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Sodor Surprise Day is the thirteenth episode of the sixteenth series.


It is Sodor Surprise Day, which involves everyone trying to surprise each other. At Tidmouth Sheds, Thomas and Charlie are surprising each other. Gordon thinks they are being very silly indeed. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives to inform the engines of a party at Callan Castle. Thomas is given the job of collecting bunting from Maithwaite and Gordon is told to collect fireworks from the docks.

On the way to Maithwaite, Thomas decides that he must surprise Gordon and make him laugh so that he does not think Sodor Surprise Day is silly. Thomas does not go to Maithwaite, he puffs off to find Gordon. At the coal hopper, Thomas meets Rosie. It is not long before Gordon thunders down the line and as he approaches, Thomas blasts his whistle. Rosie charges forwards, surprised and bashes her coal trucks. Coal dust flies everywhere, covering Thomas and Rosie in soot. Rosie laughs, but Gordon does not; he still thinks Sodor Surprise Day is silly. Thomas thinks of another way to make Gordon laugh to show him that Sodor Surprise Day is fun.

Thomas puffs up to a siding. Whiff is there shunting rubbish trucks and Thomas hides behind them. He waits until Gordon approaches and emerges from behind them, blowing his whistle. Gordon does not laugh, but Whiff is surprised and bashes his trucks so hard that he sends rubbish flying everywhere. Whiff laughs, as rubbish rains down on him and Thomas. Gordon leaves in a huff. Thomas still wants to make him laugh and sets off.

At the docks, Thomas hides behind some troublesome trucks. Presently, Gordon steams into the docks just as Harold arrives. Cranky lifts Gordon's crate of fireworks, just as Thomas comes out of hiding, blowing his whistle loudly. Cranky is startled and drops the fireworks which ignite. Harold, Gordon and Thomas are left dodging the exploding fireworks. Thomas is shocked, as he never meant for that to happen. Gordon is very cross with Thomas for spoiling his special. Gordon tells Thomas that he always thought Sodor Surprise Day was silly, but now he does not like it one bit. To make matters worse for Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt arrives. He is very cross at Thomas for not doing his job and having destroyed all the fireworks and that without decorations and entertainment, the party will have to be cancelled. Thomas feels terrible. He looks at the broken fireworks crate and then at Harold and gets an idea. Thomas asks Sir Topham Hatt not to cancel the party. Sir Topham Hatt agrees and tells Thomas to go to the wash-down to be cleaned while Gordon picks up Thomas' bunting.

At the wash-down, Rosie and Whiff are being cleaned too. Rosie and Whiff wonder if Thomas will play another trick, but Thomas is serious; he has a party to save. After being washed, Thomas puffs quickly to Harold to put his plan into action.

Later, at Callan Castle, Sir Topham Hatt is anxiously waiting for Thomas so he can start the party. Just in time, Thomas clatters in. Sir Topham Hatt inquires about the fireworks, but Thomas tells him he has something better. He blows his whistle and a brightly-lit Harold flies overhead, covered in colourful lights. Gordon thinks Harold looks splendid and laughs loudly. Thomas asks if Gordon was surprised by Harold. Gordon has to admit that he was. Thomas is delighted when Gordon admits that Sodor Surprise Day is not so silly after all.


  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Rosie
  • Whiff
  • Charlie
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Troublesome Trucks (do not speak)
  • Harold (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • The Teacher (cameo)
  • The Bird Watcher (cameo)
  • One of Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
  • The Lady with the Big Hat (cameo)
  • The Blond-haired Boy (cameo)
  • Albert's Wife (cameo)
  • Big Mickey (faceless, cameo)
  • Lord Callan (mentioned)


  • Brendam Docks
  • Sodor Shipping Company
  • Callan Castle
  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Wellsworth
  • The Coal Hopper
  • The Washdown
  • Knapford
  • Maithwaite (mentioned)
  • Whiff's Waste Dump (mentioned)
  • The Mainland (mentioned)



  • Ben Small as Thomas
  • Keith Wickham as Gordon, Whiff and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Teresa Gallagher as Rosie
  • Matt Wilkinson as Charlie and Cranky


  • Martin Sherman as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Jules de Jongh as Rosie
  • William Hope as Whiff
  • Ben Small as Charlie
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky


  • This is the only episode written by Jessica Kedward and Kirsty Peart.
  • This episode marks the last of two things for Rosie:
    • Her last speaking role until the twenty-first series episode, The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor.
    • The last time she is voiced by Teresa Gallagher in the UK and Jules de Jongh in the US. Nicola Stapleton takes over her role in both dubs starting from the twenty-first series onwards.


  • When Thomas puffs in and out of the siding by Whiff, the points are set against him.
  • It is said that "Cranky dropped the crates of fireworks," but there is only one crate.
  • Just before Harold dodges the fireworks, part of his face is missing.


  • Books - The Big Surprise
  • Magazine Stories - Sodor Surprise Day (magazine story)

In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese 多多岛惊喜日
French Le Jour des Surprises
German Der Sodor-Überraschungstag
Hungarian A Sodor-i meglepetés nap
Italian La Giornata Delle Sorprese di Sodor
Japanese ソドーとうのサプライズ・デー
Korean 소도어 깜짝 웃음날
Norwegian Sodors overraskelsesdag
Polish Dzień Pełen Niespodzianek
Portuguese O dia de surpresa de Sodor
Romanian Ziua Surprizelor
Russian День сюрпризов
Spanish El día sorpresa de Sodor
Thai วันเซอร์ไพรส์ในโซดอร์

Home Media Releases


  • Big Bang Surprise
  • The Complete Series 16


  • Season 16 (Digital Download)


  • Bust My Buffers!


  • Kevin the Steamie


  • Muddy Matters (Thai DVD)


  • Sodor Surprise Day (Malaysian DVD)