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―Skarloey, after breaking away from Thomas on Gordon's Hill

Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out is the twenty-eighth and final episode of the tenth series.


It is summertime on the Island of Sodor, and Thomas enjoys taking visitors to the seaside everyday. One day, Sir Topham Hatt gives Thomas a special to deliver steel pipes to the wharf and Thomas is delighted to see many sights along the way such as the castle, Shen Valley and Gordon's Hill.

When Thomas arrives at the wharf, he sees Skarloey looking very sad because he has broken down and needs repairs. Thomas volunteers to take him across Sodor to the repair yards. Mr. Percival agrees but warns Thomas that Skarloey is heavy and must go straight to the repair yards. He also warns Thomas to be careful because the coupling on the flatbed is old. Skarloey is still sad when he was loaded onto the flatbed, so Thomas decides to make Skarloey's trip exciting by showing him several sights Skarloey has never seen before.

Thomas goes on a different track away from the repair yard to show Skarloey the sights. He shows him Callan Castle and Shen Valley, but Skarloey says their railway has places like that and does not cheer up. Thomas takes him to Gordon's Hill struggling to pull Skarloey and he makes it to the top, but the old coupling breaks and Skarloey rolls back down the hill and derails in a siding crashing into the buffers. Thomas puffs back to Skarloey realising his mistake. Thomas is coupled back to Skarloey and heads straight to the repair yard.

When Thomas stops at a signal near the seaside, Skarloey is amazed by the view of the beach and says he had never seen anything like the seaside. Thomas is surprised and happy to hear this and says he sees the beach everyday. Thomas takes Skarloey to the repair yard and waits for Skarloey to get mended. Skarloey is soon fixed and the two engines have one more view of the seaside. Skarloey declares it the best day out ever and Thomas is happy to see his friend happy.




  • This marks the last episode of several things:
    • The last episode shot in 576i standard definition.
    • Jocelyn Stevenson's last episode as executive producer.
    • The last time a small scale model of a narrow gauge engine was used on screen.
    • The last series to feature the eighth series theme song in the intro.
    • The last episode to feature the 2004-2006 HiT series at the end of the episodes.
  • Stock footage from Percy and the Oil Painting and Seeing the Sights is used.
  • Skarloey's small scale model was used again for the first time since the fifth series (minus stock footage in the seventh series). The small scale model was used in the long shots when he and Thomas passed by each place and in the scene when they arrived at the workshops. In addition, when Skarloey rolls down Gordon's Hill, his unused fourth series panicked face is used.
  • In the Latin American version, all the scenes of Thomas going up Gordon's Hill and Skarloey's crash were omitted.
  • Skarloey's model was heavily revamped physically for this episode.
  • The episode's plot points would later be used for the fifteenth series episode, Stop That Bus! and the seventeenth series episode, The Thomas Way.


  • When Thomas stops beside Rocky, the puffing sound continues for a couple of seconds after Thomas actually stops.
  • When Thomas arrives at the Warf, his steam platform is visible 
  • In one of the close-ups of Skarloey on the flatbed, Thomas does not have any coal in his bunker.
  • When Thomas brings Skarloey to the Scottish Castle, a wall can be seen next to Skarloey's flatbed; but in Skarloey's close-up, the wall cannot be seen. This is because everything is put to larger scale so that Skarloey's newer model and faces can be used, and because there was no large scale Scottish Castle route made, the wall was replaced by piles of slates and clumps of moss beside the line.
  • In the US version, when Skarloey says "It's wonderful" when looking at the seaside, he has a Scottish accent.


In Other Languages

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Chinese 托马斯和史卡洛放大假
Croatian Tomica i Vinko se provode
Czech Tomáš a Skarloey na výletì
Danish Thomas og Skarloey største Udflugt
Dutch Thomas en Skarloey samen op pad
Finnish Santerin hieno päivä
German Skarloeys großer Ausflug
Hungarian Thomas és Skarloey Kirándul
Italian Thomas e Skarloey in Gita
Japanese トーマスとスカーロイのえんそく
Korean 아주 특별한 나들이
Norwegian Den store rundturen
Polish Wycieczka Tomka i Sławka
Portuguese Thomas e o Grande dia Livre de Skarloey
Romanian Thomas și Aventura lui Skarloey
Russian Увлекательная поездка Томаса и Скарлуи
Slovak Thomas a Skarleyovo veľký deň von
Spanish Thomas y el Gran Día Libre de Skarloey (LA)
El Gran Día de Thomas y Skarloey (SPN)
Swedish Den stora dagen
Thai วันพักผ่อนของโธมัสและสกาโลอี้
Turkish Thomas ve Skarloey gezmek diyor

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