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“Down a mine, is he? Ha, ha, ha! What a joke!”
―Gordon

Down the Mine is the twenty-fifth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gordon the Big Engine.

Plot

One day while Thomas is waiting at the junction, Gordon, who is in disgrace after recently causing trouble by falling into a ditch, pulls in with some trucks. As soon as Gordon stops, Thomas jokes about him smelling of ditch water. Before Gordon can respond, Thomas leaves with his coaches.

Annie and Clarabel are shocked at Thomas' rudeness and scold him for it. Thomas is pleased with his clever joke though and heads off to collect trucks at the lead mines, leaving his coaches still in shock. The mine was made a long time ago by miners who dug tunnels under the ground; the roofs of the tunnels are strong enough to hold up trucks but not engines. At the points, there is a "Danger" board warning engines not to enter the area.

Thomas has often tried to pass the board, but has always failed. This time however, he has made a plan. When his fireman leaves the cab to change the points, Thomas bumps the trucks hard and knocks his driver off the footplate allowing him to pass the board. Then he moves over the unsafe rails, which collapse and leave him lodged in a small chasm and feeling very silly.

Then the Fat Controller arrives, having seen everything. After telling Thomas off for his naughtiness, he begins to think about how to get Thomas out. A crane would be too heavy for the ground to support, so he decides to call in Gordon to pull Thomas out. Thomas feels uneasy about this, given how much he laughed at Gordon for his own accident.

Shortly after hearing about Thomas' situation after, Gordon heads to the rescue laughing. Arriving at the scene with a winch attached to his buffer beam, Gordon promises to have Thomas out in no time. A long cable is fastened between them and after a lot of hard work and pulling, Gordon is able to finally free Thomas from the chasm. Thomas apologizes to Gordon for his cheekiness earlier. Gordon accepts Thomas' apology and tells him that he found his joke funny. Now both engines are in disgrace, so they agree to form an alliance and help each other in the future. With that, the two engines are coupled together and head back to the shed.

Characters

Locations

  • Lower Tidmouth
  • Knapford
  • The Lead Mines
  • Rail Under Road Bridge and Signalbox

Trivia

  • The events of this episode directly continue into the fourth series episode, Paint Pots and Queens.
  • The events of this episode are also mentioned by Thomas in the second series episode, Percy Takes the PlungeJames in Journey Beyond SodorDiesel in Big World! Big Adventures! during the song Where in the World is Thomas? and Thomas in the twenty-third series episode, Deep Trouble.
  • Furthermore, there is a full-on flashback to this episode in Blue Mountain Mystery. The scene where Thomas falls down the mine was recreated in full CGI.
  • Stock footage from Thomas and the Guard and Thomas and Bertie is used.
  • When originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in January 1985, it was paired with Off the Rails. Early VHS releases instead pair it with Thomas' Christmas Party, as do Norwegian and Swedish broadcasts.
  • Some of the trucks at the mine have "N.E." written on their sides, which is likely a reference to the livery worn by LNER rolling stock (including locomotives) during World War II.
  • The buffers on the truck Thomas bumps into are lowered specifically so that Thomas can hit them properly.
  • According to Britt Allcroft, this episode and the third series episode, All at Sea are her favourites.
  • In the Welsh version, Thomas is not seen bumping the trucks.
  • The Korean title of this episode shares the same name as Thomas and Gordon.
  • This is one of the few times in the classic series where the Fat Controller is referred to as Sir Topham Hatt in the Latin American dub.
  • Pictures of this episode were used for the end credits section of Mister Moose's Fun Time.
  • This episode marks the first time a danger sign is used. Coincidentally, the one shown in this episode would later appear in the second series episode Percy Takes the Plunge, where Thomas references the events of this episode.

Goofs

  • When Thomas shunts Annie and Clarabel, his eyes look wonky and Annie and Clarabel are missing their names.
  • In the sign's close-up, it says: "DANGER: Engines must not pass this board," but when Thomas passes the board, it says: "DANGER: Engines must not pass this point" instead.
  • When Gordon and Thomas leave the mine, Thomas' wheels drag along the line for a few seconds before he blows his whistle.
  • When the narrator says "But he (Thomas) didn't want to meet Gordon just yet," a small piece of hair is seen on the left side of Thomas' smoke box.
  • Thomas' side rods are in different positions both before and after he is pulled out of the mine.
  • When Annie and Clarabel say "He's dreadfully rude. I feel quite ashamed," Annie is facing the wrong way.
  • Due to reusing footage from the unaired pilot, Thomas' splashers briefly lose their lining.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Rumo à Mina
Chinese 去矿山
Croatian Rudnik
Czech V Dole
Danish Ned i Minen
Dutch De Mijn In
Finnish Kaivoksilla
French Dans la Mine
German In der Mine
Hebrew המכרה
Hungarian A Bánya
Italian La Locomotiva Sprofondata
Japanese あなにおちたトーマス
Korean 토마스와 고든
Norwegian Nede i Gruva
Polish W Kopalni
Romanian În Mină
Russian Паровоз провалился
Serbian U Rudniku
Slovak Dolú v Bání
Slovenian Padec v Rudnik
Spanish En la Mina
Swedish Ner i Gruvan
Thai โธมัสติดหล่ม
Ukrainian Глибоко у шахті
Welsh Lawr y Pwll

Merchandise

Take-n-Play

  • Tales from the Past Engines Pack (discontinued)

Books

  • Thomas and Bertie and Thomas Down the Mine (discontinued)
  • Thomas Down the Mine (discontinued)

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection

=US

  • Better Late Than Never and Other Stories (Ringo Starr's narration)
  • Thomas and His Friends Help Out
  • Thomas and His Friends Get Along
  • Best of Gordon
  • The Early Years (Ringo Starr's UK narration)
  • Thomas and Friends Classic Volume 1

VHS/DVD Packs

  • Ultimate Thomas Collection
  • Thomas and His Friends Help Out/Thomas' Trackside Tunes Double Feature
  • Totally Thomas Volume 2
  • Totally Thomas Volume 3
  • Best Tales on the Tracks
  • Thomas' Useful Stories
  • Best of Collection

AUS

  • Coal and other stories
  • The Complete Series 1

DVD Boxsets

  • Complete Series 1-10
  • Classic Collection
  • Series One and Series Two Double Pack

NZ

  • Coal and other stories
  • Percy Runs Away and Other Stories
  • Bumper Video Collection Volume 3

FRA

  • The Talkative Trains

KOR

  • Stories to Raise Cooperation

JPN

  • Thomas the Tank Engine Volume 6
  • The Complete Works of Thomas the Tank Engine 1 Vol.7
  • The Complete DVD Box 1
  • I Love Thomas DVD Collection
  • Try to Get Along

PHL

  • Down the Mine

NL

  • A Nasty Case
  • The Greatest Stories: The Adventures of Thomas, Percy and Gordon

UKR

  • A Train Thomas and Friends

BRA

  • Helping the Friends

NOR/FIN/ISL

  • Thomas the Tank Engine 3

GER

  • Thomas and His Friends Vol. 3
  • Toby and the Elegant Men and 4 Other Adventures
  • In The Mine
  • Lots of Little Helpers

DVD Boxsets

  • Thomas and His Friends Box Set 2

SVN

  • Bertie's Race (Slovenian DVD)

IN

  • Down the Mine and Other Stories (DVD)

MYS

  • Henry's Forest and Other Thomas Adventures
  • Tenders and Turntables and Other Adventures

ITA

  • The Grumpy Locomotive

ROM

  • Thomas and Percy

DVD Packs

  • Triple Pack 1

SER

  • Thomas the Tank Engine 2

HRV

  • Thomas in Trouble

WAL

  • Letting Off Steam and 8 Other Stories

CHN

  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4

HK

  • Thomas and Friends Volume 3
  • Thomas and Friends Volume 1 (DVD)

THA

  • Thomas and Friends - Volume 4

DNK

  • Thomas in Trouble and Other Stories

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