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“Samson here, Sir, at your service! Brought more stone from the quarry, Sir, as requested.”

Saving Time is the sixth episode of the twentieth series.


Samson arrives at the shunting yards and tells Thomas, Stanley and Diesel that he has been given an important job by the Fat Controller. He is to collect stone from the Blue Mountain Quarry and deliver it to Brendam Docks quickly and efficiently. But Thomas tells him that he has been given the same job, leaving Samson cross.

Samson arrives at the quarry, where Thomas is already collecting his trucks. He loads his own trucks with stone, and then chooses to take even more, claiming it will save time. Sir Handel and Peter Sam are skeptical about this, but Samson does not listen and slowly hauls his long heavy train out of the quarry.

But Samson's troubles begin when he reaches Gordon's Hill. He builds up speed, but cannot make it more than halfway up before his heavy train pulls him back down. He tries again, this time backing up to get a good run up, but fails again. Thomas arrives, having already finished his first delivery, and Samson asks him to be his back engine and give him a push. So Thomas switches track and couples up to Samson's brake van. But as they are backing up, Paxton approaches Thomas and is forced to stop. Luckily, Paxton helps push Thomas and Samson up and over the hill. But once on the other side, Samson refuses to stop and let Thomas be uncoupled, since they are already late.

The Fat Controller is cross when Samson and Thomas arrive at the docks. Not only is Samson pulling far too many trucks, but he is keeping Thomas from doing his job. Samson apologises on Thomas' behalf and says that he was trying to save time, but the Fat Controller tells Samson that he is only causing confusion and delay instead.

Later at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Samson apologises to Thomas and decides to pull a shorter train this time. But Thomas is surprised to see Samson pulling only one truck, which he claims will save time in the long run.





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  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Rob Rackstraw as Stanley
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel
  • Steven Kynman as Paxton and Peter Sam
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Handel and Sir Topham Hatt


  • Going by production order, this is the ninth episode of the twentieth series.
  • Starting with this episode onwards barring his next appearanceRob Rackstraw starts voicing Stanley in the US dub.
  • This episode marked the first of two things:
  • Samson's line, "They don't call me Samson for nothing" may be a reference to the biblical figure Samson, who was known for being strong.
  • Apart from moaning and laughter, Diesel has no dialogue in this episode.
  • This episode marks Paxton and Peter Sam's only speaking roles in the twentieth series, as well as Peter Sam's last speaking role in an episode until the twenty-third series episode, Diesel Do Right.
  • It also marks Samson’s last episodic appearance without Bradford as well.


  • When Samson crosses Vicarstown Bridge at the beginning, the lighting is not rendered properly as the shadow effect is missing on his face.
  • In the first two shots of the Blue Mountain Quarry, Sir Handel changes position.
  • During the shot from Samson's point of view, going up Gordon's Hill and back down it, there appears to be a speck on the screen in the bottom right corner.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Economizando Tempo
Czech Ušetřím čas
Dutch Tijd Besparen
French Samson Veut Gagner du Temps
Hebrew לחסוך זמן
Hungarian Idő-nyerés
Italian Risparmiare Tempo
Japanese じかんをせつやくしよう
Korean 시간 절약하기
Latin American Spanish Ahorrando Tiempo
Polish Oszczędność Czasu
Romanian Timp Economisit
Russian Экономия времени
Serbian Ušteda Vremena
Slovenian Kako Prihraniti čas
Turkish Zaman Kazanmak

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