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“The visitors will wait a long time for their afternoon tea if Stephen is given the job!"
"I'll have you know they used to call me the Rocket, because I was so speedy!"
"Ha! Compared to a horse and cart, maybe!”
―Spencer and Stephen

The Afternoon Tea Express is the twenty-sixth (fourteenth in Australia) episode of the seventeenth season.


Stephen becomes very excited when the Earl gives him the special job of collecting the ingredients for the afternoon teas at the Castle. But Spencer teases him about being too old and slow. Stephen is cross, but is soon steaming around Sodor picking up all the ingredients. But soon, Gordon puffs up behind him, and tells him to hurry up. He then pushes Stephen quickly along the rails up to the junction to Ulfstead Castle. Spencer is surprised to see Stephen back so soon.

Stephen pretends to have been really fast. Over the next few days, Stephen is pushed by, Thomas, James and Emily, making him super fast. But when he is collecting jam for the Earl, Lady Hatt and the Fat Controller, none of the engines are there to push him. However, he finds Spencer, who pushes him the fastest up to the castle. But he goes so fast, he can't stop and biffs into the buffers at Ulfstead Castle, making the four barrels of jam fly all over the Earl, Lady Hatt and the Fat Controller.

After he apologises, he takes the visitors to the castle on a tour of Sodor whilst getting more jam, and realises that going slow is not that bad after all.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the seventeenth season.
  • This is the final episode narrated by Kalle Øby in Norway.
  • This is also the final episode directed by David Baas.
  • This episode marks Lady Hatt's last speaking role until the twentieth season episode, Engine of the Future.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of the Sodor Bakery until the twentieth season episode, All in Vain.


  • Stephen has his old, black funnel. Although, a rare picture shows him with his correct white funnel.
  • The open-topped carriage constantly changes height throughout the episode.
  • Stephen's trucks swap places during his journey.
  • Lady Hatt has her UK voice in the US.
  • When Stephen and Gordon go over the camera, Gordon seems to be pulling less than six carriages when in the next few shots he has six carriages.
  • When the narrator is talking about Stephen getting pushed by other engines, he says "The next day" even though Stephen's runs are weekly.
  • When the barrels of jam fly onto the platform at Ulfstead Castle, the narrator says that the barrels "smashed to the ground." However, the barrels never broke, they remained completely intact.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Thee met een Sneltreinvaart Tea with an Express Speed
Greek Το απογευματινό εξπρές του τσαγιού Afternoon Tea Express
Norwegian Ettermiddagsteekspressen The Afternoon Tea Express
Japanese アフタヌーンティーきゅうこう The Afternoon Tea Express
Spanish El Expreso del Té de la Tarde The Afternoon Tea Express
Polish Herbatkowy ekspres The Tea Express
Hungarian A délutáni tea expressz The Afrernoon Tea Express
Hebrew רכבת של שעת התה Train of Teatime
Italian L'Espresso del Tè delle Cinque The Five 'o Clock Tea Express
Ukrainian Експрес-Підвечірок Express-Afternoon
Russian Послеобеденное чаепитие Afternoon Tea Party
Portuguese O Expresso do Chá da tarde The Afternoon Tea Express
Romanian Ceaiul de După-Amiază Afternoon Tea
Czech Expres odpoledního čaje Afternoon Tea Express
German Die Kaffeefahrt The Coffee Trip
Thai รถด่วนน้ำชายามบ่าย Afternoon Tea Express
Latvian Pēcpusdienā tēja express Afternoon Tea Express
Korean 티타임 특급열차 Tea Time Express Train
French L'Express Du Goûter des Elfes The Express to the Taste of Elves
Chinese 下午茶特快车 Afternoon Tea Express

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