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"My! What splendid coaches. So much more suitable than those old beach huts on wheels!"
— Lady Hatt

Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday is the twentieth episode of the fifth season.


The Hatts are going on holiday, but when they exit Annie and Clarabel at Tidmouth Hault, a disgruntled Lady Hatt calls them "beach huts." Thomas is offended and his driver assures him that the coaches will not be turned into beach huts, but they could be improved. The next day, Percy takes the family to Dryaw Airfield, for them to board Harold.

The flight is delayed by a low-flying bi-plane, Tiger Moth, but they get to their retreat and stay for several days, before Harold comes with bad news: Tiger Moth has gone missing. The Fat Controller joins the search and in the end they find the bi-plane lodged in a haystack. The Fat Controller scolds the pilot, seeing to have him and his plane grounded and continues his holiday, boating on a canal. Unluckily, they become bogged down in mud and Percy has to help them back to Tidmouth Hault, where Annie and Clarabel, bearing fresh new paint, are waiting for them.

Lady Hatt comments that the coaches look "much more suitable than those old beach huts on wheels;" no one says a word. That evening, Thomas agrees with his coaches that no matter what they look like, they will always be really useful.




  • Stock footage from Trucks! and Thomas and the Rumours is used.
  • One scene of Harold is mirrored.
  • In the US narration, Annie and Clarabel gain southern accents.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Tidmouth Hault in the television series.


  • Lady Hatt's hair is longer than usual in some non close-up scenes.
  • When Toby stops next to the Sodor Maid, his steam disappears, indicating a film cut.


  • The Fat Controller: Botheration, we're stuck. (Oh, botheration! We're stuck. in the US version)
  • The Fat Controller: This is the life, isn't it dear? (camera pans to show their boat on a flatbed pushed by Percy)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Las Vacaciones de Sir Topham Hatt Sir Topham Hatt's Holidays
Norwegian Ferieturen The Holiday Trip
Japanese トップハム・ハットきょうのきゅうか Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday
Italian Le Vacanze di Pallone Gonfiato The Fat Controller's Holidays
Chinese 托芬海特先生的假期 Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday
Korean 가족 나들이 Family Fun
Slovenian Počitnice gospoda Cirila Klobučarja Holiday, Mr. Cyril Hatt
Slovak Prázdniny Sira Topham Hatta Sir Topham Hatt's Holidays
Romanian Vacanţa Controlorului Gras Fat Controller's Holidays
Hungarian A Kövér Ellenőr Vakációja The Fat Controller's Holidays
German Sir Tophams Ferien Sir Topham's Holiday
Polish Wakacje Grubego Zawiadowcy Station Master's Holiday
Russian Отпуск сэра Тофема Хэтта Sir Topham Hatt's Vacation
Danish Hr. Tophøj Hatts ferie Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday
Swedish Kontrollchefens semester The Fat Controller's Vacation
Thai วันหยุดของผู้ควบคุมอ้วนที่แสนยุ่งเหยิง Sir Topham Hatt's Busy Holiday
Dutch De vakantie van de heer Hoogsmahoed The Vacation of Sir Topham Hatt

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  • Happy Holidays
  • The Complete Series 5
  • My First Thomas with The Fat Controller

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