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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 spent many years running his branch line. One day, when his driver jokes that Thomas could manage without him, Thomas takes the joke literally and becomes conceited. He later brags to Percy and Toby that he does not need a driver. They both disagree with this as they would never even consider running without their drivers, but Thomas insists he is not afraid to run by himself and willing to prove it.

The next morning, the firelighter comes and starts up the engines' fires. Thomas wakes up first from the warmth spreading 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, unaware that he only started due to a careless cleaner touching his controls. He finds out his mistake as he tries in vain to stop or "whee-sh" as planned.

Sitting at the end of the siding ahead is the stationmaster's house, where he and his family are having breakfast. Unable to stop, Thomas runs right through the fence and hedges and crashes into the front of the house, creating disarray in the dining room with plaster covering everything. The stationmaster glares at a stunned Thomas, whom his wife scolds for ruining their breakfast. She then storms out of the dining room, slamming the door in a fit of rage, causing more plaster to fall and cover Thomas.

After workmen prop up the house with poles, Donald and Douglas arrive, and together, they pull Thomas clear of the house and back onto the rails, revealing his front to be battered and bent from the impact with a bush and pieces of broken wood stuck to it.

Back at the sheds, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for his recklessness and informs him that he is sending him to the Works to be mended; which will take a long time and in his absence a diesel railcar will be brought in to run his branch line. Thomas is shocked at hearing this, and the Fat Controller then concludes to 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 and Canada. This infamously created a few continuity errors for American and Canadian 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 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 dub, 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.
  • Bridget Hatt's model is used for the Ffarquhar stationmaster's daughter.
  • The events of this episode are referenced 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.
  • A small portion of the opening was cut for both narrations when the episode aired on Shining Time Station.
  • This episode and Horrid Lorry are the only two in the television series that show Thomas without his head lamp (due to damage from the crash in this one). However, he is also seen without his head lamp in a rare photo in Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree.
  • In the Railway Series story of which this episode is based on, Thomas crashed into the stationmaster's house as a result of a siding ending on the road having no buffers to stop him, causing him to run off the rails and onto the road until he reached the house. This was not done in this adaptation due to the models heavily being powered by track, so the rails had to be led to the stationmaster's house.
  • The Ladybird adaptation of this episode uses the original Railway Series dialogue.
  • This episode marks the last time in the second series Thomas' sad face has modified eyebrows to resemble a nervous one.
  • After this episode aired on 13th August 1991, the further four episodes preceding the series were not shown and instead aired Edward's Exploit a week later.
  • The JEI TV version of the Korean dub added subtitles to inform viewers what a rail car is.
  • This episode was paired alongside Bulldog in an airing of Storytime with Thomas.


  • Clarabel is facing the wrong way and her roof is loose when Thomas comes into Tidmouth.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas' driver, he is clean shaven, but in some wide shots, he has a beard.
  • When Percy and Toby are shown sleeping, 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, which is presumably there to hide the edge of the set.
  • As Thomas crashes into the house, his wheels do not move.
  • When the narrator says "The stationmaster was furious," the stationmaster instead looks sad.
  • 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 scolding to him, the bush has become larger and moved back to its original position to cover Thomas' face in order to muffle his voice.
  • 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.
  • When Thomas enters Tidmouth and in 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.
  • George Carlin does not attempt to do a muffling on his voice despite being stated that Thomas' voice was muffled by the bush.
  • Thomas' eyes are off-centre from each other throughout the majority of the episode.
  • When the narrator says "Thomas thought he was being clever," Thomas' eyes jitter.
  • Thomas is wearing his unwell face mask when he is meant to be conceited.
  • 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.
  • Due to portions of the script being taken verbatim from the original book, the narrator says that bits of fencing, the bush and a broken window frame festooned Thomas' front, even though a plank of wood is the only bit of fencing seen, while there is no window frame.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Uma visita inesperada
Chinese Mandarin 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
French Thomas s'invite au petit dejeuner
German Ein unwillkommener Frühstücksgast
Greek Πρωινό στο σπίτι
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
Latin American Spanish La visita de Thomas
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
Slovenian Tomaž Pride na Zajtrk
Swedish Thomas Kommer til Frukost
Turkish Thomas Kahvaltıya Geliyor
Ukrainian Томас прибуває на сніданок
Welsh Tomos mewn Trafferthion

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