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The Afternoon Tea Express
Director(s)

David Baas

Producer(s)

Ian McCue
Halim Jabbour

Writer(s)

Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson

Narrator

Mark Moraghan

Air date

October 22nd,
2013 (AUS)
November 17th,
2013 (JAP)
March 27th,
2014 (HUN)
July 6th,
2014 (UK)
November 6th,
2014 (US)
April 30th,
2015 (GER)

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The Afternoon Tea Express is the twenty-sixth episode of the seventeenth season.

Plot

Stephen becomes very excited when the Earl gives him the special job of collecting the ingredients for the afternoon teas at the Castle. But Spencer teases him about being too old and slow. Stephen is cross, but is soon steaming around Sodor picking up all the ingredients. But soon, Gordon puffs up behind him, and tells him to hurry up. He then pushes Stephen quickly along the rails up to the junction to Ulfstead Castle. Spencer is surprised to see Stephen back so soon.

Stephen pretends to have been really fast. Over the next few days, Stephen is pushed by, Thomas, James and Emily, making him super fast. But when he is collecting jam for the Earl, Lady Hatt and the Fat Controller, none of the engines are there to push him. However, he finds Spencer, who pushes him faster than the others up to the castle. But he goes so fast, he can't stop and biffs into the buffers at Ulfstead Castle, making the jam fly all over the Earl, Lady Hatt and the Fat Controller.

After he apologises, he takes the visitors to the castle on a tour of Sodor whilst getting more jam, and realises that going slow is not that bad after all.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the seventeenth season.
  • This is the final episode narrated by Kalle Øby in Norway.

Goofs

  • Stephen has his old, black funnel.
  • The open-topped carriage constantly changes height throughout the episode.
  • Stephen's trucks swap places during his journey.
  • The narrator uses the UK term "truck" at one point in the US narration.
  • Lady Hatt has her UK voice in the US.
  • When Stephen and Gordon go over the camera, Gordon seems to be pulling less than six carriages when in the next few shots he has six carriages.
  • When the narrator is talking about Stephen getting pushed by other engines, he says "The next day" even though Stephen's runs are weekly.
  • When the barrels of jam fly onto the platform at Ulfstead Castle, the narrator says that the barrels "smashed to the ground". However, the barrels never broke, they remained completely intact.

Merchandise

  • Take-n-Play - Stephen's Sticky Delivery
  • Books - The Rocket Returns
  • Magazine stories - The Afternoon Tea Express

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Thee met een Sneltreinvaart Tea with an Express Speed
Greek Το απογευματινό εξπρές του τσαγιού Afternoon Tea Express
Norwegian Ettermiddagsteekspressen The Afternoon Tea Express
Japanese アフタヌーンティーきゅうこう The Afternoon Tea Express
Spanish El Expreso del Té de la Tarde The Afternoon Tea Express
Polish Herbatkowy ekspres The Tea Express
Hungarian A délutáni tea expressz The Afrernoon Tea Express
Italian L'Espresso del Tè delle Cinque The Five 'o Clock Tea Express
Ukrainian Експрес-Підвечірок Express-Afternoon
Russian Послеобеденное чаепитие Afternoon Tea Party
Portuguese O Expresso do Chá da tarde The Afternoon Tea Express
Romanian Ceaiul de După-Amiază Afternoon Tea
Czech Expres odpoledního čaje Afternoon Tea Express
German Die Kaffeefahrt The Coffee Trip
Thai รถด่วนน้ำชายามบ่าย Afternoon Tea Express
Latvian Pēcpusdienā tēja express Afternoon Tea Express

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Packs

AUS

  • Spills and Thrills

US

CHN

NL

  • Spills and Thrills

DVD Boxsets

Thailand

Gallery

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