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“Well, well, well! The Brothers Grim: 'Smashed,' 'Broken' and 'Sunk'!”

Horrid Lorry is the second episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Cranky Bugs on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


One morning, Percy is late to collect his train from the docks. Cranky begins to criticise him, while Percy complains there is too much work for the engines. Cranky suggests it would be better if lorries did his work. Percy is shocked by this and later at the sheds, he tells the other engines what Cranky said. James and Henry are dismissive, but Percy worries that lorries might truly come.

Unfortunately, three lorries do indeed arrive and while Cranky is overjoyed, they also turn out to be incredibly rude, with one of them calling Percy a lump of steaming scrap iron. Later, Percy sees one of the other lorries being rude to Thomas and James. He also calls Percy a little green goblin on wheels and says that he will be scrapped. Thomas and James are both disgusted at the lorry's behaviour, calling him horrid and despicable.

At the quarry, Toby runs across another lorry who tells him that he belongs in a museum and tells him to toodle off, much to Toby’s ire. Toby's driver tells him to ignore the lorry and they go to the flour mill, only to find yet another lorry who tells Toby that they are doing his jobs now. The foreman tells Toby's driver that he is sorry for Toby's replacement but the times are changing. Toby's driver then tells him they will head to the farm, hoping they will still be able to use him.

As Toby trundles towards the farm, he enters a canyon where he watches the lorry he met at the quarry having trouble navigating on a treacherous road above with his load of rocks. The lorry then falls off a cliff and crashes onto the rocks below, much to his mildly injured driver's annoyance and Toby's horror.

The smashed lorry is taken to the docks, where Percy begins to laugh at him and calls him a lump of steaming scrap iron like the lorry called him. Butch, the tow truck who is also new to Sodor, arrives with the lorry from the flour mill; Butch's driver explains that the lorry was overloaded with flour and broke down. James whistles excitedly as he watches men bringing the third lorry in on a barge after he had reversed into the sea. Thomas arrives, laughing at the disgraced lorries and calls them The Brothers Grim: "Smashed," "Broken" and "Sunk". The lorries vow to return, but never do and the engines commit themselves to their work to ensure the lorries never return.




  • Mirrored stock footage from Thomas and the Special Letter is used.
  • This is the last episode until the ninth series episode, Molly's Special Special, where the Fat Controller appears, but does not have a speaking role.
  • This episode marks the second time a non-human character has suffered a physical injury to their face, the first being in the second series episode, Break Van.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of The Horrid Lorries to date, excluding their faceless appearances. Also they were supposed to be including in the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company series, but they were never featured.
  • After Lorry 2 fell off the cliff, music is heard in the US and international versions but not in the UK.
  • A rare picture shows Lorry 3 confronting Thomas and James instead of Lorry 1.
  • In a rare picture of the first scene, S.C. Ruffey's rebuilt model can be seen next to the S.S. Roxstar, not too far from Big Mickey's location.
  • A deleted scene picture shows Lorry 1 after falling into the sea being towed by Butch, rather than being on a barge.
  • Thomas' nickname for the Lorries, "The Brothers Grimm" is a reference to two German scholars best known for publishing many well-known folk and fairy tales.
  • The barrel the foreman stands near is the Best Quality Diesel Oil barrel from the fourth series episode, Bowled Out.
  • This episode features the first appearance of Butch, who does not have a face. He would have one in all future appearances.
  • S.S. Vienna, Big Mickey and Izzy Gomez from TUGS can be seen at the docks.
  • This was the only episode where Butch is referred to by name until the fifteenth series episode, Stuck on You.
  • A rare picture shows Toby going the other way around the gorge and much closer to Lorry 2 who is about to fall off the gorge.
  • The brick part of the Skarloey Engine Sheds appears at the Flour Mill.
  • The first episode to have human injuries in an accident. The next is A Better View for Gordon.
  • The way Alec Baldwin voices the lorries sounds very similar to his Gordon voice from the sixth series.
  • The line "times are a-changing" references the Bob Dylan song The Times They Are a-Changin'.
  • Although this episode is called Horrid Lorry in the US, the term lorry is a British term. The word truck is a term often used to describe such vehicles.
  • The driver in the Lorry that fell off the cliff would not have been able to survive in real life.
  • James has his fourth series whistle sound when he excitedly sees the third lorry arriving on a barge.


  • When James says "Stuff and nonsense" and Henry says "We engines run this island", Henry's tender is uncoupled.
  • When one of the lorries talks to Toby, the lorry's driver moves when the lorry's eyes moves, meaning the driver is on the eye mechanism.
  • The line to the farm was mistakenly referred to as the whole railway.
  • James appears in one location when he points out Lorry 1, then appears in a completely different location after the shot of the lorry on the barge.
  • When Percy arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, Henry's eyes are wonky and Thomas is missing his lamp.
  • In a rare picture, a wire is seen under Butch's cab.
  • When Toby rolls alongside Percy, Duck can be seen in the background pulling a train, but in the next shot, there are trucks on that same line, and Duck and his train are gone.
  • In the first two close-ups of Cranky, his nameboards are in the centre of his cranehouse roof.
  • When Lorry 2 is at the docks after his accident, his eye mechanism is no longer holding the eyes in properly.
  • Throughout the episode all three lorries' mistakenly switch faces:
    • When Lorry 2 meets Percy, he has Lorry 3's smirking face.
    • When Toby arrives at the flour mill, Lorry 3 has Lorry 1's smirking face.
    • When Lorry 2 is taken to the docks, he once again has Lorry 3's smirking face.
    • When Lorry 3 is brought in by Butch, he has Lorry 1's shocked face.
    • When Lorry 1 is brought in on a barge, he has Lorry 2's sad face.
    • When Lorry 3 is dubbed "Broken", he has Lorry 1's sad face.
  • The Portuguese title refers to the lorries as "new friends", but the lorries were rude to the engines and thus were not friends to any of them. The correct way to say "Horrid Lorry" in Portuguese is "caminhao horrivel".
  • In the last scene, Clarabel is in front of Annie.


  • Lorry 2: (referring to Percy): What's that steaming lump of scrap iron doing here? Be off with you!
  • Percy: Scrap iron?! Steaming scrap iron?! PAH!


  • Lorry 1: (referring to Percy) Oh look, its a little green goblin on wheels. You'll be scrapped. Just you wait and see.
  • Thomas: Well, bust my boiler! What a horrid lorry!
  • James: Despicable!


  • Lorry 2: Well well well. No wonder this railway's in a mess, you belong in a museum, not working in a quarry.
  • Toby: I might look old, but I'm very useful.
  • Lorry 2: Useful?! Pah! Just you toodle off!
  • Toby: Toodle?!


  • Percy: (after seeing the wrecked lorry) What's this lump of steaming scrap iron?
  • Lorry 2 (after being practically destroyed): I'll be back, so you can wipe that silly smile off your smokebox!
  • Percy: Pah!


  • Toby's driver (after seeing a lorry being pulled by Butch): What happened?
  • Butch's driver: He was overloaded with flour and he broke down.
  • Toby: (teasing the lorries) Not very useful now are you?
  • Lorries 2 and 3: Grrrrr!


  • James: They're bringing in the third lorry on a barge! What happened to that one?
  • Butch's driver: Stupid lorry was reversing and fell straight into the sea.


  • Thomas: (looks at the damaged lorries) Well, well, well! The Brothers Grimm: Smashed, Broken and Sunk!



Name Released Discontinued Highlights Image
Lorry-1 2001 Unknown
  • Lorry 1 on Flatbed

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Os Convencidos
Chinese Mandarin 可恶的洛瑞
Danish Dumme Lastbiler
Dutch Nare Vrachtwagens
German Großmäulige Lastwagen
Greek Τα φοβερα λεωφορεία
Hungarian Undok Furgon
Italian Odiosi Camion
Japanese 3だいのトラック
Korean 불쾌한 화물 트럭
Latin American Spanish Camiones Regañones
Norwegian Forferdelige Lorry
Polish Te Okropne Ciężarówki (Original)
Straszna Ciężarówka (Alternate)
Romanian Autocamioanele Nesuferite
Russian Ужасный грузовик
Slovenian Nesramni Tovornjak
Swedish Fula Lastbilar

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