Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

The sixth series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in September 2002. Michael Angelis and Alec Baldwin narrated the twenty-six episodes for the UK and US respectively. Angelis also narrated two episodes for the US release of New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. Later, six episodes were redubbed along with music composed by Robert Hartshorne for the US on PBS Kids and the UK for Nick Jr. in 2005. It was the first produced by Gullane Entertainment, after its rebrand from The Britt Allcroft Company.


After the critical and commercial flop, but successful merchandising and nominations of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Britt Allcroft was forced to step down as both deputy chairman and director of the company, only to retain sharing responsibilities and become Executive Producer. On the other hand, David Mitton turned over as a camera operator and a script consultant for all script writers during production. Phil Fehrle took the liberty in creating what was supposed to be the first Thomas & Friends spin-off - Jack and the Sodor Construction Company directed by Steve Asquith. Two episodes were to be the gateway to the twenty-six episodic series, but it was cancelled because of financial difficulties and the acquisition of HiT Entertainment, so only thirteen episodes were filmed and stored away. However, the thirteen episodes were eventually released on DVD on 2nd October 2006.

From September to November 2005, Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis re-dubbed six episodes; No Sleep for Cranky, A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, James and the Red Balloon, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Toby Had a Little Lamb and Edward the Very Useful Engine, with music composed by Robert Hartshorne on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, to make them series nine-styled when they chose episodes from this series for the airings.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Salty'sSecret4.PNG Salty's Secret Robin Kingsland 16th September 2002 #01
A dockyard diesel named Salty arrives on Sodor and is dismayed when he is sent to work at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescue83.png Harvey to the Rescue Jonathan Trueman 17th September 2002 #02
A new engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
NoSleepforCranky77.png No Sleep for Cranky Paul Larson 18th September 2002 #03
A story by Salty makes Cranky cranky enough to knock down a shed, forcing him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter.JPG A Bad Day for Harold (the Helicopter) David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
19th September 2002 #04
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to take his mail onwards - with disastrous results.
ElizabeththeVintageLorry56.jpg Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry
Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck
Paul Larson 20th September 2002 #05
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage lorry named Elizabeth.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1.png The Fogman David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
23rd September 2002 #06
Cyril the Fogman puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to be more trouble than it is worth.
JackJumpsIn61.jpg Jack Jumps In Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
24th September 2002 #07
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeed96.png A Friend in Need Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
25th September 2002 #08
Ned the Steam Shovel knocks the keystone out of a bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack tries to hold it up with his bucket.
It'sOnlySnow.JPG It's Only Snow David Mitton
James Mason
26th September 2002 #09
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village with Toby but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
TwinTrouble56.jpg Twin Trouble Brian Trueman 27th September 2002 #10
Donald and Douglas crash into Trevor's cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72.jpg The World's Strongest Engine David Mitton
Paul Larson
30th September 2002 #11
Henry has an unfortunate accident, leading to Diesel returning to the railway. Diesel is insistent on proving that he is the strongest engine in the world, much to the troublesome trucks' amusement.
ScaredyEngines92.png Scaredy Engines David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
1st October 2002 #12
Halloween rolls around and Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69.jpg Percy and the Haunted Mine David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
2nd October 2002 #13
While collecting some trucks, Percy is spooked by a mine that sinks into the ground. Donald and Douglas make him even more frightened when they proclaim it is the naughty gnomes.
MiddleEngine.JPG Middle Engine David Mitton
Brian Trueman
3rd October 2002 #14
'Arry and Bert play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks in front of him. But when he's accidentally bumped onto the coal tipper, James takes over.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72.png James and the Red Balloon David Mitton
Jenny McDade
4th October 2002 #15
Thomas and James become scared a hot air balloon will steal their passengers.
JackFrost14.jpg Jack Frost David Mitton
Paul Larson
7th October 2002 #16
Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. While spending the night in a siding, snow and ice pile around him and James mistakes him for Jack Frost.
GordonTakesaTumble70.png Gordon Takes a Tumble David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
8th October 2002 #17
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some from the Docks. He is angry and ends up sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73.png Percy's Chocolate Crunch David Mitton
Brian Trueman
9th October 2002 #18
Percy gets angry that he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty but has an unfortunate run-in with a chocolate factory.
BufferBother60.jpg Buffer Bother Ross Hastings 10th October 2002 #19
Ben needs new buffers and Bill becomes jealous. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67.PNG Toby Had a Little Lamb Jenny McDade 11th October 2002 #20
During a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueak22.jpg Thomas, Percy and the Squeak David Mitton
Jenny McDade
14th October 2002 #21
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.
ThomasandtheJetEngine.PNG Thomas the Jet Engine
Thomas and the Jet Engine
David Mitton
Ross Hastings
15th October 2002 #22
Thomas is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine.PNG Edward the Very Useful Engine
Edward the Really Useful Engine
David Mitton 16th October 2002 #23
The big engines believe Edward should be retired but he proves himself useful when both Duck and Gordon need help.
DunkinDuncan.JPG Dunkin Duncan Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
17th October 2002 #24
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54.jpg Rusty Saves the Day David Mitton
Paul Larson
18th October 2002 #25
The Fat Controller closes Rheneas and Skarloey's line down and sends them to the quarry. But when the quarry will be blasting for two weeks, Rusty decides to use that time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistles44.jpg Faulty Whistles David Mitton
Ross Hastings
21st October 2002 #26
Peter Sam's whistle has been knocked off by a branch. Duncan finds this funny and remarks that an engine is not one without a whistle, unaware his own whistle has become loose.


Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
JamestheReallySplendidEngine8.png James the Really Splendid Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
24th September 2002 (US; VHS/DVD)
He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so...
Trucks20.png Little Engines Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
25th February 2003 (US; VHS/DVD)
Main Line Engines always boast how big they are,
Superior by far...
HorridLorry1.png Down by the Docks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
22nd July 2003 (US; VHS/DVD)
Down by the docks, that's the place to be,
Down by the docks, gateway to the sea...
WinterWonderland2.png Winter Wonderland Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
7th October 2002 (UK; VHS/DVD)
It's a winter wonderland
See the snow lay all around...
Boo,Boo,Choo,Choo1.png Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20th July 2004 (US; VHS/DVD)
What's that moving in the corner
What's that shadow on the wall...
Never,Never,NeverGiveUp20.png Never, Never, Never Give Up Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
23rd December 2004 (CHN; DVD)
If you climb the highest mountain,
Cross the river deep...


Characters Introduced


  • This was the first series of several things:
    • The first series filmed in 16:9 widescreen. However, most of the first six episodes were matted from full screen, but whenever they use Tidmouth Sheds, The Seaside Village, Tidmouth Beach and the church for locations, the scenes are filmed in widescreen.
    • The first series that Thomas' original chuckling face appeared as his new grinning face.
    • Phil Fehrle's first series as producer.
    • Peter Urie's first series as executive producer.
    • The first series to have a writing team.
    • The first time Robin Kingsland, Paul Larson, Abi Grant, James Mason, Brian Trueman, Robyn Charteris and Jenny McDade wrote episodes for the series.
    • Abi Grant's first series as script editor, as well as head writer.
    • The first series to feature Steve Asquith as a director.
    • The first series made by Gullane Entertainment under its current name.
    • The first series to feature Toby's unused fourth series depressed face.
    • The first series to have more than two narrators in the English dubs.
    • The first series not dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese, German and Greek.
    • The first series to use a Proteus 3 and Virtuoso 2000 to compose the music.
    • The first series where Annie and Clarabel do not speak.
    • The first series to premiere on Nick Jr. in the UK.
    • The first series since the third series to appear on CITV, marking the television series' return to terrestrial television.
    • The first series to see incomplete episodic VHS releases in the UK and Australia.
    • The first series not to release every episode on home video before the complete series in the UK.
    • The first series not to release every music video on home media in the UK and Australia.
    • The first series not to feature Wellsworth since its introduction in the first series.
    • The first series where the Fat Controller says "confusion and delay", though the second to feature the phrase because the narrator and other characters said it in two fifth series episodes.
    • The first series where the narrator says, "Luckily, no one was hurt", a phrase that also becomes very iconic for the show.
    • The first series in which where Stepney and George appear, but do not speak.
    • The first series where BoCo, Derek, Bertram, Toad, Old Slow Coach, Caroline and Thumper do not appear since their debuts. However, BoCo and Toad do appear in music videos, whilst the latter appeared in a deleted scene photo of this series.
    • The first series released in the 21st century.
    • The first series in which Thomas does not appear in the finale.
    • The first series to have no episodes titled with just one word.
  • This was the last series of several things as well:
    • The last series to feature the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends logo in the intro.
    • The last series to feature the runaway theme until The Adventure Begins.
    • The last series until the eleventh series where Mavis speaks in more than one episode.
    • The final series where Duncan only appears in two episodes until the twentieth series.
    • The last series in which all of the episodes have at least one US version that uses the original music in the US.
    • Britt Allcroft's third and last series as executive producer. She would later be a script consultant in the seventh series.
    • Alec Baldwin's last series as US narrator.
    • The last production produced only by Gullane Entertainment prior to its acquisition by HiT Entertainment in 2002.
    • The last series to have John L. Wright as editor.
    • The last series where Thomas' laughing face from the second series (with added teeth) appears.
    • The last series where the term 'steamer' was used to describe the steam engine characters before they were referred to now as 'steamies' from the eighth series onwards.
  • This series had the most narrators in it out of all series.
  • Despite the title of the show being shortened to Thomas and Friends in 2000, this series, for unknown reasons, uses the original name on some releases and on others the shortened logo.
  • From this series onwards, all stories were written by individuals on a writing staff.
  • This series was broadcast on Nick Jr. in the UK in late 2002, before airing on CiTV on 6th January-10th February 2003. Middle Engine was repeated on 28th February 2003 alongside the final episode of Ripley and Scuff.
  • On masters of episodes that feature the Gullane endboard, Britt Allcroft is credited as executive producer alongside Peter Urie. On masters that end with either the Nick Jr. UK or HiT Entertainment endboard, Britt Allcroft is not mentioned in the end credits at all.
  • Originally the small scale narrow gauge models were set to appear, but were replaced by the larger scale versions.
  • This is the only series of several things:
    • The only model series to have more than one director.
    • The only series in which Thomas does not speak in the premiere (not counting Jack and the Sodor Construction Company).
    • The only series until the twelfth series in which Max appears without Monty.
    • The only series until the thirteenth series to contain episodes that have three English narrators.
    • The only series in which Donald and Douglas do not have Scottish accents in the US. However, in Michael Brandon's re-narration of James and the Red Balloon, he gives the twins Scottish accents.
    • David Mitton's only main series as model consultant.
    • The only series to have Jonathan Trueman, Phil Fehrle and Ross Hastings as part of the writing team (not counting Jack and the Sodor Construction Company).
    • The only time Simon Nicholson wrote episodes for the series until the tenth series.
    • The only series not to feature Thomas' scared face after its return in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • The only series in which Harold's sad face is slightly combined with his happy one.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature Wellsworth.
    • The only series until the twenty-fourth series in which Oliver does not speak or appear with Toad.
  • Leah Charles King and Michael Underwood introduced the series on CITV in 2003.
  • In the US dub of Dunkin Duncan and Faulty Whistles, Alec Baldwin provided Duncan with a standard American accent, with a gruff voice.

In Other Languages

Other Languages
Language Name
Albanian Seria 6
Arabic السلسلة 6
Cantonese 系列6
Czech Série 6
Danish Sæson 6
Dutch Seizoen 6
Finnish Kausi 6
French Saison 6
Hungarian 6. évad
Italian Stagione 6
Japanese シリーズ6
Korean 시리즈 6
Mandarin Chinese 第 6 季
Mandarin Tawianese 系列6
Norwegian Sesong 6
Polish Seria 6
Portuguese 6ª Temporada
Romanian Sezonul 6
Russian 6 сезон
Serbian Сезона 6
Slovenian Serija 6
Spanish Temporada 6
Swedish Säsong 6
Welsh Cyfres 6