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Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (or Jack and the Pack[1]) was a mini-series devised by Phil Fehrle to be a spin-off of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. All thirteen episodes were narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.

Production

Plans for this mini-series were soon scrapped following Gullane Entertainment was acquired by HiT Entertainment in 2002, likely due to it being "considered too similar to Bob the Builder," the company's existing construction-themed series. According to Abi Grant, it "proved far too expensive to continue."[2] Twenty-six episodes were planned, but only half of the series was filmed due to the takeover and budget constraints. The characters of the Sodor Construction Company (with the exception of Patrick, Buster, Nelson, and Monty) first appeared in two sixth series episodes, Jack Jumps In and A Friend in Need, which were written as the pilot episodes for the mini-series. On 15 August 2006, a US DVD called On Site with Thomas and Other Adventures was released, containing six episodes of the series. Later, on 2 October of that same year, a UK DVD called Thomas' Trusty Friends was released, containing eleven episodes of the series, including all the remaining ones that had not yet been released. Since then, The Pack has made appearances in The Great Discovery special and the twelfth series episode, Percy and the Bandstand.

Jack returned in CGI form in the 2013 special King of the Railway and appeared again in the second 2015 special Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, in which Alfie, Oliver, Max and Monty also returned. They have since become recurring characters, and starting with the twenty-third series, new members Darcy and Brenda were introduced to add some gender balance just like the addition of Nia and Rebecca to the Steam Team in the previous series.

For this series, large-scale models of Thomas, Percy and Trevor were built. Thomas and Percy's gauge 3.5 models are now on display at Thomas Town in Japan (occasionally display at the Hara Model Railway Museum). They were built during production of Series 5. Trevor is preserved to Twitter user ThomasTankMerch. They also own a 7 plank truck that was used during the show's production. However, Thomas' gauge 3.5 model had made appearances in the eighth series episodes Fish and Gordon Takes Charge, a Calling All Engines! Learning Segment, and two tenth series episodes Thomas' Frosty Friend and Topped Off Thomas. Trevor's model for this series had also appeared in a Learning Segment, the eighth series episode Thomas and the Tuba and the ninth series episode Henry and the Flagpole.

Episodes

Pilots

Screenshot Title Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
JackJumpsIn61.jpg Jack Jumps In Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
24th September 2002 #01
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeed96.png A Friend in Need Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
25th September 2002 #02
Ned the Steam Shovel accidently knocks the keystone out of a bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack tries to hold it up with his bucket.

Completed/Released

Screenshot Official title (top)
Original title (bottom)
Written by Original release date Episode number #
AVisitFromThomas53.png A Visit from Thomas
Oliversaurus
Paul Dawson 15th August 2006 #01
Whilst digging the foundations for a new school, Oliver the Excavator unearths a dinosaur skeleton.
JackOwnsUp23.png Jack Owns Up Paul Larson 15th August 2006 #02
Jack knocks over some roofing slate. When Ned is blamed for the accident, will Jack do the right thing and own up to save his friend?
OnSiteWithThomas66.png On Site with Thomas
Who's the Boss
Will Ing 15th August 2006 #03
The Pack, except Jack and Alfie all argue about whose job is more important - including Patrick the Cement Mixer who ends up face-first in his own concrete and is put in his place.
Percy'sScaryTale43.png Percy's Scary Tale
Scaredy, Scaredy
Jonathan Trueman 15th August 2006 #04
Kelly tells a scary story about a one-eyed truck to the machines. Max and Monty tease everyone about it, but end up looking silly.
Kelly'sWindyDay14.png Kelly's Windy Day
Five Easy Pieces
Phil Fehrle 15th August 2006 #05
Kelly is blown over by strong winds which makes him nervous of working in windy conditions. Can he face up to his fear in order to save Isobella?
AHappyDayforPercy64.png A Happy Day for Percy
Byron Saves the Day
Paul Larson 15th August 2006 #06
Byron the Bulldozer is tired of being ignored. He is later the centre of attention when he has to save Alfie.
ATaleforThomas80.png A Tale for Thomas
The Lightning Tree
Paul Larson 2nd October 2006 #07
The Pack are repairing the Lightning Tree in Maithwaite Forest when Max and Monty run into it. The tree is about to collapse, but can Jack, Alfie, Kelly and Oliver save it?
ThomasAndTheMoles52.png Thomas and the Moles
Buster 1, Moles 0
Jan Needle 2nd October 2006 #08
Buster feels left out when he does not have any jobs to do. However, Miss Jenny discovers mole hills on a field and calls Buster to flatten the mole hills.
PercyHelpsOut51.png Percy Helps Out
Nelson Gets Carried Away
Brian Trueman 2nd October 2006 #09
Nelson is tired of his job of always having to carry the other machines and dreams to be carried himself.
TheTortoiseAndTheHare12.png The Tortoise and the Hare Will Ing 2nd October 2006 #10
Max and Monty tease Buster about being slow and challenge him to a race.
Thomas'TrustyFriends79.png Thomas' Trusty Friends
Another Fine Mess
Paul Larson 2nd October 2006 #11
Ned is disappointed when Oliver is given the chance to demolish buildings.
AlfieHasKittens66.png Alfie Has Kittens Abi Grant 2nd October 2006 #12
Alfie is depressed when the other machines tease him for being small. However, he learns that being small can be very useful.
MudGloriousMud52.png Mud Glorious Mud Jonathan Trueman 2nd October 2006 #13
The machines run out of fuel, so Isobella is sent to pick up some more. She does not like getting dirty, but is forced to go through muddy paddocks.

Cancelled

Screenshot Title Written by Original release date Episode number #
NoImagePlaceholder.png No Dozer is an Island Brian Trueman n/a n/a
NoImagePlaceholder.png All Work, No Play Will Ing n/a n/a
NoImagePlaceholder.png Safety First Robin Rigby n/a n/a
NoImagePlaceholder.png Treasure Hunt Robin Rigby n/a n/a
NoImagePlaceholder.png Jack's Snow Rescue Paul Dawson n/a n/a
A group of schoolchildren are trapped high in the mountains. Jack is fitted with a snowplough and rumbles into heroic action.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Bossy Byron Paul Larson n/a n/a
When Kelly is sent for repairs, Byron puts himself in charge and starts to boss all the other machines about.
NoImagePlaceholder.png The Importance of Being Patrick ? n/a n/a
Patrick feels he is being taken for granted and Miss Jenny gets a frantic phone call about holes in a concrete path.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Pop Goes the Diesel Paul Larson n/a n/a
Max and Monty tell Isobella that Miss Jenny will soon get rid of the steam-powered vehicles in favour of diesel-powered ones.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Jack and the Quack ? n/a n/a
Jack accidentally damages a duck pond and is disappointed when he is forced to look everywhere for the ducks.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Alfie Has a Secret ? n/a n/a
Alfie builds a crossing for some hedgehogs, while Jack and Isobella make one for the schoolchildren.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Isobella Gets Steamed ? n/a n/a
The vicar's tractor engine breaks down and Isobella has to pull the float with the choir.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Grass is Greener ? n/a n/a
Jack and Alfie decide to swap jobs. However, Jack grows restless and Alfie becomes exhausted.
NoImagePlaceholder.png Kelly's Heroes ? n/a n/a

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
AHappyDayforPercy9.png The Work Song Ed Welch 15th August 2006 (US/CAN; DVD)
Sodor's always busy with jobs that must be done
Being really useful is not just work, it's fun...
OneFriendlyFamily.png One Friendly Family Ed Welch 1st May 2007 (US; DVD)
Thomas has so many friends.
Some fast, some tall, some slow,...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Trivia

  • This series is called by several titles;
  • This series takes place between the main show's seventh and eigth series but was filmed during the classic era alongside the seventh series in 2002.[4]
  • This mini-series, if classified as a series in its own right, is the shortest series to date, having only thirteen episodes.
  • Lots of the episodes had different titles[6], but they were renamed by HiT Entertainment to include "Thomas" or "Percy". In fact, only four episodes kept their original titles.[7]
  • This is the second series directed by Steve Asquith, following the sixth series (in production order).
  • This is the first series produced by Phil Fehrle and Gullane Entertainment since the seventh series.
  • The opening and closing credits for the spin-off series use the seventh series intro sequence and credit scene in the UK and the eighth series one in the US and AUS.
  • Percy's gauge 3.5 model for this series has red step ladders on the end of his running board instead of green, and his dome is green instead of gold.
  • The Official Website, as well as various magazine articles and Trading Cards' facts, state that the Horrid Lorries were "especially built to work at the Sodor Construction Company".[8] It is therefore possible that they may have been originally intended to be a part of the Pack.
  • This is the only series to feature Alfie's horn sound.
  • This was David Mitton's second and final series as model consultant, counting the sixth series episodes, Jack Jumps In and A Friend in Need.
  • If this spin-off is classified as a series, then this the only series in which where Gordon, James, Henry, Toby and Salty appear, but never speak.
    • Also, if that being the case, this is the only series in which where Toby does not appear outside of stock footage, as well as the only series where Edward and Emily do not appear.
  • This is also the last series since the main show's eighth series and special, Calling All Engines!, to use stock footage either directed by David Mitton or produced by Gullane Entertainment before his death two years later.
    • Also, this is the last series since the main show's seventh series to use stock footage produced by Clearwater Features.
  • This series was never shown in Wales, Latin America, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, France, Romania, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.
    • A temporary Japanese title is displayed in the ending credit of 2003, probably because it was planned to be released in Japan; for unknown reasons, however, plans had been cancelled.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch De betrouwbare vriendjes van Thomas
German Thomas und seine treuen Freunde
Japanese ジャックとソドーとうのけんせつがいしゃ (temporary title)

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