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“I have found the perfect thing to paint!"
"What is it?"
"I am going to paint... Percy!"
"Bust my buffers! You want to paint me?!"
"Percy is honest, hardworking and helpful... and he is not afraid to speak his mind. He is truly the Spirit of Sodor!”
―The Famous Artist announcing his decision to paint Percy

Percy and the Oil Painting is the first episode of the ninth series.


The Mayor of Sodor has invited a famous artist to paint a picture called The Spirit of Sodor. The Fat Controller chooses Percy to collect him and show him around. Percy is curious to know what The Spirit of Sodor is, and Thomas tells him that it is something special about Sodor.

Percy collects the famous artist and takes him to Shen Valley. But, the famous artist dismisses it as being "too green," so Percy takes him to Norramby Beach. Once again, the famous artist is very criticising and calls the sand "too yellow," which makes Percy upset.

As they travel around the Island, the famous artist calls the viaduct "too tall," the windmill "too round" and Knapford Station "too busy" and that there is no place on Sodor that is special. This makes Percy very angry and Gordon - who is nearby - thinks that the famous artist is very rude for saying these things. Percy tells the famous artist off, then he accidentally lets off steam, blowing off the famous artist's beret. The famous artist states that he wants to see the Fat Controller immediately, which makes Percy think that he is in trouble.

However, the famous artist tells the Fat Controller that he is going to paint a picture of Percy; because he is honest, hard-working, and not afraid to speak his mind - he is The Spirit of Sodor. That night at Knapford Station, Percy and the other engines see the painting for the first time and Percy is very happy to be The Spirit of Sodor.




  • Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the ninth series.
  • Stock footage from Too Hot for Thomas is used.
  • The episode aired before Calling All Engines! was released in most regions, so the audience would not have known about the rebuilt Tidmouth Sheds yet.
  • In the individual version of the episode, the music at the end is omitted.
  • This episode marks the first of several things:
    • The first episode where the title cards are read in the English dubs. This becomes a permanent fixture of the show.
    • The first episode to have Sharon Miller as the script editor.
    • The first episode dubbed by Jon Kabira in Japan as well as the new Japanese voice cast and the first episode dubbed by Saverio Ingrio in Italy.
    • The first episode an engine turns red with anger (in this case, Percy).
    • The Railway Society's first appearance since the fifth series episode, Baa!. This also marks his final appearance.
    • The Mayor of Sodor's first on-screen appearance. Previously, he was only mentioned in the episodes James and the Queen of Sodor and As Good as Gordon.
  • In the US dub of this episode, the artist has a French accent.
  • Abi Grant stated on her website that this was one of her favourite episodes centered around Percy (her favourite character).
  • The figure used to portray the Mayor of Sodor is the same one used to portray the Vicar of Wellsworth in the seventh series episode, Harold and the Flying Horse.


  • Throughout the episode, Percy's cab appears both blocked and unblocked during scenes with his crew and the artist.
  • Gordon has Henry's whistle sound at the beginning of the episode.
  • Gordon's eyes are very wonky in the first shot of Knapford.
  • The Mayor is said to pull the cord that unveils the painting, but he is missing in the close-ups.
  • On Latin American Spanish TV broadcasts, the title card reads "Thomas y el óleo", which translates to Thomas and the Oil Painting, despite how the dubber still reads the original title "Percy y el óleo" (Percy and the Oil Painting). The title is shown correctly on DVD.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic بيرسي واللوحة الزيتية
Bosnian Pero i Slika na Ulju
Chinese Mandarin 培西和油画
Croatian Pero i Ulje na Platnu
Czech Percy a olejomalba
Danish Percy og kunstneren
Dutch Percy en het Olieverfschilderij
Finnish Pekka ja öljymaalaus
German Percy und der Geist von Sodor
Hungarian Percy és a festő
Italian Lo Spirito di Sodor
Japanese パーシーとゆうめいながか
Korean 소도어 섬의 자랑
Latin American Spanish Percy y el Óleo
Norwegian Percy og maleriet
Polish Piotrek i obraz
Romanian Percy și Pictura în Ulei
Russian Перси и картина
Scottish Gaelic An Dealbh Iomraiteach
Serbian Persi i Slika na Ulju
Spanish Percy y el Cuadro al Óleo
Swedish Percy och oljemålningen
Turkish Percy ve Yağlıboya Resimleri

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