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"Cinders and ashes!"
"You mean gunpowder and chemicals! That's what fireworks are made of.
— Thomas and Stephen watching the fireworks
Too Many Fire Engines

David Baas


Ian McCue
Halim Jabbour


Andrew Brenner


Mark Moraghan

Air date

October 8th,
2013 (US)
October 14th,
2013 (AUS)
October 20th,
2013 (JAP)
November 5th,
2013 (UK)
March 19th,
2014 (HUN)
November 10th,
2014 (GER)

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No Snow for Thomas

Too Many Fire Engines is the sixteenth episode of the seventeenth season.


One day, Thomas is taking the Fat Controller, along with a team of railway inspectors around Sodor. The inspectors are pleased with what they have seen so far, and the Fat Controller tells Thomas to go to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. Thomas quickly sets off.

At the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, Belle and Flynn are trying to see who can shoot water further as they wait for the railway inspectors to arrive. Flynn is just about to shoot water out of his cannons, when Thomas arrives with the railway inspectors. The Fat Controller explains how Belle has water cannons fitted to her boiler to fight fires. The inspectors are impressed, so the Fat Controller continues, saying how Flynn can run on both rails and roads. The railway inspectors are even more impressed, but wonder if there really needs to be two fire engines, which makes Belle and Flynn worry. But the Fat Controller suggests otherwise, which makes the pair of fire engines feel relieved just as the emergency bell rings. Butch arrives and explains that there is a fire in a shed near Wellsworth. Belle races off to put out the fire on the rails, but Flynn uses his road wheels instead, due to the road route being faster.

As Flynn reaches the shed, one of his tyres flattens and he has to stop, out of action. Flynn watches helplessly as Belle puts the fire out by herself. Thomas, Annie, Clarabel, and the railway inspectors all congratulate Belle for her excellent skills, but Flynn is very disappointed. Butch arrives to tow him back to the Rescue Centre, and tries to encourage him, which makes the fire engine feel better.

A few days later, the alarm sounds again. Rocky tells Flynn that Harold has spotted a forest fire near Arlesdale End. Flynn is unsure at first, until Rocky reminds him that he is the only fire engine available. Flynn sets off on the rails to prevent another flat tyre. He races by Wellsworth, passing Thomas with his coaches. Unknown to Flynn, Belle had already gone to the scene of the fire. As Flynn nears Arlesdale End, he sees the smoke, but it seems to turn into steam. As he rounds a bend, he sees that Belle had already put it out. Flynn is disappointed again and starts to believe that the railway inspectors were right.

A few days later, Thomas arrives at Flynn's shed and tells him that the Fat Controller wants him to go to the Ulfstead Castle Fireworks display, to watch out for fire, but Flynn refuses to go, saying Belle can go instead. Thomas goes off and tells Belle to go instead. That night, Thomas arrives with visitors at Ulfstead Castle to watch the fireworks. Belle is there too, watching in case of a fire.

Meanwhile, Flynn is sulking in his shed, just as Butch arrives and warns him of a fire. At first, Flynn is reluctant, until Butch tells him that the fire is at Brendam Docks and that Belle cannot go because she has to stay at the castle. Now, Flynn is motivated to go and leaves at once.

At the Docks, the dock workers are desperately trying to put out the fire, just as Flynn arrives and quickly puts it out. Flynn feels proud and realises that the Fat Controller does need two fire engines after all.




  • Ben Small takes over the role of Flynn in this episode. Steven Kynman also takes over the role of Butch in the US version.
  • In the UK version, the fade effects are missing.
  • In the UK, the air date of this episode was held back until the 5th November to coincide with Guy Fawkes Night.
  • Going by production order, this is the sixth episode of the seventeenth season.
  • This episode marks the first time an episode has aired in the US, Australia, and Japan before airing in the UK.
  • The events of this episode were mentioned by Flynn in the nineteenth season episode Rocky Rescue.


  • When Flynn sets off for Wellsworth, he does not have his trailer. However, he mysteriously gains it on his way there.
  • When Belle leaves to go to the first fire, there is nobody in her cab.
  • When Flynn diverts to the other track towards Belle, the points are set in the opposite direction.
  • When Flynn shows the inspectors how he can switch from rail to road, Annie and Clarabel disappear.
  • After Belle and Flynn have shot water at the tree on the slope, Belle lowers her water cannons, but in the next shot of her, they are still raised, and then in the next shot they are down again.
  • In the first head shot of Thomas, he begins to move. Then in the shot directly after that, he begins to move again.
  • The inside of Belle's cab is not rendered properly when she is fighting the fire at Arlesdale End.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Zu viele Feuerwehrloks Too Many Fire Locomotives
Japanese ソドーとうをまもるしょうぼうしゃ The Fire Engines who Protect the Island of Sodor
Norwegian For mange brannlokomotiver Too Many Fire Engines
Spanish Demasiados trenes bomberos Too Many Fire Trains
Polish Za dużo pojazdów strażackich Too Much Firefighting Vehicles
Hungarian Tűzoltóból sosem elég From Fire is Never Enough
Russian Слишком много пожарных Too Much Fire
Ukrainian Забагато Пожежних Машин Too Many Fire Engines
Portuguese Várias locomotivas de bombeiro Several Firefighting Locomotives
Romanian Prea Multe Locomotive Pompier Too Many Fireman Locomotive
Greek Πολλά πυροσβεστικά οχήματα Many Fire Locomotives
Czech Příliš mnoho požárních lokomotiv Too Many Fire Engines
Thai รถดับเพลิงล้นเหลือ Fire is Abundatly
Lithuanian Per daug gaisrinės Too Much Fire

Home Media Releases



  • Santa's Little Engine (Bonus Feature)




  • No More Mr. Nice Engine (Chinese DVD)


  • Too Many Fire Engines


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