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“Howdy, everybody. Thomas is overloaded right now. I'll whistle for him!”

Heave Ho Thomas! is the sixth episode of the twelfth series.


Thomas is called to the docks to meet a new engine called Hank, who hails from America and is reported to be very strong. When they first meet, however, Hank calls Thomas little, to which the blue tank engine takes offence. So, when Thomas has to do some jobs and show Hank around, Thomas decides to take all the wagons to prove that he is not little, but all he does is crack his cylinder. Thomas then has to ask Hank for help. Hank agrees and the two engines deliver the loads. They later arrive at Knapford station for Hank's welcome party.




  • Pre-filmed edited footage from Thomas Puts the Brakes On is used.
  • Hank's theme is an instrumental version of "Hail to the Chief".
  • The diesel engine from Emily and the Special Coaches is one of Thomas' loads.
  • The ship's boiler from Edward's Brass Band is seen in the Repair Yard.
  • In the episode, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy do not have CGI faces when they are at Knapford, but they do in promotional images.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Hank to date.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Farmer McColl in CGI.
  • Due to scenes on one particular set across the season being filmed in one go, the scene of the engines at Knapford shows them in the same spots as they were in the ending scene of Thomas and the Billboard,the first episode of the twelfth series, except Edward and Toby have swapped spots.
  • This episode marks the last time to feature Thomas' unused anxious face from the third series, with the teeths at the bottom.
  • Stanley's theme is heard in this episode, even though he does not appear.
  • This episode was never released on DVD or shown on television in Japan. It has only been shown in Thomas Land's 3D Theatre.


  • The Fat Controller says "You are all here to welcome the new engine", but only Thomas and Percy are there.
  • When Thomas backs up to the machine trucks, his steam platform is visible.
  • The narrator refers to Thomas' backhead as his cylinder.
  • In the shot of Thomas's backhead, he does not have a driver or a fireman.
  • In the shot after Thomas and Hank pass under the bridge, and when they pass through Maron, wires are visible in Hank's cab.
  • In a close-up of Thomas' wheels spinning at Farmer McColl's, Thomas has no face and his tracking marker is visible.
  • When Hank pushes Thomas into Knapford, Henry is wearing one of Gordon's face masks.
  • When Hank is talking at Knapford, the line behind him leads to bushes.
  • When Thomas says "Thank you, Hank", the engines' faces are improperly adjusted to the angle of the engines.
  • When Thomas and Hank arrive at the shunting yards, the coal trucks on the upper level are derailed.
  • When Hank greets Farmer McColl, Katie can be heard barking but has not been animated to do so.
  • When Hank arrives at Knapford, his driver is not in CGI.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Força Thomas
Chinese 用力拉哟 托马斯
Czech A dost Tomáši
Finnish Tuomas Yrittää Liikaa
French Hank le costaud
German Thomas übernimmt sich
Indonesian Ayo Tarik, Thomas!
Italian Ciao a te Thomas!
Japanese すごいぞトーマス!
Korean 새 기관차, 행크 (Kids 1)
힘내, 토마스! (EBS)
Polish Tomkowi Jest za Ciężko
Slovak A dosť Thomas
Spanish ¡Fuerza, Thomas!
Thai แฮงค์หัวรถจักรคันใหม่

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