after all.
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- The Three Railway Inspectors
- Some Dock Workers
- Harold (does not speak)
- James (cameo)
- Percy (cameo)
- Salty (cameo)
- Millie (cameo)
- Cranky (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
- The Fireman (cameo)
- The Bird Watcher (cameo)
- One of Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
- The Lady with the Big Hat (cameo)
- The Blond-haired Boy (cameo)
- The Female Puppet Show Entertainer (cameo)
- A Schoolboy (cameo)
- Sodor Search and Rescue Centre
- Ulfstead Castle
- Brendam Docks
- Sodor Shipping Company
- Arlesdale End (mentioned)
- Ben Small as Thomas and Flynn
- Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie and Clarabel
- Bob Golding as Stephen
- Matt Wilkinson as Rocky and Butch
- William Hope as a Railway Inspector
- Steven Kynman as a Railway Inspector
- Keith Wickham as the Fat Controller and a Railway Inspector
- Martin Sherman as Thomas
- Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie and Clarabel
- Bob Golding as Stephen
- Ben Small as Flynn
- William Hope as Rocky and a Railway Inspector
- Steven Kynman as Butch a Railway Inspector
- Kerry Shale as Sir Topham Hatt
- Keith Wickham as a Railway Inspector
- Ben Small takes over the role of Flynn in this episode. Steven Kynman also takes over the role of Butch in the US version.
- In the UK version, the fade effects are missing.
- In the UK, the air date of this episode was held back until the 5th of November to coincide with Guy Fawkes Night.
- Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the seventeenth season.
- This episode marks the first time an episode has aired in the US, Australia, and Japan before airing in the UK.
- The events of this episode were mentioned by Flynn in the nineteenth season episode, Rocky Rescue.
- Some television guides incorrectly switched Belle and Flynn's roles in the episode's description, switching both the characters' names and their pronouns.
- When Flynn sets off for Wellsworth, he does not have his trailer. However, he mysteriously gains it on his way there.
- When Flynn diverts to the other track towards Belle, the points are set in the opposite direction.
- When Flynn shows the inspectors how he can switch from rail to road, Annie and Clarabel disappear.
- After Belle and Flynn have shot water at the tree on the slope, Belle lowers her water cannons, but in the next shot of her, they are still raised, and then in the next shot they are down again.
- In the first head shot of Thomas, he begins to move. Then in the shot directly after that, he begins to move again.
- The inside of Belle's cab is not rendered properly when she is fighting the fire at Arlesdale End.
In Other Languages
|German||Zu viele Feuerwehrloks||Too Many Fire Locomotives|
|Japanese||ソドーとうをまもるしょうぼうしゃ||The Fire Engines who Protect the Island of Sodor|
|Norwegian||For mange brannlokomotiver||Too Many Fire Engines|
|Spanish||Demasiados trenes bomberos / Las Máquinas de Bomberos nunca están de más||Too Many Fire Trains / The Fire Machines are Never More|
|Polish||Za dużo pojazdów strażackich||Too Much Firefighting Vehicles|
|Hungarian||Tűzoltóból sosem elég||From Fire is Never Enough|
|Russian||Слишком много пожарных||Too Much Fire|
|Ukrainian||Забагато Пожежних Машин||Too Many Fire Engines|
|Portuguese||Várias locomotivas de bombeiro||Several Firefighting Locomotives|
|Romanian||Prea Multe Locomotive Pompier||Too Many Fireman Locomotive|
|Greek||Πολλά πυροσβεστικά οχήματα||Many Fire Locomotives|
|Hebrew||יותר מדי כבאיות||Too Many Fire Engines|
|Czech||Příliš mnoho požárních lokomotiv||Too Many Fire Engines|
|Thai||รถดับเพลิงล้นเหลือ||Fire is Abundatly|
|Lithuanian||Per daug gaisrinės||Too Much Fire|
|Korean||소중한 소방차||Precious Fire Truck|
|French||Flynn Déprime||Flynn's Depression|
|Chinese||太多灭火车了||Too Many Fire Engines|
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