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Better Late Than Never and Other Stories is a US and Canadian VHS release featuring five second series episodes and two first series episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. It was distributed by Strand VCI Entertainment in 1991, reissued by Strand Home Video in 1992 and Time-Life in 1994.


PEEP-PEEP! Adventures on the Island of Sodor. This time around, watch as Thomas misbehaves, and gets stuck underground. Find out what happens when Duck doubts Diesel. Laugh along as both Gordon and Duck run out of luck with those pesky trucks and Annie and Clarabel spell double trouble for Thomas. Climb aboard and watch the magic come alive with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Volume 5!


  1. Better Late Than Never
  2. Pop Goes the Diesel
  3. Diesel's Devious Deed
  4. A Close Shave for Duck
  5. Gordon Takes a Dip
  6. Down the Mine
  7. The Runaway


  • This tape was the last of a few things:
  • On the Strand VCI Entertainment release, the first few seconds of Better Late than Never are cut. As a result, Thomas' whistle is not heard.
  • Some copies of the Strand VCI Entertainment release list the episodes' UK titles on the back cover.
  • On the Strand Home Video release, the yellow split transition after Diesel's Devious Deed and Down the Mine is cut out.
  • On the Time-Life release, the "Our Story Stops Are" rectangle on the back cover is red instead of yellow.
  • This is the only American Ringo Starr tape to not feature any differences from the recordings heard on Shining Time Station.


  • On the Strand VCI Entertainment release, a yellow banner is seen at the bottom of the title card for Down the Mine.
  • The photographs are copyrighted 1985 on the back cover when they are actually from 1986.
  • The UK narration can faintly be heard in the background.
  • On the 1991 back cover, Clarabel is misspelled as Claribel.
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