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This article is about the third series of Thomas & Friends. You may be looking for the third series of All Engines Go.

The third series of Thomas & Friends was first released exclusively on VHS in the UK on 11 November 1991. Originally, only the first sixteen episodes were released on VHS, before all twenty-six episodes aired on UK television starting on 25 February 1992. In the US, the first sixteen episodes aired on Shining Time Station in November 1991 with final ten episodes airing in 1993. Like the previous two series, it had twenty-six episodes and was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Australia and by George Carlin in the US and New Zealand.

Production

Before production of the third series, Clearwater Features closed down, with Gullane Entertainment, then known as The Britt Allcroft Company, becoming the sole producer of Thomas. Producer Robert D. Cardona departed before the third series, and Britt Allcroft took his place as co-producer alongside David Mitton.

The series was a mix of stories derived from The Railway Series, magazines stories, written by the series' future head writer, Andrew Brenner, and a couple of original stories written by Allcroft and Mitton. One of the primary reasons for diverging from the original books was that many of the stories not yet adapted featured large numbers of new characters, which would be expensive to produce. Another reason was that the producers wanted more stories about Thomas, the nominal main character, as well as the other already established characters. According to Steve Asquith, it was felt that some of the original stories were repetitive and too 'storybook' orientated. The Rev. W. Awdry took umbrage with the looser adaptations of his stories, and publicly criticised the original episodes, particularly Henry's Forest, for their lack of realism, "lamentable" ignorance of railway practice, and how Thomas was, as he put it, "crane-shunted"[1] into some of these episodes.

Episodes

(Note: ¹ means that an episode was reused for Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.)

(Note: ² means that an episode was seen on Mister Moose's Fun Time.)

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
AScarfforPercy52 A Scarf for Percy 25 February 1992 #01
Percy wishes he could wear a scarf, but he learns to be careful what he wishes for when he runs into the Fat Controller's luggage and almost ruins Henry's special job.
Percy'sPromise55 Percy's Promise 3 March 1992 #02
Percy promises that he will take the Vicar's Sunday School children home. In spite of heavy rain and a flooded track, he keeps his promise, thanks to some help from Harold.
TimeforTrouble55 Time for Trouble 17 March 1992 #03
Gordon had been working hard too often and is sent for a rest, so James pulls the express for him. However, his journey gets difficult when Toby runs out of water on the Main Line.
GordonandtheFamousVisitor5 Gordon and the Famous Visitor 24 March 1992 #04
Gordon is jealous when a famous engine named City of Truro comes to visit Sodor, who happens to have no dome. So, he tries to go faster than him and prove to Duck that domeless engines aren't respectable.
Donald'sDuck64 Donald's Duck 31 March 1992 #05
Duck is given his own branch line for his hard-working and becomes conceited, which makes Donald tease him until Duck and his crew play a joke on him.
ThomasGetsBumped42 Thomas Gets Bumped 7 April 1992 #06
Thomas' branch line is closed due to buckled tracks on the line. Thomas begins to think he has lost his passengers to Bertie, but gets a surprise when the repairs are completed.
ThomasPercyandtheDragon71 Thomas, Percy and the Dragon ¹ 7 April 1992 #07
Percy teases Thomas about being frightened all the time, but when Thomas is delivering a Chinese dragon in the night, it's Percy who becomes the frightened engine.
DieselDoesItAgain57 Diesel Does It Again 14 April 1992 #08
Percy and Duck are piled up with goods work at the harbour, so Diesel is brought back to help out. But his misbehaving is even worse than last time and it causes confusion and delay.
Henry'sForest60 Henry's Forest 14 April 1992 #09
Henry's favourite place on the Island of Sodor is the forest. He is very sad when a storm damages the trees. Luckily, Terence comes to the rescue.
TheTroublewithMud26 The Trouble with Mud ³ 21 April 1992 #10
Gordon refuses to get a washdown, and gets stuck with goods work for the rest of the day. But after helping James up his hill, Gordon learns that his favourite job is easier when he is clean and in order.
NoJokeforJames42 No Joke for James ² 21 April 1992 #11
James plays a trick on Thomas and Gordon, which gets him into trouble. He soon learns that an engine does not have to pull coaches to be useful.
Thomas,PercyandthePostTrain61 Thomas, Percy and the Post Train ¹ ³ 28 April 1992 #12
Percy and Thomas are often given a job of delivering the post train, but after the mail boat gets delayed one evening, Harold takes over both engines' work.
TrustThomas49 Trust Thomas ³ 28 April 1992 #13
Bertie learns that he can trust engines when Thomas remembers a missing tar tanker after having an accident with some trucks.
Mavis43 Mavis ³ 5 May 1992 #14
A new diesel engine named Mavis reorganises things at the quarry. But when she goes down the farm lane, Toby gets the last laugh.
Toby'sTightrope48 Toby's Tightrope 5 May 1992 #15
Mavis makes a plan to go down the quarry line, but she ends up putting Toby in danger.
Edward,TrevorandtheReallyUsefulParty52 Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party 12 May 1992 #16
Edward and Trevor help the Vicar with his garden party to fund a seaside trip for the children, and when Bertie becomes a "stick in the mud", Terence comes to his rescue.
Buzz,Buzz53 Buzz, Buzz 12 May 1992 #17
After James visits Trevor in the vicarage orchard and is told about bees and their hives, he thinks that he can easily make them buzz off, but is proved wrong when an accident in the station sets loose an entire swarm.
AllatSea66 All at Sea ³ 19 May 1992 #18
When the regatta comes, Duck wishes that he could travel the sea, but he later learns that he is happiest on the rails.
OneGoodTurn39 One Good Turn 26 May 1992 #19
Bill and Ben end up in an argument at the turntable, so BoCo makes a plan to make the twins become friends again.
TenderEngines23 Tender Engines 2 June 1992 #20
When a visitor comes to Sodor, Henry becomes jealous of his two tenders and wants another tender for himself. He gets his wish, but not in the way he wanted.
Escape34 Escape 9 June 1992 #21
Douglas travels to a station where only the diesels work. He meets a Great Western engine named Oliver and a brake van named Toad - escaping from fate that all engines fear.
OliverOwnsUp60 Oliver Owns Up 16 June 1992 #22
Oliver becomes conceited and thinks that he can manage trucks, but is soon proven wrong.
Bulgy(episode)41 Bulgy ³ 23 June 1992 #23
A double-decker bus named Bulgy claims that railways should be closed. But after he steals Duck and Oliver's passengers, an accident puts an end to his lies.
Heroes48 Heroes ³ 30 June 1992 #24
Bill and Ben cause a big muddle in the yard, but all is forgiven when they behave bravely when rescuing a bunch of workmen from a rockslide at the Clay Pits.
Percy,JamesandtheFruitfulDay58 Percy, James and the Fruitful Day 7 July 1992 #25
Percy and James both learn that brakes are not the only thing that can get jammed.
ThomasandPercy'sChristmasAdventure64 Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure ³ 14 July 1992 #26
Thomas, Percy, Harold and Terence help some villagers after a severe snow storm, and the engines get a special Christmas surprise.

Screenshot Title Original US release date Episode number #
ThomasPercyandtheDragon71 Thomas, Percy and the Dragon ¹ 18 November 1991 #01
Percy teases Thomas about being frightened all the time, but when Thomas is delivering a Chinese dragon in the night, it's Percy who becomes the frightened engine.
NoJokeforJames42 No Joke for James ² 19 November 1991 #02
James plays a trick on Thomas and Gordon, which gets him into trouble. He soon learns that an engine does not have to pull coaches to be useful.
GordonandtheFamousVisitor5 Gordon and the Famous Visitor 21 November 1991 #03
Gordon is jealous when a famous engine comes to visit Sodor, who happens to have no dome. So, he tries to go faster than him and prove to Duck that domeless engines aren't respectable.
TrustThomas49 Trust Thomas ³ 25 November 1991 #04
Bertie learns that he can trust engines when Thomas remembers a missing tar tanker after having an accident with some freight cars.
TheTroublewithMud26 The Trouble with Mud ³ 26 November 1991 #05
Gordon refuses to get a washdown, and gets stuck with goods work for the rest of the day. But after helping James up his hill, Gordon learns that his favorite job is easier when he is clean and in order.
Percy'sPromise55 Percy's Promise 29 November 1991 #06
Percy promises that he will take the Vicar's Sunday School children home. In spite of heavy rain and a flooded track, he keeps his promise, thanks to some help from Harold.
Henry'sForest60 Henry's Forest 16 December 1991 #07
Henry's favorite place on the Island of Sodor is the forest. He is very sad when a storm damages the trees. Luckily, Terence comes to the rescue.
DieselDoesItAgain57 Diesel Does It Again 17 December 1991 #08
Percy and Duck are piled up with goods work at the harbor, so Diesel is brought back to help out. But his misbehaving is even worse than last time and it causes confusion and delay.
ThomasGetsBumped42 Thomas Gets Bumped 18 December 1991 #09
Thomas' branch line is closed due to buckled tracks on the line. Thomas begins to think he has lost his passengers to Bertie, but gets a surprise when the repairs are completed.
Thomas,PercyandthePostTrain61 Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train ¹ ³ 20 December 1991 #10
Thomas and Percy are often given a job of delivering the mail train, but after the mail boat gets delayed one evening, Harold takes over both engines' work.
Donald'sDuck64 Donald's Duck 23 December 1991 #11
Duck is given his own branch line for his hard-working and becomes conceited, which makes Donald tease him until Duck and his crew play a joke on him.
AScarfforPercy52 A Scarf for Percy 24 December 1991 #12
Percy wishes he could wear a scarf, but he learns to be careful what he wishes for when he runs into Sir Topham Hatt's baggage and almost ruins Henry's special job.
Mavis43 Mavis ³ 25 December 1991 #13
A new diesel engine named Mavis reorganizes things at the quarry. But when she goes down the farm lane, Toby gets the last laugh.
Toby'sTightrope48 Toby's Tightrope 25 December 1991 #14
Mavis makes a plan to go down the quarry line, but she ends up putting Toby in danger.
TimeforTrouble55 Time for Trouble 26 December 1991 #15
Gordon had been working hard too often and is sent for a rest, so James pulls the express for him. However, his journey gets difficult when Toby runs out of water on the Main Line.
Edward,TrevorandtheReallyUsefulParty52 Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party 27 December 1991 #16
Edward and Trevor help the Vicar with his garden party to fund a seaside trip for the children, and when Bertie becomes a "stick in the mud", Terence comes to his rescue.
AllatSea67 All at Sea ³ 26 March 1993 #17
When the regatta comes, Duck wishes that he could travel the sea, but he later learns that he is happiest on the rails.
Percy,JamesandtheFruitfulDay58 Percy, James and the Fruitful Day 2 April 1993 #18
Percy and James both learn that brakes are not the only thing that can get jammed.
Bulgy(episode)41 Bulgy ³ 9 April 1993 #19
A large bus named Bulgy claims that railways should be closed. But after he steals Duck and Oliver's passengers, an accident puts an end to his lies.
Buzz,Buzz53 Buzz, Buzz / James Goes Buzz Buzz 16 April 1993 #20
After James visits Trevor in the vicarage orchard and is told about bees and their hives, he thinks that he can easily make them buzz off, but is proved wrong when an accident in the station sets loose an entire swarm.
ThomasandPercy'sChristmasAdventure43 Thomas and Percy's Mountain/Christmas Adventure ³ 7 May 1993 #21
Thomas, Percy, Harold and Terence help some villagers after a severe snow storm, and the engines get a special Thanksgiving surprise.
Heroes48 Heroes ³ 4 June 1993 #22
Bill and Ben cause a big muddle in the yard, but all is forgiven when they behave bravely when rescuing a bunch of workmen from a rockslide at the Clay Pits.
Escape34 Escape 25 June 1993 #23
Douglas travels to a station where only the diesels work. He meets another Great Western engine named Oliver and his brake van Toad - escaping from fate that all engines fear.
OliverOwnsUp60 Oliver Owns Up 9 July 1993 #24
Oliver becomes conceited and thinks that he can manage freight cars, but is soon proven wrong.
TenderEngines23 Tender Engines 16 July 1993 #25
When a visitor comes to Sodor, Henry becomes jealous of his two tenders and wants another tender for himself. He gets his wish, but not in the way he wanted.
OneGoodTurn39 One Good Turn 20 August 1993 #26
Bill and Ben end up in an argument at the turntable, so BoCo makes a plan to make the twins become friends again.

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
AScarfforPercy52 パーシーのマフラー (A Scarf for Percy) 14 April 1992 #01
Percy wishes he could wear a scarf, but he learns to be careful what he wishes for when he runs into Sir Topham Hatt's luggage and almost ruins Henry's special job.
Percy'sPromise55 パーシーとこうずい (Percy and the Flood) 21 April 1992 #02
Percy promises that he will take the Vicar's Sunday School children home. In spite of heavy rain and a flooded track, he keeps his promise, thanks to some help from Harold.
TimeforTrouble55 ほめられなかったジェームス (Praise Unworthy James) 28 April 1992 #03
Gordon had been working hard too often and is sent for a rest, so James pulls the express for him. However, his journey gets difficult when Toby runs out of water on the Main Line.
GordonandtheFamousVisitor5 ゴードンとゆうめいなきかんしゃ (Gordon and the Famous Engine) 5 May 1992 #04
Gordon is jealous when a famous engine comes to visit Sodor, who happens to have no dome. So, he tries to go faster than him and prove to Duck that domeless engines aren't respectable.
Donald'sDuck64 ドナルドのあひる (Donald's Duck) 12 May 1992 #05
Duck is given his own branch line for his hard-working and becomes conceited, which makes Donald tease him until Duck and his crew play a joke on him.
ThomasGetsBumped42 トーマスとバーティーのてだすけ (Thomas and Bertie's Help) 19 May 1992 #06
Thomas' branch line is closed due to buckled tracks on the line. Thomas begins to think he has lost his passengers to Bertie, but gets a surprise when the repairs are completed.
ThomasPercyandtheDragon71 トーマスとパーシーとりゅう (Thomas, Percy and the Dragon) ¹ 26 May 1992 #07
Percy teases Thomas about being frightened all the time, but when Thomas is delivering a Chinese dragon in the night, it's Percy who becomes the frightened engine.
DieselDoesItAgain57 ディーゼルがかえってきた (Diesel Does It Again) 2 June 1992 #08
Percy and Duck are piled up with goods work at the harbor, so Diesel is brought back to help out. But his misbehaving is even worse than last time and it causes confusion and delay.
Henry'sForest60 ヘンリーのもり (Henry's Forest) 9 June 1992 #09
Henry's favorite place on the Island of Sodor is the forest. He is very sad when a storm damages the trees. Luckily, Terence comes to the rescue.
TheTroublewithMud26 どろんこゴードン (Dirty Gordon) ³ 16 June 1992 #10
Gordon refuses to get a washdown and gets stuck with goods trains for the rest of the day. But after helping James up the hill, Gordon learns that his favorite job is easier when he is clean and in order.
NoJokeforJames42 いたずらはだめだよジェームス (No Joke for James) ² 23 June 1992 #11
James plays a trick on Thomas and Gordon, which gets him into trouble. He soon learns that an engine does not have to pull coaches to be useful.
Thomas,PercyandthePostTrain61 おくれたゆうびんしゃ (The Mail Train) ¹ ³ 30 June 1992 #12
Percy and Thomas are often given a job of delivering the mail train, but after the mail boat gets delayed one evening, Harold takes over both engines' work.
TrustThomas49 しんじられるきかんしゃ (Reliable Engine) ³ 7 July 1992 #13
Bertie learns that he can trust engines when Thomas remembers a missing tar tanker after having an accident with some trucks.
Mavis43 いしきりばのメイビス (Mavis the Quarry Diesel) ³ 14 July 1992 #14
A new diesel engine named Mavis reorganizes things at the quarry. But when she goes down the farm lane, Toby gets the last laugh.
Toby'sTightrope48 トビーのつなわたり (Toby's Tightrope) 21 July 1992 #15
Mavis makes a plan to go down the quarry line, but she ends up putting Toby in danger.
Edward,TrevorandtheReallyUsefulParty52 トレバーとすてきなパーティー (Trevor and the Successful Party) 28 July 1992 #16
Edward and Trevor help the Vicar with his garden party to fund a seaside trip for the children, and when Bertie becomes a "stick in the mud", Terence comes to his rescue.
Buzz,Buzz53 あかはなのジェームス (Red Nosed James) 4 August 1992 #17
After James visits Trevor in the vicarage orchard and is told about bees and their hives, he thinks that he can easily make them buzz off, but is proved wrong when an accident in the station sets loose an entire swarm.
AllatSea66 うみをはしりたかったダック (All at Sea) ³ 11 August 1992 #18
When the regatta comes, Duck wishes that he could travel the sea, but he later learns that he is happiest on the rails.
OneGoodTurn39 ビルとベンのけんか (Bill and Ben's Big Fight) 18 August 1992 #19
Bill and Ben end up in an argument at the turntable, so BoCo makes a plan to make the twins become friends again.
TenderEngines23 たんすいしゃがほしい (A Wish for a New Tender) 25 August 1992 #20
When a visitor comes to Sodor, Henry becomes jealous of his two tenders and wants another tender for himself. He gets his wish, but not in the way he wanted.
Escape34 オリバーのだっしゅつ (Oliver's Escape) 1 September 1992 #21
Douglas travels to a station where only the diesels work. He meets another Great Western engine named Oliver and his brake van Toad - escaping from fate that all engines fear.
OliverOwnsUp60 ちょっとちがうよオリバー (Oliver Owns Up) 8 September 1992 #22
Oliver becomes conceited and thinks that he can manage trucks, but is soon proven wrong.
Bulgy(episode)41 2かいだてバスのバルジー (Bulgy the Double Decker Bus) ³ 15 September 1992 #23
A large bus named Bulgy claims that railways should be closed. But after he steals Duck and Oliver's passengers, an accident puts an end to his lies.
Heroes48 やったねビルとベン (Bill and Ben the Heroes) ³ 22 September 1992 #24
Bill and Ben cause a big muddle in the yard, but all is forgiven when they behave bravely when rescuing a bunch of workmen from a rockslide at the Clay Pits.
Percy,JamesandtheFruitfulDay58 くだものれっしゃ (The Fruitful Day) 29 September 1992 #25
Percy and James both learn that brakes are not the only thing that can get jammed.
ThomasAndPercy'sChristmasAdventure68 ぼうけんいっぱいのクリスマス (Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure) ³ 6 October 1992 #26
Thomas, Percy, Harold and Terence help some villagers after a severe snow storm, and the engines get a special holiday surprise.

Special

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
ThomasandtheU.K.Triptitlecard Thomas and the U.K. Trip 30-31 December 1991 n/a
Two children's television characters from Japan, Gachapin and Mukku, visit the United Kingdom. During their visit, they come to Sodor to meet Thomas, the Fat Controller and the other engines. During the second half, they visit real railways and learn how steam locomotives work.

Songs

Screenshot US title (top)
UK (bottom)
Composers Original release date
ThomasandPercy'sChristmasAdventure71 Thomas' Anthem
Thomas We Love You
Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell 30 December 1991 (JPN (TV))
It's Thomas the Tank Engine.
Hip, hip, hip, hip, hooray!...
ThomasandGordon1 I'm Thomas the Tank Engine Seiji Katsu and Masayuki Iwata 30 December 1991 (Japan only)
Boku wa kikansha Tōmasu da
Tanku kikansha Tōmasu da...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Trivia

  • This series marks the first of several things for the television series:
    • The first series in which Daisy does not appear since her debut.
    • The first series narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK, which had not been previously released with Ringo Starr's dubs.
    • The first series made by Gullane Entertainment, or as it was known at the time, The Britt Allcroft Company.
    • The first series to have episodes not based on stories by Wilbert or Christopher Awdry.
    • Britt Allcroft's first series as producer.
    • Angus Wright's first series as executive producer.
    • The first series to use the Rockwell typeface.
    • Tugs models and props make their debut in Thomas & Friends.
    • Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell used the EMU Proteus 2 Orchestral, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000, Korg DSS-1, Roland Jupiter 6, Linn LM1 Drum Machine, the Yamaha Grand Piano, and the Yamaha RX5 drum module to create the score.
    • The first series where Thomas' shocked face gains a buck tooth.
    • The first series to feature a modified version of James' happy face where his bottom jaw is slightly more pointed.
    • The first series where Terence's face gains teeth.
    • The first series which introduced music videos.
    • The first series to have slow motion effects.
    • The first series where Annie and Clarabel only speak in one episode.
    • The first series where Gordon's Hill appears in only one episode.
    • The first series to feature Bertie's eyebrows and teeth.
    • The first series to feature Duck's unused second series tired face and grinning face, as well as Diesel's from the latter series also being used on this series.
    • From this series on, characters would say "be quiet" instead of "shut up," presumably to make the show's language more family appropriate.
    • The first series to have episodes released on home video before their television broadcast in the UK.
    • In the US, the first series to not have a Christmas-themed series finale.
    • The first series released in the 1990s.
    • The first series that released completely on VHS in South Korea.
    • This series and the fourth series were the first to be dubbed in Finland. The production began in 1999 and ended in 2000.
    • The first series not dubbed in Croatian until the thirteenth series.
  • This was the last series with many things:
    • The last series to have a "restored" version.
    • The last broadcast on CITV until 2003 when the sixth series was shown.
    • The last series to be mixed mono.
    • The last series video edited by Lee Myung-pil for JEI TV in South Korea.
  • This series was the only series of a few of things:
    • The only series dubbed by Gary Dixon and Gavin Beckwith.
    • The only series where Thames Television was involved in production.
    • The only series where Toad appears, but does not speak (not counting faceless cameos in the eighth series and Calling All Engines!, and a deleted scene from the sixth series).
    • The only series where Edward's angry face gains some teeth.
    • This is the only series where George Carlin's dub was released on VHS in New Zealand. However, when the third series aired on television in New Zealand outside Shining Time Station, Michael Angelis' dub was used instead. This is also the case when third series episodes were released on DVD in New Zealand, including the Series Three DVD.
    • The only series to receive funding from Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  • According to The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, it cost £1.3 million to produce all twenty-six episodes.
  • The last nine episodes of this series were not re-recorded/re-dubbed in the UK.
    • As a result, the recording quality of Michael Angelis' narration also changes drastically, and it becomes noticeable.
  • The second and third series have the largest time gap between any two series: six years. The second series first aired back in 1986 alongside subsequent re-runs of the first and second series which later ceased in 1991 and the airing of the third series in 1992.
  • This series was produced in association with Fuji Television Network, Inc. as indicated by a message at the end of each episode. At the end of the first sixteen episodes, the message is in white, while at the end of the last ten episodes, it is yellow.
  • It was during this series that footage of Tidmouth Sheds was shot uniquely for the Japanese-exclusive special Thomas and the U.K. Trip.
  • Only sixteen episodes were released in the USA in 1991 with Thomas, Percy and the Dragon airing first on November 18, 1991 - Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party on December 27, 1991. The last ten episodes aired in the UK in 1992 before they were released to American television through Shining Time Station a year later in 1993, from All at Sea airing on March 26, 1993 - One Good Turn airing on August 20, 1993. This marks the very first time a series aired on television in the US before airing on television in the UK.
  • In the Ukrainian voice-over, Michael Angelis and George Carlin' dubs can be heard in the background, as a dubbing track was not used. The first thirteen episodes have George Carlin's dub while the last thirteen episodes have Michael Angelis' dub. Michael Angelis is also credited as narrator in the first thirteen episodes despite George Carlin's dub in the background and the episodes being re-dubbed.
  • For much of the series, Tidmouth Sheds appears to be much larger on the inside than in the first two series.
  • Model maker John Holmes did not receive credit for working on this series until 1992.
  • At the very end of Michael Angelis' original dubs, the credits were shown with a still of the final shot of each sixteen episodes; there were certain parts of dialogue exclusive to these home videos but they were cut out when the series aired in 1992. When shown on television and in future video and DVD releases, the credits were shown alongside a still of Thomas.
  • The series was not shown on 10 March 1992 due to Budget Day.
  • When this series was repeated on CITV from 8 January to 9 July 1993, the first few episodes were edited to fit the timeslot. The episode Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure was also left out.
  • All at Sea and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure are the only episodes in this series not to be based on any story from The Railway Series by either Awdry or a magazine story written by Andrew Brenner.
  • The Flying Scotsman makes an obscured appearance once in this series. He is not fully shown until 24 years later with the release of the special, The Great Race.
  • Tommy Boyd and Glenn Kinsey were the first presenters to introduce the series. For the 1993 repeats, Glenn Kinsey introduced the series until 12 February 1993 and from then on the series was fully announced by Steve Ryde as an offscreen voiceover until the end of the terrestrial broadcast on 9 July 1993.
  • The last ten episodes of this series, from Buzz, Buzz to Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, were all filmed in a different period after the previous sixteen episodes. As such, some changes on the details on the models and sets have been made:
    • S.S. Vienna gained red smokestacks.
    • Thomas' red lining on the back of his cab was removed until the The Adventure Begins.
    • Henry's brake pipes were also removed.
    • James' former laughing face became a grinning face.
    • Duck's happy and jovial faces both gained some teeth.
    • Bill and Ben's happy and laughing faces gained some teeth.
    • The interior shots for Tidmouth Sheds featured nine berths instead of the usual six.
  • The third series has the most deleted scenes out of all songs from the model series.
  • Super Rescue is the only story from Enterprising Engines that was never adapted due to budget constraints.
  • Some concept art of this series features grid references, which indicates a Sodor map with locations from the television series was made during production of this series.

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