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“Ya, Tōmasu! Boku Gachapin, Nippon kara kitanda! (Hi, Thomas! I'm Gachapin, I came from Japan.)"
"Anō, Anō, Watashi wa Mukku desū. (Um, Um, I'm Mukku.)"
"Yā! Yoku kitane! (Hi! Welcome to!)”
―Gachapin, Mukku and Thomas

Thomas and the U.K. Trip (Japanese: きかんしゃトーマスとイギリスのたび) is a Japanese Thomas/"Ponkickies" crossover special. It aired in December 1991 exclusively in Japan.


Two children's television characters from Japan, Gachapin and Mukku, travel to the United Kingdom. During their visit, they stop on Sodor to meet Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, and the other engines. During the second half of the programme, they visit real railways and learn how steam locomotives work.




First day

  1. Thomas' Train
  2. Thomas Goes Fishing
  3. Thomas and Bertie
  4. Off the Rails
  5. Ghost Train

Second day

  1. Thomas and the Guard
  2. Trouble in the Shed
  3. Tenders and Turntables
  4. Edward's Exploit




  • According to producer Yōichi Fujita, Britt Allcroft was surprised when Fuji Television submitted the plan of this special to the Britt Allcroft Company,[1] due to Atsuo Sugano completing a storyboard overnight[1]. The scenes with Thomas and his friends interacting with Gachapin and Mukku were specifically filmed for this special during the production of the third series.[2]
  • This was the first mark of several things:
  • There are four instances of songs by The Beatles being played (of which Ringo Starr was the drummer) and one instance of a song that was covered by Marmalade (of which Junior Campbell was part):
    • "Magical Mystery Tour" can be heard during the intro.
    • An instrumental version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is used when different locations on the Island of Sodor are being introduced.
    • An instrumental version of "The Fool on the Hill" is used when Tidmouth Sheds first appears.
    • "When I'm Sixty-Four" plays during the end credits.
  • Thomas' Anthem is played in English.
  • Fuji Television did not acquire the right to produce a music video, and produced "I'm Thomas the Tank Engine", but later officially acquired the right.


  • When Thomas is talking to Gachapin and Mukku, a wire is hanging from underneath Thomas' running board.
  • Henry's firebox is crooked.
  • When James and Henry puff out of the shed, they are going slowly, but the sound of them puffing is fast.
  • Bulgy was introduced as "バルギー(Barugī)" instead of "バルジー(Barujī)".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ponkicki Days 3 chapter 3
  2. "A Britt Allcroft production in association with Fuji Television Network Inc." was credited at the ending of the third season.

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