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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 UK on Nick Jr. and the US for PBS Kids in 2005, the latter of which featured Michael Brandon as the narrator. This was the first of only two series to be produced by Gullane Entertainment after its rebrand from The Britt Allcroft Company.

Production

After the critical and commercial flop 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. While Allcroft would remain involved with the show as an executive producer during this period, she was uncredited in such a capacity. Conversely, Philip D. Fehrle was promoted to a producer role, granting him notable creative influence over the show. To accelerate the show's production schedule (and thus release one series per year, instead of one every two to four years), this series was notably the first to employ an extended writing staff, supervised by both story editor Abi Grant and longstanding director David Mitton (who contributed the outlines for numerous episodes this series alongside the full script of "Edward the Very Useful Engine"). The series was filmed between January 2002-August 2002. Meanwhile, Philip took the liberty in creating what was supposed to be the first Thomas & Friends spin-off - Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (filmed two years later) directed by Stephen Asquith. Two episodes were to be the gateway to the twenty-six episodic series but it was cancelled because of financial difficulties, how similar the concept is to Bob the Builder and the acquisition of HiT Entertainment, so only thirteen episodes were filmed in 2003 and the later half was stored away before the spin-off series could even be finished. However, the thirteen episodes were eventually released on DVD on 2nd October 2006, albeit retitled and rescored by Robert Hartshorne.

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 Nick Jr. in the UK and PBS Kids in the US, to make them series nine-styled when they chose episodes from this series for the half-hour airings.

Episodes

(Note: * indicates that an episode was narrated by Michael Brandon in the US and re-narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK, with new music.)

(Note: ** indicates that an episode was re-narrated by Michael Angelis in the US.)

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

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written By Episode number #
NoSleepforCrankyphotographicstill3 No Sleep for Cranky * Paul Larson #01
Cranky gets angry enough to knock down a shed at the docks, forcing him to be stuck with Salty and his sea tales, along with Bill and Ben, for the night.
Salty'sSecret4 Salty's Secret Robin Kingsland #02
A new dockside diesel engine named Salty arrives on Sodor and is sad when he is sent to work with Mavis at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescuephotographicstill4 Harvey to the Rescue Jonathan Trueman #03
A new crane engine named Harvey arrives but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter A Bad Day for Harold (the Helicopter) * David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
#04
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to help take the mail - with disastrous results.
ElizabeththeVintageLorryphotographicstill2 Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry
Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck
Paul Larson #05
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when one of his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage Sentinel lorry named Elizabeth.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1 The Fogman
The Fog Man
***
David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
#06
A Fogman named Cyril uses detonators for fog warnings. the Fat Controller replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to cause trouble for Thomas. Luckily, Cyril arrives in time to save Toby from an accident.
JackJumpsIn61 Jack Jumps In ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
#07
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but he foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeedphotographicstill2 A Friend in Need ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
#08
It is Jack's second day working with the Construction Company and he is worried that he might not be able to stay. But when he rescues Thomas on a broken bridge, he gets a very special reward.
It'sOnlySnowphotographicstill3 It's Only Snow David Mitton
James Mason
#09
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
TwinTrouble56 Twin Trouble Brian Trueman #10
Donald and Douglas crash into a broken hay cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72 The World's Strongest Engine David Mitton
Paul Larson
#11
Henry has an 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.
ScaredyEngines Scaredy Engines David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
#12
It is Halloween and Thomas keeps teasing Percy about being a "scaredy engine". However, the tables turn when Thomas gets a scare at the smelter's.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69 Percy and the Haunted Mine David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
#13
While collecting some trucks, Percy is spooked by an abandoned mine that sinks into the ground. Then he thinks that some naughty gnomes are causing trouble.
MiddleEngine Middle Engine David Mitton
Brian Trueman
#14
'Arry and Bert play tricks at the smelter's, causing both James and Percy to get stuck in the middle.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72 James and the Red Balloon * David Mitton
Jenny McDade
#15
Thomas and mostly James worry that a red hot air balloon will take their passengers away.
JackFrost14 Jack Frost David Mitton
Paul Larson
#16
A big freeze is coming, so Percy and James are sent to deliver coal to the stations. Percy is scared of Jack Frost but gives James a surprise when he is parked onto a siding, covered in icicles.
GordonTakesaTumble70 Gordon Takes a Tumble * David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
#17
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some trucks from the Docks. But his pride gets him sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73 Percy's Chocolate Crunch David Mitton
Brian Trueman
#18
Percy keeps getting dirty while doing all of his jobs but when he volunteers to take clean sugar to the new Chocolate Factory, he becomes the dirtiest of all.
BufferBother60 Buffer Bother Ross Hastings #19
Ben is sent to get new buffers, leaving Bill to work with Mavis alone. As a result, a jealous Bill becomes careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67 Toby Had a Little Lamb * Jenny McDade #20
During a blizzard, Toby is flagged down by a farmer, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. So, both Toby and Duck must try to rescue the lambs from being stranded.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueakphotographicstill2 Thomas, Percy and the Squeak David Mitton
Jenny McDade
#21
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is arriving for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. At the docks, Thomas notices a squeaking mouse aboard, so Percy gets his chance to help his friend.
ThomasandtheJetEngine Thomas the Jet Engine
Thomas and the Jet Engine
David Mitton
Ross Hastings
#22
Thomas wishes to go faster than Gordon and receives his wish when he is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine Edward(,) the Very/Really Useful Engine * David Mitton #23
Gordon believes that Edward should be retired but Edward proves himself useful when Gordon gets stuck on his hill again.
DunkinDuncan19 Dunkin Duncan Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
#24
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the incline. Duncan gets too impatient and careless, causing him to end up in a muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54 Rusty Saves the Day David Mitton
Paul Larson
#25
Skarloey and Rheneas' line closes down and they are relocated to the quarry. But Rusty decides to use the fortnight of blasting time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistlesphotographicstill2 Faulty Whistles David Mitton
Ross Hastings
#26
Duncan boasts about his own whistle and shows off at Elizabeth, but it comes loose when he tries to whistle at Terence.

Screenshot Title Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Salty'sSecret4 Salty's Secret Robin Kingsland 16 September 2002 #01
A new dockside diesel engine named Salty arrives on Sodor and is sad when he is sent to work with Mavis at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescuephotographicstill4 Harvey to the Rescue Jonathan Trueman 17 September 2002 #02
A new crane engine named Harvey arrives but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
NoSleepforCrankyphotographicstill3 No Sleep for Cranky * Paul Larson 18 September 2002 #03
Cranky gets angry enough to knock down a shed at the docks, forcing him to be stuck with Salty and his sea tales for the night.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter * David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
19 September 2002 #04
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to help take the mail - with disastrous results.
ElizabeththeVintageLorryphotographicstill2 Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry Paul Larson 20 September 2002 #05
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when one of his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage Sentinel lorry named Elizabeth.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1 The Fogman David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
23 September 2002 #06
A fogman named Cyril uses detonators for fog warnings. The Fat Controller replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to cause trouble for Thomas. Luckily, Cyril arrives in time to save Toby from an accident.
JackJumpsIn61 Jack Jumps In Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
24 September 2002 #07
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but he foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeedphotographicstill2 A Friend in Need Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
25 September 2002 #08
It is Jack's second day working with the Construction Company and he is worried that he might not be able to stay. But when he rescues Thomas on a broken bridge, he gets a very special reward.
It'sOnlySnowphotographicstill3 It's Only Snow David Mitton
James Mason
26 September 2002 #09
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
TwinTrouble56 Twin Trouble Brian Trueman 27 September 2002 #10
Donald and Douglas crash into a broken hay cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72 The World's Strongest Engine David Mitton
Paul Larson
30 September 2002 #11
Henry has an 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.
ScaredyEngines Scaredy Engines David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
1 October 2002 #12
It is Halloween and Thomas keeps teasing Percy about being a "scaredy engine". However, the tables turn when Thomas gets a scare at the smelter's.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69 Percy and the Haunted Mine David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
2 October 2002 #13
While collecting some trucks, Percy is spooked by an abandoned mine that sinks into the ground. Then he thinks that some naughty gnomes are causing trouble.
MiddleEngine Middle Engine David Mitton
Brian Trueman
3 October 2002 #14
'Arry and Bert play tricks at the smelter's, causing both James and Percy to get stuck in the middle.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72 James and the Red Balloon * David Mitton
Jenny McDade
4 October 2002 #15
Thomas and mostly James worry that a red hot air balloon will take their passengers away.
JackFrost14 Jack Frost David Mitton
Paul Larson
7 October 2002 #16
A big freeze is coming, so Percy and James are sent to deliver coal to the stations. Percy is scared of Jack Frost but gives James a surprise when he is parked onto a siding, covered in icicles.
GordonTakesaTumble70 Gordon Takes a Tumble * David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
8 October 2002 #17
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some trucks from the Docks. But his pride gets him sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73 Percy's Chocolate Crunch David Mitton
Brian Trueman
9 October 2002 #18
Percy keeps getting dirty while doing all of his jobs but when he volunteers to take clean sugar to the new Chocolate Factory, he becomes the dirtiest of all.
BufferBother60 Buffer Bother Ross Hastings 10 October 2002 #19
Ben is sent to get new buffers, leaving Bill to work with Mavis alone. As a result, a jealous Bill becomes careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67 Toby Had a Little Lamb * Jenny McDade 11 October 2002 #20
During a blizzard, Toby is flagged down by a farmer, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. So, both Toby and Duck must try to rescue the lambs from being stranded.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueakphotographicstill2 Thomas, Percy and the Squeak David Mitton
Jenny McDade
14 October 2002 #21
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is arriving for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. At the docks, Thomas notices a squeaking mouse aboard, so Percy gets his chance to help his friend.
ThomasandtheJetEngine Thomas the Jet Engine David Mitton
Ross Hastings
15 October 2002 #22
Thomas wishes to go faster than Gordon and receives his wish when he is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine Edward the Very Useful Engine * David Mitton 16 October 2002 #23
Gordon believes that Edward should be retired but Edward proves himself useful when Gordon gets stuck on his hill again.
DunkinDuncan19 Dunkin Duncan Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
17 October 2002 #24
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the incline. Duncan gets too impatient and careless, causing him to end up muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54 Rusty Saves the Day David Mitton
Paul Larson
18 October 2002 #25
Skarloey and Rheneas' line closes down and they are relocated to the quarry. But Rusty decides to use the fortnight of blasting time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistlesphotographicstill2 Faulty Whistles David Mitton
Ross Hastings
21 October 2002 #26
Duncan boasts about his own whistle and shows off at Elizabeth but it comes loose when he tries to whistle at Terence.

Screenshot Title Written by Original US release date Episode number #
JamesandtheRedBalloon72 James and the Red Balloon * David Mitton
Jenny McDade
4 September 2005 #01
Thomas and mostly James worry that a red hot air balloon will take their passengers away.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine Edward(,) the Very/Really Useful Engine * David Mitton 18 September 2005 #02
Gordon believes that Edward should be retired, but Edward proves himself useful when Gordon gets stuck on his hill again.
NoSleepforCrankyphotographicstill3 No Sleep for Cranky * Paul Larson 16 October 2005 #03
Cranky gets angry enough to knock down a shed at the docks, forcing him to be stuck with Salty and his sea tales for the night.
GordonTakesaTumble70 Gordon Takes a Tumble * David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
30 October 2005 #04
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull freight cars. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some cars from the Docks. But his pride gets him sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67 Toby Had a Little Lamb * Jenny McDade 6 November 2005 #05
During a blizzard, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. So, both Toby and Duck must try to rescue the lambs from being stranded.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter A Bad Day for Harold (the Helicopter) * David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
20 November 2005 #06
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to help take the mail - with disastrous results.
Salty'sSecret80 Salty's Secret Robin Kingsland N/A #TBA
A new dockside diesel engine named Salty arrives on Sodor and is sad when he is sent to work with Mavis at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescuephotographicstill4 Harvey to the Rescue Jonathan Trueman N/A #TBA
A new crane engine named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
ElizabeththeVintageLorryphotographicstill2 Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry/Quarry Truck Paul Larson N/A #TBA
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when one of his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage Sentinel quarry truck named Elizabeth.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1 The Fogman/Fog Man *** David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
N/A #TBA
A fogman named Cyril uses detonators for fog warnings. Sir Topham Hatt replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to cause trouble for Thomas. Luckily, Cyril arrives in time to save Toby from an accident.
JackJumpsIn61 Jack Jumps In ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
N/A #TBA
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful, but he foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeedphotographicstill2 A Friend in Need ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
N/A #TBA
It is Jack's second day working with the Construction Company, and he is worried that he might not be able to stay. But when he rescues Thomas on a broken bridge, he gets a very special reward.
It'sOnlySnowphotographicstill3 It's Only Snow David Mitton
James Mason
N/A #TBA
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village, but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
TwinTrouble56 Twin Trouble Brian Trueman N/A #TBA
Donald and Douglas crash into a broken hay cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72 The World's Strongest Engine David Mitton
Paul Larson
N/A #TBA
Henry has an 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.
ScaredyEngines Scaredy Engines David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
N/A #TBA
It is Halloween, and Thomas keeps teasing Percy about being a "scaredy engine". However, the tables turn when Thomas gets a scare at the smelter's.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69 Percy and the Haunted Mine David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
N/A #TBA
While collecting some freight cars, Percy is spooked by an abandoned mine that sinks into the ground. Then he thinks that some naughty gnomes are causing trouble.
MiddleEngine Middle Engine David Mitton
Brian Trueman
N/A #TBA
'Arry and Bert play tricks at the smelter's, causing both James and Percy to get stuck in the middle.
JackFrost14 Jack Frost David Mitton
Paul Larson
N/A #TBA
A big freeze is coming, so Percy and James are sent to deliver coal to the stations. Percy is scared of Jack Frost, but gives James a surprise when he is parked onto a siding, covered in icicles.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73 Percy's Chocolate Crunch David Mitton
Brian Trueman
N/A #TBA
Percy keeps getting dirty while doing all of his jobs, but when he volunteers to take clean sugar to the new Chocolate Factory, he becomes the dirtiest of all.
BufferBother60 Buffer Bother Ross Hastings N/A #TBA
Ben is sent to get new buffers, leaving Bill to work with Mavis alone. As a result, a jealous Bill becomes careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueakphotographicstill2 Thomas, Percy and the Squeak David Mitton
Jenny McDade
N/A #TBA
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is arriving for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. At the docks, Thomas notices a squeaking mouse aboard, so Percy gets his chance to help his friend.
ThomasandtheJetEngine Thomas and the Jet Engine David Mitton
Ross Hastings
N/A #TBA
Thomas wishes to go faster than Gordon, and receives his wish when he is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw.
DunkinDuncan19 Dunkin Duncan Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
N/A #TBA
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the incline. Duncan gets too impatient and careless, causing him to end up muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54 Rusty Saves the Day David Mitton
Paul Larson
N/A #TBA
Skarloey and Rheneas' line closes down, and they are relocated to the quarry. But Rusty decides to use the fortnight of blasting time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistlesphotographicstill2 Faulty Whistles David Mitton
Ross Hastings
N/A #TBA
Duncan boasts about his own whistle and shows off at Elizabeth, but it comes loose when he tries to whistle at Terence.

Screenshot Title Written by Original JPN release date Episode number #
HarveytotheRescuephotographicstill4 ハーヴィーのはつしごと (Harvey's First Job) Jonathan Trueman 7 December 2002 #01
A new crane engine named Harvey arrives but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
Salty'sSecret4 ソルティーのひみつ (Salty's Secret) Robin Kingsland 14 December 2002 #02
A new dockside diesel engine named Salty arrives on Sodor and is sad when he is sent to work with Mavis at the quarry.
It'sOnlySnowphotographicstill3 たかがゆき (It's Only Snow) David Mitton
James Mason
21 December 2002 #03
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
NoSleepforCrankyphotographicstill3 ねむれないクランキー (Sleepless Cranky) * Paul Larson 28 December 2002 #04
Cranky gets angry enough to knock down a shed at the docks, forcing him to be stuck with Salty and his sea tales for the night.
JackFrost14 ジャックフロスト (Jack Frost) David Mitton
Paul Larson
4 January 2003 #05
A big freeze is coming, so Percy and James are sent to deliver coal to the stations. Percy is scared of Jack Frost but gives James a surprise when he is parked onto a siding, covered in icicles.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67 トビーとこひつじ (Toby and the Sheep) * Jenny McDade 11 January 2003 #06
During a blizzard, Toby is flagged down by a farmer, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. So, both Toby and Duck must try to rescue the lambs from being stranded.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1 フォッグマン (Fogman) *** David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
18 January 2003 #07
Cyril the Fogman uses detonators for fog warnings. Sir Topham Hatt replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to cause trouble for Thomas. Luckily, Cyril arrives in time to save Toby from an accident.
ThomasandtheJetEngine ジェットエンジンのトーマス (Thomas the Jet Engine) David Mitton
Ross Hastings
25 January 2003 #08
Thomas wishes to go faster than Gordon and receives his wish when he is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter うんのわるいハロルド (Unlucky Harold) * David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
1 February 2003 #09
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to help take the mail - with disastrous results.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73 パーシーのチョコクランチ (Percy's Chocolate Crunch) David Mitton
Brian Trueman
8 February 2003 #10
Percy keeps getting dirty while doing all of his jobs but when he volunteers to take clean sugar to the new Chocolate Factory, he becomes the dirtiest of all.
TwinTrouble56 ふたごのけんか (Twin Fight) Brian Trueman 15 February 2003 #11
Donald and Douglas crash into a broken hay cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
JackJumpsIn61 やりすぎたジャック (Too Far, Jack) ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
22 February 2003 #12
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but he foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeedphotographicstill2 こまったときのともだち (Friends in Trouble) ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
1 March 2003 #13
It is Jack's second day working with the Construction Company and he is worried that he might not be able to stay. But when he rescues Thomas on a broken bridge, he gets a very special reward.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72 せかいさいきょうのきかんしゃ (World's Greatest Engine) David Mitton
Paul Larson
8 March 2003 #14
Henry has an 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.
MiddleEngine まんなかのきかんしゃ (Middle Engine) David Mitton
Brian Trueman
15 March 2003 #15
'Arry and Bert play tricks at the smelter's, causing both James and Percy to get stuck in the middle.
GordonTakesaTumble70 すべったゴードン (Slipped Gordon) * David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
22 March 2003 #16
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some trucks from the Docks. But his pride gets him sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
ElizabeththeVintageLorryphotographicstill2 ヴィンテージトラックのエリザベス (Elizabeth the Vintage Truck) Paul Larson 29 March 2003 #17
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when one of his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage Sentinel lorry named Elizabeth.
BufferBother60 くるまどめのもんだい (Bufferstop Problem) Ross Hastings 5 April 2003 #18
Ben is sent to get new buffers, leaving Bill to work with Mavis alone. As a result, a jealous Bill becomes careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine やくにたつきかんしゃエドワード (Edward the Really Useful Engine) * David Mitton 12 April 2003 #19
Gordon believes that Edward should be retired but Edward proves himself useful when Gordon gets stuck on his hill again.
DunkinDuncan19 どろんこダンカン (Muddy Duncan) Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
19 April 2003 #20
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the incline. Duncan gets too impatient and careless, causing him to end up muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54 ラスティーのおてがら (Rusty's Feat) David Mitton
Paul Larson
26 April 2003 #21
Skarloey and Rheneas' line closes down and they are relocated to the quarry. But Rusty decides to use the fortnight of blasting time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistlesphotographicstill2 かわったきてき (Defective Whistle) David Mitton
Ross Hastings
3 May 2003 #22
Duncan boasts about his own whistle and shows off at Elizabeth but it comes loose when he tries to whistle at Terence.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueakphotographicstill2 トーマスとパーシーとキーキーごえ (Thomas, Percy and the Squeak) David Mitton
Jenny McDade
10 May 2003 #23
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is arriving for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. At the docks, Thomas notices a squeaking mouse aboard, so Percy gets his chance to help his friend.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69 パーシーとゆうれいこうざん (Percy and the Haunted Mine) David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
17 May 2003 #24
While collecting some trucks, Percy is spooked by an abandoned mine that sinks into the ground. Then he thinks that some naughty gnomes are causing trouble.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72 ジェームスとあかいききゅう (James and the Red Balloon) * David Mitton
Jenny McDade
24 May 2003 #25
Thomas and mostly James worry that a red hot air balloon will take their passengers away.
ScaredyEngines こわがりなきかんしゃ (Timid Engine) David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
31 May 2003 #26
It is Halloween and Thomas keeps teasing Percy about being a "scaredy engine". However, the tables turn when Thomas gets a scare at the smelter's.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date Episode number #
WinterWonderland2 Winter Wonderland Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
7 October 2002 (UK; Home Media) #01
It's a winter wonderland
See the snow lay all around...
Boo,Boo,Choo,Choo1 Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
30 October 2014 (UK; TBT Music Video) #02
What's that moving in the corner
What's that shadow on the wall...
Trucks20 Little Engines Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1 January 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #03
Main Line Engines always boast how big they are,
Superior by far...
JamestheReallySplendidEngine8 James, the Really Speldid Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
29 January 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #04
He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so...
Never,Never,NeverGiveUp20 Never, Never, Never Give Up Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
12 March 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #05
If you climb the highest mountain,
Cross the river deep...
HorridLorry1 Down by the Docks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
N/A #06
Down by the docks, that's the place to be,
Down by the docks, gateway to the sea...

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date Episode number #
JamestheReallySplendidEngine8 James the Really Splendid Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17 September 2002 (US; Cassette/CD) #01
He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so...
HorridLorry1 Down by the Docks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17 September 2002 (US; Cassette/CD) #02
Down by the docks, that's the place to be,
Down by the docks, gateway to the sea...
Boo,Boo,Choo,Choo1 Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17 September 2002 (US; Cassette/CD) #03
What's that moving in the corner
What's that shadow on the wall...
Trucks20 Little Engines Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17 September 2002 (US; Casstte/CD) #04
Main Line Engines always boast how big they are,
Superior by far...
Never,Never,NeverGiveUp20 Never, Never, Never Give Up Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
17 September 2002 (US; Cassette/CD) #05
If you climb the highest mountain,
Cross the river deep...
WinterWonderland2 Winter Wonderland Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
24 September 2002 (US/Canada; CD Sampler) #06
It's a winter wonderland
See the snow lay all around...

Screenshot Title Composers Original JPN release date Episode number #
Boo,Boo,Choo,Choo1 Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #01
What's that moving in the corner
What's that shadow on the wall...
Trucks20 Little Engines Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #02
Main Line Engines always boast how big they are,
Superior by far...
Never,Never,NeverGiveUp20 Never, Never, Never Give Up Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #03
If you climb the highest mountain,
Cross the river deep...
JamestheReallySplendidEngine8 James the Really Splendid Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #04
He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so...
WinterWonderland2 Winter Wonderland Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #05
It's a winter wonderland
See the snow lay all around...
HorridLorry1 Down by the Docks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; Music Video; DVD) #06
Down by the docks, that's the place to be,
Down by the docks, gateway to the sea...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Trivia

  • This was the first series of many things:
    • The company is renamed to Gullane Entertainment. However, it was eventually bought by HiT Entertainment in late 2002 after the production of the sixth series. Despite this, Britt Allcroft was not done with her involvement yet despite none of the credits in each episode crediting her, she was only executive director behind the series. The series is also the first to have various writers like Ross Hastings, Jenny McDade, Robin Kingsland and Paul Larson. Brian Trueman has written episodes for the show and it was the last time that he had written episodes for TV shows before he retired. The sixth series was broadcasted on Nick Jr. in 2002 and then a year later in 2003 on CITV when the show returned there for the first time since they had broadcasted the third series in 1993.
    • The first series to be released in 16:9 widescreen, being cropped from the original open matte film. Only the first six episodes would have proper 4:3 fullscreen versions edited, the rest just being cropped from their widescreen edits.
    • 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 pre-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 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. Though it made its UK television debut on Nick Jr. the year before.
    • The first series to see incomplete episodic VHS releases in the UK and Australia due to the rising popularity of DVD.
    • The first series to not release every episode on home video before the complete series in the UK.
    • The first series to not release every music video on home media in the UK and Australia.
    • The first series that had released music video on VHS and DVD by C4U Media in South Korea.
    • The first series that had released music video on VHS in South Korea.
    • The first series that had not been released on DVD by DVD Acadamy in South Korea.
    • The first series to not have a voice over English dub in South Korea.
    • The first series that had released music videos completely on DVD in South Korea.
    • The first series to not have two dubs until the thirteenth series in South Korea.
    • 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 a staple for the series moving forward.
    • The first series where Stepney and George appear but do not speak since their introductions in the fourth series.
    • The first series in which Oliver does not speak since his debut.
    • The first series where Annie and Clarabel do not speak in any of their appearances.
    • The first series where BoCo, Derek, Bertram, Toad, Old Slow Coach, The Horrid Lorries, 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 twenty-first century and the third millennium, as well as the first series released in the 2000s.
    • The first series in which Thomas does not appear in the finale.
    • The first series to have no episodes titled with just one word.
    • The first series to receive funding from Nickelodeon UK.
  • 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, despite the new Thomas & Friends logo being used since 2000.
    • 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.
      • It is also the last series where Duncan speaks in another accent instead of a Scottish one in the US dub.
    • The last series to be fully released in the "classic" era format in the US, as the seventh series would instead be formatted similarly to the HiT Entertainment series when the episodes first aired on TV and later home media releases. The episodes would feature new music by Robert Hartshorne as well as the intro of the eighth series to make it fit in with later series of the show (this would later happen in the UK for a few episodes as well). However, for the US VHS and DVDs New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures and Thomas and the Jet Engine and Other Adventures, seven episodes from the seventh series were released in the classic era format with the original intro and music by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell. It should be noted that this series did get a similar treatment as the seventh series in both English dubs when six episodes aired on PBS Kids during the time the ninth series was airing, where the music and narration was changed (with Michael Brandon as the narrator in the US and Michael Angelis rerecording his original narrations in the UK) to fit with the other episodes being aired at the time. Only a select few episodes got this treatment and these versions have not been released for home media yet.
    • Britt Allcroft's third and last series as executive producer. She would later be a script consultant in the seventh series despite the former being uncredited.
    • Alec Baldwin's last series as the US narrator following his departure in favour of him pursuing to work on other film and television projects.
    • The last production produced solely 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 to not feature Emily, since she appeared in every series since her debut but not every special since her debut.
    • The last series to have more than half of its episodes released on VHS in Australia.
    • The last series that used Futaba Corporation remotes to control the engines and vehicles.
  • Prior to the airings on PBS Kids, this series was only available on home video in the US.
  • This series had the most narrators in it out of all series.
  • Despite the title of the show being shortened to Thomas & 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.
  • Starting with this series and the next series, due to it having started being filmed in 16:9 widescreen, whenever stock footage from previous seasons is used (all made in 4:3 fullscreen), they were matted into widescreen (except in the 4:3 fullscreen versions of these episodes on home video).
  • This series was broadcast on Nick Jr. in the UK in late 2002, before airing from CiTV on 6 January-10 February 2003. Then all twenty-six episodes were repeated on CiTV from 11 February-18 March 2003, followed by another repeat of the first three episodes ending with Harvey to the Rescue on 21 March 2003.
  • 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.
  • In the European Portuguese, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Korean DVDs, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese dubs, Michael Angelis was credited as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed into their respective languages.
  • In the Spanish and French dubs, Alec Baldwin was credited as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed into their respective languages.
  • In the Vietnamese dub, Michael Angelis' dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • in Finland, all of the episodes were never released on home video. They were shown exclusively on television by MTV3 in 2009-2010.
  • 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 the spinoff mini series 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 where Donald and Douglas do not have Scottish accents in the US dub. However, in Michael Brandon's re-dub of James and the Red Balloon, he gives the twins accents.
    • The only series to have Mavis use Derek's horn sound.
    • 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 where Harold's sad face is slightly combined with his happy one.
    • Byron and Isobella's only appearances in the Main series.
    • Cronk's only appearance in the Main series.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature Wellsworth, Edward's station.
    • The only series until the twenty-fourth series where Oliver does not speak or appear with Toad.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to have a special intro.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature the scene of Thomas passing the windmill from the first series episode, Thomas and Bertie in the intro. Instead, a deleted scene from the third series episode, Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, as well as a scene from the third series episode, Percy's Promise, are used.
  • Leah Charles King and Michael Underwood introduced the series on CiTV in 2003.
  • The series aired weekdays at 8:25am on ABC Kids in Australia. The promo featured clips from Percy's Chocolate Crunch, James and the Red Balloon, Middle Engine and Gordon Takes a Tumble.
  • A hi-8 tape containing raw footage from some episodes from this series are now owned by Twitter and Instagram user ThomasTankMerch.
  • James' black lining on his model from Thomas and the Magic Railroad has been updated in Series 6. The black lining on James' cab in Thomas and the Magic Railroad is not properly placed,

Goofs

  • Throughout Alec Baldwin's narration, he does not attempt a Scottish accent for Donald nor Douglas.
  • In the Finnish dub of this series, Skarloey was mistakenly called "Severi", which is the Finnish name for Stepney.

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