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“It's the Ghost Engine, sir! And it's come to get me!”

Flour Power is the twenty-sixth and final episode of the ninth series.


On Halloween night, Thomas is alone at the sheds when the Fat Controller assigns him to collect the flour from the mill and take it to the bakery, because Sodor needs its morning toast and Lady Hatt and him need their crumpets. He also tells Thomas that he must work with Diesel which makes Thomas upset.


Thomas arrives at Brendam Docks where he is supposed to meet Diesel, but he is not there. He does not know that Diesel is sneaking behind him and gives Thomas a fright by biffing some oil tankers out of the way. Diesel teases Thomas for being a scaredy engine and they set off for the flour mill. When they pass the woods, Diesel says it is the haunted forest, and calls out to Thomas in a spooky voice. Thomas crossly tells Diesel to stop it. When they arrive at the abandoned mines, they hear a banging noise and Diesel teases Thomas that it is a ghost engine looking for a steam engine to scare. Thomas says he is not scared, but secretly he is. When Thomas and Diesel stop at a signal, Thomas hears a strange cry and feels something touch his coal bunker which was a tree, but he does not know. Diesel cries out to Thomas that it is the ghost engine after his funnel. Thomas is so scared he peeps frightfully and Diesel calls Thomas a scaredy engine twice. Thomas is so cross with Diesel that he wants to find a way to pay him back.

Thomas disguised as a ghost to scare Diesel as payback

When they arrive at the flour mill and Diesel goes ahead of Thomas, Thomas has an idea to show Diesel who is the scaredy engine by biffing the trucks out of the way, thereby covering himself in white flour looking like a Ghost Engine. Diesel is so frightened he runs out of the flour mill, before he can hear that it is only Thomas. Thomas buffers up to the flour trucks and sets off for the bakery. While heading for the bakery, Thomas realises the thing Diesel said that was used to scare him is just a tree that touched him, the strange cry was an owl, the banging at the abandoned mine was just a door and that the forest he passed earlier was Henry's Forest.

Diesel is with the Fat Controller at the bakery when Thomas arrives. Diesel gets scared again and tells the Fat Controller that the ghost engine has come to get him, but the Fat Controller says it is only Thomas. The Fat Controller praises Thomas for his hard work and rewards him a special washdown. Thomas is looking forward to telling his friends everything that has happened.




  • Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the ninth series.
  • The episode is similar to Bold and Brave from the same series which is just two episodes prior production-wise, in which Diesel tries to spook Thomas with falsehoods that Thomas has to brave. It is also similar and seems to call back to the eighth series finale, (production-wise) Halloween, in that Thomas has to work on Halloween Night with diesels that try to scare him but get inadvertently scared as comeuppance before Thomas realises all that was "scary" was just made up. Diesel even says, "Trust a silly old steamie to be scared on Halloween!" This episode is somewhat similar to Ghost Train where Thomas being covered in flour is similar to Percy being covered in lime and spooking to pay out the other engine having similar concepts.
  • The name of this episode is a play on the 1960s saying Flower Power.
  • When the camera looks beside the boy's bed, an Ertl Percy, a Thomas and the Magic Railroad poster and the medal from the seventh series episode, Three Cheers for Thomas are visible.
  • A deleted shot of James passing Castle Loch without Henry passing by is used in the music video, Day and Night.
  • In the US dub, crumpets are called English muffins, which are both very different terms for the name of the food that is made in England.
  • A deleted scene indicated that the Fat Controller was originally going to dress up as a devil, which was changed to a magician costume in the final version of the episode possibly due to avoiding religious controversies against the show over Sir Topham wearing said costume for Halloween from people who are religious. The original small-scale version of this figure is now owned by ThomasTankMerch.
  • The abandoned mines where Thomas approached are very similar to the Maithwaite Quarry Mine from Percy and the Haunted Mine and Fergus Breaks the Rules.
  • This episode marks the last of two things:
  • The Korean title of this episode shares the same name as Halloween.
  • The alternate Korean title card of this episode still has the English title card behind it.


  • The narrator says "Suddenly, Thomas felt something touch his tender," but Thomas is a tank engine. "Bunker" is the correct term.
  • When Thomas rolls under the chute, he biffs some trucks out of the way. Then, when Thomas comes out covered in flour, Diesel is in front of Thomas instead of the trucks.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Poder da Farinha
Chinese Mandarin 面粉的力量
Croatian Duh Lokomotive
Czech Strašidelná mouka
Danish Spøgelsestoget
Dutch Meligheid Kent Geen Tijd
Finnish Jauhoinen Juttu
French Le Fantôme Enfariné
German Die Geisterlok
Hungarian A Szellemmozdony
Italian Lo Scherzo della Farina
Japanese トーマスとこむぎのちから
Korean 유령 기관차
Norwegian Melet
Polish Moc mąki
Romanian Puterra Făinii
Russian Сила муки
Scottish Gaelic An T-einnsean Taibhseil
Serbian Brasno
Spanish La Harina al Poder
Swedish Klekansiktet
Turkish Un Gücü



Diesel: Ooh! Thomas!
Diesel: Look out! The Ghost Engine is after your funnel!
Thomas: Cinders and ashes!

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