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"What a wonderful party!"
— Colin
The Party Surprise

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Simon Spencer


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)
Pierce Brosnan (UK/US; original cut)

Air date

11th September 2008 (UK)
10th November 2008 (AUS)
28th December 2008 (US)
1st May 2009 (GER)

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The Party Surprise is the ninth episode of the twelfth season.


Every year, a winter holiday party is held at Mr. Percival's house. Colin the crane lives at the wharf, and is upset that he cannot go. While Colin is loading cargo into barges, Mr. Percival is visiting Mountain Village Station, and is set to return in time for Freddie to take him to the party. Freddie, however, feels sorry for Colin, and decides to ask Mr. Percival if they could hold the party at the wharf instead, so Colin could join in.

However, he sees Peter Sam and Rusty carrying party supplies. Not wanting the supplies to reach Mr. Percival's house, he tells the two engines that the party is now at the wharf, and asks them to leave their trucks and inform the other engines. Freddie shunts the trucks by Colin, asking him not to touch them until he returns. Freddie then hurries to Mountain Village Station to find Mr. Percival, only to discover he's already left.

Mr. Percival sees the cargo in front of Colin and, not knowing they are the party supplies, demands Colin load them immediately. Freddie returns to see them floating away on a barge. Realizing his mistake, he hurries to Mr. Percival and explains everything. Mr. Percival agrees to hold the party at the wharf, and Colin soon unloads the party supplies from the barge. Freddie collects Mr. Percival, his family, and the children from the house. The party is a wonderful success and Colin is grateful to Freddie.




  • Freddie gains an Irish accent in the UK narration.
  • This is the first and only appearance of Colin to date.
  • This episode marked the last of several things:


  • When Freddie sees Peter Sam from the main Wharf station, he catches up to him. But when he does, he ends up in the same place with Peter Sam.
  • Mr. Percival says "All this cargo must be loaded before the party" when he meant to say that the cargo must be unloaded.
  • Freddie's voice in the US narration switches after Mr. Percival approves having the party at the Wharf.
  • At the party, Rheneas has Skarloey's CGI face.


  • My Thomas Story Library - Colin (discontinued)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Überraschungsparty The Surprise Party
French Une Partie Surprise pour Colin A Surprise Party for Colin
Italian La Festa a Sorpresa The Surprise Party
Chinese 聚会上的惊喜 Surprise Party On
Korean 프레디의 깜짝 파티 Freddie's Surprise Party
Portuguese A Festa Surpresa The Birthday Surprise
Indonesian Pesta Kejutan Surprise Party
Spanish La Fiesta Sorpresa The Surprise Party
Croatian Zabava iznenađenja Fun Surprises
Czech Překvapení z hor Surprise from the Mountains
Slovak Párty prekvapenie Surprise Party
Thai ปาร์ตี้ของคอลิน Colin's Party

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets


  • The Party Surprise



Latin America

  • Railway Friends



  • TrackMaster - Colin in "The Party Surprise" set