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“Perishing Pistons!”

Snow Tracks is the seventeenth episode of the thirteenth series.


A snowstorm has covered Sodor, and Thomas and Gordon are given important jobs. While doing his job, Gordon decides to take the shorter, hilly route because he thinks he is special and stronger. He slips several times, spraying Spencer with snow and crashing into some slate trucks. While climbing Gordon's Hill, he inadvertently creates a giant snowball that starts to roll back. It smashes into Thomas, who had been following Gordon, and he derails. After he finishes delivering his load, Gordon collects Rocky to put Thomas back on the rails. Then he helps Thomas do his job. That night, Gordon announces that no engine is special and they are all the best.







  • This episode was shown in select US theatres.
  • Mark Moraghan renarrated this episode for the Santa's Little Engine DVD in 2013.
  • Various music pieces from the special, Hero of the Rails are reused in this episode.
  • This is the first and so far the only episode since the sixth series episode, Edward the Very Useful Engine to have three narrations in the English dubs.
  • This is the only thirteenth series episode narrated by Mark Moraghan in the US. 
  • This was the only time the writers' credit and the director's credit were on top of the episode title until the twenty-third series.
  • The Korean title of this episode shares the same name on EBS and MNV.


  • Just as Gordon puffs up to Thomas to apologise for the snowball, Gordon's wheels stop spinning for a split second. Also, his wheels are seen morphing through the snow.
  • When Gordon leaves to get Rocky, he is dirty from his accident with the slate trucks. But when he arrives with Rocky, he is clean.
  • The yellow signal is red; but that type of signal is only fitted with yellow and green lamps.
  • At Maron, the workmen are called stationmasters.
  • The narrator says that Thomas and his truck of firewood derailed, but there were two trucks. The narrator also states that Thomas and his truck of firewood were lifted high in the air, but only Thomas is lifted up.
  • In Mark Moraghan's re-narration of the episode, Thomas' cry for help as the snow ball is about to crash into him is omitted.
  • When Thomas reverses into a siding, the points do not change when Gordon carries on on the main line.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic الثلج
Catalan Vies nevades
Chinese 雪道
Czech Zasněžené koleje
Danish Vinter Gider
Dutch Sneeuw op het Spoor
Finnish Lumen Vallassa
French La boule de neige géante
German Verschneite Gleise
Greek Ίχνη στο χιόνι
Hungarian Hófödte sínek
Icelandic Förin í snjónum
Indonesian Jalur Salju
Italian Binari Innevati
Japanese ゆきのひのできごと
Korean 눈 덮인 기찻길
Norwegian Snøspor
Polish Sodor w śniegu
Romanian Șine Înzăpezite
Russian Снежное приключение
Serbian Pruge pod snegom
Slovak Zasnežené koľaje
Spanish Vías Nevadas
Swedish Spår i snön
Thai กอร์ดอนลุยหิมะ
Welsh Eira trwm

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


DVD Packs


  • Splish, Splash, Splosh!


Polish DVD Boxsets

DVD Boxsets




  • Snow Tracks
  • Santa's Little Engine






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