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“Hmm. Look and listen. If he's a tuba player, he might be playing the tuba.”

Thomas and the Tuba is the first episode of the eighth series.


It is Lady Hatt's birthday, and a big party is being held. A brass band is going to be playing and the Fat Controller asks Thomas to collect them, much to the annoyance of James and Gordon. When Thomas arrives at Knapford with Annie and Clarabel, he is very excited. Unfortunately, he is so excited that he accidentally leaves the tuba player behind and it is only when he arrives at Maithwaite that the band leader realises this. Thomas goes off to find the tuba player, unaware that the tuba player is at the bus stop under the railway bridge.

Bertie takes the tuba player as far as he can and then Elizabeth gives him a lift. Thomas is in such a rush looking for the tuba player that when he flies through the crossing, he does not see Elizabeth with the tuba player. Elizabeth takes the tuba player to the windmill, where Trevor gives him a ride. Once again, Thomas is rushing about and does not see or hear the tuba player aboard Trevor when he passes them.

Thomas is looking around Knapford Yards between trucks and inside coaches when he crashes into Percy and his trucks of bunting. After Harvey arrives and Thomas tells him what happened, Harvey advises him to look and listen. So, taking Harvey's advice, Thomas searches more carefully until he hears the tuba player aboard Trevor and then takes him to Lady Hatt's birthday party.





  • The narrator says Sir Topham Hatt arrived at Tidmouth Sheds, but Thomas, Gordon and James are at the Works.
  • The narrator calls Elizabeth's container a wagon, then later a flatbed.
  • The narrator says that Thomas and the trucks of bunting were derailed, but Thomas is still on the track.
  • Elizabeth does not make the sounds of a steam-powered vehicle, instead sounding like a conventional petrol-driven engine.
  • In some close-ups of Elizabeth, her eye mechanism is visible in her cab.
  • Trevor's eyes are misaligned when Thomas leaves for Maithwaite.
  • Thomas travels through the same factory complex twice; once when he looks inside the Express Coaches, and once when he passes George.
  • In the US dub, the narrator mispronounces the word tuba as "tuber" when the Tuba player is on Elizabeth's container.
  • Thomas' siderods slightly changes position when crashes into Percy.
  • Percy's eyes were a little misaligned.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Tuba
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和大号
Croatian Tomica i tuba
Czech Tomáš a trubka
Danish Thomas og tubaen
Dutch Thomas en de Tuba
Finnish Tuomas ja Torvisoittokunta
German Thomas und die Tuba
Hungarian Thomas és a Tubás
Italian Thomas e il Suonatore di Tuba
Japanese トーマスとチューバ
Korean 토마스와 나팔 연주자
Latin American Spanish Thomas y la Tuba
Norwegian Thomas og tubaen
Polish Tomek i Tuba
Romanian Thomas și Tuba
Russian Томас и трубач
Swedish Thomas och tubaspelaren

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  • All Aboard with the Steam Team (Direct-to-Home Video)
  • The Complete Series 8

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  • Songs from the Station

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