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“Bulgy! But... I thought you'd been turned into a henhouse."
"Pwah! Only for a while. Then I was a mobile vegetable stand, but now I am back in service, hah, hah, hah! And if you don't mind my saying so, we'd all be better off if everyone simply used roads instead of railways.”
―Thomas and Bulgy

Unscheduled Stops is the tenth episode of the twenty-first season.


When Bertie breaks down while they are racing, Thomas takes on his passengers. An elderly man says that Bertie always drops him off between stops. Soon Thomas is getting requests for lots of other unscheduled stops, which makes him run late and upsets his own passengers as well as the Fat Controller, who recruits Bulgy to take them so that Thomas can run on time.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie, Clarabel and Albert's Wife
  • Keith Wickham as Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt and some passengers
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy and Bertie's driver
  • William Hope as a passenger
  • Nigel Pilkington as a passenger


  • Nigel Pilkington joins the US voice cast.
  • This episode marks the first of a few things for Bulgy:
  • Thomas and Bulgy reference both the latter's henhouse and vegetable bus states from the third season episode, Bulgy and the seventh season episode, Bulgy Rides Again respectively.
  • This episode marks Bulgy's only appearance in the twenty-first season.
  • This episode marks the first time Bertie's driver has spoken since the second season episode, Bertie's Chase.
  • Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the twenty-first season.
  • In the Nick Jr USA broadcast of this episode, it is paired with Springtime for Diesel.
  • A shortned version of the episode, narrated by Joseph May as Thomas, can be found on the official YouTube channel and the Nick Jr. website.
  • An old man passenger's CGI rig would later be modified into a CGI version of Cyril the Fogman.
  • This is the first episode where the Title is read by a Character (Bertie) rather than a narrator.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Paradas Não Planejadas
Japanese トーマス、バスになる?
Polish Nieplanowane Przystanki
Romanian Opriri Neanunțate

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