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"Whoo! Look at me! I'm a ghost!"
— Sir Handel

Thomas and the Big Bang is the tenth episode of the eleventh season.


Thomas is very cheeky. He enjoys playing with his friends, like when James spins on the turntable. Despite his playfulness, he always works and gets the job done.

One day, Thomas gets a new whistle fitted, and he whistles it everywhere he goes. Mr. Percival makes Thomas do a job, which was to fill his trucks with Bricks, Flour and Timber with the narrow gage engines. Thomas is really excited about this job that he blows his new whistle loudly, and scaring Rheneas, which makes the little engine knock his trucks of pilings. Skarloey and Sir Handel finds this very funny. The Engines decide to scare Rusty next.

Rusty is pulling trucks full of bricks when the plan falls into place. Thomas whistles loudly and Rusty knocks his trucks, getting covered in red brick dust from the Bricks.

The engines decide to scare Sir Handel, who is pulling Flour trucks. The engines hide in The Wharf's Transfer station, and they all peep at him. Sir Handel bashes his trucks and gets covered in Flour. Despite all the fun, nobody is doing any work.

Thomas now decides to scare Peter Sam. He is pulling a flatbed of Timber. After the engines whistle at him, he pushes his flatbed so hard, the timber crashes through some oil drums and splashes into the canal.

Mr. Percival arrives, and is furious when he finds that there is a huge mess of Bricks and Flour, and that the Timber is in the canal and that none of Thomas' trucks had been loaded. Thomas, seeing the error of his ways, works to get everything in order, getting everything in his trucks before teatime.

Thomas however plays one last trick on Mr. Percival and hides his trucks. When Mr. Percival does arrive, he asks where the trucks are. Thomas reveals the trucks filled with Bricks, Flour and Timber. Mr. Percival laughs and declares that Thomas is "a very funny engine".




  • This is the third occasion in which James is spun on a turntable. The first was in Tenders and Turntables and the second in Buzz, Buzz.
  • When Rusty says "You look like a ghost!", the footage is sped up.
  • The title is a reference to "The Big Bang", a phenomenon that occurred billions of years ago that is believed to have created the universe.
  • This is the only eleventh season episode featuring the narrow gauge engines not featured on Engines and Escapades.
  • Going by production order, this is the nineteenth episode of the eleventh season.


  • The narrator says that Rusty steamed around the wharf, but Rusty is a diesel.
  • Peter Sam is wearing Duncan's happy face at the end.
  • The narrator says that the little engines blew their whistles, but Rusty has a horn.
  • When Peter Sam derails, he crashes through the buffers and is off the track, but in the next scene, the rails continue to the edge of the wharf.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas y la Gran Explosión / Thomas y el Gran Susto Thomas and the Great Explosion / Thomas and the Great Fright
German Die neuen Dampfrohr The New Steam-pipe
Finnish Tuomas Pulassa Thomas in Trouble
Norwegian Thomas og det store smellet Thomas and the Big Bang
Japanese トーマスのドッキリ!!さくせん Thomas' Surprise Plan
Portuguese Thomas e o Grande Susto Thomas and the Big Scare
Hungarian Thomas és a nagy durranás Thomas and the Big Bang
Romanian Thomas și Bubuitura Thomas and the Bang
Polish Tomek i Wielkie Żarty Thomas and Great Jokes
Czech Tomáš a velká rána Thomas and the Big Blow
Slovak Thomas a veľká rana Thomas and the Big Blow
Danish Thomas laver ballade Thomas Makes Trouble
Swedish Thomas på skojhumör Thomas in a Funny Mood
Chinese 爱捉弄人的托马斯 Tease Thomas
Thai โธมัสกับเสียงหวูดอันใหม่ Thomas Whistle with a New One

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • The Complete Eleventh Series

DVD Boxsets