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“PHEW! You really are the stinkiest steam engine on Sodor, Thomas.”

Thomas and the Stinky Cheese is the nineteenth episode of the eleventh series.


Thomas is shunting at the coaling plant with 'Arry, Bert and Diesel, who do not like working with steam engines and call them, and Thomas in particular, "stinky." Thomas does not like working with diesels and calls them the stinky ones. The Fat Controller gives Thomas the job of going to the dairy for a delivery. Despite not knowing what it is, Thomas puffs off happily, simply pleased to be away from the diesels. However, when he arrives, he is disgusted to find that his truck is loaded with stinky cheese. The dairy foreman informs Thomas that he must take it to Brendam Docks before the ship leaves. Thomas reluctantly agrees.

On the way, Thomas sees Diesel at a junction, and gets worried he will tell everyone how stinky he is. Not wanting to pass him, he goes a different way, despite a signalman's warning. He thinks nobody will smell him, until he sees 'Arry in a siding. Dismayed, Thomas decides to turn left at a junction. In an attempt to avoid Bert, he turns right at another one. Thomas is dismayed that there are diesels wherever he goes and that he has to go backwards and forwards across the island to avoid them. Eventually, he ends up at the dairy again.

'Arry rumbles towards him, so Thomas reverses as quickly as he can, not realizing that Bert is behind him. Thomas and Bert collide, spilling stinky cheese over the three engines. The two diesels rush to the washdown, but Thomas is unable to as the stinky cheese is all across the track. However, the dairy foreman tells him that another load of cheese is ready at the dairy.

On the way to the docks, James notices Thomas' smell and expresses his disgust. Thomas is embarrassed, but knows he has to make the delivery on time. When he finally arrives at Brendam, Diesel, who is being unloaded, fully believes Thomas is the stinkiest steam engine on Sodor. The Fat Controller and the workmen, however, are proud of Thomas for delivering such stinky cheese. While 'Arry and Bert arrive fresh from the washdown, the Fat Controller assigns the three diesels the task of shunting the cheese while Thomas is sent to the washdown, much to Thomas' delight.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the eleventh series and the series finale of the eleventh series.
  • In 2008, the episode was used for a CGI testing by Stardust Pictures as the show was switching over to CGI animation. A few of these re-created clips can also be seen in a 2009 CGI promo featured on certain DVDs.
  • Thomas, Diesel, 'Arry and Bert gain new facial expressions, which only appear in this episode.
  • This episode was never released on Norwegian DVD or shown on television. It was only released on a website in 2015.
  • This episode marks the last of several things:
    • The last time Thomas' original plastic model was being used, when he delivered the second load of stinky cheese.
    • The last appearance of the Coaling Plant excluding one mention in the twelfth series.
    • 'Arry and Bert's last speaking roles until the fourteenth series episode, Victor Says Yes, thus their last speaking roles in the model era.
  • This is one of only two episodes to feature Diesel's unused ill face from the fourth series, the other being Emily and the Special Coaches.
  • This episode is one of three eleventh series episodes which have had not appeared on German home media. The other episodes are Dirty Work and Percy and the Left Luggage. The German dub disappeared after its last airing in December 2009 and was rediscovered a few years later when it was released on streaming services.
  • Thomas' accident in this episode is similar to his accident in Scrambled Eggs, as he is covered in a dairy product that ends up frying on his boiler.


  • After Thomas crashes into Bert, his flatbed disappears.
  • When Thomas puffs away to be coupled, the chuffing sound is heard before he starts. Same with the second time he moves at the diary.
  • When Thomas arrives at the docks, Diesel's face is partially crooked.
  • Just before James passes Thomas, there is a shot of Thomas puffing along the track. After James has passed, the same footage of Thomas puffing is used again.
  • When Thomas looks at the cheese, his eyes are misaligned.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e o Queijo Malcheiroso
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和臭奶酪
Czech Tomáš a smradlavý sýr
Danish Thomas og de Stinkende Oste
Dutch Thomas en de Stinkende Kaas
Finnish Haiseva juusto
German Thomas und der Stinkekäse
Hungarian Thomas és a büdös sajt
Indonesian Thomas dan keju yang berbau asam
Japanese トーマスとくさいチーズ
Korean 냄새 고약한 치즈 소동
Norwegian Thomas og den stinkende osten
Polish Tomek i Śmierdzący Ser
Portuguese Thomas e a quiejo fedido
Romanian Thomas și Brânza Mirositoare
Russian Томас и вонючий сыр
Spanish Thomas y el Queso Apestoso
Swedish Thomas och den stinkande osten

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