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Thomas, Terence and the Snow/Terence the Tractor
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnowUKtitlecard

Original UK title card

Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 20 November 1984 (UK)
22 April 1987 (AUS)
12 March 1989 (US)
26 June 1990 (JPN)
9 March 1998 (GER)
7 January 2008 (HUN)
Previous: Thomas Goes Fishing
Next: Thomas and Bertie/
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race

Thomas, Terence and the Snow, retitled Terence the Tractor in American releases, is the thirteenth episode of the first season of the series. In the US, this episode aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Agree to Disagree in 1989 and 'Tis a Gift in 1990. In this episode, Thomas sticks in a snowdrift and has to be helped by Terence.

PlotEdit

Autumn arrives on the Island of Sodor, turning the fields and trees from green to brown. One day, Thomas is running along his branch line when he spots a tractor ploughing the fields. Later, Thomas gets a chance to talk to the tractor who is friendly and introduces himself as Terence. Thomas cheekily tells Terence he has ugly wheels, but Terence explains they are caterpillars and allow him to go anywhere as he doesn't need rails to run. Thomas is indignant, telling Terence he likes his rails as he leaves.

Winter soon comes and the landscape is blanketed by snow. Thomas' driver is worried that a heavy fall is coming, but Thomas isn't scared of something like snow. However, the countryside is covered with snow and Thomas is angry to arrive at the station to find his snowplough waiting for him. Thomas' driver explains that the tank engine will need to wear it for the next journey, but Thomas is certain snow (which he calls 'silly soft stuff') won't stop him. Thomas finds his snowplough to be very uncomfortable, making him cross, causing him to shake and bang it throughout his journey. By the end of the day, the plough is so damaged his driver has to remove it. He tells Thomas that he is a very naughty engine as he shuts him up in the shed for the night.

The next morning, Thomas' driver and fireman arrive early to try and fix the snowplough but cannot make it fit. Thomas is very pleased that he doesn't have to wear it and boasts to Annie and Clarabel who are worried about the snow, as is Thomas' driver knowing the snow will be deep in the valley. Thomas isn't concerned at all, and rushes into a tunnel thinking of how clever he is... and comes out to find a massive snow drift which he runs straight into. Thomas is stuck and his attempts to reverse out are useless. The guard goes for help as the driver, fireman and Thomas' passengers try to dig him out, however more snow falls until Thomas is nearly buried. Thomas is very upset and begins to cry, believing he will wind up frozen and realising that it is his own fault since he would not have got stuck if he had been wearing his snowplough.

A bus arrives to pick up the passengers and none other than Terence (who does not mind snow) arrives to rescue Thomas. After taking the now-empty Annie and Clarabel away, Terence returns for Thomas, who has had most of the snow dug off him but still cannot budge. A chain is attached to the two and Terence is finally able to pull Thomas free after a lot of effort. Thomas is now able to move on his own again and picks up Annie and Clarabel while thanking Terence for the rescue and praising his caterpillars. Thomas' driver hopes that Thomas has learned his lesson and will act more sensible in the future. Thomas promises to try, as he humbly heads back to the sheds, ending the episoe.

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Fun FactsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Tank Engine Thomas Again.
  • When the series launched on ITV, a small clip of this episode was used in the interviews of the Reverend W. Awdry and Ringo Starr.
  • This is the first episode to show an on-screen crash, excluding Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • Stock footage from Thomas and the Guard is used.
  • George Carlin's narration of this episode was never featured on an episode of Shining Time Station. It first appeared on Thomas and Bertie's Great Race and Other Adventures.
  • In a rare picture of Thomas, Annie and Clarabel at Tidmouth Sheds, a truck next to Thomas has "N.E." written on it.
  • This episode marks the first time Thomas' phrase "Cinders and ashes!" is said.
  • This is the first episode to only feature one sentient engine.

GoofsEdit

  • In some close-ups of Thomas, he isn't pulling Annie and Clarabel.
  • When Thomas collects Annie and Clarabel, a truck is next to him. When he puffs off, a brake van has mysteriously appeared in front of it.
  • Thomas, Annie and Clarabel are not at the station in the close-up of Thomas' snowplough.
  • When Thomas leaves Knapford, Annie and Clarabel's names are missing.
  • In the shot after Thomas pulling out of Knapford Station, the end of the set is visible.
  • When Thomas says "Cinders and ashes!" it looks as if Clarabel is derailed.
  • When the guard is said to be going back for help, Clarabel is smiling.
  • When the narrator says "slipped and tugged" and when Thomas is pulled out of the snow, Annie can be seen in the tunnel, but she and Clarabel were supposed to be on the other side.
  • When Thomas reverses towards Annie and Clarabel, the coupling sound is heard before Thomas couples up to Annie.
  • When Terence is turning around to pull the coaches away, Annie suddenly becomes the rear coach.

MerchandiseEdit

In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
German Terence der Traktor Terence the Tractor
Norwegian Thomas, Terence og snøen Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Spanish Thomas, Terence y la Nieve / Terence el Tractor Thomas, Terence and the Snow / Terence the Tractor
Japanese トラクターのテレンス Terence the Tractor
Brazilian Portuguese Terence, o Trator Terence the Tractor
Welsh Tomos, Terence a'r Eira Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Polish Tomek, Tymcio i Śnieg Thomas, Terence and the Snow
French Thomas, Thierry et la neige Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Hebrew תומס, טרנס והשלג Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Croatian Tomica, Zoran i snijeg Thomas, Terence and Snow
Finnish Tuomas, Tero ja Lumi Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Dutch Thomas, Terence en de Sneeuw Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Hungarian Thomas Terence és a hó Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Italian Thomas, Terence e la neve Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Swedish Thomas och Terence i snön Thomas and Terence in the Snow
Czech Tomáš, Terenc a sníh Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Chinese 托马斯 特伦斯和雪 Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Korean 토마스와 테렌스 Thomas and Terence
Slovenian Tomaž, Lozje in sneg Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Russian Томас, Тэренс и снег Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Ukrainian Теренц і сніг Terence and the Snow
Danish Thomas, Terence og Sneen Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Romanian Thomas, Terence şi Zăpada Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Slovak Thomas, Terenc a sneh Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Serbian Tomas, Terens i sneg Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Thai โธมัสติดกองหิมะ Thomas Caught the Snow

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Thomas, Terence and the Snow – British Narration05:44

Thomas, Terence and the Snow – British Narration

UK Narration


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 · It's Only Snow · 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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