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“I would have won if I didn't have to go the long way round and keep stopping.”

Cleo the Road Engine is the nineteenth episode of the twenty-fourth series.


When Ruth's new car, Cleo, takes to the rails to race Thomas, she soon discovers why she is designed to stick to the roads.





US and Canada


  • Going by production order, this is the seventeenth episode of the twenty-fourth series.
  • This is the first and last episode of a few things:
    • The last episode written by Paul Larson and Laura Beaumont.
    • This is the last episode where a character besides Thomas has a leading role.
    • Although it chronologically takes place before Cleo's First Snow, this episode marks the final appearances of Cleo and Ruth, as well as those of Bulgy and the Post Van.
    • Farmer McColl's last appearance in the original series.
    • The last episode to feature William Hope, Colin McFarlane, Harriet Kershaw, and Dominique Moore as part of the voice cast.
  • In Poland, this episode premiered before A New Arrival, so the audience would not know who Ruth is.
  • This episode was never aired in Germany and South Korea.
  • In the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Baltic Russian dubs, the UK dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.


  • On Netflix, when Cleo is passing Bulgy, the captions credit the latter's interrupted "free the roads" quip as Bertie's.
  • Thomas' brake van changes from black to orange and back to black.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Cleo, o Carro a Vapor
Dutch Cleo de Weglocomotief
Estonian Maanteevedur Cleo
Greek Κλίο το Τρενάκι της Ασφάλτου
Hebrew קליאו קטרית הדרכים
Indonesian Cleo si Kereta Berjalan
Italian Cleo, la Locomotiva Stradale
Japanese クレオはめずらしいクルマ
Latin American Spanish Cleo, el Auto de Vapor
Latvian Ceļa Lokomotīve Kleo
Lithuanian Klėja - Keliiams Skirtas Lokomotyvas
Polish Cleo Auto Parowóz
Russian Гонки по рельсам

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