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- “James, I think trucks like to be useful, rather than clean!”
- ―Thomas teasing James
Thomas' New Trucks is the nineteenth episode of the ninth series.
Thomas and James become competitive about keeping their trucks clean, but at the quarry the trucks bump forward and get covered in dust. Thomas orders his trucks to behave, but they ignore him and get Thomas and themselves showered in coal.
James laughs that Thomas will never win, but Thomas realises that if he uses his old trucks he will not have to worry about getting them dirty. Thomas collects some coal and sets off, but on the way a coupling breaks and Thomas goes ahead of the trucks. He stops too soon, and the trucks crash into him and are smashed to pieces, flinging coal everywhere.
Harvey and the workmen clear up the mess, Thomas collects his new trucks and has the coal loaded into them, and arrives at Brendam without the trucks making any trouble. James gloats his victory, but then is hit by a falling crate of melons. Thomas tells James that trucks prefer to be useful than clean, and the trucks giggle in agreement.
- Bill and Ben
- Troublesome Trucks
- Sir Topham Hatt
- The Dockyard Manager
- Harvey (does not speak)
- Cranky (does not speak)
- Edward (cameo)
- Henry (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- Big Mickey (faceless, cameo)
- Salty (deleted scene)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Brendam Docks
- Ffarquhar Quarry
- Shen Valley
- The Coaling Plant
- Knapford Yards
- Gordon's Hill
- The Washdown
- Going by production order, this is the sixteenth episode of the ninth series.
- This is the first time and only time in the series where Harvey is seen with his claw. It also appeared in the tenth series Learning Segment, Right Sized Engine for the Job.
- This episode marks Bill's only appearance in the ninth series.
- When Thomas is shunting his old trucks at the start of the episode, the narrator says he's at the yard. This is incorrect, as Thomas is actually shown to be at Brendam Docks.
- Both Thomas and James' trucks switch between having and not having faces throughout the episode.
- When Thomas and James meet at the washdown, they have swapped trucks.
- The sound heard when Thomas applied the brakes appears to be telling that Thomas wheels are slipping while his siderods are brake-on, even though Thomas brakes normally.
- When Thomas collects his new trucks, the background to the left (perspective right) appears to be misplaced and tilted.
- When the melon crate falls on James, his trucks are shown to be messy too, even though the crate is only shown to hit James and not them.
- When Thomas puffs away with his new trucks after Harvey loads them with coal, his face mask is crooked.
- Take Along (discontinued)
- Books - Percy and the Spirit of the Island of Sodor
- Magazine Stories - Truck Trouble!
- Lionel Trains
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