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- “He thinks you are both splendid and everyone says that the Post Train is the pride of the line!”
- ―Sir Topham Hatt
Thomas, Percy and the Post Train, retitled Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train for American releases, is the twelfth episode of the third series. It is based on the magazine stories, The Post Train and After the Last Train.
Late at night on the Island of Sodor, after all the other engines have gone to sleep in their sheds, an engine can still be heard in the distance carrying the Post Train. Thomas pulls one train while Percy pulls the other as the loads are too much for one engine to pull alone. Letters and parcels are loaded into the trucks at both harbours before Thomas and Percy begin their journeys, travelling through the now silent stations making deliveries. Sometimes the light of a full moon on a clear night will light the way for them, or sometimes it will be so foggy that Thomas and Percy cannot even see the stars, but lamps will always be out to guide them on their way. Regardless of the weather, the two tank engines are happy to be entrusted with such an important job.
One night, there is trouble, as Percy is left waiting due to the ship from the mainland being delayed. However, Henry finally gets the letters to him and the Post Train is filled. Percy tries his best to make up for the lost time, but he is still very late and finishes his job after the sunrise. Percy does not mind this too much, appreciating the chance to see the island early in the morning with no-one around... but he is not alone long as Harold lands and teases Percy over how late he is with the post. Percy is too tired to explain to Harold what happened and he finally arrives back at the sheds just as Duck is getting ready to head out for the day, falling asleep as soon as he enters his shed.
Percy and his driver decide to set off earlier than usual that evening. However, at the station they find Thomas who has some bad news: the man in charge of the post has made a complaint to the Fat Controller about Percy being so late. Although the Fat Controller understands that it was not Percy's fault, the man would not listen. The two decide to be extra quick that night when Harold lands telling the two engines that the Post Train may be scrapped and the deliveries will be made by him instead. He boasts to the engines that air is quicker than rails before taking off. Both Thomas and Percy are indignant and proceed on their way.
That night, everything runs perfectly and both engines make very good time on all their deliveries. At a station, Thomas and his crew notice a man who had missed his train waiting cold and alone. Thomas' driver offers the man a ride if he does not mind being uncomfortable. The man is more than happy to accept.
The next day as Percy pulls his afternoon passenger train, he spots Harold looking miserable in his airfield. Harold explains he has been grounded due to unpredictable wind. Percy takes the chance to get his own back for the earlier teasing by telling the helicopter that rails work wonders. That evening, the Fat Controller meets Thomas and Percy and shows them a letter from the man who missed his train. He says that the man was very thankful to the two for their help and the Post Train is the pride of the line. This makes both engines very happy indeed.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
- Bertie (cameo)
- Harold's Pilots (cameo)
- Big Mickey (faceless; cameo)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- The Watermill
- The Valley Bridge
- Lower Suddery
- Tidmouth Hault
- The Country Line Canal
- Tidmouth Beach
- The man who missed his train home is Jeremiah Jobling and this marks his last speaking role to date.
- In the restored version, the fade effect from Percy leaving Knapford at night to passing the Country Line Canal in the morning is missing.
- In the early UK narration, starting with the scene of Thomas and Percy at the harbour, most of the music is omitted until the scene of Harold leaving Dryaw in the morning.
- This marks the last of several things:
- The last appearance of the watermill until Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
- The last appearance of Arlesburgh until Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
- The last appearance of the valley bridge to date.
- The last appearance of Percy's laughing face from the second series without teeth painted in, despite it only appearing in a deleted scene.
- The music heard at the start of the episode when the narrator introduces Thomas and Percy's job with the mail would later be resued in three episodes of the following series, Sleeping Beauty, Paint Pots and Queens and Fish. A sample of the music was also used in the last episode of this series Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure.
- The fanfare cue from TUGS can be heard in some scenes. Big Mickey, S.S Vienna, a fishing boat and the steel company from TUGS appear in the episode.
- The description for this episode in Radio Times reads "Harold thinks he can pull the post train better than Thomas and Percy" despite the fact that Harold is a helicopter and not an engine.
- When Thomas goes under the bridge at the beginning, the end of the track is visible.
- When Harold arrives at Dryaw Airfields in the morning, there was a flag next to him, but when he flies off the flag is gone.
- When Percy returns to Tidmouth Sheds, he moves before the turntable stops, but safely on the berth.
- Sir Topham Hatt's name is spelled as 'Sir Topham Hat' on the letter.
- When Thomas and Percy are at Dryaw, they have wires next to their lamps and Thomas' driver's head is on backwards.
- When Thomas and Percy are leaving the harbour, just before cutting to the next scene with the lonely passenger, one of Percy's trucks is derailed.
- When Thomas sees the man who missed his train, his eyes are wonky.
- Blue paint can be seen on the upper arm of the man who missed his train.
- The man who missed his train is wearing a scarf in his first few shots, but when he thanks Thomas' driver for giving him a ride home, the scarf has vanished.
- During the night scene of Percy taking the post, he has a lamp on his right lamp iron, but in the morning, the lamp vanishes.
- When the Fat Controller shows Thomas and Percy the letter, Percy's whistle is missing and his face is loose.
- [as Percy arrives at Dryaw station early in the morning, he recognizes Harold approaching]
- Percy: Bother! It's that dizzy thing, Harold.
- Harold: Good morning. I always said railways were out of date, but you're so slow with the post. You should give everyone their stamps back, post haste!
- Percy: Bird brain...
- Thomas: Thank goodness I have a chance to speak to you. Driver says that the person in charge of the post has complained to the Fat Controller about the delay last night.
- Percy: But that wasn't my fault!
- Thomas: I know! And so does the Fat Controller. But this post person wouldn't listen. Tonight, we'll just have to be quicker than ever before.
- [suddenly, Harold lands near them]
- Harold: I say, you two! There's news flying about!
- Percy: Where?
- Harold: All over the place! They're going to scrap the Post Train and use me instead! Wings work wonders you know; always. (takes off)
- Thomas: Rubbish!
- Percy: Hello, lazywings. Are you too tired to fly today?
- Harold: The wind's too strong. I've been grounded.
- Percy: You need rails! They work wonders you know, always!
- Buzz Books - Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
- Magazine Stories - Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
- Wooden Railway - Hard at Work Percy and Mail Truck
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