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"James, I think trucks like to be useful, rather than clean!"
— Thomas teasing James

Thomas' New Trucks is the nineteenth episode of the ninth season.


Thomas is jealous when he learns that James has received brand new trucks, but is delighted when told his trucks are too old to use and he will have to use new ones.

Thomas and James become competitive about keeping their trucks clean, but at the quarry the trucks bump forward and get covered in dust. Thomas orders his trucks to behave, but they ignore him and get Thomas and themselves showered in coal.

James laughs that Thomas will never win, but Thomas realizes that if he uses his old trucks he will not have to worry about getting them dirty. Thomas collects some coal and sets off, but on the way a coupling breaks and Thomas goes ahead of the trucks. He stops too soon, and the trucks crash into him and disintegrate, flinging coal everywhere.

Harvey and the workmen clear up the mess, Thomas collects his new trucks and has the coal loaded into them, and arrives at Brendam without the trucks making any trouble. James gloats his victory, but then is hit by a falling crate of melons. Thomas tells James that trucks prefer to be useful than clean, and the trucks giggle in agreement.




  • Going by production order, this is the sixteenth episode of the ninth season.


  • Thomas' new trucks don't have faces until he meets James at the quarry.
  • This episode is called "Thomas' New Trucks" in America (obviously it still uses the UK title), even though it should've been retitled "Thomas' New Cars".
  • As Thomas backs under the coal hopper, one of the trucks is missing its face.
  • When Thomas and James meet at the washdown, Thomas has James' trucks and vice-versa.
  • When James is showing off his trucks to Bill and Ben, he doesn't have a crew.
  • The narrator says that "the engines and their trucks were working very hard," but Gordon was pulling his express coaches in that scene.
  • The sound heard when Thomas applied the brakes appears to be telling that Thomas wheels are slipping while his siderods are brake-on, even though Thomas brakes normally.
  • The term "trucks" is used in the US narration at one point instead of "cars".
  • When Thomas collects his new trucks, the background to the left (perspective right) appears to be misplaced and tilted.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Danish Thomas' Nye Vogne Thomas' New Wagons
Norwegian Thomas Får Nye Vogner Thomas Gets New Trucks
Swedish Thomas' Nya Vagnar Thomas' New Wagons
Portuguese Os Novos Vagões de Thomas Thomas' New Wagons
Spanish Los Nuevos Furgones de Thomas Thomas' New Trucks

Les Camions Neufs d'Thomas

Québec: Les Nouveau Camions de Thomas

Thomas' New Trucks

Canada: Thomas' New Trucks

Dutch Thomas Nieuw Wagons Thomas' New Cars
German Thomas Bekommt Neue Waggons Thomas Gets New Cars
Italian I Nuovi Vagoni di Thomas Thomas' New Wagons
Hungarian Thomas Új Vagonjai Thomas' New Wagons
Catalan Els Nous Camions Thomas Thomas' New Trucks
Romanian Nolie Vagoane ale lui Thomas Thomas' New Wagons
Gaelic Na Trugaichean Ura New Wagons for Him
Czech Tomášovy Nové Vagónky Thomas' New Wagons
Polish Nowe Wagony Tomka Thomas' New Cars
Croatian Tomicina Novi Automobili Thomas' New Cars
Slovak Thomasove Nové Vagóny Thomas' New Wagons
Japanese トーマスのあたらしいかしゃ Thomas' New Trucks
Russian Новые вагоны Томаса Thomas' New Wagons
Chinese 托马斯的新货车 Thomas' New Trucks
Korean 새 짐차 소등 New Wagons Turmoil
Greek Τα καινούρια βαγόνια του Τόμας The New Wagons of Thomas
Thai รถบรรทุกขบวนใหม่ The New Fleet of Cars

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