'Is this a good time to file a complaint?'

-James, to Sir Topham Hatt

Lift Bridge is the first episode of Season 1.

Lift Bridge
Season 1, Episode 1
Vital statistics
Air date June 2011 (original)
March 25, 2012 (reworked)
Written by Enterprisingengine93
Directed by Enterprisingengine93
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Pilot Swagger and Swerves


The Island of Sodor has many plans for the coming year. Sodor was expanding its industry and railway enterprise. As the new year begins, Sir Topham Hatt calls a meeting of the engines. After James complains, chaos occurs. 'Arry and Bert cause even more trouble by calling steam engines "steam kettles" which starts a huge argument. Sir Topham Hatt stops the bickering and announces his plans for the railway throughout the year.

The first project is the new Lift Bridge at Tidmouth. A few months later, the bridge is complete. Oliver and Toad are sent there to pick up a goods train to take to the Small Railway. Toad thinks it'll be a trip to remember, but Oliver disagrees. When Oliver and Toad arrive, they are not surprised to see Mike and Frank are arguing as usual.

Later, Murdoch was chatting with Duck. Duck explains to Murdoch that the bridge has a signal that goes down when the bridge is upright. Just then, a fuse box short-circuited, causing Oliver's signal to malfunction, unknown to him that the bridge is in the upright position. Oliver and his train crashed, as Henry comes by and collides as well. Sir Topham Hatt saw the whole accident and is very cross. He thinks that it may be a bad omen to the year ahead.




  • This is the pilot episode of the series.
  • Scenes from this episode are seen in Conspiracy Theory.
  • The original was filmed indoors.


  • Because they weren't introduced yet, viewers would not know who Kurt, Spitzer and Lars are.



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