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Thomas and James are Racing is a song from The Great Discovery, about Thomas and James racing to The Wharf.


Thomas and James are racing, racing to the Wharf
Everyone likes to be the first, not second, third or fourth!
Pistons pumping wildly, boilers fit to burst,
There's something really special for the engine who comes first.
Steaming through the countryside, imagine their elation
Speeding past the platforms, they're not stopping at the station.
Racing under bridges and then rattling round the bends.
A very special prize awaits the winner when it ends.
Children on the bridges, waving as they both rush by.
Go so fast, if trains had wings, you'd think they'd start to fly!
Wheeshing and then whooshing, oh, but what's that up ahead?
It can't be true . . . they'll have to stop . . . the signal's turned to red!
Come on, come on, I'll win this race . . .
I'll take a rest, then set the pace . . .
He's out of puff, he's out of steam . . .
Hurray, hurray! The signal's green!
(chorus x2)



Footage Used


  • On the UK DVD, this song is called Racing to the Wharf.
  • This music video features the least amount of characters to date, with three.
  • The close-up of James' wheels on the left in this scene is almost identical to the one from the second series episode Old Iron.

Deleted Scenes

  • Edward and the Mail - Both signals turned green.
  • The Great Discovery
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James puffing around a bend.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas while James passes him.
    • A close up of James' wheels.
    • A close up of Thomas' dome.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James racing through Kellaby.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James coming out of Henry's Tunnel.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James passing a signal box.
    • A close up of Thomas' wheels.
    • A deleted scene of children on the bridge.
    • A deleted scene of the children watching Thomas and James.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James passing a water tower
    • A few deleted scene of Thomas and James waiting for the signal.
    • A deleted scene of Thomas and James going down Gordon's Hill.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch Thomas en James gaan racen
Finnish Tuomas kanssa Jaskan pilvan puksuttaa
French Thomas et James sont en course
German Thomas und James Sind Rasen
Italian Corro Corro Corro
Japanese みなとにいこう
Norwegian Thomas og James kappkjører
Polish Wyścig Tomka i Kuby
Portuguese Thomas e James estão correndo
Spanish Thomas y James corren

Music Video

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