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“I will catch up with the runaway kite! I'll huff, and I'll puff with all of my might! I'm the fastest engine on Sodor!”

Thomas and the Runaway Kite is the thirteenth episode of the thirteenth series.


It is the day of the Sodor Kite Festival and Thomas must collect the winner's cup from Brendam Docks. Thomas loved kites. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for Thomas at Brendam Docks. Sir Topham Hatt assigned Thomas to take the winner’s cup to the Kite Festival. After collecting it, Thomas stops on Gordon's Hill, to find Stephen and Bridget Hatt flying their kite. Suddenly, they spot Thomas and wave to him. In doing so, Stephen loses the kite to the wind. Charlie offered to help Thomas but he didn’t want any help. He said that he was the fastest engine on Sodor. Then Edward arrived. Thomas told Edward about the kite and Sir Topham Hatt’s grandchildren’s kite. Edward offered to help but Thomas still didn’t want any help and still said he was the fastest engine on Sodor. Then the wind blew the kite behind Thomas, who raced backwards and then changed tracks to chase after the kite. The kite went over a bridge where Emily was. Thomas told Emily all about the kite and Sir Topham Hatt’s grandchildren. Emily offered to help but Thomas still didn’t want any help and still said he was the fastest engine on Sodor and continues to chase after the kite. Then Percy arrived. He saw Thomas was red as James. Thomas panted and told Percy all about the kite and Sir Topham Hatt’s grandchildren. Percy offered to help but Thomas still didn’t want any help and still said he was the fastest engine on Sodor. So Percy went to continue his mail route. Thomas races after it and spends all day trying to catch it. After declining help from Charlie, Edward, Emily, and Percy, Thomas soon realises he needs help after he uses up all of his coal. Charlie arrived and gave his coal to Thomas. Thomas was late. So he asked Charlie to look for the kite. And Thomas soon found Edward, Emily, and Percy, who saw that Thomas felt bad for failing to catch the kite and helped him. The engines eventually help him and they successfully catch the kite when it lands and gets snagged on a signal. Thomas then takes Stephen and Bridget and their kite to the festival.




UK, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and South Africa

US and Canada


  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in January 2010.
  • This episode could have been inspired by the magazine story, Thomas and the Kite.
  • This is the only episode where Stephen Hatt is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK dub.
  • This episode marks the first of two things for Stephen Hatt:
  • The Korean title of this episode is the same on both dub and subtitles.


  • When Edward passes Thomas, he loses one of his flatbeds.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic مهرجان الطائرات الورقية
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Pipa Perdida
Catalan En Thomas i l'estel fugitiu
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和飘远的风筝
Czech Drak na útěku
Danish Thomas og dragen, der fløj væk
Dutch De Vluchtende Vlieger
Finnish Leija Karkuteillä
French L'atelier de réparation de Thomas
German Thomas auf Drachenjagd
Greek Ο Τομας και ο χαμένος χαρταετός
Hungarian Thomas és a szökevény papírsárkány
Icelandic Tommi og flugdrekinn
Indonesian Thomas dan Layangan Putus
Italian Thomas e l'Aquilone
Japanese トーマスのだいついせき
Korean 토마스와 달아난 연
Latin American Spanish Thomas y la Cometa Perdida
Norwegian Thomas og den løpske dragen
Polish Tomek i Pogoń za Latawcem
Portuguese O Papagaio Fugitivo
Romanian Thomas și Zmeul Fugar
Russian Змей-Путешественник
Serbian Tomas i odbegli zmaj
Swedish Thomas och den förrymda draken
Welsh Barcud gwyllt

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite

US DVD Packs

  • Steam Team Collection






DVD Boxsets