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"Well, well, well! The Brothers Grimm: Smashed, Broken, and Sunk!"
— Thomas

Horrid Lorry is the second episode of the fifth season.


One morning, Percy is late with his train to the docks. Cranky begins to criticise Percy, but Percy complains there is too much work. Cranky suggests it would be better if lorries did his work. Percy is shocked by this. Later at the sheds, Percy tells the other engines what Cranky had said. The other engines are dismissive, but Percy worries that lorries might actually come. Soon three lorries do arrive and Cranky is delighted. One of the lorries is rude towards Percy. Later, when Percy sees Thomas and James, he finds another lorry being rude to them. At the quarry, Toby runs across another lorry. Toby's driver tells Toby to ignore the lorry and they proceed to the flour mill. But when they arrive ay the flour mill, Toby is shocked to find yet another lorry. The lorry tells Toby that they are doing his jobs now. The foreman tells Toby's driver that he is sorry for Toby's replacement.

Toby's driver then tells him they can head to the farms. As Toby trundles toward the farms, he watches a lorry having trouble navigating on a treacherous road. The lorry then falls off a cliff and crashes into some rocks below. The smashed lorry is taken to the docks where Percy begins to laugh at him. Butch arrives with the lorry from the flour mill. The tow truck driver explains to Toby's driver that the lorry was overloaded with flour and broke down. James whistles excitedly as he watches men bringing the third lorry in on a barge. Another workman elaborates that the lorry reversed into the sea. Thomas arrives, laughing at the lorries and calling them "The Brothers Grim": "Smashed", "Broken", and "Sunk". The lorries promise to return, but never do. The engines commit themselves to their work to insure the lorries never return.




  • Mirrored stock footage from Thomas and the Special Letter is used.
  • When the Lorry's driver says "Rotten roads!", music is heard in the US narration, but not in the UK version.
  • "The Brother's Grimm" is a reference to the two German scholars best known for publishing many well-known folk and fairy tales.
  • Butch does not have a face in this episode.


  • When Lorry 2 is being rude to Toby, his eye mechanism is visible through his window.
  • Lorry 1 returns covered in algae and seaweed as if he were submerged, but he was not; he merely ran into the sea. He later gains some more when Thomas sees him.
  • When Henry says "We engines run this island!", his tender is uncoupled.
  • When one of the lorries talks to Toby, the lorry's driver appears to be made of paper.
  • When Lorry 2 falls off the cliff, the crash sound is a bit delayed.
  • Lorry 2's driver would have been killed in real life.
  • When James questions what happened to Lorry 1, Michael Angelis uses his regular voice for the entire line.
  • James has Duck's whistle sound when the third lorry is brought into the docks on a barge.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Edward's train.


  • Lorry 2: (referring to Percy): What's that steaming lump of scrap iron doing here? Be off with you!
  • Percy: Scrap iron?! Steaming scrap iron?!


  • Lorry 1 (referring to Percy): Oh look, a little green goblin on wheels. You'll be scrapped. Just you wait and see.


  • Lorry 2: Well well well. No wonder this railway's in a mess, you belong in a museum, not working in a quarry.
  • Toby: Well I might look old, but I'm really useful.
  • Lorry 2: Useful?! Pah! Just you toodle off!
  • Toby: Toodle?!


  • Percy: (after seeing the wrecked lorry) What's this lump of steaming scrap iron?
  • Lorry 2 (after being practically destroyed): I'll be back, so you can wipe that silly smile off your smokebox!
  • Percy: Pah!


  • Toby's driver (after seeing a lorry being pulled by Butch): What happened?
  • The tow truck man: He was overloaded with flour and he broke down.
  • Toby: (teasing the lorries) Not very useful now are you?
  • Lorries 2 and 3: Grrrrr!


  • James: They're bringing in the third lorry on a barge! What happened to that one?
  • The tow truck man: Stupid lorry was reversing and fell straight into the sea.


  • Thomas: (looks at the damaged lorries) Well, well, well! The Brothers Grimm: Smashed, Broken, and Sunk!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Camiones Regañones Scolds Lorries
Portuguese Horrid Lorry: O Novo Amigo Horrid Lorry: The New Friend
Norwegian Forferdelige Lorry Horrendous Lorry
Danish Dumme Lastbiler Stupid Trucks
Italian Odiosi Camion Hateful Trucks
German Grossmäulige Lastwagen Loudmouthed Trucks
Japanese 3だいのトラック The Three Lorries
Swedish Fula Lastbilar Ugly Lorries
Polish Straszne Ciężarówki Scary Lorries
Russian Ужасный грузовик Horrible Truck
Slovenian Nesramni Tovornjak Rude Truck
Hungarian Undok Furgon Nasty Van
Greek Τα φοβερα λεωφορεία Terrible Motor Vehicle
Romanian Autocamioanele Nesuferite The Obnoxious Trucks
Slovak Strašné Nákladné Autá Terrible Trucks
Chinese 可恶的洛瑞 Hateful Lorry
Korean 불쾌한 화물 트럭 Unpleasant Cargo Truck
Dutch Nare Vrachtwagens Rare Trucks
Thai รถยนต์บรรทุกจอมกร่าง Lorry Can Bring

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack


  • Happy Ever After (VHS)