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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 and firmly state 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 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, unaware that he only started due to a careless cleaner touching his controls. He soon realises his mistake as he tries in vain to stop or "whee-sh" as he had planned.

Sitting at the end of the siding ahead is the stationmaster's house, where he and his family are about to have 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 is furious and his wife scolds Thomas for ruining their breakfast. She decides to cook some more and storms out of the dining room, slamming the door, thus causing more plaster to fall on Thomas, much to his depression.

After workmen prop up the house with poles, Donald and Douglas arrive and pull Thomas clear of the house and back onto the rails while revealing his front to be battered and bent with a bush and pieces of broken wood stuck to it. The twins leave and Thomas is in disgrace. Back at the sheds, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for his carelessness and decides to send him to the Works to be mended, which will take a long time and 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 explains 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. 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 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 and Horrid Lorry are the only episodes in the television series that shows Thomas without his head lamp (due to damage from the crash in this episode). 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.
  • Thomas is wearing his unhappy face mask when he is meant to be conceited.
  • 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 is glass missing from the window frame.
  • As Thomas crashes into the house, his wheels do not move.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Due to portions of the script being taken word for word from the original book, the narrator says, "There was the Station Master's house," as if it was on the same track of Ffarquhar Sheds, when it clearly is not.
  • Toby and Percy look happy in the final shot when Thomas is in disgrace.
  • At the end of the episode, Toby's track ends in front of him.
  • On the Trading Card the Fat Controller is featured despite playing a minor role in the story/episode.


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 (JEI TV)
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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