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Percy and Harold and Other Stories, also known as Volume 5 in New Zealand, is a UK/AUS/NZ VHS featuring eight second series episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. It was re-released in 1992 under the name The Runaway and other stories.



It's full steam ahead for Thomas, the little blue engine with the short stumpy funnel, short stumpy boiler and short stumpy dome and his special friends Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Edward, Toby, Annie and Clarabel the carriages and of course their Boss, the Fat Controller. His friend, storyteller Ringo Starr says 'Thomas is Number One and never lets anyone forget it!'


  1. Percy and Harold - Harold the helicopter is being a nuisance. He thinks railways are out of date. Percy and his Driver surprise him.
  2. The Runaway - Duck looks after Annie and Clarabel whilst Thomas is ill. When Thomas returns, the coaches discover that Thomas is still in trouble.
  3. Percy Takes the Plunge - Thomas gives Percy a warning about Danger Signs. Percy takes notice and soon learns his mistake.
  4. Pop Goes the Diesel - Duck orders the big engines about and they are glad when oily Diesel arrives, but Duck has his doubts and the trucks misbehave.
  5. Dirty Work - Diesel is sulking and decides to make trouble between Duck and the other engines.
  6. A Close Shave - Duck has a chase with runaway trucks and pays a surprise visit to a barber's shop.
  7. Better Late Than Never - The Railway is being repaired. Delays make life difficult for Thomas and his friends.
  8. Break Van - Donald and Douglas are delightfully disorganised twin engines from Scotland, and when they arrive they cause the Fat Controller a great deal of trouble. They are worried that the Fat Controller will order one of them to leave his Railway. A brake van makes matters worse until James helps in a surprising way.


  • Some copies of the 1988 Australian release included a fan card.
  • The front cover of the 1988 Australian release and the 1989 New Zealand release features a mirrored image. The back cover of the 1988 Australian release also features a promotional image of Percy from the first series.
  • The back cover of the 1991 Australian release features an image from Percy Runs Away.
  • The front cover of the 1992 UK release features an image from No Joke for James.
  • On the 1991 Australian release, Terence's nameboard is absent after Percy Takes the Plunge and Better Late Than Never, as is Bertie's after Dirty Work.



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