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"You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more!"
— The stationmaster's wife scolding Thomas

Thomas Comes to Breakfast is the eighteenth episode of the second season.


Thomas' driver jokes that Thomas could almost run his branch line without him. Thomas does not realize he is joking though and becomes conceited. He brags to Percy and Toby later at the sheds and both tell Thomas that he needs a driver, but to no avail.

The next morning, a fire lighter comes and starts up the engines' fires. Thomas wakes up as the warmth spreads through his boiler and then realizes his opportunity to run by himself and prove Percy and Toby wrong by stopping and wheeshing in front of them. Thomas slowly starts moving along the track, but does not realize he is only moving because a careless cleaner has fiddled with his controls. Thomas quickly finds his mistake and tries to stop, but he could not without his driver. At the end of the tracks sits the stationmaster's house. Thomas crashes through the end buffers, the fence and the front window just as the family is sitting down to breakfast. The house rocks and shattered plaster and glass are everywhere. Both the stationmaster and his wife are angry at Thomas for crashing into their house and ruining their breakfast in the process. The stationmaster's wife bangs the door to the dining room, causing more plaster to fall on Thomas who feels depressed.

After workmen lay rails through the garden, Donald and Douglas arrive and pull Thomas free of the house. Thomas' front has been badly damaged by the impact and he is in disgrace.


Thomas was in disgrace

Back at the shed, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for his actions and sends him to the Works to be mended, but for a long time. As a result, a diesel railcar is going to be brought in to run his branch line and informs him that diesels always stay in the sheds unless wanted and never crash into stationmaster's houses. 




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines.
  • Stock footage from the first season episode, Thomas and the Guard is used as well as a deleted scene from the second season episode, Thomas, Percy and the Coal.
  • A foreshadow to Daisy is made.
  • A portrait of Earnest, a Victorian-style steam engine depicted with a moustache can be seen in the Ffarquhar Stationmaster's house.
  • Footage of the episode was used as a reference to the original story read aloud by Christopher Awdry in the exclusive YouTube documentary 70 Years of Friendship. Christopher also stated that this was one of his favourite stories.
  • A large scale model of Thomas was used for the scenes inside of the house.
  • When the narrator says "The stationmaster was furious!" the wall set-up behind the stationmaster is different in the restored version.
  • In George Carlin's US narration, when the stationmaster's wife shouts "Now I shall have to cook some more!" the sound of the door being banged sounds quieter than in the other dubs for this episode.
  • In the UK version, the Fat Controller tells Thomas, "You are a very naughty engine," but in the US version, he says, "You're in a lot of trouble, Thomas."
  • This episode may have been filmed alongside Breakvan, as Donald's tender can be seen in the signalbox.
  • In the US, this episode aired before Toby the Tram Engine and Donald and Douglas, so the viewers would not know who Toby, Donald, and Douglas are.
  • The cereal box that the stationmaster's son is holding is a recreation of a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box.
  • This marks the only time in the television series that shows Thomas without a lamp to date.
  • In the UK version, the narrator says "Meanwhile, Donald and Douglas arrived". But in the US version, the narrator says "Then, the Scottish twin engines, Donald and Douglas arrived".
  • A large scale model of Thomas is used for the scenes inside of the house.
  • Bridget Hatt is one of the Ffarquhar stationmaster's children.
  • This episode is the first part of the trilogy to Daisy and Percy's Predicament as all the episodes continue the same story arc.


  • Clarabel is facing the wrong way and her roof is lifted when Thomas comes into Tidmouth.
  • When the narrator mentions Thomas becoming conceited, Thomas is sad. This reaction wouldn't make sense for someone who's conceited.
  • When Toby and Percy are sleeping, Toby is tilted to the left.
  • In the close-up of Toby sleeping, his windows are open slightly, but in the wider shot of the three engines in the shed, Toby's right window (viewer perspective) is completely open. It then returns to be being slightly open when Thomas is rolling out of the shed.
  • Just after Thomas finds that he cannot stop, he passes a station building on his left, but in the next shot he has not passed it yet.
  • After Thomas has rolled out of the shed, there is a shot of the inside of his cab. At the top right-hand corner, there is a gap where the roof is not joined correctly.
  • In the shots from Thomas' perspective before he runs into the house, the tracks on the right all seem to end abruptly at a wall (presumably the wall is to hide the edge of the set).
  • Thomas should have called for help if he could not whistle.
  • Just before Thomas crashes into the house, the window did not have glass in the frame.
  • As Thomas crashes into the house, his wheels are not moving, nor do they move as he is being pulled out of the house.
  • In the interior shots of the house, the people are almost as big as Thomas due to the fact that their large scale models are used.
  • When Thomas is rescued, a bush is lying on his buffer beam, but when the Fat Controller is talking to him, the bush seems to have become larger.
  • Douglas' left nameplate is peeling off slightly.
  • At the end of the episode, a piece of hair is on Thomas' front.
  • While Thomas is being pulled out of the house, a wire is visible underneath him.


  • Wooden Railway - Thomas Comes to Breakfast Accessory Pack and Thomas Comes to Breakfast version of Thomas (discontinued)
  • Books - Thomas Comes to Breakfast, Breakfast-Time for Thomas and Thomas Goes Crash! (coming soon)
  • Buzz Books - Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  • Railway Series Books - Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  • Ladybird Books - Thomas Comes to Breakfast & BoCo the Diseasel (Ladybird Book)|Thomas Comes to Breakfast

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーマスあさごはんにおじゃま Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Spanish La Visita de Thomas Thomas' Visit
Welsh Tomos mewn Trafferthion Thomas in Trouble
Norwegian Thomas kommer til frokost Thomas Comes to Breakfast
German Ein unwillkommener Frühstücksgast An Unwelcome Breakfast Guest
Brazilian Portuguese Uma Visita Inesperada/Thomas Vem Ao Café da Manhã An Unexpected Visit/Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Dutch Thomas gaat ontbijten Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Danish Thomas kommer til morgenmad Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Slovenian Tomaž pride na zajtrk Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Hungarian Thomas reggelije Thomas' Breakfast
Finnish Tuomas Tulee Aamiaiselle Thomas Comes for Breakfast
Italian La Locomotiva Presuntuosa The Presumptuous Locomotive
Chinese 托马斯来吃早餐 Thomas Came to Breakfast
Korean 역장님댁을 무너뜨린 토마스 Thomas Broke the Stationmaster's House
Russian Томас приходит на завтрак Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Ukrainian Томас прибуває на сніданок Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Swedish Thomas kommer till frukost Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Romanian Thomas Vine la Micul Dejun Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Slovak Thomas ide na raňajky Thomas Goes for Breakfast
Czech Tomáš jde na snídani Thomas Comes to Breakfast
Polish Tomek Wpada na Śniadanie Thomas Rushes for Breakfast
Thai โธมัสชนบ้านนายสถานี Thomas Hit a Home Station

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