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“Happy Christmas holidays, diesels!”

Tree Trouble is the nineteenth episode of the fifteenth series.


It is Christmas on Sodor and Knapford station is brightly decorated. Percy tells Thomas that Dowager Hatt is talking to the Diesels. Thomas is intrigued and chuffs closer to listen to what is going on. Thomas discovers that Dowager Hatt is going to the Dieselworks to see the Christmas tree. She wants to see the tallest and grandest tree. Thomas interrupts, stating that the Steamworks should have a big tree too. The idea of a competition excites Dowager Hatt, who agrees.

Later on, Thomas and Percy are at the Sodor Steamworks where Thomas tells Victor about the competition. All of a sudden, the engines hear loud horns coming from outside - it is Diesel, Den and Dart. The Diesels tell Thomas that they will win the competition, but Thomas knows where he can find good festive trees and he sets off with the Diesels trailing behind.

Soon, the group arrives at Maithwaite Station. On the platform are two Christmas trees. The Diesels are impressed by the trees, but Thomas is not. He knows where he can find even better trees. So, he heads off to Maron station with the Diesels close behind. On the platform are two more trees. Once again, the Diesels are impressed, but Thomas dismisses them as they are not "grand" enough. Thomas knows that the best place for grand trees is Misty Island, so he hastily sets off with Diesel, Den and Dart in close pursuit. At the Logging Station, the Logging Locos are surprised to see their new visitors. Thomas asks them to find a grand Christmas tree for the Steamworks and Diesel asks them to find one for the Dieselworks.

Soon, the trees have been found and both Thomas and the Diesels agree that they are very grand indeed. Thomas is determined to be the first to arrive back on Sodor to win the competition. He is soon coupled up and racing away with the Diesels very close behind. As Thomas speeds out of the Misty Island Tunnel, he sees a frightening sight - Gordon puffing straight towards them with the express. Thomas judders, making the tree roll off of the flatbed and onto the rails. Diesel pulls up sharply so that he does not roll over Thomas' tree, but the sudden jerk makes his tree roll onto the rails too. Then, with Gordon thundering towards them, Thomas reverses - crushing the tree. Diesel reverses too and does the same to his tree.

Without any trees, Thomas, Diesel, Den and Dart roll sadly to the Dieselworks where Dowager Hatt is waiting with Mavis and Salty. Dowager Hatt asks where their trees are, and Thomas confesses that he is responsible for them being destroyed. Thomas can see that the Diesels are upset, and he wants to make amends. Soon, Thomas puffs back to Misty Island on his own. He arrives at the Jobi Woods, where the Logging Locos give him another tree. Thomas hurries back to the Dieselworks where the tree is put on display. Den, Dart and Diesel are very pleased with their tree. One-by-one, Thomas' friends arrive with decorations and soon the tree is brightly decorated which pleases Dowager Hatt. Thomas and his friends then go on to wish the Diesels a "happy Winter holidays". This makes even devious Diesel smile.





US and CAN


  • This episode aired before Day of the Diesels premiered in some regions, meaning the audience might not have known about Den, Dart and the Dieselworks.
  • The episode was re-narrated for UK DVDs to replace the "Winter Holidays" lines with "Christmas Holidays".
  • This episode marks the first of two things:


  • Jules de Jongh is credited in the US credits despite none of her characters speaking in that dub.
  • Diesel and Dart do not have lamps on whilst going through the Misty Island Tunnel.
  • When Gordon applied his brakes, there was no screeching sound.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A árvore de natal
Chinese Mandarin 惹麻烦的树
Czech Trable se stromy
Finnish Puuongelmia
French La Chasse au Sapin
German Der Baum-Wettstreit
Hebrew התחרות על העץ
Hungarian A fa probléma
Italian Il Più Bell'Albero di Natale
Japanese ツリーをかざろう!
Korean 크리스마스 트리 찾기
Latin American Spanish El Árbol Más Alto
Norwegian Tretrøbbel
Polish Kłopoty z Choinką
Romanian Probleme cu Bradul
Russian Самая высокая ель
Spanish Problema Con el Árbol

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