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"Oooogh! I'm sinking!"
"Serves you right! You were always barging in and moaning!
— Bulstrode and the troublesome trucks

Special Attraction is the twenty-fifth episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station special, Queen for a Day in 1995.


One day, Toby is sent to a seaside village to be their "special attraction", as they have one every year, but when he gets there he learns there is no room for him in the parade.

Toby chuffs back to the junction, and when Percy sees how sad Toby is, he wants to know why, but The Fat Controller tells him to take care of some important work in the harbour, and his driver says that it'll be trouble with Bulstrode, a disagreeable barge who never stops complaining.

At the harbour, Bulstrode and the trucks are arguing about who is in the wrong place. Then, when Percy arrives, the trucks want to be shunted into a siding to load Bulstrode up, so he can leave.

Percy unfortunately cannot stop in time and ends up sending the trucks toppling off the wharf and right into Bulstrode's hull; which nearly sinks him much to the other trucks amusement. After being emptied, a disgraced Bulstrode is towed to a beach for children to play in.

When Percy returns, Toby is over his disappointment and tells Percy that his driver says that both of them are Special Attractions after all.





  • Studio equipment can be seen when Toby puffs through the seaside.
  • When the trucks say "There's no engine and we can only go where we're put! You're in the wrong place, not us!" one has wonky eyes.
  • When Percy's trucks land in Bulstrode's hull, Percy's wheels derail.
  • Bulstrode must have been unloaded impossibly fast, because in one scene he has a full load of rocks, but instantly after that, his hull is empty.
  • No reason is given as to why the tracks continued after the buffers.
  • In a close-up of Toby at the seaside, his left window (our right) appears to be burnt.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Hauptattraktion The Main Attraction
Norwegian En spesiell attraksjon A Special Attraction
Spanish La Atracción Del Desfile The Parade's Attraction
Hungarian Különleges attrakció Special Attraction
Polish Specjalna Atrakcja / Nadzwyczajna Atrakcja Special Attraction / Extraordinary Things
Japanese ちょっとしたみもの Slight Attraction
Finnish Vetonaula The Main Attraction
Russian Специальный аттракцион Special Attraction
Ukrainian Особлива приваба Special Attract
Czech Velká atrakce Big Attraction
Danish Særlig seværdighed Special Attraction
Dutch Speciale attractie Special Attraction
Italian Attrazione Speciale Special Attraction
Chinese 特殊的吸引力 Special Attraction
Slovenian Posebna zanimivost Special Attraction
Greek Ένα μοναδικό θέαμα A Unique Spectacle
Romanian Atracţia Specială Special Attraction
Slovak Špeciálna Atrakcia Special Attraction
Swedish Särskild sevärdhet Special Attraction
Korean 토비와 퍼시의 하루 Toby and Percy's Day
Thai เพอร์ซีและโทบี้อยากเป็นจุดสนใจ Percy and Toby Wants to be a Point of Interest

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack


  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories


  • Thomas and Stepney (Norwegian VHS)