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“A harbour! The seaside! Children! That will be lovely!”

Thomas and Trevor, retitled A New Friend for Thomas in American releases, is the sixth episode of the second series. It is based on the annual story of the same name.


Trevor is sad when he does not have enough work to do, which he tells Edward during one of the blue engine's daily visits to the Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard. Edward has some good news for Trevor; the Fat Controller has asked that he be sent to the site of the new harbour with to help out with the work. Trevor instantly perks up, excited about getting to work and meeting children. Edward brings him to the yard to meet with Thomas.

Upon meeting Trevor, Thomas, who is carrying metal pilings needed for the construction work, is initially skeptical of the newcomer. After Trevor's flatbed is coupled to Thomas' train, the two set off for the harbour. On the way, Trevor explains what type of work he can do and does not need rails to be useful. This helps Thomas understand Trevor better.

Upon arrival at the harbour, they come across havoc; trucks are derailed and blocking the line, and stone slabs are littered throughout the area. Thomas' driver tells the two that the equipment Thomas is carrying is essential, so Trevor must go to work taking it around the mess. Trevor, who enjoys this kind of work, is happy to do the job as soon as possible.

While Thomas moves the trucks, Trevor carries the construction equipment where it is needed. Thomas soon brings Annie and Clarabel to the harbour to meet him and is left very impressed with Trevor after seeing him work so hard. This makes him finally understand just how useful a traction engine can truly be. Both Annie and Clarabel are carrying children, whom Trevor is more than happy to give rides to on the Beach. This is easily his favourite part of the day, and Annie and Clarabel remark to each other how kind and gentle Trevor is and how he reminds them of Thomas.

Thomas and Trevor are both very sorry when the day is over and Trevor has to return to the orchard. Taking him to the junction, Thomas notices he has a small tear coming from his eye. He pretends not to notice and cheers Trevor up by telling him that there is now plenty of work for him at the Vicarage and that he could be needed at the harbour again soon. And that makes Trevor feel better. That evening, Trevor thinks about the day's events and falls happily asleep.




  • The credits on its original airing with Old Iron credit this episode as "Based on the story by Christopher Awdry from original material by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton," while later releases just credit Christopher.
  • This is the only second series episode not adapted from a Railway Series book and the only episode adapted from an annual story. While being the first story to broadcast on television before appearing in print, as the annual story was not published until two years after the episode's broadcast.
  • Alternative stock footage from Saved from Scrap is used.
  • Thomas has only one face mask throughout the entire episode, excluding a deleted scene on the Viaduct.
  • Ringo Starr's US dub was not released on home media until 2012, when it was included on Engine Friends.
  • The scene of Thomas entering the harbour station with Annie and Clarabel is different in the restored version.
  • A deleted scene shows Edward and Trevor crossing the viaduct while it was under repair. That scene was later shown in the episode, Better Late Than Never.
  • In a deleted scene, Trevor's Shed is Toby's from Toby and the Stout Gentleman.
  • When aired on 11th June 1991, both Old Iron and Percy and the Signal were dropped out. Duck Takes Charge aired on 18th June.
  • This episode, along with Old Iron, aired on 20th March 1989. Percy and the Signal/Duck Takes Charge aired two weeks later to coincide with Easter Monday 1989. This was the first gap between episodes due to the debut of TUGS in the UK on 4th April the same year.


  • When Thomas arrives to collect Trevor, Edward's eyes are wonky, and his left eye slightly moves on its own.
  • When Thomas passes by Trevor at the beginning, He is pulling Annie and Clarabel. But in the next scene, Annie and Clarabel have disappeared. In the scene where Thomas goes over to talk to Trevor, Annie and Clarabel have reappeared.
  • Fingerprints are visible on Edward's smokebox while he talks to Trevor. In the same scene, Edward's boiler is chipped.
  • A thin wire is visible pulling Trevor along when he crosses the tracks, and when he is giving rides on the beach.
  • In the scene where Thomas is talking to Trevor, Thomas' second boiler stripe is missing.
  • Thomas' smoke generator is clearly visible when he leaves the yard with Trevor.
  • As the scene fades when Thomas pulls Trevor out of the harbour, he stops under the bridge.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, the narrator says that Thomas is puzzled, but Thomas looks happy.
  • When Thomas whistles at Trevor, his number on his left (viewers' right) side is chipped.
  • Trevor's eyebrows are missing at the beginning.
  • At the beginning of the shot when Edward passes through Wellsworth, there is no chuffing sound for a second.
  • At the very beginning, a tree is seen shaking, but none of the other trees at the vicarage are.
  • The narrator says that Trevor set to work towing the pilings into position, while in the shot, he is actually clearing away some debris. Additionally, in the next shot, a crane is seen unloading the pilings in the background.
  • Edward and Thomas' brake vans change. When Edward arrives at the orchard, his brake van is a BR 20 Ton one, but when he pulls Trevor through Wellsworth Station, the brake van is an SR 25. Thomas' goods train Starts off with an SR 25, but when he and Trevor arrive at Knapford Harbour, the brake van is a BR 20.
  • Thomas dips downward when he and Trevor arrive at the harbour.
  • When Thomas says "Now I understand how useful a traction engine can be," his eyes are misaligned and his lamp is crooked.
  • When Clarabel says "He reminds me of Thomas," her door is loose.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Um Novo Amigo Para Thomas
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和特雷弗
Croatian Tomica i Tvrtko
Czech Tomáš a Trevor
Danish Thomas og Trevor
Dutch Thomas en Trevor
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Teppo
French Thomas et Trevor
German Thomas und Trevor
Greek Ο Τόμας και ο Τρέβορ
Hungarian Thomas és Trevor
Italian Thomas e Trevor
Japanese トーマスのあたらしいともだち
Korean 새 친구, 트레버 (DVD Acadamy)
토마스와 트레버의 만남 (JEI TV)
Latin American Spanish Un Nuevo Amigo Para Thomas
Norwegian Thomas og Trevor
Polish Tomek i Tadek
Romanian Thomas şi Trevor
Romansh Tumasch e Trevor
Russian Томас и Тревор
Serbian Tomas i Trevor
Slovenian Tomaž in Brane
Swedish Thomas och Trevor
Turkish Thomas ve Trevor
Ukrainian Томас і Тревор
Welsh Tomos a Trefo

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