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"Well done, Thomas! That was fun, but to beat you over that hill, I'd have to grow wings and be an airplane!"
— Bertie
Thomas and Bertie/
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 20th,
1984 (UK)
April 23rd,
1987 (AUS)
March 12th,
1989 (US)
July 3rd,
1990 (JPN)
November 27th,
1991 (George
Carlin US
March 10th,
1998 (GER)
January 7th,
2008 (HUN)

Previous episode

Thomas, Terence
and the Snow
Terence the Tractor

Next episode

Tenders and

Thomas and Bertie, retitled Thomas and Bertie's Great Race in American releases, is the fourteenth episode of the first season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode Agree to Disagree in 1989 and Field Day in 1991.


Thomas is waiting at a junction when a bus drives up alongside him. The bus introduces himself as Bertie, who remembers Thomas from the time he took his passengers home after Thomas crashed into a snowdrift, and tells Thomas that he has come to help his passengers today. Thomas claims that he can go faster than Bertie. Bertie then challenges Thomas to a race. The drivers agree to the race, and Thomas and Bertie begin their race.


Goodbye Bertie!

Bertie draws in front at the beginning of the race, until he reaches the level crossing, where Thomas passes him and takes the lead in the race, and after that, the road leaves the railway, and Thomas stops at the next station to collect passengers. He tells them to get in quickly, and as he starts off again, he sees Bertie zooming over the bridge and taking the lead. Thomas tries to catch up, but he has to stop at the next station. Thomas now feels sure that he will lose the race, but he feels better after a drink and starts off once more.

Thomas manages to catch up to Bertie and takes the lead as he passes Bertie at the tunnel and makes it to the last station, winning the race. Everyone celebrates Thomas' victory, but they give Bertie a big cheer too. Bertie congratulates Thomas and tells him that to beat him over that hill, he would have to grow wings and be an airplane.

The two friends often talk about their race, but Bertie's passengers do not like to be bounced like peas in a frying pan, and Sir Topham Hatt warns Thomas not to race at dangerous speeds. Although it doesn't seem likely the two will ever race again, secretly Thomas and Bertie would like to again some day.





  • Thomas has one of Percy's faces on when he puffs into Elsbridge.
  • The plane seen as Thomas leaves Dryaw has a clear disc for it's propeller.
  • The narrator says, "...the road left the railway...", but there was a road right next to Thomas.
  • At one point, Thomas is on Toby's old tramway.
  • Annie and Clarabel keep changing positions throughout the race and both are facing the wrong way at some point.
  • When Thomas meets Bertie, his number sticker is peeling up.
  • When Thomas and Bertie start their race, a camera's shadow can be seen.
  • Studio equipment can be seen when Thomas pulls into Ffarquhar.
  • The narrator says Bertie was fuming at the gates, but Bertie looks happy.


  • Wooden Railway - Thomas and Bertie Story Pack, Lets Have a Race set and 65th Anniversary Thomas and Bertie Story Pack
  • Motor Road and Rail - The Big Race set and Thomas and Bertie set (discontinued)
  • Hornby - Thomas and Bertie Set
  • Take Along - Let's Have a Race Set (discontinued)
  • Books - The Great Race
  • Buzz Books - Thomas and Bertie
  • Board Books - Thomas and Bertie
  • Magazine Stories - Thomas and Bertie!/Thomas and Bertie
  • Ladybird Books - Thomas and Bertie and Thomas Down the Mine

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas og Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Welsh Tomos a Berti Thomas and Bertie
Spanish Thomas y Bertie / La Gran Carrera De Thomas y Bertie Thomas and Bertie / Thomas & Bertie's Great Race
Italian Il Trenino e la Corriera The Train and the Bus
German Bertie, der Bus Bertie the Bus
Japanese トーマスとバーティーのきょうそう Thomas and Bertie's Race
Brazilian Portuguese A Corrida The Race
French Thomas et Bertrand Thomas and Bertie
Danish Thomas og Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Dutch Thomas en Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Hebrew תומס וברטי Thomas and Bertie
Hungarian Thomas és Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Slovenian Tomaž in Berti Thomas and Bertie
Chinese 托马斯和柏蒂巴士 Thomas and Bertie the Bus
Russian Томас и Бэрти Thomas and Bertie
Ukrainian Томас і Берті Thomas and Bertie
Swedish Thomas och Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Croatian Tomica i Bero Thomas and Bertie
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Lassi Thomas the Tank Engine and Bertie
Korean 토마스와 버티의 경주 Thomas and Bertie's Race
Czech Tomáš a Berty Thomas and Bertie
Romanian Thomas şi Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Slovak Thomas a Bertie Thomas and Bertie
Polish Tomek i Bercia Thomas and Bertie
Serbian Tomas i Berti Thomas and Bertie
Greek Ο Τόμας και Ο Μπερτι Thomas and Bertie
Thai โธมัสวิ่งแข่ง Thomas' Race


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