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The fifth series of Thomas & Friends first aired on television in September 1998 in the UK and September 1999 on Storytime with Thomas in the US. It had twenty-six episodes narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Alec Baldwin in the US.

Production

Following the death of creator Wilbert Awdry in 1997, the decision was made to write a full series of original stories penned chiefly by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton, instead of adapting any more books of The Railway Series. One reason for this was producer Britt Allcroft's desire to create a theatrical Thomas the Tank Engine film and requested that director David Mitton test and refine his modelling skills to accommodate higher-budgeted action and atmosphere. The fifth series also boasted numerous darker plot lines and included much more intense action and crashes.

Some inspiration for the episodes came from a former LMR manager named David Maidment. In 1997, Maidment met with Steven Wright about the possibility of supporting the Railway Children charity and while Wright told him the series' staff commonly received such requests, they would consider. During their meeting, Maidment relayed stories about his railway experiences working in South Wales and as the manager at Crewe station. Maidment received a call asking if he would allow some of his stories to be used as material – the stories from the Railway Series were frequently based on true events and Allcroft and Mitton preferred this. Maidment agreed and was also asked to review each story to make sure that the railway in the show operated realistically, acting as a "railway consultant" in place of the deceased Wilbert Awdry. As a result, Maidment received writing credit alongside Allcroft and Mitton on several episodes, particularly those based on nonfictional railway incidents (such as "A Better View for Gordon"). £10,000 (British pounds) were later donated to the Railway Children for his work. For unknown reasons, Maidment would not be rehired for subsequent production cycles, leaving the show without a "railway consultant" from the sixth to the sixteenth series.

The design for each new character would be chosen by David Eves and given to David Mitton for approval. The series was filmed from 1 September 1997 to 30 April 1998. For ease of filming, the fifth series would introduce larger-scale versions of the narrow gauge engines and from the sixth to twelfth series, these larger models were used almost exclusively. They were built to a larger scale than the gauge 1 engines and ran on O gauge track; they were close to 16mm scale, but slightly larger. Alongside them, nine human figures were made (eight engine crews and a workman). The small scale models were still used in this series for the in between shots where they would interact with the gauge 1 scaled characters and sets until the latter could be scaled up. Originally, the character Bertram was intended as a tank engine, but the financial difficulty in building a new model made them repaint Duke's model with Smudger's face.

Episodes

(Note: * means that an episode has an alternate title card only for a US release.)

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written By Episode number #
CrankyBugs91 Cranky Bugs Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#01
A new crane named Cranky arrives at the docks and causes trouble for Thomas and Percy, but he eventually needs their help after a storm.
HorridLorry73 Horrid Lorry Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#02
Three horrid lorries arrive on Sodor and start taking over the engines' jobs. Eventually, the tables are turned, and the lorries all end in failure.
ABetterViewforGordon64 A Better View for Gordon
Better View for Gordon
*
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#03
Gordon complains about the plainness of a new station and longs for a panoramic view, which he gets unexpectedly.
LadyHatt'sBirthdayParty93 Lady Hatt's Birthday Party Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#04
The Fat Controller runs into a series of problems, like his car getting a flat tyre, Caroline being broken down again, and falls from George into a muddy ditch, which ruins his suit on his way to his wife Lady Hatt's birthday.
JamesandtheTroublewithTrees59 James and the Trouble with Trees Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#05
James's bragging prevents him from listening to Henry, Percy and Terence's warnings about trees that are too close to the line.
GordonAndTheGremlin94 Gordon and the Gremlin Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#06
Gordon has problems with his fire, and the others joke of gremlins. Later, a special visitor arrives, and her dog runs away into Thomas's cab.
ByeGeorge!92 Bye George! Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#07
George causes a great deal of trouble for Percy, Thomas, Duck, and Gordon. After the Fat Controller finds out everything, George eventually gets punished.
Baa!63 Baa! Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#08
A "Best Dressed Station" contest is being held across Sodor. However, as Percy is helping decorate Maithwaite station, a hungry ram is found at the station, and the decorations are ruined.
PutUponPercy67 Put Upon Percy Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#09
Percy complains that he is overworked. While working at the coal mine, some runaway trucks escape and crash inside the mineshaft, which causes the mine to collapse.
TobyAndTheFlood44 Toby and the Flood Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#10
Toby is sent to inspect a dam and discovers a few leaks in it. It eventually collapses and causes an unsafe bridge to break, causing him to drift towards a waterfall, and it is up to Harold to save him from falling down it.
HauntedHenry27 Haunted Henry Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#11
Henry refuses to believe in ghosts, until he and his crew encounter a series of spooky events during the night.
DoubleTeethingTroubles53 Double Teething Troubles Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#12
Bill and Ben are worried when they hear that a diesel engine is going to help them work in the clay pits. In the end, it turns out that Derek is a friendly diesel.
StepneyGetsLost66 Stepney Gets Lost Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#13
The Fat Controller invites Stepney to work with Toby and Mavis at the quarry. Stepney gets lost on the way home, eventually arriving at the smelter's yard with two diesels until the Fat Controller found him.
Toby'sDiscovery79 Toby's Discovery Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#14
Toby takes the Hatt family on an expedition, finding a castle and an old mine. The destinations are reopened, but Toby is spooked by Thomas' story about "The Old Warrior". It then turns out that The Old Warrior is actually a narrow-gauge tender engine named Bertram who wants to meet Toby.
SomethingInTheAir56 Something in the Air Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#15
Henry is cross when Thomas delays him and refuses to listen to his warning about a line eroded by high tides, which he ended up plunging in the sea.
Thomas,PercyandOldSlowCoach73 Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#16
Thomas and Percy discover an old coach named Old Slow Coach in the scrapyard and want to save her.
ThomasandtheRumours58 Thomas and the Rumours
Thomas and the Rumors
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#17
The engines discover that Harold has been hired to show a special visitor around the island and fear being replaced until the Fat Controller told Thomas that he should not listen to rumours.
Oliver'sFind82 Oliver's Find Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#18
Oliver is put on mail duty but ends up going down to an old branch line, forcing the Fat Controller to search for Oliver and discovering an old abandoned house.
HappyEverAfter80 Happy Ever After Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#19
Mrs. Kyndley asks Percy and his driver to make a "good luck package" for her daughter's wedding, which he succeeded in doing so.
SirTophamHatt'sHoliday63 Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#20
The Hatt family go on holiday, even though things start to go wrong for them and a biplane named Tiger Moth.
ASurpriseforPercy56 A Surprise for Percy
A Big Surprise for Percy
*
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#21
Percy moans about his work in the coal mines and wants something exciting to happen. His wish comes unexpectedly true when a line of trucks breaks away from him on the hill, so he and Bertie must stop them.
MakeSomeoneHappy71 Make Someone Happy Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#22
James sees Mrs. Kyndley, who is upset that her sister cannot come and visit. A "mystery tour" is arranged for her, and James is chosen for the special job.
BusyGoingBackwards103 Busy Going Backwards Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#23
Toad is feeling bored about going backwards all the time and confesses to Oliver that he wishes to go forwards for a change. On Gordon's Hill, the coupling snaps, and Toad goes on a wild ride with the trucks through the Main Line.
DuncanGetsSpooked59 Duncan Gets Spooked Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment
#24
Duncan teases Peter Sam after some trucks fall into a ravine, but when he crosses the old iron bridge, he gets a very spooky surprise.
Snow61 Snow Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#25
Thomas is cross with the snow, so Rusty tells him about Skarloey's own experience in an avalanche.
RustyandtheBoulder59 Rusty and the Boulder Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
#26
Rusty is suspicious of a strange boulder lodged in the mountains, which chases him and the other engines until it demolishes the nearby shed, narrowly avoiding Percy in the process.

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
CrankyBugs91 Cranky Bugs 14 September 1998 #01
A new crane called Cranky arrives at the docks and causes trouble for Thomas and Percy, but he eventually needs their help after a storm.
HorridLorry73 Horrid Lorry 15 September 1998 #02
Three very Horrid Lorries arrive on Sodor and start taking over the engines' jobs. Eventually, the tables are turned, and the lorries all end in failure.
ABetterViewforGordon64 A Better View for Gordon 16 September 1998 #03
Gordon complains about the plainness of a new station and longs for a panoramic view, which he gets unexpectedly.
LadyHatt'sBirthdayParty93 Lady Hatt's Birthday Party 17 September 1998 #04
The Fat Controller runs into a series of problems, like his car getting a flat tyre, Caroline being broken down again, and falls from George into a muddy ditch, which ruins his suit on his way to Lady Hatt's birthday party.
JamesandtheTroublewithTrees59 James and the Trouble with Trees 18 September 1998 #05
James' bragging prevents him from listening to Henry, Percy and Terence's warnings about trees that are too close to the line.
GordonAndTheGremlin94 Gordon and the Gremlin 21 September 1998 #06
Gordon has problems with his fire, and the others joke of gremlins. Later, a special visitor arrives, and her dog runs away into Thomas' cab.
ByeGeorge!92 Bye George! 22 September 1998 #07
George causes a great deal of trouble for Percy, Thomas, Duck, and Gordon. After the Fat Controller finds out everything, George eventually gets punished.
Baa!63 Baa! 23 September 1998 #08
A "Best Dressed Station" contest is being held across Sodor. However, as Percy is helping decorate Maithwaite station, a hungry ram is found at the station, and the decorations are ruined.
PutUponPercy67 Put Upon Percy 24 September 1998 #09
Percy complains that he is overworked. While working at the coal mine, some runaway trucks escape and crash inside the mineshaft, which causes the mine to collapse.
TobyAndTheFlood44 Toby and the Flood 25 September 1998 #10
Toby is sent to inspect a dam and discovers a few leaks in it. It eventually collapses and causes an unsafe bridge to break, causing him to drift towards a waterfall, and it is up to Harold to save him from falling down it.
HauntedHenry27 Haunted Henry 28 September 1998 #11
Henry refuses to believe in ghosts, until he and his crew encounter a series of spooky events during the night.
DoubleTeethingTroubles53 Double Teething Troubles 29 September 1998 #12
Bill and Ben are worried when they hear that a malfunctioning diesel is going to help them work in the clay pits. In the end, it turns out that the diesel is friendly.
StepneyGetsLost66 Stepney Gets Lost 30 September 1998 #13
The Fat Controller invites Stepney to work with Toby and Mavis at the quarry. Stepney gets lost on the way home, eventually arriving at the smelter's yard with two diesels until the Fat Controller finds him.
Toby'sDiscovery79 Toby's Discovery 1 October 1998 #14
Toby takes the Hatts on an expedition, finding a castle and an old mine. The destinations are reopened, but Toby is spooked by Thomas' story about "The Old Warrior".
SomethingInTheAir56 Something in the Air 2 October 1998 #15
Henry is cross when Thomas delays him and refuses to listen to his warning about a line eroded by high tides, which he ended up plunging in the sea.
Thomas,PercyandOldSlowCoach73 Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach 5 October 1998 #16
Thomas and Percy discover an old coach named Old Slow Coach in the scrapyard and want to save her.
ThomasandtheRumours58 Thomas and the Rumours 6 October 1998 #17
The engines discover that Harold has been hired to show a special visitor around the island and fear being replaced until the Fat Controller told Thomas that he should not listen to rumours.
Oliver'sFind82 Oliver's Find 7 October 1998 #18
Oliver is put on mail duty but ends up going down to an old branch line, forcing the Fat Controller to search for Oliver and discovering an old abandoned house.
HappyEverAfter80 Happy Ever After 8 October 1998 #19
Mrs. Kyndley asks Percy and his driver to make a "good luck package" for her daughter's wedding, which he succeeded in doing so.
SirTophamHatt'sHoliday63 Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday 9 October 1998 #20
The Hatt family go on holiday, even though things start to go wrong for them and Tiger Moth.
ASurpriseforPercy56 A Surprise for Percy 12 October 1998 #21
Percy moans about his work in the coal mines and wants something exciting to happen. His wish comes unexpectedly true when a line of trucks breaks away from him on the hill, so he and Bertie must stop them.
MakeSomeoneHappy71 Make Someone Happy 13 October 1998 #22
James sees Mrs. Kyndley, who is upset that her sister cannot come and visit. A "mystery tour" is arranged for her, and James is chosen for the special job.
BusyGoingBackwards103 Busy Going Backwards 14 October 1998 #23
Toad is feeling bored about going backwards all the time and confesses to Oliver that he wishes to go forwards for a change. On Gordon's Hill, the coupling snaps, and Toad goes on a wild ride with the trucks through the Main Line.
DuncanGetsSpooked59 Duncan Gets Spooked 15 October 1998 #24
Duncan teases Peter Sam after some trucks fall into a ravine, but when he crosses the old iron bridge, he gets a very spooky surprise.
RustyandtheBoulder59 Rusty and the Boulder 16 October 1998 #25
Rusty is suspicious of a strange boulder lodged in the mountains, which chases him and the other engines until it demolishes the nearby shed, narrowly avoiding Percy in the process.
Snow61 Snow 19 October 1998 #26
Thomas is cross with the snow, so Rusty tells him about Skarloey's own experience in an avalanche.

Screenshot Title Original US release date Episode number #
ASurpriseforPercy56 A (Big) Surprise for Percy * 6 September 1999 #01
Percy moans about his work in the coal mines and wants something exciting to happen. His wish comes unexpectedly true when a line of freight cars breaks away from him on the hill, so he and Bertie must stop them.
Snow61 Snow 6 September1999 #02
Thomas is cross with the snow, so Rusty tells him about Skarloey's own experience in an avalanche.
ByeGeorge!92 Bye George! 7 September 1999 #03
George causes a great deal of trouble for Percy, Thomas, Duck, and Gordon. After Sir Topham Hatt finds out everything, George eventually gets punished.
DoubleTeethingTroubles53 Double Teething Troubles 7 September 1999 #04
Bill and Ben are worried when they hear that a malfunctioning diesel is going to help them work in the clay pits. In the end, it turns out that the diesel is friendly.
HappyEverAfter80 Happy Ever After 8 September 1999 #05
Mrs. Kyndley asks Percy and his driver to make a "good luck package" for her daughter's wedding, which he succeeded in doing so.
BusyGoingBackwards103 Busy Going Backwards 8 September 1999 #06
Toad is feeling bored about going backwards all the time and confesses to Oliver that he wishes to go forwards for a change. On Gordon's Hill, the coupling snaps, and Toad goes on a wild ride with the freight cars through the Main Line.
SomethingInTheAir56 Something in the Air 9 September 1999 #07
Henry is cross when Thomas delays him and refuses to listen to his warning about a line eroded by high tides, which he ended up plunging in the sea.
Oliver'sFind82 Oliver's Find 9 September 1999 #08
Oliver is put on mail duty but ends up going down to an old branch line, forcing Sir Topham Hatt to search for Oliver and discovering an old abandoned house.
CrankyBugs91 Cranky Bugs 10 September 1999 #09
A new crane called Cranky arrives at the docks and causes trouble for Thomas and Percy, but he eventually needs their help after a storm.
HorridLorry73 Horrid Lorry 10 September 1999 #10
Three very Horrid Lorries arrive on Sodor and start taking over the engines' jobs. Eventually, the tables are turned, and the lorries all end in failure.
Thomas,PercyandOldSlowCoach73 Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach 11 September 1999 #11
Thomas and Percy discover an old coach named Old Slow Coach in the scrapyard and want to save her.
ThomasandtheRumours58 Thomas and the Rumors 11 September 1999 #12
The engines discover that Harold has been hired to show a special visitor around the island and fear being replaced until Sir Topham Hatt told Thomas that he should not listen to rumors.
JamesandtheTroublewithTrees59 James and the Trouble with Trees 12 September 1999 #13
James' bragging prevents him from listening to Henry, Percy and Terence's warnings about trees that are too close to the line.
MakeSomeoneHappy71 Make Someone Happy 12 September 1999 #14
James sees Mrs. Kyndley, who is upset that her sister cannot come and visit. A "mystery tour" is arranged for her, and James is chosen for the special job.
LadyHatt'sBirthdayParty93 Lady Hatt's Birthday Party 13 September 1999 #15
Sir Topham runs into a series of problems, like his car getting a flat tire, Caroline being broken down again, and falls from George into a muddy ditch, which ruins his suit on his way to Lady Hatt's birthday.
SirTophamHatt'sHoliday63 Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday 13 September 1999 #16
The Hatt family go on holiday, even though things start to go wrong for them and Tiger Moth.
StepneyGetsLost66 Stepney Gets Lost 14 September 1999 #17
Sir Topham Hatt invites Stepney to work with Toby and Mavis at the quarry. Stepney gets lost on the way home, eventually arriving at the smelter's yard with two diesels until Sir Topham Hatt found him.
RustyandtheBoulder59 Rusty and the Boulder 14 September 1999 #18
Rusty is suspicious of a strange boulder lodged in the mountains, which chases him and the other engines until it demolishes the nearby shed, narrowly avoiding Percy in the process.
TobyAndTheFlood44 Toby and the Flood 15 September 1999 #19
Toby is sent to inspect a dam and discovers a few leaks in it. It eventually collapses and causes an unsafe bridge to break, causing him to drift towards a waterfall, and it is up to Harold to save him from falling down it.
Toby'sDiscovery79 Toby's Discovery 15 September 1999 #20
Toby takes the Hatts on an expedition, finding a castle and an old mine. The destinations are reopened, but Toby is spooked by Thomas' story about "The Old Warrior".
ABetterViewforGordon64 (A) Better View for Gordon * 16 September 1999 #21
Gordon complains about the plainness of a new station and longs for a panoramic view, which he gets unexpectedly.
GordonAndTheGremlin94 Gordon and the Gremlin 16 September 1999 #22
Gordon has problems with his fire, and the others joke of gremlins. Later, a special visitor arrives, and her dog runs away into Thomas' cab.
HauntedHenry27 Haunted Henry October 1999 #23
Henry refuses to believe in ghosts, until he and his crew encounter a series of spooky events during the night.
DuncanGetsSpooked59 Duncan Gets Spooked October 1999 #24
Duncan teases Peter Sam after some cars fall into a ravine, but when he crosses the old iron bridge, he gets a very spooky surprise.
Baa!63 Baa! October 1999 #25
A "Best Dressed Station" contest is being held across Sodor. However, as Percy is helping decorate Maithwaite station, a hungry ram is found at the station, and the decorations are ruined.
PutUponPercy67 Put Upon Percy October 1999 #26
Percy complains that he is overworked. While working at the coal mine, some runaway cars escape and crash inside the mineshaft, which causes the mine to collapse.

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
CrankyBugs91 クレーンのクランキー (Cranky the Crane) 12 December 1998 #01
A new crane called Cranky arrives at the docks and causes trouble for Thomas and Percy, but he eventually needs their help after a storm.

Unknown Airdates

The airdates of the following episodes in Japan are currently unknown:

Screenshot Title Original JPN release date Episode number #
HorridLorry73 3だいのトラック (3 Nasty Trucks) TBA #02
Three very Horrid Lorries arrive on Sodor and start taking over the engines' jobs. Eventually, the tables are turned, and the lorries all end in failure.
ABetterViewforGordon64 ゴードンのまど (Gordon's Window) TBA #03
Gordon complains about the plainness of a new station and longs for a panoramic view, which he gets unexpectedly.
LadyHatt'sBirthdayParty93 ハットきょうふじんのたんじょうび (Lady Hat's Birthday) TBA #04
Sir Topham runs into a series of problems, like his car getting a flat tire, Caroline being broken down again, and falls from George into a muddy ditch, which ruins his suit on his way to his wife Lady Hatt's birthday.
JamesandtheTroublewithTrees59 ジェームスがあぶない (James in Danger) TBA #05
James' bragging prevents him from listening to Henry, Percy and Terence's warnings about trees that are too close to the line.
GordonAndTheGremlin94 ゴードンとおばけ (Gordon and the Goblin) TBA #06
Gordon has problems with his fire, and the others joke of gremlins. Later, a special visitor arrives, and her dog runs away into Thomas' cab.
ByeGeorge!92 バイバイ ジョージ (Bye Bye George) TBA #07
George causes a great deal of trouble for Percy, Thomas, Duck, and Gordon. After Sir Topham Hatt finds out everything, George eventually gets punished.
Baa!63 パーシーとひつじ (Percy and the Sheep) TBA #08
A "Best Dressed Station" contest is being held across Sodor. However, as Percy is helping decorate Maithwaite station, a hungry ram is found at the station, and the decorations are ruined.
PutUponPercy67 ゆうかんなパーシー (Hapless Percy) TBA #09
Percy complains that he is overworked. While working at the coal mine, some runaway trucks escape and crash inside the mineshaft, which causes the mine to collapse.
TobyAndTheFlood44 ながされたトビー (Washed Away Toby) TBA #10
Toby is sent to inspect a dam and discovers a few leaks in it. It eventually collapses and causes an unsafe bridge to break, causing him to drift towards a waterfall, and it is up to Harold to save him from falling down it.
HauntedHenry27 きりのなかのできごと (Strange Goings On in the Woods) TBA #11
Henry refuses to believe in ghosts, until he and his crew encounter a series of spooky events during the night.
DoubleTeethingTroubles53 なかよくやろうよ (Let's Get Along) TBA #12
Bill and Ben are worried when they hear that Derek, a malfunctioning diesel, is going to help them work in the clay pits. In the end, it turns out that Derek is a friendly diesel.
StepneyGetsLost66 まいごになったステップニー (Stepney Has a Near Death Experience) TBA #13
Sir Topham Hatt invites Stepney to work with Toby and Mavis at the quarry. Stepney gets lost on the way home, eventually arriving at the smelter's yard with two diesels until Sir Topham Hatt found him.
Toby'sDiscovery79 トビーのたんけん (Toby's Adventure) TBA #14
Toby takes the Hatts on an expedition, finding a castle and an old mine. The destinations are reopened, but Toby is spooked by Thomas' story about "The Old Warrior".
SomethingInTheAir56 みどりのくじら (Green Whale) TBA #15
Henry is cross when Thomas delays him and refuses to listen to his warning about a line eroded by high tides, which he ended up plunging in the sea.
Thomas,PercyandOldSlowCoach73 トーマスとふるいきゃくしゃ (Thomas and Old Slow Coach) TBA #16
Thomas and Percy discover an old coach named Old Slow Coach in the scrapyard and want to save her.
ThomasandtheRumours58 トーマスとうわさばなし (Thomas and the Gossip) TBA #17
The engines discover that Harold has been hired to show a special visitor around the island and fear being replaced until Sir Topham Hatt told Thomas that he should not listen to rumors.
Oliver'sFind82 オリバーのはっけん (Oliver's Discovery) TBA #18
Oliver is put on mail duty but ends up going down to an old branch line, forcing Sir Topham Hatt to search for Oliver and discovering an old abandoned house.
HappyEverAfter80 めでたし めでたし (Happily Ever After) TBA #19
Mrs. Kyndley asks Percy and his driver to make a "good luck package" for her daughter's wedding, which he succeeded in doing so.
SirTophamHatt'sHoliday63 トップハム・ハットきょうのきゅうか (Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday) TBA #20
The Hatt family go on holiday, even though things start to go wrong for them and Tiger Moth.
ASurpriseforPercy56 パーシーびっくり (Percy Surprised) TBA #21
Percy moans about his work in the coal mines and wants something exciting to happen. His wish comes unexpectedly true when a line of trucks breaks away from him on the hill, so he and Bertie must stop them.
MakeSomeoneHappy71 ひとだすけ (An Act of Compassion) TBA #22
James sees Mrs. Kyndley, who is upset that her sister cannot come and visit. A "mystery tour" is arranged for her, and James is chosen for the special job.
BusyGoingBackwards103 うしろむきのトード (Backwards Toad) TBA #23
Toad is feeling bored about going backwards all the time and confesses to Oliver that he wishes to go forwards for a change. On Gordon's Hill, the coupling snaps, and Toad goes on a wild ride with the Troublesome Trucks through the Main Line.
DuncanGetsSpooked59 まんげつのよるのできごと (Full Moon Night Event) TBA #24
Duncan teases Peter Sam after some trucks fall into a ravine, but when he crosses the old iron bridge, he gets a very spooky surprise.
Snow61 ゆき (Snow) TBA #25
Thomas is cross with the snow, so Rusty tells him about Skarloey's own experience in an avalanche.
RustyandtheBoulder59 いわのボルダー (Boulder Rock) TBA #26
Rusty is suspicious of a strange boulder lodged in the mountains, which chases him and the other engines until it demolishes the nearby shed, narrowly avoiding Percy in the process.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
ThomasandStepney76 It's Great to be an Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
Oh yes, it's great to be an engine and go steaming along
Puff puff puffing along, peep peep peeping along...
GordonAndTheGremlin95 Sir Topham Hatt Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
His name is Sir Topham Hatt some people say he's - Stout!!
Rather rotund, really quite round, but he doesn't see it like that...
ByeGeorge!51 Accidents Will Happen Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
Thrills and spills on the railway, it's a life of happiness
But sometimes impatience can lead to carelessness...
NightTrain1 Night Train Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
See how the night sky glows,
See the light from the night train...
ThomasandPercy'sChristmasAdventure9 The Snow Song Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
You wake to the silence, the bright afterglow
Now there's a surprise, for what do you know...
TobyAndTheFlood76 Harold the Helicopter Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
Who do you call when the chips are down
When your back is against the wall...
Donald'sDuck(song) Donald's Duck Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
I found a quacker in my tender.
She was very, very tame...
Percy'sSeasideTrip3 Percy's Seaside Trip Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
The sun is shining, it's a lovely day
It won't be long before we're on our way...
Heroes24 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
Life is full of surprises, full of ups and downs
And so to have a silver lining, first there must be cloud...
OldIron40 Come for the Ride Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
5 October 1998 (UK; Cassette)
All your friends on the railway would like you all to see
Just how much fun rocking on the railway can be...

Game

Cover Title Composers Original release date
MagicalAdventureFrontCover Magical Adventure Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17th July 1998 (Japan; PC and Win)
Players get to drive as Thomas, Gordon or Percy and they can play a few minigames, as well as watching a few episodes from the series.

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Trivia

  • This was the first series of several things:
    • The first series not to have any episodes based on books of The Railway Series by Wilbert and Christopher Awdry.
    • The first series with an episode where some railway on Sodor is referred to as its American term, "railroad". This occurs in Duncan Gets Spooked.
    • The first series to introduce original characters with no connection to The Railway Series.
    • Alec Baldwin's first series as the US narrator.
    • The first series where Bulgy, Sir Handel, Duke, Smudger, Class 40, S.C. Ruffey, Bulstrode and Elizabeth II do not appear since their debuts.
    • The first series where Peter Sam does not speak in any of his appearances.
    • The first series where Edward does not have any major roles in any of his appearances.
    • The first series not to air on Shining Time Station due to the show ending around 1996. Episodes from this series (as well as the first four) were aired on FOX Family's Storytime with Thomas.
    • The first series to use a Proteus 2000 to compose the music.
    • The first series not produced in Ukrainian and the only one until the twenty-first series.
    • The first series to air in Canada.
    • The first series dubbed by The Maidstone Studios.
    • The first series narrated by Kim Il for re-dub in South Korea.
    • The first series aired by EBS, Tooniverse and Daekyo Kids TV in South Korea.
    • The first series that released completely on DVD in South Korea.
    • The first series released on DVD by Adongmoonhak.
    • The first series to feature stereo audio in Albania.
    • The first series to feature stereo audio for DVD in South Korea.
    • The first series to have two dubs until the twelfth series in South Korea, but they had three dubs.
    • The first series that was not aired on television in Sweden.
    • The first series in which the phrase, "confusion and delay" is said.
    • The first series in which Elsbridge does not appear.
    • The first series where food items are transported in open wagons.
    • The first series to refer Sudrian locations by their actual names instead of nicknames such as "the big station" or "the harbour".
    • The first series dubbed at "Studio Hamburg Synchron" in Germany. It was also the first series featuring Henning Stegelmann as the translator and dialogue director of the German dub.
    • The first series to feature Thomas' unused third series alarmed and jolly faces, Gordon's unused second series astonished face and Bertie's unused second series shocked face.
    • The first series to feature Henry's ill face and Gordon's sulky face since their appearances in the first series.
    • The first series to feature Percy's smug face, Gordon's shocked face and Duck's shocked face since their debuts in the second series.
  • According to an interview with David Mitton before his death in 2008, this series was supposed to be a showcase for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • This series features more songs than any other, at a total of ten.
  • This was also the final series of several things:
    • The last series made by Gullane Entertainment under its original name The Britt Allcroft Company.
    • Britt Allcroft's final series as writer and producer.
    • David Mitton's final series as producer.
    • Angus Wright's last series as executive producer.
    • The last series to premiere in the UK on Cartoon Network. This is also the last time the franchise would debut on said network in an English-speaking country until Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go over 20 years later.
    • The last series filmed completely in 4:3 fullscreen. However, the first six episodes of the next series would also be filmed in 4:3, with some scenes being filmed in 16:9 widescreen.
    • The last series to be released on VHS in New Zealand, albeit incomplete.
    • The last series to feature BoCo.
    • The last series to be released in the 1990s, the twentieth century, and the second millennium.
    • The last series shown first to run fully on American television until the eighth series. The sixth series would be released exclusively on home video in the United States until 2005 and the seventh series would run concurrently with the eighth series.
    • The last series shown in Germany, Latin America and Brazil until the eighth series.
    • The last series DVD released by DVD Acadamy in South Korea.
    • The last series to have voice over English dubs in South Korea.
    • The last series to have two dubs in Poland.
    • The last series to have a railway consultant until the seventeenth series.
      • It is also the last series until the same series where Annie and Clarabel speak in more than one episode.
    • The last series to use the sound effects in Dolby Surround Sound for diesel engines, though the sound system is still used for steam engines, road vehicles, rolling stock and people.
    • The last series to have all its episodes released on VHS in the UK and Australia.
    • The last series before the release of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • The last series narrated by Manfred Steffen in Germany.
    • The last series aired by TVP3 for original Polish dub in Poland.
    • The last series that had not released a music video completely on DVD in South Korea.
    • The last series to feature Thomas' second smiling face, James' duplicate happy face, and Percy's original wincing, drowsy and smug faces.
    • The last series where Thomas' shocked face has its buck tooth.
  • This was also the only series of several things:
    • David Maidment's only series as railway consultant and writer.
    • The only series where Donald appears without Douglas, although the latter appears in music videos.
    • The only series not to feature Diesel since his introduction in the second series.
      • Despite not appearing in any released episodes, Diesel does make a few appearances in music videos and a deleted shot from Cranky Bugs.
    • The only series in which Knapford does not appear.
    • The only series to feature Kirk Ronan until Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go.
    • The only series recorded in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
    • The only series that was not released completely on VHS in New Zealand (the only two episodes that were not released on VHS in the country were Bye George! and Something in the Air).
    • The only series to feature Thomas' unused third series jolly face.
  • Michael Angelis was not credited in the opening titles for the UK dub. However, he is credited as narrator in the Hindi dub despite the episodes being re-dubbed.
  • In addition to the US dub, Alec Baldwin is credited in the opening titles for the Spanish and French dubs despite the episodes being re-dubbed.
  • Korean DVD releases of this series from C4U Media and Adongmoonhak credit Michael Angelis as the narrator despite the episodes being re-dubbed.
  • In the Vietnamese dub, Michael Angelis' dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used. Additionally, he is also credited as the narrator despite the episodes being re-dubbed.
  • In Finland, all of the episodes were never released on home video. they were shown exclusively on television by MTV3 in 2009.
  • This series was filmed in the same room that Tugs was filmed in.
  • The Japanese video game Magical Adventure utilises specially shot footage from this series.
  • According to a news article in the Daily Mirror, this series was planned to air on the BBC.[1] Had this series aired on the BBC as initially planned, it would have been the first in the television series to do so.
  • Eighteen sets of rushes from this series on hi-8 tape are currently in the possession of Twitter/YouTube user ThomasTankMerch.
  • James' tender still had its fourth series black lining, as it has not been updated in the fifth series. It is visible in the episodes Cranky Bugs, Horrid Lorry, A Better View for Gordon, Gordon and the Gremlin, Put Upon Percy, Something in the Air, Thomas and the Rumours and beginnings of James and the Trouble with Trees, Baa! and Make Someone Happy.

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