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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. 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. Thomas races after it and spends all day trying to catch it. After declining help from Edward, Percy, Emily and Charlie, Thomas soon realises he needs help after he uses up all of his coal. 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.







  • 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 version.
  • This episode marks the first of two things for Stephen Hatt:


  • When the engines find the kite, Charlie has James' whistle sound.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Arabic مهرجان الطائرات الورقية
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Pipa Perdida
Catalan En Thomas i l'estel fugitiu
Chinese 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
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
Norwegian Thomas og den løpske dragen
Polish Tomek i Pogoń za Latawcem
Romanian Thomas și Zmeul Fugar
Russian Змей-Путешественник
Slovak Drak na úteku
Spanish Thomas y la Cometa Perdida
Swedish Thomas och den förrymda draken
Thai โธมัสกับว่าว
Welsh Barcud gwyllt

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite

US DVD Packs

  • Steam Team Collection




  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite
  • Series 13 (digital download)



  • Thomas on Kite Hunt

DVD Boxsets


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