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| Troublesome Trucks/|
Foolish Freight Cars
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.
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.
- Troublesome Trucks
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Jeremiah Jobling (not named; mentioned)
- Gordon (mentioned)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, James the Red Engine.
- Stock footage from Thomas and the Trucks is used.
- A reference to James and the Coaches is made.
- In the restored version, an extended close-up shot of James at Maron is shown.
- 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.
- Buzz Books - James and the Troublesome Trucks (Buzz Book)
- Ladybird Books - Thomas Goes Fishing and James and the Troublesome Trucks
In Other Languages
|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|
|Danish||Besværlige biler||Cumbersome Cars|
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