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"They have their uses. They can save the wear on a poor car's wheels!"
— Caroline changing her opinion on trains
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Train Stops Play
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

August 8th,
1995 (UK)
October 21st,
1996 (US)
May 15th,
1996 (AUS)

Previous episode

Thomas and Stepney

Next episode

Bowled Out

Train Stops Play is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.

Plot

Stepney is puffing past a cricket field with some "empties" when a batter hits a "six" and their only ball lands in a truck. Stepney does not realise and, when his driver sees Caroline racing after them with the desperate cricketers inside, he mistakes them for joyriders and speeds up, much to Caroline's annoyance. At last, Caroline arrives at the station and the men get their ball back, but Stepney's driver notes Caroline looks exhausted and suggests that Caroline be rolled onto a flatbed. The cricketers ride back in a brakevan and Stepney and his crew watch the end of the game.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • This episode should have aired before Bowled Out as Stepney went back to the Bluebell Railway in that episode.
  • After Percy arrives with his trucks, his roof is lifted.
  • As Stepney arrives at Knapford Harbour, Thomas is seen leaving with some trucks, but he was still at Tidmouth Sheds when Stepney left. Also, his first truck derails before it goes off screen.
  • It was said that Stepney collected empty trucks from the harbour, but when the ball lands in one of his trucks, straw appears in it.
  • Studio equipment is visible in the shots of the cricket field.
  • Stepney has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • At Knapford Harbour, Henry and James' eyes are wonky.
  • One of Percy's lamp irons is crooked.
  • When Stepney first arrives at the Cricket Field Caroline is not in the car park, but she suddenly is there when the batsman hits the ball.
  • When the narrator says "She doesn't think trains are silly now", paint chips are visible in Stepney's running board.
  • When the ball lands in the truck, it lands on top of a very thin layer of straw so that it lands with a thump on the wooden floor of the truck. However when the players retrieve the ball, it is nestled under the straw which now seems to be a rather thicker layer.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Duck and Donald are behind Thomas, Stepney, Percy, and Toby, but a few scenes later, some trucks and a green express coach have taken their places.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish No Detegen el Juego Do Not Stop the Game
Danish Train Stops the Game
Finnish Pallo Pelistä Pois Ball Game Off
Welsh Dim Pel - Dim Gem No Ball - No Game
German Ohne Ball kein Spiel No Play Without Ball
Norwegian Tog stanser spillet Train Stops Play
Dutch Train Catches Ball
Italian Interrupted Game
Japanese しあいちゅうだん Game Suspended

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