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“I was trying to find you a welcome present, Hiro - something special from Sodor, but I couldn't find anything. I'm sorry."
"Thomas, my friend. You must not worry. My welcome present is right here. Being here with my friends is the biggest present of all,
and the most special present from Sodor, there is nothing more special!”
―Thomas and Hiro at the welcome party

The Biggest Present of All is the sixteenth episode of the thirteenth series.


All of the engines on the Island of Sodor are very excited. Hiro is returning for a visit and to help with the summer holiday makers. The Fat Controller is throwing a surprise welcome party at Knapford for Hiro and tells Thomas to tell all the other engines. But Thomas' mind is not on the party; he wants to get Hiro a wonderful gift to celebrate his visit. Thomas puffs all around the island, trying to find something special for Hiro. Later, Thomas arrives at Knapford, but no one is there, as Thomas had not told anybody about the party. Thomas quickly races around the island and soon they all arrive at Knapford. Thomas apologises for not finding a gift, but Hiro insists that the best present of all was having all of his friends together.







  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in January 2010.
  • Kevin still mistakenly calls Thomas "boss," which began when he took over as manager in "Steamy Sodor" for a short while.


  • The Fat Controller tells Hiro to go to the Steamworks to have his engine checked. But Hiro does not have an engine as he is the said engine.
  • Emily leaves Farmer McColl's farm after she meets Thomas there the first time, but later she is waiting there again.
  • When Thomas returns to tell Emily about the party, Emily's tender is not rendered properly, as it is transparent.
  • As Toby, James and Henry puff away to shunt trucks, James and Henry swap their whistle sounds.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Catalan El millor regal de tots
Chinese 最特别的礼物
Czech Nejlepší dárek ze všech
Danish En ganske særlig gave
Finnish Suurin lahja
French A la recherche du meilleur cadeau
German Das tollste Geschenk von allen
Greek Το καλύτερο δωρο απ' όλα
Hungarian Az üdvözlő ajándék
Indonesian Hadiah Terbesar dari Semua
Italian Il Regalo più Bello del Mondo
Japanese とくべつなプレゼント
Korean 가장 특별한 선물
Norwegian Den største gaven av alle
Polish Najwspanialszy Prezent
Romanian Cel Mai Frumos Cadou Posibil
Russian Подарок для Хиро
Slovak Najlepší darček zo všetkých
Spanish El Regalo más Grande de Todos
Swedish Den bästa presenten du kan få
Thai ของขวัญล้ำค่า
Welsh Y Presennol Gorau Erioed

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


DVD Packs

  • Steam Team Collection



POL DVD Boxsets


  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite


  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite
  • Series 13 (digital download)





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