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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 is the first and only appearance of Hank.
  • 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 and Diesel is absent.
  • This episode marks the last to feature Thomas' unused anxious face from the third series, with teeth at the bottom.
  • Stanley's theme can be heard when Thomas and Hank puff through Maron station and when Hank helps Thomas, despite the fact that Stanley himself does not appear at all in this episode.
  • 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' 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 Thomas and Hank reach Maron, Stanley's theme plays, although Stanley being nowhere to be seen.
  • When Hank pushes Thomas into Knapford, Henry is wearing one of Gordon's face masks. This is the third time Henry had one of Gordon's face masks, the first being Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady and the second being Thomas and the Billboard.
  • 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 was not animated to do so.
  • When Thomas and Hank deliver one of their loads, the yardman tips his hat, but it is not animated properly and his fingers do not touch the hat.
  • In the close up of Percy at the docks, a small chip of paint is missing on the side of his boiler.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Força Thomas
Chinese Mandarin 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)
Latin American Spanish ¡Fuerza, Thomas!
Polish Tomkowi Jest za Ciężko

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