For many years, Thomas the Tank Engine has run his well-known branch line, and knows just where to stop. "You could almost manage it without me!" jokes his Driver. What a surprise Thomas gets when he tries to do so and pays the Stationmaster an unexpected visit!moreless
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Donald's tender can be seen in the signalbox when Percy says "Don't be so daft."
Goof: In the music video entitled "Sir Topham Hatt", it said on there that Thomas had crashed into The Fat Controller's house, but Thomas crashed into the stationmaster's house.
This episode features the third accident to involve a building.
This is the fourth time an engine runs away without a driver.
Donald & Douglas are seen with their nameplates for the first time. The Fat Controller promised them in the previous episode, "The Deputation".
This is the first Season 2 episode seen on "Shining Time Station".
When Toby and Percy are sleeping, look at Toby and notice he appears tilted to the left.
Just before Thomas crashes into the house, the window has no glass fitted in.
When we see a shot of Thomas' wrecked front end after he's been rescued, you can see a bush lying just below his mouth, but when Sir Topham Hatt is talking to him, the bush is covering up his mouth again.
In an interior shot of the house, the people in there are almost as big as Thomas!
Clarabel is facing the wrong way when Thomas comes into Tidmouth station
The Fat Controller: (firmly) You are a very naughty engine.
Thomas: (muffled behind bush) I know, Sir. I'm sorry, Sir.
The Fat Controller: (calmly) You must go to the works and have your front mended. It will be a long job.
Thomas: Yes, Sir.
The Fat Controller: Meanwhile, a diesel rail car will do your work.
Thomas: A-A-A d-diesel, Sir?!
The Fat Controller: Yes, Thomas. Diesels always stay in their sheds 'til they are wanted. Diesels never gallavant off to breakfast in stationmaster's houses.
Donald and Douglas: Dinna fash yerself, Thomas! We'll soon have ya back on the rails!
Thomas: Silly stick-in-the-muds. I'll show them. Driver said I could manage without him. I'll just go out. Then I'll stop and WHEESH! That'll make them jump!
Thomas: Driver says I don't need him now.
Percy: Don't be so daft!
Toby: I'd never go without my Driver. I'd be frightened.
Thomas: (scoffs) I'm not scared!
Toby: You'd never dare!
Thomas: I would then. You'll see!
Stationmaster's wife: You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more!
Driver: You know just where to stop, Thomas. You could almost manage it without me!
Stock footage from "Thomas and the Guard" is used.
Appearances by Thomas, Percy, Toby, Donald & Douglas and the Fat Controller.
A Limited Edition Wooden Railway model was made based on this episode. It featured Thomas just after he crashed into the Station Master's house. 50,000 were made.
In America, this is the first time Toby, and Donald & Douglas are seen.
In the shot when the narration says "The Stationmaster was furious", a painting of an engine with a face can just be seen to the right (widescreen mode recommended).
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