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“You said the countryside's run got you all fired up, James, but I didn't think you meant it in this way!"
"Pah! It was the stupid trucks'/cars' fault, not mine!”
―Percy teasing James over his accident.

Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach is the sixteenth episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Thomas and the Rumours on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


Thomas, James and Percy look up at the early morning sky. Thomas says that all the villagers of Sodor are happier when springtime comes, but James complains about the hard work he has been given especially the coastal runs he has been running on lately. Percy however tells him that the Fat Controller wants everything to be ready for the holidays and the salty air makes him feel good. James scoffs and prefers being in the countryside instead, before leaving the shed to collect his goods train from the docks.

Thomas and Percy then leave the sheds to take some empty trucks to the scrapyard. When they finish their job, they discover an old coach in the scrap yard. She looks very dirty and sad and says that she is not useful any more despite being in good condition. The yard manager arrives and is asked by Percy's driver about the coach, whose name is Old Slow Coach and is due to be broken up soon. Thomas and Percy are very upset and though he is unsure how yet, Thomas offers to help her.

Meanwhile, James is enjoying his journey when there is trouble; one of the fuel tankers in his train is leaking fuel, causing all the tankers to ignite from the sparks billowing from James' funnel. His driver immediately pulls the train into a siding and notifies the fire brigade. Thomas and Percy then arrive at the junction and the guard reveals what happened. Although it is quite a mess, the fire is soon extinguished. Percy teases James about being fired up in the countryside, rather than being in the literal way, but James states that it was the trucks' fault that caused the fire. Thomas and Percy are now given the all-clear signal by a firefighter to proceed with their journey at a reduced speed, while they feel sorry for James.

Later that day, Thomas and Percy take on water when they find out that there is another fire at the workmen's hut near them, so they decide to go see how they can help. The fire engines arrive, but there is a bigger problem; they are completely out of water from the previous fire and cannot use seawater as it would clog their pumping apparatus, so the firefighters are forced to let the hut burn. Thomas suggests that they use the water from his and Percy's tanks. The plan works well and the fire is soon put out, but the workmen's hut is completely destroyed. A foreman arrives and worries about housing for the men and says that they cannot sleep on the beach, so Percy then comes up with the idea of using Old Slow Coach as the workmen's new temporary hut. Percy's crew then phones the Fat Controller, who agrees to the idea.

Old Slow Coach is cleaned up, repainted and restored and feels splendid. Thomas and Percy collect her and she sets off happily enjoying her new life with the workmen. They all agree there is nothing old or slow about her and she will always be Really Useful.





  • In one scene, Thomas' frantic face mask is missing the eyebrows.
  • In one shot of Old Slow Coach at the scrapyard, Percy and his trucks are missing.
  • When Thomas and Percy shunt their trucks in the sidings, Percy's eyes are misaligned.
  • When the guard says: "It's quite a mess," Thomas lurches forward a bit.
  • When Percy says: "You said the countryside runs got you all fired up James," his lamp is misaligned.
  • In one shot in the scrapyard, part of the rails are oily, but in the previous scene, there was nothing on the rails.
  • When Thomas and Percy take Old Slow Coach away, something is hanging on top of the screen.
  • In a close-up of James, the tracks next to him lead to bushes.


Thomas: Everyone's so much happier when springtime comes.
James: Everyone except the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt. He seems to be working us harder than ever. I'm tired of these coastal runs.
Percy: He just wants everything to be ready for the holidays. Anyway, salty air makes me all cheerful in my smokebox.
James: Pah! It's the countryside that really gets me fired up. It's the only place to be.

Percy: You said the countryside got you all fired up, James. But I didn't think you meant it in this way!
James: PAH! It was this stupid trucks'/cars' fault, not mine!


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas, Percy e o Velho Vagão Lento
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯珀西和旧货车
Czech Tomáš, Percy a starý louda
Danish Thomas, Percy og gamle Luntekaret
Dutch Thomas, Percy en Oudje de personenwagon
French Thomas, Pierre et l'escargot
German Der alte Reisezugwagen
Greek Ο Τόμας, Ο Τζέρι και Παλιά Αργή βαγονι
Hungarian Thomas, Percy és az öreg személykocsi
Italian La Vecchia Carrozza Lenta
Japanese トーマスとふるいきゃくしゃ
Korean 느림보 고물 객차
Latin American Spanish Thomas, Percy y el Viejo Vagón
Norwegian Thomas, Percy og den gamle vogna
Polish Tomek, Percy i Stary Powolny Wagon (Original)
Tomek, Piotrek i Stary Wolny Wagon (Alternate)
Romanian Thomas, Percy și Vechiul Vagon Cușetă
Russian Томас, Перси и старый медленный вагон
Serbian Tomas, Persi i Sporka
Slovenian Tomaž, Poldi in star potniški vagon
Swedish Gamla snigeln
Welsh Tomos, Persi a'r Hen Gerbyd

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