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“It's sails are all broken, its roof's falling in and there's a tree growing out of the wall."
"I know! It's perfect!"
"Perfect? It's old and useless."
"Just you wait and see!”
―Thomas and Ruth regarding the windmill

Thomas and the Inventor's Workshop is the fourteenth episode of the twenty-fourth series.


Thomas shows Ruth around Sodor to help her find a place to live. Ruth gets the idea to search along where Thomas works -- his branch line. Eventually, they come across an old windmill. Ruth renovates the windmill into her new, energy-efficient workshop.




UK, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore

US and Canada

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Dominique Moore as Ruth


  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the twenty-fourth series.
  • This episode, along with James the Super Engine, were the first two episodes from the twenty-fourth series to be leaked.
  • Suddery and Norramby are both mentioned in this episode.
  • This episode marks the last of three things:
    • The final appearances of Duck, Daisy, Rex, Sir Robert Norramby, the Bird Watcher and Albert to date.
    • Annie, Clarabel, and Skiff's final appearances in the original series.
    • The final episode written by Camille Ucan and Rose Johnson.
    • Harwick's last appearance.
  • Thomas racing towards the electrical wire is a homage to the 1985 movie, Back To The Future.
  • In Poland, this episode premiered before A New Arrival, so the audience would not know who Ruth is.
  • This episode was never aired in Germany and South Korea.
  • In the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Baltic Russian dubs, the UK dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • Albert, his wife, little Thomas, and Fuzzy can be seen walking past Ruth at the Town Square.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Baltic Russian Томас и мастерская изобретателя
Dutch Thomas en de Uitvinder
Estonian Toomas ja Leiutaja Töökoda
Greek Ο Τόμας και το εργαστήρι του εφευρέτη
Hebrew תומס ובית הממציאנית
Italian La Casa Perfetta per I'inventrice
Japanese はつめいかのルースさん
Latin American Spanish Thomas y el Taller de la Inventora
Latvian Tomass un Izgudrotāja Darbnīca
Lithuanian Tomas ir Išradėjo Dirbtuvės
Polish Tomek i Warsztat Wynalazcy
Russian Дом для Рут
Turkish Thomas ve Mucitin Atölyesi

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