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"This is the finest statue I've ever seen!"
"And the cleanest!
— The Mayor and the Fat Controller

The Lion of Sodor is the second episode of the thirteenth season.


Thomas is given the job of transporting a crate containing a very special statue called The Lion of Sodor. However, he thinks his cargo is a real lion, so he decides to take extra care of it. Throughout his journey to Knapford, Thomas decides to make sure that the lion is well fed and comfortable, so he collects syrup from Henry, fish from Edward and straw from Toby, which are all placed inside the crate. When Thomas arrives at Knapford station, the crate is opened up and everyone is shocked to see the Lion of Sodor in a terrible mess. Thomas feels very silly and owns up to what he thought of his cargo. The Fat Controller and Henry explain that the Lion of Sodor was a special statue which got broken. Thomas' cargo was the new statue of the Lion. Feeling silly, Thomas agrees to get the statue clean. Taking advice from Henry and Edward, Thomas gets it cleaned at the wash-down and then polished at the Sodor Steamworks. Once the Lion of Sodor looks very clean, Thomas takes Toby's advice to a short-cut via the windmill to get back to Knapford station, where the Mayor of Sodor is very pleased to see the new statue.




  • This episode marked the first of a few things:
    • The Mayor of Sodor's first speaking role.
    • The first appearance of the Viaduct since the seventh season and its first appearance in CGI.
  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in October 2010.


  • When Thomas arrives at the docks, the flatbed is missing its axles. Also, when he first arrives, it is lighter in colour.
  • Toby said he only has straw in his trucks, but as he had flatbeds, he should have said on his trucks.
  • The narrator said Thomas' engineer (driver) put the syrup in the lion's crate, but it's really his fireman (identified by his moustache).


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Løven på Sodor The Lion on Sodor
Dutch De Leeuw van Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Japanese ソドーとうのライオン The Lion of Sodor Island
Welsh Y Lew O Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Swedish Sodors lejon Sodor's Lion
German Der Löwe von Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Brazilian Portuguese O Leão de Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Finnish Sodorin Leijona Sodor's Lion
Danish Løven fra Sodor The Lion from Sodor
Polish Lew Sodor The Lion of Sodor
French Le lion de Chicalor The Lion of Sodor
Italian Il Leone di Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Chinese 多多岛的狮子王 The Lion King of Sodor
Korean 소도어의 사자 The Lion of Sodor
Greek Το λιοντάρι του σοντορ The Lion of Sodor
Czech Sodorský Lev Pean Lion of Sodor
Indonesian Singa dari Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Russian Сидорский лев Lion of Sodor
Hungarian Sodor oroszlánja Lion of Sodor
Romanian Leul din Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Serbian Lav od Sodora The Lion of Sodor
Spanish El León de Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Slovak Sodorský lev The Lion of Sodor
Catalan El Lleó de Sodor The Lion of Sodor
Thai ราชสีห์แห่งโซดอร์ Lion Chain of Sodor

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


  • The Lion of Sodor

DVD Packs

AUS/Arabia/Rest of Europe

  • The Lion of Sodor





DVD Boxsets

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