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“Who put this here?!”
―Monty after crashing into the lightning tree

A Tale for Thomas, originally titled The Lightning Tree, is the seventh episode of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company. It was released on Thomas' Trusty Friends.


The Fat Controller sends Thomas to take Jack and Alfie to Maithwaite Forest to save the Lightning Tree. Jack and Alfie are pretty excited to see the tree up close. Thomas wonders why they call it the Lightning Tree. Jack and Miss Jenny tell him its called that because it was struck by lightning, and that its very old and special. Kelly also adds that its the biggest tree in the forest. Miss Jenny gives her machines the job to prop it up before it falls over.

Jack and Alfie soon find the Lightning Tree. The foreman inspected the damage to the tree. Its roots were pulled up, the scar was long and deep, and it looked like it would fall indeed. Jack and Alfie approach it slowly, but suddenly Max and Monty were racing through the forest recklessly. Jack and Alfie tell them to stop, Monty hits his brakes hard, but Max rear ends him and shoves him into the Lightning Tree. They then race away. Alfie rushes to keep the tree from falling, but he cannot do it by himself. Jack offers to help, but Oliver cuts him off and helps push the tree with his bucket. Jack calls Kelly to help, and Kelly helps to keep the tree up with his crane. Kelly's operator tells Jack to get the props, and he rushes off to get them. Alfie, Kelly and Oliver struggle hard to keep the Lightning Tree up right, but the tree is too heavy for them to keep it from falling.

Jack picks up the props from Thomas, and rushes back to the tree. Alfie, Kelly and Oliver are getting tired, but Jack soon makes it back with the props. Miss Jenny congratulates the four machines on saving the Lightning Tree, but scolds Max and Monty for causing the incident and sends them back to the yard to be punished. As Thomas takes Jack and Alfie back home, they saw the Lightning Tree still standing.




  • The working title for this episode was "The Lightning Tree," although that title is listed on the Virgin TV Anytime website.
  • This episode marks the first with a few things:
    • The first episode on the Australian and UK DVD, Thomas' Trusty Friends, but it was not first in its original filming.
    • The first time the American term "operators" is used in the UK narration and would be used for the remaining episodes.


  • In the close-up of Thomas after Jack leaves with the props, there is a small hole behind his left lamp iron, and his lamp appears to be damaged.
  • In the opening shot, two lights can be seen reflecting off James' livery.
  • In the German dub, Jack is called "Jackie" at one point.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch Een Verhaal voor Thomas
German Eine Geschichte für Thomas

Home Media Releases


UK DVD Boxsets

US DVD Boxsets

AUS DVD Boxsets