“Down a mine, is he? Ha, ha, ha! What a joke!”

Down the Mine is the twenty-fifth episode of the first series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gordon the Big Engine.


One day while Thomas is waiting at the junction, Gordon, who is in disgrace after recently causing trouble by falling into a ditch, pulls in with some trucks. As soon as Gordon stops, Thomas jokes about him smelling of ditch water. Before Gordon can respond, Thomas leaves with his coaches.

Annie and Clarabel are shocked at Thomas' rudeness and scold him for it. Thomas is pleased with his clever joke though and heads off to collect trucks at the lead mines, leaving his coaches still in shock. The mine was made a long time ago by miners who dug tunnels under the ground; the roofs of the tunnels are strong enough to hold up trucks but not engines. At the points, there is a "Danger" board warning engines not to enter the area.

Thomas has often tried to pass the board, but has always failed. This time however, he has made a plan. When his fireman leaves the cab to change the points, Thomas bumps the trucks hard and knocks his driver off the footplate allowing him to pass the board. Then he moves over the unsafe rails, which collapse and leave him lodged in a small chasm and feeling very silly.

Then the Fat Controller arrives, having seen everything. After telling Thomas off for his naughtiness, he begins to think about how to get Thomas out. A crane would be too heavy for the ground to support, so he decides to call in Gordon to pull Thomas out. Thomas feels uneasy about this, given how much he laughed at Gordon for his own accident.

Shortly after hearing about Thomas' situation after, Gordon heads to the rescue laughing. Arriving at the scene with a winch attached to his buffer beam, Gordon promises to have Thomas out in no time. A long cable is fastened between them and after a lot of hard work and pulling, Gordon is able to finally free Thomas from the chasm. Thomas apologizes to Gordon for his cheekiness earlier. Gordon accepts Thomas' apology and tells him that he found his joke funny. Now both engines are in disgrace, so they agree to form an alliance and help each other in the future. With that, the two engines are coupled together and head back to the shed.





  • When Thomas shunts Annie and Clarabel, his eyes look wonky and Annie and Clarabel are missing their names. When we get a shot of Thomas rolling out of Knapford Station and to the mine, steam comes out of the side of Thomas' head.
  • In the sign's close-up, it says: "DANGER: Engines must not pass this board," but when Thomas passes the board, it says: "DANGER: Engines must not pass this point" instead.
  • When Gordon and Thomas leave the mine, Thomas' wheels drag along the line for a few seconds before he blows his whistle.
  • When the narrator says "But he (Thomas) didn't want to meet Gordon just yet," a small piece of hair is seen on the left side of Thomas' smoke box.
  • Thomas' side rods are in different positions both before and after he is pulled out of the mine.
  • When Annie and Clarabel say "He's dreadfully rude. I feel quite ashamed," Annie is facing the wrong way.
  • Due to reusing footage from the unaired pilot, Thomas' splashers briefly lose their lining.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Rumo à Mina
Chinese 去矿山
Croatian Rudnik
Czech V Dole
Danish Ned i Minen
Dutch De Mijn In
Finnish Kaivoksilla
French Dans la Mine
German In der Mine
Hebrew המכרה
Hungarian A Bánya
Italian La Locomotiva Sprofondata
Japanese あなにおちたトーマス
Norwegian Nede i Gruva
Polish W Kopalni
Romanian În Mină
Russian Паровоз провалился
Serbian U Rudniku
Slovak Dolú v Bání
Slovenian Padec v Rudnik
Spanish En la Mina
Swedish Ner i Gruvan
Thai โธมัสติดหล่ม
Ukrainian Глибоко у шахті
Welsh Lawr y Pwll



  • Tales from the Past Engines Pack (discontinued)


  • Thomas and Bertie and Thomas Down the Mine (discontinued)
  • Thomas Down the Mine (discontinued)

Home Media Releases


  • Further Adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
  • Coal and other stories
  • Troublesome Trucks, Coal and other stories
  • Bumper Special
  • Down the Mine and Other Stories
  • Your Favourite Story Collection
  • Chases, Races and Runaways
  • The Complete Series 1

DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection


  • Better Late Than Never and Other Stories (Ringo Starr's narration)
  • Thomas and His Friends Help Out
  • Thomas and His Friends Get Along
  • Best of Gordon
  • The Early Years (Ringo Starr's UK narration)
  • Thomas and Friends Classic Volume 1


  • Ultimate Thomas Collection
  • Thomas and His Friends Help Out/Thomas' Trackside Tunes Double Feature
  • Totally Thomas Volume 2
  • Totally Thomas Volume 3
  • Best Tales on the Tracks
  • Thomas' Useful Stories
  • Best of Collection


  • Coal and other stories
  • The Complete Series 1

DVD Boxsets

  • Complete Series 1-10
  • Classic Collection
  • Series One and Series Two Double Pack


  • Coal and other stories
  • Percy Runs Away and Other Stories
  • Bumper Video Collection Volume 3


  • The Talkative Trains


  • Stories to Raise Cooperation


  • Thomas the Tank Engine Volume 6
  • The Complete Works of Thomas the Tank Engine 1 Vol.7
  • The Complete DVD Box 1
  • I Love Thomas DVD Collection
  • Try to Get Along


  • Down the Mine


  • A Nasty Case
  • The Greatest Stories: The Adventures of Thomas, Percy and Gordon


  • A Train Thomas and Friends


  • Helping the Friends


  • Thomas the Tank Engine 3


  • Thomas and His Friends Vol. 3
  • Toby and the Elegant Men and 4 Other Adventures
  • In The Mine
  • Lots of Little Helpers

DVD Boxsets

  • Thomas and His Friends Box Set 2


  • Bertie's Race (Slovenian DVD)


  • Down the Mine and Other Stories (DVD)


  • Henry's Forest and Other Thomas Adventures
  • Tenders and Turntables and Other Adventures


  • The Grumpy Locomotive


  • Thomas and Percy

DVD Packs

  • Triple Pack 1


  • Thomas the Tank Engine 2


  • Thomas in Trouble


  • Letting Off Steam and 8 Other Stories


  • Thomas and Friends Season 1-4


  • Thomas and Friends Volume 3
  • Thomas and Friends Volume 1 (DVD)


  • Thomas and Friends - Volume 4


  • Thomas in Trouble and Other Stories
Series 1 Series 2 >>

#01 Thomas and Gordon #10 James and the Express #19 The Flying Kipper
#02 Edward and Gordon #11 Thomas and the Guard #20 Whistles and Sneezes
#03 The Sad Story of Henry #12 Thomas Goes Fishing #21 Toby and the Stout Gentleman
#04 Edward, Gordon and Henry #13 Thomas, Terence and the Snow #22 Thomas in Trouble
#05 Thomas' Train #14 Thomas and Bertie #23 Dirty Objects
#06 Thomas and the Trucks #15 Tenders and Turntables #24 Off the Rails
#07 Thomas and the Breakdown Train #16 Trouble in the Shed #25 Down the Mine
#08 James and the Coaches #17 Percy Runs Away #26 Thomas' Christmas Party
#09 Troublesome Trucks #18 Coal
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