Trouble for Thomas

Original UK title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 6
No. of series: 6
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 23 October 1984 (US)
5 April 2000 (GER)
3 January 2002 (HUN)
Previous: A Big Day for Thomas
Next: Thomas Saves the Day

Trouble for Thomas is the sixth episode of the first season of the series. Thomas learns why are the cars are troublesome.


Thomas is bored with his job of shunting coaches and complains to the other engines about it night after night. The engines get incredibly annoyed, for they have to listen to Thomas' complaining all night long. One night, Edward comes to the shed and feels sorry for Thomas, then offers him his train of freight cars, while Edward would shunt coaches; with this, Thomas happily agrees.

The next morning, their drivers agree and Thomas sets off happily for the yard. The Freight Cars are very silly and noisy, talk a lot and often don't attend to what they are doing. They also often play tricks on engines who aren't used to them. Edward had warned Thomas to be careful before his journey, but in his excitement, Thomas didn't listen. Thomas soon starts to pull the train, but the freight cars weren't ready. Despite their cries to stop, Thomas just puffs out of the station stubbornly.

Thomas goes faster and faster along the journey, but as he went faster and faster, the cars grew crosser and crosser. Thomas eventually slows down at Gordon's Hill, but as he applies his brakes at the top, the freight cars begin to push Thomas down the hill. Thomas loses control of the cars as they rush into Maron, where he swerves into the goods yard and barely stops at some buffers, preventing an accident. Sir Topham Hatt arrives and questions the speed of Thomas, who explains what had happened. He ends up in trouble, and Sir Topham Hatt advises Thomas that he should learn more about freight cars, if he is to become a Really Useful Engine.



Fun FactsEdit


  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Stock footage from A Big Day for Thomas is used, as is a deleted scene from Edward Helps Out.
  • In the part where Thomas pulls the freight cars until he stops, a remix of the original tune is heard.
  • This episode marks the first time the phrase "really useful engine," which would become one of the most well-known staples of the franchise, which was said in the series.
  • At the beginning of the A Big Day for Thomas of this episode.


  • Edward was said to feel sorry for Thomas, but just before, he looked as annoyed as the others.
  • At the beginning, because of an alternate shot, Gordon is in the middle of the shed with Thomas and Henry to the left and James and Edward to the right, but in the close-ups, Thomas was in the middle, Gordon and James are on one side, and Edward and Henry are on the other. This appears to be unused footage shot for Edward Helps Out as the engines are all in the same positions. Because of this alternate shot, Edward is smiling while the others are frowning.
  • The narrator says that the conductor blew his whistle and a whistle sound was heard, but the guard was only holding a green flag.
  • When Thomas comes out of Henry's tunnel, the tracks move.
  • When Thomas rushes through Elsbridge, the left-hand track stops dead and a hand can briefly be seen in the upper right-hand corner.
  • When Thomas arranges his train, no shunter can be seen.
  • One of the freight cars has glue smeared over its face.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas pulling a freight car, the rest of the train is missing and the truck was facing backwards instead of forwards.
  • When Thomas hits the buffers in the siding, there is a second track because the same freight car close-up is used.
  • When Thomas backs out of the siding, his wheels slip and the goods coach jolts.
  • Thomas' freight cars constantly change throughout his journey.
  • In the original version, the scene of the freight cars bumping Thomas isn't cut properly, so the buffering sound effects are out of sync.
  • Henry's Tunnel isn't on the route to Maron.
  • When the narrator says, "When he opened his eyes," Thomas' face was slightly crooked and his eyes are wonky.
  • When Thomas was first seen shunting, the siding he was on doesn't have buffers at the end.
  • James appears briefly, but he wasn't introduced until the next episode.
  • In the close-up of Thomas hitting the buffers, the sides of his buffers are black as opposed to red.
  • When Thomas comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces.
  • When Thomas is reversing from Maron siding, his wheels were reversing faster than he was. Adding by, when he reverses his wheels are slipping without moving him.
  • In a rare picture, the edge of the set can be seen behind Thomas and the Freight Cars.


In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas en Problemas / Thomas y los vagones Thomas in Trouble / Thomas and the Wagons
Norwegian Thomas og godsvognene Thomas and the Trucks
Brazilian Portuguese A Bronca / Problemas para Thomas The Earful / Trouble for Thomas
Danish Thomas og godsvognene Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Hebrew (תומס וקרונות המסע (משא Thomas and the Freight Cars
Japanese トーマスのさいなん Calamity of Thomas
German Die Güterwagen The Freight Wagons
Welsh Tomos a'r Tryciau Thomas and the Trucks
Croatian Tomica i teretni vagoni Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Dutch Thomas en de goederenwagons Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Italian Un Trenino Dispettoso A Spiteful Train
Hungarian Thomas és a teherkocsik Thomas and the Wagons
Slovenian Tomaž in vagoni Thomas and the Wagons
Polish Tomek i Wagony Thomas and the Wagons
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Tavaravaunut Thomas the Tank Engine and Troublesome Trucks
French Thomas et les camions Thomas and the Trucks
Swedish Thomas och Godsvagnarna Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Chinese 托马斯和货车厢 Thomas and the Freight Cars
Korean 말썽꾸러기 화물차들 The Troublemaker Vans
Romanian Thomas și Vagoanele Thomas and the Wagons
Slovak Thomas a nákladné vágony Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Russian Недовольный паровозик Unhappy with the Train
Czech Tomáš a vagóny Thomas and the Wagons
Serbian Tomas i teretni vagoni Thomas and the Freight Wagons
Thai โธมัสถูกลองดี Thomas Was a Good Try

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Thomas and the Trucks – British Narration

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v - e - d Thomas and Friends episodes
Series 1 Thomas and Gordon · Edward and Gordon · The Sad Story of Henry · Edward, Gordon and Henry · Thomas' Train · Thomas and the Trucks · Thomas and the Breakdown Train · James and the Coaches · Troublesome Trucks · James and the Express · Thomas and the Guard · Thomas Goes Fishing · Thomas, Terence and the Snow · Thomas and Bertie · Tenders and Turntables · Trouble in the Shed · Percy Runs Away · Coal · The Flying Kipper · Whistles and Sneezes · Toby and the Stout Gentleman · Thomas in Trouble · Dirty Objects · Off the Rails · Down the Mine · Thomas' Christmas Party
Series 2 Thomas, Percy and the Coal · Cows · Bertie's Chase · Saved from Scrap · Old Iron · Thomas and Trevor · Percy and the Signal · Duck Takes Charge · Percy and Harold · The Runaway · Percy Takes the Plunge · Pop Goes the Diesel · Dirty Work · A Close Shave · Better Late Than Never · Break Van · The Deputation · Thomas Comes to Breakfast · Daisy · Percy's Predicament · The Diseasel · Wrong Road · Edward's Exploit · Ghost Train · Woolly Bear · Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
Series 3 A Scarf for Percy · Percy's Promise · Time for Trouble · Gordon and the Famous Visitor · Donald's Duck · Thomas Gets Bumped · Thomas, Percy and the Dragon · Diesel Does It Again · Henry's Forest · The Trouble with Mud · No Joke for James · Thomas, Percy and the Post Train · Trust Thomas · Mavis · Toby's Tightrope · Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party · Buzz, Buzz · All at Sea · One Good Turn · Tender Engines · Escape · Oliver Owns Up · Bulgy · Heroes · Percy, James and the Fruitful Day · Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Series 4 Granpuff · Sleeping Beauty · Bulldog · You Can't Win · Four Little Engines · A Bad Day for Sir Handel · Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady · Trucks! · Home at Last · Rock 'n' Roll · Special Funnel · Steam Roller · Passengers and Polish · Gallant Old Engine · Rusty to the Rescue · Thomas and Stepney · Train Stops Play · Bowled Out · Henry and the Elephant · Toad Stands By · Bulls Eyes · Thomas and the Special Letter · Paint Pots and Queens · Fish · Special Attraction · Mind That Bike
Series 5 Cranky Bugs · Horrid Lorry · A Better View for Gordon · Lady Hatt's Birthday Party · James and the Trouble with Trees · Gordon and the Gremlin · Bye George! · Baa! · Put Upon Percy · Toby and the Flood · Haunted Henry · Double Teething Troubles · Stepney Gets Lost · Toby's Discovery · Something in the Air · Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach · Thomas and the Rumours · Oliver's Find · Happy Ever After · Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday · A Surprise for Percy · Make Someone Happy · Busy Going Backwards · Duncan Gets Spooked · Rusty and the Boulder · Snow
Series 6 Salty's Secret · Harvey to the Rescue · No Sleep for Cranky · A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter · Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry · The Fogman · Jack Jumps In · A Friend in Need · It's Only Snow · Twin Trouble · The World's Strongest Engine · Scaredy Engines · Percy and the Haunted Mine · Middle Engine · James and the Red Balloon · Jack Frost · Gordon Takes a Tumble · Percy's Chocolate Crunch · Buffer Bother · Toby Had a Little Lamb · Thomas, Percy and the Squeak · Thomas the Jet Engine · Edward the Very Useful Engine · Dunkin' Duncan · Rusty Saves the Day · Faulty Whistles
Series 7 Emily's New Coaches · Percy Gets It Right · Bill, Ben and Fergus · The Old Bridge · Edward's Brass Band · What's the Matter with Henry? · James and the Queen of Sodor · The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop · · The Spotless Record · Toby's Windmill · Bad Day at Castle Loch · Rheneas and the Roller Coaster · Salty's Stormy Tale · Snow Engine · Something Fishy · The Runaway Elephant · Peace and Quiet · Fergus Breaks the Rules · · Bulgy Rides Again · Harold and the Flying Horse · The Grand Opening · Best Dressed Engine · Gordon and Spencer · Not So Hasty Puddings · Trusty Rusty · Three Cheers for Thomas
Series 8 Thomas and the Tuba · Percy's New Whistle · Thomas to the Rescue · Henry and the Wishing Tree · James Gets a New Coat · Thomas Saves the Day · Percy's Big Mistake · Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough · Don't Tell Thomas · Emily's New Route · Thomas and the Firework Display · Gordon Takes Charge · Spic and Span · Edward the Great · Squeak, Rattle and Roll · Thomas and the Circus · Thomas Gets It Right · As Good as Gordon · Fish · Emily's Adventure · Halloween · You Can Do It, Toby! · James Goes Too Far · Chickens to School · Too Hot for Thomas · Percy and the Magic Carpet
Series 9 Percy and the Oil Painting · Thomas and the Rainbow · Molly's Special, Special · Thomas' Milkshake Muddle · Mighty Mac · Thomas and the Toy Shop · Respect for Gordon · Thomas and the Birthday Picnic · Tuneful Toots · Rheneas and the Dinosaur · Thomas and the New Engine · Toby Feels Left Out · Thomas Tries His Best · The Magic Lamp · Thomas and the Statue · Henry and the Flagpole · Emily Knows Best · Thomas' Day Off · Thomas' New Trucks Duncan and the Old Mine · Bold and Brave · Skarloey the Brave · Saving Edward · Thomas and the Golden Eagle · Keeping Up with James · Flour Power