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

The second series of Thomas & Friends premiered on 24 September 1986 in the UK. Ringo Starr narrated all twenty-six episodes in the UK as well as re-narrating seventeen of them, with George Carlin narrating all of the episodes for the US, with most of them being aired on Shining Time Station.

Production

The majority of the episodes were based on stories written by the Rev. W. Awdry. Christopher Awdry was commissioned to write a new Railway Series book as source material for the second series since almost none of the planned stories featured Thomas in a leading role. Two stories from More About Thomas the Tank Engine provided additional roles for Bertie and Harold. The episode Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree was a one-off story written by Christopher Awdry. According to the original end credits for Thomas and Trevor, the episode is "based on the story by Christopher Awdry from original material by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton." All of Christopher Awdry's new stories were added later in production.[1]

Percy's Promise, Gordon Goes Foreign and Double Header were originally considered but were dropped and replaced by Christopher Awdry's new stories. According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, "Gordon Goes Foreign" in particular was not filmed because its production costs' budget was too high. Additionally, The Missing Coach, based on a story from The Twin Engines, was due to be filmed. The episode was halfway through production before Britt Allcroft decided to cut the episode, citing a lack of action and a storyline which was too convoluted for young viewers to follow. Percy's Promise and Double Header, the latter whose name would be changed to Time for Trouble, would be seen in the third series.

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 both reasons.)

(Note: 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.)

(Note: means that an episode with American title card only for a US release.)

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
Thomas,PercyandtheCoal27 Thomas, Percy and the Coal 24 September 1986 #01
Thomas and Percy quarrel about proper colours for an engine, but both engines end up getting in trouble with coal.
Cows30 Cows 24 September 1986 #02
Gordon and Henry tease Edward after some cows break part of his train away, but in the end, Edward has the last laugh.
Bertie'sChase46 Bertie's Chase ¹ ⁴ 1 October 1986 #03
Edward is impatient when Thomas does not show up with his cattle trucks, unaware that Bertie is taking his passengers, leading him to a chase.
SavedfromScrap12 Saved from Scrap ² ⁵ 1 October 1986 #04
Edward meets a traction engine named Trevor at the scrapyard and tries to help make him become useful again.
OldIron54 Old Iron 8 October 1986 #05
James is fed up with Edward for being so slow, but when two boys fiddle with James' controls, Edward comes to his rescue.
ThomasAndTrevor38 Thomas and Trevor 8 October 1986 #06
Trevor does not have much work to do and proves to Thomas how useful he can be when he is sent to help at the harbour.
PercyandtheSignal36 Percy and the Signal ¹ 15 October 1986 #07
Percy enjoys playing tricks, but Gordon and James make a plan to pay him back.
DuckTakesCharge62 Duck Takes Charge 15 October 1986 #08
A Great Western engine named Duck arrives on the island to help Percy and stop the big engines from pushing smaller engines around.
PercyandHarold8 Percy and Harold 22 October 1986 #09
A helicopter named Harold thinks that railways are slow and out of date, but Percy proves him wrong after by winning a race.
TheRunaway30 The Runaway ² ⁵ 22 October 1986 #10
After a visit to and coming back from the works, Thomas's handbrake is very stiff and he soon becomes a runaway on his branch line.
PercyTakesthePlunge40 Percy Takes the Plunge 29 October 1986 #11
Percy thinks that water is nothing to an engine with determination, but his mood soon changes when he passes a danger sign at the harbour.
PopGoestheDiesel46 Pop Goes the Diesel 29 October 1986 #12
A diesel engine named Diesel arrives on trial to work with Duck and thinks that diesel engines know everything and do not need to learn, until he tries to take some old trucks from a siding.
DirtyWork6 Dirty Work 5 November 1986 #13
Diesel gets revenge on Duck by telling lies about the big engines to the trucks, causing the Fat Controller to send Duck away.
ACloseShave63 A Close Shave 5 November 1986 #14
Duck helps with some trucks on Gordon's Hill, but the train breaks away and the trucks chase him down the Main Line, until he ends up in a barber shop at Crosby.
BetterLateThanNever22 Better Late than Never 12 November 1986 #15
Repairs on the Main Line viaduct are causing delays on the railway making Thomas very cross, but he learns that there are times when being late is not such a bad thing after all.
BreakVan48 Break Van ¹ 12 November 1986 #16
Twin engines named Donald and Douglas whom the Fat Controller had bought from Scotland to help out. Things do not go well for both twins due to a Spiteful Brake Van.
TheDeputation43 The Deputation ¹ 19 November 1986 #17
Donald and Douglas are worried that they will be sent away and scrapped, but after rescuing Henry from being snowed under, Percy and the other engines try to help the twins out with a deputation.
ThomasComestoBreakfast33 Thomas Comes to Breakfast 19 November 1986 #18
Thomas thinks that he can manage without his driver until he makes an unexpected visit to the stationmaster's house one morning, making the Fat Controller very cross.
Daisy(episode)22 Daisy ³ ⁵ 26 November 1986 #19
A diesel railcar names Daisy comes to help on Thomas's branch line after Thomas' disposal and causes trouble with rude remarks toward the coaches and refusing to pull a milk tanker.
Percy'sPredicament32 Percy's Predicament ³ ⁵ 26 November 1986 #20
Percy and Toby agree to switch jobs after Daisy refuses to take the milk again, which ends up putting the engines in an awkward predicament.
TheDiseasel46 The Diseasel ¹ 3 December 1986 #21
Saddle tank twin engines named Bill and Ben think that a "Diseasel" stole their trucks of china clay and set off to find them, which makes them play tricks on a green diesel engine named BoCo. Luckily, Edward is there to settle the ruckus.
WrongRoad25 Wrong Road ¹ 3 December 1986 #22
A mix-up with Gordon and Edward ends up sending both engines on the wrong lines with their evening trains, with Gordon ending up being teased by Bill and Ben.
Edward'sExploit29 Edward's Exploit ¹ ⁶ 10 December 1986 #23
Gordon and James think that Edward should give up and be preserved, but Edward proves just how really useful he is when he takes visitors home during a storm.
GhostTrain37 Ghost Train 10 December 1986 #24
Percy and Toby play a trick to scare Thomas and teach him a lesson after calling Percy a silly little engine for his ghost story.
WoollyBear32 Woolly Bear 17 December 1986 #25
Thomas thinks Percy crawls like a caterpillar due to him being late with collecting hay along the line and when Percy ends up covered in treacle and hay, Thomas and Toby end up making jokes about him.
ThomasandtheMissingChristmasTree57 Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree ² 17 December 1986 #26
Thomas is sent to collect a Christmas tree, but when he ends up getting lost along the way home, Donald and Douglas set off to rescue him in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Screenshot Title Original US release date Episode number #
ThomasComestoBreakfast33 Thomas Comes to Breakfast 26 March 1989 #01
Thomas thinks that he can manage without his driver until he makes an unexpected visit to the stationmaster's house one morning, making Sir Topham Hatt very cross.
Cows30 A Cow on the Line 16 April 1989 #02
Gordon and Henry tease Edward after some cows break part of his cattle cars away, but in the end, Edward has the last laugh.
OldIron54 Old Iron 16 April 1989 #03
James is fed up with Edward for being so slow. But when two boys fiddle with James' controls, Edward comes to his rescue.
Thomas,PercyandtheCoal27 Double Trouble 23 April 1989 #04
Thomas and Percy quarrel about proper colors for an engine, but both engines end up getting in trouble with coal.
DuckTakesCharge62 Duck Takes Charge 30 April 1989 #05
A new Great Western engine named Duck arrives on the island to help Percy and stop the big engines from pushing smaller engines around.
PercyandHarold8 Percy Proves a Point 30 April 1989 #06
Harold the Helicopter thinks that railways are slow and out of date, but Percy proves him wrong after by winning a race.
BetterLateThanNever22 Better Late than Never 7 May 1989 #07
Repairs on the Main Line viaduct are causing delays on the railway making Thomas very cross, but he learns that there are times when being late is not such a bad thing after all.
PopGoestheDiesel46 Pop Goes the Diesel 7 May 1989 #08
A new engine named Diesel arrives on trial to work with Duck and thinks that diesel engines know everything and do not need to learn, until he tries to take some old cars from a siding.
DirtyWork14 Diesel's Devious Deed / Diesel's Devilish Deed 14 May 1989 #09
Diesel gets revenge on Duck by telling lies about the big engines to the freight cars, causing Sir Topham Hatt to send Duck away.
ACloseShave63 A Close Shave for Duck 14 May 1989 #10
Duck helps with some freight cars on Gordon's Hill, but Edward's train breaks away and the cars chase him down the Main Line, until he ends up in a barber shop at Crosby.
TheRunaway30 The Runaway ² ⁵ 28 May 1989 #11
After a visit to and coming back from the works, Thomas' handbrake is very stiff and he soon becomes a runaway on his branch line.
PercyTakesthePlunge39 Percy Takes the Plunge / Percy Takes a Plunge 28 May 1989 #12
Percy thinks that water is nothing to an engine with determination, but his mood soon changes when he passes a danger sign at the harbor.
GhostTrain37 Percy's Ghostly Trick 4 June 1989 #13
Percy and Toby play a trick to scare Thomas and teach him a lesson after calling Percy a silly little engine for his ghost story.
WoollyBear32 Woolly Bear 4 June 1989 #14
Thomas thinks Percy crawls like a caterpillar due to him being late with collecting hay along the line and when Percy ends up covered in treacle and hay, Thomas and Toby end up making jokes about him.
SavedfromScrap12 Saved from Scrap ² ⁵ 11 June 1989 #15
Edward meets a traction engine named Trevor at a scrapyard and tries to help make him become useful again.
ThomasAndTrevor11 A New Friend for Thomas 11 June 1989 #16
Trevor does not have much work to do and proves to Thomas how useful he can be when he is sent to help at the harbor.
Edward'sExploit29 Edward's Exploit(s) ¹ ⁶ 20 November 1991 #17
Gordon and James think that Edward should give up and be preserved, but Edward proves just how really useful he is when he takes visitors home during a storm.
BreakVan1 Donald and Douglas ¹ 22 November 1991 #18
Donald and Douglas are twin engines who Sir Topham Hatt had bought from Scotland to help out. Things do not go well for both twins due to a Spiteful Brake Van.
TheDeputation43 The Deputation ¹ 22 November 1991 #19
Donald and Douglas are worried that they will be sent away and scrapped, but after rescuing Henry from being snowed under, Percy and the other engines try to help the twins out with a deputation.
Bertie'sChase46 Bertie's Chase ¹ ⁴ 29 November 1991 #20
Edward is impatient when Thomas does not show up with his train, unaware that Bertie is taking his passengers, leading him to a chase.
PercyandtheSignal36 Percy and the Signal ¹ 19 December 1991 #21
Percy enjoys playing tricks, but Gordon and James make a plan to pay him back.
TheDiseasel46 The Diseasel ¹ 23 December 1991 #22
A pair of twin tank engines named Bill and Ben think that a "Diseasel" stole their freight cars of china clay and set off to find them, which makes them play tricks on a diesel engine named BoCo. Luckily, Edward is there to settle the ruckus.
WrongRoad25 Wrong Road ¹ 23 July 1993 #23
A mix-up with Gordon and Edward ends up sending both engines on the wrong lines with their evening trains, with Gordon ending up being teased by Bill and Ben.
Percy'sPredicament32 Percy's Predicament ³ ⁵ 25 October 1998 #24
Percy and Toby agree to switch jobs after Daisy refuses to take the milk again, which ends up putting the engines in an awkward predicament.
Daisy(episode)22 Daisy ³ ⁵ 25 December 1998 #25
Daisy the Diesel Railcar comes to help on Thomas' branch line after his disposal and causes trouble with rude remarks toward the coaches and refusing to pull a milk tanker.
ThomasandtheMissingChristmasTree57 Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree ² 1999 #26
Thomas is sent to collect a Christmas tree, but when he ends up getting lost along the way home, Donald and Douglas set off to rescue him in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
Thomas,PercyandtheCoal27 トーマスとパーシーとせきたん (Thomas, Percy and the Coal) 3 January 1991 #01
トーマスとパーシーはエンジンの適切な色について口論しますが、どちらのエンジンも石炭でトラブルを起こしてしまいました。 (Thomas and Percy argue over the appropriate color of the engine, but both engines have trouble with coal.)
Cows30 せんろのうし (A Cow on the Line) 4 January 1991 #02
ヘンリーとゴードンは、数頭の牛が牛列の一部を壊してエドワードをからかいますが、最後に最後に笑うのはエドワードです。 (Henry and Gordon tease Edward with some cows breaking part of the cattle line, but Edward has the last laugh.)
Bertie'sChase46 おいかけるバーティー (Bertie's Chase) ¹ ⁴ 10 January 1991 #03
トーマスが現れないのでエドワードは焦り、バーティが乗客と一緒にトーマスを追いかけていることに気づかずにいた。 (When Thomas doesn't show up, Edward becomes impatient, not realizing that Bertie is chasing Thomas with the passengers.)
SavedfromScrap12 いのちびろいしたトレバー (Save Trevor from Scrap) ² ⁵ 11 January 1991 #04
エドワードはスクラップ置き場でトレバーに会い、彼を救い、再び役に立つように助けることを約束します。 (Edward meets Trevor at the scrapyard and promises to save him and help him become useful again.)
OldIron54 おんぼろエドワード (Worn Out Edward) 17 January 1991 #05
ジェームズはエドワードの遅さにうんざりしています。しかし、2人の少年がジェームズのコントロールをいじると、エドワードは急いで救出に向かう。 (James is tired of Edward's slowness. However, when two boys tamper with James' controls, Edward rushes to his rescue.)
ThomasAndTrevor11 トーマスのあたらしいともだち (A New Friend for Thomas) 18 January 1991 #06
Trevor does not have much work to do, but still proves to Thomas how useful he can be when he is sent to help at the harbor.
PercyandtheSignal36 パーシーとしんごう (Percy and the Signal) ¹ 24 January 1991 #07
Percy enjoys playing tricks, but Gordon and James make a plan to pay him back.
DuckTakesCharge62 ダックしごとをもらう (Duck Takes Charge) 25 January 1991 #08
A new Great Western engine named Duck arrives on the island to help Percy and stop the big engines from pushing smaller engines around.
PercyandHarold8 パーシーとハロルド (Percy and Harold) 31 January 1991 #09
Harold the Helicopter thinks that railways are slow and out of date, but Percy proves him wrong by beating him in a race.
TheRunaway30 こわれたブレーキ (Broken Brakes) ² ⁵ 1 February 1991 #10
After a visit to and coming back from the works, Thomas' handbrake is very stiff and he soon becomes a runaway on his branch line.
PercyTakesthePlunge40 うみにおちたパーシー (Percy Takes the Plunge) 7 February 1991 #11
Percy thinks that water is nothing to an engine with determination, but his mood soon changes when he passes a danger sign at the harbor.
PopGoestheDiesel46 ディーゼルがやってきた (Diesel Arrives) 8 February 1991 #12
A new engine named Diesel arrives on trial to work with Duck and thinks that diesel engines know everything and do not need to learn, until he tries to move some old trucks from a siding.
DirtyWork14 ディーゼルのわるだくみ (Diesel's Devious Deed) 14 February 1991 #13
Diesel gets revenge on Duck by telling lies about the big engines to the trucks, causing Sir Topham Hatt to send Duck away.
ACloseShave63 とこやにいったダック (A Close Shave for Duck) 15 February 1991 #14
Duck helps Edward with some trucks, but the train breaks away and chase Duck down the Main Line, until he ends up in a barber shop at Crosby.
BetterLateThanNever14 おくれるのもわるくない (Better Late than Never) 21 February 1991 #15
Repairs on the Main Line viaduct are causing delays on the railway making Thomas very cross, but he learns that there are times when being late is not such a bad thing after all.
BreakVan1 ふたごのきかんしゃ (The Twin Engines) ¹ 22 February 1991 #16
Donald and Douglas are twin engines who Sir Topham Hatt had bought from Scotland to help out. Things do not go well for both twins due to a Spiteful Brake Van.
TheDeputation43 みんなのだいひょう (The Deputation) ¹ 28 February 1991 #17
Donald and Douglas are worried that they will be sent away and scrapped, but after rescuing Henry from being snowed under, Percy and the other engines try to help the twins out with a deputation.
ThomasComestoBreakfast33 トーマスあさごはんにおじゃま (Thomas Comes to Breakfast) 1 March 1991 #18
Thomas thinks that he can manage without his driver until he makes an unexpected visit to a stationmaster's house one morning, making Sir Topham Hatt very cross.
Daisy(episode)22 きむずかしやのデイジー (Daisy the Difficult) ³ ⁵ 7 March 1991 #19
Daisy the Diesel Railcar comes to help on Thomas' branch line after Thomas' disposal and causes trouble with rude remarks toward the coaches and refusing to pull a milk tanker.
Percy'sPredicament32 かしゃにのりあげたパーシー (Percy's Predicament) ³ ⁵ 8 March 1991 #20
Percy and Toby agree to switch jobs after Daisy refuses to take the milk again, which ends up putting the engines in an awkward predicament.
TheDiseasel46 ふたごのビルとベン (Bill and Ben the Twins) ¹ 14 March 1991 #21
A pair of twin tank engines named Bill and Ben think that a "Diseasel" stole their trucks of china clay and set off to find them, which makes them play tricks on a diesel engine named BoCo. Luckily, Edward is there to settle the ruckus.
WrongRoad25 しせんをはしったゴードン (Gordon Travels onto the Branch Line) ¹ 15 March 1991 #22
A mix-up with Gordon and Edward ends up sending both engines on the wrong lines with their evening trains, with Gordon ending up at the harbour with Bill and Ben.
Edward'sExploit29 がんばりやのエドワード (Edward's Exploit) ¹ ⁶ 21 March 1991 #23
Gordon and James think that Edward should give up and be preserved, but Edward proves just how really useful he is when he takes visitors home during a storm.
GhostTrain37 ゆうれいきかんしゃ (Ghost Train) 22 March 1991 #24
Percy and Toby play a trick to scare Thomas and teach him a lesson after calling Percy a silly little engine for his ghost story.
WoollyBear32 けむしになったパーシー (Percy the Woolly Bear Caterpillar) 28 March 1991 #25
Thomas thinks Percy crawls like a caterpillar due to him being late with collecting hay along the line and when Percy ends up covered in treacle and hay, Thomas and Toby end up making jokes about him.
ThomasandtheMissingChristmasTree57 きかんしゃたちのクリスマス・キャロル (The Engines' Christmas Carol) ² 29 March 1991 #26
Thomas is sent to collect the Christmas tree, but when he ends up getting stuck on the way home, Donald and Douglas set off to rescue him in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Cancelled

Screenshot Title Original release date Episode number #
GordonGoesForeign1 Gordon Goes Foreign N/A N/A
Based on the story of the same name from The Eight Famous Engines.

After an argument with a big city engine over what the name of a station on the Other Railway is, Gordon is determined to find out.

TheMissingCoach17 The Missing Coach N/A N/A
When worrying about being returned to the Other Railway, Douglas accidentally shunts a special coach into the carriage siding. To evade the angry complaints of the passengers, Donald and Douglas decide to swap tenders so as to fool the Fat Controller.

Cut

Screenshot Title Original release date Episode number #
Percy'sPromiseRS6 Percy's Promise N/A N/A
Percy helps Thomas takes the Vicar's Sunday school home during a storm.
DoubleHeaderRS1 Double Header N/A N/A
James gets humiliated when pushing Toby to the works.

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Trivia

  • This was the first series of several things:
    • The first series told by George Carlin in the US alongside the third series episode, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon during its Shining Time Station air date.
    • The first series filmed at Shepperton Studios.
    • The first series where trucks have resin faces.
    • The first series to introduce Toby's shocked face.
    • The first series to use stories by Christopher Awdry.
    • The first series to have diesel locomotives.
    • The first series to not feature any episodes with Henry as the lead character.
    • The first series to have a female engine.
    • The first series in which the phrase, "Bust my buffers!" is said.
    • The first series to have Edward's new happy faces.
    • The first series to introduce an alternate shocked face for Gordon and Duck.
    • The first and only series to show two different versions of Percy's cross face (eyebrows modified).
    • The first series to feature modified eyebrows for an engine's face, as shown with Thomas' first series sad face's eyebrows modified to depict a concerned look.
    • The only series to have an engine encounter the most number of accidents in a single series.
    • The first series to show Percy's rare smug face which would later appear on-screen in the fifth series.
    • The first series to show James' smug face.
    • The first series to show Percy's smiling face with alternate eyebrows, which would later appear in the fourth/fifth series and only series to show Edward's smiling face with modified eyebrows in one episode.
    • The first series to add Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 to compose the music. This was the timpani sample for Harold, Donald and Douglas' Theme.
    • The first series where Lady Hatt does not appear.
    • The first series to have a character that travels by air.
    • The first series video edited by Kang Hyun-gi for JEI TV in South Korea.
    • The first and only series where majority of the characters including BoCo (except Edward, Gordon and Henry) have laughing faces without teeth. Although, Gordon and Henry do have chuckling faces which would be used in many more episodes.
    • The first series to have an alternate recognized whistle for an engine, being Henry here who has Duck's whistle at a higher pitch, in two episodes. This trend would later be used for Thomas (who uses Edward's whistle), Gordon (using Duck's whistle) and James (using Duck's at an even much higher pitch) for the fourth to the fifth series, Peter Sam in the new series (having Emily's seventh series whistle) and Rheneas' from the fifth series (having Peter Sam's classic whistle).
    • The first series to give Diesel a very grave and oily voice. Diesel would later have this voice only in the third series episode, Tender Engines, rest of all his appearances would see him speaking in a louder nasty nasal voice.
    • The first series to introduce an engine who speaks in a dialect (the Scottish accent) different from the rest of the engines who speak in the preferred traditional English accent. This practice would later be adopted for Duncan from the fourth series onwards, who also has a similar Scottish accent like the twins.
  • This was the final series of several things:
    • Ringo Starr's last series as narrator, although he would return to voice Thomas in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley, 23 years later on. It was also planned to have him return to voice in an episode of the cancelled twenty-fifth series, when Thomas was fantasising about traveling through time after seeing a replica of H.G. Wells' time machine in a science fiction exhibition at Tidmouth Museum.
    • Robert D. Cardona's last series as the producer.
    • Britt Allcroft's last series as executive producer until the sixth series.
    • The last series made by Clearwater Features.
    • The last series where the end credits would roll over the final shot of an episode (not counting US VHS releases).
    • The last series not to have any music videos.
    • The last series commissioned by Central Independent Television.
    • The last series to have Norwegian translation by Beate Mulholland in the TV dub.
    • The last appearance of Thomas' original first series "O" face, excluding flashback from the first series episode, Down the Mine which was used in the fourth series episode, Paint Pots and Queens.
    • The last series until the seventeenth series to feature the same narrator for both the UK and US for the majority of the series, excluding episodes selected for New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures which were narrated by Michael Angelis and the original recordings for the twelfth series which were narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
    • The last series in which Bertie has no eyebrows.
    • The last series where Daisy has a speaking role until the fourth series episode, Bulls Eyes.
    • The last series released in the 1980s.
    • The last series to use yellow transitions. However, they were still used for the restored versions of Japanese releases for the rest of the Classic Series.
    • The last series to feature Thomas' frightened face until the seventh series, and the last production overall until Thomas and the Magic Railroad. And the last series to feature Thomas' exhausted and his scared face until the seventh series with the triangle eyebrows.
    • The last production to feature Thomas' shocked face without a bucktooth until Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • The last series to create the score with the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer from original material.
    • The last series dubbed in Romansh.
    • The last series that not released completely on VHS in South Korea.
    • The last series to have two dubs in Sweden.
    • The last series aired by TV4 until the eighth series in Sweden.
    • The last series entirely dubbed in French until the twelfth series.
  • The episodes Daisy and Percy's Predicament were the only ones not to be featured on Shining Time Station at all, due to co-creator Rick Siggelkow's disapproval of Daisy's design. As a result, both episodes would become VHS-exclusives on the release, Daisy and Other Thomas Stories, as part of a compromise with Britt Allcroft, along with merchandise of her being sold in the United States and they were released on Mister Moose's Fun Time from 1998 - 2000.[2]
  • This is the only series of a few things:
    • The only series where Hackenbeck Tunnel appears via stock footage.
    • The only series to feature Gordon's shocked face until the fifth series.
    • The only production where a character angrily says "Shut up!" until Thomas and the Magic Railroad. This is likely due to broadcasting concerns after this series.
  • Percy's Promise and Time for Trouble were originally going to be part of this series, but were pushed back to the third series to make way for the adaptations of More About Thomas the Tank Engine. The scripts for these planned episodes would be leaked in 2022.
  • This series began production in September 1985 and completed filming in June 1986.
  • Starting from the episode, Pop Goes the Diesel, the laughing sound effect from the trucks was heard. That sound effect was later reused in the following series.
  • From this series until the third series, Toby has a different bell sound.
  • Henry regains his wheel arches, which were removed when he received his new shape after his accident with the Flying Kipper.
  • The biggest space of time between two series airing is between this series, which aired in 1986 and the third series, which did not air until 1992, six years later.
  • When first broadcast on ITV, two episodes were compiled into one ten minute block with the nameboard sequence featured in between. For broadcasts in 1991, the stories were shown individually.
  • In the original Polish and Ukrainian voice-overs, Ringo Starr' narration can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • In the Korean dub of DVD Acadamy, George Carlin' narration can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • In the Italian, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Korean DVDs of C4U Media, Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese dubs, credit Ringo Starr as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in their respective languages.
  • The Korean DVD releases of DVD Acadamy credit George Carlin as the narrator, even though they were voiced over in their respective language.
  • Doubles of the second series later aired in re-runs on Children's ITV from 6th April-13th July 1988 as a complete series, then re-aired with twenty episodes on Mondays in 1989, beginning with Bertie's Chase and Saved from Scrap on 6th March before ending with The Diseasel and Wrong Road on 22nd May, at the same time Tugs aired on Tuesdays.
  • When ITV dropped the first series, fifteen episodes from the second series were broadcast every Tuesday starting with Thomas, Percy and the Coal on 21st May 1991 and aired the episodes out of order, Bertie's Chase and Saved From Scrap were the next episodes to air and continued with Thomas and Trevor, Duck Takes Charge, Percy Takes The Plunge and the Duck and the Diesel Engine saga until 23rd July and then went on to air Thomas Comes to Breakfast, The Diseasel and Edward's Exploit, finally airing Ghost Train on 27th August 1991 . These episodes were all separate soon after Clearwater Features had shut down their production arm, this series used a Central Television logo and were all introduced by Tommy Boyd and Glenn Kinsey.
  • The first three VHS releases from this series, released on 23rd March 1987 under Screen Legends and repeated under Pickwick Video in 1989 alongside The Very Best of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends on 6th May 1991. The Video Collection released of this series on VHS first on 25th May 1992 and later repeated on 22nd November 1993 to tie in with other VHS tapes from the previous season and the next series.
  • Some episodes had been trimmed down for both the 1989 and 1991 airings. Woolly Bear was the last episode aired in 1991, whilst Wrong Road was the last episode aired in 1989. Additionally, The Runaway did not air in 1991.
  • Matthew Kelly was the presenter responsible for the first debut on 24th September 1986. Further repeats of ten-minute blocks were introduced by Gary Terzza, Debbie Shore, Mark Granger, Jerry Foulkes and Scally the Dog. The individual episodes in 1991 were introduced by Tommy Boyd and Glenn Kinsey.
  • When CEL Home Video released the first home media releases in 1989 in New Zealand the last four episodes, Edward's Exploit, Ghost Train, Woolly Bear and Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree were not put on any of their home media releases. It was not until 1992 when Endeavour Entertainment took over distributing the videos that these episodes would be released on home media in New Zealand.
  • For unspecified reasons, the US dub narrated by George Carlin sometimes aired in New Zealand during the early 1990's. This is most likely due to Shining Time Station airing in New Zealand.

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