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For other uses, see Thomas in Trouble (disambiguation).
“Something's wrong! Clangety Clong! Clangety Clong! Something's wrong!”
―Annie and Clarabel

Thomas in Trouble is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh series.


After being sent for maintenance, Thomas is awaiting his final inspection. After Emily exits the shed, James laughs at Thomas and jokes that he has broken down, making him cross. Then the Fat Controller comes to see if he is ready to collect the school choir for a concert. Thomas knows that if he says he is not ready yet, the choir will get taken by somebody else, so he does not listen to him by acting like he is ready, and heads off to collect the choir without his final inspection. He soon begins to make very unusual noises, which makes Annie and Clarabel wonder if something is wrong. But Thomas is too excited to care.

At Knapford, Thomas arrives to collect the school choir. Emily notices the noise, and asks who is making it. Realizing it is Thomas, she asks if he had his final inspection. Thomas just says he is fine, and he sets off to deliver the children. But when he stops at a signal, he is red in the face and feels really tired. Toby asks if Thomas took on enough water at the fitters yard, but once again, Thomas claims that nothing is wrong with him.

At a level crossing, Thomas sees Percy. He also asks if everything is alright, but Thomas still refuses to admit that there is something wrong with him. But as he leaves, he begins to blow black smoke. He slows down, diverts to a siding, and while grinding to a halt he breaks down. Thomas feels awful thinking he has let everybody down. He sees Gordon, but he is too busy pulling the express to help him. Then Thomas hears James; James finds it very funny that he has actually broken down, but he promises to get the choir to the concert on time. Later, Henry comes and takes Thomas back to the repair yard to be mended properly. At the repair yard, he is repaired and has his final inspection, before going back to collect the choir.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-first episode of the eleventh series.
  • This episode shares its title with the twenty-second episode of the first series, Thomas in Trouble. This is the third time this has happened in the UK, after Fish and Dirty Work, and this is the second time this occurrence is exclusive to the UK version, after Dirty Work.
  • This marks Annie and Clarabel's last speaking roles until Blue Mountain Mystery as well as their last speaking roles in an episode until the seventeenth series episode, Scruff's Makeover.
  • The scene of Salty shunting the trucks at the beginning of the episode was clearly mirrored, as Cranky and Big Mickey have switched positions.
  • A photograph from this episode was released as a Royal Mail stamp in 2011 to mark the Reverend Awdry Centenary.


  • Thomas started blowing black smoke long before the narrator said he was.
  • When James buffers up to Annie and Clarabel, he does not have a crew.
  • When Toby asks Thomas if he took on enough water at the fitter's yard, his eye is wonky.
  • In the aerial shot of Emily leaving the Works Sheds, her steam platform is visible a second before the scene changes.
  • When James arrives at the Works sheds, he steams off a little bit before he stops moving.
  • When Henry reverses back with Thomas coupled, his steam platform is visible.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 托马斯有麻烦了
Czech Tomáš má potíže
Danish Thomas brænder sammen
Finnish Tuomas Pulassa
German Thomas klappert
Hungarian Thomas bajba kerül
Japanese トーマスのだいピンチ
Korean 수리수리 마수리 / 위기의 토마스
Norwegian Thomas i knipe
Polish Kłopoty Tomka
Portuguese Thomas em Apuros
Romanian Thomas Are Probleme
Slovenian Thomas má problémy
Spanish Thomas en Problemas (LA)
Thomas en Apuros (SPN)
Swedish Thomas får problem
Thai โธมัสแย่แล้ว

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