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“If you were going any slower, you'd be going backwards!”
―Max to Buster

The Tortoise and the Hare is the tenth episode of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company. It was released on Thomas' Trusty Friends.


Thomas takes Buster to the newly built Sodor Racetrack to smooth the track, but Max and Monty tease Buster about being slow and challenge him to a race. When the work is done, Miss Jenny allows Max, Monty, and Buster to test the racetrack. Max and Monty race off with Buster trundling behind, but Max and Monty argue about who jumped the line. Monty was so cross that he intentionally hits Max. Max was furious at Monty and in retaliation attempts to bump him back. However, it backfires as they lost control and end up in a ditch. They were unaware that Buster trundles ahead. A bull scares them away and they manage get out of the ditch. But before they know it, Buster was already near the finish line and wins the race. When Thomas takes Buster home, Max and Monty argue over who came in second and third.




  • This episode is based on Aesop's fable of the same name and shares the same plot with Edward the Great.
  • This episode marks:
    • Buster's last appearance until The Great Discovery.
    • The only appearance of the Sodor Racetrack in the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company spin-off.
    • The last pack episode written by Will Ing not counting the cancelled episode All Work, No Play.
  • The car appearing in one of the Racetrack's billboards is a Renault R8 Gordini in the famous blue racing paintjob.


  • At the very beginning of the episode, a camera shadow is seen following Thomas.
  • Thomas' right eye is wonky for a good portion of the episode.
  • In the shot of Monty hitting Max, they are both seen smiling when they were supposed to look cross.
  • At the end of the episode, the narrator says that Thomas came back to get Buster, but Thomas is present when Buster crosses the finish line.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch De haas en de schildpad
German Die Schildkröte und der Hase

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