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Really Useful Engine
Writer(s)

Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell

Singer(s)

Steven Page (Magic Railroad)
Robert Hartshorne
The Kidmore Children's Choir
(The Adventure Begins)

Air date

October 7, 1996
October 14th, 2015 (US)

Really Useful Engine, alternately titled A Really Useful Engine, is the last song from the fourth season dedicated to Thomas and the first music video in the UK. In the US, it was first introduced in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Missing Whistles. An orchestral and shortened version of the song, with the original children's voices and added backup vocals by Steven Page, was used in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. A third version was made, with vocals by Robert Hartshorne and the Kidmore Children's Choir and slightly modified lyrics for The Adventure Begins.

Lyrics

The Adventure Begins Version

He's a really useful engine, you know
All the other engines they'll tell you so
He huffs and puffs and whistles, rushing to and fro
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's a really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the one you know (UK/US version 1)/he's the number one (UK/US bonus feature music video)
Thomas The Tank Engine!
He's a really useful engine, you know
'Cos The Fat Controller, he told him so (UK version 2 and bonus feature music video)/Sir Topham Hatt, well, he told him so (US version 2 and bonus feature music video)
Now he's got a branch line, to call his very own
He's the really useful engine we adore
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas The Tank Engine!
Little blue train, he's always there
Whenever you need a hand
If you need help with a situation
Who comes into mind?
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the number one
Thomas The Tank Engine!
He's a really useful engine, you know
'Cos The Fat Controller he told him so (UK Version 1)
Maybe little, but he's never slow (US Version 1)
Stand back in amazement, just you watch him go
He's the really useful engine we adore!
He's the one, he's the one
He's the really useful engine that we adore
He's the one, he's the one you know
Thomas The Tank Engine!
Thomas The Tank Engine!

Characters

CGI Series

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • One of Dowager Hatt's Friends
  • The Ginger-Haired Boy

Episodes

CGI Series

Trivia

  • A version without subtitles is seen on Your Favourite Story Collection.
  • This is the fourth song to be rereleased with different lyrics and footage. The first was Engine Roll Call, the second was Go, Go Thomas and the third was Working Together.
  • The Adventure Begins version of this song is the first song since Where, oh Where is Thomas? to be sung by children.
  • In The Adventure Begins, as Thomas approaches Edward before he says, "What are you so happy about today, Thomas?", Thomas can be heard humming the song. This is only present in the US version.
  • A small riff of this song is heard in Philip to the Rescue when Edward tells Thomas that Philip reminds him of a little tank engine who wanted to see the world.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やくにたつきかんしゃ  Useful Engine
Norwegian Jeg er en Veldig Nyttig Lokomotiv (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) I Am a Really Useful Locomotive (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Greek Εγω πραγματικά χρήσιμο τρένο (Ο μαγικός κόσμος του Τόμας) I'm a Really Useful Train (The Magical World of Thomas)
Hebrew מנוע באמת שימושי (תומס ומסילת הקסמים) Really Useful Engine (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
German Eine Lok Und Nützlich im Gebrauch A Useful Locomotive in Use
Danish Et Nyt Lokomotiv er Også Nyttig (Thomas og den Magiske Jernbanen) A New Locomotive is Also Useful (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Portuguese Ele é Muito Prestativo It is Very Helpful
Portuguese (Magic Railroad) O Locomotiva Realmente Útil The Really Useful Locomotive
French Un Locomoteur de Utile Vraiment A Really Useful Engine
French (Canadian) Le Moteur de Vraiment Utile The Really Useful Train
Swedish Jag är en Riktigt Användbar Lokomotiv I Am a Really Useful Locomotive
Spanish Una Locomotora Realmente Útil A Really Useful Locomotive
Spanish (Magic Railroad) Una Locomotora Genial [Hispanoamérica]

Un Motor que Gran Adoración [España]

A Great Locomotive (Hispanic America)

A Great Engine Worship (Castilian)

Catalan Una Locomotora és També Útil A Locomotive is Also Useful

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