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Tree Trouble is the nineteenth episode of the fifteenth season.
It is Christmas on Sodor and Knapford station is brightly decorated. Percy tells Thomas that Dowager Hatt is talking to the Diesels. Thomas is intrigued and chuffs closer to listen to what is going on. Thomas discovers that Dowager Hatt is going to the Dieselworks to see the Christmas tree. She wants to see the tallest and grandest tree. Thomas interrupts, stating that the Steamworks should have a big tree too. The idea of a competition excites Dowager Hatt, who agrees.
Later on, Thomas and Percy are at the Sodor Steamworks where Thomas tells Victor about the competition. All of a sudden, the engines hear loud horns coming from outside - it is Diesel, Den, and Dart. The Diesels tell Thomas that they will win the competition, but Thomas knows where he can find good festive trees and he sets off with the Diesels trailing behind.
Soon, the group arrives at Maithwaite Station. On the platform are two Christmas trees. The Diesels are impressed by the trees, but Thomas is not. He knows where he can find even better trees! So he heads off to Maron station with the Diesels close behind. On the platform are two more trees. Once again the Diesels are impressed, but Thomas dismisses them as they are not "grand" enough. Thomas knows that the best place for grand trees is Misty Island, so he hastily sets off with Diesel, Den, and Dart in close pursuit. At the Logging Station, the Logging Locos are surprised to see their new visitors. Thomas asks them to find a grand Christmas tree for the Steamworks and Diesel asks them to find one for the Dieselworks.
Soon, the trees have been found and both Thomas and the Diesels agree that they are very grand indeed. Thomas is determined to be the first to arrive back on Sodor to win the competition. He is soon coupled up and racing away with the Diesels very close behind. As Thomas speeds out of the Misty Island Tunnel, he sees a frightening sight - Gordon puffing straight towards them with the express. Thomas judders, making the tree roll off of the flatbed and onto the rails. Diesel pulls up sharply so that he doesn't roll over Thomas' tree, but the sudden jerk makes his tree roll onto the rails too. Then, with Gordon thundering towards them, Thomas reverses - crushing the tree. Diesel reverses too, and does the same to his tree.
Without any trees, Thomas, Diesel, Den, and Dart roll sadly to the Dieselworks where Dowager Hatt is waiting with Mavis and Salty. Dowager Hatt asks where their trees are and Thomas confesses that he is responsible for them being destroyed. Thomas can see that the Diesels are upset and he wants to make amends. Soon Thomas puffs back to Misty Island on his own. He arrives at the Jobi Woods, where the Logging Locos give him another tree. Thomas hurries back to the Dieselworks where the tree is put on display. Den, Dart, and Diesel are very pleased with their tree. One-by-one, Thomas' friends arrive with decorations and soon the tree is brightly decorated which pleases Dowager Hatt. Thomas and his friends then go on to wish the Diesels "a happy Winter holidays." This makes even devious Diesel smile.
- Bash and Dash
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Dowager Hatt
- Mavis (does not speak)
- Salty (does not speak)
- Victor (does not speak)
- Ol' Wheezy (does not speak)
- Hee-Haw (does not speak)
- Henry (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- Toby (cameo)
- Emily (cameo)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- Kevin (cameo)
- The Fireman (cameo)
- The Teacher (cameo)
- Two Schoolgirls (cameo)
- The Tree Specialists (cameo)
- One of Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
- Albert's Wife (cameo)
- The Female Puppet Show Entertainer (cameo)
- Island of Sodor
- Vicarstown Dieselworks
- Sodor Steamworks
- Whispering Woods
- Whistling Woods Junction
- M.C. BUNN
- Sodor Search and Rescue Centre
- Misty Island Tunnel
- Misty Island
- The Logging Station
- Shake Shake Bridge
- The Jobi Woods
- Ben Small as Thomas and Ferdinand
- Rupert Degas as Dart
- Kerry Shale as Diesel
- Keith Wickham as Gordon, Percy, Dash, Den, the Fat Controller and Dowager Hatt
- Matt Wilkinson as Bash
- Martin Sherman as Thomas and Percy
- Michael Brandon as Diesel
- Rupert Degas as Dart
- William Hope as Bash
- Kerry Shale as Gordon, Dash and Sir Topham Hatt
- Keith Wickham as Den and Dowager Hatt
- Glenn Wrage as Ferdinand
- This episode aired before Day of the Diesels premiered, this means that the audience would not know about Den, Dart, and the Dieselworks.
- The episode was renarrated for UK DVDs to replace the "Winter Holidays" lines with "Christmas Holidays."
- Jules de Jongh is credited in the US credits despite none of her characters speaking in that dub.
- Diesel and Dart do not have lamps on whilst going through the Misty Island Tunnel.
- Take-n-Play - Tree Trouble at the Dieselworks set
In Other Languages
|Spanish||El Árbol Más Alto||The Tallest Tree|
|Japanese||ツリーをかざろう!||Let's Decorate Tree!|
|German||Der Baum-Wettstreit||The Tree Contest|
|Polish||Kłopoty z Choinką||The Trouble with Christmas Trees|
|Hungarian||A fa probléma||The Tree Problem|
|French||La Chasse au Sapin||The Fir Hunt|
|Hebrew||התחרות על העץ||The Competition Over the Tree|
|Korean||크리스마스 트리 찾기||Find the Christmas Tree|
|Italian||Il Più Bell'Albero di Natale||The Most Beautiful Christmas Tree|
|Russian||Самая высокая ель||Highest Spruse|
|Romanian||Probleme cu Bradul||Tree Problems|
|Czech||Trable se stromy||Trouble with Tress|
|Portuguese||A árvore de natal||The Christmas Tree|
Home Media Releases
|<< Season 14||Season 15||Season 16 >>|
|#01||Gordon and Ferdinand||#08||Up, Up and Away!||#15||Big Belle|
|#02||Toby and Bash||#09||Henry's Happy Coal||#16||Kevin the Steamie|
|#03||Emily and Dash||#10||Let it Snow||#17||Wonky Whistle|
|#04||Percy's New Friends||#11||Surprise, Surprise||#18||Percy the Snowman|
|#05||Edward the Hero||#12||Spencer the Grand||#19||Tree Trouble|
|#06||James to the Rescue||#13||Stop that Bus!||#20||Fiery Flynn|
|#07||Happy Hiro||#14||Stuck on You||