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“You don't know the rules!”
―Fergus to Diesel

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!"

The Fat Controller has brought Diesel to help out at the Cement Works for a while. However, as Diesel carelessly sets to work, 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, '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. So, he sends Thomas to search for him. He finds Fergus hiding in a siding near the abandoned mine and takes him to the smelters 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.




  • Going by production order, this is the nineteenth episode of the seventh series.
  • Some scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, James, Donald or Douglas, Toad and City of Truro are seen in the smelter's as well as two of the scrapped tenders from the third series episode, Tender Engines.
  • Stock footage from Bill, Ben and Fergus is used.
  • This episode marks Fergus' last appearance to date.
  • This is one of several episodes from the seventh series to have its title card read on Nick Jr. and PBS airings.
  • Michael Brandon's narration was used for the UK HiT Favourites DVD, The Groovy Collection.
  • Not counting deleted scenes in Something Fishy and Peace and Quiet, this marks the first and only appearance of the Sodor Cement Works in an episode to date.
  • Elizabeth's Shed appears at the quarry Fergus hides in.
  • This episode marks Diesel's only appearance and ‘Arry and Bert's only speaking roles in the seventh series.
  • In two deleted scenes of Fergus arriving at the Smelters' Yard and Thomas bringing him back to see Sir Topham Hatt, the jet engine from Thomas and the Jet Engine makes an appearance with it's fume pipe being reused as a pipe.


  • 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 narration 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 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 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

Language Title
Chinese 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
Slovak Fergus porušuje pravidlá
Swedish Fergy bryter mot reglerna
Thai โฟกัสหายไป
Welsh Fergus yn Dianc

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  • The Complete Series 7

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