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"We want a proper engine, not a red monster!"
— The Trucks
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Troublesome Trucks/
Foolish Freight Cars
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 6th,
1984 (UK)
April 16th,
1987 (AUS)
February 26th,
1989 (US)
May 29th,
1990 (JPN)
September 3rd,
1993 (George
Carlin US
)
March 3rd,
1998 (GER)
January 5th,
2008 (HUN)

Previous episode

James and
the Coaches
/
James Learns
a Lesson

Next episode

James and
the Express
/
A Proud Day
for James

Troublesome Trucks, retitled Foolish Freight Cars in American releases, is the ninth episode of the first season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes, Show and Yell and The Mayor Runs for Re-Election.

Plot

James is shut up for several days after damaging a coach and causing a lot of trouble. Eventually, the Fat Controller comes to see him, James apologizes and is allowed out to pull a goods train. However, the Troublesome Trucks don't want to be pulled by James and misbehave. The trucks play tricks on James and break away on Gordon's Hill. James backs down the hill to pick up the trucks, where Edward has stopped due to the blockage. Edward offers help, but James is determined to pull the trucks up the hill himself. James finally makes it to the top of the hill and continues on to the station where Edward arrives with the Fat Controller. James is very worried, knowing the Fat Controller may be angry again. Instead the Fat Controller was very pleased, and allows James to keep his red paint.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • When the Fat Controller first speaks to James, his head is turned away from him.
  • James' tender is derailed while Thomas arranges his train.
  • When Thomas says "Have you got some bootlaces ready?" there is blu-tak under his lantern.
  • When James puffs out of the yard, the truck at the front loses its face.
  • When Thomas puffs away laughing, all the trucks are coupled to each other. But when James backs onto the trucks, one at the front is uncoupled.
  • When the trucks get to the bottom of Gordon's Hill, a truck disappears. It however reappears in the last shot of James pulling the trucks, and it is noticeable.
  • When James goes up Gordon's Hill the second time, a wire pulls him up.
  • James' puffing noise is not in sync with his speed.
  • When the narrator says the line, "Sometimes their axles would run hot", a crew member's shadow is seen at the end of the set.
  • When Edward is first shown at the bottom of Gordon's Hill, he has no train. When James backs down and couples the lost trucks, look carefully and you can see Edward has at least one truck behind him.
  • In the close-up of James at Maron, the water tower next to him disappears.
  • In the last close-up of James going up Gordon's Hill, his driving wheels are not moving.
  • When James couples up to his train, he is outside the station but when he starts moving off, he is inside.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Croatian Razigrani teretni vagoni Playful Freight Wagons
French Les camions coquins The Naughty Trucks
Dutch Lastig Wagon Tricky Boxcar
German Die Güterwagen-Ärger The Freight Car Trouble
Italian Un treno merci combinaguai Freight Train Troublemaker
Spanish Los Vagones de carga tontos The Silly Wagon Load
Norwegian Vanskelige vogner Troublesome Trucks
Welsh Tryciau Trafferthus Troublesome Trucks
Brazilian Portuguese Vagões de Carga Freight Cars
Japanese やっかいなかしゃたち Troublesome Trucks
Danish Besværlige biler Cumbersome Cars


Home Media Releases

UK

WAL

US

DVD Packs

AUS

DVD Boxsets

FRA

SE

JPN

PHL

SA

GER

MYS

NOR

FIN/ISL

  • Thomas the Tank Engine 1

BRA

NL

NZ

ITA

ROM

DVD Packs

SER

DNK

ISR

HRV

IND

CHN

THA

TWN

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