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"Those are my coaches. Give them back!"
— Thomas

Emily Helps Out
Season 1, Episode 1
Air date January 13th, 2014
Written by DonaldDouglasandOliver11
Directed by DonaldDouglasandOliver11
Episode guide
Percy Saves the Day

Emily Helps Out is the pilot episode of Thomas' Sodor Adventures.


It was a splendid day on the Island of Sodor. Thomas was taking Annie and Clarabel back to the yards, a new engine had arrived, and he wanted to say hello. The engine was beautiful, with shiny paintwork and a gleaming brass dome. "Thomas, meet Emily.", "Hello." "Hello to you.", "Emily, collect your coaches please, you and your driver must learn the line." "Yes, sir!" she answered, Thomas was impressed.

Later, the only coaches Emily's driver could find were Annie and Clarabel. "These aren't your sort of coaches..." he said, "But I'll suppose they'll do.". Annie and Clarabel felt insulted "How dare he say we'll do!" Clarabel whispered. Emily puffed carefully along the track, "How dare he say we'll do, how dare he say we'll do!" grumbled the coaches.

Thomas saw Emily coming down the line pulling Annie and Clarabel, "Hello Thomas!" Emily called. But Thomas was cross, "Those are my coaches..." he muttered "Give them back!", Emily didn't hear Thomas and she went on her way. Then Edward passed, and Percy. When Emily whistled hello, the engines didn't whistle back. Emily couldn't understand why they were so unfriendly, she was upset.

Later, the Fat Controller spoke to Thomas "I want you to go to the docks to pick up new coaches." "New coaches, but sir!...", "Really useful engines don't argue!" said the Fat Controller. Thomas didn't want new coaches, he wanted Annie and Clarabel back. When Oliver saw Emily return to the yards, he was surprised "Those are Thomas' coaches.". "So that's why he looked cross?" said Emily, "I'll go and apologize.". "Don't want new coaches, Don't want new coaches!" chuffed Thomas.

Later, Emily was still looking for Thomas, when a signalman flagged her down "Oliver hasn't cleared his signalbox." he told Emily's driver "Please, go and see what's wrong?", Emily could see that Oliver had broken down on the crossing. Then Emily heard Thomas' whistle, he could see Oliver and he knew that he would never stop in time "Ooh!", Emily charged towards Oliver, and with huge effort, pushed him across the tracks. Just in time.

Later, the Fat Controller praised Emily "Well done, you're a very brave engine." "The bravest." chuffed Oliver "It gives me great pleasure to present you with two new coaches." "Thank you!..." replied Emily, "I'm sorry I took Annie and Clarabel." "And I'm sorry I was so cross." replied Thomas, "Friends!". "Friends!"

Emily loves her coaches, and being part of the Fat Controller's railway.



  • Suddery Castle
  • Henry's Tunnel
  • Knapford
  • Shunting Yards
  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • The Watermill
  • Three Tier Bridge
  • Rolf's Castle
  • The Fishing Village
  • Tidmouth Tunnel
  • Maithwaite
  • The Intersection
  • Wellsworth
  • Dryaw
  • Gordon's Hill (deleted scene)
  • The Lighthouse (deleted scene)
  • Brendam (mentioned)

Home Media Releases

  • The Complete First Series


  • This is the first episode of the series.
  • The very first scene of the episode is mirrored.
  • This episode is Annie and Clarabel's only speaking roles in the first season.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of the Intersection in Thomas' Sodor Adventures.