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“Thomas! you are a really useful engine! I am very proud of you."
"And I am very pleased to see such a busy engine. I wasn't sure. But now I know. The Fat Controller's Railway is the best!”
―The Fat Controller and the Railway Inspector

Thomas in Charge is the tenth episode of the fourteenth series.


One beautiful morning, Thomas puffs into the docks, where he meets Gordon with the express. He tells Thomas that he is to take a railway inspector on a tour of the Island with the Fat Controller. The tour is to end at the docks and the Fat Controller tells Thomas to be very busy shunting coal trucks when they arrive. Then, Thomas has an idea. He thinks if he gets more of his friends to help, the inspector would be impressed with the busy engines.

Thomas chuffs to Maron, where he meets Percy, who is waiting for his mail trucks to be loaded. He asks Percy to come to the docks to shunt trucks. Percy is unsure at first, but when he hears it will please the inspector, he agrees and leaves his empty mail trucks at Maron. Just as the two friends leave, Gordon with the Fat Controller and the railway inspector arrive. The inspector is not impressed by the quiet station.

Meanwhile, Thomas and Percy puff through the Slate Quarry. Thomas asks Mavis to come and shunt at the docks too. Mavis tells Thomas she is busy, but when she hears that it will please the inspector, she agrees. Just as Thomas and Mavis leave, Gordon arrives with the Fat Controller and the inspector. They expect to see Mavis busily working, but, instead, the quarry is almost deserted.

At the docks, Thomas, Mavis and Percy are shunting coal trucks when Thomas hears Gordon's whistle. Percy and Mavis both push the coal trucks to impress the inspector, but they collide, sending coal dust flying all over the Fat Controller and the inspector. The coal dust goes down Gordon's funnel and he cannot puff. Thomas is very apologetic and promises to get Gordon fixed so that the inspector can tour the Island again.

Gordon is soon fixed and Thomas heads back to the docks. At the docks, Thomas busily sets to work shunting trucks and does not see Gordon arrive with the Fat Controller and the inspector. The inspector is very impressed to see such a busy engine and deems the Fat Controller's Railway to be the best. Both Thomas and the Fat Controller are very proud.





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  • Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the fourteenth series.
  • Stock footage from Toby's New Whistle is used.
  • This is the only episode written by Mark Daydy.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of a pump trolley in CGI.


  • In the first shot of Brendam Docks, there is a siding but no switches lead to the track.
  • In the US dub, when Gordon says "I'm waiting for Sir Topham Hatt," his mouth moves to say "The Fat Controller." This also happens when Thomas says "Sir Topham Hatt isn't proud."
  • Even though the Railway Inspector is called "the Railroad Inspector" in the US, every time someone mentions him onscreen the characters' mouth moves to say "Railway Inspector."
  • During the last few moments of the episode, in one shot Gordon has two express coaches, but in the next shot there is another coach added.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic المجلسوَاول
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas no Comando
Catalan Els embolics d'en Thomas
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯负责
Czech Tomáš Velí
Danish Thomas overtager kommandoen
Finnish Tuomas järjestää
French La visite de l'inspecteur
German Der Bahninspektor
Greek Ο Επιθεωρητησ
Hungarian Thomas a vezér
Indonesian Thomas Mengambil Peranan
Japanese はたらきもののきかんしゃ
Korean 부지런한 기관차 (dub)
토마스는 바빠요 (subtitles)
Norwegian Thomas tar styringen
Polish Tomek Dowodzi
Portuguese O Thomas e que manda
Romanian Thomas este Șeful
Russian Лучшая Железная Дорога
Serbian Tomas je Glavni
Slovenian Tomaž je glavni
Spanish Thomas el Encargado
Swedish Thomas bestämmer
Turkish Komuta Thomas da
Welsh Tomos Trefnu

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