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Really Useful Around the World, also known as Thomas' Tour, is a series of online videos released for the Thomas' YouTube World Tour series. The videos were narrated by Mark Moraghan and the videos were animated in the style of a comic book. The videos feature Thomas travelling around the world to various countries, as well as introducing new characters exclusive to these videos. The videos were written by Davey Moore, directed by Morgan Francis, composed by Chris Renshaw, and animated by Spider Eye Animation and Wip Vernooij.


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Thomas Goes to New York

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Thomas Goes to New York is the first video to be released for the Thomas' Tour series. It was originally released on 29th April 2015.

Plot

All aboard for New York City! Yellow cabs, tall buildings, underground train tunnels and more! Follow Thomas as he goes where no engine has gone before!

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • A tugboat resembling Zug from TUGS can be seen. This makes sense as Zug and the other Z-Stacks were based on the Moran Fleet from New York City in the 1920s.
  • In real life, Thomas would not be allowed to operate in New York City as it would violate the Kaufman Electrification Act of 1923, which banned all steam locomotives from operating within city limits.
  • This marks the first time that the narrator voices the character while narrting since the twelfth series.

Goofs

  • Either Thomas' driver or fireman is not clipped on correctly in the cab when he got the balloon.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας πάει στη Νέα Υόρκη
Russian Приключения Томаса в Нью-Йорке

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Thomas in the Sahara

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Thomas In the Sahara is the second video for the Thomas' Tour series. The video was released on 20th May 2015.

Plot

Bubbling Boilers! Thomas is in the Sahara Desert! He's hard at work when he realises his tanks are nearly empty. So, he fills up at the local oasis, leaving no more water for the camels!

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • The Sahara Desert covers ten countries in North Africa and according to the opening titles, Thomas' adventure in this short takes place in Niger.

Goofs

  • When the men fill up Thomas' tanks, his tanks are closed.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας στη Σαχάρα
Polish Tomek na Saharze
Russian Томас в пустыне Сахара
Turkish Thomas Sahra Çölü'ne gidiyor

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Thomas Visits Pompeii

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Thomas Visits Pompeii is the third video for the Thomas' YouTube World Tour series, narrated entirely by Mark Moraghan. It was released on 10th June 2015.

Plot

Ciao! Thomas is in Italy and he’s carrying passengers to Pompeii. But bubbling boilers! It appears Thomas didn't just travel to Pompeii, but back in time itself!

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • The storyboard sketches of this story were uploaded to Wip Vernooij's website.
  • When Thomas visits Pompeii, a recreation of the main theme used in Series 1 composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell can be heard.

Goofs

  • Only one frame shows an overhead line.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας επισκέπτεται την Πομποιία
Polish Tomek odwiedza Pompeje
Russian Поездка Томаса в Помпеи

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Thomas Crosses Australia

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Thomas Crosses Australia is the fourth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 24th June 2015.

Plot

Bust my buffers! Thomas is carrying passengers across Australia, and along the way he hears some very interesting sounds! He finally discovers a funnel shaped instrument called a didgeridoo.

Characters

Locations

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας διασχίζει την Αυστραλία
Polish Podróż przez Australię
Russian Томас пересекает Австралию
Turkish Thomas Avustralya'ya gidiyor!

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Thomas Meets Marshall in the Canadian Rockies

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Thomas Meets Marshall in the Canadian Rockies, also known as Thomas Visits the Canadian Rockies, is the fifth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 8th July 2015.

Plot

Freezing funnels! Thomas is hauling tankers through the Rocky Mountains when he gets stuck in the snow! Luckily, Thomas meets a Canadian engine named Marshall to help him.

Characters

Locations

Goofs

  • At one point, the tankers and brake van aren't place on the rails correctly.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας επισκέπτεται τα Όρη του Καναδά
Polish Tomek odwiedza Góry Skaliste
Russian Томас в Канадских скалистых горах
Turkish Thomas Kanada'ya gidiyor!

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Thomas and the Cheeky Chimpanzees in Kenya

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Thomas and the Cheeky Chimpanzees in Kenya, also known as Thomas in Kenya, is the sixth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 5th August 2015.

Plot

Bust my buffers! Thomas is taking his passengers on a safari along the East African Rift Valley. They see flamingos, hippos, rhinos, and lots of cheeky chimpanzees!

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the only episode in which Thomas himself does not speak.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας και οι Χιμπατζήδες στην Κένυα
Russian Приключения Томаса в Кении
Turkish Thomas ve Şempanzeler Kenya'da

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Thomas' Kangaroo Adventure in Australia

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Thomas' Kangaroo Adventure In Australia or Thomas Visits Australia, is the seventh video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 12th August 2015.

Plot

Rumbling 'Roos! Thomas is carrying passengers across the Australian Savanna when a kangaroo stops on the tracks. Thomas is cross with the kangaroo until he realises the kangaroo is also carrying a passenger, a joey! They are both being really useful!

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Some Passengers

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the first time in the World Tour series that Thomas has another adventure in the same country (Australia).

Goofs

  • The narrator states that was another passenger who shouted at Thomas about the kangaroo, even though he's the same one who asked Thomas about him stopping.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας συναντά ένα Καγκουρό στην Αυστραλία
Polish Kangurza przygoda Tomka w Australii
Russian Приключения Томаса в Австралии

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Thomas Gets an Elephant Wash "Sri Lankan Style"

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Thomas Gets an Elephant Washdown "Sri Lankan Style", also known as Thomas Goes to Sri Lanka, is the eighth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was originally uploaded on 26th August 2015.

Plot

Thomas thought Sri Lanka was a beautiful country but he struggled with the heat and dust, especially in the tea plantation. Thomas had made it only so far from the depot until he ran over some broken tracks and someone very special saved the day.

Character

Locations

Trivia

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας λούζεται από έναν Ελέφαντα
Polish Tomek i pomocne słonie na Sri Lance
Russian Томас едет на Шри-Ланку

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Thomas Travels to Japan

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Thomas Travels to Japan, formerly known as Thomas Learns the Meaning of Kon'nichiwa or Thomas Visits Japan, is the ninth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 9th September 2015.

Plot

Kon'nichiwa! Thomas travels to Japan where he encounters some really useful passengers, or Sumos, that help him clear a blocked line of the railway.

Characters

Locations

Goofs

  • In one shot, Thomas' side-rods are missing.
  • The narrator states it was another train Thomas saw, but the engine who passed him is just the same one who passed earlier.
  • Japan's standard gauge is 1,067 mm, which is narrower than the international standard gauge. Therefore, Thomas with 1,435 mm of gauge can't run together.
  • The station building and the kimono of women is Chinese style.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας μαθαίνει Γιαπωνέζικα
Russian Приключения Томаса в Японии
Turkish Thomas Japonya’da!

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Thomas Makes Scary Faces in New Zealand

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Thomas Makes Scary Faces in New Zealand, also known as Thomas Goes to New Zealand, is the tenth video of the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 16th September 2015.

Plot

Cinders and ashes! Thomas meets the Sodor rugby team all the way on the other side of the world in New Zealand. The team captain teaches Thomas the Maori tradition of greeting people with scary faces to determine how brave they are and Thomas gets to practice his scary faces on the local rugby team.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Thomas' classic theme is used when he meets up with the Auckland rugby team.
  • The Auckland rugby team Thomas meets is actually the All Blacks.
  • This is one of two comic shorts to have real life people as characters, the other being "Thomas in London".
  • The first time that Sudrian characters have met Thomas in an international location.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας στη Νέα Ζηλανδία
Polish Tomek robi straszne miny w Nowej Zelandii
Russian Новая Зеландия

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Thomas Thinks Bamboo is Really Useful

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Thomas Thinks Bamboo is Really Useful, also known as Thomas Has an Adventure in China is the eleventh Thomas' Tour video. It was released on 23rd September 2015.

Plot

Thomas finds himself chugging through a forest in China. While in China, Thomas learns of the word Bamboo, and sets out to learn what exactly bamboo is used for. Thomas learns that there are so many uses for bamboo, even feeding pandas.

Characters

  • Thomas

Locations

Trivia

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας και το Μπαμπού
Russian Панды в Китае

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Thomas is the Star of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival

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Thomas is the Star of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, also known as Thomas Visits Rio, is the twelfth video released for the Thomas' Tour series. It was originally released on 14th October 2015.

Plot

Thomas travels to Rio de Janeiro where he learns the meaning of "oi" and unexpectedly finds himself as the star of a festive carnival!

Characters

Locations

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας είναι ο Σταρ του Καρναβαλιού στο Ριο
Polish Tomek gwiazdą karnawalu w Rio
Russian Томас едет в Рио

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Thomas Attends a Greek Wedding

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Thomas Attends a Greek Wedding, also known as Thomas Travels to Greece, is the thirteenth video released for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 21st October 2015.

Plot

Thomas is in charge of a very important task for a Greek wedding. Thomas makes sure to go slow on the way to the wedding, but the Greek music has him very excited. Thankfully the plates and Thomas’ passengers arrive safely, but Thomas is very confused when the wedding guests begin throwing the plates.

Characters

Locations

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας πάει σε Ελληνικό Γάμο
Russian Приключения Томаса в Греции

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Thomas and the Day of the Dead in Mexico City

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Thomas and The Day of The Dead in Mexico City, also known as Thomas Goes to Mexico City, is the fourteenth video released for the Thomas' Tour series. It was originally released on 4th November 2015.

Plot

Cinders and Ashes! Thomas is scared to visit Mexico City during the Day of the Dead. Once he gets to his destination, Thomas quickly realises there was no reason to be scared and joins in the festive celebrations.

Characters

Locations

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας και η Μέρα των Νεκρών στο Μεξικό
Russian День Мертвых

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Thomas Dresses Up for The Black Beauty Contest in India

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Thomas Dresses Up for The Black Beauty Contest in India, also known as Thomas Goes to India, is the fifteenth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 18th November 2015.

Plot

Thomas travels to India where he meets a lot of interesting engines. While Thomas is picking up a shipment of Indian fabrics, he meets an engine dressed as a Bengal, and an engine with wings. Bust my buffers! Thomas learns it’s The Black Beauty Contest in India…

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • The frame when Coran tells Thomas about his livery changes for a millisecond. This is noticeable because Coran's wheel changed positions.
  • This short could have been inspiration for the twenthy-fourth series episode, Shankar's Makeover.

Goofs

  • Rajinda and Coran switch places in the last shot.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας ετοιμάζεται για Διαγωνισμό Ομορφιάς στην Ινδία
Russian Индия
Turkish Hindistan'da Thomas!

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Thomas Joins a Tomato Fight in Spain

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Thomas Joins a Tomato Fight in Spain, also known as Thomas Goes to Spain, is the sixteenth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 2nd December 2015.

Plot

Thomas meets a new friend named Nuria in Spain. Thomas and Nuria have a very important pickup of crates and crates of tomatoes for the Tomato Festival. Thomas wonders how all the tomatoes will be used. He certainly doesn’t think it’s for a tomato fight!

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • As the photograph is taken at the end, a watermark reading Sc022 appears in the top right hand corner of the photo.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας σε Ισπανικό Ντοματοπόλεμο
Polish Tomek i hiszpańska bitwa na pomidory
Russian Томас в Испании

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Thomas Runs into Trouble at Monument Valley

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Thomas Runs into Trouble in the Monument Valley, also known as Thomas Visits Monument Valley, America, is the seventeenth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 16th December 2015.

Plot

Thomas is traveling across Arizona when he runs into trouble. Rumbling rails! Thomas doesn't use his brakes fast enough and slides off the tracks down by the road.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the second time Thomas has had an adventure in the same country twice (previously travelling to New York City, United States), the first being in Australia - Arizona is also in the United States.
  • The storyboard sketches of this story were uploaded to Wip Vernooij's website long before the video was uploaded to YouTube.

Goofs

  • The lines on Thomas' bunker are missing after he slid down.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας σε μπελάδες
Polish omek wpada w tarapaty w Dolinie Pomników
Russian В долине монументов
Turkish Thomas Arizona'ya gidiyor!

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Thomas Sees the Northern Lights in Alaska

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Thomas Sees the Northern Lights in Alaska, also known as Thomas Goes to Alaska, is the eighteenth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was released on 13th January 2016.

Plot

Thomas was traveling through Alaska to collect some very important passengers who were climatologists. As he was traveling along, he encountered a few scientists who were relieved to see him because they didn't have heat or light.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Michelle
  • The Climatologists (do not speak)
  • The Scientists (do not speak)

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the first time in the World Tour series that Thomas has a third adventure in the same country (United States).

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας στην Αλάσκα
Polish Tomek widzi zorzę na Alasce
Russian Северное сияние на Аляске
Turkish Thomas ile Alaska'ya Yolculuk!

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Thomas Meets an Artist in Paris

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Thomas Meets an Artist in Paris, also known as Thomas Goes To France, is the nineteenth video for the Thomas' Tour series. It was originally released on 27th January 2016.

Plot

Cinders and ashes! Thomas thinks France is beautiful. As he's traveling through France, he picks up a few different passengers who tell him about the different famous buildings.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the first time Thomas himself is not photographed at the end of a "Really Useful Around the World" segment.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας και ο Καλλιτέχνης στο Παρίσι
Russian Томаса во Франции

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Thomas Celebrates the Chinese New Year

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Thomas Celebrates the Chinese New Year is the twentieth Thomas' Tour video. It was released on 10th February 2016.

Plot

Thomas travels to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Along the way, he meets an engine, Yen, and a picks up a very important passenger, a dragon.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the third time Thomas has had an adventure in the same country twice, the first being in Australia and the second being in the United States.
  • This video may have been the inspiration behind the twenty-second series episode, Thomas and the Dragon.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας γιορτάζει την Κινέζικη Πρωτοχρονιά
Russian Китайский Новый Год

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Thomas Picks Up a Special Passenger in London

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Thomas Picks Up a Special Passenger in London, also known as Thomas in London, is the twenty-first and final video released for the Thomas' Tour series and the final video for the YouTube World Tour. It was released on 2nd March 2016.

Plot

Thomas thinks that London is full of special passengers. Along the railway, he picks up the Lord Mayor of London, a goat, and saves the most special passenger for last.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is one of two comic shorts to have real life people as characters, the other being "Thomas Goes to New Zealand".
  • The World War II era warship, HMS Belfast, appears when Thomas stops thinking about his meeting with the important man.
  • This short could have been inspiration for the twenty-fourth series double-length episode, Thomas and the Royal Engine.

Goofs

  • When Thomas stops thinking about his meeting with the Important Man, his coaches vanish.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Greek Ο Τόμας και ένας ιδιαίτερος Επιβάτης στο Λονδίνο
Polish Londyn i wyjątkowy pasażer Tomka
Russian Томас в Лондоне

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Trivia

  • The United States was the most visited country in the series, appearing in three videos.
  • These shorts are the first exposer to music composed by Chris Renshaw, who became the composer of the show after Robert Hartshorne, and Peter Hartshorne's contracts ended after Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • This is the first time since the twelfth series where the narrator has voiced all the characters in a story.
  • This series of videos produced the most videos for the Thomas' YouTube World Tour series, at a total of twenty-one videos.
  • These videos are not canon to the television series. However, it is possible they are the inspiration behind The Great Race and the launch of Big World! Big Adventures! 
  • The videos were animated with the following softwares: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash, Premiere, Manga Studio and Maya.
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