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“You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more.”
―The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Wife scolding Thomas

Thomas Comes to Breakfast is the eighteenth episode of the second series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines.


Thomas has run his his branch line for many years and knows it very well. Thomas' driver jokes that Thomas could almost manage without him. Thomas does not realize that his driver is only joking and becomes conceited. Later, he brags to Percy and Toby that he does not need a driver. They both disagree with this and firmly state they would never even consider running without their drivers, but Thomas insists he's not scared and ignores their concerns.

The next morning, the firelighter comes and starts up the engines' fires. Thomas wakes up first as the warmth spreads through his boiler. When he sees Percy and Toby still asleep, he decides to take the opportunity to run by himself and prove them wrong. Thomas slowly starts moving along the track, but then realises that he is only moving due to a careless cleaner fiddling with his controls and tries in vain to stop and wheesh steam, but is unable to without a driver. Sitting at the end of the tracks is the stationmaster's house, where he and his family are about to have breakfast. Thomas runs right through the fence and crashes into the house, destroying the wall. Plaster and broken glass are everywhere, and the stationmaster's wife angrily scolds Thomas for ruining their breakfast. She decides to cook some more and storms out of the dining room, slamming the door in a fit of rage, thus causing more plaster to fall on Thomas who feels depressed.

After workmen lay rails through the garden, Donald and Douglas arrive and pull Thomas clear of the house. There are pieces of fencing, a bush and a broken window frame lying on his front, which has been badly twisted by the impact. The twins laugh and leave Thomas behind as he is now in disgrace.


Thomas is in disgrace

Back at the sheds, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for his recklessness and decides to sent him to the Works for repairs. In his absence, a diesel railcar is going to be brought in to run his branch line. Thomas is shocked to hear this, but the Fat Controller simply tells him that "diesels always stay in their sheds until they are wanted and never gallivant off to breakfast in stationmasters' houses." 




  • This is the first episode of the second series to air in the US. This infamously created a few continuity errors for American audiences, as Toby, Donald and Douglas were brought in before their respective introductory episodes.
  • Stock footage from the first series episode, Thomas and the Guard is used, as well as a deleted scene from the second series episode, Thomas, Percy and the Coal.
  • A portrait of Earnest, a Victorian-style steam engine depicted with a moustache, can be seen in the Ffarquhar Stationmaster's house.
  • This episode was filmed at the same time as Break Van. Donald's tender is seen merged into the signal box when Thomas pulls into Tidmouth and in the first close-up of Percy at Ffarquhar Sheds.
  • Footage of the episode was used as a reference to the original story read aloud by Christopher Awdry in the exclusive YouTube documentary 70 Years of Friendship. Christopher also stated that this was one of his favourite stories.
  • This is writer Michael White's favourite episode.
  • A large scale model of Thomas was used for the scenes inside of the house.
  • When the narrator says "The stationmaster was furious!" the wall set-up behind the stationmaster is different in the restored version.
  • In George Carlin's US narration, when the stationmaster's wife shouts "Now I shall have to cook some more!" the sound of the door being banged sounds quieter than in all the other dubs for this episode.
  • The cereal box that the stationmaster's son is holding is a recreation of a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box.
  • This is the only episode in the television series that shows Thomas without his head lamp due to damage from the crash. However, he is also seen without a headlamp in a rare photo in Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree.
  • This episode was reran back to back with Bulldog on Storytime with Thomas.
  • Bridget Hatt is the Ffarquhar stationmaster's daughter.
  • The events of this episode are mentioned by James in Journey Beyond Sodor and Edward in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song Where in the World is Thomas? The scene where Thomas crashes into the stationmaster's house was also recreated in CGI during the song.
  • When Ringo Starr's US narration aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Two Old Hands, a small portion of the opening was cut.


  • Clarabel is facing the wrong way and her roof is lifted when Thomas comes into Tidmouth.
  • When the narrator says Thomas had become conceited, Thomas instead looks unhappy.
  • When Percy and Toby are asleep, Toby is tilted to the left.
  • In the close-up of Toby sleeping, his windows are open slightly, but in the wider shot of the three engines in the shed, Toby's right window is completely open. It is then again slightly open when Thomas is rolling out of the shed.
  • Just after Thomas finds that he cannot stop, he passes a station building on his left, but in the next shot, he has not passed it yet.
  • In the shots from Thomas' perspective before he runs into the house, the tracks on the right all seem to end abruptly at a wall, the wall is presumably there to hide the edge of the set.
  • Just before Thomas crashes into the house, there's glass missing from the window frame.
  • As Thomas crashes into the house, his wheels do not move. They also don't move as he is being pulled away from the house.
  • When Thomas is looking into the house, a bush is covering his face, but when Thomas is pulled free from the house, the bush seems to have become smaller and is lying on his buffer beam, and when the Fat Controller is talking to him, the bush has become larger and moved back to its original position to cover Thomas' face in order to muffle his voice.
  • In a close-up of Thomas' driver, he is clean shaven, but in some non close-ups, he has a beard.
  • After Thomas crashes into the house, his head lamp disappears, except for the shot of Donald and Douglas pulling him out.
  • When Thomas is pulled away from the house, he looks unharmed. However, in the next shot, a bush suddenly appears on his suddenly damaged buffer beam, in addition to his head lamp vanishing.
  • It is clear to see that a bent buffer beam has been placed on top of Thomas' own when it is damaged.
  • When Thomas says "Silly stick-in-the-muds" the sheds and the engines are all arranged facing the wrong way.
  • When Thomas enters Tidmouth and during the close-up of Percy looking cross, Donald's tender and a hole can be seen in the signal box in the background, indicating that this episode was filmed during the same time as Break Van.
  • In the close-ups of the Fat Controller, the faded marks of where a smile had been are visible behind his frown.
  • Thomas' eyes are off-centre from each other throughout the majority of the episode.
  • The two bits of clay used to simulate Thomas' half-open eyelids are badly put on, so viewers can see some gaps in his eyelids.
  • When Thomas finds that he cannot stop, his lamp is not placed on correctly.
  • In the Japanese dub, Ringo Starr's narration can be faintly heard throughout the episode.
  • Thomas' side rods change positions from when he crashes into the house to when he is rescued.
  • In some close-ups of Thomas’ large scale model inside the stationmaster’s house, Ffarquhar Sheds are not seen in the background to his right (viewer’s left). Instead, the regular size model of the stationmaster’s house appears in its place.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Uma Visita Inesperada/Thomas Vem Ao Café da Manhã
Chinese 托马斯来吃早餐
Czech Tomáš Jde na Snídani
Danish Thomas Kommer til Morgenmad
Dutch Thomas Gaat Ontbijten
Finnish Tuomas Tulee Aamiaiselle
German Ein unwillkommener Frühstücksgast
Hungarian Thomas Reggelije
Italian La Locomotiva Presuntuosa
Japanese トーマスあさごはんにおじゃま
Korean 역장님 집을 무너뜨린 토마스
Norwegian Thomas Kommer til Frokost
Polish Tomek Wpada na Śniadanie
Romanian Thomas Vine la Micul Dejun
Russian Томас приходит на завтрак
Serbian Tomas na Doručku
Slovak Thomas Ide na Raňajky
Slovenian Tomaž Pride na Zajtrk
Spanish La Visita de Thomas
Swedish Thomas Kommer til Frukost
Thai โธมัสชนบ้านนายสถานี
Ukrainian Томас прибуває на сніданок
Welsh Tomos mewn Trafferthion

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