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Really Useful Engine, alternately titled A Really Useful Engine, is the last song from the fourth season dedicated to Thomas and the first music video in the UK. In the US, it was first introduced in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Missing Whistles. An orchestral and shortened version of the song, with the original children's voices and added backup vocals by Steven Page, was used in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.


He's a really useful engine, you know

All the other engines they'll tell you so

He huffs and puffs and whistles

Rushing to and fro

He's the really useful engine we adore!


He's the one, he's the one

He's the really useful engine that we adore

He's the one, he's the number one

Thomas the Tank Engine

He's a really useful engine, you know

'Cause the Fat Controller, he told him so

Now he's got a branch line

To call his very own

He's the really useful engine we adore


Little blue train, he's always there

Whenever you need a hand

If you need help with a situation

Who comes into mind


He's a really useful engine, you know

Maybe little, but he's never slow

Stand back in amazement

Just you watch him go

He's the really useful engine we adore


He's the really useful engine we adore!


Characters in the Thomas and the Magic Railroad version

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Henrietta
  • Annie and Clarabel


In Other Languages

  • Spanish: Un Motor ques de Gran Utilidad (Thomas y el Ferrocarril Mágico) / Una Maquina Muy Util es el (Thomas y el Tren Mágico)
  • French: Un Moteur de Utile Vraiment (Thomas et la Voie Ferrée Magique) / Le Moteur de Vraiment Utile (Thomas et le Magie Ferroviaire)

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Thomas and the Breakdown Train:
  1. A deleted shot of Thomas leaving the yard after seeing the Breakdown Train.
  2. A deleted shot sees Thomas pushing the Breakdown Train into place.
  • Trust Thomas:
  1. An extended scene of Thomas puffing on Toby's Old Tramway with Annie and Clarabel.
  2. A scene of Thomas pushing his stone trucks at the quarry.
  • Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure - A scene of Thomas with Annie and Clarabel arriving at a church.
  • Thomas and Stepney - A shot of Thomas blowing his whistle.

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