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Jack & the Sodor Construction Company (or Jack and the Pack[1][2]) 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 HiT Entertainment's takeover in 2002, likely due to it being "considered too similar to Bob the Builder", the company's existing construction-themed series. 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, & 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 August 24, 2006, a US DVD called On Site with Thomas and Other Adventures was released, containing six episodes of the series. Later, on October 2nd 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, (specifically as Darcy & Brenda) have started being introduced, to (Just like Season 22 of Thomas & Friends), add a gender balance.

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). Trevor is preserved to Twitter user ThomasTankMerch. They also own a 7 plank truck that was used during the show's production.

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
Jack the front loader 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 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 #
AVisitFromThomas48.png A Visit from Thomas/
Oliversaurus
Paul Dawson 24th August 2006 #01
Whilst digging the foundations for a new school, Oliver the Excavator unearths a dinosaur skeleton.
JackOwnsUp23.jpg Jack Owns Up Paul Larson 24th 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?
OnSiteWithThomas59.png On Site with Thomas/
Who's the Boss
Will Ing 24th August 2006 #03
The Pack all argue about whose job is more important - including Patrick the Cement Mixer who ends up face-first in his own concrete.
Percy'sScaryTale43.png Percy's Scary Tale/
Scaredy, Scaredy
Jonathan Trueman 24th 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 24th 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?
AHappyDayforPercy60.png A Happy Day for Percy/
Byron Saves the Day
Paul Larson 24th 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.
PercyHelpsOut48.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'TrustyFriends72.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.
AlfieHasKittens59.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.
MudGloriousMud49.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
AHappyDayforPercy8.png The Work Song Ed Welch 15th August 2006 (US; 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

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ジャックとソドーとうのけんせつがいしゃ (Temporary Title)

References



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