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“Slow down! Slow down! And puff with care!”
―Annie and Clarabel advising Thomas

Thomas Saves the Day is the sixth episode of the eighth series.


Thomas is helping with the construction of a brand-new station of Kellsthorpe Road on the Main Line by taking the workmen to the site and back home again. However, there is a difficult bend before the final approach to the station, which makes Thomas nervous, but Annie and Clarabel always advise Thomas to slow down and puff with care. Upon arrival at the new station, Thomas is informed by the Fat Controller that Annie and Clarabel are due for an overhaul at the repair yard, so he must take them there and use other coaches to take the workmen.

However, Thomas is very worried that, without Annie and Clarabel, he will not be able to tackle the difficult bend. The next morning, Thomas' nerves get the better of him, as he accidentally bumps into his substitute coaches, which roll back into James, who crossly warns him to watch what he is doing. Later, whilst negotiating the difficult bend, Thomas decides to speed up, but ends up riding off the tracks with the coaches in the bushes. Harvey comes to Thomas' rescue, but Thomas feels that he is not really useful without Annie and Clarabel. Harvey believes otherwise and takes the workmen and the coaches to the new station.

Thomas heads off for Tidmouth Sheds, longing to be back with Annie and Clarabel, but then he spots some trucks which have broken away from Edward, heading towards the new station. Thomas gives chase and overtakes the runaway trucks, knowing they will destroy the station if they reach it before he does, but he is getting closer and closer to the difficult bend. This time, Thomas remembers Annie and Clarabel's advice to slow down and puff with care. He gets around the bend on his own, and the runaway trucks go around the twisty tracks as well. Thomas keeps ahead of the trucks and alerts the signalman to change the points to stop the oncoming runaway. The signalman does so, and the runaway trucks are diverted into a siding, where they are stopped by crashing into the buffers, destroying the trucks in the process but leaving the station safe.

The next day, Thomas is taking Annie and Clarabel to the new station for the grand opening, but this time, Thomas finds the difficult bend no longer difficult.




  • Going by production order, this is the fifth episode of the eighth series.
  • This episode marks Annie and Clarabel's only speaking roles in the eighth series.
  • Extended pre-filmed footage from Chickens to School as well as extended stock footage from Bye George! is used.
  • This episode shares its name with the US dub of Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • In the Peep! Peep! Hurray! Three Cheers for Thomas VHS/DVD and half-hour Nick Jr. UK airing Personality, Thomas saying "Thank you sir." and the narrator saying "He was so proud it made his firebox glow." are said earlier than in the individual version of the episode with the UK dub.
  • In the individual version of the episode, the music at the end is omitted except for in the CITV airing and The Greatest Stories US DVD.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of two things:


  • Thomas says he will tell the stationmaster about the runaway trucks, but he tells the signalman.
  • In a deleted scene, Thomas' face is crooked.
  • In a close-up of Thomas talking to Annie and Clarabel about the grand opening of the new station, his eyes are a little bit wonky.
  • Thomas applies his brakes to slow down at the bend, but his wheels are still moving.
  • In a first-person shot from Thomas, the end of the set is visible.
  • The narrator refers to the runaway trucks as troublesome trucks, yet they are mostly flatbeds of pipes, and none of the trucks have faces.
  • In a close-up of Sir Topham Hatt at the beginning of the episode, he has markings on the left (viewer's perspective right) side of his neck.
  • When the signalman changes the points, a thin wire that is used to change them can be seen. Also, a piece of vegetation next to the points slightly moves because of the wire.
  • Because stock footage is used, the signalman is not the same one that Thomas told to change the points.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas é a Salvação
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯化解危机
Croatian Tomica Spašava Dan
Czech Tomáš Zachraňuje Den
Danish Thomas Redder Dagen
Dutch Thomas, De Held van de Dag
Finnish Tuomas Pelastaa Päivän
French Thomas: Le Héros
German In letzter Sekunde
Greek νέο σταθμό στη νίκη
Hungarian Thomas, a Nap Hőse
Italian Thomas Salva la Nuova Stazione
Japanese トーマス、きゅうばをすくう
Korean 용감한 토마스
Latin American Spanish Thomas Salva el Día
Norwegian Thomas Redder Dagen
Polish Tomek Spieszy na Ratunek
Romanian Tomas Salvatorul
Russian Томас спасатель
Scottish Gaelic Tomas an Gaisgeach
Serbian Spasilac Tomas
Swedish Hjälten Thomas

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