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"The Fat Controller chose me because I'm as red as a rocket and twice as grand!"
— James

Thomas and the Firework Display is the eleventh (second in Australia) episode of the eighth season.


Tonight was Sir Topham Hatt's harvest fireworks display and Sir Topham Hatt decided to give James the job of collecting the fireworks from the depot. However, Thomas is upset because he wanted that job, but James tells him that he was chosen because he is as red as a rocket and twice as grand.

At the Coaling Plant, Thomas is furious about James' job and angrily shunts some trucks around. James arrives at the depot to collect the fireworks and chuffed off to Knapford Station. But along the way, James broke down and his driver went to phone for help.

Thomas arrived at Knapford Station where Gordon was letting off people from all over the island to see the fireworks and seeing the children happy made Thomas happy. Sir Topham Hatt gave Thomas the news that James had broken down and that Thomas must push him to the station or the fireworks will be cancelled. Realising that it would make the children sad, Thomas puffs off to find James.

Thomas found James and called him busted boiler and teases him that he does not look really useful now, which made James cross. Thomas coupled up behind James' train but could not see ahead. Thomas tells James that he must look out for things ahead for him, but James was still cross. However, James forgave Thomas after hearing that the children would be upset if the fireworks did not get to Knapford and they started on their way.

Back at Knapford Station, Sir Topham Hatt sees that it is late and almost the children's bedtime, so he decided to cancel the display. While heading towards Knapford, James is confused that a signal they had reached was red. Thomas thinks a passenger train is coming and James realised that Gordon is taking the children home, so they blew their whistles, but no one could hear them.

As Gordon was almost ready to leave, Thomas had an idea to let his driver set off a firework and Gordon and Sir Topham Hatt see it realising it is a signal from Thomas and James and that the fireworks is on again. The signal then turned green and Thomas and James arrived at the station.

At Tidmouth Sheds Thomas and James watched the fireworks. James tells Thomas that they are both Really Useful Engines and Thomas said that they are most useful when they work together.





  • When the driver lights the rocket, there is a thin wire used to pull the rocket.
  • In all of the night shots, light can be seen coming from the back of Thomas' headlight.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーマスとはなびたいかい Thomas and the Firework Display
Norwegian Thomas og Fyrverkeriet Thomas and the Fireworks
Dutch Thomas en de Vuurwerk Thomas and the Fireworks
German Thomas und das Feuerwerk Thomas and the Fireworks
Hungarian Thomas és a Tűzijáték Thomas and the Fireworks
Danish Thomas og Fyrværkerriet Thomas and the Fireworks
Swedish Thomas och Fyrverkerierna Thomas and the Fireworks
French Thomas et Feux D'Artifice / Thomas et le Feu D'Artifice (Québec) Thomas and the Fireworks / Thomas and the Fireworks (Canada)
Spanish Fuegos Artificiales / Thomas y el Espectáculo de Fuegos Artificiales Fireworks / Thomas and the Fireworks Show
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Queima de Fogos Thomas and the Fireworks
Italian Thomas e i Fuochi D'artificio Thomas and the Fireworks
Catalan En Thomas i el Focs Artificials Thomas and the Fireworks
Polish Tomek i Pokaz Sztucznych Ogni Thomas and the Fireworks
Croatian Tomica i Vatromet Thomas and the Fireworks
Gaelic Tomas Agus an Iomhaigh Thomas and the Fireworks
Finnish Tuomas ja Ilotulitus Thomas and the Fireworks
Czech Tomáš a Ohňostroj Thomas and the Fireworks
Slovak Thomas a Ohňostroj Thomas and the Fireworks
Serbian Tomas i Vatromet Thomas and the Fireworks
Thai โธมัสกับงานฉลองดอกไม้ไฟ Thomas Celebrated With the Fireworks
Greek Ο Τόμας και τα πυροτεχνήματα Thomas and the Fireworks
Russian Томас и фейерверки Thomas and the Fireworks
Romanian Focuri de Artificii Fireworks
Chinese 托马斯和烟火表演 Thomas and the Fireworks
Korean 불꽃놀이 Fireworks

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