Wheels of Fortune
Season 5, Episode 17
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Air date November 16th, 2013
Written by SplatterAndDodge
Directed by DonaldDouglasandToby6
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Trapped in the Shed A Stinky Situation

Wheels of Fortune, titled The Trouble With Wheels in American Releases is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season.


Sir Topham Hatt orders a new shipment of wheels from over seas for the Dieselworks and Steamworks incase an engine's wheel breaks. However, a rough storm strikes the ocean and sinks the ship. This causes a wheel shortage on Sodor, and there are no more wheels for the engines incase one breaks. Charlie is pulling some coal trucks, when one of the trucks wheel snaps. The truck, which was the first in his train of 6, derails and so do all the other trucks and the breakvan. They roll down a hill and crash into a pond. Then, while Thomas is working on his branchline, he doesn't notice a metal bar has fallen on to the rails. He bumps into it and snaps his wheel. He starts wobbling uncontrolably and smashes into a station, injuring several passengers and hitting Henry. Oliver pulls Rocky and puts Thomas on a flatbed and takes him to the Sodor Steamworks. Unfortunatley, while they are on Gordon's hill, Oliver's wheel becomes loose and Oliver's brakes jam. He cannot stop! His wheel wobbles uncontrollably and Rocky uncouples and smashes into a tree. Oliver roars into the Steamworks at high speeds and smashes into Porter and some equipment before crashing into a wall. The wall and a section of the roof collapse on Charlie, who had taken his derailed trucks to the Steamworks. Victor is very cross, but calms down after Oliver explains what happens. Victor notices 2 of Porters wheels had come off, and were big enough to fit Thomas and Oliver. Victor puts Porter on a hoist until new wheels arrive, and puts the 2 wheels that feel off onto Thomas and Oliver. The 2 engines don't mind that the wheels aren't the same colour. Victor reattaches the 2 engines side rods and they go back to work. As for the Truck, Victor used a wheel from a very troublesome truck by the name of S.C.Ruffey, who had once again teased an engine, this time it was Duck, and got pulled apart. But that's a different story. Soon, a new shipment of wheels arrive and life resumes as normal for the engines, except for Porter, because they cannot find the proper type of side rod for him.


  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Oliver
  • Charlie
  • Porter
  • Victor
  • S.C.Ruffey
  • A Troublesome Truck
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Kevin (does not speak)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Duck (mentioned)

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