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"Oops! Sorry!"
"Never mind, me hearty! The smell reminds me of the sea!
— Thomas and Salty

Fish is the nineteenth episode of the eighth season.


The Fat Controller sends Thomas to help Arthur at the Fishing Village as the fishermen have caught a huge catch of fish. When Thomas arrives, he sees a very long line of trucks waiting for him. Arthur tells him that, due to the rough track-work on the route to Brendam, he must take five trucks at a time and go slowly and carefully. So Arthur buffers up and takes five trucks, but Thomas prefers to get the smelly job over and done with and buffers up to all of the trucks in front of him.

However, the trucks take full advantage of the rough track-work and make fish fly into Thomas' face. When climbing up Gordon's Hill, the trucks are very heavy and on the way down, they pull Thomas, making him go way too fast. Unfortunately, Salty is at the bottom of the hill waiting for a signal. The trucks crash into Salty, sending fish everywhere. Thomas apologises to Salty, but Salty does not mind; the smell of fish reminds him of the sea.

Soon Harvey arrives to clear up the mess and the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for neglecting Arthur's advice. Once the mess is cleared up, Thomas takes five trucks and finds it easier. After the first batch of five fish trucks, Thomas collects another five, and then the final three, arriving at Brendam just in time. The Fat Controller praises Thomas for a good job well done, especially as he knows that Thomas does not like fish.

Thomas goes to the washdown where Arthur and Salty are being cleaned and they all agree that being cleaned is the best part of the day.




  • Slow motion is used when some of the fish first splatter onto Thomas.
  • When the front truck sees Salty in the distance, he is wearing Bulstrode's shocked face mask, but just before it crashes into Salty, he is wearing Toad's eyes-closed face mask.
  • When the fish fly into Thomas, he is in his large scale form.
  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the eighth season.
  • Some miniature models of fish were preserved by wikia user Daniel Coffey from the Prop Store.


  • A wire is visible under Thomas when is he pushing trucks at the fishing village.
  • When Thomas races through the countryside, his trucks gain faces.
  • When the trucks crashed, only two fish flew onto Salty, but in the next scene there are more than two fish on him.
  • In some close-ups of Thomas, he does not appear to be pushing any trucks.
  • Arthur has Murdoch's whistle sound.
  • Arthur and Thomas are not coupled to their trains.
  • Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas he has to be "more safe", but "safer" is the proper term.
  • Thomas is already messy before the fish fly onto him.
  • Due to Toad's and Bulstrode's faces being used on the same truck, its face changes size and the nose changes.
  • Thomas' trucks lose their faces when they reach Brendam Docks.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Fisk Fish
German Fisch Fish
Finnish Kala Liikenne Fish Transport
French Poisson Fish
Hungarian Thomas és a Halak Thomas and Pisces
Catalan Peix Fish
Italian Il Carico di Pesce The Fish Load
Japanese さかな Fish
Spanish Pescados / El Pescado Fish
Czech Ryba Fish
Russian Рыба Fish
Dutch Vis Fish
Romanian Peștele Fish
Portuguese Peixe Fish
Gaelic Iasg Fish
Polish Ryby Fish
Croatian Riba Fish
Slovak Ryba Fish
Chinese Fish
Korean 물고기 화차 나르기 Lorries Carrying Fish
Danish Fisk Fish
Swedish Fisk Fish
Thai โธมัสเหม็นกลิ่นปลา Thomas' Stinky Fish Smell

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