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"So I did help, but by accident as you might say!"
— Percy

Mind that Bike is the twenty-sixth episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wish You Were Here in 1996 in the US.


Tom Tipper is the local Sodor postman who takes the mail from Thomas and Percy's post trains to deliver to the residents of Sodor. He is very friendly and always helps to load the mail vans, but knows he could never do his job without his trusty post van.

One morning, Tom is unwell and his replacement, who is forced to ride a bicycle, leaves the mail to be unloaded without a word. Percy's driver attributes his bad mood to having to use the bike. When Tom does return, Percy discovers that he, too, has been given a bicycle as his van was considered too costly to maintain. Due to this, Tom no longer has time to help load the trains, which makes him very upset. Percy wishes he could cheer Tom up, but is unsure how.

Just as Tom is about to leave, he is called to The Fat Controller's office. Knowing this will make him very late, he rushes off and, in his haste, leaves his bike propped up against Percy's mail vans, despite the tank engine's attempts to stop him. Percy's driver is unaware of this and as Percy starts, the bike falls onto the line and is crushed beneath the vans.

When Tom returns, Percy apologises for ruining his bike. Tom assures him it isn't his fault, but laments the fact he'll now have to deliver all the mail on foot. When Percy returns the next day, however, he finds that Tom has received a brand new van. Tom explains that the postmaster, after learning about what had happened, decided that the van was worth the expense after all, and cheerfully goes back to his work. Percy is delighted that he was able to help his friend after all, albeit by accident.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Really Useful Engines.
  • This was the final episode of several things:
    • The final episode adapted from a story written by Christopher Awdry.
    • The final episode narrated by George Carlin as well as Trine Lossius Borg in Norway, Mykola Koziy in Ukraine and Aku Laitinen in Finland.
    • The final episode shown on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.
    • The final production based on a story from the Railway Series.
    • The last episode to be based on a story from the Railway Series.
    • The final episode to introduce a character from the Railway Series.
    • The final appearance of Bulgy until the seventh season episode Bulgy Rides Again.
    • The final appearance of Tom Tipper.
  • This was the first season finale that was not Christmas-themed.
  • The Railway Series story had one thing that this episode changed. Instead of boys taking the bike, Tom Tipper is said to be in a hurry and being careless.
  • Tom Topper delivers mail to a man who resembles Michael Angelis.


  • Throughout the episode, Bertie has Bulgy's horn sound.
  • When Tom Tipper's van passes Bertie, his undercarriage is loose and a wire is visible.
  • In the sixth shot of the episode, the camera lens is visible in the top left corner.
  • After Percy crushes the bike there is a shot of his cab, judging by the amount of space and the shape of the windows, it is really Duck's cab.
  • When Tom drives away in his new van, part of the driving mechanism is visible underneath.
  • In both narrations, the narrators change tense throughout the episode.
  • When Tom Tipper says "This is going to make me later still" he is smiling. This also happens when he props his bike up against one of Percy's mail trucks.
  • After Percy arrives at Callan when he saw the dumped bags, his cab roof was loose.
  • The hub caps on Tom Tipper's post van change from red to black throughout the episode.
  • The roof on Tom Tipper's post van change from white to black throughout the episode.
  • The font on the station signs change throughout the episode.
  • When Callan is in view from the stone bridge, on Thomas' line there is a van and a brake van in front of him.
  • Near the end of the episode when Percy arrives at Callan, Oliver can be seen on a siding. But a few seconds later, he passes Percy with a train.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Pass deg for sykkelen Beware of the Bike
German Wer bringt die Post? Who Brings the Mail?
Dutch Pas op voor de fiets Beware the Bicycle
Italian Tom Tipper il postino Tom Tipper the Postman
Swedish Tur i oturen Blessing in Disguise
Finnish Pyörät Mutkalla Wheels Kinked
Polish Uwaga Rower Note Bike!
Japanese ゆうびんやとバン A Postman and His Van
Spanish Un Favor Accidental An Accidental Favour
Czech Pozor! kolo Careful! Bike
Slovenian Pazi Na Kolo Keep an Eye on Your Bike
Danish Held i uheld A Blessing in Disguise
Russian Осторожно с велосипедом Caution with a Bicycle
Ukrainian Зважай на велосипед Consider the Bike
Hungarian A Postásbicikli The Postman's Bike
Chinese 注意自行车 Note that Bike
Greek Προσοχή στο ποδήλατο Beware the Bike
Romanian Ai Grijă la Bicicletă Watch the Bike
Brazilian Portuguese Cuidado com a Bicicleta! Take Care with the Bike!
Slovak Poštárov Bicykel The Postman's Bicycle
Thai บุรุษไปรษณีย์คนขยัน Postman's Hard Worker

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Packs

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack


  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories
  • Story and Song Collection