A Big Day for Thomas
Original UK title card
|No. of season:||1|
|No. of epsiode:||5|
|No. of series:||5|
|Producer:|| David Mitton|
Robert D. Cardona
|Writer:|| Reverend W. Awdry|
|Narrator:|| Ringo Starr (UK/US)|
George Carlin (US)
|Original air date:|| 23 October 1984 (UK)|
10 April 1987 (AUS)
12 February 1989 (US)
1 May 1990 (JPN)
19 December 1991 (George Carlin US)
9 June 2000 (GER)
3 January 2008 (HUN)
|Previous:|| Edward, Gordon and Henry/|
Henry to the Rescue
|Next:|| Thomas and the Trucks/|
Trouble for Thomas
Thomas' Train, retitled A Big Day for Thomas in American releases, is the fifth episode of the first season of the series. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, And the Band Played Off in 1989 and Stop the Press in 1991. In this episode, Thomas gets the chance to pull his very own train with surprising results.
Thomas the Tank Engine's main job as station pilot is to collect the coaches that the engines need to pull their trains. Recently, Thomas has been grumbling about only getting to collect the coaches, wanting to pull passenger trains instead. The other engines laugh at Thomas, telling him that he is so impatient he would be bound to leave something behind. Thomas is determined to get a chance to prove them wrong.
That night, Thomas and Henry are alone in the shed as Henry is ill. The workmen try their hardest to make him better, but it is no use. Thomas feels sorry for Henry, who feels just as bad the next morning when he is due to take the early train. It is time for Thomas to get the coaches ready and he starts to hope he will be allowed to pull the train if Henry is not able to. He excitedly leaves to fetch the coaches.
Thomas quickly gets the coaches to the platform and is eager to run round in front. His driver doesn't let him, telling him he needs to be less impatient. Soon, all the passengers are aboard and the coaches are ready to leave and there is still no sign of Henry, much to Thomas' excitement. Sir Topham Hatt arrives to see what is going on, and is told about Henry. He tells the stationmaster to find another engine and, as Thomas is the only one available, he allows the tank engine to take the train.
Thomas, full of joy, and quickly moves to the front of the coaches despite his driver again warning Thomas not to be impatient but wait until everything is ready. No one knows what happened next... maybe Thomas was too impatient to wait, maybe the driver pulled the lever by mistake, or maybe the crew forgot to couple Thomas to the coaches. Regardless, Thomas leaves the station without the coaches and the passengers are very surprised and angry. The men in the signal box outside the station try to stop Thomas by shouting and waving, but Thomas thinks they are cheering.
Thomas sails along the line, thinking pulling coaches is easier than he was told. He keeps seeing people waving at him and assumes it is because he has never pulled a train before. Eventually, Thomas is stopped at a signal set to danger. Thomas is angry at being stopped when he was sailing through nicely and blows his whistle, alerting the signalman who asks what Thomas is doing on this part of the line. Thomas explains he is carrying a train, but the signalman asks him where the coaches are. Thomas is horrified when he realizes he has left his train behind. The signalman tells Thomas he better go back and get them and Thomas is very upset at his mistake and is ready to cry. The driver tells Thomas not to be upset and Thomas sadly heads back to the station.
At the station, all the passengers are complaining to Sir Topham Hatt about what happened, but when Thomas arrives and they see how upset and sorry he is, they forget to be cross and allow him to try again. This time, Thomas is properly coupled to the coaches and he gets the chance to really pull the train. However for a long time afterwards, the other engines laugh at Thomas for his mistake and say: "Look there's Thomas who wanted to pull a train, but forgot about the coaches!", much to his annoyance.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Edward (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- The Märklin Engine (cameo)
- Lady Hatt (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Thomas the Tank Engine.
- The events of this episode were remade in CGI for the 2015 special, The Adventure Begins.
- While Thomas was shunting the coaches, a truck with "NE" on the side can be seen in the siding.
- This is the last episode of the following:
- As Thomas backs onto the train, in the UK narration, his driver tells him "Don't be impatient. Wait until everything's ready." In the US narrations, the driver tells Thomas "Let's not be impatient. We'll wait until everything's ready."
- The signalbox at Knapford is called a "signal tower" in the US narrations.
- The line "but for a long time afterwards, the other engines laughed at Thomas and said, 'Look! There's Thomas who wanted to pull a train, but forgot about the coaches!'" is changed to "Afterwards, the other engines laughed at Thomas and said, 'Look! There's Thomas who wanted to pull a train, but forgot about the coaches!' But Thomas had already learned not to make the same mistake again" in the US narration.
- There are a few differences between the original and restored versions:
- Footage when Thomas says "People have never seen me pulling a train before" was different in the original.
- Close-ups of Thomas' whistle are different shots.
- This episode is one of writer Davey Moore's favourite Classic Series episodes alongside Rusty and the Boulder.
- Recreated and additional scenes of this episode were produced in 1988 for the ladybird book, The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard.
- When the others tease Thomas, Edward appears to be amongst them. Isn't he supposed to be kind?
- When Henry was being worked on, one of the workmen doesn't have his overalls completely painted on.
- Two clocks can be seen at Platform 1. The green clock reads 7:00; the red clock 12:00.
- As Thomas was shunting the coaches for Henry's train, James puffs past with a passenger/goods train. Isn't Henry's train supposed to be the first train of the day?
- When Thomas passes the signal box without his train, his eyes are wonky.
- The man with the blue hat and coat and the boy with the blue sweater on the bridge were two of Thomas' passengers.
- In a close-up of Thomas, his wheels are going at a different pace to the background.
- At the end of the episode, Henry's train is missing a brake coach.
- When the narrator says, "Thomas was so sad he nearly cried", Thomas still looks surprised.
- When the others tease Thomas, Gordon was amongst them, but a few seconds earlier he was several hundred metres ahead.
- In the close-up of Thomas puffing down the line, look at his coupling and you'll see a rope pulling him along.
- When Thomas first shunts the coaches, the back buffers of the coach are at their normal height. A few scenes later however, the buffers were lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers. But, in every scene after that, they're at their normal height again. James was also seen passing by with a train whilst Thomas was shunting the coaches, yet James was at Tidmouth Sheds when Thomas left from them in the previous shot.
- James appears briefly, but he wasn't introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
- Thomas' eyes are wonky at the end of the episode when the other engines are teasing him.
- The brake coach of Thomas' train is at the front when it should be at the back.
- Magazine stories – Thomas' Train
- My First Thomas Books – Thomas and the Passenger Train
- Ladybird Books – The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard
In Other LanguagesEdit
|Spanish||Un gran día para Thomas / Thomas Expreso||A Big Day for Thomas / Thomas Express|
|Hebrew||הרכבת של תומס||Thomas' Train|
|Norwegian||Toget til Thomas||Thomas' Train|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Uma Surpresa Para o Thomas / Um Grande Dia Para Thomas||A Surprise For Thomas / A Great Day for Thomas|
|Welsh||Trên Tomos||Thomas the Train|
|Slovenian||Tomažev Vlak||Thomas' Train|
|French||Le Train de Thomas||Thomas' Train|
|Italian||Il Trenino di Thomas||Thomas' Train|
|Hungarian||Thomas Vonata||Thomas' Train|
|Dutch||De Trein van Thomas||Thomas' Train|
|Swedish||Thomas tar tåget||Thomas Takes the Train|
|Korean||토마스와 실수||Thomas and Mistakes|
|Polish||Pociąg Tomka||Thomas' Train|
|Finnish||Tuomas-Veturin Juna||Thomas-the Tank Engine's Train|
|Romanian||Trenul lui Thomas||Train of Thomas|
|Slovak||Thomasov vlak||Thomas' Train|
|German||Thomas' Zug||Thomas' Train|
|Russian||Поезд Томаса||Thomas' Train|
|Czech||Tomášův vlak||Thomas' Train|
|Danish||Da Thomas trak et tog||When Thomas Pulled a Train|
|Serbian||Tomasova voz||Thomas' Train|
|Croatian||Tomicina Vlak||Thomas' Train|
|Thai||โธมัสดีใจ||Thomas is Delighted|
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