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"Sounds like a tugboat to me."
— Gordon

The Fogman is the sixth episode of the sixth season.


Misty Valley lies along a branch line, which is often very misty. This is why Cyril, a friendly fogman who lives in Misty Valley, earns his keep by putting detonators on the rails to warn the engines of fog and landslides. Thomas enjoys seeing Cyril, and puffing over the blasting caps due to that they make his axles tingle. But one evening, the Fat Controller visits the engines to tell them that he has acquired an electric foghorn. He also says that Cyril won't be needed anymore, and will be given a much needed rest. Thomas is very disappointed to hear this. The foghorn is put on the hillside in Misty Valley.

While Percy was puffing through Misty Valley, the foghorn alarmed. Ironically after Percy was out of sight, the vibrations from the foghorn create a landslide, which sweeps onto the track and destroys the horn. Thomas comes along, and as the horn isn't working, Thomas has no idea about the landslide and derails. Then, Toby and Henrietta come along. There is no way of stopping them, until Cyril comes to the rescue. He puts down a cap to warn them, just in the nick of time. Once the mess is cleared up, Cyril is reinstated as Misty Valley's fogman.




  • Mirrored stock footage from James and the Trouble with Trees is used.
  • The sound used for the foghorn is the same as Derek's horn sound.
  • This is the last episode matted from fullscreen to widescreen.


  • In the close-up of Percy at Misty Valley, the tracks in the background lead to the bushes. In the same shot, a wire can be seen in Percy's right-front window. He also is not pulling any trucks in the surrounding shots.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Thomas' driver has blond hair; after the crash, he has brown hair.
  • When Thomas runs over the detonator, Annie is facing the wrong way.
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky after he crashes into the rubble, and when he asks the Fat Controller what Cyril will do.
  • Throughout the episode, the foghorn is switched on even when it is meant to be off. When the foghorn is first shown, the green light is flashing meaning it is on, but the Fat Controller has not switched it on yet. In a close-up of the Fat Controller switching the foghorn on, the switch is already pointing towards the green light but the red light is still flashing. In a close-up of the foghorn horn blasting in Misty Valley also, the red light is flashing even though the switch is pointing to the green one.
  • In the close-up of James at Tidmouth Sheds, Gordon's tender is loose and a few inches away from his cab.
  • When Thomas says "Ooh, that made my axels tingle!", his eyes are briefly off-centre from each other.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Le Homme d'Brouillard / Thomas vs. Brouillard (Québec) The Fog Man / Thomas vs. Fog (Canada)
Norwegian Tåkemannen The Fogman
Swedish Dimvamaren Fog Horn
Catalan Le Boirahome The Fogman
Welsh Y Niwl The Fog
Japanese フォッグマン Fogman
Danish Tågehornet The Foghorn
Russian Дежурный в туманную погоду Duty in Foggy Weather
Italian Il Segnalatore Antinebbia The Fog Warning
Slovenian Signal za meglo Fog Signal
Hungarian A Ködjelző Kürt The Fog Signal's Horn
Romanian Omul Ceții Mist Man
Slovak Fogman Fogman
Polish Sygnałowy Signal
Chinese 防雾员 Anti-Fogging Person
Korean 안개 경보 Fog Alert
Dutch De mistman The Fogman
Thai แตรหมอก Fog Horn

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