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“Sharing your work makes things much easier, but sharing the fun is the best fun of all!”
―Thomas after sharing his load

Thomas and the Circus is the sixteenth episode of the eighth series.


The circus is coming to the Island of Sodor and all the engines are excited and want to take the circus train. The Fat Controller gives Thomas the job to take the circus train and tells him to share the load with another engine if the train gets too heavy. When Thomas leaves, James and Percy are hoping to pull the circus with Thomas soon.

When Thomas arrives at the docks, he is amazed by all the circus trucks he can see. When Thomas backs up to Annie and Clarabel, Salty rolls up and asks Thomas if he wants him to help. Even though Thomas knows the train is heavy and what the Fat Controller said, he wants to pull the train by himself and keep the glory to himself. Thomas puffs along the countryside and is having so much fun as the people at the station cheer for him. Thomas stops by a bridge where Percy is waiting and some children wave to Thomas. Percy asks Thomas if he needs help, but Thomas says no, as he wants to have the fun to himself and puffs on, leaving a disappointed Percy.

But Thomas starts to get tired as he notices how heavy the train is. Thomas then sees James, who offers to help, but Thomas still wants to pull it on his own. Soon, Thomas is not having fun anymore pulling the train by himself and it gets worse when Thomas' side rods break from the strain of pulling the heavy train, forcing him to stop.

While the driver calls for help, the performers try to cheer Thomas up by practising, but he does not cheer up a bit. James and Percy arrive with hay for the horses and Thomas' new side rods. Thomas says to them that he wished he asked them to share the train with him. James and Percy agree to help Thomas so that they can have fun together and they both watch the performers while Thomas is fitted with his new siderods. James and Percy are coupled up and they help Thomas with the train. While they watch the circus tent being put up, Thomas thanks his friends and admits that sharing the fun is the best fun of all.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the eighth series.
  • This the first of thirteen eighth series episodes to air on CITV in July 2006, as they were broadcast in production order.
  • According to a prop listing sold on the Prop Gallery, Elsbridge was originally intended to appear in this episode, but that scene was later cut, had the scene not been cut, this would have marked the station's first appearance since the fourth series.
  • Stock footage from Percy's Big Mistake is used.
  • This marks the second time of a few things:
  • This episode marks Mrs. Last and Jeremiah Jobling's final appearances.
  • This marks Caroline's first appearance since the fifth series episode, Toby's Discovery.
  • A faceless Toad model is the brake van for Thomas' train.
  • A poster of Papa Lazarou can be seen on a container.
  • Throughout the entire episode, an instrumental rendition of Ain't We Got Fun by Robert Hartshorne is heard.


  • At the beginning of the episode, Thomas passes through Wellsworth, but in the next shot he is going through Maron instead.
  • A wire is visible underneath Thomas when he is repaired and puffs away.
  • The sound of Thomas' traction rods breaking happens long before they do on screen.
  • When James is pushing the brake van, he is pushing it slightly up off the rails.
  • Bridget and Stephen Hatt are seen as two of the children on the bridge waving to Thomas, but they were just seen at Maron station in the previous scene.
  • In the overhead shot of Thomas passing through Maron, the line ahead is leading to bushes.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和马戏团
Croatian Tomica i cirkus
Czech Tomáš a cirkus
Danish Cirkus
Dutch Thomas en het circus
Finnish Tuomas ja sirkus
German Geteilter Spaß ist doppelter Spaß
Hungarian Thomas és a cirkusz
Italian Thomas e il Circo
Japanese トーマスとサーカス
Korean 토마스와 서커스단
Norwegian Thomas og sirkuset
Polish Tomek i Cyrk
Portuguese Thomas e o Circo
Romanian Thomas și Circul
Russian Томас и цирк
Scottish Gaelic Tòmas Agus an Siorcas
Spanish Thomas y el Circo
Swedish Thomas och cirkusen

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