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Thomas Goes Fishing

Original US Title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 12
No. of series: 12
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US)
Patchouli knowledge (GEN)
Original air date: March 5, 1989 (US)
June 7th, 1993 (GEN)
Previous: Thomas and the Guard/Thomas and the Conductor
Next: Thomas, Terence and the Snow/Terence the Tractor

Thomas Goes Fishing is the twelfth episode of the first season. It aired in the Shining Time Station episodes Faith, Hope and Anxiety. In this episode, Thomas wants to go fishing.


Along his branch line, Thomas often looks forward to the sight of the river, and the people that fish there. He often wants to stay and watch, but his driver decides against it. Whenever he meets another engine, he always talks about wanting to go fishing, and is annoyed when the other engines declare that engines don't go fishing. However, he unknowingly gets the chance when the water column at the junction breaks down. Thomas was cross, but his crew decide to get water from the river.

The crew find a bucket and rope and hurry to the bridge. The driver lowers the bucket down to the river, but little did they know that the bucket had five holes, and water was leaking out fast. This meant that they have to hurry before the water drains out. The crew repeat this several times before at last Thomas' thirst is quenched. 

But they didn't go very far before Thomas develops a pain in his boiler. Steam rushed from his safety valve, and Thomas is alarmed that he may burst. The crew dampen the fire and struggle on to Ffarquhar. Annie and Clarabel are uncoupled, and Thomas is stopped in a siding as the driver summons an inspector and the Fat Controller. Workmen put signs saying "DANGER KEEP AWAY" all around Thomas. The inspector and the Fat Controller arrive, who consol Thomas of the situation. The driver explains what had happened, and the inspector concludes that the feed pipe is blocked.

The inspector looks inside Thomas' tank and is surprised at what he sees. He climbs down and the Fat Controller takes a look in Thomas' tank as well. What he sees shocks him, and both agree that it was fish. The deduces that fish were collected in the bucket along with water. Thomas' crew fish them out with instruction from the Fat Controller and have a lunch of fish and chips. The Fat Controller asks if Thomas has learned his lesson and Thomas declares that he has and that fishing is too uncomfortable.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Tank Engine Thomas Again.
  • Stock footage from Thomas' Train and Thomas and the Trucks is used.
  • This is the first episode to have the same title in the UK and US.
  • George Carlin's narration of this episode has been broadcasted on TV and has been release on the 1995 VHS of Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories, but hasn't yet been commissioned for a DVD. It has been shown on the Sprout network in the past.
  • The Italian title of this episode is "The Trains Do Not Go Fishing!". In Japan, this episode is called "Thomas and Fishing". In Finland this episode is called "Thomas Locomotive in Fish".


  • In one scene, Annie and Clarabel are facing the wrong way.
  • The river water is brown when it was lifted in the bucket, but when it was poured into Thomas' tank it was clear.
  • Thomas' driver was said to have hung "DANGER" signs on Thomas' front and back, but they are propped a few metres in front of and beside him.
  • Thick pencil marks are visible on the "DANGER KEEP AWAY" signs.
  • In the International versions, listen carefully when Sir Topham Hatt says "(Smacking Lips and Gulp) Mmmm . . ." George Carlin can be faintly heard in the background.
  • When the men are first seen with the "DANGER" signs, the red lining around Thomas' number is torn.
  • Thomas was wearing Percy's tired face in some shots.
  • Studio equipment can be seen when Thomas says, "Bother! I'm thirsty!" and when the Inspector looks inside Thomas' tank.
  • When the inspector clambers up to check Thomas' tanks, Thomas abruptly stops hissing steam. But when the inspector comes down, he is hissing steam again and once the Fat Controller climbs up, the steam vanishes. Then again, when the Fat Controller asks Thomas' driver how the fish got there, the steam reappears. And throughout all of this, the hissing sound continues even when Thomas is not letting off steam.
  • When Thomas is at Elsbridge, the siding usually seen at the water column isn't there except in the close-up of the out of order sign. When it was seen, it ends in the grass.
  • In the Welsh narration, only one of the "DANGER KEEP AWAY" signs is translated into Welsh, while the others remain English.