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“Oh, it's you. Have you learned to drive properly yet?”
―Elizabeth upon meeting the Fat Controller again

Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry, retitled Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck in one American release, is the fifth episode of the sixth series.


"Do you mind?! I'm trying to sleep!"

Thomas is pulling a special to Brendam which is heavy and he puffs very hard, breaking his siderods in the process. Thomas' crew see an old disused shed, which Thomas thinks is haunted. But instead of finding a ghost inside, Thomas' crew discover a vintage Sentinel lorry named Elizabeth. She has been sheeted for many years and has not been out since. Thomas' fireman puts some of Thomas' coal in her fire, and soon she is out and working again.

Although Elizabeth is initially hesitant and rude to Thomas, she drives off to the works to get new siderods for him. She still is not quite ready and discovers that her engine can only just manage hills, but at last she returns, and Thomas sets off to the docks. He arrives just in time for the boat, but the Fat Controller is cross that he is almost late. Thomas explains about his siderods, and is just about to tell him about how rude Elizabeth was, when she pulls up. It turns out the Fat Controller drove Elizabeth when he was younger, and he has Jem Cole restore her to her original beauty. Even after everything, Thomas ends up admitting how grand she looks.




  • The shed Thomas' crew find Elizabeth in was later used as Toby's shed at Arlesdale End from the seventh series onwards.
  • The CiTV continuity of this episode during the end credits featured Leah Charles King holding up a drawing of Thomas, Percy and James sent in by Daniel Coffey, when it was repeated on 17 February 2003.
  • When the episode was released on the Thomas and the Jet Engine Australian DVD/VHS and aired on CITV, the widescreen version is cropped to fullscreen.
  • This is the first episode of a few things:
    • Elizabeth's first appearance.
    • The first episode since the second series episode, Saved from Scrap that Jem Cole has been referred to by name.
    • The first episode when Thomas' chuckling face from the third series appears as his new grinning face.
    • The first appearance since the third series Thomas' tired face is used, despite it was Percy who was wearing it in said series.
  • An LMS poster can be seen on a signal box at one point.
  • In the opening shot, Thomas is pulling the circus CCT van from Henry and the Elephant but with the "Topham Circus" lettering removed.


  • In some close-ups of Elizabeth, her eye mechanism is visible inside her cab.
  • The right-hand pillar (viewer perspective) of the bridge Elizabeth goes under wobbles a bit.
  • When Elizabeth says "Have you learned to drive properly yet?" the steam Thomas blows disappears and reappears due to a film cut.
  • There appear to be two Jem Coles at the end; one with the Fat Controller and one driving Trevor.
  • Two red wires can be seen in Thomas' cab window in a close-up of his driver.
  • The whistle on Thomas' perspex model can be seen much further then on it's usual place.
  • In the UK narration, the Fat Controller signifies Elizabeth as the grandest lorry of the whole "railroad," but railroad is the American term for railway.
  • In the shots of Thomas looking worried, his eyes are wonky, his face is tilted, and his lamp irons are crooked.


Elizabeth: Do you mind?! I'm trying to sleep!

Elizabeth: Oh, it's you. Have you learned to drive properly yet?
Thomas: She's in trouble now.
The Fat Controller: Elizabeth! My first lorry! I thought you had been lost!


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 伊丽莎白老货车
Czech Veterán Alžběta
Danish Den gamle lastbil
Dutch Elizabeth de stoomvrachtwagen
Hungarian Elisabeth a Gőzteherautó
Italian Elizabeth la Camionetta d'epoca
Japanese ヴィンテージトラックのエリザベス
Korean 오랜 친구
Norwegian Elizabeth - Veteranlastebilen
Polish Ela, Zabytkowa Ciężarówka
Romanian Elizabeth Camionul cel Vechi
Russian Елизавета старинный грузовик
Serbian Elizabeta izvrsno kamionče
Slovenian Stari tovornjak Elizabeta
Swedish Gamla Elisabet
Welsh Elisabeth Cerbyd o Dras

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