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"Sheep to market, children to farm, chickens to school."
— Thomas in a tired muddle

Chickens to School is the twenty-fourth episode of the eighth season.


One summer night, Thomas is busy taking coal trucks to the Coaling Plant and is very tired by the time he arrives back at Tidmouth Sheds in the morning. Thomas wishes that he had some assistance with the coal delivery, but Gordon tells Thomas that a really useful engine does not need help. Just then, the Fat Controller arrives as he requires an engine to carry out three jobs. Thomas decides to carry out the three jobs, despite being tired. His three jobs are to take chickens to market, sheep to the farm, and the children to school. Gordon remarks that three jobs is too much for Thomas and he will need assistance. But Thomas tells him that tank engines do not need help at all.

So Thomas sets off with Annie, Clarabel, and two vans. He collects the chickens from the farm, the sheep from the valley, and the children from the station. Thomas carries on with his journey up and over Gordon's Hill and through Henry's Tunnel. Throughout the journey, he reminds himself where he is going. However, the tiredness starts getting the better of him and he gets into a muddle.

At the station where the market is being held, Thomas tells the lorry drivers to unload the sheep, instead of the chickens. Then Emily arrives and sees Thomas looking tired, so she offers to help. But Thomas turns it down, though he is very sleepy. After the market, Thomas goes onto Farmer McColl's and tells the children it is their stop. Finally at the school, Thomas delivers the chickens, much to the confusion of the school teachers.

Thomas heads off for home, but not before the Fat Controller receives phone calls about the sheep making a mess at market, the children getting muddy at the farm, and the chickens messing up the classrooms. The Fat Controller tells Thomas what happened and that he needs to put everything right, but this time with help. Thomas then tells the Fat Controller what Gordon said earlier - a really useful engine never needs help. Edward remarks that he is always helping Gordon up the hill, which makes Gordon blush with embarrassment.

Thomas sets off with Edward and Percy helping him. Edward takes the chickens from the school to market, Percy takes the sheep from the market to the farm, and Thomas collects the children from the farm and brings them to the school. That night, Thomas finally gets some much needed sleep in Tidmouth Sheds.




  • Stock footage from Thomas Saves the Day and Thomas and the Circus is used.
  • The flags of the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, India, and Russia can be seen in the school.
  • According to a magazine poster, the farmer with the sheep is Farmer Collett who appears in several magazine stories.
  • Going by production order, this is the eighteenth episode of the eighth season.


  • In the stop-motion animation sequence of the teachers unloading the chickens, the end van moves.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Høner til skolen Chickens to School
Japanese にわとりがっこうへいく Chickens Go to School
Danish En vild forvirring A Wild Confusion
Spanish Gallinas a la escuela / Pollos al Colegio Chickens to School
Swedish Kycklingar till skolan Chickens to School
Finnish Kanat kouluun Chickens School
Dutch Kippen naar school Chickens to School
Polish Kurczaki do szkoły Chickens to School
Hungarian Csirkék az iskolában Chickens at School
Italian Polli a scuola Chickens at School
Portuguese Galinhas para Escola Chickens to School
Russian Как цыплята попали в школу As the Chickens Were in School
Romanian Puii la Școală Puppies at School
Czech Kuřata do školy Chickens to School
German Thomas ist verwirrt Thomas is Confused
Croatian Kokoši u školi Laying in school
Slovak Kuriatka do školy Chicks to School
Chinese 送小鸡上学 Get the Chick to School
Korean 학교에 간 닭들 Chickens Went to School
Thai เอาไก่ไปโรงเรียน Remove Chicken to School

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DVD Boxsets


  • Peep! Peep! Hurray! Three Cheers for Thomas
  • The Complete Eighth Series

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