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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.





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  • 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, the Post Van, and Farmer McColl.
    • 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.


  • On Netflix, when Cleo is passing Bulgy, the captions credit his interrupted "Free the Roads" quip as Bertie's.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Cleo, o Carro a Vapor
Greek Κλίο το Τρενάκι της Ασφάλτου
Hebrew קליאו קטרית הדרכים
Italian Cleo, la Locomotiva Stradale
Latin American Spanish Cleo, el Auto de Vapor
Polish Cleo Auto Parowóz
Russian Гонки по рельсам

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