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“Thank you, Trevor! You're not a stick-in-the-mud at all!"
"No. But you were, just for a little while.”
―Bertie and Trevor

Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party is the sixteenth episode of the third series. It is based on the magazine stories Edward and the Vicar and The Vicar's Fête.


Trevor tells Edward that the Vicar is organising a garden party to fund a trip to the seaside for underprivileged children and Trevor will be the party's main attraction. Edward wishes he could help, but he knows he cannot be much help without his rails. Although he wants to be helpful like Trevor, his driver replies that he is helpful in his own way, which is on the Fat Controller's railway.

The next day, it is Trevor's turn to look worried; the Vicar had been so busy setting up the party that he has forgotten to put posters up. Edward suggests an idea by having the Vicar paste the posters on him and his coaches to attract a lot of guests wherever he goes. The driver gives the idea to the Fat Controller, who agrees. Sure enough, many people become attracted and decide to attend the Vicar's garden party.

Later that afternoon, Trevor is resting in the orchard shed. Bertie arrives and teases Trevor about his advanced age and announces that he will also be at the garden party bringing more guests there. Bertie then brags that not many people will want to ride on an old-fashioned traction engine after having travelled on him. Trevor ignores Bertie, knowing that the party would still be a success regardless.

The next day is the party, but the orchard's ground is sodden from an earlier overnight downpour. Trevor knows that rain and mud will not spoil his day as they will stay on the road to prevent an accident. He soon puffs up and down the country lane giving a lot of children rides. Eventually, Bertie arrives bringing guests to the party and tells Trevor that Edward's idea has been a success. In reply, Trevor gives Bertie a cheerful whistle and makes his way back to the orchard. But Bertie gets stuck in the mud while attempting to drop his passengers off at the party. Fortunately, Terence is also there and quickly helps to get him out, joking that he is the one supposed to be ploughing fields and Trevor notes that Bertie's boastfulness has caught up with him and has now learned his lesson to never try and go off road. Once back on the road, Bertie thanks Trevor and apologises to him and the party is a success.

That evening, the Vicar thanks Edward and his crew for helping attract a lot of guests. Edward feels very pleased and Really Useful, while Trevor falls happily asleep knowing that all the underprivileged children will finally be able to visit the seaside.




  • This episode's Korean title is just a transcription to Hangul of the word "Party."
  • In most versions of the US dub, the New Zealand release of Trust Thomas and Other Stories and on the Mud Glorious Mud DVD, the music at the beginning and when Trevor told Edward the bad news is omitted.
  • The Märklin Engine makes an appearance as a scrap engine.
  • A rare picture shows that Diesel originally appeared in the episode, probably to further discourage Edward, but his scene was cut out for unknown reasons.
  • This is the last episode for several things:
    • The last third series episode to include a "pilot narration" and use a still of the final shot for the end credits.
    • The last third series episode filmed in 1991.
    • The last episode in the third series to air in the United States on television via Shining Time Station before airing in the United Kingdom months later.
    • The last episode with Trevor as a main character.
    • The last appearance of Wellsworth Scrap Yard until Tale of the Brave and its last appearance in an episode until the eighteenth series episode, Disappearing Diesels and the last appearance of the scrapyard in the model series.
    • The last appearance of Tidmouth Hault until the fifth series episode, Thomas, Percy, and Old Slow Coach.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of Wellsworth Road to date.
  • This episode aired in the UK exactly fourty-seven years after the book, The Three Railway Engines, was first published. Also, it was on George Carlin's 55th birthday.
  • This episode aired back-to-back with the third series episode, A Scarf for Percy on Storytime with Thomas in the US.
  • Michael Angelis' line, "It was a beautiful day, but Edward was worried" was re-used from Percy's Promise.
  • A scrap steam shovel from TUGS can be seen at the scrapyard.
  • This episode has the most words and syllables in its title out of any episode title of the entire show, at a total of seven words and twelve syllables.
  • In Canada, this episode was released before Saved from Scrap meaning the Canadian audience would not know who Trevor is.


  • In the original version, the opening scene and some scenes of Bertie talking to Trevor, studio equipment is visible at the very top of the screen.
  • When Trevor circles around at the start, he runs over a plank of wood and part of the scrapped Märklin Engine.
  • Edward's trucks derail when he pulls up at the scrapyard.
  • The narrator says Terence and Trevor helped Bertie out of the mud, but Terence is the only one helping.
  • During the close-up of Bertie's wheels in the mud, he appears to let out exhaust, but in the next shot, the exhaust is gone.
  • Edward passes through Wellsworth twice in two consecutive shots.
  • In the Czech dub, Trevor is referred as Edward at the beginning.
  • The people at the garden party are standing on blu-tak or are attached to clear plastic bases.
  • Edward's eyes are misaligned at the start when he puffs by Trevor.
  • When Trevor talks to Edward about the bad news, his eyes are wonky, and his face plate moves a bit.
  • When Bertie tries to move out of the mud, the ground moves a bit.


[first lines]
Trevor: The Vicar says that not all children are able to have holidays by the sea, so he's having a garden party to raise money for a seaside trip. I'm going to be the star attraction, giving rides to all the visitors. The Vicar is putting up posters all about it.
Edward: I'd like to help too, but without my rails I wouldn't be much good at a garden party.

Narrator: It was a beautiful day, but Edward was worried.
Edward: I wish there was something I could do for the party. I'd like to be helpful like Trevor.
Charlie (Edward's Driver): [laughs] You're helpful in your own way and that's on the railway.

Bertie: Hello, Trevor. Why are you dozing there like an old stick-in-the-mud?
Trevor: I'm not dozing. I'm resting.
Narrator: Then he told Bertie about the vicar's party.
Bertie: I'll be there, too. I'm not sure people will want to ride on an old traction engine after travelling in a smart, red bus like me.

Terence: [sees Bertie stuck in the mud] I'm the one who has to plough fields. We'd better get you out of here!


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 集艾德华特雷弗和非常有用聚会
Czech Edward, Trevor a Užitečná Slavnost
Danish Edward, Trevor og den Meget Nyttige Fest
Dutch Edward, Trevor en het Nuttige Feest
Finnish Edward, Teppo ja Vallan Verrattomat Juhlat
German Eine wirklich nützliche Party
Greek Ο Έντι, ο Τρέβορ και το πάρτι
Hungarian Edward, Trevor és a Kerti Ünnepség
Italian Rendersi Utili
Japanese トレバーとすてきなパーティー
Korean 파티
Norwegian Edward, Trevor og den Nyttige Festen
Polish Tadek, Edek i Przyjęcie
Romanian Edward, Trevor și Petrecerea
Russian Эдвард, Тревор и действительно полезный вечер
Serbian Edvard, Trevor i Veoma Korisna Lokomotiva
Slovenian Edvard, Brane in res Koristna Zabava
Swedish Edward, Trevor och Trädgårdfesten
Ukrainian Едвард, Тревор і по-справжньому корисна вечірка
Welsh Y Ffair

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets




  • Thomas Gets Bumped and Other Stories
  • Mud Glorious Mud

DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Complete Series 1-10
  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack




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  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4