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"I will catch up with the runaway kite! I'll huff, and I'll puff with all of my might! I'm the fastest engine on Sodor!"
— Thomas
Thomas and the Runaway Kite

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Louise Kramskoy


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

February 10th,
2010 (UK)
February 17th,
2010 (AUS)
July 28th,
2010 (JAP)
October 30th,
2010 (US)
November 13th,
2011 (NOR)

Previous episode

A Blooming Mess

Next episode

Steamy Sodor

Thomas and the Runaway Kite is the thirteenth episode of the thirteenth season.


It is the day of the Sodor Kite Festival and Thomas must collect the winner's cup from Brendam Docks. After collecting it, Thomas stops on Gordon's Hill, to find Stephen and Bridget Hatt flying their kite. Suddenly, they spot Thomas and wave to him. In doing so, Stephen loses the kite to the wind. Thomas races after it and spends all day trying to catch it. After declining help from Edward, Percy, Emily and Charlie, Thomas soon realises he needs help after he uses up all of his coal. The engines eventually help him and they successfully catch the kite when it lands and gets snagged on a signal. Thomas collects Stephen and Bridget to take them to the festival and their kite is declared the winner, much to Thomas' delight.




  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in January 2010.
  • This episode could have been inspired by the magazine story Thomas and the Kite.
  • This is the only episode where Stephen Hatt is voiced by Matt Wilkinson in the UK version.


  • When Edward asks Thomas if he can help him catch the kite, he appears to be pulling two flatbeds, but a few seconds later when he passes Thomas, he is only pulling one.
  • When the engines find the kite, James can be heard whistling, but he is not with the other engines.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Finnish Leija Karkuteillä Runaway Kite
Norwegian Thomas og den løpske dragen Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Japanese トーマスのだいついせき Tracking of Thomas
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Pipa Perdida Thomas and the Lost Kite
German Thomas auf Drachenjagd Thomas on Kite Hunt
Welsh Barcud gwyllt Wild Kite
Danish Thomas og dragen, der fløj væk Thomas and the Kite Flying Away
Polish Tomek i Pogoń za Latawcem Thomas and Pursuit of Kites
Russian Змей-Путешественник Snake Travellers
Greek Ο Τομας και ο χαμένος χαρταετός Thomas and the Lost Kite
Italian Thomas e l'Aquilone Thomas and the Kite
Arabic مهرجان الطائرات الورقية Kite Festival
Spanish Thomas y la Cometa Perdida Thomas and the Lost Comet
Hungarian Thomas és a szökevény papírsárkány Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Chinese 托马斯和飘远的风筝 Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Korean 토마스와 달아난 연 Thomas and Fled Opened
Indonesian Thomas dan Layangan Putus Thomas and Disconnect Kites
Romanian Thomas și Zmeul Fugar Thomas and the Kite Fugitive
Serbian Tomas i odbegli zmaj Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Czech Drak na útěku The Dragon on the Run
Slovak Drak na úteku Dragon on the Run
Catalan En Thomas i l'estel fugitiu Thomas and the Runaway Star
Thai โธมัสกับว่าว Thomas' Kite
Swedish Thomas och den förrymda draken Thomas and the Runaway Kite

Home Media Releases



  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite

DVD Packs


  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite




  • Thomas on Kite Hunt

DVD Boxsets



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