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Thomas and Friends
Format Children's television series
Created by Wilbert Awdry
Christopher Awdry
Britt Allcroft
Written by Britt Allcroft (1984–1998)
David Mitton (1984–2003)
Various (2002–)
Directed by David Mitton (1984–2003)
Steve Asquith
Greg Tiernan (2009–)
Starring Ringo Starr (1984–1986)
Michael Angelis (1991–)
George Carlin
Alec Baldwin
Michael Brandon (2003–)
Pierce Brosnan (2008)
Composer(s) Mike O'Donnell and
Junior Campbell
Robert Hartshorne (2004–present)
Ed Welch (2004–2008)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 321
Executive producer(s) Britt Allcroft
Producer(s) David Mitton (1984–2004)
Britt Allcroft
Robert D. Cardona
Simon Spencer
Nicole Stinn (2010–)
Editor(s) Michael Dixon (1984)
Rebecca de Burgh Mound (1986)
John Wright (1991–1998)
Paul Davenport
Running time 4½ minutes
(Seasons 1–7)
7 minutes (Seasons 8–12)
9 minutes (Season 13)
Production company(s) Britt Alfcort Company (1984)
Gullane Entertainment (2000)
HIT Entertainment (2001-present)
Distributor Connecticut Public Television (2004)
Thirteen WNET New York (2008-present)
Original channel ITV
Original run 4 September 1984 – Present
External links
Official website

Thomas and Friends is a British children's television series, first broadcast on the ITV network in September 1984. Until season 7, which premiered in 2003, it was named Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. This series was shot on 35mm film. The first 12 seasons were filmed at Shepperton Studios.

It is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend W. V. Awdry. These books deal with the adventures of a group of anthropomorphised trains and road vehicles who live on the fictional Island of Sodor. The books were based on stories Awdry told to entertain his son Christopher during his recovery from measles. Many of the stories are based on events from Awdry's personal experience.

The show has featured celebrity storytellers Ringo Starr (1984–1986), Michael Angelis (1991–present), George Carlin (1991–1995), Alec Baldwin (1998–2002), Michael Brandon (2003–present), and Pierce Brosnan (Guest Narrator).

Many businesses have been eager to cash in on the worldwide popularity of the series. 'Thomas'-themed merchandise has appeared in almost every form imaginable, from books and magazines, through vast series of models, to duvet covers, cutlery, soft drinks and even spaghetti shapes.

Heritage railways have also benefited from the series. "Day out with Thomas" events, in which passengers are given the chance to ride in full-size coaches pulled by locomotives resembling Thomas or his friends, provide a considerable source of income, and attract those who might not otherwise visit the railway.

4 September 2009 was the 25th anniversary of Thomas & Friends, as the first ever episode "Thomas and Gordon" aired on 4 September 1984, on the British terrestrial channel ITV1. In the 100 Greatest Kids' TV shows poll conducted by Channel 4 viewers in 2001, the show was voted at #26.




The show was originally produced with live action model animation at Shepperton Studios. The use of moving models was seen at the time of the show's conception as an effective method of animating the stories. Locomotives and other vehicles were operated by radio, while humans and animals were static figures. Stop-motion was occasionally employed for instances in which a human or animal character would move. Hand-drawn animation was used in Season 3 to create bees.

At the show's conception in 1983, live action model animation would not deliver lip sync, but show creator Britt Allcroft and model director David Mitton did not see this as an inhibition. About 20 years later however, with advancement in technology, the show saw the introduction of CGI by HIT Entertainment's subsidiary HOT Animation.[1] At first this was used to generate smoke and other effects, but later, HIT (the new owners of Thomas) announced its intent to introduce a fully-CGI series in 2009.[2] With Series 12, CGI by Nitrogen Studios was used to animate characters' faces and to make people and animals mobile within the stories. The following series saw a transition to full CGI animation.


The original classic live action models were filmed on an extensive model railway layout built at the studios. The models were built to the 1:32 scale, known in model railway circles as "Gauge 1". The locomotives used chassis made by Märklin with specially-made bodies. Along with the moving-eye mechanisms, these bodies also included smoke generators. Coaches and trucks were made using Tenmille kits. Later models were constructed entirely from scratch.

In Seasons 5 through 12, some larger-scale models were used for the narrow gauge characters, to more easily fit the complex mechanisms into them while retaining a sufficient level of detail. In Season 6, the characters known as "the Pack" (construction machines) were also constructed on a large scale, and larger models of Thomas and Percy were made to interact with them. In the ninth season, another larger Thomas model was built to the same scale as the narrow gauge engines to provide greater possibilities for interaction. It was joined by a large version of James in the tenth season.


Before Series 13, narration and dialogue were performed by a single storyteller. This was the choice of Allcroft, who wanted the television stories to be an extension of the way they would be told at home in a comforting environment. All character emotions would come from the nuances of the storyteller's voice, in conjunction with facial expressions, music, and actions on-screen.

The first 130 stories were written for television by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton. For the first two seasons and the fourth season the series was closely based on stories from the Railway Series books.


The producer is in charge of every aspect of the show for the relevant series. The following people have been the series' producers:

Originally the series was produced by Britt Allcroft Productions and Clearwater Features Ltd (David Mitton and Robert D. Cardona's company). Clearwater closed in 1990 and The Britt Allcroft Company (which changed to Gullane Entertainment in 2000) was the sole producer until 2002, when HiT Entertainment bought the company and now runs its operation. HIT Entertainment was acquired in 2005 by the private equity firm Apax. In the US, the series is distributed by Connecticut Public Television for PBS.


Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell composed the show's original classic main title theme, incidental music and songs, (see List of Thomas & Friends songs), which were used for Seasons 1 to 7 comprising 182 episodes between 1984 and 2003.

In 2004, Robert Hartshorne took their place as composer, while Ed Welch wrote the new theme tune and the songs.



The first series (1984) took stories from the first eight books, along with one specially written by the Rev. W. Awdry, Thomas's Christmas Party. The second series (1986) took stories from Book 9 (Edward the Blue Engine) to Book 30 (More About Thomas the Tank Engine). This book was unusual, as it was written specifically by Christopher Awdry to be adapted by the show. At that time it was a contractual obligation that the show could only adapt stories that appeared in print. The series also adapted a story from a Thomas Annual, "Thomas and Trevor", and a specially written stand-alone story, Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree. A single episode ("The Missing Coach") was in the process of being filmed, but was never completed because Allcroft decided it was too confusing for young children. The production team went on to adapt "Thomas, Percy and the Coal" instead.[citation needed]

Series 3 was broadcast 1991 to 1992 in two halves, thirteen episodes each. It was made at a cost of £1.3 million.[3] The series was a combination of episodes derived from The Railway Series, stories in the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine, and original stories by Allcroft and Mitton. One of the primary reasons for diverging from the original books was that many of the stories not yet adapted featured large numbers of new characters, which would be expensive to produce. Another was that the producers wanted more stories about Thomas, the nominal main character. The Rev. W. Awdry complained that the new stories were unrealistic (see Henry the Green Engine for more details).[3]

Series 4 was also broadcast in two halves from 1994 to 1995. The producers planned to introduce some "new" female characters, including Caroline the car, Nancy, and The Refreshment Lady.[4] Some commentators took this as a response to accusations of sexism levelled against the series two years earlier.[5] In reality, these were not "new" characters, but creations of the Rev. Awdry from the original Railway Series books. Series 4 was almost entirely based on The Railway Series. The narrow gauge engines were introduced, and were the focus of a number of episodes. Only one original story ("Rusty to the Rescue") was written, but this took certain elements of plot and dialogue from Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine.

The fifth series (1998) was a radical departure, as none of the stories were taken from the Railway Series. This season saw the introduction of new characters and more action-packed storylines.[citation needed]


Thomas and the Magic Railroad was released in 2000. It featured new characters created by Britt Allcroft, along with characters from the show that introduced Thomas to the US, Shining Time Station. The film was heavily edited late in production due to test audience responses.[citation needed]

Despite high production values and the popularity of the show, the film was criticised by UK reviewers who were unfamiliar with Shining Time Station. The movie was well-received by young children on both sides of the Atlantic, but made only $16 million at the US box office at matinee prices. This was obviously a net loss, as the movie cost $19 million to produce.


The sixth and seventh series continued to introduce action-packed storylines and new characters, and saw the introduction of a writing staff. The sixth series in 2002 was notable for its attempt to create a spin-off based on the successful "Bob the Builder" series. Two episodes introduced a group of construction machine characters known as "The Pack". The spin-off didn't materialise for some time. Eventually, in 2006, thirteen episodes were released straight to DVD. The fact that older sets were used and the episodes were shot on 35mm camera (as opposed to the digital camera used at the time of the episodes' release) suggest it was filmed some time before Series 8. In Series 7 (2003) the programme title was permanently shortened to Thomas and Friends.


The eighth season (2004) introduced a number of significant changes to the show after rights to the show were acquired by HIT Entertainment, a company specialising in children's entertainment. Many of the original founding team involved in the original classic show, since 1983, including Britt Allcroft, director and writer David Mitton, and original composers Junior Campbell and Mike O'Donnell, left the production, and a new theme song and incidental music was composed by Ed Welch and Robert Hartshorne, respectively. Episode runtime was increased to seven minutes. The series was produced using digital video camera, creating a somewhat different look for the show. Other changes include the additions of CGI educational sequences and transitions between stories.

These series saw the adoption of a centralised cast, including Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby and Emily.

A straight-to-video film, Calling All Engines was released shortly before Series 9 in 2005. While featuring characters from Thomas and the Magic Railroad, it was not a direct sequel. It proved successful, and more direct-to-video specials are planned for the future.[6]

Series 9 (2005) and 10 (2006) saw the expansion of the supporting cast with new and old characters. Series 10 aired with twenty-eight episodes rather than the twenty-six of previous years. The eleventh series (2007) was filmed in a high definition format. Twenty episodes aired in the original broadcast, while six were released direct to DVD. i3DTV was a credited production studio alongside Shepperton Studios.

The 2008 series saw the introduction of CGI effects, with the intent of producing the show entirely in CGI the following year.[7] Only twenty episodes were broadcast (the US broadcast featured six additional episodes from Engines and Escapades).


The production techniques were similar as that of 2004–2008 except that with the introduction of CGI, the characters could now move their faces and the humans and animals could move more realistically.


HIT announced multiple changes to the show beginning in 2009. One new aspect was the introduction of live-action host segments to Thomas' home video releases. The host took the form of a character who worked on The Fat Controller's railway, who would instruct viewers in craft projects.

The other major changes were a move to production in CGI, rather than using physical models, and the addition of a voice cast to support the established narrator. The DVD feature, Hero of the Rails, was the first Thomas and Friends production to show these changes; Season 13 will be the first television series in the new format.

HIT also revealed that its theatrical division would be piloted by a "Thomas" movie, aimed for release in late-2010.[8]

List of productions

Television productions

Series Release Episodes
Series 1 1984 26
Series 2 1986 26
Series 3 1991 26
Series 4 1995 26
Series 5 1998 26
Series 6 2002 26
Series 7 2003 26
Series 8 2004 26
Series Release Episodes
Series 9 2005 26
Series 10 2006 28
Series 11 2007 26
Series 12 2008 20
Series 13 2010 20

*HIT Entertainment has so far planned 20 new episodes to air beginning in 2010.[9]

Films, specials, and miniseries

Film title Release Episodes
Thomas and the Magic Railroad 2000
Calling All Engines! 2005
On Site with Thomas (Series) 2006 13
Engines and Escapades 2008 6
The Great Discovery 2008
Hero of the Rails 2009
Misty Island Rescue [8] 2010[8]
Thomas and Friends: The Movie[citation needed]
(co-production with 20th Century Fox)[citation needed]
2011[citation needed]

Home video history

Thomas videos



The show revolves around the machines and people who populate the fictional Island of Sodor. Since the advent of a centralised cast, known as "The Steam Team," in 2004, the show has featured eight main characters.

Supporting characters are described in detail on other pages:


The role of the storyteller dates back to the first series. Britt Allcroft thought it essential to convey the episode as a story that would be read from a book at home.

  • Ringo Starr (Series 1-2): Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was storyteller for the first two series of the show. In 1989, when Britt Allcroft created Shining Time Station to introduce Thomas to American audiences, Starr performed new recordings of these stories, using some terms and phrases more familiar to Americans (like "freight cars" instead of "troublesome trucks") and some that would be more easily accepted by American audiences (like "Sir Topham Hatt" instead of "The Fat Controller"). Starr also played Mr. Conductor - the character who would relate the Thomas stories to the other characters at Shining Time. Starr didn't return when the third series of Thomas began, citing an interest to focus on his musical career. For the 2009 BBC Children in Need appeal, Ringo reprised his role as narrator, providing the voice of Thomas for The Official BBC Children in Need Medley single.[10]
  • Michael Angelis (UK Series 3-present): Michael Angelis has had the longest tenure as storyteller of Thomas and Friends, filling the role for over nineteen years. He narrated the direct-to-video releases Calling All Engines, On Site with Thomas, Engines and Escapades and Hero Of The Rails. Angelis narrated one US video release before Michael Brandon took over. He has been involved with Thomas outside of the TV series as well, narrating the first five volumes of The Railway Series on CD, starting from 2006.
  • George Carlin (US Series 1-4): George Carlin took over the role of Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station and, in turn, retold all of the first four seasons. While Carlin was known for his adult comedy routines, Britt Allcroft attests that he was gentle and enthusiastic in his approach to the series. Allcroft states that Carlin was nervous recording his voice alone in a sound booth - their solution was to keep a teddy bear in the booth as Carlin's "audience" for the run of the show. Allcroft also recalls that the two of them discussed their lonely childhoods, and felt that Thomas was a way of "filling some kind of void." [11] He eventually left the series to return to his career in comedy.
  • Alec Baldwin (US Series 5-6): Baldwin was selected as the new American storyteller for the fifth series, and was cast in the role of Mr. Conductor in Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000. Baldwin returned for one more series in 2002 before electing to return to the film industry.
  • Michael Brandon (US Series 7-present): When Thomas & Friends debuted in America in its new half-hour format in 2004, Michael Brandon was hired not only to narrate the new Series 8 episodes, but also all episodes of Series 7. He re-narrated six episodes in Series 6. Brandon provided his voice for all of the intermissions in this format. He also narrated the US releases of Calling All Engines, On Site with Thomas,Engines and Escapades and Hero Of The Rails.
  • Pierce Brosnan (Guest Narrator): Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan narrated the DVD special, The Great Discovery. Brosnan was enthusiastic to take up the role, recalling his experience with Thomas as a father, reading the stories for his sons.[6] In 2007, HiT Entertainment announced that Brosnan had signed on for "all English-language releases for the brand, including three upcoming Thomas & Friends television series and three DVD specials."[6] The announcement preceded Season 12 by several months, and Brosnan recorded lines for Season 12 episodes,[12] although he did not feature in their broadcast. Subsequently, Brosnan has been promoted as a "guest narrator" for The Great Discovery.[13]


Recently, HIT has begun to expand the cast of the show beyond just a narrator. On home video, a live-action character, Mr. Arkwright (Robert G. Slade), speaks directly to the audience and instructs viewers in a project for the day.[14][15]

Additionally, Hero of the Rails and Series 13 will see the addition of a voice cast to the narrator of the show.[16] Confirmed actors at present include:[17]


Popularity with autistic audience

  • In June and July 2001, the National Autistic Society conducted a survey of 81 parents of children with autism and Asperger syndrome to investigate their putative 'special relationship' with Thomas the Tank Engine. The survey confirmed the organisation's assumption from anecdotal evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders associate far more strongly with Thomas the Tank Engine than with other children's characters.[19].
  • In the National Autistic Society's April 2007 survey, conducted with 748 UK parents of children under 10 with autism, 58% of parents reported Thomas was the first children's character their children enjoyed, with about 1/3 of parents reported their children were able to learn basic facial expressions from the characters, as all of Thomas's friends have easy-to-read expressions. 54% of parents reported that the stories contributed to their child's sense of security.[20]



A wide range of merchandise has been manufactured to cash-in on the success of the TV Series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. It is down to the popularity and longevity of the series – having originated in 1945 with the first of The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry – that large numbers of manufacturers have sought to produce 'Thomas'-branded items.

The most popular and wide-ranging items of merchandise are the models of the characters, which have been produced in many different ranges, some including accompanying railway systems. Other popular products include videos, books and magazines, and computer games. However, 'Thomas' merchandise has also included such diverse items as: audiobooks, annuals, colouring and activity books, jigsaws, board games, stationery, photo notebooks, clothing, cutlery, household items such as curtains, duvet covers and lampshades, and even soft drinks and spaghetti shapes.

Day out with Thomas

Thomas, Henry and Duck look-
alikes on the Severn Valley Railway

"Day out with Thomas", is a marketing name used by HiT Entertainment for special events held at heritage railways in the UK. The characteristic features of these events include locomotives wearing 'faces' to resemble 'Thomas' characters, and a "Fat Controller" character, usually performed by one of the railway's volunteers. The general idea is that the public have the chance to ride in a train pulled by 'Thomas' or one of his friends.

In the US the name also refers to "Come Ride the Rails with Thomas"[21] which is a US tour by real trains modelled after Thomas the Tank Engine. The Thomas engine visits various historic railroads across the United States allowing visitors to play games, meet Sir Topham Hatt and to ride on a passenger car pulled by the engine. HIT Entertainment sponsors the event to promote the Thomas and Friends brand.

In the Netherlands is also a "Day out with Thomas", Een dag uit met Thomas, and is held at the South Limburg Railway Compagny a heritage railway in Simpelveld in the South of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg. The Thomas locomotive is shipped from the UK. The South Limburg Railway Compagny has its own Diesel locomotive.

Amusement parks

Thomas, with Annie and Clarabel, at Drusilla's Park

In 2007 Drusilla's Park near Alfriston, Sussex, England opened a railway ride featuring Thomas, Annie and Clarabel. The track runs through the Zoo Park and also features James, Diesel, Cranky and the Fat Controller.

In the 2007 summer Six Flags season, a Thomas and Friends attraction opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Formerly Six Flags Marine World) in Vallejo, CA and at Six Flags New England in Springfield, Massachusetts. "Thomas Town"s were also opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles California and in Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta Georgia in 2008. Six Flags America in Maryland is due to open their Thomas Town in 2010.

On 15 March 2008 Drayton Manor in the UK opened their own Thomas Land just like Japan's Amusement Park which attracts 1.7 million fans every year. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor is on the site of what was formerly Robinsons Land. In early 2009, it was announced that the original Television Series models would be put on display here.[citation needed]

For the 2008 & 2009 Season, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, featured a 'Thomas and Friends Live' production.

Television and film

The series was first broadcast in 1984 on ITV's Children's ITV in the United Kingdom. It was shown throughout the late eighties and into the early 90s when it was taken off the terrestrial UK network following broadcast of the third series. Between 1994 and 2003, Thomas was never shown on terrestrial UK networks, although did make a comeback on satellite through Cartoon Network in the mid 1990s and lasted until 2002, which was 5 seasons, and then Nick Jr in 2001/2002, where it has remained since and become a popular fixture, even stretching to their involvement with Gullane and HIT Entertainment on recent series of the popular children's series. The Children's Channel repeated shows from 1984 - 1998.

Thomas also made a comeback on Children's ITV in January 2003 with its sixth series of four and a half minute stories. The sixth and seventh series were shown in their entirety in 2002 and 2003. The eighth series was broadcast in 2004, but only 13 episodes were aired, possibly on account of the new format for the programme; it wasn't until July 2006 that the remaining 13 episodes were broadcast. Due to a new agreement between ITV and the Programming Authority (Ofcom) which allowed them to cut their children's TV output in mid 2006, five bought the rights to the series. The ninth series began showing on 10 October 2006, followed one month later on 10 November 2006 by the tenth. The channel now shows series 8-12 in rotation.

In 1989, Thomas and Friends was shown in North America, in a television series newly created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggerkow called Shining Time Station, which was broadcast on PBS. Storytime with Thomas was another American series featuring Mr Conductor from Shining Time Station. This aired in 1999 on the Fox Family Channel. Thomas segments were also shown on Mister Moose's Fun Time in 1997 (which also appeared on the Fox Family Channel). Today, Thomas and Friends is broadcast in more than twenty languages around the world. In 2000 Thomas moved to the big screen, with the release of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

The Thomas and Friends stories were four and a half minutes long. The first two series showed two episodes at a time, with a show of the characters in the middle. It changed to one at a time in series three. In each series until series eight, the number of trains on the railway increases as the railway expands.

In 2004, the series began using computer animated special effects and the story length changed from five to seven minutes. A half-hour show format[22] (aired on PBS and Treehouse TV in North America and on Nick Jr. in the UK from 2004–2008) was also adopted, showing three episodes plus puzzles, songs, and mini stories. The new series made major changes, such as changing the famous theme tune, and took on a more moralistic stance than previous series. Starting Season 10, only two episodes aired, with the middle story being replaced with Places around Sodor, a recurring mini-story which features major locations and recaps episodes from Seasons 8-10 that take place at the location. Season 11, also only two episodes aired, and Places around Sodor was replaced by Fun times with One of Sodor Engines. Season 12, the history story was called "One/Two of Thomas' favorite/special friends".

International versions

  • In Danish, Poul Dissing and Tommy Kenter have narrated the show.[citation needed]
  • In Dutch, Thomas de Stoomlocomotief features former D.J. Erik de Zwart as the storyteller.[citation needed]
  • In German, Thomas und seine Freunde has been narrated by Sky Du Mont[citation needed]
  • In French, the series is called Thomas le petit train
  • The show is broadcast in Hindi with its original title on Zee TV.[citation needed]
  • In Greek, the show is narrated primarily by a woman, with a male voice actor for certain roles.[citation needed]
  • In Hawaiian, the show is called Ka`aahi Thomas.
  • In Hungarian, Thomas a gőzmozdony has been narrated by Zoltán Csankó.[citation needed]
  • In Japanese, the show is called Kikansha Thomas, and features a full voice cast. Lee Morimoto was the original narrator, but he and the original cast were replaced after Series 8.[citation needed]
  • A Spanish dub has featured Jorge Arvizu (Seasons 1-2), Eduardo Tejedo (Seasons 3-4), Salvador Delgado (Seasons 5-7), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Seasons 8-12), and Carlos Segundo (Season 13-Present) as narrators.[citation needed]
  • The Norwegian, Polish TV4, Portuguese, and Swedish dubs feature female narrators.[citation needed]
  • In Romanian, Thomas si prietenii sai has been narrated by Daniel Vulcu.[citation needed]
  • In Welsh, the show is called Tomos a'i Ffrindiau.[citation needed]
  • In Czech, the show is called Lokomotiva Tomáš with Bohuslav Kalva as a narrator.[citation needed]


Country Channel
United Kingdom United Kingdom Cartoon Network, Five/Fiver, ITV (1984–2006), Nick Jr., Nick Jr. 2, TCC
United States United States PBS Kids, PBS Kids Sprout
Australia Australia ABC, Nick Jr. Australia
Japan Japan Tokyo MX, Cartoon Network Japan
Brazil Brazil Rede Manchete, Discovery Kids Latin America
Canada Canada TVO, BBC Kids, Teletoon, Treehouse TV
Germany Germany Super RTL
Greece Greece Qati
Czech Republic Czech Republic TV Barrandov, Minimax, Jim Jam
Finland Finland Sub Juniori
Hungary Hungary M1, Minimax, Jim Jam
Indonesia Indonesia Indosiar
Italy Italy Rai Due, Rai Tre
Malaysia Malaysia TV2, Astro Ceria (Malay dubbed version), Playhouse Disney Channel Asia
Mexico Mexico Azteca 7, Azteca 13, Proyecto 40, Discovery Kids Latin America
Netherlands Netherlands Nickelodeon, Jim Jam
New Zealand New Zealand TV3
Norway Norway NRK1
Philippines Philippines 3ABN, Cartoon Network Philippines, Playhouse Disney Channel Asia, TV5
Russia Russia Telenyanya, (First Channel Worldnet)
Poland Poland VH1, MiniMini
Spain Spain Cadena Tres
Singapore Singapore Okto, Playhouse Disney Channel Asia, JimJam
Romania Romania Minimax TV, JimJam, Cartoon Network Romania
France France Playhouse Disney, France 5
Republic of China Taiwan ETTV YOYO, MOMO TV
People's Republic of China China CCTV-Children
India India Zee TV
Arab League Arab World MBC 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina FTV

See also


  1. ^ How Thomas the Tank Engine Works
  2. ^ "Hit reveals new look for Bob and Thomas". (Press Release). 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b Sibley, Brian (1995). The Thomas the Tank Engine Man. Heinemann. p. 318. ISBN 0 434 96909 5. 
  4. ^ Sibley, p320
  5. ^ Sibley, p309
  6. ^ a b c "Pierce Brosnan Announced As New Narrator For Thomas & Friends". (Press Release). HIT Entertainment. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  7. ^ Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder Move to CGI Animation in 2009 Broadcast Season
  8. ^ a b c Hit Entertainment gets into movie biz - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Children in Need poster on sale". BBC News website. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  11. ^ [1], Los Angeles Times - "The George Carlin I knew"
  12. ^ "Behind the Scenes with Pierce Brosnan," The Great Discovery DVD. 2008-09-09. 
  13. ^ [2], HIT Entertainment - Prestigious National Organizations Honor DVDs from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment
  14. ^ Thomas and Friends: Team Up With Thomas
  15. ^ Thomas and Friends: Percy and the Bandstand
  16. ^ HIT Entertainment Digital Newsroom (2009-06-08). "In The Biggest Thomas Event Of The Year, See And Hear Thomas Like Never Before In An All-New Movie!". Press release. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Gary Strauss. "All aboard a refurbished 'Thomas the Tank Engine'". USA Today (McLean, Virginia: Gannett Co. Inc.). Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  19. ^ Children with autism and Thomas the Tank Engine
  20. ^ Autism group probes why children love Thomas the Tank Engine
  21. ^ Map for Come Ride the Rails with Thomas
  22. ^ Thomas the Tank Engine

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From Wikiquote

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (1984-) is a British childrens TV series, based on a series of British children books, The Railway Series.


Season 1

Thomas and Gordon/Thomas Gets Tricked

Narrator: Thomas is a tank engine who lives at the big station on the Island of Sodor. He's a cheeky little engine with six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler, and a short stumpy dome. He's a fussy little engine too, always pulling coaches about ready for the big engines to take on long journeys. And when trains come in, he pulls the empty coaches away so that the big engines can go and rest. Thomas thinks no engine works as hard as he does. He loves playing tricks on them, including Gordon the biggest and proudest engine of all. Thomas likes to tease Gordon with his whistle.
Thomas: Wake up, lazybones! Why don't you work hard like me?!
Narrator: One day, after pulling the big express, Gordon had arrived at the sidings very tired. He was just going to sleep when Thomas came up in his cheeky way.
Thomas: Wake up, lazybones! Do some hard work for a change! You can't catch me!
Narrator: And off he ran, laughing. Instead of going to sleep again, Gordon thought how he could get back at Thomas.

Gordon: Hurry up, you!
Thomas: Hurry up, yourself!
Narrator: Gordon the proud engine began making his plan to teach Thomas a lesson for teasing him. Almost before the coaches had stopped moving, Gordon reversed quickly and was coupled to the train.

Thomas: Peep! Peep! Stop! Stop!

Gordon: Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
Coaches: You can't get away! You can't get away!

Edward and Gordon/Edward Helps Out

Trucks: OOH! Whatever is happening?!

Driver: You're not trying.
Gordon: I can't do it! The noisy trucks hold an engine back so!
Narrator: Edward's driver came up.
Edward's Driver: We've come to push.
Gordon: No use at all!
Edward's Driver: You wait and see.

The Sad Story of Henry/Come Out, Henry!

Henry: The rain will spoil my lovely green paint and red stripes.

Narrator: Everyone pulled except the Fat Controller, because...
The Fat Controller: Ahem! My doctor has forbidden me to pull.
Narrator: But still, Henry stayed in the tunnel. Then they tried pushing from the other end. The Fat Controller said...
The Fat Controller: 1, 2, 3, PUSH!!
Narrator: But he didn't help.
The Fat Controller: My doctor has forbidden me to push.

Edward, Gordon, and Henry/Henry to the Rescue

Gordon: What has happened to me?! I feel so weak!
Driver: You burst your safety valve. You can't pull the train anymore!
Gordon: Oh, dear! We were going so nicely, too! And look! There's Henry laughing at me!

Narrator: Everyone came to see Gordon.
The Fat Controller: Hmph! These big engines are always causing me trouble! Send for another engine at once!

Thomas' Train/A Big Day for Thomas

Thomas: I spend my time pulling coaches about, ready for you to take out on journeys!
Narrator: The other engines laughed.
Thomas: Why can't I pull passenger trains, too?!
Henry, Edward and Gordon: You're too impatient. You'd be sure to leave something behind.
Thomas: Rubbish! I'll show you!

Thomas and the Trucks/Trouble For Thomas

Thomas: I'm tired of pushing coaches. I want to see the world!

Thomas and the Breakdown Train/Thomas Saves the Day

The Fat Controller: Hello! Remember, don't be impatient, Thomas. You can never be as strong and fast as Gordon, but you can be a really useful engine. Don't let the silly trucks tease you.

James and the Coaches/James Learns a Lesson

The Fat Controller: If you can't behave, I shall take away your red coat, and have you painted blue.
Narrator: James didn't like that at all.

Troublesome Trucks/Foolish Freight Cars

The Fat Controller: I see you are sorry. I hope now you will be a better engine. You have given me a lot of trouble. People are laughing at my railway, and I don't like that at all.
James: I'm very sorry, Sir. I will try hard to behave.
The Fat Controller: That's a good engine! I want you to pull some trucks for me.

The Fat Controller: I was in Edward's train, and I saw everything. You've made the most troublesome trucks on the line behave. After that performance, you deserve to keep your red coat!

James and the Express/A Proud Day for James

Gordon: You talk too much, little James. A fine strong engine like me has something to talk about. I'm the only engine who can pull the express. When I'm not there, they need 2 engines. Think of that, I've pulled expresses for years, and have never once lost my way. I seem to know the right line by instinct.

Thomas and the Guard/Thomas and the Conductor

(Henry arrives at the station late)
Thomas: Where have you been, lazybones?!
Henry: Oh, dear. My system is out of order. No one understands my case. You don't know what I suffer!
Thomas: Rubbish! You're too slow! You need exercise.

Thomas: Peep! Peep! Peep! Where is the guard?!
Annie and Clarabel: We've left him behind!

Thomas Goes Fishing

Driver: (to Thomas, who often wants to stay at the bridge and watch people fishing) No, what would the Fat Controller say if we were late?

Thomas: I want to fish!
James: Engines don't go fishing!
Thomas: Silly stick-in-the-muds!

(the Fat Controller peers into Thomas' tank)
The Fat Controller: Inspector, can you see... fish?! Gracious, goodness me! How did the fish get there, Driver?!
Driver: We must've fished them from the river with our bucket.
The Fat Controller: Well, Thomas, so you and your Driver have been fishing. But fish don't suit you. We must get them out!
(everyone takes turns at fishing in Thomas' tank; after all fish have been caught, they have a picnic supper of fish and chips)
The Fat Controller: (finishes meal) MMM! That was good! But fish don't suit you, Thomas, so you mustn't do it again.
Thomas: No, Sir, I won't. Engines don't go fishing. It's too uncomfortable!

Thomas, Terence, and the Snow/Terence the Tractor

Terence: Hello! I'm Terence. I'm plowing.
Thomas: I'm Thomas. I'm pulling a train. What ugly wheels you've got!
Terence: They're not ugly. They're caterpillars! I can go anywhere. I don't need rails.
Thomas: I don't want to go anywhere. I like my rails. Thank you.

Thomas and Bertie/Thomas and Bertie's Great Race

Thomas: Hello! Who are you?
Bertie: I'm Bertie. Who are you?
Thomas: I'm Thomas. I run this Branch Line.
Bertie: So you're Thomas. Ah! I remember now! You got stuck in the snow. I took your passengers, and Terence the Tractor pulled you out. I've come to help you with your passengers today.
Thomas: Help me?! I can go faster than you!
Bertie: You can't.
Thomas: I can!
Bertie: I'll race you!
Stationmaster: Are you ready?! GO!

(after the race)
Bertie: Well done, Thomas! That was fun! But to beat you over that hill, I should have to grow wings and be an airplane.

Tenders and Turntables

Gordon: [James is about to go on the turn table] Take care. You might stick too.
James: No fear, I'm not as fat as you.

Gordon: Well, well! Are you playing roundabouts?

Narrator: That night, the three engines had an indignation meeting.
Henry: It's shameful to treat tender engines like this, Gordon has to go backwards and people think he's a tank engine, James spins round like a top and everyone laughs at us! And to add to that, Sir Topham Hatt makes us all shunt in dirty sidings!
Gordon: Ugh! Listen!
Narrator: He whispered something to the others.
Gordon: We'll do it tomorrow. Sir Topham Hatt will look silly.
Narrator: The engines had decided to go on strike.

Trouble in the Shed

Thomas: Common Tank Engines, indeed. We'll show them!

Sir Topham Hatt: Bless me! What a noise!
Edward: They all hissed me, Sir. They say tender engines don't shunt, and last night, they said I have black wheels! I haven't, have I, Sir?
Sir Topham Hatt: No, Edward. You have nice, blue ones, and I'm proud of you. Tender engines do shunt. But all the same, we do need another tank engine here.

Percy Runs Away

Gordon: Ohhhh!! GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!

Gordon: Well done, Percy! You started so quickly that you stopped a nasty accident!
Percy: I'm sorry I was cheeky.
Gordon: You were clever to stop.

Coal/Henry's Special Coal

Henry: I suffer dreadfully, and no one cares.
James: Rubbish, Henry! You don't work hard enough!

Sir Topham Hatt: What's wrong with you, Henry? You've had lots of new parts and new paint, too, but they've done you no good. If we can't make you better, we must get another engine instead of you to do the work.

The Flying Kipper

Driver: We'll be out early tomorrow. We've got to take the Flying Kipper. Don't tell Gordon, but I think if we pull the kipper nicely, Sir Topham Hatt will let us pull the express! The special coal they gave you is working well.
Henry: Hooray! That will be lovely!

Henry: Come on! Come on! Don't be silly! Don't be silly!
Vans: Trickety-trock! Trickety-trock! All right! All right!
Henry: That's better. That's better.

[after the accident]
Henry: The signal was down, Sir.
Sir Topham Hatt: Cheer up, Henry. It wasn't your fault. Ice and snow caused the accident. I'm sending you to Crewe, a fine place for sick engines. They'll give you a new shape and a larger firebox. You'll feel a different engine, and you won't need special coal anymore. Won't that be nice?
Henry: [doubtful] Yes, sir.

Whistles and Sneezes

Gordon: Why should Henry have a new shape? A shape good enough for me is good enough for him. He goes gallavanting off to Crewe, leaving us to do his work, and comes back saying how happy he feels. It's disgraceful! And there's another thing: Henry whistles too much! No respectable engine ever whistles loudly at stations. It isn't wrong, but we just don't do it!

Sir Topham Hatt: Take him away! And stop that noise!

Coaches: (about the boys on the bridge, who dropped stones) They've broken our glass! They've broken our glass!
Passengers: Call the police!
Driver: No! Leave it to Henry and me.
Passengers: What will you do?
Driver: Can you keep a secret?
Passengers: Yes! Yes!
Driver: Well, then, Henry is going to sneeze at those boys.

Driver: Henry has plenty of ashes. Please keep all windows shut till we pass the bridge. Henry's as excited as we are. Aren't you, old fellow?
Narrator: Henry was feeling "stuffed-up".

Toby and the Stout Gentleman/Toby the Tram Engine

Henrietta: Hip-Hip-Hooray!
Narrator: But Toby didn't sing.
Toby: Electric, indeed. Electric, indeed!
Narrator: He was proud of being a steam train.

Thomas in Trouble/Thomas Breaks the Rules

Policeman: Engines going on public roads must have their wheels covered and a cowcatcher in front to protect people and animals from being dragged under the wheels if they stray onto the line. (directly to Thomas) You haven't, so you are dangerous!
Driver: Rubbish! We've been along here hundreds of times and never had an accident!
Policeman: That makes it worse.
(he writes "Regular Law Breaker" in his notebook as Thomas exits)

Narrator: At the station, Thomas' driver told Sir Topham Hatt what had happened.
Sir Topham Hatt: Dangerous to the public, indeed! We'll see about that!
Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt spoke to the Policeman. But however much he argued with him, it was no good.
Policeman: The law is the law, and we can't change it.
Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt felt exhausted.
Sir Topham Hatt: I'm sorry, Driver. It's no use arguing with policemen. We will have to make those "cowcatcher" things for Thomas, I suppose.
Thomas: Everyone will laugh, Sir! They'll say I look like a tram!
Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt stared, then he laughed.
Sir Topham Hatt: Well done, Thomas! Why didn't I think of it before?! We need a tram engine! When I was on my holiday, I met a nice little engine called Toby. He takes freight cars from the farms, but the trucks are taking over most of his work and he needs a change. He has cowcatchers and sideplates. I'll write to his superintendent at once.

Dirty Objects/James in a Mess

Narrator: Disaster lay ahead.
[James crashes into the tar wagons]
Narrator: Something sticky splashed all over James. He had ran into two tar wagons and was black from smokebox to cab. He was more dirty than hurt. But the tar wagons and some trucks were all to pieces. Toby and Percy were sent to help, and came as quickly as they could.
Toby: Look here, Percy! Whatever is that dirty object?
Percy: That's James. Didn't you know?
Toby: It's James' shape. But James is a splendid red engine, and you never see his paint dirty.
Narrator: James pretended he hadn't heard.

Off the Rails/Gordon Takes a Dip

Gordon: I won't go! I won't go!

Gordon: Oosh! Get me out! Get me out!!

Down the Mine

Thomas: PHEW! What a funny smell! Can you smell a smell?
Annie: I can't smell a smell.
Thomas: A funny, musty sort of smell.
Gordon: No one noticed it 'til you did. It must be yours.
Narrator: Not long ago, he had fallen into a dirty ditch. Thomas enjoyed teasing him about it.
Thomas: Annie, Clarabel, do you know what I think it is? It's ditch water!

Thomas' Christmas Party

Annie and Clarabel: It's always the same before Christmas. We feel so full! We feel so full!
Thomas: Oh, come on! Where's your festive spirit? Christmas Day is almost here!

Gordon: Ha! Just look at us. Your driver will have to work fast to get you as smart as us.
Thomas: Never mind that. I have something important to say. Do you realize it's been a whole year since Mrs. Kyndley saved us from a nasty accident?
(he has a flashback of what happened)
Thomas: You remember, when she was ill and bed, and...?
Edward: Yes, of course. You told us how she waved her red dressing gown out of her window to warn you about a landslide ahead.
Percy: And you and Toby gave her presents. And Sir Topham Hatt sent her to the seaside to get better.
James: But...
Henry: The rest of us never thanked her properly.
Thomas: Exactly! So, now I think we should all give her a special Christmas party.

Season 2

Thomas, Percy, and the Coal/Double Trouble

Percy: Hello, Thomas! You look splendid!
Thomas: Yes, indeed! Blue is the only proper color for an engine.
Toby: Oh, I don't know. I like my brown paint.
Percy: I've always been green. I wouldn't wanna be any other color, either.
Thomas: Well, well, anyway, blue is the only color for a really useful engine. Everyone knows that!
(he huffs away)
Narrator: Percy said no more. He just grinned at Toby.

Thomas: (watches the hopper load Percy's trucks full of coal) Careful. Watch out with those silly trucks!
Trucks: Go on! Go on! Go on!
Thomas: And by the way, those buffers don't look very safe to me!
(too late, Percy accidentally hits the unsafe buffers)
(the last load of coal pours down on Thomas)
Thomas: HELP!!! I'M CHOKING!! Get me out!
Narrator: Percy was worried, but he couldn't help laughing. Thomas' smart blue paint was covered in coal dust, from smoke-box to bunker.
Percy: Ha ha! You don't look really useful now, Thomas. You look really disgraceful!
Thomas: I'm not disgraceful! You did that on purpose! GET ME OUT!!

Cows/A Cow on the Line

(after hearing about Edward's problem with his trucks)
Gordon: Fancy allowing cows to break your train!
Henry: They wouldn't dare do that to us. We'd show them!

Henry: What this? A cow?! I'll soon settle her. Be off! Be off!
Bluebell: Moo!
Narrator: Henry backed away, nervously.
Henry: I don't want to hurt her.

Bertie's Chase

Edward: Beep! Beep! We're late! Where's Thomas?! He doesn't usually make us wait!
Fireman: (sings) Oh, dear. What can the matter be? Johnny, so long, and...
Driver: Never you mind about Johnny! Just you climb on the cab and look for Thomas.
(the fireman climbs on top of Edward's cab)
Driver: Can you see him?
Fireman: No. There's Bertie Bus in a tearing hurry. No need to bother with him, though. Likely, he's on a coach tour or something.

Saved From Scrap

Edward: Hello! You're not broken and rusty. What are you doing here?
Trevor: I'm Trevor. They're going to break me up next week.
Edward: What a shame!
Trevor: My driver says I only need some paint, polish, and oil to be as good as new, but my master says I'm old-fashioned.
Edward: People say I'm old-fashioned, but I don't care. The Fat Controller says I'm a Useful Engine. What work did you do?
Trevor: My master would send us from farm to farm. We threshed corn, hauled logs, and did lots of other work. The children loved to see us.
Narrator: And Trevor shut his eyes, remembering.
Trevor: Oh, yes. I like children.

Old Iron

James: Edward is impossible! He clanks about like a lot of old iron, and he is so slow, he makes us wait!
Narrator: Thomas and Percy were indignant.
Percy: Old iron?! Slow?!
Thomas: Why, Edward could beat you in a race any day!
James: Really?! I should like to see him do it!

Thomas and Trevor/A New Friend for Thomas

Narrator: Trevor the Traction Engine enjoyed living in the Vicarage Orcahrd. Edward came to see him every day. But sometimes, Trevor didn't have enough work to do.
Trevor: I do like to keep busy all the time, and I do like company. Especially children's company.
Edward: Cheer up. The Fat Controller has work for you at his new Harbor. I'm to take you to meet Thomas today.
Trevor: Oh! The Harbor! The seaside! Children! That will be lovely!

Percy and the Signal

Inspector: Show a wheel, James. You can't stay here all day.
James: The Fat Controller told me to stay here. He sent a message this morning.
Inspector: He did not. How could he? He's away for a week.
James: Oh. Oh! Where's Percy?!
Narrator: Percy had wisely disappeared. When The Fat Controller came back, He did see James and Percy, too. Both engines wished he hadn't.

Duck Takes Charge

Sir Topham Hatt: What's your name?
Duck: Montague, Sir. But I'm usually called "Duck". They say I waddle. I don't really, Sir. But I like Duck better than Montague.
Sir Topham Hatt: Good. Duck it shall be. (to Percy, who had just arrived) Here, Percy. Show Duck around.

(Gordon, Henry, and James notice Duck as he pulls into Knapford Station)
Henry: He seems a simple sort of engine.
James: We'll have some fun and order him about!
(Gordon and Henry make quacking sounds as they pull out of the station)
Gordon and Henry: WHEEEEEEEEEEEESH!!!!!
Narrator: Smoke billowed everywhere!

Duck: They'll get tired of it soon. Do they tell you to do things, Percy?
Percy: Yes, they do!
Duck: Right. We'll soon stop that nonsense.
Narrator: He whispered something.
Duck: We'll do it later.

Sir Topham Hatt: Stop that noise!
Gordon: They won't let us in!
Sir Topham Hatt: Duck, explain this behavior.
Duck: Beg pardon, Sir, but I'm a Great Western Engine. We do our work without fuss. But begging your pardon, Sir, Percy and I would be glad if you would inform these engines that we only take orders from you.
(the other engines furiously blow their whistles again)
Sir Topham Hatt: SILENCE!!!

Percy and Harold/Percy Proves a Point

Percy: I say, Toby, that Harold, that stuck-up whirly-bird thing, says I'm slow and out of date! Just let him wait! I'll show him!

The Runaway

Harold: (after Thomas has finally stopped) Think nothing of it. Glad to be of service. Anytime!
Inspector: Thomas, we must never let this happen again.
Narrator: Wearily, Thomas agreed with him.

Percy Takes the Plunge

Sir Topham Hatt: You are a very disobedient engine.
Narrator: Percy knew that voice.
Percy: Please, Sir. Get me out, Sir. I'm truly sorry, Sir.
Sir Topham Hatt: No, Percy. We cannot do that till high tide. I hope it will teach you to obey orders.
Percy: Yes, sir!

Henry: Well, well, well. Did you like the water?
Percy: No!
Henry: I am surprised. You need more determination, Percy. Water's nothing to an engine with determination, you know. Perhaps you will like it better next time.
Narrator: Percy is quite determined that there won't be a "next time"!

Pop Goes the Diesel

Trucks: [groan while Diesel tries pulling them] We can't! We won't!

Trucks: [sing at Diesel]
Trucks are waiting in the yard,
tackling them with ease'll.
Show the world what I can do.
Gaily boasts the Diesel.
In and out, he creeps about,
like a big black weasel.
When he pulls the wrong trucks out
"POP!" goes the Diesel!

Dirty Work

Duck: Shut up!
(he bumps the cars hard)
Duck: I'm sorry our cars were rude to you, Diesel.
Narrator: Diesel was still furious.
Diesel: It's all your fault. You made them laugh at me.
Henry: Nonsense! Duck would never do that. We engines have our differences but we never talk about them to the cars. That would be dis-dis...
Gordon: Disgraceful!
James: Disgusting!
Henry: Despicable!

James: Keep out!
Duck: Stop fooling! I'm tired!
Gordon, James and Henry: So are we. We're tired of you. We like Diesel. We don't like you. You tell tales about us to the cars.
Duck: I don't!
Gordon, James and Henry: You do!
Duck: I don't!
Gordon, James and Henry: You DO!

Gordon: Duck called me a galloping sausage!
James: Rusty red scrap iron!
Henry: I'm old square wheels!

A Close Shave (for Duck)

Sir Topham Hatt: And when you are properly washed and mended, you are coming home.
Duck: Home, Sir? Do you mean the yard?
Sir Topham Hatt: Of course!
Duck: But, Sir, they don't like me. They like Diesel.
Sir Topham Hatt: Not now. I never believed Diesel, so I sent him packing. The engines are sorry and want you back.

Better Late Than Never

(Bertie's radiator is steaming)
Thomas: What's the matter? You should be at the station now. You're late!
Bertie: I feel dreadful. All upset inside! And driver says he can't make me better. Thank goodness you're late, too. Can you take my passengers, please? They'll never get home, otherwise.
Thomas: Of course!
Narrator: He now felt sorry for Bertie and promised to get help at the next station.

Break Van/Donald and Douglas

Donald: You're a mockle nuisance! It's to leave you behind, I be wantin'.
Brake Van: You can't! I'm essential!
Donald: Och! Are you?! You're nothin' but a screechin' and a noise when all's said and done. Spite Doggie, would ya? TAKE THAT!!
(he rams the van)
Brake Van: OW! OOH!
Donald: There's more comin', should ya misbehave!

(Donald has crashed into a signal box)
Sir Topham Hatt: I am disappointed, Donald. I didn't expect such clumsiness from you. I had decided to send Douglas back and keep you.
Donald: I'm sorry, Sir.
Sir Topham Hatt: I should think so, too. You have upset my arrangements. Now, James will have to help with the goods work while you have your tender mended. James won't like that.

Douglas: Anyone would think that Donald had had his accident on purpose. I hear a tale about an engine an some tar wagons.
James: Shut up! It's not funny!
Narrator: He didn't like to be reminded of his own accident.
Douglas: Well, well, well! Surely, James, it wasn't you. Ya didn't say!
Narrator: James didn't say. He slouched sulkily away.

James: I can't do it! I can't do it!
Douglas: Leave it to me!
Narrator: The guard was anxious.
Guard: Go steady! The van's breaking!
(Douglas smashes the van to bits)
Narrator: The van was in pieces!

The Deputation

Percy: Edward says we need a... a depostation!
Gordon: Of course! The question is...
Henry: What is a..... desperation?
Percy: It's when engines tell the Fat Controller something's wrong.
Duck: Did you say "tell the Fat Controller"?
Narrator: There was a long silence.
Gordon: I purpose that Percy be our... uh... disputation.
Percy: I?! I can't!
Henry: Rubbish, Percy! It's easy.
Gordon: That settled, then.
Narrator: Poor Percy wished it wasn't.

The Fat Controller: Hello, Percy. It's nice to be back.
Percy: (jumps) Uh, uh, yes, Sir! Yes, Sir! Please, Sir!
The Fat Controller: You look nervous, Percy. What's the matter?
Percy: Please, Sir, they've made me a "desperation", Sir, uh, to--to speak to you, Sir. I-I don't like it, Sir.
Narrator: The Fat Controller pondered.
The Fat Controller: Do you mean a deputation, Percy?
Percy: Yes, Sir, please, Sir. Uh, it's Donald and Douglas, Sir. They say, Sir, that if you send them away, Sir, well, they'll be turned into scrap, Sir. That would be dreadful, Sir. Uh, please, Sir, don't send them away!
The Fat Controller: Thank you, Percy. That will do.

Thomas Comes to Breakfast

Sir Topham Hatt: You are a very naughty engine.
Thomas: I know, Sir. I'm sorry, Sir.
Narrator: Thomas' voice was muffled behind his bush.
Sir Topham Hatt: You must go to the works and have your front mended. It will be a long job.
Thomas: Yes, Sir!
Sir Topham Hatt: Meanwhile, a diesel rail car will do your work.
Thomas: A-A-A d-diesel, Sir?!
Sir Topham Hatt: Yes, Thomas. Diesels always stay in their sheds till they are wanted. Diesels never gallavant off to breakfast in stationmasters' houses.

Stationmaster's Wife: [to Thomas] You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more!

Thomas: Horrors!!


[after a milk truck has been coupled to her]
Daisy: Do they expect me to pull that?!
Driver: Surely. You can pull 1 van.
Daisy: I won't! Percy can do it! He loves messing about with trucks.

Percy's Predicament

Sir Topham Hatt: My engines work hard. I send lazy engines away! However, Toby says you worked hard after Percy's accident. So, you shall have another chance.
Daisy: Thank you, Sir! I will work hard. Toby says he'll help me.
Sir Topham Hatt: Excellent! What Toby doesn't know about Branch Line problems isn't worth knowing. Our Toby's an experienced engine!

The Diseasel

Driver: That's diesel.
Bill: It's a what'll?!
Ben: A diseasel, I think. There's a notice about them in our shed.
Bill: Coughs and sneezles spread diseasels.
Ben: You had a cough in your smokebox yesterday. It's your fault that the Diseasel came.
Bill: It isn't!
Ben: It is!
Drivers: Stop arguing, you 2. Let's go and rescue our trucks.
Narrator: Bill and Ben were horrified!
Bill and Ben: But the Diseasel will magic us away like the trucks!
Drivers: He won't magic us. We'll more likely magic him!

BoCo: Do you mind?
Bill: Yes. I do. I want my trucks, please.
BoCo: These are mine. Go away!
Narrator: Bill pretended to be frightened.
Bill: You're a big bully! You'll be sorry!
Narrator: He ran back and hid behind the trucks on the other side. Ben now came forward.
Ben: Truck-stealer!
Narrator: He ran away too. Bill took his place.

Wrong Road

Gordon: It's not fair.
Edward: What isn't fair?
Gordon: Letting branch line diesels pull main line trains.
Edward: Never mind, Gordon. I'm sure Boco will let you pull his trucks sometimes.
Gordon: I won't pull Boco's dirty trucks! I won't run on branch lines!
Edward: Why not? It would be a nice change.
Gordon: The Fat Controller would never approve. Branchlines are vulgar!
Narrator: Gordon puffed away. Edward chuckled and followed him to the station.

Bill: What's that?
Ben: SHH! It's Gordon.
Bill: It looks like Gordon but it can't be. Gordon never comes on the branch lines. He thinks them vulgar.
Narrator: Gordon pretended he hadn't heard them.
Ben: If it isn't Gordon, it's just a pile of old iron.
Bill: Which we'd better take to the scrap yard.
Ben: No, Bill. This lot's useless for scrap. We'll take it to the harbor and dump it in the sea.
Narrator: Gordon was alarmed.
Gordon: I am Gordon! STOP! STOP!

Edward's Exploit

Henry: Did you see him straining?
James: Positively painful.
Gordon: Just pathetic! He should give up and be preserved before it's too late!
Duck: Shut up! You're all jealous. Edward's better than any of you!
Boco: You're right, Duck. Edward's old but he'll surprise us all.
Edward: I've done it! We're off! I've done it! We're off!

Driver: We've loosened the couplings, Edward. Now you can pick up your coaches one by one, just as you do with trucks.
Edward: That'll be much easier.

Ghost Train/Percy's Ghostly Trick

Percy: And every year, on the date of the accident, it runs again as a warning to others, plunging into the gap, shrieking like a lost soul!

Woolly Bear

Percy: (whistles as if he were a ghost) WHEEEEEEEESH!!!
Narrator: Percy gave a ghostly whistle.
Percy: Don't be frightened, Thomas. It's only me!
Thomas: Your ugly fizz is enough to frighten everyone. You're like....
Percy: Ugly, indeed! I'm.....
Thomas: A green caterpillar with red stripes. You crawl like one, too.
Percy: I don't!
Thomas: Who's been late every afternoon this week?
Percy: It's the hay!
Thomas: I can't help that. Time's time, and Sir Topham Hatt relies on me to keep it. I can't if you crawl in the hay until all hours.
Percy: Green caterpillar, indeed!

Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree

Thomas: (in snow) Help!
Donald: Hush! I can hear something.
Douglas: Probably the wind.
Thomas: Help!
Donald: No! Listen!
Thomas: Over here!
Donald: Och! It's Thomas! Come on! The poor wee engine must be frozen to the frames in there!

Season 3

Trust Thomas

James: I'm sorry about your accident. And so is Gordon. We didn't mean to get you into trouble.
Gordon: No, indeed! A mere misunderstanding, Thomas. All's well that ends well.

No Joke for James

Narrator: Thomas was shunting shining new coaches.
Thomas: Good morning, James!
James: Are those coaches for me?
Thomas: No. These are for Gordon's Express. I'll fetch your trucks next.
Narrator: But James was going to play a trick on the other engines.
James: Actually, Thomas, I'm taking the coaches. The Fat Controller asked me to tell you.
Thomas: What about the trucks?
James: Uh, give them to Gordon.
Thomas' Driver: Come on, Thomas. Orders are orders.

Edward, Trevor, and the Really Useful Party

Terence: (sees Bertie stuck in the mud) I'm the one who has to plow fields. We'd better get you out of here!

(James Goes) Buzz, Buzz

BoCo: I remember the first time I met those 2. They nearly made my eyes pop out. Edward soon put a stop to their games.
Duck: Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in order. I sometimes call them the bees.
BoCo: A good name. They're terrors when they start buzzing around.
(James bustles in)
James: What's that, Duck? Are you afraid of bees? They're only insects, after all. So don't let that buzz-box diesel tell you different.
Duck: His name is BoCo, and he didn't. We--
James: I wouldn't care if hundreds were swarming around! I'd just blow smoke and make them buzz off!
Duck: Buzz, buzz, buzz.

Season 5

Gordon and the Gremlin

Fireman: What's the dog's name?
Sir Topham Hatt's mother: Well, after today's events, I think I'll rename him Gremlin.
Sir Topham Hatt: In that case, I've met one at last! (laughs)
Thomas: Excuse me, Sir. But who is your very important visitor?
Sir Topham Hatt: Why didn't I tell you? This lady is my mother. And she agrees with me: You are indeed really useful engines. And my mother, of course, is always right! (laughs again)

A (Big) Surprise for Percy

Trucks: You're much too slow to pull all of us. We want another engine, or we'll be struggling up the hill all night!
(chant) All night! All right!
You can puff and blow!
But on that hill, you're still too slow! Ha-ha!
Percy: Slow yourself!
(he bumps the trucks again)
Trucks: Temper! Temper!

Stepney Gets Lost

(Arry and Bert approach Stepney)
Arry: Got ya this time, Stepney! You'll make very fine scrap, indeed. Buffer him, Bert!
(Bert does so, and he and Arry take him to the smelter shed)
Arry: Bye-bye, Stepney! (laughs)

Season 6

Twin Trouble

Donald: Stop bein' pushy!
Douglas: Don't call me pushy!
Donald: You shouldn't have pushed me into the cart!
Douglas: You pulled me, you mean!
Donald: Didn't!
Douglas: Did!
Donald: Did not!
Douglas: Did too!

Donald: May I go, Sir?
Sir Topham Hatt: I only need one engine. Not 2.
Donald: I am only one engine, Sir. And I would like to work with Duck.
Narrator: Sir Topham Hatt was surprised, but agreed.
Thomas: Won't you miss one another? I know I'd miss Annie and Clarabel.
Douglas: I'll work better on my own!
Donald: I have work to do.

Donald: Did you shunt those trucks onto the other line?
Duck: You said you wanted them on the other line!
Donald: Not that other line! The other other line! (to himself) Douglas would've known what I meant.

See also

External links

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Simple English

Thomas & Friends
Format Children's television series
Created by Wilbert Vere Awdry
Britt Allcroft
Robert D. Cardona (1984-1986)
David Mitton (1984-2003)
Simon Spencer (2004-present)
Steve Asquith (2004-present)
Starring Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Narrated by Ringo Starr (1984–1991 (UK and U.S. series)
Michael Angelis (1991–2008) (UK series)
George Carlin (1991–1998 (U.S. series)
Alec Baldwin (1998–2003) (U.S. series)
Michael Brandon (2003–2008) (U.S. series)
Pierce Brosnan (2008–) (UK and U.S. series)
Composer(s) Junior Campbell & Mike O'Donnell (1984–2003)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 302
Running time four and a half minutes (season 1-7) seven minutes (season 8-12)
Original channel

ITV (1984-1991) (2002-2003), Cartoon Network (1995-2001), Nick Jr., Noggin and Milkshake
PBS, PBS Kids Sprout
ABC, Nick Jr. Australia
Tokyo MX
Rede Manchete,
TVO, BBC Kids, Treehouse TV
Super RTL
Rai Due, Rai Tre
RTM2, Astro Ceria
Azteca 7, Azteca 13, Proyecto 40 Discovery Kids
Telenyanya (First Channel Worldnet)
TV4, MiniMini

Cadena Tres
Original run September 4, 1984 – Present

Thomas & Friends (it used to be Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a British children's television series. It was first broadcast on Anglia Television in September of 1984. It is based off of The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. The main character is Thomas the Tank Engine, a tank engine that is painted blue. The show takes place on the made-up island of Sodor. There are two main railways there. One of them is run by Sir Topham Hat. The other one is a different size. Thomas runs on the main one (the one that is run by Sir Topham Hat).


The show is mainly about the machines and people who populate the fictional Island of Sodor. Since 2004, the show has had eight main characters:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Edward the Blue Engine
  • Henry the Green Engine
  • Gordon the Big Engine

  • James the Red Engine
  • Percy the Small Engine
  • Toby the Tram Engine
  • Emily

Supporting characters are described in detail on other pages:

  • Railway Engines
  • Narrow Gauge Engines
  • Rolling Stock

  • People and animals
  • Non-rail vehicles
  • Movie Characters

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