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"Hurray for Percy! Hurray for Thomas!"
— The children
Percy the Snowman

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Lizzie Ennever


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

March 24th,
2011 (UK)
April 30th,
2011 (US)
December 8th,
2011 (AUS)
December 24th,
2012 (JAP)
January 12th,
2013 (NOR)

Previous episode

Wonky Whistle

Next episode

Tree Trouble

Percy the Snowman is the eighteenth episode of the fifteenth season.


Thomas is asked to take Sir Topham Hatt to switch on the Christmas tree lights at the Town Square after he is finished all his other jobs. On his way, Thomas meets Percy who has been pushed by some troublesome trucks. Thomas tells Percy that he has a special job to do, which upsets Percy; he has finished his jobs and he has not been given a special. Thomas does not want Percy to be sad, so he agrees to share his special with his best friend. Thomas tells Percy to wait in the siding until he's finished his jobs and Percy warns Thomas to take care; snow can be tricky. Thomas is sure he knows all about snow and ignores the warning. Thomas puffs to the docks where he is coupled to a flatbed of machinery destined for Maithwaite station. On his way to Maithwaite, Thomas speeds past Percy, inadvertently spraying his friend with snow. Percy calls to Thomas to slow down, but Thomas does not hear him.

After delivering his machinery to Maithwaite, Thomas heads to his next job at the McColl Farm. Once there, he is coupled up to a flatbed of milk churns. On his way to the dairy, he passes Percy and snow sprays over the little green engine again. This time he is completely covered. At the dairy, Thomas is uncoupled and all of his jobs are now complete. Thomas races back to collect Percy, but he can't see him anywhere! Thomas soon becomes anxious as he still can't see Percy and is running late. Then Gordon thunders past, spraying snow over a small bush at the side of the line. This makes Thomas think that he cannot see Percy as he must have sprayed his friend with snow, completely covering him like the bush. Thomas spots a big snowy shape next to him and decides it must be Percy. His decision proves to be correct, when a lump of snow falls revealing Percy's face. Percy is sad; his firebox has gone out, so he won't be able to share Thomas' special. Thomas is sorry and confesses that his friend was right, snow is tricky and he knows nothing about it. Thomas has an idea and promises that Percy will share the special.

Thomas races to Knapford where the Fat Controller, dressed as Father Christmas, is waiting. Thomas tells the Fat Controller his plan to take the Winter party to Percy. The Fat Controller thinks it's a grand idea and they set off to the Town Square. Once there, the Fat Controller turns on the Christmas lights and then invites the children to board Annie and Clarabel. Thomas soon arrives at the siding, where Percy is still feeling sad. But he soon cheers up when he sees the children. Thomas declares that Percy the snow engine is the children's special surprise. The children cheer and even the Fat Controller chuckles!




  • Almost every television guide in the UK refers to this episode as The Snowman. This could mean that this was the original title.
  • This episode aired before Day of the Diesels premiered, meaning the audience would not know who Flynn is.
  • The episode was renarrated for UK DVDs to replace the "Winter Holidays" lines with "Christmas Holidays".
  • Original storyboard drawings show that Bash and Dash may have meant to appear in this episode, and that a village similar to Ulfstead would have also appeared. A CGI re-enactment of a shot from Don't Tell Thomas would also have been seen.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゆきだるまのパーシー Percy of Snowman
Norwegian Snømannen Percy Percy the Snowman
Polish Piotrek w śniegu Percy in the Snow
German Percy die Schneelok Percy the Snow Engine
French Percy le bonhomme de neige Percy the Snowman
Russian Рождественское Поручение Christmas Order
Chinese 雪人培西 Snowman Percy
Korean 눈사람이 된 퍼시 A Snowman is Percy
Italian Percy lo Sbuffaneve Percy the Snowpuffer
Finnish Pekka Lumiukko Percy the Snowman
Hungarian Percy a hóember Percy the Snowman
Catalan El ninot de neu Percy Percy the Snowman
Romanian Percy Omul de Zăpadă Percy the Snowman
Czech Sněhulák Percy Percy the Snowman
Thai เพอร์ซี่เป็นสโนว์แมน Percy is a Snowman

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  • Merry Christmas, Thomas!