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“I'm sorry, sir! I was..."
"You are causing confusion and delay! The Duke and Duchess have no wood, straw bales, or eggs. Now I see you have them all here!
Cranky is broken and you, Thomas, think it's a good time to try being a bird! The Duke and Duchess are waiting!”
―Thomas getting scolded by the Fat Controller

Creaky Cranky is the first episode of the thirteenth series. It is also the first episode to be made with full CGI.


It is the day of the spring party at the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House. Thomas shows up at Brendam Docks to collect eggs for the children to paint at the party. Once Cranky unloads the box of eggs, Thomas teases Cranky by calling him "Creaky Cranky" and Cranky teases Thomas back by calling him "Tiny Thomas."

Thomas decides to prove to Cranky that he can pull heavy loads by collecting James' timber and Henry's straw bales and taking them back to the Docks. In return, Cranky lifts the respective loads one at a time proving to Thomas that he is not creaky. However, when Thomas tells Cranky to lift him, Cranky only succeeds in breaking his cable and damaging his gear system.

The Fat Controller arrives and reprimands both of them about how they are causing confusion and delay and even being very silly. Once Thomas is back on the rails, he asks Spencer to take the heavy loads to the party whilst he helps Cranky by collecting new parts from the Sodor Steamworks.

When Thomas returns with the new parts, he knows now that Cranky is not creaky and in return, Cranky knows that Thomas is not tiny at all.




UK, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa

US and Canada


  • This was the first episode of several things:
    • The first episode directed by Greg Tiernan.
    • Marion Edwards' first episode as executive producer.
    • The first episode in the television series to be animated in full CGI.
    • The first episode aired in the 2010s.
    • The first episode dubbed by Óscar Gómez in Latin America, Michiel de Jong in the Netherlands and Vladimir Antonik in Russia and Ukraine.
    • The first episode dubbed by Vladimir Jurc in Slovenia since the sixth series.
    • The first episode dubbed in Icelandic since the first series.
    • The first episode dubbed in Welsh since the seventh series.
    • The first episode where the characters have their own voice actors outside of Italy, France, Poland, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea.
    • The first episode DVD released by MNV in South Korea.
    • The first episode to have a length of eight minutes and forty-five seconds.
    • Cranky's first speaking role since The Great Discovery, and his first speaking role in an episode since the eleventh series episode, Hide and Peep. It is also the first episode where he speaks in the series premiere since his debut in the fifth series.
  • The scene where Victor says, "You have come to the right place, my friend," first appeared in the original Hero of the Rails trailer.
  • Buster's theme from the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, Thomas and the Moles, when he flattens the molehills is heard when Thomas is on his way to the steamworks.
  • In Poland, this episode premiered before Hero of the Rails, so the audience would not know about Victor and Kevin.


  • At the beginning of the episode, Gordon is layered behind the bridge. This was done to make the single-tracked bridge appear double-tracked.
  • When Henry and James leave the docks, they swap whistle sounds. Additionally, the top half of Lucinda is missing.
  • In the first view of the wash down, James' flatbed is empty.
  • When Cranky lowers Thomas back onto the track, he is on the middle track. Then when Thomas says, "Thank you!" to Spencer, he is on the track closest to Cranky.
  • Thomas' flatbed disappears when he arrives at the Steamworks. His wheels are also frozen in place when he arrives.
  • When Thomas returns to Brendam, Cranky is not tilted.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Cranky e seus Rangidos
Catalan Rondinaire grinyolaire
Chinese Mandarin 克兰奇吱嘎响
Czech Mrzout Klika
Danish Knirkende Cranky
Dutch Krakende Cranky
Finnish Nariseva Niilo
French Thomas releve un défi
German Knirschender Cranky
Greek Ο τριζατος Κρανκι
Hungarian Cranky csikorog
Icelandic Haltur Valtur
Indonesian Creaky Cranky
Italian Cranky Scricchiolio
Japanese ガタガタクランキー
Korean 삐거덕, 크랭키 (dub)
삐걱대는 크랭키 (subtitles)
Latin American Spanish Cranky Rechinante
Norwegian Knirke-Cranky
Polish Skrzypiący Karolek
Romanian Cranky Scârțâie
Russian Скрипучий Крэнки
Serbian Škripko čekrk
Swedish Gnisslande Gnällis
Welsh Cranky y Craen Creaky

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Creaky Cranky (DVD)

US DVD Packs

  • Steam Team Collection



  • Creaky Cranky (DVD)
  • Series 13 (digital download)


DVD Boxsets