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"Howdy, everybody. Thomas is overloaded right now. I'll whistle for him!"
— Hank

Heave Ho Thomas! is the sixth episode of the twelfth season.


Thomas is called to the docks to meet a new engine, who is reported to be very strong. The new engine, Hank, who has a broad American accent, calls Thomas little, to which the blue tank engine takes offence. So, when Thomas has to do some jobs and show Hank around, Thomas decides to take all the wagons to prove that he is not little, but all he does is crack his cylinder. Thomas then has to ask Hank for help. Hank agrees and the two engines deliver the trucks. They later arrive at Knapford station for Hank's welcome party.




  • Pre-filmed footage from Thomas Puts the Brakes On is used.
  • Hank's theme is an instrumental version of "Hail to the Chief."
  • The diesel engine from Emily and the Special Coaches is one of Thomas' loads.
  • In the episode, Henry, Gordon, James, and Percy do not have CGI faces when they are at Knapford, but they do in promotional images.
  • When Hank puffs into Knapford, his driver is not in CGI.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Hank to date.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Farmer McColl in full CGI.


  • The Fat Controller says "You are all here to welcome the new engine," but only Thomas and Percy are there.
  • When Thomas backs up to the machine trucks, his steam platform is visible.
  • In the shot of Thomas' cylinder, look and you will see that he does not have a driver or a fireman.
  • In a close-up of Thomas' wheels spinning at Farmer McColl's, Thomas has no face.
  • When Thomas' cylinders crack, he is missing his trucks.
  • When Hank pushes Thomas into Knapford, Henry is wearing one of Gordon's face masks.
  • When Hank is talking at Knapford, the line behind him ends in bushes.
  • When Thomas says "Thank you, Hank," look at the engines' faces: they are not properly adjusted to the angle of the engines.
  • When Thomas and Hank arrived at the shunting yards, the coal trucks on the upper level are derailed.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すごいぞトーマス! Awesome Thomas!
French Hank le costaud Hank the Strong
Finnish Tuomas ja Aki Thomas and Hank
German Thomas übernimmt Thomas Takes Over
Italian Ciao a te Thomas! Hi to you Thomas!
Spanish Fuerza, Thomas! Force, Thomas!
Portuguese Força Thomas Thomas Strength
Indonesian Ayo Tarik, Thomas! Come Pull, Thomas!
Polish Za Ciężko dla Tomka Too Hard for Thomas
Czech A dost Tomáši A Lot Thomas
Slovak A dosť Thomas And Fairy Thomas
Chinese 用力拉哟 托马斯 Pull You Thomas
Thai แฮงค์หัวรถจักรคันใหม่ Hank the Engine Cars

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


  • Heave Ho!
  • The Best of Thomas
  • The Complete Twelfth Series

DVD Boxsets

US/Latin America

DVD Boxsets