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“This is the strongest wall I've ever seen!”
―Oliver's operator

Thomas' Trusty Friends, originally titled Another Fine Mess, is the eleventh episode of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company


Thomas brings Ned to a demolition site; his friend is excited as he gets to demolish a building. However, Ned gets disappointed when he finds out that Oliver is given the task, and instead has to clear rubble. Oliver prepares to knock down a wall with a wrecking ball, but the wall does not collapse as it does not work. He is fitted with a larger one, but it does not work either. Meanwhile, Ned asks the foreman if he can help, but despite Oliver's attempts that keep failing, he declines by saying that it is Oliver's job. With that, Ned goes back to loading rubble, but he drops it onto the ground instead of the trucks because he is thinking about demolishing.

Back at Oliver, they fit him with an even bigger wrecking ball, but still to no avail. Ned is still thinking about demolishing and does not pay attention. He collides with the chimney which collapses onto the building with the wall that Oliver could not demolish. While the workmen cheer, pieces of debris start falling onto and denting Oliver's roof, the corner of the destroyed building falls down, and Thomas is surprised to see his trucks being fully loaded. Ned is happy that he demolished the building, and asks Oliver if he wants him to demolish anything else. Oliver tells him that he thinks he has been doing enough for one day.




  • In storyboards by Robert Gauld-Galliers for this episode, it is referred to as "Jack and the Pack: Series 1, EPS 23."
  • Virgin TV Anywhere's website alternatively titled the episode as "Another Fine Mess."
  • Oliver's last speaking role until the special, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.


  • At the beginning of the episode Thomas' steam platform can be seen,
  • After Ned dumps the rubble besides the truck, Thomas starts speaking before the scene transitions, meaning he keeps smiling until partway through his scolding of Ned.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch Vertrouwde vrienden Thomas
German Thomas und seine treue Freunde

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