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“Come to Uncle James!”
―James talking to the egg.

Thomas' Animal Ark is the eighteenth episode of the twenty-second series.


When the boiler at the Animal Park on Sodor breaks down on a cold, snowy day, Thomas decides to take the animals to the Steamworks where they will be warm. However, snowdrifts on the line make the journey impossible, so he takes them instead to Tidmouth Sheds, where the engines are forced to spend the night with elephants, giraffes and an ostrich. When Sir Topham Hatt arrives at the shed in the morning, an ostrich steals his hat!






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon and Headkeeper Jack
  • Rob Rackstraw as James
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt


  • A reference to the episode Trusty Trunky is made.
  • At the end of the episode, Thomas mentions the events of the seventeenth series episode, Luke's New Friend. Stock footage from said episode is used.
  • Throughout the episode, the tune to "Deck the Halls" can be heard at various points.
  • This is the only episode of the twenty-second series to feature an extra scene within the life lesson, being two deleted scenes of an open Tidmouth Sheds' berth at night and James adoring the newly-hatched baby ostritch.
  • This is the last episode where James lacks his Series 23 details, excluding stock footage cameos.


  • When Thomas rushes by Headkeeper Jack and says “Can’t stop,” the running board of the fourth truck in his train is missing.

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In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A Arca Animal de Thomas
Dutch De Dierentrein
German Tiere in Not
Italian L'Arca Degli Animali di Thomas
Polish Zwierzęca Arka Tomka
Spanish El Arca de Animales de Thomas