Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
This article is about the Betamax/VHS. You may be looking for the TV show, the Pinball, the book or the book boxset.

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is a UK Betamax/VHS released in 1985 by Guild Home Video featuring the first thirteen first series episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. It was released on VHS under the title Volume 1 (Thomas and Gordon) for South African audiences, and released on DVD under the title Thomas and Gordon and Other Stories for Danish audiences and Thomas and the Trucks for Romanian audiences.



It's full steam ahead for Thomas, the little blue engine with the short stumpy funnel, short stumpy boiler and short stumpy dome and his special friends Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Edward, Toby, Annie and Clarabel the carriages and of course their Boss, the Fat Controller. Now Thomas has a new friend - storyteller Ringo Starr, who says "Thomas is a smashing little engine - he's cheeky and has a mind of his own. Thomas is Number One and never lets anyone forget it!".

South Africa

Thomas, the little blue engine, is cheeky to Gordon once too often. So the big blue engine decides to give Thomas a lesson he won't forget.


UK/South Africa/Denmark/Romania

  1. Thomas and Gordon
  2. Edward and Gordon
  3. The Sad Story of Henry
  4. Edward, Gordon and Henry
  5. Thomas' Train
  6. Thomas and the Trucks
  7. Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  8. James and the Coaches
  9. Troublesome Trucks
  10. James and the Express
  11. Thomas and the Guard
  12. Thomas Goes Fishing
  13. Thomas, Terence and the Snow


  • The UK Betamax tape was the very first Thomas video ever released.
  • During the month of its release, the video was reviewed on TV-AM's Good Morning Britain. The episode, Thomas' Train was featured during the review.
  • The end credits of Thomas, Terence and the Snow feature a still image from Edward, Gordon and Henry. This was later repeated on Bumper Special.
  • The back cover features an image from Trouble in the Shed. This impacted the Kaleidoscope and ABC for Kids releases of Thomas and Gordon and other stories.
  • A small selection of copies of the UK VHS feature split-track stereo audio in which the narration and dubbing track can be heard in the left channel and the dubbing track without narration can be heard in the right channel.
  • The Danish DVD features a promotional still from The Trouble with Mud whilst the Romanian DVD features a still from A Friend in Need.
  • The episodes on the Romanian DVD are restored.


  • The South African back cover credits Michael Angelis as the narrator instead of Ringo Starr.
  • On the Danish DVD, a yellow split transition is visible before Thomas Goes Fishing.


UK Betamax/VHS

UK Betamax/VHS Title Cards

UK Betamax/VHS Closing

Other releases

DVD menus

Danish DVD menu

UK Home Video Releases