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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 and end up in a ditch, while Buster trundles ahead 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.
  • This marks the only appearance of the Sodor Racetrack in the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company spin-off.
  • This is the last pack episode written by Will Ing not counting the cancelled episode All Work, No Play.


  • 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.
  • The narrator says the Monty was so cross but when he bumps Max, they are both smiling.
  • 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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