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“Oh, no!”
―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, causing mud to splatter all over her. She does not look too pleased at her predicament.

The flatbed then races pass 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 two things:
    • Arthur has been seen with his shut eye face mask, which was also seen in the DVD game, Arthur's Tricky Travels.
    • Rosie has been seen with her shut eye face mask and her cross face mask.
  • This episode marks the last of a few things:
  • In the Japanese version, Arthur and Rosie gain extra lines.


  • On his way to the docks, Thomas passes by Gordon who is pulling the Express. However, when Thomas arrives at the docks Gordon is already there.
  • Gordon's buffer is crooked at the docks.
  • At the top of Gordon's Hill, the couplings clang and drop before the flatbed moves away; but it was said that the flatbed was not coupled up.
  • When the flatbed speeds past Arthur, he speeds up after his trucks to clear the points.
  • When the fish fly out of the trucks on to Arthur, he appears to have two fish stuck on his smokebox before the fish hit him.
  • 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.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e O Vagão Fugitivo
Catalan Thomas i El Cotxe Fora de Control
Chinese 托马斯和逃跑的汽车
Croatian U Bjegunac Automobila
Czech Tomáš a Autíčko na Útěku
Danish Thomas go 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!
Norwegian Thomas og Biljakten
Polish Tomek i Uciekający Samochód
Romanian Thomas și Mașina Fugară
Russian убегающих автомобиль
Slovak Thomas a Autíčko na Úteku
Spanish Thomas y El Vagón Fugitivo (LA)
Thomas y el Coche Desbocado (SPN)
Swedish Thomas Och Bilen Som Rymt
Thai รถคันใหม่ของผู้ควบคุมอ้วน

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