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“Ah, here comes number 68! Really slow and always late!”

Philip's Number is the eleventh episode of the twenty-first series.


When he is teased by Gordon about having 68 painted on his side, Philip tries to discover why he was given that number. Later, when he manages to avoid an accident after 68 sheep stray onto the line, Philip decides it is his lucky number!




UK and AUS


  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Kevin
  • William Hope as Toby, Farmer McColl and the Photographer
  • Steven Kynman as Paxton
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt and the Knapford Station Announcer


  • Farmer McColl has his US voice in the UK dub.
  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the twenty-first series.
  • The transition of the image going around in circles is a reference to the transitions from the "Batman" 1960's TV show.
  • On the Nick Jr. USA airing, this episode is paired with A Most Singular Engine.
  • A shortened version of the episode, narrated by Joseph May as Thomas, can be found on the official YouTube channel and the Nick Jr website.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the butterfly has the number 68 painted on its wings.


  • William Hope and Christopher Ragland are not credited in the UK dub for voicing Farmer McColl, the Photographer and the Troublesome Trucks.
  • When Gordon stops in front of Philip, his piston valve is clipping into his running board.
  • Victor is on standard gauge track in the Sodor Steamworks, despite the fact that he is a narrow gauge engine and would not be able to travel there.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Número do Philip
Japanese フィリップは68ばん
Polish Numer Filipa
Romanian Numărul lui Philip

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