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This article is about the first series of Thomas & Friends. You may be looking for the first series of All Engines Go or the first series of the Storytime podcast.

The first series of Thomas & Friends started airing on 9 October 1984 in the UK. Ringo Starr narrated its twenty-six episodes in the UK, later re-dubbing twenty-five for the US. George Carlin dubbed the entire series for the US.

Production

All episodes in the first series were adaptations of the Rev. W. Awdry's stories, with the exception of an episode written by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. At this point in the series, all stories had to appear in Awdry-written print first, so a book based on the eponymous episode was made as well. The stories were adapted by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later series. The pilot for the series was Down the Mine, which was remade almost entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.

Pilot

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
DowntheMine65 Thomas Down The Mine Unaired
(Test Screened Mid-1983)
#00
Note: This was the original 1983 pilot episode of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. The pilot was based on The Railway Series story, Down the Mine, and differed from the final aired version. The pilot was never broadcast, but instead was re-filmed after the series was greenlit by ITV. Only one scene from the pilot can be seen from the final version of the episode.

Episodes

(Note: ¹ means that an episode was not narrated by Ringo Starr in the US and was only narrated by George Carlin in the US.)

(Note: ² means that an episode was narrated by George Carlin in the US, but was never released on Shining Time Station and was only released on VHS or DVD.)

(Note: ³ means that an episode was reused for Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.)

(Note: means that an episode was seen on Mister Moose's Fun Time.)

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Episode number #
ThomasandGordon14 Thomas and Gordon
Thomas Gets Tricked
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#01
Thomas is a blue engine, the Number One, who is cheeky. He enjoys teasing a bigger engine named Gordon, but when his cheekiness goes too far, Gordon decides to teach Thomas a lesson.
EdwardandGordon45 Edward and Gordon
Edward Helps Out
²
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#02
A small engine named Edward feels upset, that makes the crew feel sorry for him and take him out one day. Then he gets to help Gordon. Not only that, Gordon ends up stuck on a hill. Suddenly, Edward helps him out.
TheSadStoryOfHenry52 The Sad Story of Henry
Come Out, Henry!
³
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#03
A big, green tender engine named Henry believes the rain will spoil his paintwork and he runs into a tunnel, in which he is eventually bricked up due to his refusal to puff out.
EdwardGordonAndHenry48 Edward, Gordon and Henry
Henry to the Rescue
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#04
Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve right in front of the tunnel. Henry is let out of the tunnel to help Edward pull the express.
Thomas'Train26 Thomas' Train
A Big Day for Thomas / A Big Day Out for Thomas
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#05
Thomas wishes he can pull a train. But his chance comes with unexpected results when Henry is ill.
ThomasandtheTrucks47 Thomas and the Trucks
Trouble for Thomas
³
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#06
Thomas and Edward agree to swap jobs. However, Edward's train consists of Troublesome Trucks, who all like playing tricks.
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain32 Thomas and the Breakdown Train
Thomas Saves the Day
³ ⁴
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#07
When a new engine called James comes off the rails, Thomas quickly comes to the rescue with the breakdown train, and the Fat Controller gives him a branch line as a reward.
JamesandtheCoaches47 James and the Coaches
James Learns a Lesson
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#08
James wets the Fat Controller's new top hat with steam and then bumps his coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail, then.
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)22 Troublesome Trucks
Foolish Freight Cars
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#09
James has been confined to the shed but is released to pull trucks. The trucks misbehave, but James doesn't give up.
JamesandtheExpress42 James and the Express
A Proud Day for James
² ⁴
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#10
When Gordon is switched the wrong way and gets lost, James is given the express.
ThomasandtheGuard37 Thomas and the Guard
Thomas and the Conductor
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#11
Thomas' impatience leads to him forgetting his guard, much to his coaches, Annie and Clarabel's disappointment.
ThomasGoesFishing41 Thomas Goes Fishing Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#12
Thomas wants to go fishing, but he learns the hard way when he takes on river water.
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow41 Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Terence the Tractor
²
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#13
Thomas meets Terence the Tractor and says his caterpillar tracks are ugly. However, Thomas is shown just how useful they are when he crashes into a snowdrift.
ThomasandBertie45 Thomas and Bertie
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#14
Thomas meets Bertie the Bus who challenges him to a race.
TendersandTurntables23 Tenders and Turntables Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#15
Ever since Thomas got his own branch line, the big engines have to shunt their own coaches. Then Gordon and James get into trouble on the turntable.
TroubleintheShed8 Trouble in the Shed Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#16
The big engines go on strike, so the Fat Controller buys a new tank engine called Percy to help.
PercyRunsAway51 Percy Runs Away Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#17
Percy forgets to whistle to the signalman so he can go on the Main Line and is so startled by Gordon that he runs away.
Coal21 Coal
Henry's Special Coal
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#18
Henry is not feeling well. The Fat Controller comes to a conclusion that Henry needs special Welsh coal to make steam.
TheFlyingKipper38 The Flying Kipper Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#19
Henry is chosen to pull the "Flying Kipper". However, ice jams the points and snow forces down a signal, leading Henry to crash.
WhistlesandSneezes10 Whistles and Sneezes ¹ ³ Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#20
Gordon's feels foolish when his whistle jams, and Henry is sneezes at some trouble-making boys.
TobyandtheStoutGentleman21 Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Toby the Tram Engine
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#21
A steam tram engine named Toby and his coach Henrietta meet the Fat Controller and his family on their holiday, but their line slowly closes down.
ThomasinTrouble19 Thomas in Trouble
Thomas Breaks the Rules
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#22
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman. When the Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby and Henrietta.
DirtyObjects33 Dirty Objects
James in a Mess
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#23
Toby and Henrietta often get teased by James about their old-fashioned appearance. However, James crashes into some tar tanker wagons.
OfftheRails26 Off the Rails
Gordon Takes a Dip
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#24
Gordon decides to jam the turntable to avoid taking a special train of trucks, but his attempt makes him slide into a ditch.
DowntheMine37 Down the Mine Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#25
Thomas goes to a lead mine to collect some trucks, but foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine and needs Gordon's help.
Thomas'ChristmasParty41 Thomas' Christmas Party ² Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#26
Thomas wants to hold a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kyndley. However, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in, so he must assist Toby and Terence to help clear the snow.

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
ThomasandGordon25 Thomas and Gordon 9 October 1984 #01
Thomas is a blue engine, the Number One, who is cheeky. He enjoys teasing a bigger engine named Gordon, but when his cheekiness goes too far, Gordon decides to teach Thomas a lesson.
EdwardandGordon43 Edward and Gordon 9 October 1984 #02
A small engine named Edward feels upset, that makes the crew feel sorry for him and take him out one day. Then he gets to help Gordon. Not only that, Gordon ends up stuck on a hill. Suddenly, Edward helps him out.
TheSadStoryOfHenry52 The Sad Story of Henry 16 October 1984 #03
A big, green tender engine named Henry believes the rain will spoil his paintwork and he runs into a tunnel, in which he is eventually bricked up due to his refusal to puff out.
EdwardGordonAndHenry51 Edward, Gordon and Henry 16 October 1984 #04
Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve right in front of the tunnel. Henry is let out of the tunnel to help Edward pull the express.
Thomas'Train47 Thomas' Train 23 October 1984 #05
Thomas wishes he can pull a train. But his chance comes with unexpected results when Henry is ill.
ThomasandtheTrucks21 Thomas and the Trucks 23 October 1984 #06
Thomas and Edward agree to swap jobs. However, Edward's train consists of the Troublesome Trucks, who all like playing tricks.
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain21 Thomas and the Breakdown Train 30 October 1984 #07
When a new engine called James comes off the rails, Thomas quickly comes to the rescue with the breakdown train, and the Fat Controller gives him a branch line as a reward.
JamesandtheCoaches47 James and the Coaches 30 October 1984 #08
James wets the Fat Controller's new top hat with steam and then bumps his coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail, then.
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)22 Troublesome Trucks 6 November 1984 #09
James has been confined to the shed but is released to pull trucks. The trucks misbehave, but James doesn't give up.
JamesandtheExpress35 James and the Express 6 November 1984 #10
When Gordon is switched the wrong way and gets lost, James is given the express.
ThomasandtheGuard37 Thomas and the Guard 13 November 1984 #11
Thomas' impatience leads to him forgetting his guard, much to his coaches, Annie and Clarabel's disappointment.
ThomasGoesFishing41 Thomas Goes Fishing 13 November 1984 #12
Thomas wants to go fishing, but he learns the hard way when he takes on river water.
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow49 Thomas, Terence and the Snow 20 November 1984 #13
Thomas meets Terence the Tractor and says his caterpillar tracks are ugly. However, Thomas is shown just how useful they are when he crashes into a snowdrift.
ThomasandBertie4 Thomas and Bertie 20 November 1984 #14
Thomas meets Bertie the Bus who challenges him to a race.
TendersandTurntables23 Tenders and Turntables 27 November 1984 #15
Ever since Thomas got his own branch line, the big engines have to shunt their own coaches. Then Gordon and James get into trouble on the turntable.
TroubleintheShed8 Trouble in the Shed 27 November 1984 #16
The big engines go on strike, so the Fat Controller buys a new tank engine called Percy to help.
PercyRunsAway51 Percy Runs Away 4 December 1984 #17
Percy forgets to whistle to the signalman so he could go on the Main Line and is so startled by Gordon that he runs away.
Coal20 Coal 4 December 1984 #18
Henry is not feeling well. The Fat Controller comes to a conclusion that Henry needs special Welsh coal to perform well.
TheFlyingKipper(episode)14 The Flying Kipper 11 December 1984 #19
Henry is chosen to pull the "Flying Kipper". However, ice jams the points and snow forces down a signal, leading Henry to crash.
WhistlesandSneezes10 Whistles and Sneezes 11 December 1984 #20
Gordon's feels foolish when his whistle jams, and Henry is sneezes at some trouble-making boys.
TobyandtheStoutGentleman21 Toby and the Stout Gentleman 18 December 1984 #21
A steam tram engine named Toby and his coach Henrietta meet the Fat Controller and his family on their holiday, but their line slowly closes down.
ThomasinTrouble19 Thomas in Trouble 18 December 1984 #22
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman. When the Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby and Henrietta.
DirtyObjects37 Dirty Objects 25 December 1984 #23
Toby and Henrietta often get teased by James about their old-fashioned appearance. However, James crashes into some tar tanker wagons.
Thomas'ChristmasParty41 Thomas' Christmas Party 25 December 1984 #24
Thomas wants to hold a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kyndley. However, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in, so he must assist Toby and Terence to help clear the snow.
OfftheRails26 Off the Rails 8 January 1985 #25
Gordon decides to jam the turntable to avoid taking a special train of trucks, but his attempt makes him slide into a ditch.
DowntheMine28 Down the Mine 8 January 1985 #26
Thomas goes to a lead mine to collect some trucks, but foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine and needs Gordon's help.

Screenshot Title Original US release date Episode number #
ThomasandGordon40 Thomas Gets Tricked 29 January 1989 #01
Thomas is a blue engine, the Number One, who is cheeky. He enjoys teasing a bigger engine named Gordon, but when his cheekiness goes too far, Gordon decides to teach Thomas a lesson.
EdwardandGordon40 Edward Helps Out ² 29 January 1989 #02
A small engine named Edward feels upset, that makes the crew feel sorry for him and take him out one day. Then he gets to help Gordon. Not only that, Gordon ends up stuck on a hill. Suddenly, Edward helps him out.
TheSadStoryOfHenry12 Come Out, Henry! ³ 5 February 1989 #03
A big, green tender engine named Henry believes the rain will spoil his paintwork and he runs into a tunnel, in which he is eventually bricked up due to his refusal to puff out.
EdwardGordonAndHenry48 Henry to the Rescue 5 February 1989 #04
Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve right in front of the tunnel. Henry is let out of the tunnel to help Edward pull the express.
Thomas'Train32 A Big Day for Thomas 12 February 1989 #05
Thomas wishes he can pull a train. But his chance comes with unexpected results when Henry is ill.
ThomasandtheTrucks42 Trouble for Thomas ³ 12 February 1989 #06
Thomas and Edward agree to swap jobs. However, Edward's train consists of the Foolish Cars, who all like playing tricks.
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain39 Thomas Saves the Day ³ ⁴ 19 February 1989 #07
When a new engine called James comes off the rails, Thomas quickly comes to the rescue with the breakdown train, and Sir Topham Hatt gives him a branch line as a reward.
JamesandtheCoaches27 James Learns a Lesson 19 February 1989 #08
James wets Sir Topham Hatt's new top hat with steam and then bumps his coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail.
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)22 Foolish Freight Cars 26 February 1989 #09
James has been confined to the shed but is released to pull freight cars. The cars misbehave, but James doesn't give up.
JamesandtheExpress44 A Proud Day for James ² ⁴ 26 February 1989 #10
When Gordon is switched the wrong way and gets lost, James is given the express.
ThomasandtheGuard37 Thomas and the Conductor 5 March 1989 #11
Thomas' impatience leads to him forgetting his conductor, much to his coaches, Annie and Clarabel's disappointment.
ThomasGoesFishing41 Thomas Goes Fishing 5 March 1989 #12
Thomas wants to go fishing, but he learns the hard way when he takes on river water.
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow44 Terence the Tractor ² 12 March 1989 #13
Thomas meets Terence the Tractor and says his caterpillar tracks are ugly. However, Thomas is shown just how useful they are when he crashes into a snowdrift.
ThomasandBertie47 Thomas and Bertie's Great Race 12 March 1989 #14
Thomas meets Bertie the Bus who challenges him to a race.
TendersandTurntables23 Tenders and Turntables 19 March 1989 #15
Ever since Thomas got his own branch line, the big engines have to shunt their own coaches. Then Gordon and James get into trouble on the turntable.
TroubleintheShed8 Trouble in the Shed 19 March 1989 #16
The big engines go on strike, so Sir Topham Hatt buys a new tank engine called Percy to help.
PercyRunsAway51 Percy Runs Away 26 March 1989 #17
Percy forgets to whistle to the signalman so he could go on the Main Line and is so startled by Gordon that he runs away.
Coal21 Henry's Special Coal 2 April 1989 #18
Henry is feeling bad, so Sir Topham Hatt comes to a conclusion that, to make steam, Henry needs a special, Welsh coal.
TheFlyingKipper(episode)14 The Flying Kipper 2 April 1989 #19
Henry is chosen to pull the "Flying Kipper". However, ice jams the points and snow forces down a signal, leading Henry to crash.
TobyandtheStoutGentleman44 Toby the Tram Engine 9 April 1989 #20
A steam tram engine named Toby and his coach Henrietta meet Sir Topham Hatt and his family on their holiday, but their line slowly closes down.
ThomasinTrouble19 Thomas Breaks the Rules 9 April 1989 #21
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman. When Sir Topham Hatt hears about it, he buys Toby and Henrietta.
DirtyObjects40 James in a Mess 23 April 1989 #22
Toby and Henrietta often get teased by James about their old-fashioned appearance. However, James crashes into some tar tanker wagons.
OfftheRails26 Gordon Takes a Dip 21 May 1989 #23
Gordon decides to jam the turntable to avoid taking a special train of freight cars, but his attempt makes him slide into a ditch.
DowntheMine27 Down the Mine 21 May 1989 #24
Thomas goes to a lead mine to collect some cars, but foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine and needs Gordon's help.
Thomas'ChristmasParty41 Thomas' Christmas Party ² 21 December 1990 #25
Thomas wants to hold a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kyndley. However, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in, so he must assist Toby and Terence to help clear the snow.
WhistlesandSneezes10 Whistles and Sneezes ¹ ³ 25 November 1991 #26
Gordon's whistle jams and he cannot stop whistling, and Henry sneezes at some trouble-making boys.

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
ThomasandGordon14 トーマスとゴードン (Thomas and Gordon) 4 October 1990 #01
トーマスはゴードンという大きな機関車をからかうことを楽しんでいますが、彼の生意気な性格が行き過ぎているため、ゴードンはトーマスに教訓を教えることにしました。 (Thomas enjoys teasing a big locomotive named Gordon or something, but his cocky personality goes too far, so Gordon teaches Thomas a lesson.)
EdwardandGordon45 エドワードのおてがら (Edward Lends a Hand) ² 5 October 1990 #02
エドワードという名前の小さなエンジンは悲しく、乗組員は彼を気の毒に思い、ある日彼を連れ出します。その後、あなたは丘で立ち往生しているゴードンを助けることになります。 (A small engine named Edward is sad and the crew feel sorry for him and take him out one day. Afterwards, you end up helping Gordon, who is stranded on a hill.)
TheSadStoryOfHenry12 でてこいヘンリー (Come Out Henry) ³ 11 October 1990 #03
ヘンリーという名前の緑色の大型テンダーエンジンは、雨で塗装が傷むと信じてトンネルに突っ込みましたが、息を吐き出すことを拒否したため、レンガで覆われてしまいました。 (A large green tender engine named Henry plunges into a tunnel believing the rain will damage its paintwork, but it refuses to let its breath out, so it ends up being bricked up.)
EdwardGordonAndHenry48 ヘンリーだいかつやく (Henry to the Rescue) 12 October 1990 #04
ゴードンはスピードを出しすぎて、トンネルの直前で安全弁が破裂してしまいます。ヘンリーはエドワードが急行を引っ張るのを手伝うためにトンネルから外に出される。 (Gordon drives too fast and the safety valve bursts just before the tunnel. Henry is forced out of the tunnel to help Edward pull the express.)
Thomas'Train26 トーマスのしっぱい (Thomas' Failure) 18 October 1990 #05
トーマスは電車を牽引できたらいいのにと思っています。ヘンリーが病気になったとき、彼のチャンスは予想外の結果をもたらします。 (Thomas wishes he could tow a train. His chances have unexpected consequences when Henry falls ill.)
ThomasandtheTrucks47 トーマスのさいなん (Thomas and the Trucks) ³ 19 October 1990 #06
トーマスとエドワードは仕事を交換することに同意します。しかし、エドワードの列車は、いたずらが大好きな愚かなトラブルトラックで構成されています。 (Thomas and Edward agree to trade jobs. But Edward's train is made up of silly Troublesome Trucks who love pranks.)
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain32 ジェームスのだっせん (James' First Accident) ³ ⁴ 25 October 1990 #07
ジェームズと呼ばれる新しいエンジンが軌道から外れると、トーマスはブレイクダウン・トレインですぐに助けに来て、トップハム・ハット卿は報酬として支線を彼に与えます。 (When a new engine called James goes off track, Thomas quickly comes to his aid on the breakdown train, and Sir Topham Hatt gives him a branch line as a reward.)
JamesandtheCoaches47 ジェームスのあやまち (James' Mistake) 26 October 1990 #08
ジェームズはトップハム卿の新しいシルクハットを蒸気で濡らし、コーチに激しくぶつかりすぎてブレーキが故障してしまう。 (James steams over Sir Topham Hatt's new top hat and hits the coach too hard, causing the brakes to fail.)
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)22 やっかいなかしゃたち (Troublesome Friends) 1 November 1990 #09
ジェームズは小屋に監禁されていたが、トラックを牽引するために解放された。トラックは不正行為をしますが、ジェームズは諦めません。 (James is held captive in a cabin, but is released to tow trucks. The trucks cheat, but James doesn't give up.)
JamesandtheExpress44 ジェームスのうれしいひ (A Proud Day for James) ² ⁴ 2 November 1990 #10
ゴードンは道を間違えて道に迷ったため、ジェームズは急行に乗ります。 (Gordon takes a wrong turn and gets lost, so James takes the express.)
ThomasandtheGuard37 とりのこされたしゃしょう (The Conductor Gets Left Behind) 8 November 1990 #11
トーマスは慌てて警備員を忘れ、アニーとクララベルを大いにがっかりさせた。 (Thomas forgets his guard in his haste, much to the dismay of Annie and Clarabel.)
ThomasGoesFishing41 トーマスとさかなつり (Thomas Goes Fishing) 9 November 1990 #12
トーマスは釣りに行きたいのですが、川の水を捕まえると大変なことを学びます。 (Thomas wants to go fishing, but he learns the hard way when he catches the water of the river.)
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow44 トラクターのテレンス (Terence the Tractor) ² 15 November 1990 #13
トーマスはトラクターのテレンスに会い、キャタピラの履帯が醜いことを伝えます。しかし、トーマスは雪の吹きだまりに衝突したときに、それらがどれほど役立つかを知りました。 (Thomas meets Terrence the tractor and tells him that the caterpillar tracks are ugly. But Thomas saw how useful they were when he crashed into a snowdrift.)
ThomasandBertie45 トーマスとバーティーのきょうそう (Thomas and Bertie's Competition) 16 November 1990 #14
トーマスはバスのバーティに出会い、レースに挑戦します。 (Thomas meets Bertie on the bus and challenges him to a race.)
TendersandTurntables23 おおきなきかんしゃとてんしゃだい (Tenders and Turntables) 22 November 1990 #15
トーマス社が独自の支線を取得して以来、大型エンジンは専用客車をバイパスしなければなりません。その後、ゴードンとジェームズはターンテーブルでトラブルに遭遇します。 (Since Thomas acquired its own branch line, large engines must bypass dedicated coaches. Gordon and James then run into trouble on the turntable.)
TroubleintheShed8 きかんこのもめごと (Trouble in the Shed) 23 November 1990 #16
大型エンジンがストライキ中のため、トップハム・ハット卿はパーシーと呼ばれる新しい戦車エンジンを購入しました。 (Sir Topham Hatt has purchased a new tank engine called the Percy because the large engines are on strike.)
PercyRunsAway51 パーシーにげだす (Percy Runs Away) 29 November 1990 #17
パーシーは本線に進むよう信号夫に口笛を吹くのを忘れ、ゴードンに驚いて逃げ出す。 (Percy forgets to whistle to the signalman to proceed to the Main Line and runs off, startled by Gordon.)
Coal21 ヘンリーのせきたん (Henry's Special Coal) 30 November 1990 #18
ヘンリーはあまり気分が良くありません。トップハム・ハット卿は、ヘンリーが蒸気を作るためにウェールズからの特別な石炭を必要としているという結論に達しました。 (Henry is not feeling well. Sir Topham Hatt comes to the conclusion that Henry needs special Welsh coal to make steam.)
TheFlyingKipper38 フライング・キッパー (The Flying Kipper) 6 December 1990 #19
フライングキッパーを牽引するのはヘンリーだが、氷がポイントに詰まり、信号を押し切ったヘンリーは雪で墜落してしまう。 (Henry is the one towing the Flying Kipper, but ice clogs the point, and Henry crashes in the snow as he pushes through the signal.)
WhistlesandSneezes10 きてきとクシャミ (Whistles and Sneezes) ¹ ³ 7 December 1990 #20
ゴードンは口笛を吹きながら止まらず、ヘンリーはトラブルメーカーにくしゃみをします。 (Gordon is whistling and won't stop doing the same, and Henry sneezes at the troublemakers.)
TobyandtheStoutGentleman21 トビーとハットきょう (Toby and the Stout Gentleman) 13 December 1990 #21
蒸気機関車のトビーとその御者ヘンリエッタは、休暇中にひそかにソドー島の局長を務める屈強な紳士とその家族に出会うが、路線は徐々に閉鎖されてしまう。 (Steam locomotive Toby and his driver Henrietta secretly meet a strong gentleman who is the director of Sodor Island and his family during vacation, but the line is gradually closed.)
ThomasinTrouble19 トーマスとけいさつかん (Thomas in Trouble) 14 December 1990 #22
トーマスは警察官とトラブルになります。それを聞いたトップハム・ハット卿はトビーとヘンリエッタを買う。 (Thomas gets into trouble with the police. Upon hearing this, Sir Topham Hatt buys Toby and Henrietta.)
DirtyObjects33 きたないきかんしゃ (Dirty Objects) 20 December 1990 #23
トビーとヘンリエッタは、古風な外見についてジェームズによくからかわれます。しかし、ジェームズはタールタンカーの貨車に衝突してしまいます。 (Toby and Henrietta are often teased by James for their old-fashioned looks. However, James crashes into a tar tanker wagon.)
OfftheRails26 ゴードンみぞにはまる (Gordon Goes Off the Rails) 21 December 1990 #24
ゴードンは特別貨物列車に乗らないように転車台を妨害しようと決意するが、溝に滑り落ちてしまう。 (Gordon decides to sabotage the turntable to avoid boarding the special freight train, but he slips into a ditch.)
DowntheMine37 あなにおちたトーマス (Thomas Falls Down the Mine) 27 December 1990 #25
トーマスは鉛鉱山へトラックを回収に行くが、愚かにも危険板を通り過ぎて鉱山に落ちてしまい、ゴードンの助けが必要となる。 (Thomas goes to the lead mine to retrieve the truck, but foolishly trips over the danger board and falls into the mine, requiring Gordon's help.)
Thomas'ChristmasParty41 トーマスのクリスマス・パーティー (Thomas' Christmas Party) ² 28 December 1990 #26
トーマスはキンドリー夫人のために特別なクリスマスパーティーを開きたいと考えています。残念なことに、彼女の家は雪が積もっているため、彼はトビーとテレンスの除雪を手伝わなければなりません。 (Thomas wants to throw a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kindley but her house is covered in snow, so he has to help Toby and Terrence clear the snow.)

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Trivia

  • When the first series was first broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom, two episodes would be compiled into one ten minute block with a nameboard sequence featured in between. For subsequent broadcasts, the stories were shown individually.
  • The Down the Mine pilot started on April, 1983 and filming for the rest of the season lasted seven months, commencing in September 1983 and wrapping in March 1984. Post-production wrapped on 24 April 1984.
  • The production packet for this season can be viewed on Google Drive.
  • According to Ringo Starr, he spent eight days recording his dubs, including retakes for four episodes due to the tone of his voice.
  • In the Norwegian, original Swedish, Finnish, Slovenian and C4U Media's Korean DVDs credit Ringo Starr as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in those respective languages.
  • The Korean DVDs from DVD Acadamy credit George Carlin as the narrator, even thought they were dubbed over. Additionally, Carlin's dub can be heard in the background of those DVDs as a dubbing track was not used.
  • In the original Swedish dub, the episode titles were not translated in Swedish.
  • Most of the scripts for this series were partially edited for the US re-dubs.
  • Central Independent Television commissioned the production of this series and the next.
  • In the original Polish and Ukrainian voice-overs, Ringo Starr's narration can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • Several features are exclusive to this series:
    • It is the only series until the twenty-first to have its UK recordings released in the US, excluding a duplicate of the fifth series episode, Snow released on the Roku Channel, the seventh series episode, The Grand Opening released on both Kabillion on Demand and the Roku Channel, the eighth series on Kabillion, and the segments selected for Tales on the Rails.
    • This was the only time lead was used to create the human characters. From the second series to the eleventh, all human characters were made from resin, so they could move around more easily.
    • This was also the only series:
      • Where trucks have their faces embedded in their bodies. From the second to eleventh series, the trucks have moulded faces, although some first series-style trucks appeared in some of these episodes.
      • To feature the Old Coaches.
      • Dubbed in Slovak, and the only series dubbed in Icelandic until the thirteenth series.
      • In the Finnish dub where Thomas is always called Thomas the Tank Engine.
      • Shot at Clapham Junction and Clearwater Studios in Battersea. All future series were shot at Shepperton Studios.
      • Released on Betamax. Two tapes were released and consist of all the episodes. The first includes episodes 1-13, and the second includes episodes 14-26. VCI re-released them on VHS under their Kaleidoscope brand on 28 April 1986, and also re-released them on 16 May 1988, each with similar tactics, such as the nameboards being used in the opening titles. This also happened for the 1990 Bumper Special, as well as the Betamax releases. From 22 November 1993, the VHS releases were given new covers and renamed from their original versions.
  • Because the first two Railway Series books were adapted in the 2015 special The Adventure Begins, this means that technically, the first seven episodes were recreated in CGI in that special.
    • Scenes from The Sad Story of Henry and Down the Mine were also recreated in CGI for the 2012 special, Blue Mountain Mystery.
    • Scenes from Thomas, Terence and the Snow were recreated for the Series 21 episode, Terence Breaks the Ice.
  • When first broadcast on ITV, Dirty Objects was paired with Thomas' Christmas Party and Off the Rails with Down the Mine. On VHS, however, Dirty Objects was paired with Off the Rails and Down the Mine with Thomas' Christmas Party.
  • On CITV, the first series was broadcast again between 18 November - 24 December 1985 as separate episodes. Repeats of ten-minute blocks include the following:
    • Wednesdays from 8 July - 9 September 1987, ending with The Flying Kipper and Whistles and Sneezes. Thomas' Christmas Party was shown individually on 30 December.
    • Fridays from 2 September - 18 November 1988, ending with Off the Rails and Down the Mine.
    • Mondays and Thursdays from 5 - 22 December 1988, then Mondays only from 12 January - 20 February 1989 with a repeat showing of Thomas' Train/Thomas and the Trucks on 27 February which was shortly followed by the second series from 6 March - 22 May 1989 before TUGS was shown on CiTV.
    • Four double bills were repeated on Mondays from 30 July - 20 August 1990.
  • As with most episodes from the first to third series, the restored versions use shots taken directly from the original ones.
  • According to an article in the Sunday Telegraph, it cost £500,000 to produce all twenty-six episodes.
  • The UK dub's iTunes release uses the restored version of the series.
  • The final sets built were the ones involving Toby's Old Tramway, and so the majority of promotional images from the first series depict these sets.
  • Some sound effects were specially recorded for the first series at the Talyllyn Railway.[1]
  • This series was introduced by a variety of Children's ITV presenters. Windsor Davies, in character as Sergeant Major Zero from Terrahawks, introduced the first four pairs of episodes of the series for four weeks until the arrival of Bonnie Langford on 6 November 1984. She, in turn, introduced a run of eight episodes for a month. Matthew Kelly took charge of introducing more episodes from 4 December 1984 until the pairing of Dirty Objects and Thomas' Christmas Party on Christmas Day. Roland Rat introduced the remaining two episodes in January 1985, finally ending the series.
  • According to maps drawn by David Mitton, locations that later appeared in Series 2, Tidmouth and Crosby were meant to either appear or were planned for Series 1.
  • According to a YouTube comment from Mike O' Donnell's account, He and Junior Campbell submitted three demos to considerate for the intro theme. One became Thomas' theme, Another became Toby's theme, and the third ended up as Edward's theme.
  • For Unspecified reasons during the 1990's the George Carlin version of the US narrations aired on New Zealand television.

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