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“Oh, no!”
―Thomas seeing the new car run away, Arthur's horror at upsetting the fish, Rosie getting splattered with mud, Thomas seeing the new car crashed into a haystack

Thomas and the Runaway Car is the seventeenth episode of the eleventh series.


Thomas has been given the important job of taking the Fat Controller's new car to the Sodor Show. Gordon has been given the job of taking the bandstand to the show and challenges Thomas to a race. Gordon manages to get a head start and Thomas in a rush tells Rocky to hurry up with loading the car onto the flatbed, but Rocky tells Thomas to wait because he needs to be careful. The car is finally placed on the flatbed, but Thomas starts so quickly he does not wait for the Dock manager to couple him up to the flatbed. Rocky and the workmen try to tell Thomas, but he has already gone, determined to beat Gordon.

When Thomas puffs to the top of Gordon's Hill, the flatbed rolls away from him and he chases after it. While Percy is waiting at a red signal, Arthur is pulling into a siding with heavy trucks of fish. Percy sees the runaway car coming and warns Arthur, who ends up backing up much too fast, biffing the buffers with fish flying in the air and splattering all over him. Up ahead, mud is all over the track and Rosie has just left the washdown. The runaway car runs past her, which causes mud to splatter all over her, making her cross at the predicament.

The flatbed then races past Gordon and goes into a siding crashing into some buffers with the car then flying off and running into a haystack. When Thomas catches up, he sees what happened and Gordon, feeling triumphant, chuffs to the show. Thomas realises that he lost the race and the Fat Controller's car will never get to the show on time. He sets off to the Docks to get Rocky, but he stops knowing that he is not strong enough to pull Rocky on his own. When Gordon comes back after delivering the bandstand and winning the race, Thomas begs him to fetch Rocky. Gordon, taking pity on Thomas, is more than happy to help his friend as well as show off his strength. He goes to the Docks, fetches Rocky and brings him over to the hay field. After getting the car back on the flatbed, Thomas thanks Gordon by giving him the car to deliver and they arrive at the show together.




  • The "new" car model is actually the same old one.
  • The crowd scene from Toby's Triumph is reused, only with the people changed around slightly.
  • This episode was shown in select USA cinemas as part of Thomas and Friends on the Big Screen.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of a few faces:
    • Arthur has been seen with his unused wincing face in the television series, which was also seen in the DVD game, Arthur's Tricky Travels from Series 9.
    • Rosie has been seen with her unused clenched and cross face.
  • This episode marks Arthur's only speaking role in the eleventh series.
  • This episode marks the last of a few things:
  • In the Japanese version, Arthur and Rosie gain extra lines.
  • The flatbed the new car is on is the same one used for the Breakdown Train, which makes a cameo in this episode when the car passes Rosie.


  • Gordon's buffer is crooked at the docks.
  • When the flatbed rolls away from Thomas, a finger of a crew member is briefly seen in the bottom left-hand corner.
  • When the flatbed passes Rosie, it splashes mud all over her, but when Thomas runs by, he does not.
  • When Thomas passes Arthur, red wires can be seen beneath him.
  • Right before the camera cuts to Thomas, Rocky's left eye (viewer's right) moves up slightly.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e O Vagão Fugitivo
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和逃跑的汽车
Croatian U Bjegunac Automobila
Czech Tomáš a Autíčko na Útěku
Danish Thomas og Den Løsslupne Bil
Dutch Thomas en de Weggelopen Wagon
Finnish Karannut Auto
French Thomas et Le Voiture Emballement
German Thomas und der Ausreißer
Greek O δραπέτης αυτοκίνητο
Hungarian Thomas és a Szökevény Autó
Italian Thomas e il Auto in Fuga
Japanese トーマスとにげるくるま
Korean 달아나는 자동차를 잡아라!
Latin American Spanish Thomas y el Vagón Fugitivo
Norwegian Thomas og Biljakten
Polish Tomek i Uciekający Samochód
Romanian Thomas și Mașina Fugară
Russian Томас и сбежавший автомобиль
Spanish Thomas y el Coche Desbocado
Swedish Thomas och Bilen Som Rymt

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