Thomas, Percy and the Coal/Double Trouble

Original UK title card

No. of season: 2
No. of epsiode: 1
No. of series: 27
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Christopher Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 2 September 1986 (UK)
18 April 1988 (AUS)
23 April 1989 (US)
9 April 1991 (JPN)
21 November 1991 (George Carlin US)
27 March 1998 (GER)
14 January 2008 (HUN)
Previous: Thomas' Christmas Party
Next: Cows/A Cow on the Line

Thomas, Percy and the Coal, retitled Double Trouble in American releases, is the first episode of the second season and the twenty-seventh episode of the series. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, Finders Keepers in 1989, reaired in Win, Lose or Draw in 1991 and the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, For the Birds in 1996. In this episode, Thomas becomes a little too cheeky for his own good. Trucks and coal bring disaster.


Thomas claims to have the best paintwork on Sodor and brags to Percy and Toby about it. When they tell him they like their paint, Thomas retaliates them by saying that blue is the only colour for a really useful engine.

Later that day, Thomas is resting by the coal hopper when Percy arrives to fill up some trucks. Thomas decides to be cheeky, warning Percy of the trucks' antics and some unsafe buffers behind him. The trucks then push Percy into the buffers and the last truck passes the coal chute causing a pile of coal to bury Thomas and ruin his paintwork; Percy thinks this is very funny, much to Thomas' fury. It takes so long to clean Thomas that Toby has to take Annie and Clarabel instead and pull his next train.

That night at the sheds, Thomas is angry with Percy, and thinks Percy caused his accident on purpose. Percy then becomes angry back for thinking so, while Toby thinks it is a great joke. Percy and Thomas continue arguing for the rest of the night.

The next day, Thomas is feeling more cheerful as Percy brings in a train of trucks from the junction. The trucks are heavy and Percy is thirsty, so he goes into the siding where the water tower is. As Percy heads to the siding, he finds he can't stop. He crashes through the buffers and lands in a pile of coal. Thomas has seen everything and leaves when his signal turns green. That night, Percy and Thomas forgive each other and both vow to be more careful with coal.



In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
German Chaos in Kohlenstaub Chaos in Coal Dust
Spanish Thomas, Percy y el Carbón / Doble Problema Thomas, Percy and the Coal / Double Trouble
Italian Nera come il carbone Black as Coal
Japanese トーマスとパーシーとせきたん Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Brazilian Portuguese Confusão em Dose Dupla Confusion in Double Dose
Norwegian Thomas, Percy og kullet Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Welsh Tomos, Pyrsi a'r Glo Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Hungarian Thomas, Percy és a Szén Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Slovenian Tomaž, Poldi in Premog Thomas, Percy and the Coal
French Thomas, Pierre et le charbon Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Dutch Thomas, Percy en de kolen Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Chinese 托马斯 培西和煤 Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Korean 석탄 속의 빠잔 토마스와 퍼시 Thomas and Percy Fell in the Coal
Russian Черный, как вороново крыло Black Raven
Ukrainian Томас, Персі та вугілля Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Polish Tomek, Piotrek i Węgiel Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi, Pekka ja Hiilet Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and the Coal
Romanian Thomas, Percy și Cărbunele Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Czech Tomáš, Percy a uhlí Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Slovak Thomas, Percy a uhlie Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Swedish Thomas, Percy och kollen Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Danish Thomas, Percy og kullene Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Serbian Tomas, Persi i ugalj Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Croatian Tomica, Pero i ugljen Thomas, Percy and the Coal
Thai โธมัสก็มอมแมม Thomas Was Ragged

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Thomas, Percy and the Coal – British Narration

Thomas, Percy and the Coal – British Narration

Double Trouble – George Carlin American Narration

Double Trouble – George Carlin American Narration

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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
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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
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