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“Someone's coming."
"Is it Thomas?"
"Uhh, there's too much steam. I can't see."
"Thomas and Gordon maybe?"
"There's even more steam than that. I think it's the whole team!"
"It's the Steam Team!”
―Big Mickey, Cranky and Carly

"Steam Team to the Rescue" is the first double-length episode of the twenty-third series.


While Harold is checking over Sodor one evening, Porter is getting ready to pick up some deliveries. With more ships coming in, Salty offers to help but accidentally bumps some trucks Cranky attempts to use. When Salty attempts to pull them back in, Carly accidentally knocks some pipes Cranky is lowering which knock Salty off the tracks and into the sea.

The next day, the Fat Controller wakes Thomas up early to get a flatbed and rescue Salty - who is being fished out by Cranky - and to take him to the Dieselworks, while having Den do Salty's job. Meanwhile, Porter gets covered in flour because of the increased workload.

While Salty is on the hoist, he shakes off some seaweed on him. Den then accidentally slips on it, which ends up leading to the Dieselworks and its sheds to close and trap the Diesels in it. This leads to Percy being asked to help out at the Docks with Salty, Porter and Den out of action. He asks Thomas to help, but the Fat Controller tells him and the rest of the Steam Team about most of the Diesels being stuck in their sheds and that they are going to need to work extra hard to do all of the work.

Despite Percy desperately needing Thomas at the Docks, the Fat Controller tells Thomas to instead get to the Blue Mountain Quarry and then to take some Diesel fuel to the Dieselworks. All the work soon overloads at the Docks with Percy unable to get it done, and it ends up collapsing in on him and Carly almost falling into the sea.

The Sodor Search and Rescue Team are called out to the Docks to help. Harold tells Thomas what is going on, leading Thomas to rush to Tidmouth Sheds for help. Although the other engines are very tired from the increased workload, Thomas is able to convince them to help save Percy.

The Steam Team and Harold soon race to the Docks to help and are able to get all the work done, while also helping to save Carly and Percy. It takes them all night to get it all done, after which they are praised for their efforts by the Fat Controller. After he does so, he begins to think if there was something he is forgetting (the Diesels still being trapped), but decides he has not.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • John Hasler as Thomas (in some versions of US Netflix only)
  • William Hope as Edward and Toby (uncredited)
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel and Harold
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Flynn and Big Mickey
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily and Caitlin
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie and Clarabel
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Keith Wickham as Salty, Den, Norman, Captain, Henry (in some versions of US Netflix only), Gordon (in some versions of US Netflix only for Verse 1), Edward (in some versions of US Netflix only) and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Steven Kynman as Dart and Paxton
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly



  • As this episode is among the three double-length special episodes of the twenty-third series (the other two being All Tracks Lead to Rome and Mines of Mystery), it actually has no fixed placement among the twenty regular episodes, according to SiF's Twitter.[1] Despite this (or perhaps because of this), several TV guides, such as Channel 5 and Digiguide, refer to this as the twenty-first episode of the twenty-third series despite not being a regular-length episode.
  • This episode is loosely based on Thomas to the Rescue.
  • This marks the first of many things:
    • The first episode directed by Joey So.
    • The first special since Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure to take place entirely on Sodor.
    • Caitlin's first speaking role since The Great Race, as well as her first speaking role in an episode since the twentieth series episode, Engine of the Future.
    • Merrick's first appearance since the twentieth series episode, The Missing Breakdown Train.
    • Captain's first appearance in an episode since the twentieth series episode, Skiff and the Mermaid.
    • 'Arry, Bert, Harold, and Captain's first appearances, as well as Big Mickey's first speaking role since Big World! Big Adventures!
    • Caitlin, Flynn and Harold's first appearances in an episode since the twenty-first series episode, Daisy's Perfect Christmas.
    • 'Arry and Bert's first appearances in an episode since the twenty-first series episode, The Big Freeze.
    • Big Mickey's first speaking role in an episode since the twenty-first series episode, New Crane on the Dock.
    • The first episode in where Edward has an only speaking role in the series since the seventh series.
    • The first double-length episode since Diesel's Ghostly Christmas, albeit with a different format unlike the former due to this being the new special as a replacement for the one-hour long specials.
    • The first production to have David Stoten as head writer.
    • The first production produced by Mattel Television since their rename.
    • The first double-length special episode of the series to be separate from the regular-length episodes to being the new special which, following the series' reboot, replaces the feature-length movie stylized special.
    • The first and only double-length special episode not to introduce any characters as well as be a musical.
    • The only double-length episode not to include any narration (apart from Thomas reading the title aloud).
  • This episode marks the only things for several characters in the twenty-third series:
    • Edward, Caitlin, Captain and Flynn's only physical appearances (not counting Edward's appearance in Thomas' thought bubble in The Other Big Engine) and speaking roles.
    • Belle, Porter, Carly and Big Mickey's only speaking roles.
    • 'Arry, Bert, Merrick and Willie's only appearances.
    • The first and only time John Hasler voices Thomas in the US version as well as Keith Wickham voicing Gordon, Edward, and Henry in the US version despite Henry singing, but this is in some of the versions of the American Netflix for the case of verse 1 of Don't Stop. This is nonexistent in other digital downloads outside of Netflix USA, or other versions of Netflix USA.
    • This episode marks the only things for several characters in the twenty-third series:
  • This episode marks the last of a few things:
    • Caitlin, Porter and Big Mickey's last speaking roles to date.
    • 'Arry, Bert, Dart, Sidney, Flynn, Butch and Captain's last appearances to date.
    • The last episode to date where Den and Dart are seen together.
  • A reference to "The Great Race" is made when Gordon tells Thomas to call him "The Shooting Star" in his sleep.
  • Thomas references Braveheart when he rallies the Steam Team.
  • Two references to The Adventure Begins are made:
    • Thomas calls "Wake up, lazybones!" to Gordon.
    • Gordon leaves his coaches behind in a similar manner to Thomas, by mistaking another guard's whistle for his own.
  • Salty sings a verse of "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?" when Cranky fishes him out of the sea.
  • Yvonne Grundy, who performs Nia's speaking voice, performed her singing lines in this episode instead of Patricia Kihoro, who was her singing double in "Big World! Big Adventures!"
  • One of the ships' horns at Brendam Docks is the same as Captain's.
  • The logo of the series overall was replaced by a stylized version of the episode's title, due to being the new special.
  • 'Arry and Bert are the only diesel engines shown to still be working rather than being out of commission. Daisy, Mavis and Philip (not counting his appearance in the fantasy sequence) are the only standard gauge diesel engines presently in the show not included in the episode.
  • This is the only double-length special episode of the twenty-third series taking place on Sodor.
  • This is the second episode to have the diesels out of action, the first being the similarly named eighth series episode, Thomas to the Rescue.
  • This is the only twenty-third series episode to not air on Nick Jr. in the US.
  • This is the second episode to feature a character completely submerged underwater. The first episode to do so was Kevin's Cranky Friend when Kevin fell into the sea. This is also the only episode to feature an engine underwater, when Salty fell over Brendam Docks. This is also the only special to feature it since Kevin's Cranky friend is an episode while this is technically not.


  • Several characters and cast members were not credited in the UK and US end credits:
    • In the UK end credits, Edward is not listed with Keith Wickham's characters and Toby is not listed with Rob Rackstraw's characters.
    • In the US end credits, William Hope is not credited for voicing Edward and Toby.
    • Annie and Clarabel are not listed with Teresa Gallagher's characters.
    • Jules de Jongh is not credited for voicing Caitlin in the UK credits. In the US end credits, she is not listed with Jules de Jongh's characters.
  • When Thomas leaves the docks with Salty, his brake van is an SR 25 Ton Brake Van. Once he leaves the Dieselworks, his brake van changes to an BR 20 Ton Brake Van.
  • The Misty Island Tunnel entrance is missing at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. The track leading to the tunnel is still visible, but leads nowhere.
  • 'Arry is seen travelling on narrow gauge track at the Blue Mountain Quarry, despite being a standard gauge engine.
  • In the overhead shot of the docks becoming cramped, Big Mickey is not in his correct spot and appears to be clipping through the rails beneath him.
  • When Harold says "Belle and Flynn are already on their way", the scene is not cut properly; Harold speeds up for a split second, and when the scene cuts back to both him and Thomas, they are both moving faster than before.
  • In the UK version, James' US voice can be heard during Don't Stop as he pulls up to Rebecca.
  • On some versions of US Netflix, the UK version of Don't Stop is featured, but the reprise is the US version.
  • In one shot of Knapford Station's yard, a flatbed carrying pipes can be seen clipping through the beige shed. 
  • Dieselworks is misspelt as "Diesel Works" in the Netflix closed captioning.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Equipe de Vapores ao Resgate
Finnish Höyryjoukkue Pelastamaan
German Schnelle Hilfe vom Dampflok-Team
Italian Squadra Speciale a Tutto Vapore
Polish Parowozy na Ratunek!
Russian Отличная команда
Spanish Equipo de Vapor al Rescate


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