Christmas Preparations is the first episode of the tenth season.

Christmas Preparations
Season 10, Episode 1
Air date November 22nd, 2012
Written by MainLineEngines
Directed by MainLineEngines
Episode guide
Nix's Halloween Tale
Tree Trouble (Season 10)


It was now November on the Island of Sodor, so the engines were getting ready for Christmas. All the engines liked this time, when they got to decorate their favourite stations. 

One morning, the engines at Tidmouth Sheds were discussing what stations they were helping decorate.

"I'm helping decorate Tidmouth", James boasted.

"Why is that special?", asked Henry.

"Well, it is the big main station here on the North Western Railway", he replied.

"Do u remember that Vicarstown was once the main station here."

"Yes, but now the sheds, yards, rails, Dieselworks, and scrap yards are ruins."

"Luckily, in 1934, the Fat Controller began a project to restore Vicarstown."

"And luckily in 1968, the Fat Controller purchased us to help", said an oily voice.

"With us, the station has transformed from a three rail, two platform station with parking lot, to a big four rail, covered station with plenty of sidings", said an identical oily voice.

"'Arry and Bert, what are you doing here?", asked Henry. "Aren't you suppose to be at the Dieselworks?"

"That we also restored", added 'Arry.

"Yes, but we decided to 'hang out' here, we'll be off", said Bert, and they hooted noisily away.

"Well, I'm helping decorate Maron", said Gordon.

"Oliver and I are decorating Arlesburgh West, and so is the Arlesdale Railway", said Duck.

"Donal' and I are helping decorate the other stations", added Douglas.

The three main line engines ignored them and paid attention to Delete.

"I'm helping decorate Ballahoo."

At Ffarquhar, Thomas had just returned from his stay in...

"a goods shed at Knapford", he was complaining to Percy, Toby, Annie, Clarabel, some trucks, and Daisy.

"I'm, he he, very", but then Percy burst out laughing, and it was lucky the Guard blew his whistle, but Thomas still made a face at him as he passed.

"Don't worry", soothed Toby, "that's how rough engines form. Like remember Dodger when he first came to Sodor, he wasn't as rough as he is now."

Daisy only said, "Poor Thomas. He has to spend nights in goods sheds."

And she whispered it to Henrietta and some trucks.

Later, David was talking to Dodger.

"Well, Vicarstown is looking great", David pointed out.

"Oh, it's nothing my Fireman got some sort of discount in a store for Christmas decorations, and so he let the stationmaster borrow some, given he has plenty. What station are you helping out?"

"Wellsworth, and Edward's doing Suddery. This is going to be a great Christmas."

(footage of engines delivering decorations)


  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Douglas
  • Delete
  • David
  • Dodger
  • 'Arry and Bert
  • Edward (non-speaking role)
  • Donald (non-speaking role)
  • Oliver (non-speaking role)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.