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"Now I have another best friend and she's a steam tram too!"
— Thomas

Tram Trouble is the thirteenth episode of the twelfth season.


Thomas is delighted that Toby is to lead the parade, but when Thomas arrives at Great Waterton, he meets a new steam tram called Flora, who is to lead the parade with Toby. Thomas thinks that Toby would prefer to lead the parade alone and would be upset if he met another steam tram, so he decides to distract Flora. Thomas leads Flora away, but when he realises Toby is nearby, he leads her to another location. But eventually, at Arlesdale End, Toby comes out of his shed and sees Flora. Toby tells Thomas that he was too scared to lead the parade by himself, but now he and Flora can lead it together. Once Flora takes some of Thomas' coal, she and Toby go to Great Waterton and Thomas delivers the special cargo - Flora's new tram car.




  • Stock footage from Thomas in Trouble is used.
  • This episode aired before The Great Discovery came out in the UK, so the audience may have not known what Great Waterton was.
  • This episode marks Flora's first and only appearance to date.


  • The narrator says that Flora peeped prettily, but the sound is that of a bell.
  • Thomas tells Flora that they have to go to the quarry, but in the next scene, Thomas is collecting trucks from Knapford.
  • Toby takes Henrietta to Great Waterton, but when they are there, she is nowhere to be seen.
  • When the narrator says "It looked empty", Toby's cowcatcher and buffer are visible.
  • At some points, Thomas' face is angled differently from his smokebox.
  • When Thomas and Flora arrived at a junction, Thomas' steam platform is visible in an aerial shot.
  • A crew is never seen on board Flora, even though she has an open cab.
  • Toby's CGI face is off-centre when the narrator says "Toby was pleased".


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Toby und Flora Toby and Flora
French Une nouvelle arrivée A New Arrival
Italian Problemi di Tram Tram Problems
Czech Parní tramvaj Steam Tram
Portuguese Problema de Bonde Tram Problem
Indonesian Trem Bermasalah Troubled Tram
Polish Tramwajowe kłopoty Tram Trouble
Spanish Problemas de Tranvía Tram Problems
Slovak Parná električka Steam Tram
Chinese 小煤炭车的担心 Worry About the Small Coal Car
Thai ฟลอรารถรางไอน้ำคันใหม่ Flora's Steam Tram Cars

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