New Coal is the fifthieth episode of the fourth season. It is also the first episode of The Coal Marathon.

New Coal
Season 4, Episode 50
Air date January 12, 2012
Written by HenryDashPaxton3000
Directed by HenryDashPaxton3000
Episode guide
Trucks All Day
Smoke and Steam


The North Western Railroad starts to use new coal, but it creates Black Smoke and Steam, and creates a lot of ash. All except Henry use it. Gordon one day finds out he cannot pull the Express up the hill because of so many ashes in the Ash Tray. Bear takes his train, meanwhile Henry is waiting for Thomas, but he is very late by the time he comes. Annie and Clarabel have to speak to Henry, as Thomas feels too 'Stuffed Up'. He makes it barely to Ffaquahar, but cannot take his train no further. Daisy takes Annie and Clarabel. Just as Thomas puffs into the Ffaquahar Sheds, Mavis comes in with Toby, he could shunt no more Trucks for today. Percy, with his face all black comes in just a few seconds later. The three Drivers and Firemen wonder what type of 'High Grade Coal' this is. The Fat Controller is surprised to see the Tank Engines broken down. He tells them for now to dealt with it.


  • Henry
  • Annie
  • Clarabel
  • The Fat Controller
  • Daisy (non-speaking role)
  • Mavis (non-speaking role)
  • Thomas (non-speaking role)
  • Gordon (non-speaking role)
  • James (non-speaking role)
  • Percy (non-speaking role)
  • Toby (non-speaking role)
  • Bear (mentioned)
  • Pip and Emma (mentioned)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)


  • Some of this story plot is similiar to 'Out of Puff'.


At last Thomas arrived.

"Why are you late", snapped Henry

"Very sorry", began Annie, "..but uh,"

"He had so many ashes, he was late", finished Clarabel.

"Very well excused girls", Henry replied smoothelly, "Just 'member I have a Time Table to keep up"

Henry puffed away. Then Thomas' Conductor blew his whistle, and Thomas, steaming Black Smoke puffed away.

Annie and Clarabel defend Thomas for being late.

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