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“It's not fair! I love working here!”

Fergus Breaks the Rules, retitled Thomas and the Search for Fergus in one American release, is the eighteenth episode of the seventh series.


"I want to go back to the cement works. None of the other engines like coming here, it's so scary!"

Fergus, the railway traction engine, is the pride of the Sodor Cement Works and he knows and obeys all the rules. One day, Diesel is brought to the Cement works; the Fat Controller explains that he needs Diesel to help there for a while and tells Fergus to show him around. Fergus unhappily obliges, as he knows that Diesel is trouble.

As Diesel is being careless while he works, he becomes annoyed with Fergus telling him to "Do it right!" Later on, Diesel lies to Fergus about the Fat Controller sending him to work at the scrapyards. When Fergus arrives, He is frightened by the sounds and machinery in the smelting shed. 'Arry and Bert arrive and frighten the traction engine so much that he runs away.

The Fat Controller receives a call that Fergus is missing and so sends Thomas to search for him. Thomas finds Fergus hiding in a siding near the abandoned mine and takes him to the smelter's yards, where the Fat Controller is waiting. Thomas explains what happened with Diesel, and the Fat Controller proudly tells Fergus to return to the Cement Works, and that Diesel shall be sent to work at the smelters instead. Fergus is very happy to go back to being the pride of the Cement Works.





  • When Thomas and Fergus arrive at the smelters, Thomas' eyes are wonky.
  • Just before 'Arry and Bert come into view, a crew member's hand can be seen holding them back and then releasing them.
  • A red wire can be seen underneath Fergus when he first arrived at the smelter's yard.
  • When Fergus arrives at the smelters and escapes, his lamp is on his right side. When he hides in the siding, his lamp is on his left side.
  • During some scenes at the quarry, Fergus' right front buffer is crooked.
  • In the UK dub, when the Fat Controller reminds Fergus that he is the pride of the cement works, his line is not in sync with the zoom in.
  • When 'Arry and Bert come into view, Bert's eyes are wonky.


  • Diesel: The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt wants you to work at the Smelter's.
  • Fergus: Me? But I'm the pride of the Cement Works.
  • Diesel: Not anymore. The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt says I'm better than you.
  • Fergus: It's not fair! I love working here!


  • [after Thomas has saved Fergus]
  • The Fat Controller: Fergus, explain yourself.
  • Fergus: I ran away. It's scary here.
  • Thomas: Diesel told Fergus that you wanted him at the Smelter's forever.
  • The Fat Controller: Nonsense, Fergus. You are the pride of the Cement Works. I shall send Diesel to the Smelter's, and you can go back to the Cement Works tomorrow.
  • Fergus: Oh, thank you, sir.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 佛格斯犯规了
Czech Jak Fergus porušil předpisy
Danish Fergus stikker af
Hungarian Fergus Megszegi a Szabályt
Italian Fergus Disobbedisce
Japanese ファーガスときそく
Korean 도망자, 퍼거스
Polish Franek Łamie Reguły
Romanian Fergus Încalcă Regulile
Russian Фэргус нарушает правила
Serbian Fergus je prekršio pravilo
Swedish Fergy bryter mot reglerna
Turkish Fergus Kuralları Çiğniyor
Welsh Fergus yn Dianc

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