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“All aboard for a big adventure!”
―Hiro and Kenji

Kenji on the Rails Again is an episode of the twenty-fourth series.


A ship is scheduled to deliver cargo to Japan, which means Kenji finally has the chance to go home. Thomas is to escort Kenji to the docks, but Kenji suddenly disappears. No matter where Thomas looks, Kenji hides further and further every time. Time is running out, and the ship has to depart soon. Hiro reminds Thomas how long it took to find him he when was broken down in the Whistling Woods, so the two of them both go there. In Hiro's old hideout, they finally find Kenji, who explains that the reason he hid was because he is scared to travel on the ship. Hiro, having missed Japan himself, offers to keep Kenji company, which makes Kenji feel better. Soon, both of them are on the ship, and Kenji is much more comfortable with Hiro by his side. Thomas promises to visit them as he watches his two friends depart aboard the ship.







  • Going by production order, this is the sixteenth episode of the twenty-fourth series.
  • This episode marks the first and only of a few things:
    • Hiro's first appearance in an episode since the twentieth series episode, Letters to Santa, his first speaking role since said episode and his first appearance overall since Journey Beyond Sodor.
      • It also marks his only appearance in the twenty-fourth series, as well as his last appearance to date.
    • Tom Tipper's first appearance since the aforementioned episode.
    • Victor's only appearance in the twenty-fourth series.
    • The first time Stafford is referred to by name since the twentieth series episode, The Way She Does It, the first time he is featured in some way since Big World! Big Adventures! and the only time he is referred to by name in the twenty-fourth series, and the first time he made a non-cameo appearance since the twentieth series episode, All in Vain.
    • The first appearance of Hiro's Hideout since the nineteenth series episode, Helping Hiro.
  • Thomas remembering the time he went to China references the events of Big World! Big Adventures!, as well as Hiro also remembering the time he had broken down in his hideout and how he was found much later by Thomas mentions the events of Hero of the Rails. Hiro and Kenji also say the rebrand's tagline when they are leaving for their home country, the third instance since Thomas and the Forest Engines where someone other than Thomas says it.
  • When Kenji thanks Sir Topham Hatt, he can be seen dipping his front section while closing his eyes. This is presumably a form of bowing, a common way to show respect in Japanese culture.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Italian Kenji Torna in Giappone
Spanish Kenji en las Vías Otra Vez

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