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“Well done, Thomas! That was fun. But to beat you over that hill, I should have to grow wings and be an aeroplane.”

Thomas and Bertie, retitled to Thomas and Bertie's Great Race in American releases, is the fourteenth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Tank Engine Thomas Again.


Thomas is waiting at a junction where a bus drives up alongside him. The bus introduces himself as Bertie, who remembers Thomas from the time he took his passengers home after Thomas crashed into a snowdrift and tells Thomas that he has come to help his passengers today. Thomas claims that he can go faster than Bertie, who challenges Thomas to a race. Their drivers agree and Thomas and Bertie begin their race.

"Goodbye, Bertie!"

As it takes Thomas a while to build up speed, Bertie takes a head start at the beginning until he reaches the level crossing, where Thomas passes him and takes the lead. After that, the road leaves the railway and Thomas stops at the next station to collect passengers. He tells them to get in quickly and as he starts off again, he sees Bertie zooming over the bridge and retaking the lead. Thomas tries to catch up, but he has to stop at Elsbridge because the signal is up. Bertie continues on gleefully while Thomas feels sure that he will lose the race, but he feels better after a drink and is ready to continue just as the signal drops.

While crossing the bridge, Thomas finds that he still has a chance to win, seeing Bertie waiting on a traffic light. As Bertie starts again, Thomas reaches full speed and takes the lead as he passes Bertie at the tunnel and makes it to the last station, winning the race. Everyone cheers for Thomas, but they also give Bertie a big cheer. Bertie congratulates Thomas and remarks that he would have had to be an aeroplane to beat him over the hill.

The two friends now work together and often talk about their race, but the passengers do not like to be bounced around and the Fat Controller warns Thomas about running at dangerous speeds. Although it does not seem likely, the two still hope for a chance to race again.



Adaptation Notes

  • The line "one day, Thomas was waiting at the junction when a bus came into the yard" is changed to "Thomas was waiting at a junction when a bus arrived."
  • Thomas' "I run this line" is changed to "I run this branch line."
  • Bertie says Terence's full title (Terence the Tractor) as opposed to just his name.
  • The descriptor of Thomas speaking "crossly" to Bertie along with him going blue and letting off steam is omitted.
  • The line "their drivers agreed" is extended to "their drivers agreed to the race going ahead."
  • The line "and they were off" is removed.
  • The narration about Thomas not hurrying before the crossing is cut.
  • The descriptor of Annie and Clarabel speaking "anxiously" is omitted.
  • Annie and Clarabel do not repeat "a long way ahead" twice.
  • The line "the road left the railway and went through a village" is changed to "after that, the road left the railway."
  • The mention of the passengers getting out quickly at the first station is omitted.
  • The narration when Bertie crosses over the bridge is altered.
  • Annie and Clarabel's first line inbetween Bertie crossing over the bridge and Thomas stopping at the next station is cut.
  • The descriptor of Thomas panting "bravely" is cut.
  • The station Thomas stops at after Dryaw is Elsbridge rather than Toryreck. The section about the signal being up when he reaches the station by the river is cut.
  • The line "as he stopped, he heard a toot" is changed to "then he heard Bertie."
  • James does not come through with a goods train before the signal drops.
  • The line "the signal dropped, showing the line was clear" is shortened to simply "the signal dropped."
  • The descriptor of Thomas puffing "gaily" when he leaves Elsbridge is omitted.
  • The line "as they rumbled over the bridge, they heard an impatient toot toot" is changed to "as they crossed the bridge, they heard an impatient honk honk."
  • No cars or lorries are shown or mentioned crossing the bridge in the other direction while Bertie waits at the traffic lights.
  • The mention of the railway and road running side-by-side with a stream between through the valley is cut; additionally, no stream is seen when the two are shown racing next to each other.
  • The narration when Bertie crosses the bridge is altered.
  • Unlike in the book, Thomas has already crossed the bridge when Bertie starts again and Bertie never shoots ahead of him, instead being unable to catch up before the tunnel.
  • The passengers cheering for Thomas and Bertie during the race is omitted.
  • Thomas, Annie and Clarabel's lines happen when they have exited the tunnel rather than inside it.
  • The narration mentioning Thomas whistling proudly as he comes out of the tunnel and into the last station is removed.
  • The passengers telling the stationmaster and porter about the race is cut.
  • The narration about Thomas and Bertie bringing each other passengers is cut.
  • The line "the Fat Controller has warned Thomas about what happens to engines who race at dangerous speeds" is changed to "the Fat Controller has warned Thomas not to race at dangerous speeds."
  • The ending line "I don't think they ever will" is extended to "I don't think they ever will, do you?"



  • When Thomas and Bertie meet, Thomas' boiler has a chip in it.
  • During the first met of the two, the narrator says Thomas was waiting at the junction, but he is actually on a bus depot. This is because the narration was taken from the book, where Knapford is the junction with the Main Line and Thomas' Branch Line, while Knapford in the television series is the big station instead of Tidmouth.
  • When Thomas and Bertie are about to start their race, in the bottom left corner of the screen, a camera shadow can be seen.
  • Thomas has Percy's tired face mask on when he puffs into Elsbridge.
  • The narrator says "After that, the road left the railway so they couldn't see Bertie," but there is a road right next to Thomas.
  • The plane that is seen taking off as Thomas and his coaches leave Dryaw suddenly stops moving before they have passed the camera.
  • In a close-up of Bertie, he has no driver.
  • In the shot of Thomas racing past Lower Arlesburgh, the end of the set is visible in the background.
  • In the shot of Thomas entering the tunnel, in the top left corner, studio equipment can be seen.
  • Annie and Clarabel keep changing positions throughout the race.
  • In the restored version, studio equipment can be seen when Thomas pulls into Ffarquhar after the race.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, a camera capture can be seen on his coupling.
  • The narrator says Bertie was fuming at the gates, but Bertie is smiling. This is because his cross face had not yet been made.
  • Because stock footage is used, sometimes Annie and Clarabel are not behind Thomas.
  • When Thomas stops at Elsbridge, he passes the end of the platform, but when he is drinking water, he has moved backward.
  • As Bertie congratulates Thomas, the number of people near Bertie differs between shots.
  • In the final scene, studio equipment can be seen in the top left corner.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A Corrida
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和柏蒂巴士
Croatian Tomica i Bero
Czech Tomáš a Berty
Danish Thomas og Bertie
Dutch Thomas en Bertie
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Lassi
French Thomas et Bertrand
German Bertie, der Bus
Greek Ο Τόμας και ο Μπέρτι
Hebrew תומס וברטי
Hungarian Thomas és Bertie
Icelandic Tommi og Bertie
Italian Il Trenino e la Corriera
Japanese トーマスとバーティーのきょうそう
Korean 토마스와 버티의 경주
Latin American Spanish La Gran Carrera de Thomas y Bertie
Norwegian Thomas og Bertie
Polish Tomek i Bercia
Romanian Thomas şi Bertie
Romansh Tumasch e Berta
Russian Томас и Берти
Serbian Tomas i Berti
Slovak Thomas a Bertie
Slovenian Tomaž in Berti
Swedish Thomas och Bertie
Ukrainian Томас і Берті
Welsh Tomos a Berti

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