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"Big horrid awkward thing!"
— Thomas grumbling about his snowplough

It's Only Snow is the ninth episode of the sixth season.


It is winter on the Island of Sodor. The engines don't mind the weather because they love this time of the year, especially when the stations look festive due to the decorations. There is plenty of work with passengers and parcels to be delivered, no matter the weather. At Knapford Station, Edward tells the other engines that his driver said that there is more snow on the way. James, in an angry mood, says that they'll soon be wearing their snowploughs, and Henry asks Thomas if he'll be enjoying it. Thomas, also in an angry mood, tells them that he never will like it because he hates wearing his snowplough.

That night, the wind is blowing and the snow is falling heavily. In the morning, Thomas has to take a Christmas Tree to the mountain village with Toby, and is very angry when he has to wear his old snowplough. The Fat Controller assures him that everyone needs to wear a snowplough during the winter. On the way to the village, Thomas' snowplough runs into a rock on the track. It flies off to the side, and destroys a water tower. Thomas' driver does not think they can continue, but Thomas is determined to reach the station. He pushes the snow away as hard as he can, and soon reaches the village. The villagers are very pleased with their tree.

The following morning, the Fat Controller praises Thomas' bravery taking on the snow without a snowplough. As a result of this, Thomas is told he will have to do without a snowplough for a while, leaving him feeling very proud.




  • Stock footage from A Friend in Need is used.
  • The working title for this episode may have been Trouble for Thomas, as this was the title used in the Annual adaptation of the story in 2004.
  • The scene of Thomas collecting the Christmas tree was originally at Brendam.
  • This is the only time Thomas uses a snowplough other than his blue one.
  • This marks the only appearance of Ballahoo station in the television series, however the town appears in Day of the Diesels.
  • Three posters at Knapford read Alicia Botti in concert tonight at the castle.


  • The Fat Controller says that all of the engines need to wear snowploughs, but Edward is not wearing one.
  • When Thomas collides with the water tower, he derails yet still manages to carry on.
  • When Thomas and Toby are at Maithwaite, Toby's face is loose.
  • When Thomas and Toby arrive with the tree, the Storyteller's hat is falling off and is badly damaged.
  • At the end of the episode when Thomas reverses towards the shed, Duck can be seen shunting trucks, but when the scene cuts to a close-up of Thomas, he disappears.
  • In the first scene of Thomas getting his snowplough fitted, his eyes are wonky.


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