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"It's a snowball!"
"It's a snow house!"
"It's an engine!
— Workmen speculating over Skarloey's igloo

Snow is the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season.


Thomas has become snowed down by a tunnel where Rusty is working close by. So to pass the time, Rusty tells Thomas a story.

On a snowy day, Skarloey was travelling up to the slate mine when he passed through a ravine. His driver was concerned that noise could cause an avalanche, and he sets an emergency cap. When Skarloey runs over it, the bang echoes around the gorge but nothing happens, so his crew decide to make a cup of cocoa and be on their way. Unfortunately, up in the slate mines a long line of full trucks are to be winched down the slope but the winch becomes jammed when some empty trucks derail. The full trucks run down the slope into the ravine, causing an avalanche which buries Skarloey. When Rusty comes to the rescue, they discover that Skarloey's heat has created an igloo, and inside they find Skarloey's crew nonchalantly sipping cocoa.

Thomas uses this as an example about how trucks can be so troublesome while Rusty states the same for snow. The workmen finally clear the snow from behind Thomas, but Gordon then arrives with his snow machine, covering Thomas again only to be buried when the noise causes an avalanche, covering Gordon in snow. Thomas jokes that if Skarloey could emerge from an avalanche laughing, Gordon could at least do the same. Gordon scoffs in within and falls silent as the snow.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-fifth episode of the fifth season.
  • Stock footage from Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure is used.
  • During most of the flashback, Skarloey's large scale model was used; but during the scene where the narrator says "When the snow came..." his small scale model is used. The same goes for Rusty: When interacting with Thomas, Rusty's small scale model is used; but when he appears during the flashback, his large scale model was used.
  • When the trucks plunge into the ravine, music is heard in the US version but not the UK version.
  • This was the last episode of a few things:


  • In various scenes, part of Skarloey's cab roof is snapped.
  • When the trucks race down the incline, the middle truck derails.
  • When the trucks crash through the snow bank and buffers they are coupled, but they fall one by one.
  • A truck is missing when they fall into the ravine.
  • Skarloey's driver said that Skarloey's engine could cause an avalanche, but Skarloey, being a steam engine, has no engine.
  • When the trucks are on the incline the front truck has a narrow-gauge truck face, but when it crashes through the buffers it has a standard-gauge truck face.
  • In the first shot of Rusty's story, when Skarloey approaches the camera, he bounces.
  • Surely, the driver or fireman would have been hurt when the trucks fell on Skarloey.
  • Why would the driver and fireman think it a good idea to stop for cocoa in the middle of the line?
  • Brakevans should have been added to Skarloey and Peter Sam's trains.
  • Seven trucks are allowed up the incline in this episode, but only five were allowed in Trucks!.
  • Percy's eyes are wonky in one scene.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Lawine The Avalanche
Japanese ゆき Snow
Spanish Cuidado Con La Nieve Careful With The Snow
Dutch Sneeuw Snow
Italian La valanga The Avalanche
Brazilian Portuguese Neve Snow
Russian Снег Snow
Swedish Snö Snow
Hungarian A lavina The Avalanche
Danish Sne Snow
Chinese Snow
Korean 눈사태 Avalanche
Slovenian Sneg Snow
Romanian Zăpadă Snow
Slovak Sneh Snow
Norwegian Snø Snow
Polish Śnieg Snow
Welsh Eira Snow
Thai กอร์ดอนถูกหิมะถล่ม Gordon's Avalanche

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Celebrate with Thomas
  • Holiday Favorites
  • Sodor Friends Holiday Collection


  • Spooks and Surprises
  • The Complete Series 5

DVD Packs

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack