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“It's sure nice to be away from the railway for once."
"And far cleaner.”
―The Fat Controller and Lady Hatt

Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday is the twentieth episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Lady Hatt's Birthday Party on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


The Hatts are going on holiday, but when they exit Annie and Clarabel at Tidmouth Hault, Lady Hatt complains about feeling hot and tired and states about turning the two coaches into beach huts. Thomas is insulted and his driver assures him that the coaches will never be retired, rather to be improved.

The next day, Percy takes the family to Dryaw Airfield, for them to board Harold. Their flight however is delayed by a low-flying biplane called Tiger Moth, but they soon get to their retreat. After staying there for several days, Harold arrives to tell them that Tiger Moth has gone missing. The Fat Controller joins the search and in the end they find Tiger Moth crashed in a haystack. The Fat Controller scolds the pilot for his recklessness, seeing to have him and his plane grounded and continues his holiday, boating on a canal. However, they become bogged down in mud and after being unable to be pulled out by other boats, Percy helps them back to Tidmouth Hault.

At the station, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel (with new aesthetic improvements) are waiting for them. Lady Hatt comments that the coaches appear more suitable than their previous appearance, while no one says a word about it. That evening, Thomas agrees with his coaches that no matter what they look like, they will always be Really Useful.




  • Stock footage from Trucks and Thomas and the Rumours is used, as well as a mirrored scene from the former.
  • Deleted shots of Percy at Callan indicate that he may have initially had a speaking role.
  • Thomas was originally going to pick up the Fat Controller and his family from Callan, not the Norramby Church Station, as shown in a rare image.
  • In the US dub, Annie and Clarabel gain southern accents.
  • This episode marks the first of a few things:
    • Tiger Moth’s first appearance.
    • The first time in the model series that a character's model is replaced within an episode rather than a series, with Annie and Clarabel's refurbished appearances debuting in this episodes following their tenmille kits from the earlier scenes. Their resin models would later appear in the 2000 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad, and the sixth to twelfth series.
  • In the last shot at the end of the episode, Thomas is wearing his original smiling face from the third and fourth series. This marks the last time it was used onscreen.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of The Portly Man.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of the Hawin Croka Canal in the fifth series as well as its last, not counting stock footage in Toby's Windmill.
  • In a deleted scene, the barn that Thomas (then later Gordon) crashed into in Bye George! is shown.


  • Lady Hatt's small-scale model has longer hair than her large-scale model.
  • When Toby stops next to the Sodor Maid, his steam disappears, indicating a film cut.


Lady Hatt: Those coaches are old and uncomfortable. Why don't you use them as beach huts instead?
Thomas: [offended] You won't let them turn Annie and Clarabel into beach huts, will you?
Driver: Of course not, Thomas, but I must admit they could be smartened up.

[Tiger Moth flies dangerously past Harold and the Hatts]
  • The Fat Controller: (taking cover) W-w-what was that?!!
  • Harold: That's Tiger Moth. It's rude and flies much too low.
  • The Fat Controller: So I can see! Please take us up, Harold, before there's another disturbance.

[Harold returns to the Hatts' holiday home with bad news]
Harold's pilot: It's Tiger Moth. It's gone missing. Do you wish to join the search with us?
The Fat Controller: I think I'd better.
[Harold takes off to find Tiger Moth, he is later found stuck nose-down in a haystack]
The Fat Controller: There's Tiger Moth! [later speaks to the pilot] You were showing off and flying dangerously. I will speak to your controller and request that you are grounded.
Tiger Moth's pilot: Yes, sir!
The Fat Controller: Now if you'll excuse me, I shall return to my holiday.
Tiger Moth's pilot: Jolly good idea, sir!

[after the Hatts' boat stuck in the mud bank]
  • The Fat Controller: (as the boat gets stuck in mudbank) Oh, botheration! We're stuck!
  • Narrator: And they were. Other boats try to pull them off the mud bank but it was no use.
[Percy arrives at the scene of the incident]
  • Percy's driver: Is there anything we can do to help?
  • The Fat Controller: Yes, indeed, there is. [cut to the family's boat now on Percy's flatbed] This is the life, isn't it, my dear?!

[after Annie and Clarabel are refurbished]
Lady Hatt: My! What splendid coaches! So much more suitable than those old beach huts on wheels!
Narrator: No one said a word.

Annie and Clarabel: It's very nice to get compliments, but no matter what we look like, we'll always be useful, won't we, Thomas?
Thomas: Of course!

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese As férias de Sir Topham Hatt
Chinese Mandarin 托芬海特先生的假期
Czech Dovolená tlustého přednosty
Danish Hr. Tophøj Hatts ferie
Dutch De vakantie van de heer Hoogsmahoed
German Sir Tophams Ferien
Hungarian A Kövér Ellenőr Vakációja
Italian Le Vacanze di Pallone Gonfiato
Japanese トップハム・ハットきょうのきゅうか
Korean 가족 나들이
Latin American Spanish Las Vacaciones de Sir Topham Hatt
Norwegian Ferieturen
Polish Wakacje Grubego Dyrektora (Original)
Wakacje Grubego Zawiadowcy (Alternate)
Romanian Concediul Domnului Topham Hatt
Russian Отпуск сэра Тофема Хэтта
Serbian Odmor gospodina Cilindra še širka
Slovenian Počitnice gospoda Cirila Klobučarja
Swedish Kontrollchefens semester
Thai วันหยุดของผู้ควบคุมอ้วนที่แสนยุ่งเหยิง

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