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Here is where I, BiggestThomasFan, will put down my ideas for Thomas & Friends episodes. Some might be based on stories from the Railway Series, some might be based on stories from the Thomas and Friends annuals and some might be ones that I made up.

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Plot

One day after pulling the Express, Gordon feels tired and Charlie replies by telling him to become a tank engine. Later, it is discovered Gordon needs new tubes. Henry is told to pull the Express, but one day he gets sick too. Charlie, Rosie and Stanley are the only engines available, so they're coupled up. On Gordon's Hill, Rosie runs out of steam. They're unable to uncouple her, so they try to struggle to the Works. Stanley breaks down just outside the station, and Charlie, unable to take the train himself, stops. Gordon, who watched the whole scene from his siding, makes heavy breathing noises at Charlie.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Charlie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Hiro (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Really Useful Engines. Charlie, Rosie and Stanley replace Thomas, Percy and Duck respectively.

Paxton and the Brakevan

Plot

Hiro tells Paxton about the goods trains on the Other Railway that do not have brakevans. Paxton decides that if the Other Railway doesn't need brakevans, then he doesn't either. A few days later, Paxton is taking trucks from the Blue Mountain Quarry to Brendam Docks. The trucks give Paxton a hard time. And as he climbs Gordon's Hill, the trucks hold back so much that a coupling breaks and the trucks start to race back down the hill. But the guard stops the trucks just as they are about to hit Stanley. Afterwards, Paxton agrees that brakevans are vital after all.

Characters

  • Stanley
  • Hiro
  • Diesel
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Paxton
  • Sidney
  • Rheneas
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)
  • James (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the annual story, Percy and the Brakevan. Hiro and Paxton replace Henry and Percy respectively.

High-Speed Spencer

Plot

Spencer is asked to pull the express while Gordon is away at the mainland. He boasts to the steam team that he can pull the express faster than Gordon. But the next morning, when he tries to leave Knapford, he slips on the slippery rails and the water in his boiler surges forwards, making him unable to stop creating steam even though he can't move forward. Stafford takes him back to the shed after he runs out of steam while Henry pulls the express and the rails Spencer was running on are replaced. That night, Thomas and Percy tease Spencer about his incident that morning making Spencer feel embarrassed.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Spencer
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Stafford (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Gordon (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story, High Speed Gordon from The Railway Series book, Gordon the High-Speed Engine. Spencer and Stafford replace Gordon and Douglas respectively.
  • The episodes, Gordon and Spencer and Express Coming Through are referenced.

Super Rescue

Plot

The railway needs more engines to help with the work. So two diesels, 7101 and 199, arrive. 7101 is friendly, but 199 is rude, saying diesels are more reliable than steam engines. Later, Henry is riding home tender-first, his regulator jammed, and meets 199 with a train of oil-tankers at a signalbox. 199, ironically, has failed, and so does 7101 after his ejector leaks and he is unable to pull his passenger train. Henry, with some help from 7101, still able to move, bravely takes 199, the oil-tankers and the passengers to the next station. Hiro takes the passenger train, while Donald takes the goods. 199 is sent away in disgrace and Henry helps 7101 to the shed. Sir Topham Hatt decides to let 7101 stay, and 7101 is later renamed "Bear", which he likes because it means that he "really belongs".

Characters

  • Henry
  • Duck
  • Donald
  • Hiro
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

New Characters

  • 7101/Bear
  • 199/Spamcan

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Enterprising Engines. Hiro replaces Flying Scotsman respectively.

Salty and the Coaches

Plot

When Edward has to go to the steamworks to be repaired, Salty volunteers to help pull passenger trains on Edward's Branch Line. At first, Salty is a bit rough with the coaches since he's not had much experience with pulling passengers. But BoCo tells Salty about how to be gentle with coaches and Salty does a better job with his passenger train, which makes the passengers happy. Before long, Edward comes back from the steamworks and Salty goes back to working at Brendam Docks.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Porter
  • BoCo
  • Salty
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Grumpy Passenger
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Timothy (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Reg (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partially based on the Season 8 episode, Henry and the Wishing Tree.
  • This episode would mark first appearances of BoCo, Upper Brendam station and Suddery station in the CGI series.
  • A reference to the Season 19 episode, Salty All at Sea is made.

Bill without Ben

Plot

After Bill and Ben have a near collusion at the clay pits, they have an argument and refuse to speak to each other. Then Timothy has an idea to make Bill and Ben friends again. He asks Sir Topham for the twins for work away from each other for a few days. So Bill is sent to work with Stafford at the shunting yards while Ben stays at the clay pits with Timothy and Marion. As days go by, the twins start to miss each other and wish to get back together. Then, when Bill has to take a train to Brendam Docks, he meets up with Ben. The twins apologize to each other, become friends again and Bill goes back to the clay pits to work Timothy, Marion and his twin, Ben.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Duck
  • Bill and Ben
  • Timothy
  • Stafford
  • Marion
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 3 episode, One Good Turn and the Season 6 episode, Twin Trouble.

Rosie and the New Diesel

Plot

A new diesel named Brenda bullies Rosie, which makes he upset. Fortunately, Thomas is there to help Rosie and tells her about how to stand up to bullies. The next time Brenda bullies Rosie, Rosie stands up to her. Sir Topham Hatt soon finds out about Brenda's behavior and sends her away in disgrace. Rosie is happy that Brenda is gone and even happier to have a friend like Thomas to help her.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Duck
  • Oliver
  • Rosie
  • Stephen
  • Diesel
  • Millie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mavis (does not speak)
  • Salty (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

New Character

  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel

Notes/Trivia

  • References to Thomas and the Birthday Mail and Hector the Horrid are made.
  • This episode is similar to the Shining Time Station episode, Bully for Mr. Conductor.

Tug of War

Plot

Terence and Trevor are good friends, and they both like the countryside. And sometimes, they like to star in farm shows and parties. Trevor still remembers the time he gave children rides at the Vicar's garden party. That was when Bertie got stuck in mud and he and Terence rescued him.

One morning, Bertie meets up with Terence at a red light where the tractor explains that he and Trevor are going to take part in a tug of war near Maithwaite! Bertie wishes Terence good luck and set off. A short while later, Bertie meets Trevor who has new tyre treads for gripping in the tug of war. Bertie wishes the traction engine good luck too.

That afternoon, the farm show begins. Soon, Terence and Trevor are joined together with an iron bar as a rope would snap with their power. Suddenly, Trevor goes crashing backwards into a pile of haystacks. No one knows what had happened until a crowd member shouts out that Terence was pushing instead of pulling! Terence is given the job of pulling Trevor out of the haystacks, but can't move the traction engine without pulling the haystacks too! Fortunately the crowd has great fun digging Trevor free, even Bertie's driver helps out. Trevor is determined not to star in any more tug of wars; giving rides is much safer! Terence decides that tug of wars are not his cup of tea either, and decides to stick to plowing in fields.

Characters

  • Terence
  • Bertie
  • Trevor
  • Farmer Finney
  • Jem Cole
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth (does not speak)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the magazine story, Terence and Trevor!. Bertie replaces Thomas respectively.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 3 episode, Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party.

The Diesel and the Penguin

Plot

Mavis has to leave Ffarquhar Quarry for a few days while some workmen are blasting rocks. So Sir Topham Hatt makes arrangements for Mavis to work on the mainline. One day, Mavis is given a special job of taking penguins to the Animal Park. But when a penguin gets loose a few days later, Mavis has to find it. She finds the penguin near Wellsworth Station and takes it back to the Animal Park. And Sir Topham Hatt congratulates Mavis for finding the missing penguin.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Porter
  • Mavis
  • Bear
  • Harold
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Zoo Keeper
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 3 episodes, Mavis and Toby's Tightrope.
  • The title is a reference to the 1995 MGM film, The Pebble and the Penguin.

Dennis' Heavy Train

Plot

Since Dennis' first day on Sodor, he had tried to get out of the habit of being lazy. But he still tends to be a bit lazy now and then.

One day, Arry and Bert tease Dennis about being lazy, and tell him that he can't even pull one truck. Dennis takes offense at this, and then he gets an idea. He offers to take Arry and Bert's train, as well as his own. Arry and Bert are surprised, but agree.

So Dennis pulls a long train on the main line. When he comes to Gordon's Hill, he has to work very hard to get to the top. And just as his train reaches the top, he overheats and his trucks push him down the hill. Dennis crashes into the back of Norman's train. Norman's guard, who had jumped clear before the crash, hurries to get help.

Soon, Harvey arrives to clear the mess. He lifts Dennis and the last few trucks on Norman's train back onto the rails. Sir Topham Hatt also speaks to Dennis. He tells Dennis that it's okay to show everyone how hard you can work, but it's not okay to bite off more than he can chew. Dennis tells Sir Topham Hatt about Arry and Bert's teasing, just as the ironworks diesel twins pull up. Sir Topham Hatt tells Arry and Bert that it's not nice to tease, and orders them to do Dennis' work, as well as their own while Dennis is being inspected at the dieselworks. Arry and Bert say nothing as they take the train away. Then Bear arrives to help Dennis to the dieselworks.

At the dieselworks, Dennis tells Den and Dart that he's never going to be lazy ever again, as he doesn't want to get teased and doesn't want to force himself to pull trains that are too heavy for him alone.

Characters

  • Harvey
  • Arry and Bert
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Bear
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Winston (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Dennis in the CGI series.
  • The Season 9 episode, Thomas' Day Off is referenced.

Duke, Sir Handel and the Old Path

Plot

Duke is an old and wise engine, but some of the younger narrow gauge engines tend to tease him and call him "Granpuff".

One day, Duke is puffing carefully along some slippery rails when he discovers an old line that when away from the Skarloey Railway. Duke notices that the line is another path to the Blue Mountain Quarry.

Duke tells Mr. Percival about the line, and Mr. Percival agrees to have it restored. Duke tells the other engines too, and warns them that there's a steep hill on that line. Sir Handel wants to go on it because he thinks steep hills are fun to go down on. But Duke tells him that the line is not safe.

The next day, Sir Handel is taking some trucks up to the Blue Mountain Quarry. On his way, he gets switched onto the old path, not knowing that the workmen had forgotten to set the points back to the main path. Sir Handel knows he should stop and go back, but he thinks that this is now his chance to explore the old path.

When he reaches the steep hill, he goes down much too fast and thinks it's fun. But near the bottom, there's a level crossing with a broken down lorry on it. Sir Handel brakes hard, but it's too late. He crashes into the lorry.

Duke and Freddie are sent to rescue him. When Mr. Percival arrives, he tells Sir Handel that it wasn't completely his fault, but he should have stopped and went back to the junction before going down the old line. And Sir Handel apologizes, and promises to be more careful on that hill from now on.

Duke takes Sir Handel to the steamworks. On the way, Sir Handel tells Duke that the old brown engine was right about the old line and promises to not go on it again until it's restoration is done. Duke smiles, seeing that Sir Handel has learned his lesson.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duke
  • Freddie
  • Mr. Percival
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearances Duke and Freddie in the CGI Series.
  • A reference to the Season 4 episode, Granpuff is made.

Being the Strongest

Plot

Duncan had always been a bit jealous of Mighty Mac because together they're the strongest engine on the narrow gauge railway. One day, when there is a very long train of stone to collect from the Blue Mountain Quarry, Duncan tries to take the whole train by himself. But he puffs so hard with his train that he runs out of water. Mighty and Mac are called in to help get Duncan's train to Daisy Halt. Afterwards, Duncan learns that being the strongest isn't everything and apologizes to Mighty Mac for his jealousy.

Characters

  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Duncan
  • Mighty Mac
  • Owen
  • Mr. Percival
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Mighty Mac in the CGI Series.

Backwards BoCo

Plot

One day, BoCo's controls get stuck on backwards meaning he can only move backwards. So BoCo has to do all his work going backwards. But it's no trouble for him since he has a cab on his front and one at the back. But the other engines wonder why BoCo is doing his work backwards. Sir Topham Hatt soon finds out and has BoCo sent to the dieselworks to have his controls repaired.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Oliver
  • Bill and Ben
  • Charlie
  • Timothy
  • BoCo
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

The Passing Loop

Plot

There's a short passing loop on Edward's Branch Line. Here one train can wait on one track to let another one pass on the other line. But the passing loop isn't long enough for a long train to wait.

One day, Donald and Douglas both have long trains. When they reach the loop, the two drivers, the two firemen, the signalman, and the engines discuss how to get past. Then, the twins have an ingenious idea: Donald goes back and leaves half of his train well clear of the points, then comes back into the loop and stops. Douglas runs right through on the other line and Donald goes forward with the trucks he has. Then Douglas comes back, pushing his own trucks and pulling Donald's. Douglas leaves Donald's trucks in the loop and carries on until he is clear of the points. Douglas can then get clear away and all Donald has to do is back onto the other half of his train.

A few days later, Donald is taking a long train of China clay along Edward's Branch Line. All goes well until the trucks push him down the hill towards the passing loop ahead. He can't stop and to his horror, BoCo is coming up in the opposite direction with some empty trucks. BoCo's quick-thinking driver pushes the throttle and his train speeds into the loop just in time to avoid a head-on collision with Donald.

Later, Donald thanks BoCo and his driver for their quick thinking, and hopes he never has anymore trouble at the passing loop for a long time.

Characters

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Bill and Ben
  • Timothy
  • BoCo
  • Edward (does not speak)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Marion (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the annual stories, The Twins' Passing Problem and Quick Thinking.

Terence the Shunter

Plot

Stafford gets into an accident has to go to the steamworks to be repaired. But that means the shunting yards doesn't have an engine to get trains ready. Then the yard manager has an idea. He calls Terence the Tractor in to do shunting in the yard. Terence does so and enjoys himself. The other engines are impressed when they see him shunting, making Terence feel very proud. Soon, Stafford returns from the steamworks and Terence returns to working at on the island. And although he had a good time at the shunting yards, he is glad to go back to his normal work.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Stanley
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Bear
  • Stafford
  • Terence
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partially based on the annual story, Hosepipes and Shunters.

Mischievous Twins

Plot

One day, Bill and Ben meet Bash and Dash for the first time. Both twins start a little rivalry with each other and even have a contest to see who can be the most mischievous. But Bash and Dash's mischievousness causes an accident at Ulfstead Castle and Bill and Ben's mischievousness causes an accident at Brendam Docks. Edward scolds at Bill and Ben severely and Ferdinand scolds at Bash and Dash severely. And Sir Topham Hatt punishes both twins by having Bill and Ben work on Misty Island and Bash and Dash at the Clay Pits for a week. Bill, Ben, Bash and Dash apologize to each other and become friends.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Bill and Ben
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Stephen
  • Porter
  • Salty
  • Millie
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Timothy (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Marion (does not speak)
  • BoCo (cameo)

Rosie's Snowplough

Plot

Rosie isn't sure if she wants to wear a snowplough as she's never used one before. But Thomas tells her that snowploughs are important and even tells her the story of when he got stuck in snow and had to be rescued by Terence. After hearing the story, Rosie decides that she should wear a snowplough. Rosie has to clear the lines from snow. While doing so, she runs into Duck and his slip coaches, Gary, Julie and Russell, who are stuck in a snowdrift. Duck tells Rosie that his snowplough broke and it had to be removed. Rosie helps Duck and his coaches out of the snowdrift and also double-heads Duck's train with him so he doesn't get stuck again. Rosie and Duck deliver the slip coaches to stations and return to the yard. Later, Sir Topham Hatt congratulates Rosie for helping Duck and rewards her with a new coat of paints. This makes Rosie feel very happy and now she knows that it is very important to wear snowploughs when it snows.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Rosie
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Terence (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 1 episode, Thomas, Terence and the Snow is made.
  • It is revealed that the Slip Coaches' names are Gary, Julie and Russell.

Bear's Blizzard

Plot

Bear is sent to collect Christmas decorations from Vicarstown for Knapford Station. But while collecting them, a blizzard hits Sodor. Bear manages to get through with his snowplough. But when a rock hits his snowplough, it gets damage and needs to be removed. His driver is worried that they won't get the decorations to Knapford on time, but Bear is determined and keeps going without a snowplough. It isn't easy, but Bear manages to get through and makes it to Knapford. Sir Topham Hatt is proud of Bear and even Spencer is impressed.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Oliver
  • Spencer
  • Bear
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 6 episode, It's Only Snow.

Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas

Plot

One December day, while waiting for a snowdrift to be removed from outside the clay pits, Toby tells Bill, Ben, Timothy and Marion the story of when Mrs. Kyndley saved Thomas from a landslide using a dressing-gown when she was ill. And that Sir Topham Hatt sent her to Bournemouth to get better.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Bill and Ben
  • Timothy
  • Marion
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mrs. Kyndley
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)

New Character

  • Mr. Kyndley

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Toby the Tram Engine.
  • This episode would mark the first physical appearance of Mrs. Kyndley in the CGI series, after just being mentioned in the special, The Great Race.

Gordon and the Flying Kipper

Plot

When Henry has to go to the Steamworks to be repaired, Gordon volunteers to take the Flying Kipper one winter night; thinking he can get the job done much faster than Henry. While delivering the fish, Gordon speeds along the line. But the rails are icy and when he comes to a signal set at danger, he tries to stop only to slip on the rails. To make matters worse, his sand boxes are empty and is unable to put sand down. Fortunately, he gets switched onto a siding and bumps into the buffers. After that, Gordon realizes that he should be more careful on the icy rails. So he puffs carefully on and gets all the fish delivered by morning. Afterwards, Gordon decides that he doesn't want to pull the Flying Kipper ever again.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Porter
  • Salty
  • Den
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The episodes, The Flying Kipper and The Smelly Kipper are referenced.

The New Crane

Plot

Molly is asked to work with a new harbor crane named Duchess at Knapford Harbor. But Molly is too shy to meet the new crane and hides. But when her work isn't getting done, she has to go and introduce herself. Once Molly meets Duchess for the first time, they become friends and start their work. As they work, they get to know a bit about each other. By the end of the day, their work is done and Molly is happy to have made a new friend.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Molly
  • Dennis
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Norman (does not speak)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Ferdinand (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)

New Character

  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearances of Molly and Knapford Harbor in the CGI series.
  • A reference to the Season 9 episode, Molly's Special Special is made.

The Smelter's Yard Ghost

Plot

One Halloween evening, Gordon tells Duck, Oliver and Stanley a story about a ghost engine that lives at the Smelter's Yard making the three engines a bit scared. Then Sir Topham Hatt asks Oliver and Stanley to collect some steel pipes from the Smelter's Yard and take it to Knapford Harbor. Both engines are scared of going, but they puff bravely to the Smelters. At the Smelter's Yard, Diesel 10 is clearing some scrap and shunting trucks around. When Oliver and Stanley arrive, Diesel 10 decides to scare the two tank engines by making noises and bumping trucks. Oliver and Stanley think it's the ghost engine from Gordon's story and become very scared. The two engines quickly shunt their train and hurry away. Diesel 10 laughs at the two engines and then heads off to the dieselworks. On his way there, Diesel 10 starts to hear some strange noises and becomes scared himself. Then he hears a whistle in the distance and thinks it's a ghost train. He becomes so scared that he misses a signal and crashes into a field. His 'ghost train' then turns out to be Hiro who goes to get help. Soon Oliver and Stanley arrive with Rocky to lift Diesel 10 back onto the tracks. He then admits to the two tank engines that he scared them at the Smelter's Yard. But now Oliver and Stanley have the last laugh as it's now Diesel 10 who's the scaredy engine making the diesel feel embarrassed. Sir Topham Hatt then punishes Diesel 10 for scaring the two tank engines by making him work around the shunting yards for a month.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Duck
  • Oliver
  • Stanley
  • Hiro
  • Diesel 10
  • Rocky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 8 episode, Halloween and the Pack episode, Percy's Scary Tale.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of the Smelter's Yard in the CGI series.

Really Useful Logging Locos

Plot

One day, while waiting for a ship with parts to fix Ol' Wheezy and Hee-Haw, Ferdinand tells Duchess the Crane, as well as Donald and Douglas the story of when he first met Bash and Dash.

Flashback: Ferdinand was the first engine on Misty Island. He was a hard worker and very kind. However, the workload on Misty Island became too much for him to handle alone and needed more engines. The Mainland Controller decided to send Bash and Dash over to Misty Island as the twins were too mischievous on the mainland and thinks Ferdinand can calm them down. Ferdinand tells Bash and Dash that if they're being naughty they're not being really useful. So the twins try hard to behave themselves. One day, Ferdinand has an accident and the twins came to his rescue. Afterwards, the workmen think that Bash and Dash are really useful engines. The twins still act cheeky from time to time; but ever since that day, they understood the importance of being really useful engines.

Characters

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Henry (cameo)
  • The Mainland Controller (mentioned)

George and the Cranes

Plot

One day, Rocky is sent to clear up an accident at Knapford Harbor. George is also there helping to repair the roads at the harbor. He meets Rocky and Duchess and calls them "big useless cranes" because Duchess can't leave the harbor and Rocky needs an engine to move him around the island. Edward tells the two cranes that George has always been a bully to others, and even tells them about past incidents with him (like the steam roller's accident with Sir Handel and Thomas' accident crashing into a barn). Later that day, George's driver has to leave to have lunch. But he forgets to put the steam roller's breaks on. George finds himself rolling along without a driver and ends up falling into the sea. Oliver shunts Rocky over to lift George out, but the steam roller then has to go to the steamworks to be repaired. A few days later, George is repaired and thanks Rocky for rescuing him. He also apologizes to Rocky and to Duchess for what he said. And even though he is still grumpy, he now tries his best to be nice to others.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Oliver
  • Rocky
  • George
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Paxton (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Thomas (mentioned)
  • Sir Handel (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark George's first appearance in the CGI series.
  • The episodes, Steam Roller and Bye George! are referenced.

Homesick Gator (Part 1)

Plot

Gator has been on Sodor since last Christmas and has started to feel homesick. Percy tries to do things to make his friend happy, but nothing works. Gator tells Percy that he wants to go back to his old railway. But Percy doesn't want his friend to leave Sodor again. Then he has an idea and asks Sir Topham Hatt to make arrangements. A few days later, Sir Topham Hatt asks Gator to go to Brendam Docks to collect an important visitor.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • James
  • Percy
  • Charlie
  • Porter
  • Gator
  • Salty
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The Season 18 episode, Long Lost Friend is referenced.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 15 episode, Happy Hiro.

Gator's Visitor (Part 2)

Plot

Gator's visitor is his controller, Mr. Walter Jones. Gator is happy to see him again and takes his controller around Sodor. But then Gator finds out that it was Percy's idea to bring Mr. Jones to Sodor. Percy says that he did it because he wanted Gator to feel happy again. But Gator tells him that he just wants to go back to his old railway and see his old friends again. And even though it would make Percy sad to see Gator leave again, he decides to tell Sir Topham Hatt about how Gator feels since he just wants his friend to feel happy. A few days later, Gator and his controller leave Sodor. But before they leave, Gator and Percy say their farewells to each other. Gator also tells Percy that no matter how far away they are from each other, they will always be friends. As Gator's boat leaves, a small tear comes into Percy's eye. Not because he is sad, but because of what Gator said and he knows that Gator's right. They will always be friends no matter how far apart they are.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Rosie
  • Stephen
  • Porter
  • Gator
  • Millie
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)

New Character

  • Mr. Walter Jones, Gator's controller

Mountain Engine

Plot

After Sir Handel has a bad time with some coaches, Rheneas tells him that he should be grateful that he doesn't work on a mountain railway. Sir Handel doesn't believe such a thing exists, and an argument ensues until Donald arrives with Culdee, a queer-looking mountain engine. When Culdee wakes up, he tells the little engines about his line, and an adventure he had on the first day.

Characters

  • Donald
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Mr. Percival
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)

New Characters

  • Culdee
  • Godred (cameo)
  • Ernest (cameo)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo)

Some narrow gauge coaches also speak.

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the book, Mountain Engines.
  • This would be the first time narrow gauge coaches have faces since Season 4.
  • References to the Season 4 episodes, Four Little Engines and A Bad Day for Sir Handel are made.
  • Unlike in the Railway Series, the Culdee Fell Engines would appear in different liveries. Godred's would be red, Ernest would be blue, Wilfred would be green and Shane Dooiney's would be yellow, while Culdee would remain in his purple livery.

Bad Look-Out

Plot

Duncan is in a bad mood, so Skarloey and Rheneas change the conversation by asking Culdee about his coaches. The conversation soon drifts to Culdee's automatic brakes, and the story of Godred, an engine who held too much faith in his automatic brakes. Even though everyone tried everything, they found nothing wrong, but Godred continued in his way. Then one day, Godred fell off the rails and was sent to the back of the shed, where he was cannibalised for his parts. Sir Handel and Duncan are scared and remain silent, but Skarloey and Rheneas don't mention the tale was made up.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Duncan
  • Godred
  • Culdee
  • Catherine
  • Mr. Percival
  • Ernest (cameo)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo)

New Character

  • Sandy, Godred's Coach

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the book, Mountain Engines.

Danger Points

Plot

Donald brings Culdee home, where he discovers that three new engines have arrived - Alaric, Eric and Lord Harry, the last of which is loud and risk-taking. The next day, Culdee makes fun of Lord Harry's "super-heat" and Lord Harry determines to pay him out. Unluckily, he derails at the summit, preventing Wilfred from taking his "down" train. Lord Harry is sent to the back of the Shed in disgrace.

Characters

  • Donald
  • Ernest
  • Wilfred
  • Culdee
  • Catherine
  • Mr. Percival

New Characters

  • Lord Harry
  • Winifred, Wilfred's Coach
  • Amber, Lord Harry's Coach
  • Alaric (does not speak)
  • Eric (does not speak)
  • Olivia the Truck (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the book, Mountain Engines.
  • Lord Harry's livery in the TV series would be orange, Alaric's would be white and Eric's would be brown.

Devil's Back

Plot

Lord Harry is punished by having his name taken away and, after hearing Culdee's story of Godred, asks Mr. Percival to be let out. Mr. Percival agrees, but forbids him from pulling passenger trains, so #6 is kept taking supplies and workmen to Summit Hotel. One day, he is preparing to continue up Devil's Back, a difficult part of the line, when a message arrives about a group of injured climbers, and #6 is sent to rescue them. Despite the strong wind, #6 perseveres and the leader of the climbers asks Mr. Percival to rename #6 after a friend who helped him when he was injured. Nowadays, #6 is known as Patrick and only takes risks when absolutely necessary.

Characters

  • Wilfred
  • Culdee
  • Lord Harry/No. 6/Patrick
  • Catherine
  • Olivia the Truck
  • Mr. Percival
  • Ernest (cameo)
  • Alaric (cameo)
  • Eric (cameo)
  • Godred (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the book, Mountain Engines.

Gordon Goes Foreign

Plot

When a foreign engine named Roger visits, an argument ensues between him, Gordon, and Duck over, of all things, the name of London's big station. Gordon wants to find out, but is not allowed to pass Barrow. However, when the engine taking the Express to the mainland derails, Gordon jumps at the chance to take the train, and the next day the Fat Controller reads in the paper that Gordon received a hero's welcome. However, when he returns, Gordon is upset, having discovered that it's St. Pancras!

Characters

  • Gordon
  • James
  • Duck
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

New Characters

  • Roger the Foreign Engine (Note: Roger is BiggestThomasFan's name for this engine)
  • The Derailed Engine (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the book, The Eight Famous Engines.

Broken Down Engines

Plot

One day, Norman is pulling a passenger train along the Peel Godred Branch Line. When he stops at Kirk Machan, he fills up on more fuel. But when he leaves the station, he starts to break down. It's then revealed that water leaked into the diesel fuel that Norman took. Dennis takes Norman's train while Sidney shunts him to the dieselworks to be fixed. On their way, they meet Spencer who teases Norman about his break down, which makes Norman annoyed and wants to put Spencer in his place. A few days later, Spencer is taking the Duke and Duchess of Boxford to Knapford. But on the way, his water injector fails and can't go on. Norman is then asked to help Spencer to Knapford. As he starts to push Spencer and his coach, Norman can't help laughing and telling Spencer that it serves him right, which makes Spencer feel embarrassed. After taking the Duke and Duchess to Knapford, Norman helps Spencer to the steamworks. On the way, the two engines make up their quarrel and are now friends.

Characters

  • Spencer
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Sidney
  • Eric
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Sir Topham Hatt (does not speak)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode uses an element from the Season 8 episode, Thomas to the Rescue.

The Shake Shake Bridge

Plot

One day, Bear goes to Misty Island for the first time to collect some jobi wood. While there, he gets a big surprise when going over the shake shake bridge. Bear asks the logging locos and their controller, Mr. Gilbert Jones why it's so wobbly. Bash, Dash and Ferdinand tell Bear that the bridge lost some of it's supports years ago and they couldn't afford to repair it. There were other things on Misty Island that needed repairs, but they couldn't afford to have them repaired as well. With that, the tunnel between Misty Island and Sodor got boarded up and the railway on Misty Island closed, but the logging locos decided to puff along the lines and have fun every day. Bear asks Mr. Jones if he would like to have the bridge repaired, and Mr. Jones says yes but can't afford it. So Bear decides to tell Sir Topham Hatt who agrees to have the bridge repaired. So for the next couple of weeks, the Shake Shake Bridge and even the Zip-Line Bridge are under construction. Soon, they're both repaired and now all the engines can go over them without any trouble.

Characters

  • Percy
  • Oliver
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Bear
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)

New Character

  • Mr. Gilbert Jones, the controller of Misty Island

Notes/Trivia

  • From this episode on, Misty Island has a few modifications:
    • The Shake Shake Bridge and the Zip-Line Bridge are now normal bridges.
    • The Hollow Tree Tunnel has been removed. (This, however, is not shown in the episode.)
    • Ol' Wheezy and Hee-Haw now gain faces.

Shane Dooiney's Fear

Plot

Shane Dooiney returns to the Culdee Fell Railway after being mended on the mainland. While he's getting steam up, Arry and Bert come by and decide to play a trick on the mountain engine. They tell him that if an engine goes up the mountain on a foggy day, they'll get lost and will never be found again. This makes Shane Dooiney afraid of fog and going up the mountain. He tells the other engines about it and they try to comfort Shane Dooiney. But he still feels scared. The next morning, it's very foggy and Shane Dooiney has to take some passengers up the mountain. This makes him worried, but he doesn't want to argue. So he sets off up the mountain. Things go along smoothly, but Shane Dooiney is still worried. His coach, Tanya, tries to cheer him up, but Shane Dooiney remains worried. As they're approaching the top, the fog starts to lift. And when they arrive at the summit, all the fog had lifted and Shane Dooiney realizes that Arry and Bert were just trying to trick him. But he also realizes that he had been brave going up the mountain in the fog and is no longer afraid of fog or going up the mountain on a foggy day. And Tanya is very proud of Shane Dooiney for being so brave.

Characters

  • Porter
  • Arry and Bert
  • Culdee
  • Shane Dooiney
  • Ernest
  • Alaric
  • Mr. Percival
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Patrick (cameo)
  • Eric (cameo)

New Character

  • Tanya, Shane Dooiney's Coach

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 9 episode, Bold and Brave.

Stepney and the Thieves

Plot

When some of the staff's belongings go missing (Stepney's driver's lunch box, the Stationmaster's car and even Sir Topham Hatt's pocket watch), Stepney thinks there are thieves on Sodor. One day, while puffing along his branch line, Stepney sees a car very much like the stationmaster's one and warns his crew, who identify the driver and passenger as the thieves. At the next signalbox, they throw the fireman's lunch box, with a note inside, to a signalman. The thieves are stopped at a roadblock, the lunch box, pocket watch and car are recovered undamaged, and Sir Topham Hatt arrives at Great Waterton to congratulate Stepney and his crew.

Characters

  • Stepney
  • Sir Handel
  • Rusty
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story, Stop Thief! from the Railway Series book, Really Useful Engines. Stepney replaces Thomas respectively.
  • This episode would mark the first appearances of Stepney and his branch line in the CGI series.

Samson's Accident

Plot

One day, Samson is collecting some trucks near Tidmouth Sheds when he overhears Edward, Henry and Percy talking about accidents they've had. Henry mentions the time he crashed into a goods train while pulling the flying kipper, Edward mentions the time when he got hit by a ship's boiler at Brendam Docks and Percy mentions the time he crashed into the chocolate factory. As Samson leaves, he starts to realize that he's never had an accident before.

Later, he asks Thomas if he had accidents in the past. Thomas mentions the time he crashed into the stationmaster's house and when he went came off the rails at a difficult bend. Samson starts to boast that he has never had an accident and starts to boast about being perfect. But then Thomas remains him of when he accidentally took Gordon's express coaches to the Blue Mountain Quarry and when he mistook Sir Topham Hatt's car for scrap, which makes Samson annoyed.

A few days later, Sir Topham Hatt asks Samson to help Arthur with a big delivery of fish. When Samson arrives at the Fishing Village, Arthur tries to warn Samson that the vans are some of the most troublesome ones on the railway. But Samson claims that he can manage troublesome trucks. Unfortunately, the trucks overhear this and decide to teach Samson a lesson. When Samson starts to go down Gordon's Hill, the trucks push him, causing Samson to go too fast. Unable to stop in time, Samson hits a bump in the track and he and his trucks come off the rails.

Rosie is sent to take Rocky to clear the mess. Sir Topham Hatt scolds at Samson for not listening to Arthur's warning. After feeling embarrassed, Samson starts to realize that he's not perfect and that it's better to listen to others.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Arthur
  • Rosie
  • Samson
  • Rocky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Winton (cameo)
  • Gordon (mentioned)
  • Mr. Jolly (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • Arthur's first appearance in the CGI series.
    • The first time Mr. Jolly is referred to by name.
  • The following episodes are referenced: The Flying Kipper, Edward's Brass Band, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, Thomas Comes to Breakfast, Thomas Saves the Day (S8), Samson at Your Service and Samson Sent for Scrap.
  • This episode uses an element from the Season 8 episode, Fish.

Carter

Plot

Henry's brakes aren't working well. So he has to go to the steamworks to have them repaired. While he's away, Sir Topham Hatt arranges for an engine from the other railway to do Henry's work. The only engine the other railway could spare is Carter, the dark green Class 40 diesel who once sucked an inspector's hat in his air intake, which caused him to brake down. The other engines are annoyed about Carter's return; and Carter is annoyed to have to work with steam engines again.

Carter starts to be ruder than ever to the engines. He tells Thomas and Percy that they're too small to be useful. He also tells Emily, who had never met Carter before, that she's old and out of date and should be in a museum. He even tells James that he's red paint is too bright. This makes the other engines furious. Den and Dart tell Carter that they used to not like steam engines either until they learned that being rude to them doesn't get work done. This gives Carter something to think about.

The next day, Molly is taking a goods train to Vicarstown. Everything goes well with her, but her trucks are bored and want some fun. When they go down a hill, the trucks push Molly and make her go too fast. Molly tries to stop, but her brakes aren't strong enough. She ends up crashing into a taxi at a crossing.

Sir Topham Hatt soon hears the new and tells Carter to take Jerome and Judy to the accident. Carter still doesn't like helping steam engines, but then he remembered what Den and Dart told him. And so, he collects Jerome and Judy from the yards and takes them to the crossing. When Molly is put back onto the rails, Carter takes her to the steamworks. Molly thanks Carter for his help and Sir Topham Hatt even congratulates the diesel. This makes Carter very happy and, at last, he officially changes his opinion on steam engines.

Carter soon apologizes to the other engines for his rudeness, and they all work well together. When Henry returns from the steamworks a week later, Carter had become good friends with all the engines on Sodor. Now, all the engines look forward to when Carter comes back to Sodor, and so does Carter.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Molly
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Victor
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Ferdinand (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Stepney (mentioned)
  • Diesel (mentioned)
  • Arry and Bert (mentioned)
  • Diesel 10 (mentioned)
  • Harold (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of The Diesel/D261/Class 40 in the CGI Series, and it would be revealed that his actual name is Carter.
  • Four references are made:
    • The events of the Season 4 episode, Bowled Out are mentioned.
    • James says that his driver once told him that everyone says that he brightens up their day, referring to the Season 3 episode, No Joke for James.
    • Most of Jerome and Judy's lines from the special, The Adventure Begins are re-used.
    • Molly's line when Jerome and Judy lift her is based on a line said by Annie in the Season 18 episode, Thomas and the Emergency Cable.

Bash, Dash and the New Logging Loco

Plot

Mr. Gilbert Jones buys a new logging loco named Tara for Misty Island, and asks Bash, Dash and Ferdinand to help her learn her work. But after Bash accidentally bumps some trucks into her and Dash chuckles at the incident, Tara refuses to work and speak to the twins. So for the rest of the day, she works with Ferdinand. But the next day, Tara and the twins complain about each other to Ferdinand. This makes Ferdinand so stressed out that he races forward into some buffers and tumbles down a hill. Bash, Dash and Tara put the argument aside and hurry to get help. They go to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, get Rocky and hurry back to Misty Island. Soon, Ferdinand is rescued and taken to the steamworks. Later, Tara and the twins apologize to each other and become friends. And they work well together until Ferdinand returns from the steamworks a few days later. And now, all four engines are great friends.

Characters

  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Rocky
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Harold (cameo)

New Character

  • Tara the Red Logging Loco

Notes/Trivia

  • Some of Bash, Dash and Ferdinand's dialogue in this episode is based off dialogue from Bill and BoCo from the Season 3 episode, One Good Turn.

Fergus' New Driver

Plot

One day, Sir Topham Hatt comes to the Cement Works to see Fergus. He tells Fergus that he will be having a new driver starting tomorrow. Fergus wonders what his new driver will be like.

The next day, the new driver, whose name is Roy, arrives and is surprised to see that Fergus is a steam engine. He explains to Fergus that he's never driven a steam engine before as he has only worked with diesels in the past, but he'll do his best to drive Fergus well.

As Fergus shunts around the Cement Works, he tries to work steadily, but Roy is still learning the controls and causes Fergus to stop, move backwards and bump the trucks hard, making them cross. This makes Fergus cross and he yells at Roy to do it right. This makes the new driver cross as well.

Later, Fergus has to take some trucks of cement mix to the docks due to Rosie being delayed. This makes him worried about pulling a train with the new driver. As they travel along, Fergus can hear the trucks whispering. They were still cross with Fergus for bumping into them earlier and wanted to pay him out.

When they come to a hill, the trucks start to hold back. Fergus tries to tell Roy about the trucks, but Roy thinks Fergus is trying to boss him around again and doesn't listen. And when they reach the top, the trucks start to push Fergus down the other side causing him to go too fast. Now Roy could see why Fergus was trying to warn him and immediately puts on the brakes.

Fergus then comes to a bend, but is going to fast to slow down in time. He and most of his trucks come off the rails. Roy, who had jumped clear before the crash hurries off to get help. Soon, Edward arrives with Jerome and Judy. The cranes work hard to get Fergus and the trucks back on the rails. Sir Topham Hatt then arrives to see what had happened. And he's cross when he finds out the whole story, and even crosser when he hears that Fergus has to go the steamworks to be repair. Sir Topham Hatt tells Fergus and Roy that once the traction engine is repair, they need to stay in the Cement Works until Roy can get use to Fergus' controls. Fergus promises his driver that he won't be bossy again in the future and Roy promises his engine that he'll listen to him from now on.

A few days later, Fergus is repaired and returns to the Cement Works. Roy still has trouble with Fergus' controls, but Fergus knows that it'll take a while for him get use to his controls.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Fergus
  • Dennis
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Rosie (mentioned)

New Character

  • Roy, Fergus' new driver

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partly based on the magazine story, A New Driver. Fergus replaces BoCo respectively.
  • This episode would mark the first appearances of Fergus and the Sodor Cement Works in the CGI Series.

Captain the Really Useful Lifeboat

Assistant Writer

Plot

Captain feels he isn't needed to rescue anyone, unlike the rest of the Search and Rescue Centre. But one evening, Mr. Percival and his family go to Norramby Beach, and the Percival twins get washed out to sea by the high tide. The Search and Rescue Centre Manager hears about it and tells Captain about the twins. Captain races to the rescue with his master at the ready. They use a dinghy to get the twins safely aboard and the master wraps them in two warm towels. The next day, Captain and his master are awarded with a medal each. And Captain finds that he is a really useful lifeboat after all.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Belle
  • Flynn
  • Rocky
  • Captain
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • Mrs. Percival
  • The Percival Children
  • The Search and Rescue Centre Manager
  • Harold (does not speak)
  • Butch (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • The first appearances of Mrs. Percival and the Percival Children since the Season 12 episode, Push Me, Pull You, as well as their first speaking roles.
    • The Search and Rescue Centre Manager's first speaking role since the Season 15 episode, James to the Rescue.
    • The first appearance of Norramby Beach in the CGI series.

Roger's Races

Plot

One day, Caitlin is not available to take passengers from the mainland to Ulfstead Castle. So Roger the Foreign Engine is asked to fill in for her.

At the Vicarstown Bridge, Roger meets up with Connor, who's also heading up to Ulfstead Castle. Roger boasts that he's much faster than Connor. Connor asks Roger to prove it by racing him to the castle, and Roger agrees.

Roger races along the line as fast as he can, but Connor is much faster than him, and arrives at Ulfstead Castle first. Roger becomes cross, and then he has an idea. Roger wants to race someone who is slower than him because he thinks that he would then be able to win. Fortunately, he notices that Stephen is to take a goods train to Vicarstown, and decides to ask him for a race, which Stephen agrees.

So Roger and Stephen get ready to race. Once Roger's guard has blown his whistle, the engines set off with Roger in the lead.

Far ahead in the lead, Roger has to stop at a broken signal. Roger doesn't mind and decides to go to sleep thinking that Stephen won't be able to catch up. But Stephen does catch up just as the workmen had fixed the signal. However, Roger is deep asleep and doesn't wake up until Stephen is far head.

Stephen arrives at Vicarstown first and wins the race. Thomas and James are nearby, and Stephen tells them about the race. Then, Roger arrives looking very cross. He doesn't congratulates Stephen for winning, but he does manage to give Stephen a smile, which is just enough for the yellow engine.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Stephen
  • Connor
  • Roger the Foreign Engine
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Caitlin (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • Part of this episode is similar to Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, as well as the Season 8 episode, Edward the Great.

Thomas and the Cats

Plot

One snowy day, Thomas stops at Maithwaite needing a drink of water. But the water column is frozen. So his crew have to use snow to fill his tanks instead. Meanwhile, one of Dowager Hatt's Friends' cat jumps out of her basket and runs away. Dowager Hatt and some of the passengers go and search for it while the driver and fireman fill Thomas' tanks. Then, as Thomas' crew finishes filling his water tanks, they find the cat hidden in a heap of snow. Soon after, the cat is dry and warm and Dowager Hatt's friend places him safely back in the basket and the train leaves on its way.

That evening, Thomas tells the other engines all about. And just as he's about to fall asleep, he gets a nasty case of the "tickles". Next morning, the mystery is solved when his crew discovers a mother cat with six kittens asleep in his cab. His driver and fireman name the five female kittens after Annie, Clarabel, Emily, Rosie and Mavis and name the male kitten after Thomas.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Dowager Hatt
  • One of Dowager Hatt's Friends
  • Emily (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Rosie (mentioned)
  • Mavis (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the annual stories, Lost in the Snow and Thomas and the Tickles.

Toby's Christmas Party Plans

Assistant Writer

Plot

Toby is delivering supplies to Knapford Harbour, when he notices Duchess looking sad and asks her why. She explains that she is not getting enough attention, as everyone at the harbour seems to be too busy to talk to her. So Toby decides to get Duchess in the Christmas spirit. First, he tries bringing carolers over to sing Christmas carols. Then, he tries to find some decorations for her. And then, after a conversation with Reg, Toby has the perfect idea. With the help of Edward, Henry and James, they ask their drivers to help make a special model of a reindeer and bring it over to Duchess, who is overjoyed when she sees the reindeer model. The workers see the cake too and take photos of it, so they'll have something to remember it by. Duchess is then amazed that her friends are giving her a Christmas party and Toby, Edward, James and Henry wish her a merry Christmas.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Henry
  • James
  • Toby
  • Ryan
  • Henrietta
  • Reg
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Percy (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 18 episode, The Perfect Gift is made.

Diesel and the Express

Plot

Diesel had just gotten a new coat of paint. He thinks that it makes him really useful and boasts to some of the tank engines that anything they can do, he can do better. Gordon, who is nearby, stands up to Diesel by telling him that he can never pull the express because he's not strong enough. This makes Diesel cross.

A few days later, Diesel is getting the coaches for Gordon's express ready, but the big blue engine has been delayed and the stationmaster doesn't know what to do. Then Diesel has an idea. He tells the stationmaster that if Gordon's not able to pick up the express on time, then he is to take the express. Diesel is only making this up, but the stationmaster believes him and agrees to his plan. So when the guard blows his whistle, Diesel leaves Knapford with the express. Diesel is determined to prove to Gordon that he too can pull the express very well, but is secretly a little worried.

At first, things go well with Diesel. But when he reaches Gordon's Hill, Diesel has to work very hard to get the express over the hill. But he pulls so hard that he breaks down just when he's nearly at the top. Then he and the coaches start to roll backwards down the hill. The guard quickly puts the brakes on, but the coaches end up bumping into James, who pulling a goods train. No one is hurt, but the passengers start to complain.

When Sir Topham Hatt hears the news, he sends Gordon to take the express on and Ryan to take Diesel to the dieselworks. When Ryan and Diesel arrive, Sir Topham Hatt is waiting looking very cross. He tells Diesel that he has caused confusion and delay and once he's repaired, he will be on rubbish duties with Whiff and Scruff for a week. This makes Diesel annoyed.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Duck
  • Bill and Ben
  • Ryan
  • Diesel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Whiff (mentioned)
  • Scruff (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • The ending of this episode foreshadows the next episode.
  • A remix of Diesel's theme from Seasons 2 and 3 would be used in this episode.

Diesel and the Rubbish (UK)/Diesel and the Garbage (US)

Plot

Following the events of Diesel and the Express, Diesel is soon repaired and starts work with Whiff and Scruff. When he arrives at the waste dump, Whiff and Scruff tell him to collect all the rubbish from the main line while they get the branch lines. Then a crane accidentally drops some rubbish onto Scruff making him jump. Diesel laughs and says rudely to Scruff that it's just rubbish.

Diesel wants to get his work done without any of the steam engines seeing him. So he tries to hurry when collecting the rubbish trucks along the main line. But unfortunately, he ends up meeting some engines along the line. He meets up with Henry and Gordon, who can't help but laugh, as well as Thomas, who says that now Diesel is the stinky engine.

Once he has collected all the trucks, he hurries back to the waste dump. But then he goes over some bumpy track, which causes his couplings to get unhooked and the trucks to roll on their own. Diesel stops quickly, but then the trucks bump into Diesel and rubbish falls all over the place. Diesel shutters when he sees that he's covered in garbage, but Whiff, who is nearby, reminds him that it's just rubbish. This makes Diesel feel embarrassed.

When Sir Topham Hatt hears the news, he tells Diesel that if he causes more accidents, he'll be on rubbish duties longer than a week. Diesel feels silly and promises to be careful with his rubbish trucks from now on.

So for the rest of the week, Diesel keeps working with Whiff and Scruff, but he works more slowly and carefully. And when other engines tease him, Diesel just ignores them and focuses on his work. Before long, a whole week had gone by and Diesel is done working at the dump. Diesel is glad to be off rubbish duties, but he knows now not to rush about his work and to be extra careful when it comes to rubbish work.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Whiff
  • Scruff
  • Diesel
  • Paxton
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This is my first episode idea to have different titles for the UK and US versions.

James' Different Color

Plot

One day, James is sent to the steamworks to be re-painted after getting some scratches on his boiler. However, the steamworks doesn't have enough red paint to paint James, and more will not arrive for another few weeks. So Victor gives James two options; either where his pink undercoat for a while, or be painted a different color. Having gone through the former once before, James decides to be re-painted a different. The color he picks his black since that is the color he used to be. James is secretly not happy to be painted a different color, but there is nothing he can do about. So, the workmen paint James black.

The other engines are surprised when they see James painted black. Some engines tease James about his different color. Diesel jokes that James is trying to be like him. Spencer says that James looks like Donald and Douglas, but with a different number. Other engines tell James that it's okay to be a different color if really needed. Thomas reminds James that he used to be green when he first arrived. This makes James feels little better.

James still does his work, even with his black coat of paint. As he does his work, he hears more stories about engines being different colors. Gordon tells James that he was painted green before he came to Sodor. Bill and Ben tell James about the time they were painted blue. And Victor tells James that he used to be yellow before he came to Sodor. James starts to feel much better about his new livery, even if he still misses his red coat.

A week after James received his new coat, James sees that Diesel broke down on a crossing. Then he sees Spencer approaching the same crossing, and that Spencer can't stop in time. James quickly pushes Diesel across the tracks, just in time. Afterwards, Diesel and Spencer are both grateful, and they don't say anything about James' color again.

Another week later, James goes at the steamworks, and is given his red coat of paint again. James is very happy to have a red coat again.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Bill and Ben
  • Spencer
  • Diesel
  • Victor
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Timothy (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Marion (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (mentioned)
  • Connor (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • References to the episodes, Tickled Pink and Bill or Ben? and the specials, The Adventure Begins and Blue Mountain Mystery are made.
  • This episode would reveal that Gordon used to be green before coming to Sodor.

Murdoch and Spencer

Plot

One rainy day, Spencer and Murdoch are at the shunting yards. Spencer is sulking because he has to take a goods train to the mainland. He doesn't like pulling goods trains. Murdoch tries to cheer him up by telling him that pulling goods trains isn't so bad. Spencer tells him that that easy for him to say since he pulls goods trains most of the time. He boasts that even when he's pulling a long goods train, he can still go very fast. And even decides to prove it by challenging Murdoch to a race from the shunting yards to Vicarstown, and Murdoch agrees.

So once the two big engines are ready, they set off for Vicarstown. Both engines puff as fast as they could, but both are stopped at some points. Sometimes, Spencer has to stop to let another switch lines or pass him, and other times, Murdoch has to stop to deliver some of his goods to stations.

Soon, Spencer is the lead and nearly at Vicarstown. That makes him proud and he's so busy thinking about winning the race that he doesn't listen to Harvey's warning about a big puddle up ahead. He puffs straight through the puddle very fast and the fire in his firebox goes out.

Murdoch puffs up and decides to help Spencer by pushing him and his train through the puddle slowly. He then takes the two trains, as well as Spencer, all the way to Vicarstown, where Hiro takes Spencer's train on while the silver engine's firebox dries out. Spencer thanks Murdoch for his help and says that he wins. He also says that maybe being a goods engine isn't so bad after all, even though he still likes pulling coaches better.

Characters

  • Harvey
  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Hiro (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Murdoch in the CGI series.

Derek and the Suspension Bridge

Plot

Derek the Diesel enjoys working on the Island of Sodor. But when he first arrived, he had teething troubles and kept overheating. But Sir Topham Hatt soon fixed that by sending him to the works to have a new engine fitted in. Derek now works hard and doesn't overheat anymore, but sometimes, he can be a bit of a worrier.

One day, Derek is hurrying along the main line with a goods train. He had been delayed at Knapford Harbor and was trying to make up for lost time. He soon approaches the Sodor Suspension Bridge and doesn't see that the rails on the bridge had been buckled until it's too late. He comes off the rails and hangs over the hedge of the bridge. Derek becomes scared, but soon BoCo and Rocky arrive to rescue him.

The next day, the tracks on the bridge are repaired, but Derek is too scared to go on the bridge again. Later, he takes another goods train along the main line. But when he gets to the suspension bridge, he refuses to go on it and starts to reverse down the line. When Sir Topham Hatt hears the news, he tells Derek that if he won't cross the bridge, he must shunt around Knapford Yards and Knapford Harbor as he can't have engines that won't do work.

So now, BoCo has to take Derek's trains as well as his own. As Derek shunts around Knapford, he feels very sorry for himself. Thomas, Toby, Bear and even Duchess the Harbor Crane try to cheer Derek up, but it's no good. Derek wishes that he wasn't a scaredy engine.

About a week later, BoCo collects his and Derek's goods trains from the yards. This time, it's longer and heavier than usual. BoCo pulls so hard that he runs out of fuel near the suspension bridge. Sir Topham Hatt soon hears to the news and sends Derek to rescue BoCo.

Derek soon reaches BoCo, switches lines and is coupled up in front of BoCo. Derek knows that he has to cross the suspension bridge to get to Wellsworth. He slowly goes onto the bridge and moves slowly forwards. As he crosses it, Derek sees that the bridge is fine and even notices that the view is beautiful.

At Wellsworth, BoCo takes on more fuel and thanks Derek for rescuing him. Now, Derek isn't afraid of the suspension bridge, and it's now one of his favorite places on the island.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Bill and Ben
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Bear
  • Rocky
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Derek in the CGI series.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 5 episode, Double Teething Troubles.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 7 episode, The Old Bridge.

Samson, Trevor and the Trees

Plot

Trevor the Traction Engine has worked on the Island of Sodor for years. He remembers when he was saved from scrap by Edward and the Vicar, as well as when he first met Thomas. However, some engines like to tease him for being old, especially Samson.

One day, the old elm tree at Wellsworth is now old and unsafe and must be cut down. Trevor and Jem Cole are called to help after the tree cutter breaks down. They work hard to cut through the tree and it soon falls to the ground. Finally, Trevor and Jem cut the fallen elm into small pieces and drag them to a lorry to be taken away.

A few days later, strong winds sweep across the island. Samson boasts that wind is nothing to him. Later, he has to take some trucks to Knapford. As he crosses the viaduct, the bell, that had been fitted onto the viaduct, starts to ring, indicating that the wind is too strong for engines to cross. Fortunately, Samson makes it across safely. When he reaches Wellsworth, he comes across a signal set at danger. A tree is down across his track. However, the down line is clear. So he can get past the tree. But just as Samson starts to reverse, an extra fierce gust of wind tears a tree clean out of the ground and it falls right on top of the points.

Luckily, Trevor is nearby and he saws the fallen trees into smaller logs, then pulls them out of the way. Samson thanks Trevor, and continues on his way. Later, Samson meets up with Trevor again, and the traction engine tells Samson that that wasn't the first time he help cut up trees. And tells him about how he also helped cut down the old elm tree. After that, Samson decides that it's best not to tease Trevor about his age again.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Harvey
  • Samson
  • Sidney
  • Trevor
  • Jem Cole
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth
  • Thomas (does not speak)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Jem Cole's first speaking role in the CGI series, as well as the first appearances of the Vicar of Wellsworth and Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard in the CGI series.
  • This episode is based on the annual stories, Timber! and Trapped by Trees. Samson replaces Gordon in the latter story respectively.
  • The Season 2 episodes, Saved From Scrap and Thomas & Trevor are referenced.

The Christmas Parade

Plot

It's Christmastime on Sodor, and up at the Clay Pits, Marion is thinking up of ways to celebrate the Holiday season. She tells Bill, Ben and Timothy that one of her ideas is to have a parade from the Clay Pits to Wellsworth. Bill and Ben think that the idea is a bit silly, but Timothy thinks Marion should tell Sir Topham Hatt about it and see if he'll arrange one.

So later that day, Marion sees Sir Topham Hatt at Brendam Docks and tells him her idea. Sir Topham Hatt thinks a parade would be a good idea.

The next day, Sir Topham Hatt gathers all the engines who work on Edward's Branch Line at the docks and tells them about the parade. He mentions that they will be decorated with wreaths and lights and that the parade will be on Christmas Eve. All the engines are happy about it. Bill and Ben think that they might be chosen to lead it, but Sir Topham Hatt says that Marion will lead it since it was her idea. This makes the twins annoyed, but Timothy tells them that just because they aren't leading it doesn't mean no one will notice them, but Bill and Ben don't listen.

Soon, Christmas Eve comes and all the engines are ready for the parade. A guard blows his whistle, and the parade begins. As planned, Marion is in front, followed by Timothy, Edward, Bill, Ben, Donald, Douglas, BoCo, Derek, Salty and Porter. Marion, BoCo, Derek and Salty are decorated with wreaths while Timothy, Edward, Bill, Ben, Donald, Douglas and Porter are decorated with lights.

They parade through Brendam Docks where Cranky compliments on their decorations. Next they go past the Animal Park where children admire the wreaths. Then they go past Crocks Scrap Yard where Reg thinks the lights are very shiny. Then they go past the orchard where Trevor says that that is the best parade he had ever seen. Bill and Ben smile realizing that the parade had been fun after all.

Soon, the parade ends at Wellsworth where Thomas and Percy are waiting. The two tanks engines compliment on the decorations, but mention that their favorite ones are the lights on Bill and Ben. This makes the twins very happy. They realized that Timothy was right, just because they weren't leading didn't mean no one noticed. Bill and Ben say that they had so much fun that they want to do it again next year. Everyone laughs, blows their whistles and honks their horns.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Donald
  • Douglas
  • Bill
  • Ben
  • Porter
  • Timothy
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Salty
  • Marion
  • Trevor
  • Cranky
  • Reg
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Tara and the Nutcracker

Plot

One morning, a few weeks before Christmas, Tara is delivering some lights and ornaments for the Christmas tree at the Misty Island sheds. Tara tells Ferdinand that her most favorite Christmas decorations had always been nutcrackers, and wishes that Misty Island would have one. That gives Ferdinand an idea.

Later, he tells to Mr. Jones about his idea. He asks if there can be a model of a nutcracker on Misty Island. He also mentions that it can be a surprise gift for Tara since it's her first Christmas on Misty Island. Mr. Jones agrees.

So on Christmas Eve, Mr. Jones gives Tara some jobs to do away from Misty Island so they can built the nutcracker. Shortly after Tara leaves, Rosie arrives with the parts for the nutcracker, as well as Kelly and Rocky to help set it up. They all work together to get the nutcracker model finished by evening.

Meanwhile on Sodor, Tara is kept busy. She delivers some Jobi wood to Farmer McColl's farm so he can repair the roof on his barn. She also delivers gifts from Mr. Jones to Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and Sir Robert Norramby.

As the sun sets, Tara returns to Misty Island. When she arrives at the Logging Station, Mr. Jones tells her that there's a surprise for her at the sheds. When Tara arrives at the sheds, he sees the nutcracker. And Ferdinand, Bash, Dash, Rosie, Kelly and Rocky all call out "Merry Christmas!" to her. Then, Mr. Jones explains that Ferdinand told him about how she likes nutcracker and that they agreed to have one built as special gift for her since it was her first Christmas on Misty Island. Tara is so happy that she says that this is her best Christmas ever, and everyone cheers and whistles.

Characters

  • Rosie
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Rocky
  • Kelly
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • Mr. Percival
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Kelly in the CGI Series.
  • It is revealed that Mr. Gilbert Jones used to collect nutcrackers when he was younger.

Carter's New Years

Plot

Carter, the Class 40 Diesel, returns to Sodor to help organize a New Years Eve party at Knapford. This time, he's happy to return to Sodor. Carter decides that his New Years resolution will be to try to make more friends.

On the way to Knapford, Carter meets up with Spencer. Spencer tells Carter that he's going to the party at Knapford with the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, but he thinks no engine will want to be next to him at the party tonight. Carter offers Spencer to be by him at the party, and Spencer agrees.

Next, Carter meets up with Diesel, who feels sad because he thinks no one wants him at the party, but Carter says that Diesel can be with him at the party, which Diesel agrees.

Soon, Carter arrives at Knapford with the supplies for the party. And soon, the station is decorated and ready for the party.

Once all the engines have finished their days work, they go to Knapford for the party. Even Diesel arrives and pulls up next to Carter. Then Spencer arrives and puffs up in front of the two diesels, but he's surprised to see that he'll be next to Diesel, who never gotten on well with Spencer. But before Spencer and Diesel could start a big argument, Carter calms both of them down and tells them to at least try to get on. And before long, Spencer and Diesel, along with Carter, chat like old friends. Edward congratulates Carter for helping two engines become good friends, which makes Carter smile.

Later, Sir Topham Hatt and all the engines watch the clock waiting till midnight. When midnight comes, everyone calls out "Happy New Year!", and all the engines blow their whistles and honk their horns. They are all happy and look forward to the new year. But Carter is the most happiest of all. He had made more new friends, and even helped two engines become friends. Carter knows that he's going to enjoy the new year, especially with his friends on the Island of Sodor.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Ryan
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (do not speak)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • References to the Season 4 episode, Bowled Out, the Season 15 episode, Spencer the Grand and the Season 19 episode, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas are made.

Crossing Troubles

Plot

One day, Mavis is bringing trucks down from Ffarquhar Quarry when she sees a lorry at the crossing. The driver, who is new to Sodor and doesn't expect to see an engine, has his lorry turned over into a ditch when it collides with Mavis. Although the driver is unharmed, Mavis' cowcatcher is bent, and while she is being mended Toby is sent to work at the quarry, and Stanley looks after Toby's other work.

One frosty morning, about a week after Mavis' accident, Toby is going to the quarry. At the crossing, the earth has swelled over the rails, derailing Toby and creating two long ruts in the road nearby. With some quick thinking on the fireman's part Toby gets back on the rails, and his crew spread some of his ashes to prevent that incident from happening again. Sir Topham Hatt soon finds out, but all he says is that Toby should stick to the railway.

The next day, Mavis returns from the dieselworks and thanks Toby for covering for her. She's happy to be back at work.

Characters

  • Toby
  • Stanley
  • Mavis
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Paxton (does not speak)
  • Henrietta (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the stories, Mavis and the Lorry and Toby Takes the Road from the Railway Series book, Toby, Trucks and Trouble.

The Return of Brenda

Plot

Duck isn't feeling well. So he is sent to the steamworks to get better. But Sir Topham Hatt now needs another engine to help Oliver, Donald, Douglas and Rosie on the Little Western while Duck is away. So he decides to borrow one from the other railway. And the only one they can spare is Brenda, the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel.

Rosie remembered the trouble Brenda gave her the last time she came to Sodor, and is a bit worried about meeting her again. As Brenda arrives at the junction, she comes up behind Rosie and her trucks and give her a little bump. This makes Rosie cross, but Brenda states that that was meant to be a friendly bump, but Rosie doesn't think so. Fortunately for her, Oliver, Donald and Douglas arrive. They had heard about Brenda before and make it clear to her that they won't stand for any nonsense. Brenda replies saying that she understands.

Unfortunately for Brenda, the trucks had overheard the conversation between her and the steam engines. And it gives them an idea. The next day, Brenda is getting some trucks ready to be filled with ballast. As she shunts them, the truck in front of her makes a face to her. Brenda orders the truck to apologize. The truck does say sorry, but very rudely and makes a face to her again and all the other trucks laugh. This makes Brenda very cross and replies "I'll show you!". She doesn't take the trucks to the ballast hopper, but instead, pushes them hard down the line, going too fast. Then the trucks crash into some buffers, come off the rails and smash through a wall. Brenda then states "There's more where that came from!" to all the trucks in the yard.

Rosie arrives with Rocky to get the trucks back onto the rails. Sir Topham Hatt arrives as well, looking very cross. He tells Brenda that she'll be going back to the other railway, as soon as the arrangements are made. Rosie is now sure that Brenda hadn't really changed, but now Brenda starts to feel bad.

The next day, Bear is delivering a goods train along the Little Western when he has an oil leak on a hill. So Rosie has to take his next train, which is a passenger train with Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches.

As Rosie starts to climb the hill, her wheels slip on Bear's oil, and she and the slip coaches start to slip down the hill. They roll into a siding where Russell comes off the rails and into some mud.

When Brenda hears the news, she states that it serves Rosie right and refuses to help. But Douglas tells her that no job is more important than helping another engine. With no other choice, Brenda goes to help Rosie.

The workmen had sanded the rails when Brenda arrives, and they lay wooden boards down the help Russell back onto the rails. Then, Brenda digs her wheels into the sand and pulls hard. Rosie helps too, and, inch by inch, they pull Russell back onto the rails.

Rosie and the slip coaches thank Brenda for her help. And Brenda apologizes to Rosie for all the trouble she gave her. Now Rosie begins to feel sad that Brenda is leaving and asks Sir Topham Hatt to forgive her and also asks if Brenda can return to Sodor again in future. Sir Topham Hatt, delighted to see Rosie and Brenda as friends now, agrees. Now everyone hopes Brenda comes back to Sodor, and Brenda hopes so too.

Characters

  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Rosie
  • Bear
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel
  • Bert (small railway engine)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the book, Thomas and the Evil Diesel. Rosie replaces Thomas, Brenda the Diesel replaces Diesel, Duck replaces Percy, Oliver, Donald and Douglas replace Toby, Bear replaces Daisy and the Slip Coaches replace Annie and Clarabel respectively.

James, Annie and Clarabel

Plot

Thomas gets into a bad accident, and needs to go to the steamworks for repairs. Sir Topham Hatt asks James to cover for Thomas on his branch line. But Annie and Clarabel are a bit worried about working with James. Before Thomas was given his own branch line, the two coaches had worked with James, and he was rough with coaches back then. They even heard of the time he caused a leak in the brake-pipe of a coach, and it had to be repaired with a bootlace. They're worried James will bump them and cause a leak in their brake-pipe.

The next day, James collects Annie and Clarabel, and takes them to Knapford to pick up their passengers. Once the passengers have boarded, they set off up the branch line. James decides to start a conversation with Annie and Clarabel. The two coaches talk to him, but they're still suspicious about James. However, once they reach Ffarquhar, the three of them are chatting like old friends.

But on the way back, James has to stop so suddenly. Annie and Clarabel think James was trying to bump them, so they decide to bump him. They bump James hard, and push him off the rails. James tells them that he had to stop because Farmer McColl's cows are on the line. Annie and Clarabel feel embarrassed.

Soon, Farmer McColl and his sheepdog, Katie arrive and take the cows away. And Harvey arrives to lift James back onto the rails. When James, Annie and Clarabel arrive back at Knapford, Sir Topham Hatt is waiting for them. He tells James that passengers have complained about the accident and that some of them got hurt from it. Annie and Clarabel knew it was their fault. So they pluck up courage, and own up to James and Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt tells the coaches that if they bump James again and cause another accident, he'll assign another engine to work with them; maybe Diesel. Annie and Clarabel remembered what happened when they caused confusion and delay when they had to work with Daisy, and ended up working with Diesel the next day. And they don't dare to repeat their actions.

So for the rest of the week, Annie and Clarabel kept working with James. They don't cause anymore disturbances with James, and James doesn't do anything bad to them. He knows Thomas loves his coaches, and doesn't want anything bad happening to them. And when Thomas came back from the steamworks, he thanks James for looking after his coaches very well.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Harvey
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • Diesel (flashback; does not speak)
  • Daisy (flashback; does not speak)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 1 episode, James and the Coaches, as well as a flashback to the Season 20 episode, The Railcar and the Coaches. A reference to the special, The Adventure Begins is also made.
  • This wold be the second time James takes Annie and Clarabel. The first time being in the Season 11 episode, Thomas in Trouble.

Daisy's Express

Plot

Daisy is happy to be a diesel railcar and to carry passengers without pulling any coaches. Even though she sometimes needs some coaches on occasions that involve extra passengers.

One day, Sir Topham Hatt sends Gordon to the steamworks to be repainted, and asks Daisy to pull the express for him. At first, Daisy isn't sure what she thinks of this. But she soon begins to enjoy herself. She enjoyed pulling the express so much that she's disappointed when Gordon returns and she can go back to the Harwick Branch Line.

Daisy becomes depressed for the next few days. Ryan, Rex, Mike, Bert and even Oliver all try to make Daisy feel better, but nothing works. Daisy's depression starts to affect the railway. She arrives late at the stations, and she doesn't do extra work she's given.

Sir Topham Hatt decides to let Daisy work on the main line for a while to cheer her up. A few days later, Daisy is taking passengers along the main line when Gordon thunders by with the express. As he races ahead, there's a wheeshing sound coming from him. Gordon stops, and his crew tell him that he burst his safety value. Daisy stops, and asks Gordon if there was anything she could do to help. Gordon asks Daisy if she can take some of his passengers on board the express, as they need to catch a boat at Brendam Docks. And Daisy is happy to help.

Daisy hurries along the line. And makes it to Brendam just in time. The passengers thank Daisy for getting them to the docks on time, and tell her that she's a really useful engine. This makes Daisy smile for the rest of the day.

When Gordon is repaired, he thanks Daisy for her help. He also asks if Daisy ever wants to pull the express again, but Daisy is happy to be a diesel railcar working on the Harwick Branch Line.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Oliver
  • Ryan
  • Daisy
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Bert
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Naughty or Nice?

Plot

Bash and Dash are twins who work on Misty Island. They are hard working, but they also tend to be wacky and mischievous at times.

One December morning, a week before Christmas, Bash and Dash wake up and start arguing about who should get fuel from the fuel depot first. Ferdinand tells them to stop, and that he will go first since he has to take a train of Jobi wood to Sodor. So Ferdinand is the first to take on more fuel. This makes Bash and Dash annoyed.

Later, Bash and Dash are racing each other to the Logging Station. When they arrive, they argue about who won. Tara tells them to stop it, as it's Christmas time and they shouldn't be arguing and causing trouble. And a voice calls out saying "I agree". It's Mr. Jones, the Controller of Misty Island. He tells Bash and Dash that they need to be nice around Christmas time or they may not get any presents on Christmas. Bash and Dash remain quiet for the rest of the day.

That night in the sheds, the twins talk about their behavior. They know they hadn't been 100 percent good in the past few years, as they had been naughty on a few occasions, like when they had a rivalry with Bill and Ben and when they had an argument with Tara when she first arrived on Misty Island. However, Bash and Dash want to prove that they can be nice, so they decide to be as nice as they can for the holiday season.

The next day, Bash and Dash do their best to be nice to everyone. They let Ferdinand and Tara take on fuel before them. And they don't race each other around the island. Everyone's glad Bash and Dash are behaving well, but some suspect that there maybe trouble later on.

Later, Tara is puffing off to the sheds when she hears a crash. She tries to find what made the crash. And she finds Bash and Dash nearby some derailed trucks. Tara thinks the twins caused the accident, and hurries off to find Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones hears about the accident, he demands to know how it happened. The trucks tells him that Bash and Dash didn't cause the accident, they did. They broke away from the twins to have some fun. Tara and Mr. Jones both apologize to the twins for accusing them.

Soon, Rocky arrives to lift the trucks back onto the tracks. And later, Bash and Dash tell the trucks that no one is perfect, but they should be nice around Christmas time. And the trucks promise to be good every Christmas season, and so do Bash and Dash.

Characters

  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Bill and Ben (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

Breakdown Cranes

Plot

One day, some new workmen ask Sir Topham Hatt if the North-Western Railway really needs three breakdown cranes, Jerome, Judy and Rocky. Sir Topham Hatt tells them that it's safer to have more than two breakdown cranes. Then a call comes in the yard saying that Henry came off the rails near Maron. So James takes Jerome and Judy there, while Stanley takes Rocky. But on the way, Stanley and Rocky are stopped by some pigs on the line. And by the time Farmer Trotter arrives and takes his pigs away, Jerome and Judy had almost finished clearing the accident. Making Rocky feel upset.

About a week later, another call comes in the Search and Rescue Centre saying that BoCo crashed into a field near Kellsthorpe Road. This time, Molly takes Rocky to clear the mess. But by the time they get there, Jerome and Judy had already started to clear the mess. Rocky asks if they need help, but Jerome and Judy reply that they can manage. Now Rocky starts to think that the railway doesn't really need three breakdown cranes.

But a few days later, another call comes in the Search and Rescue Centre saying that Sidney came off the rails. Rocky suggests that they get Jerome and Judy to clear the mess, but Harold says they're on the other side of the island and don't have time to clear the accident. So Rosie takes Rocky to Sidney. Rocky lifts Sidney onto a flatbed. And once the trucks are cleared away, Rocky and Rosie take Sidney to the Dieselworks. On the way, Rocky says that he now thinks the railway really does need three breakdown cranes.

Characters

  • Henry
  • James
  • Molly
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • BoCo
  • Sidney
  • Rocky
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Harold
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer Trotter
  • Den (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Belle (cameo)
  • Flynn (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 17 episode, Too Many Fire Engines.

Derek, Alaric and the Tree Search

Plot

The Culdee Fell engines want a Christmas tree put up by their sheds. Alaric offers to collect one and asks Derek to take him around the island to find one.

Thomas suggests they find a tree on Misty Island. Alaric is willing to go, but Derek is worried about going. He's never been to Misty Island before and heard it's a strange place.

Derek is so worried about going to Misty Island for the first time that he races around the island very fast and causes Alaric to not be able to search for trees, which makes him upset. Then Derek gets switched into a siding and bumps into some buffers. No one is hurt, but Alaric is still upset.

Then, Bash, Dash, Ferdinand and Tara arrive and asks Derek and Alaric for some help. Alaric agrees and so does Derek, who's happy to travel along with other engines by him. So the logging locos help Derek and Alaric find a tree. Derek and Alaric thank them and head back to Sodor.

When they arrive at Kirk Machan, all the Culdee Fell engines thank Alaric and Derek. And once the tree is decorated, the Culdee Fell engines think it's the best Christmas tree they've ever seen and they all sing the song, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Derek
  • Ernest
  • Wilfred
  • Culdee
  • Shane Dooiney
  • Patrick (mountain engine)
  • Alaric
  • Eric
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Belle (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 16 episode, The Christmas Tree Express.

Thomas and the Bad Word

Plot

One day, Thomas is collecting trucks of stone at Ffarquhar Quarry when he hears Arry and Bert arguing about an accident they had yesterday. Arry even calls Bert a "fathead". Thomas had never heard that word before and wants to know what it means. So he asks Arry and Bert about it. This gives Arry and Bert an idea. They trick Thomas into thinking that fathead is a kind name everyone likes to call their friends, and Thomas believes them.

Later, when Thomas is delivering his stone train to Knapford Harbor, he passes Gordon. Gordon calls out "Hello" to Thomas, and Thomas replies "Hello Fathead". Gordon becomes so surprise that he screeches to a stop and bumps his passengers.

When Thomas reaches the harbor, he sees Molly and Duchess the Harbor Crane. They say hello to Thomas and say that it's a lovely day. And Thomas replies "It sure is fatheads". This makes Molly and Duchess feel hurt, but Thomas doesn't know.

He then collects Annie and Clarabel at Knapford station. Sir Topham Hatt is there talking to Percy. Thomas calls out "Hello fatheads" to Annie, Clarabel, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt. Percy, Annie and Clarabel are very surprised by what Thomas had said. And Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with Thomas, and tells him that fathead is not a nice word to say. Thomas apologizes and explains that he didn't know and that Arry and Bert taught him that word.

Just then, Arry and Bert arrive at Knapford with a goods train. Sir Topham Hatt speaks severely to Arry and Bert and punishes them for tricking Thomas by giving them shunting duties for a month. Arry and Bert then leaving Knapford, arguing with each other again.

That evening, Thomas apologizes to Gordon, Molly and Duchess for calling them fatheads and promises to never call them that again. Gordon, Molly and Duchess forgive Thomas, and are happy to keep being friends with him.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Molly
  • Arry and Bert
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)

Jerry the Old Stuck-Up

Plot

Some diesels on the Island of Sodor are friendly, while some are not-so-friendly, especially some diesels from the mainland.

One day, a new diesel named Jerry comes to visit Sodor for a few days. Sir Topham Hatt asks Bear to show Jerry around.

At first, Jerry seems like a nice diesel. But when he arrives at Knapford Sheds and notices that he is to share the shed with steam engines, he insults them and refuses to stay in the sheds, leading Spencer to nickname him "Old Stuck-Up" while Bear sighs remembering when he had this sort of problem before with another diesel.

Jerry sleeps outside the shed, and, when he wakes up the next day, remembers he has to refuel and be cleaned. In the part of the shed where Bear sleeps is a cleaning stop. Jerry decides to use it, but goes forward too quickly, slips on the oily rails and crashes into the back of the shed.

Hank helps clear the mess and takes Jerry to the dieselworks to be repaired. Once Jerry is repaired, he's sent back to the mainland.

That evening, Hank tells the other engines all about it. Murdoch then asks Bear what it was that Sir Topham Hatt calls him. Bear replies, "Versatile. But that's not what he called Jerry. I couldn't hear all he said, but I didn't think it sounded very polite".

Characters

  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Hank
  • Bear
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel (laughter only; not named)
  • Diesel (does not speak)
  • BoCo (does not speak)
  • Mavis (does not speak)
  • Arry and Bert (does not speak)
  • Salty (does not speak)
  • Paxton (does not speak)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Diesel 10 (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Spamcan/D199 (indirectly mentioned)

New Character

  • Jerry/Old Stuck-Up

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story, Old Stuck-Up from the Railway Series book, James and the Diesel Engines. Bear replaces BoCo, Spencer replaces James, Murdoch replaces Henry and Hank replaces Douglas respectively.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Hank in the CGI Series.
  • A reference to Super Rescue is made.

Fire-Engine

Plot

During a discussion about paint one night, Henry remarks he is thankful he doesn't look like a fire-engine, like James and Flynn, but James makes a crafty rejoinder and the joke turns to Henry. Henry, furious, broods over paying James out and bangs around so much the coupling on his tender breaks, with the movement knocking part of Henry's fire onto the line. Edward comes to take Henry's train and Flynn puts out the fire. Later on, Edward tells the other engine about it. James notes that Henry has never made comments about fire engines since.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Flynn
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Mavis (mentioned)
  • Flying Scotsman (mentioned)
  • Gordon's Brothers (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, James and the Diesel Engines.
  • This would be the first time Gordon's brothers are mentioned in the TV series.

Crossed Lines and Deep Freezes

Plot

Roger, the Foreign Engine, has never really liked diesels, and often complains about them to the other engines, making them fed up.

Roger becomes worse than ever when he has to take a goods train one misty day. He has to whistle to alert the signalman to switch the points, but Hiro whistles first and, because their whistles sound similar, the signalman thinks its Roger and switches the points as a wellwagon is going over them, causing it to go sideways into a signal.

Later, as Rocky is clearing the mess, Hiro and the signalman both apologize for the accident, but Roger still feels silly.

About a week later, the weather gets colder. Roger takes on too much water at Wellsworth and his injector fails. Norman comes to the rescue, and although Roger feels humiliated at first, he quickly befriends Norman and has since never made fun of diesels.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Duck
  • Donald
  • Hiro
  • Roger the Foreign Engine
  • Norman
  • Victor
  • Murdoch (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Edward (mentioned)
  • Toby (mentioned)
  • Douglas (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the Railway Series stories, Crossed Lines and Deep Freeze from the Railway Series book, James and the Diesel Engines. Roger the Foreign Engine replaces James and Norman replaces the Works Diesel respectively.

Sidney's Lucky Trucks

Plot

Sidney is a blue diesel engine who works on the Island of Sodor. He's very kind and a hard worker, but he sometimes forgets a few things.

One autumn day, Sidney is at the shunting yard picking up some red trucks for his deliveries. James teases Sidney that his trucks are lucky because they are red like him. Sidney wonders if the trucks can really bring good luck.

As Sidney does his work that day, he's on time with all his deliveries. And he doesn't run into any trouble at all. Sidney starts to think that the trucks he's using really are lucky, and even tells this to Ernest and Culdee. That night, Sidney goes to sleep hoping to use the trucks again tomorrow and have another good day.

But the next day, when Sidney arrives to pick up the trucks, he can't remember what color they were. So he picks up some blue trucks thinking they are the ones he used yesterday.

Sidney does his work well and has another good day. But that evening, he meets up with James. Sidney tells James that he was right about the trucks being lucky. But James tells Sidney that the trucks he used yesterday were red, not blue. Now Sidney wonders where the red trucks and how he had a good day without them.

Just then, Paxton arrives with the red trucks, and he explains that he used them for his stone delivery from the Blue Mountain Quarry to Brendam Docks. James also admits that he was just teasing Sidney about the red trucks being lucky. Sidney realizes that he doesn't need certain trucks to help him with his jobs. He just needs to work hard and be on time.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Arthur
  • Ryan
  • Paxton
  • Sidney
  • Ernest
  • Culdee
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 11 episode, Henry's Lucky Day and the Season 17 episode, Percy's Lucky Day.

The Troublesome Coach

Plot

One morning, Sir Topham Hatt tells the engines that a new coach has arrived on Sodor; a yellow branch line coach named Gina.

Thomas is the first engine to use Gina. As he, Annie and Clarabel collect her for their first run, Thomas says "Good morning" to her. But Gina replies very rudely to him, making Thomas, Annie and Clarabel surprised. Annie and Clarabel don't want to work with her, but they know that they have to.

Thomas hopes Gina feels better as they travel along. But throughout most of their journey, Gina complains and grumbles loudly. Then, when they come to a broken bit of track, Gina bumps Thomas right off the rails. Thomas is surprised as he's never met a coach that was so troublesome.

Harvey soon arrives to lift Thomas back onto the rails. But, by the time Thomas finishes his run, he's very late, Annie and Clarabel are very cross and tell Gina off for bumping Thomas. But Gina doesn't listen.

Next, it's Percy's turn to use Gina for a passenger run. As he travels along, Gina holds him back, causing Percy to puff slow. It even causes the coupling between Percy and Gina to break, which causes even more delay. Gina even tells Percy that he doesn't work hard enough.

When Percy finishes his run, Sir Topham Hatt is very cross. Gina immediately blames Percy for the delay. And when Percy tries to explain what really happened, Sir Topham Hatt refuses to listen, and punishes Percy by having him stay in the shed for the rest of the day.

That night, Thomas and Percy tell the other engines all about Gina. Gordon tells them that they should teach that rude coach a lesson, and even gives them an idea.

The next morning, Gordon takes Gina along with him on his express run. As they start their journey, Gina starts to tease Gordon by saying that he can't go very fast at all. Gordon replies "We'll see about that!" and starts to pick up speed, and races along the line as fast as he can.

When they finally stop at Crovan's Gate Station, Gina says that she feels giddy after that run and doesn't want anymore of it. Gordon replies asking her if she now knows what hard work is like. Gina replies with a yes. So she's uncoupled from the express, and James takes her back to Knapford.

Later, Gina meets up with Thomas and Percy, and apologizes for being rude to her yesterday. She also tells Sir Topham Hatt what really happened. Sir Topham Hatt apologizes to Percy for what happened yesterday, and tells Gina that if she misbehaves again, she'll be sent away from Sodor. Gina promises to be a good coach from now on.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)

New Character

  • Gina the Yellow Coach

Notes/Trivia

  • Part of this episode is similar to the Season 1 episode, Thomas and Gordon.

Snow Problem

Plot

Ever since the opening of the Harwick Branch Line, Ryan and Daisy have enjoyed working on it. But there have been a few times where trouble has occurred on it.

One day, Daisy is a guaranteed connection with Oliver from The Little Western. While she's waiting, a snowfall comes to the island and delays some trains, including Oliver's.

Once Oliver arrives and his passengers climb aboard Daisy, the diesel rail-car sets off. Daisy is unconcerned about the snow, but the snowdrifts are too much for Daisy and she has to go back. Unluckily, the snow blocks her air-intake and Harold has to take her passengers to Arlesburgh, but he cannot do anything for Daisy. She is left stranded for a week until the snow melts enough to allow Ryan to rescue her, and by that point Daisy has a very different opinion about snow.

Later on, Daisy meets up with Oliver again. Oliver tries to make Daisy feel better by telling her about the time he crashed into a snowman had to stay where he was overnight, and how the children saw the good side to his accident. Daisy does feel better, but she still doesn't like snow.

Characters

  • Oliver
  • Ryan
  • Daisy
  • Harold
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Skiff (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas Comes Home. Oliver replaces Gordon respectively.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 7 episode, Snow Engine. Also, a reference to the special, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure is made.

Skiff Gets Lost

Plot

Skiff the Railboat enjoys giving railboat tours to visitors around Arlesburgh Harbor. And he also loves to have an adventure.

One day, Skiff is asked to give Lady Hatt a railtour, which he agrees to do so. Skiff travels around the harbor, and Lady Hatt enjoys the tour. But Skiff wants it to be more exciting. So he decides to take her in the water for a bit. He goes off the rails and into the water, and travels along in the sea. But before they can return safely to the land, the wind blows into Skiff's sails and carries them further away from Sodor.

When Sir Topham Hatt hears the news, he sends Harold and Captain to search for them. Meanwhile, Skiff and Lady Hatt try to find their way back, but they can't seem to find any land. Soon, Harold finds them and tells Captain, who helps them back to Sodor.

When they arrive at Arlesburgh Harbor, Ryan pulls them out of the water. Sir Topham Hatt is also there. Skiff apologizes for getting him and Lady Hatt lost, and explains that he just wanted to make the tour more exciting. Sir Topham Hatt forgives him, as he's happy that both of them are safe. Lady Hatt says that despite getting lost, she had a good time with Skiff. And Skiff says that maybe he should just stay on the rails when giving tours from now on.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Ryan
  • Skiff
  • Harold
  • Captain
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Belle (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Flynn (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Sailor John (mentioned)

Rosie and Millie

Plot

One day, Millie is sent to help out on the Skarloey Railway. She takes a load of gravel from the Blue Mountain Quarry to the Transfer Yards. At the Transfer Yards, Millie meets Rosie for the first time. While the gravel is being loaded into Rosie's trucks, the two engines have a friendly talk. Once her trucks are loaded, Rosie has to leave, but she promises Millie she'll come and see her again at the Ulfstead Castle.

Within the next few days, Rosie is able switch jobs with an engine going to Ulfstead Castle. One day, she switches jobs with Thomas. The next day, she switches jobs with Edward. And another day, she switches jobs with Emily. And Rosie is able to see her new friend, Millie every time. Millie enjoys spending time with Rosie, and likes to think of her as sister figure.

But then one day, Rosie doesn't come to the castle. Millie is upset, but she hopes Rosie will come the next day. But in the next few days, Rosie doesn't show up at the castle at all. Stephen, Glynn and even the Earl try to cheer Millie up, but it's no use.

Then one day, Millie is helping the groundsman around the estate railway. She's heading up the Dinosaur Park when she runs over some broken points and comes off the rails. The groundsman goes to tell Sir Robert. And then, much to Millie's surprise, Rosie comes to her rescue. Millie thanks Rosie and asks why she hasn't come to the castle in the past few days. Rosie explains that she had an accident, and had to go to the steamworks for repairs. But this time, it's Millie, who needs to go to the steamworks, but only for minor repairs. And Rosie takes her there.

After that, Rosie tries to visit Millie at the castle as often as she can. And Millie knows that if Rosie doesn't come to the castle, it's either because she's too busy or is at the steamworks. And the two engines are best friends.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Emily
  • Rosie
  • Stephen
  • Glynn
  • Skarloey
  • Sir Handel
  • Luke
  • Millie
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Merrick (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)

Sir Topham Hatt Who? (Double-Length Episode)

Assistant Writer

Plot

Part One

One day, Sir Topham Hatt is at Ffarquhar Quarry having a meeting with the quarry manager. Once the meeting is over, he starts to head for his car. But accidentally trips over, and rock falls on him hitting his head so hard that he gets knocked out.

When he wakes up, he has amnesia and can't remember anything. Thomas, who's picking up some trucks of stone, offers to take him around the island with him. He tells Sir Topham Hatt that he's the number 1 blue engine on the railway and that Sir Topham Hatt gave him his own branch line, showing a flashback to The Adventure Begins.

They first go to Ffarquhar Sheds where they meet Annie and Clarabel, who tell Sir Topham Hatt that they've worked with Thomas on his branch line for years. Then Thomas takes Sir Topham Hatt to Brendam Docks.

When Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt arrive at Brendam Docks, they meet Edward. Thomas explains about Sir Topham Hatt to him, and Edward tells Sir Topham Hatt that he's the number 2 engine on the railway, and that he's old, but still a really useful engine, and he tells him about the time he and Thomas played a trick on Gordon to teach him that Edward was still really useful, showing a flashback to Old Reliable Edward.

At Knapford, Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt meet Percy and Dowager Hatt. When they hear what happened to Sir Topham Hatt, Percy explains that he's the number 6 green engine on the railway, and that he's a hard worker who never gives up, like the time he saved a calliope from being scrapped, showing a flashback to Percy and the Calliope. Dowager Hatt also explains that she's Sir Topham Hatt's mother, and asks him if he remembers the time she had a party for some guests on Sodor, showing a flashback to Express Coming Through. Sir Topham Hatt then says that he's starting to remember a little bit, but he still doesn't remember everything.

Part Two

Later, Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt meet up with Gordon, Henry and James at Tidmouth Sheds. Thomas explains about Sir Topham Hatt to them, and the big engines are happy to help. Gordon tells Sir Topham Hatt about the time he had to deliver coal in the winter, but kept getting into some trouble, showing a flashback to Snow Tracks. Henry tells Sir Topham Hatt about the time he tried to keep the island safe from accidents only to cause even more confusion and delay, showing a flashback to Henry's Health and Safety. And James tells Sir Topham Hatt about the time he had to pull the flying kipper for Henry one night after he got the green engine into trouble, showing a flashback to The Smelly Kipper.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas that he's remembering more now, but still doesn't remember everything. Then they meet up Toby and Emily at Knapford Harbor. Toby tells Sir Topham Hatt about the time he got over his fear of Knapford Junction, showing a flashback to Signals Crossed. And Emily tells Sir Topham Hatt about the time she had to deliver a giant globe to the Animal Park, but it got loose and rolled around the island, showing a flashback to Emily Saves the World.

Then, Duchess the Green Harbor Crane accidentally drops a crate of fish on Sir Topham Hatt, causing him to get knocked out again. When Sir Topham Hatt wakes up, he has his memory back, and tells everyone that he seemed to have a dream. Thomas tells Sir Topham Hatt what had happened at the quarry and what he had been doing all day. Sir Topham Hatt thanks Thomas, and says that he's a really useful engine. Duchess then apologizes for dropping the crate on him, but Sir Topham Hatt thanks her for doing it since it helped get his memory back. Sir Topham Hatt's assistants then show up and take Sir Topham Hatt home in his car.

Characters

Part One

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Dowager Hatt
  • Gordon (flashback)
  • Diesel (flashback; does not speak)
  • The Duchess of Boxford (flashback; does not speak)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Henry (flashback; cameo)
  • Toby (flashback; cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (flashback; cameo)
  • The Duke of Boxford (flashback; cameo)
  • James (mentioned)

Part Two

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Topham Hatt's Assistants
  • Porter (flashback)
  • Percy (flashback; does not speak)
  • Victor (flashback; does not speak)
  • Henrietta (flashback; does not speak)
  • Rocky (flashback; does not speak)
  • Cranky (flashback; does not speak)
  • Captain (flashback; does not speak)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Edward (flashback; cameo)
  • Hiro (flashback; cameo)
  • Salty (flashback; cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (flashback; cameo)
  • Kevin (flashback; cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This would be the second double-length episode in the series. The first being the Season 19 episode, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas. Unlike that episode, however, there would be a TO BE CONTINUED title card at the end of the first part of this episode when it airs on TV.
  • This episode was inspired by the Shining Time Station episode, Stacy Forgets Her Name.
  • The episodes/specials used as flashbacks are The Adventure Begins, Old Reliable Edward, Percy and the Calliope, Express Coming Through, Snow Tracks, Henry's Health and Safety, The Smelly Kipper, Signals Crossed and Emily Saves the World.
    • In the flashback to Signals Crossed, John Hasler redid one of Thomas' dialogue in the UK, and Joseph May redid it in the US.

Percy's Valentine's Day

Plot

Percy is excited about the Valentine's Day party at Vicarstown. But a blizzard strikes Sodor, and Thomas is snowed in at Brendam Docks. Percy, Edward, Duck, Donald and Douglas help clear the lines, and Percy ends up clearing the most tracks. Soon, the day of the party arrives. All the children bring Valentines to the engines and Percy gets the most.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Emily
  • Porter
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the book, Valentine's Day in Vicarstown.
  • This would be the first episode in the series to be Valentine's Day-theme.

Stanley and the Top-Hat

Plot

It's the beginning of December on Sodor, and the engine soon get busy with extra jobs for Christmas. It also starts snowing on the island. Stanley really likes snow because snow is the same color as his boiler; white.

One day, Sir Topham Hatt asks Stanley to fill in for Percy on Thomas' branch line, due to the little green engine breaking down, and Stanley agrees.

Stanley's first job is to deliver coal along the branch line. As he puffs along, he sees some children playing in a field. They're building a snowman, but they don't have a hat for him. Stanley notices this and wants to help them, but he doesn't know where they can get a hat.

After Stanley delivers the coal, he, Thomas and Emily are to help get decorations for Ffarquhar Station. Thomas is to collect the garland, Emily is to collect the lights, and Stanley is to go to Misty Island and collect the Christmas tree.

Stanley puffs to Misty Island, collects the tree, and heads back to Ffarquhar. On his way back, a top-hat, that had been blowing in the wind, falls on his lamp iron. Stanley thinks the hat would be perfect for the children's snowman. So he asks his driver to make a quick stop at the field. At the field, Stanley's driver gives the children the top-hat, and the children thank Stanley.

But when Stanley arrives back at Ffarquhar, he notices that Sir Topham Hatt doesn't have his hat with him, and asks what happened to it. Sir Topham Hatt replies that the wind blew it off his head early. Stanley then begins to think that the top-hat that he found earlier might have been Sir Topham's. So he tells him about the hat he found and that he gave it to the children.

Stanley then takes Sir Topham Hatt to the field to show him the snowman. He then apologizes for giving his hat to children, but only because he didn't know it was Sir Topham's hat. Sir Topham Hatt forgives Stanley, and tells him that the children can keep his hat for the snowman and he'll buy another one for himself. That makes Stanley very happy, and he wishes the children and Sir Topham Hatt a Merry Christmas.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Emily
  • Stanley
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Bash (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 14 episode, Thomas and the Snowman Party.

Carter's Best Friend

Plot

Carter, the Class 40 Diesel, has gained the trust of several engines on the Island of Sodor on his past few visits on Sodor, but he has never had a best friend on Sodor.

One summer day, Carter is at the shunting yards dropping off some trucks. While there, he meets Derek, who looks worried. Derek tells Carter that he has a lot of jobs to do today. He has to pick up china clay from the clay pits, and take them to the docks. But that will make him late with his next job, which is to deliver diesel fuel to all the diesel refueling areas around Sodor. Carter offers to help by delivering the diesel fuel for Derek, which makes the latter feel better.

So Carter delivers fuel to all the diesel refueling areas around the railway. Later, he meets up with Derek again at Knapford Harbor. Derek thanks Carter for helping him, as it saved him some time. He also tells Carter that he owes the class 40 one. But Carter isn't sure how Derek can repay him.

A few days later, Sir Topham Hatt asks Carter to deliver some flatbeds of iron girders from the Smelter's Yard to Brendam Docks. His train is long and heavy, but Carter is determined to deliver them to the harbor.

When he gets to Gordon's Hill, he charges up the hill as fast as he can. He makes it over to the other side. But as he reaches the bottom of the hill, he breaks down and is unable to move.

However, Derek arrives a few minutes later. Carter tells Derek about his predicament, and Derek is happy to help Carter. Derek changes tracks, buffers up behind Carter's train and pushes it all the way to the docks, where they arrive just in time.

Derek then helps Carter to the dieselworks to be repaired. Carter thanks Derek for helping him, and also asks him to be his best friend, which Derek agrees. And now the two diesels are always happy to see each other, and help each other whenever they can.

Characters

  • BoCo
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel
  • Derek
  • Salty
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This would be the first episode in the series where the only engines that appear on-screen are diesels.

Bad Days for Gordon

Plot

One day, Gordon feels "stuffed up" and sneezes at Wellsworth, unfortunately spraying soot onto a party of wedding guests. Sir Topham Hatt delays a visit to the mainland to apologise to the guests, but to wait for another train to get home, when Gordon steams back past and some ashes fall onto his top hat. When Gordon gets home an inspector comes up with a message telling Gordon that he will be disciplined when Sir Topham Hatt returns.

The next day, Gordon, trying to make amends, is rushing at his hill when a firebar collapses. Thinking quickly, the driver tells the fireman to put a large piece of coal over the hole. Gordon manages to struggle to a loop, and BoCo comes to help. Sir Topham Hatt thanks BoCo and is about to say something to Gordon when he has to go to his train, leaving Gordon in suspense.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • BoCo
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the stories, Smokescreen and Fire Escape from The Railway Series book, Gordon the High-Speed Engine.

Gordon Proves His Point

Plot

Gordon is at Barrow-in-Furness when a porter asks him to take a train of enthusiasts up to Carlisle. Sir Topham Hatt gives his consent, and two powercars called Pip and Emma take the Express back to Tidmouth. James, who is taking a stopping train, is asked to help Pip and Emma after Pip breaks down. At Tidmouth, Sir Topham Hatt thanks James and asks him to make Pip and Emma feel welcome. When Gordon returns, Sir Topham Hatt forgives him for his smokescreen and tells him that the ashes came from an ashtray being emptied by a steward. Gordon takes the passengers home.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Douglas
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)

New Characters

  • Pip and Emma

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gordon the High-Speed Engine.

Bert and the Buffers

Plot

Arry and Bert, the Ironworks Diesel Twins, work around the Smelter's Yard, as well as the quarry. They usually work together, and they sometimes tease the steam engines on the railway.

One day, Arry is moving into a siding at the Smelter's Yard, but the rails are slippery with oil, and Arry ends up crashing into some buffers. No one is hurt, but Arry's buffers are damage and he needs to go to the dieselworks for some new ones.

Bert starts to feel jealous that Arry is getting new buffers, and he complains dreadfully to the other engines, which makes them annoyed.

When Arry returns from the dieselworks the next day, Bert is still complaining, and it makes Arry annoyed as well. So he decides to work away from his twin until he stops complaining.

A few days later, Bert is so cross that he doesn't look where he's going and rolls into the siding where workmen are just finishing painting the new buffers. Bert doesn't see the new buffers until it's too late. He crashes straight into the new buffers. The foreman angrily splashes some red paint onto Bert's nose, which Sir Topham Hatt says to leave there as two reminders; one to not let his jealousy get the better of him and one to always watch where he's going.

When Bert is repaired, he and Arry makeup, and they both promise to not be jealous of each other ever again.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Arry and Bert
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partially based on the story, Buffer Bashing from the Railway Series book, Thomas and his Friends. It is also similar to the Season 6 episode, Buffer Bother.

Happy Birthday, Sir Robert!

Plot

Sir Robert Norramby's birthday is coming up, and he is having a party at Ulfstead Castle. It's his first birthday since Glynn started to work on the Earl's estate, and the coffee pot wants to give him a very special gift.

Glynn is a very wise engine, and knows just what he wants to give Sir Robert. So he asks Sir Topham Hatt, and the workmen at the Cement Works to build a statue of the Earl. Sir Topham Hatt and the workmen think it's a fantastic idea.

On the day of the party, the statue is finished, and Glynn has to take it to the castle. But the statue is too heavy for him to move alone, and starts to worry that he won't make it to the castle alone. But then, he meets Thomas and Percy, who offer to help Glynn, making the coffee pot very happy.

The statue is covered up, and Thomas and Percy ask Glynn what is under the tarp. Glynn tells them that it's a statue, but he doesn't say what it's a statue of, as he doesn't want to spoil the surprise. Thomas says that this reminds him of the time he had to pick a statue from the docks, and thought it was of him. But it only turned out to be of the whole steam team and Sir Topham Hatt. Glynn chuckles, and tells Thomas that he can be assured that this statue is not of him.

They arrive at Ulfstead Castle right on time, and the party begins. First, Sir Robert Norramby opens his gifts from everyone. And he sees Glynn's gift last. When the Earl sees the statue of himself, he's amazed and tells Glynn that that is the best gift he's ever had, which makes Glynn feel like the happiest engine on Sodor.

The statue is put on display outside the entrance of Ulfstead Castle. And a photographer even takes a picture of it with Sir Robert and Glynn for the Earl's scrapbook.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Fergus
  • Stephen
  • Glynn
  • Duke
  • Millie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • The Photographer
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 9 episode, Thomas and the Statue is made.
  • The Earl's scrapbook at the end of the episode contains photos from the episodes, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas and Millie and the Volcano and one from the special, King of the Railway.

The Great Steamroller Race

Plot

One day, Buster is flattening some roads near Knapford. However, because there are a lot of roads to need repairs and flattening, another steamroller is called in to help Buster. The other steamroller is George, Buster's brother. Buster tries to be friendly to George, but the latter is rude to Buster, and calls him 'the slowest steamroller ever', especially after George manages to smooth out part of a road before Buster. Buster feels very upset until Kelly tells him that he should try standing up to George.

So Buster does so the next time George is rude to him. Buster says that he's just as fast as George. This gives George an idea. He challenges Buster to a race from Packard Yard to Knapford and back. Buster isn't sure about this. But after George calls him a scaredy roller, Buster excepts the challenge. So they agree to have it tomorrow morning.

That evening, Buster tells his friends about race. He also mentions that he's a bit nervous, as he thinks that if he loses, he'll let the Pack down. But Jack reminds Buster of the time he beat Max and Monty when they had their race at the Sodor Racetrack. Buster becomes more confident, and is determined to do his best.

So the next day, George arrives at the yards. And the two steamrollers get ready for their race. Patrick honks his horn to start the race, and George and Buster set off. George races ahead, determined to get far away from Buster. However, he's not being very careful. Buster, on the other hand, doesn't go as fast as George, but he manages to keep a look out for others on the road.

George arrives at Knapford Station, and starts to head back to the yard. He passes Buster on the way, and calls him a "slow coach". When Buster makes it to Knapford, he starts to head back to the yard as well, but still not going as fast as George. Meanwhile, George is getting close to the yard, he starts to laugh with joy. But then there's trouble, George is laughing so much that he doesn't see that there are ducks crossing the road. When George does notice them, he steers around the ducks, and drives into a ditch. George's driver is very cross with the green steamroller for not watching where he's going.

Then Buster arrives, and starts to laugh at George's predicament. But as Buster nears the yard, he decides to go back and help George out. When he arrives at George's ditch, chains are attached to the two steamrollers, and Buster pulls his hardest until George is out of the ditch. They then return to the yard together, and everyone cheers for Buster. Even Max and Monty are impressed by Buster's actions. George thanks Buster, and apologizes for teasing him before. Buster forgives George, but hopes he's never rude again. George decides to never be rude to other steamrollers again.

Characters

  • George
  • Nelson
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Oliver (Pack)
  • Max and Monty
  • Kelly
  • Byron
  • Ned
  • Isobella
  • Patrick
  • Buster
  • Miss Jenny
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Bulgy (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearances of Nelson, Byron, Ned, Isobella, Patrick, Buster and Miss Jenny in the CGI series.
  • A reference to the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, The Tortoise and the Hare is made.
  • It is revealed that George and Buster are brothers.

Sir Handel, Max and Monty

Plot

One day, Mr. Percival tells the Skarloey engines that a new station called "Summer Station" is to be built on their railway. He also tells them that the Sodor Construction Company will be helping them, and that they all need to work together to get the station ready by summertime.

Soon, the construction of the new station begins. Everyday, the pack members arrive to help with the building, and the narrow gauge engines take turns delivering supplies for the station. Mr. Percival and Miss Jenny are glad to see that the pack members and narrow gauge engines are working well together and that the new station is coming along nicely.

But, one morning, Sir Handel is delivering supplies for the new station when he sees Monty stuck on the line due to a flat tire. Sir Handel tries to stop, but the rails are slippery due to some overnight rain, and bumps into Monty. Monty and his twin, Max, both think Sir Handel did that on purpose and think he's a bad engine. They even complain about him to the other Pack members, which makes cross because they know that Sir Handel or any engine would never do bump into them on purpose.

A few days later, the station is almost complete, and Sir Handel has to deliver the last train of supplies. On his way to the new station, however, he notices that a big tree has fallen across the line and a road next to the line. He then hears Max and Monty's horns and can tell that they are coming down the same road. The two dump trucks are having a race to the new station, and are going very fast. Sir Handel whistles loudly to them and shouts at them to stop. Max and Monty slow down, but they think Sir Handel is trying to get them into trouble again. But when they round the curve, they see the tree on the road, and begin to feel grateful that Sir Handel warned them. They also begin to think that maybe he's not such a bad engine after all, and even apologize to him.

Soon, Summer Station is completed. And, Sir Handel gets to take the first passenger train to it, as an award for saving Max and Monty from an accident. As for Max and Monty, they are still a bit grumpy and rude, but they also try to show a friendly side as much as they can. And they now have a good friend in Sir Handel.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Duke
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Max and Monty
  • Kelly
  • Ned
  • Isobella
  • Mr. Percival
  • Miss Jenny
  • The Pack Foreman
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Nelson (cameo)
  • Oliver (Pack) (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)
  • Patrick (cameo)
  • Buster (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of the Pack Foreman in the CGI series.
  • The new station, Summer Station is based on a station with the same name from the magazine story, Peter Sam.

Philip and Misty Island

Plot

One day, Philip is on Misty Island collecting some flatbeds of jobi wood when Bash puffs up next to him. Philip challenges Bash to a race to the tunnel to Sodor, which Bash agrees. So, once Philip is ready to leave, they start the race.

Bash takes the lead. Philip does his best to keep up, but it's hard to build up speed while pulling four heavy flatbeds of jobi wood. Then, Bash sees a sharp curve ahead. So he slows down. But Philip thinks it's his chance to win. So he speeds up. Bash tries to warn Philip about the curve, but the little diesel doesn't listen, and his jobi wood falls off the flatbeds and onto the tracks. Unable to stop in time, Bash hits the logs and comes off the rails.

Dennis and Rocky arrive to help clear the mess. Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Gilbert Jones are both cross with Philip for causing the accident, and they both agree that, as punishment, Philip will help out on Misty Island until Bash is repaired, which makes Philip upset because he wants to be with his friends on Sodor.

That night, Philip tells Dash, Ferdinand and Tara all about the race and the accident. He also tells them that he's never been to Misty Island before and wishes to go back to Sodor. Dash, Ferdinand and Tara tell Philip that this will be a good opportunity for him to get to know Misty Island more.

The next morning, Philip has to arrange a train of jobi logs, hill logs and sea logs for Henry to take to Sodor. He first collects the hill logs. As he does so, he takes a look at the scenery around him and thinks the hills on Misty Island look nice.

Then Philip goes to the logging station where he gets to know a lot about Ol' Wheezy and Hee-Haw, who load the jobi logs onto Philip's train.

And lastly, Philip hurries over to the seashore to collect the sea logs. When Philip looks out to sea, he decides that the Misty Island Seashore is his most favorite place on Misty Island, and wishes he can come everyday to see it. He then takes the flatbeds of logs back to the logging station where Henry is waiting to collect his train. Philip shunts the flatbed towards Henry, and the big green engine puffs away.

That evening, Philip tells Dash, Ferdinand and Tara all about his day out, and decides that Misty Island is a very special place indeed, especially the seashore. That makes Dash, Ferdinand and Tara very happy, and are happy to call Philip their friend.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Dennis
  • Rocky
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones

Storytime with Philip

Plot

Philip had been working on Misty Island after causing Bash to have an accident. But before long, Bash is repaired and returns to Misty Island. And Philip returns to Sodor.

A few days afterwards, Sir Topham Hatt gives Philip the job of taking new books to the library for the children's storytime. This makes Philip very excited, and wishes he could stay for it. But he has other jobs to do after delivering the books.

First, Philip has to get some more diesel fuel. But Diesel, Salty and Derek are already ahead of him. So Philip has to wait.

Once he's gotten his fuel. Philip hurries over to Knapford to collect the trucks of books. He's in so much of a hurry that he doesn't wait for the books to be covered.

Philip hurries to get the books deliver on time. But he doesn't know that the signalman had left some points switched to a branch line. When Philip reaches the junction, he goes down the branch line, and away from the library. But Philip doesn't know this.

Then Philip comes across some bumpy tracks that need repairs. He starts to bump along. And before his driver could slow Philip down, the little diesel and his trucks come off the rails and crash into a field.

Then James comes along with Gina the Yellow Coach. Philip's driver flags the red engine down, and he and Philip explain what happened. But then, Philip has an idea. He asks James and Gina to bring the children to him, and have their storytime in the field. James thinks it's a good idea, and puffs away to collect the children.

James and Gina soon arrive back at the field with the children. The children each pick up a book, and start reading. Some children even read a story to Philip, which makes the little diesel happy. And while Philip is at the storytime, James, Thomas and Toby take turns looking after Philip's work.

At the end of the day, Rocky lifts Philip and the trucks back onto the rails. Philip explains everything to Sir Topham Hatt, who is happy to see that everyone had fun at the children's storytime. Philip is happy too; happy that he got to be at the storytime, even if it wasn't in the way he expected.

Characters

  • James
  • Diesel
  • Philip
  • Gina the Yellow Coach
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (does not speak)
  • Toby (does not speak)
  • Bash (does not speak)
  • Derek (does not speak)
  • Salty (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Dash (cameo)
  • Ferdinand (cameo)
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The title is a reference to Storytime with Thomas, a show that aired Thomas and Friends on Fox Family in 1999.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 13 episode, Time for a Story.

Steam Shovels

Plot

Marion, the Railway Steam Shovel, enjoys working at the Clay Pits with Bill, Ben and Timothy. And she's always happy to make a new friend.

One morning, Marion doesn't feel well. Workmen try to make her feel better, but it's no use. Sir Topham Hatt tells her that she'll need to go to the steamworks, and that he'll arrange for another steam shovel to work at the clay pits for her. But Marion worries that the steam shovel covering for her will do her work better, and that she'll be replaced at the clay pits.

Sir Topham Hatt asks Miss Jenny if she could spare Ned for a while, and she says that it would fine. So, Nelson takes Ned to the clay pits.

Ned proves to be a hard worker to Timothy. And even Bill and Ben are impressed by Ned, and decide to not tease him, even when he bumped into a few things.

Meanwhile, Marion is still at the steamworks, and asks Victor when she'll be ready to go. Victor tells her to just be patient, and that she'll be ready to go soon. Once Marion is better and ready to go, she makes her way back to the clay pits.

Back at the clay pits, Ned is still working hard by digging and loading trucks with china clay. Marion soon arrives and sees Ned working. She decides to go and introduce herself. She does so, and just as Ned introduces himself to her, he bumps into a quarry wall. A large piece of china clay is just about to hit Ned when Marion catches it with her shovel.

Ned thanks Marion, which makes the latter happy. But Marion still has one thing she wanted to ask him; if he was going to replace her at the clay pits. Ned tells her that he's not, especially since he's part of the Sodor Construction Company.

Then, Bill, Ben and Timothy arrive and they tell Marion that she is still the Clay Pits' steam shovel, which makes her very happy. Then, the five of them get back to work. Ned and Marion work together for the rest of the day.

That evening, it's time for Ned to return to Miss Jenny. Marion tells him that she hopes to see him again. Ned replies saying that if she ever needs an extra steam shovel helping her, he'll be happy to help.

Characters

  • Bill and Ben
  • Timothy
  • Marion
  • Victor
  • Ned
  • Nelson
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Miss Jenny
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Jack (cameo)
  • Alfie (cameo)

Porter Helps Out

Plot

Porter enjoys working at Brendam Docks with Salty, but he also wishes to get out more and see more of the island.

One day, Oliver gets into an accident on the Little Western, and Porter volunteers to cover for him, and Sir Topham Hatt agrees. Porter enjoys working on the Little Western with Duck, Donald, Douglas and Toad. And he even gets to meet the small railway engines, Rex, Mike and Bert.

But one day, a few days after Oliver's accident, Douglas gets delayed and Porter has to take his train along the main line. Porter is looking forward to it at first. However, he's not used to going a long way with a train. And soon, he begins to feel tired. And when he gets to Gordon's Hill, the trucks try to push him down the hill, but Porter manages to stop them using his brakes and some sand from his sandboxes. After that, the trucks realize that Porter is on to them and decide to not give him anymore trouble.

Porter soon reaches Vicarstown without any further incidents, and takes on coal and water before heading back to the Little Western.

The next day, Oliver returns from the steamworks. So Porter goes back to the docks. When he arrives, he finds Salty and Bill there. Bill explains that while Porter was away, he, Ben and Timothy have been taking turns working at the docks with Salty in Porter's absence. Porter thanks Bill, and Bill returns to the clay pits. And although he had a good time away from the docks, Porter is glad to be back.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Bill
  • Porter
  • Ryan
  • Salty
  • Bert
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Toad
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Ben (mentioned)
  • Timothy (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This would be the first episode where Bill appears without Ben, despite the fact that the latter is mentioned.

Frank the Small Diesel

Plot

A small diesel named Frank arrives on the Arlesdale Railway. Frank proves to be a hard worker, but he sometimes tended to be grumpy.

One morning, the Small Controller tells Bert, Rex and Mike that the Thin Clergyman has published a book about. Frank asks if he's in it, but the Small Controller tells him no, due to the Thin Clergyman not knowing about him. This makes Frank cross.

The next morning, Frank refuses to come out of the sheds, and he ends up running into the back of the sheds and cracking a shed support. And that makes the Small Controller cross.

Later, Frank redeems himself when Rex's steampipe leaks and he's unable to keep pulling his passenger train. The Small Controller is pleased, but doesn't want Frank to have to do all the rescue work and starts to think that they need another engine.

Characters

  • Donald
  • Bert
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • The Small Controller
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • The Thin Clergyman (mentioned)

New Character

  • Frank

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story, We Need Another Engine from the Railway Series book, Jock the New Engine.

Sticking Power

Plot

Bert is feeling under the weather; Rex and Mike are very unsympathetic. The problem is attributed to his tubes, but Bert cheers up when the fitter tells him that a new engine is being built. Bert makes good time, but when he starts again his coupling breaks. The driver has an idea and glues Bert to the coaches with glue. In the shed, Bert tells the others of his adventure and goes to sleep after teasing the others about not having "sticking-power".

Characters

  • Bert
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Frank (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Jock the New Engine.

Jock

Plot

Bert lets the others in on his secret. A few weeks later, the unnamed engine, who is ochre in colour, comes out for testing. When Douglas sees the engine, he recalls some engines in the Highlands with that colour who were called "Jocks". The engine is delighted, and the happy Small Controller christens the engine "Jock".

By the time the holiday months come again, Jock has proven his worth and becomes cocky, more so when he single-handedly moves a lorry's trailer into the yard. Next day, Mike is surprised to find Jock is double-heading with him due to popular demand. Mike has an idea, and his driver gradually shuts off steam, leaving Jock to do the work. At the Green, Mike's injector fails, giving Jock another reason to pull Mike. In the end, little time is lost, and Jock and Mike apologize for their antics.

Characters

  • Duck
  • Douglas
  • Bert
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Frank
  • The Small Controller
  • Ryan (cameo)

New Character

  • Jock

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the stories, Jock and Teamwork from the Railway Series book, Jock the New Engine.

Ryan's Mix-Up

Plot

Ryan enjoys working on the Harwick Branch Line with Daisy. He handles all the goods work while Daisy handles all the passengers.

One night, Ryan is getting ready for a night goods run when Sir Topham Hatt comes to see him. He tells Ryan that Daisy isn't feeling well and needed to go to the dieselworks, and that he has to do a job she was given for tomorrow; taking Mr. Gilbert Jones and his family to Arlesburgh Harbor for one of Skiff's railboat tours. Ryan is sure he can do that and the goods service without any problems.

However, Ryan's night train runs late due to signal problems that night. When he finishes his run the next morning, he's very tired and starts to have trouble remembering his jobs.

Ryan collects Mr. Jones and his family at Knapford, and heads up to his branch line. After Ryan drops them off, he is to collect ballast from the Arlesdale Railway. However, he arrives at the Arlesdale Railway, and tells the Jones family that it's their stop. So, Mr. Jones and his family get off, a bit puzzled.

Then Ryan picks up some trucks and heads to the harbor. He says that he's here to pick up ballast, but Skiff tells him that there is no ballast for him to collect. That's when Ryan realizes his mistake.

He hurries back to the Arlesdale Railway, but Mr. Jones and his family are not there. Ryan starts to feel very bad about his mistake, and worries about what Mr. Jones will say.

It's not till later when Ryan finally sees the Jones family again. He apologizes for his mistake, but Mr. Jones is not cross, as he and his family had a great time traveling on the Arlesdale Railway on Jock's train. This makes Ryan relieved.

Ryan takes the Jones family back to Knapford, and they thank Ryan before catching Derek's train to Misty Island. Then Daisy arrives feeling much better. She asks Ryan how his day was, and Ryan tells her all about it, as they head back to their branch line.

Characters

  • Ryan
  • Daisy
  • Skiff
  • Frank
  • Jock
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Derek (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Rex (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)

New Characters

  • Mrs. Jones (Mr. Gilbert Jones' wife)
  • Adam, Bonnie and Chip Jones (Mr. Gilbert Jones' children)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode uses elements from the Season 8 episode, Chickens to School and the Season 10 episode, Which Way Now?.

Rosie's Fear

Plot

Rosie likes to travel all around the North-Western Railway, but she's always been afraid of the whistling woods, and hopes she never has to go through them.

One night, Rosie stays at Tidmouth Sheds. She tells the other engines that Henry is away on the mainland, and that Sir Topham Hatt said she could stay at Tidmouth Sheds for the night. The other engines don’t mind, as Rosie is their friend and they don’t get much of a chance to talk to her. Rosie and the other engines talk until they all fall asleep.

The next morning, Sir Topham Hatt arrives to give the engines their jobs for the day. He tells Rosie to deliver some coal to Ulfstead Castle. He also says that she needs to go through the whistling woods, due to the other track to the castle needing some repairs. This makes Rosie feel terrified, but she knows what it means to be a really useful engines. So she doesn’t argue. Sir Topham Hatt also tells Thomas that he is to take the workmen to the damaged tracks. Thomas replies with “Yes, sir”, and puffs out of the sheds. Then Rosie puffs slowly out of the sheds, feeling scared.

Rosie collects the trucks of coal from Knapford Harbor, and heads to the whistling wood junction. At the junction, she meets up with Thomas. Thomas notices that Rosie looks worried, and asks what’s wrong. But Rosie replies with “Nothing. I’m fine”. So when her signal changes to green, Rosie puffs off into the whistling woods.

Rosie tries to be brave while going through the woods, but she keeps hearing noises that seem strange to her. She becomes so scared that she races out of the woods, and into a siding where she hits the buffers, and coal spills out from the trucks.

Thomas heard the sound, and puffs away to find out what it was. Near the junction, he finds Rosie in the siding. Thomas asks her if she’s sure everything’s fine. And that’s when Rosie realizes she needs to be honest. So, she tells Thomas that she’s always been afraid of the whistling woods, and was just scared while puffing through them. Thomas then offers to puff through the woods with her, which makes Rosie happy.

So, once the coal had been put back into the trucks, Thomas and Rosie puff into the woods together. Rosie then finds out what the noises that scared her really were. They turn out to be the waterfall, two owls, two foxes and the wind. Rosie realizes that she actually does like the whistling woods, and she smiles all the way to Ulfstead Castle.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Rosie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 14 episode, Toby and the Whistling Woods.
  • The mention of Henry on the mainland foreshadows "Henry, Caitlin and the Race".

The Black Loch Route

Plot

One morning, James and Emily are asked to run the Black Loch route for the day. Emily is delighted travel along it. However, James teases her about the time she first travel on it, and didn’t like. Emily reminds him that he didn’t like it at first either, but James doesn’t listen.

Emily enjoys taking the passengers along the Black Loch route, and getting to see the seals. And even James admits that he’s enjoying it as well. However, on Emily’s second trip on the line, she sees that a rockslide has fallen on the line. She starts to reverse back to the nearest station when James puffs and starts to tease Emily about being afraid of Black Loch again. But Emily warns him about the rockslide, and, sure enough, James sees it and stops just in time.

Before long, Harvey and Rocky arrive to clear the tracks. And Emily and James are able to continue on their way.

That evening, on their way home, James and Emily decide to stop to watch the seals for a few minutes. James apologizes to Emily, and admits that she is a really brave and useful engine before they head home.

Characters

  • Edward
  • James
  • Harvey
  • Emily
  • Rocky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode takes place during the fan-made episode, “Rosie’s Fear”. The hint to this is Rosie being at Tidmouth Sheds instead of Henry.
  • A reference to the Season 8 episode, Emily’s New Route is made.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Black Loch in the CGI series.

Gordon, Molly and the Express

Plot

One morning, Gordon puffs into Knapford to pull the express. He notices Molly is already there coupled to the express. Gordon asks her what she's doing with the express, but, before Molly could reply, Sir Topham Hatt answers Gordon's question. He tells him that the express has had to be extra long today due to a lot of passengers coming to Sodor this summer, and Molly is to double head the express with Gordon. Gordon, who is surprised by this news tries to convince Sir Topham Hatt that he can pull the express all by himself and maybe Molly could do another job, like making deliveries to Ulfstead Castle or running the Black Loch Route. Sir Topham Hatt tells Gordon that Rosie is making a delivery to Ulfstead Castle, and that James and Emily are running the Black Loch Route today. He also tells Gordon that the express will be too heavy for him to pull alone, and that Gordon has no other choice.

So, Gordon is coupled up in front of Molly. And once everything is ready, the two tender engines puff out of Knapford with the express. Gordon doesn’t want anyone to see him pulling the express with another engine, so he decides to race down the line as fast as he can. That way, no one can see him clearly.

Molly is unable to puff very fast, and starts to feel tired. She also tries to tell Gordon that he should slow down, but the big blue engine doesn’t listen. To make matters worse, Gordon doesn’t look up at the signals, and he and Molly pass Sidney, who was heading for the Peel Godred Branch Line. At the junction, the signalman had set the points for Sidney. However, Gordon and Molly arrive first, and are sent down the Peel Godred Branch Line by mistake. But the two engines don’t realize it until they come to Kirk Machan, where Gordon says that that station is not one he normally passes.

Gordon and Molly then meet up with Neville, who offers to help them get back onto the main line by pulling from the other end of the train. Afterwards, Gordon apologizes to Molly for speeding down the main line and missing the signal. He also says that he only did it because he didn’t want anyone to see that he needed help with the express. But Molly reminds him that he’s had help with the express before, like the times Edward pushed him up the hill. He also tells him that Neville just helped them, and he didn’t say anything about it. Gordon realizes that it’s not bad to need help with something, and so they continue on down the main line with the express.

They reach Vicarstown without any further incidents. And when it’s time to their return journey, Gordon offers Molly to lead the express back home, which makes her happy. So, Molly is coupled in front of Gordon on their return journey. And when they arrive at Knapford, Gordon admits that sometimes, it’s better to have another engine help him with a job.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Molly
  • Neville
  • Sidney
  • Culdee
  • Eric
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Edward (mentioned)
  • James (mentioned)
  • Emily (mentioned)
  • Rosie (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode takes place during fan-made episodes, “Rosie’s Fear” and “The Black Loch Route”. The hint to this what Sir Topham Hatt told Gordon about Rosie making deliveries to Ulfstead Castle and James and Emily running the Black Loch Route for the day.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Neville in the CGI series.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 15 episode, Gordon and Ferdinand.

Henry, Caitlin and the Race

Plot

One afternoon, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Henry at Knapford. He tells Henry that Connor has broken down, and they need another engine to help Caitlin deliver passengers from the mainland to Ulfstead Castle. Henry says that he'd be happy to help Caitlin, and puffs off to collect Connor's coaches from the castle.

On his way to the mainland, Henry meets up with Caitlin, who asks Henry for a race. Henry says that a race might be unfair to him since Caitlin is much faster than him, but he does say that she could race ahead and see how long it takes him to catch up to her. So, Caitlin races off to the mainland, and Henry follows as fast as he can.

At Barrow-in-Furness, Caitlin is collecting more passengers to take to Ulfstead Castle when Henry puffs in. Caitlin tells Henry that he was actually pretty fast, which makes Henry smiles. About ten minutes later, Henry has collected more passengers, and puffs back to Ulfstead Castle.

That evening, Henry and Caitlin are resting are the sheds near Barrow, when Henry hears a familiar horn sound. He then sees Spamcan backing into the sheds, a few tracks away from them. Spamcan is surprise to see Henry in the Barrow sheds and asks what he’s doing away from Sodor. Henry explains about Connor’s break down. Caitlin then asks how Henry and Spamcan know each other. Henry tells her about the time Spamcan and Bear first arrived on Sodor, and how he rescued the two diesels when they broke down. And that while Bear stayed on Sodor, Spamcan was sent back here on the mainland. Spamcan then tells Henry that after he returned to the other railway, his friends had laugh at him and made him feel embarrassed. Now that he’s met up with Henry again, he hopes that this time he’ll be the one feeling proud, and Henry’s the one feeling silly and embarrassed. So, he challenges Henry and Caitlin to a race tomorrow. Henry and Caitlin agree, but they can’t help feeling worried.

The next day, Henry and Caitlin are at the station when Spamcan arrives. He says that he’ll be taking a goods train to Sodor, with permission from Carter, as it’s his train. Spamcan also says that if he makes it to Ulfstead Castle before them, he’s the winner. So, they are all ready, the three engines set off to Sodor.

Henry and Caitlin are both determined to beat Spamcan. But the diesel manages to overtake Henry. Spamcan races as fast as he can to catch up to Caitlin. But then they come to a junction. One way goes through the whistling woods, and the other way goes around it. Spamcan sees Caitlin take the line through the whistling woods, and thinks the other way is faster. But then he comes across some workmen repairing some bumpy tracks. Spamcan brakes hard, but it’s too late. He rolls over the bumpy tracks and derails.

Henry sees the accident, and decides to tell the nearest signalman, who phones for help. Soon, Jerome and Judy are called to clear the mess. Spamcan has to go to the dieselworks to be repaired before he can return to the mainland.

Henry tells Caitlin about Spamcan’s accident, and declares Caitlin the winner, which makes her happy. They continue to their work for the rest of the day. And that evening, Connor returns to work, and Henry puffs back to Tidmouth Sheds.

It’s night when Henry arrives at the sheds, and James and Emily are telling the other engines about their day on the Black Loch route. As Henry backs into his berth, Thomas asks him how his day was. So Henry tells everyone about his day with Caitlin.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • James
  • Emily
  • Caitlin
  • Spamcan
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Connor (does not speak)
  • Jerome and Judy (do not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Roger the Foreign Engine (cameo)
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel (cameo)
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel (mentioned)
  • Bear (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode takes place during the fan-made episodes, “Rosie’s Fear”, “The Black Loch Route” and “Gordon, Molly and the Express”. The hints to this are the bumpy tracks near the whistling woods junction and James and Emily’s lines near the end.
  • A reference to Super Rescue is made.

Mr. Percival's Car

Plot

Mr. Percival enjoys riding his bike around the Island of Sodor. It always helps him get to where he needs to be on time.

But one day, Mr. Percival arrives at the Skarloey Railway sheds in a car. Peter Sam asks him what happened to his bike, and Mr. Percival tells the engines that his bike broke and he can’t use it anymore. All the engines feel sorry for their controller, and Peter Sam wishes he could do something to cheer Mr. Percival up.

Because Mr. Percival doesn’t have his bike now, he ends up running late due to traffic jams, and it makes him grumpy. But one day, he arrives at the Transfer Yards so grumpy that he leaves his keys in his car and the door unlocked. And as soon as he left his car, two thieves come along looking for a car to steal. They see Mr. Percival’s car and decide to drive off in it.

The thieves drive all around the Skarloey Railway. They pass Madge, who recognizes Mr. Percival’s car and sees the thieves in it. So, she hurries off to find Mr. Percival. Meanwhile, the thieves hit a pothole in the road, and they come to stop right on a level crossing, just as Peter Sam is approaching it.

The thieves see Peter Sam, and quickly get out of the car. Peter Sam, who is unable to stop in time, hits the car and damages his front bufferbeam. The thieves try to sneak away, but a police car comes along and some officers place the thieves under arrest.

Soon, Freddie arrives to help clear the accident. Madge also arrives with Mr. Percival. Peter Sam apologizes to Mr. Percival about the car, but Mr. Percival tells Peter Sam that it’s not his fault. But now Mr. Percival doesn’t know how he’ll be able to get around the island.

When Mrs. Percival hears the news, she promises her husband that she’d help him get a new car. But a few days later, when Peter Sam returns from the steamworks, he sees that Mr. Percival has a brand new bike. Mr. Percival tells him that a friend of his heard about what happened and was willing to give an old bike that he didn't use much anymore to Mr. Percival, which made him delighted. Peter Sam is happy too, as he ended up helping Mr. Percival after all, but by accident.

Characters

  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Freddie
  • Madge
  • Mr. Percival
  • Mrs. Percival
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • George (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)
  • The Percival Children (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Madge in the CGI series.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 4 episode, Mind That Bike.

Tunnel Blockage

Plot

One morning, Gator and his controller, Mr. Walter Jones arrive on Misty Island. Gator is going to work on the island for a few months, and his controller will be staying with him for a few days.

The news about Gator on Misty Island soon spread to Sodor. And when Percy hears the news, he really wants to go to Misty Island. Dennis offers Percy a chance to collect jobi logs from Misty Island for him, and, when their drivers say yes, Percy runs off happily to Misty Island with some empty flatbeds.

Meanwhile, there’s trouble at the Misty Island tunnel. James is puffing through the tunnel to get to Sodor when he hears the sound of the tunnel collapsing. He makes it out to the other side just in time, as the tunnel is now blocked with bricks and stones.

When Percy arrives and sees what had happened, he’s very upset, as he now can’t get to Misty Island. But then, he has an idea; he remembers that ships sometime stop at Misty Island. Percy decides to travel to Misty Island by boat. So, he goes to the docks where Cranky lifts Percy and his flatbeds onto a big ship. And the ship heads to Misty Island.

Meanwhile, on Misty Island, Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Tara and Gator hear the news about the tunnel, and fear that it’ll cause deliveries to Sodor to be delayed. But then, they see a ship coming in. And when they see that Percy is on the ship, the logging locos are bit surprised while Gator is happy to see his old friend.

Percy is unloaded, and tells the engines that he was able to travel by boat to get to Misty Island after the tunnel collapsed. Gator and the logging locos think that sending all deliveries to Sodor by sea is a great idea. They also ask Mr. Walter Jones and Mr. Gilbert Jones about it, and both controllers think it would be best to do so until the tunnel is repaired.

Later, Percy asks Gator what he’s doing on Misty Island. Gator tells him that he’ll be working on Misty Island for a few months. He also tells him that his controller knows Gilbert Jones, who needs another engine to help with track repairs on the island. Percy then asks Gator how Walter Jones knows the Misty Island Controller. But before Gator could answer, the two controllers arrive and tell all the engines that they’re cousins. The engines are surprised, as they have never known that Walter Jones and Gilbert Jones were cousins.

The next day, Mr. Walter Jones leaves Misty Island on a ship, heading to Gator’s railway. Then, Percy heads back to Sodor with some flatbeds of Jobi logs. Before his ship leaves, he promises Gator that he’ll come back and see him again before he leaves Misty Island, but also hopes that next time he can use the Misty Island tunnel instead since it’s faster.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Gator
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Dennis
  • Cranky
  • Mr. Walter Jones
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Marion (cameo)
  • Mrs. Jones (cameo)
  • Adam, Bonnie and Chip Jones (cameo)

The Sodor Christmas Movie (Double-Length Episode)

Plot

Part One

One winter morning, Edward is asked by Sir Topham Hatt to pick up an important visitor from Brendam Docks and take him to Knapford. When Edward arrives at the docks, he finds the important visitor, whose is just getting off the boat that had just arrived. The visitor introduces himself to Edward as David Brown, a movie director. Edward is pleased to meet him, and takes him to Knapford.

At Knapford, David Brown and Sir Topham Hatt walk into the latter’s office for a meeting. Then, Cyril the Fogman comes up to Edward and Thomas, and tells him that David is actually his brother. Thomas and Edward are surprised to hear that Cyril is related to a movie director. A few minutes later, Sir Topham Hatt and David Brown step back out, and tell the engines that there’s going to be a Christmas movie filmed on Sodor, and the engines are going to be in it, which makes Thomas and Edward excited.

The news soon spreads across the island, and all the other engines become excited as well. And before long, the script for the movie is shown for engines and people who want to try out for the roles. The engines see that the movie is about a little engine named Clark who wants to be of big help for Christmas. But every time he tries to help, he only causes trouble. But then, on the night of Christmas Eve, Clark gets to help Santa Claus delivery presents around the railway when Santa’s reindeer are not feeling well, and ends up being a big help after all.

Soon, David Brown has decided on everyone’s roles. Thomas is given the role of Clark, Sir Topham Hatt is given the role of Santa Claus, Cyril is given the role of Clark’s Controller, the other engines are given the role of Clark’s friends and even Lady Hatt gets to appear as Mrs. Claus.

However, Arry and Bert have heard about the movie, and that most of the engines appearing in it are steam engines. Arry and Bert think that they should appear in the movie, and then they have an idea. They would try to make the steam engines make mistakes during the movie, so they’d be banned from it, and hope that David Brown will choose them to star in the movie instead. They also ask Sidney to help them, but Sidney isn’t sure if he wants to help them, as he doesn’t want to hurt the steam engines. But Arry and Bert remind Sidney that diesels are new, and should be the ones to shine more, and that he might be in it too. Sidney agrees to help them, but deep down, he still doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

Part Two

After a few weeks of rehearsing, David Brown decides that it’s time to start filming the movie. And while they’d been rehearsing, Arry and Bert have been coming up with ways to ruin the steam engines’ chances of being in the movie.

In one of the first scenes of the movie, Thomas is to puff up next to the camera with some trucks and stop. But as he puffs along, Arry secretly follows him, and when Thomas is just about to stop, Arry pushes from behind his train, which causes Thomas to stop a little late. This makes David Brown cross, as they have to film the scene again. Arry sneaks away before anyone sees him, laughing to himself.

Then, Bert gets ready to cause trouble for James, and asks Sidney to help him. James is to pull some trucks past a camera. But Bert and Sidney secretly get coupled up at the back of James’ train, and start to hold back. James pulls the trucks as hard as he can, but Bert and Sidney make him go slowly. Then, just as the train is passing the camera, the coupling between two trucks breaks. This makes David Brown even more cross. Bert and Sidney hurry away before anyone sees them, with the former laughing and the latter feeling bad to cause trouble.

Arry and Bert keep trying to ruin the steam engines’ chances of being in the movie, with some help from Sidney, who still feels bad about causing trouble to the steam engines. And every time they make the engines mess up, David Brown gets more and more cross, as they constantly have to re-filmed several scenes. The steam engines soon start to get suspicious about all the confusion going on. They soon reach the ending of the movie, and David tells Thomas that if he messes up in this scene at all, he will be out of the movie and his role will be given to someone else, which makes Thomas worried.

As Thomas puffs forward to the camera, Arry and Bert sneak up quietly and give him a very hard push, causing Thomas to hit the camera and breaking. David Brown then tells Thomas that that was the last straw, and that he’s out of the movie, which makes Thomas sad.

Arry and Bert try to sneak away, but Sidney had seen everything and has had enough of Arry and Bert’s tricks. So he blocks Arry and Bert’s way, and tells everyone that it was them who have been messing up the movie. He also tells them that Arry and Bert forced him to help them, even though he didn’t want to. Everyone is cross with Arry and Bert for causing confusion and delay for the movie. And as punishment, they are to stay in their sheds at the Smelter’s Yard until the movie is completed.

David Brown apologizes to Thomas and the other engines for getting cross, and also promises Sidney a role for the ending of the movie, for telling everyone what has really been happening.

Soon, the movie is completed. And the engines are the first ones to see it. They all enjoy it, and think it’s the best movie they’ve ever seen. David Brown also says that filming his newest movie on Sodor had been fun, despite the trouble Arry and Bert caused. He also says that he might have another movie filmed on Sodor in the future, as long as no engines cause problems to it. He also wishes all the engines, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Lady Hatt and his brother, Cyril a Merry Christmas.

Characters

Part One

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Arry and Bert
  • Sidney
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Cyril the Fogman
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)

New Character

  • David Brown, a movie director and Cyril the Fogman's brother

Part Two

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Arry and Bert
  • Sidney
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Cyril the Fogman
  • David Brown
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Cyril the Fogman in the CGI series.

Neville and the Orchestra

Plot

An orchestra is coming to Sodor for a Christmas concert at Callan Castle. They're going to to play Christmas songs. Neville gets chosen to pick them up at Vicarstown and take them to the castle on the day of the concert.

However, Neville slips on some icy rails, and ends up crashing into some vans with Christmas puddings in it. Spencer jokes that Neville looks like a Christmas pudding on wheels, but Neville just ignores him. Sir Topham Hatt soon hears the news, and tells Neville that he'll go to the steamworks and Bertie will have to take the orchestra instead. That makes Neville sad.

Nevile stays in the steamworks all night, and all of the next day. Then, on the night before the concert, a big blizzard hits the island. The next morning, Neville asks Sir Topham Hatt and Victor if he'll be ready to go soon. But Sir Topham Hatt tells him that he won't be ready soon enough, and that Bertie will take the orchestra.

Bertie collects the orchestra, and sets off down the snowy roads. But the road to Callan Castle is closed, due to deep snow. So Bertie and his driver decide to take a different route to the castle. But the new route they take isn't any better, and soon Bertie gets stuck in snow.

Fortunately, they're not too far from Kellsthorpe Road. Bertie's driver hurries over to the station to get help. Meanwhile, Neville has just been repaired, and ready to get back to work. A workman tells Neville that they just received a message from Sir Topham Hatt saying that Bertie is stuck and the orchestra needs help getting to Callan Castle. Neville collects some coaches, and hurries off to the rescue.

He soon finds Bertie and the orchestra. The orchestra is happy to see Neville, and quickly board his coaches. Before Neville leaves, he asks Bertie if he needs help at all. But Bertie tells him that Terence is on his way to pull him out of the snow. And sure enough, Terence arrives just as Neville puffs away with the orchestra.

Neville arrives at Callan Castle just in time. And that night, the concert is a great success. Everyone loves the music, especially Neville.

Characters

  • Spencer
  • Neville
  • Charlie
  • Victor
  • Terence
  • Bertie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Jerome and Judy (cameo)
  • Madge (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • Lord Callan (cameo)
  • Thomas (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 7 episode, Edward's Brass Band, and the part of Bertie getting stuck in the snow and being rescued by Terence is similar to the annual story, Bertie the Snow Bus.
  • At the end of the episode, the orchestra can be heard playing the song, "Carol of the Bells".

Caroline's Icy Predicament

Plot

Caroline enjoys traveling on the roads on the Island of Sodor. But she dislikes going very fast because it causes her to overheard. She especially dislikes going very fast in the winter because the snow makes the roads slippery.

One snowy day, Caroline passes a frozen pond where some people are ice skating. Caroline asks her driver if ice skating is fun. Her driver replies saying that he finds it fun, and has skated many times before.

Later, Caroline meets up with her friends, Elizabeth and Madge, and asks them if road vehicles can ice skate. But Elizabeth and Madge tell her that ice skating is not for road vehicles. They even tell Caroline about times where they had some accidents involving snow and ice. Elizabeth tells Caroline of when she got stuck in a snowdrift while delivering some Christmas puddings to the docks, and Madge tells Caroline of when she nearly fell over a cliff while taking Duncan to the transfer yards. But Caroline still thinks it would be fun to go on a frozen pond.

A few days later, Caroline and her driver are driving along the roads. Caroline is traveling fast because they got stuck in traffic, and now her driver is late for dinner. But then, Caroline starts to skid over the road. Then, she starts to overheat. And before her driver could stop her, she comes off the road and ends up on the frozen pond.

As Caroline is unable to move, her driver hurries to get help. Soon, Butch hears the news, and sets off to the rescue. He pulls Caroline off the frozen pond, and back onto the road. Butch then helps tow Caroline back home. Afterwards, Caroline thanks Butch, and the tow truck returns to the search and rescue centre.

The next day, Caroline tells Elizabeth and Madge about her icy predicament, and also tells them that she's decided that frozen ponds are really not for road vehicles like them.

Characters

  • Bertie
  • Caroline
  • Butch
  • Elizabeth
  • Madge
  • Duncan (does not speak)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • George (cameo)
  • Nelson (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearances of Caroline and Elizabeth in the CGI series.
  • This episode would feature CGI re-creations of the Season 7 episode, Not So Hasty Puddings and the Season 11 episode, Cool Truckings.
  • Aside from Duncan's appearance in Madge's flashback, there are no other rail characters featured in this episode.

Freddie and the Avalanche

Plot

Freddie is usually a fearless engine, but he's always had a fear of avalanches and worries that he'll get caught in one.

One day, Sir Handel arrives at the Blue Mountain Quarry to collect some slate trucks to take to the Wharf. He arrives late due to some snowdrifts blocking his line. Sir Handel leaves in so much of a hurry that he forgets to take a brakevan with him.

Meanwhile, Freddie is taking some empty trucks to the coal yards. But he comes across a big snowdrift near a ravine. He is unable to charge through it, so he has to wait for help.

Sir Handel had been having some trouble with his trucks since he left the Blue Mountain Quarry, and he's starting to wish that he hadn't forgotten the brakeven. Then, to make matters worse, the trucks break away from him and get switched into a siding. They crash through the buffers and plunge into the ravine, causing an avalanche to fall on Freddie.

Soon, Rheneas arrives with some workmen to dig Freddie out. Then Freddie has to go to the steamworks to be inspected for damage. Freddie realized that he had been very brave during the avalanche, and is no longer afraid of them.

The next day, Sir Handel apologizes to Freddie for what had happened. But Freddie says that it's alright as he's no longer afraid of avalanches, but he still hopes that he's not involved in one ever again as avalanches can cause delay and confusion.

Characters

  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Freddie
  • Luke
  • Merrick
  • Mr. Percival
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 5 episode, Snow.
  • This episode would be the first time in the CGI series where the narrow gauge trucks have faces.

Rusty and Diesel 10

Plot

Rusty the Little Diesel enjoys his work at the Blue Mountain Quarry, but sometimes, he can be a bit temperamental. One day, Diesel 10 comes to the quarry to take some trucks to Brendam Docks. Rusty greets him cheerily, but Diesel 10 calls Rusty "a Smelly Little Diesel", which makes Rusty feel highly insulted. Diesel 10 then tells Rusty to help get his trucks loaded and when Rusty does so, Diesel 10 continues to tease Rusty by asking him "Is that all you can manage?". Rusty tells him that's all the stone Diesel 10's supposed to have, but Diesel 10 tells him that he'll do better next time. Diesel 10 then leaves the quarry with Rusty in a fuming rage, and it takes the other engines all afternoon to get Rusty over it. A few days later, Diesel 10 returns to the quarry, but this time Rusty doesn't even bother saying hello. Diesel 10 then tells Rusty that he hopes that he has more stone this time, making Rusty very cross. Rusty helps load more trucks for Diesel 10, and as Diesel 10 begins to pull away, he jerks to a halt. Rusty sees what the problem is, as some stones had fallen beneath the trucks' wheels, but he doesn't tell Diesel 10. Diesel 10 pulls again, but this time, he pulls the trucks right off the track. Diesel 10 had been showing off, but Rusty never meant this to happen.

Rusty feels very sorry for what had happened with Diesel 10 and the trucks at the quarry and Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with Diesel 10 for what had happened, and tells him that if this continues, he will be in his shed for a week. Rusty interrupts and tells Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival that stones were underneath the trucks' wheels and that he didn't tell Diesel 10. Sir Topham Hatt then lets the matter rest for the time being and that Diesel 10 can thank Rusty for it.

Diesel 10 has no idea on how to thank Rusty for letting him off the hook, and he cannot seem to get the matter off his mind. The more he tries to forget about Rusty, the more he stays on his mind and Diesel 10 then feels sorry for not thanking Rusty.

Then one day, Rusty runs out of fuel at the quarry and is unable to get more. Diesel 10 then gets the idea to take diesel fuel from the wharf to the quarry. He shows Rusty the flatbed loaded with fuel drums and Rusty asks what it is for, and Diesel 10 tells him that it is his way of saying thank you. Rusty is pleased and then thinks that maybe Diesel 10 is not so mean after all.

Characters

  • Diesel 10
  • Skarloey
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Duke
  • Merrick
  • Owen
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Winston (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the magazine stories, Showing Off and One Good Turn. Rusty and Diesel 10 replace Toby and Diesel respectively.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of the Wharf in the CGI series.

Red Engines

Plot

One day, James is asked to help out on Duck's Branch Line for a few days while Donald is being repaired after breaking down.

At Arlesburgh Junction, he meets the Arlesdale Railway engines for the first time, and is surprised by how small they are. He also gets to speak to Mike, and calls him a copy cat because he looks exactly like him. Mike feels hurt and puffs away quickly to collect some ballast.

That evening, James tells the other engines at Tidmouth Sheds about what he said to Mike. He also says that he thinks any engine who is red like him copies him. But the other engines remind James that they have friends who are also red or a similar color to red, like Arthur, Skarloey, Flynn, Victor, Norman, Glynn, Tara the Logging Loco, Bertie and Jack. James begins to feel bad for what he'd said to Mike, and hopes to get a chance to apologize.

The next day, James is asked to help out on Duck's Branch Line again. He takes some passengers up to Arlesburgh Harbor for one of Skiff's railboat tours. And later, he takes some passengers home, but comes across some broken bits of rails in the harbor.

Sir Topham Hatt hears the news and makes for arrangements, with some help from the Small Controller. Mike comes up to the harbor to take James' passengers. Before the small engine leaves, James thanks Mike and apologizes to him. This makes Mike feel much better, and takes James' passengers to Arlesburgh Junction. And now, James and Mike are great friends.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Douglas
  • Emily
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Jock
  • Skiff
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Small Controller
  • Arthur (does not speak)
  • Glynn (does not speak)
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco (does not speak)
  • Norman (does not speak)
  • Skarloey (does not speak)
  • Victor (does not speak)
  • Bertie (does not speak)
  • Jack (does not speak)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Donald (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partly based on the magazine story, Rude James. Mike replaces BoCo respectively.

Fear of Trucks

Plot

A new engine named Wendy arrives on the North-Western Railway. She is a light blue LNER B12 tender engine. She usually just takes commuter trains from Vicarstown to Knapford. But she eventually got a chance to pull the Wild Nor Wester for Gordon one day.

Then one day, a few weeks after Wendy arrives, Sir Topham Hatt asks her to take a goods train along the main line for Hiro, but Wendy is afraid about pulling trucks. So she tries to run away. She even does other engines' work to keep herself busy. Wendy takes a group of children and their teacher, who are on a field trip, to Ulfstead Castle for Stepney. Wendy even takes the Duke and Duchess of Boxford from Ulfstead Castle to their summerhouse for Spencer. Then, she puffs on until she finds a shed nearby, and puffs into it.

Neville, who had been looking for Wendy, finds her in the shed, and puffs up next to her. He then asks Wendy why she's been running away from her goods train. Wendy tells Neville that she's never taken trucks before, and is afraid that they'll cause trouble. Neville tells Wendy that trucks won't give her trouble as long as she's kind to them and treats them with respect. This makes Wendy feel better.

Later, she arrives back at Vicarstown and takes the goods train. By the end of the day, Wendy had delivered the trucks. She's no longer afraid of them, and even said that the trucks actually liked her. And now, Wendy hopes to pull trucks again in the future.

Characters

  • Stepney
  • Spencer
  • Neville
  • Glynn
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Hiro (mentioned)

New Character

  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine

Dowager Hatt's Birthday Party

Plot

Dowager Hatt's birthday is coming up, and Sir Topham Hatt tells her that she can have a birthday party anywhere she wants on the island. Dowager Hatt decides that she wants to have the party at Knapford harbor because it's by the sea, and she just became friends with Duchess the Crane and wants her to join the party.

So preparations for Dowager Hatt's birthday party are soon in progress. Meanwhile, Brenda had been helping out at Vicarstown. She hears about the party, and wishes to attend to it. She also tells Thomas, Edward, Percy and Wendy that she's never been to a birthday party before, as no one had wanted her around for it due to her bad behavior to other engines in the past. Edward tells her that maybe she could show up to this one if she wanted everyone to see her friendly side, which Brenda thinks is a good idea.

On the day of the party, Wendy is chosen to collect the guests from Crovan's Gate, Wellsworth and Elsbridge. But at Elsbridge, she accidentally leaves Dowager Hatt, Sir Topham Hatt, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt behind. However, Brenda pasts through the station after delivering some trucks, and sees that the Hatt family got left behind. Brenda offers to take them to the party herself, which makes them happy. So, she collects Gina the Yellow Coach from a nearby siding, the Hatt family climb aboard, and they set off to Knapford Harbor.

At the harbor, the party is about the begin. Wendy had arrived with the guests. Tara is also there with some guests from Misty Island. But then everyone's starts to wonder where Dowager Hatt is. Just then, Brenda and Gina arrive with the Hatt family, and the party begins.

The party is a big success. Fergus and his driver, Roy are there since Roy is the son of one of Dowager Hatt's friends. Gilbert Jones and his family are there, and Gilbert plays a banjo for music. Walter Jones, his wife, Susan Jones, and his son, Eugene Jones are there since Susan Jones is a long time pen pal to Dowager Hatt. Even David Brown is there since he wanted to see if the events of the party would make a good movie.

When it comes time for the birthday cake, Dowager Hatt makes a wish and blows out the candles. She then whispers to the engines that she wished for more happy years on the Island of Sodor. The engines promise to not tell anyone her wish, so it will come true. Brenda says that she enjoyed her first experience at the birthday party, and hopes she can attend to more in the future. Then she, along with Thomas, Edward, Percy, Fergus, Tara, Wendy, Annie, Clarabel, Gina and Duchess all wish Dowager Hatt a very happy birthday.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Fergus
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Brenda the Class 14 Dark Blue Diesel
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Gina the Yellow Coach
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Dowager Hatt
  • Sir Lowham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Mr. Walter Jones
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Mrs. Tilly Jones
  • Roy
  • David Brown
  • One of Dowager Hatt's Friends
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
  • Miss Jenny Packard (cameo)
  • The Pack Foreman (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • Mrs. Percival (cameo)
  • The Percival Children (cameo)
  • Adam, Bonnie and Chip Jones (cameo)

New Characters

  • Mrs. Susan Jones, Mr. Walter Jones' wife
  • Eugene Jones, Mr. Walter Jones' son

Notes/Trivia

  • This is BiggestThomasFan's 100th episode idea.
    • It is also his first episode idea to feature all of his fan-made characters introduced before this episode.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Sir Lowham Hatt since the Season 13 episode, Double Trouble.
  • Gilbert Jones' wife's first name is revealed to be Tilly.
  • At one point, Gilbert Jones plays Oh! Susanna on the banjo.

The Silver Controller

Plot

One day, Spencer drops the Duke and Duchess of Boxford off at Knapford for an important meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt and the Duke and Duchess tell Spencer that they must not be disturb during their meeting, so Spencer promises to not disturb them no matter what.

After Sir Topham Hatt and the Duke and Duchess go into Sir Topham's office, Oliver arrives after completing his morning goods run. He asks Spencer if he's seen Sir Topham Hatt anywhere, as he needs to know from him what his next job is. Spencer explains that Sir Topham Hatt is in a very important meeting and mustn't be disturb now. Then Spencer has an idea. He tells Oliver that he can do whatever job he wants to do now. So Oliver decides to pull a passenger train on the Little Western now.

After Oliver leaves, Thomas arrives asking Spencer if he's seen Sir Topham Hatt, as he has to collect some coal from the harbor, but doesn't know where to take it. Spencer explains to Thomas about Sir Topham Hatt's meeting with the Duke and Duchess. And then Spencer has another idea. He tells Thomas to just deliver the coal to all the coal bunkers on his branch line, as he's sure that's what it's for. Thomas thanks Spencer and puffs away.

Then Charlie arrives after completing his job for the morning. Now he's waiting for Sir Topham Hatt to give him his next job. But Spencer tells him about Sir Topham Hatt's meeting. He also tells him to just go and have fun for now. Charlie is delighted about this, and he decides to race around the railway. Spencer smiles to himself thinking he's been a good controller, and is sure Sir Topham Hatt will be proud of him.

Spencer then decides to pull the Wild Nor Wester for the afternoon. But as he's being coupled to it, Gordon arrives and asks why Spencer is coupled up to the Wild Nor Wester, as he normally pulls it. Spencer tells him that Sir Topham Hatt asked him to do it, and that Gordon is to pull a slow goods on the main line. He's only making this up, but Gordon doesn't know. The big blue engine asks to double check with Sir Topham Hatt about, but Spencer tells him that he's at a meeting and must not be disturbed. Gordon, a big cross, puffs away to the shunting yard to collect a slow goods, while Spencer puffs out of the station pulling the Wild Nor Wester.

Spencer speeds along the main line. He's having a great time pulling the Wild Nor Wester. He thought for sure that he deserved it for telling the other engines what to do and not disturbing Sir Topham Hatt and the Duke and Duchess during their meeting. He soon reaches Vicarstown where he turns around and puffs back in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, Gordon is puffing slowly along the main line with his slow goods. He stops at a signal to let Oliver puff past with a passenger train. But then, Charlie comes racing up behind Gordon. Charlie brakes hard, but it's too late. He crashes into the back of Gordon's train, and pushes Gordon forward into Oliver's last coach. When Spencer arrives and sees the whole mess, he's very surprised. Oliver, Gordon and Charlie are all arguing, and all the passengers are complaining about what a bad railway it is.

Back at Knapford, Sir Topham Hatt is receiving a lot of phone calls during his meeting. Sir Topham Hatt is very cross when he hears that Thomas didn't deliver the coal to the coal hoppers along the main line, Oliver didn't pick up the train of ballast he was suppose to collect and Charlie didn't pick up his goods train from the shunting yard. He then hears about the accident, and sends Thomas to take Jerome and Judy to clear the mess.

As Jerome and Judy start clearing up the mess, Sir Topham Hatt arrives looking very cross. He demands that the engines explain why work hasn't been going very smoothly. Spencer knows that he has confess everything. So he tells Sir Topham Hatt all about what he'd been doing while he was at the meeting.

That evening, Spencer is shunting around the steamworks as punishment for his actions. As he brings in some engine parts for Gordon and Charlie, Sir Topham Hatt and the Duke and Duchess arrive. Sir Topham Hatt tells Spencer that tomorrow he is to deliver coal to the coal hoppers along the main line, and take a slow goods to Vicarstown. Spencer feels annoyed by this, but the Duke tells him that perhaps it will teach him to not give orders to the engines without permission from Sir Topham Hatt, especially false orders. Spencer says that he was just trying to help out. Charlie then jokes that if they ever need help again, don't ask the silver controller. Everyone laughs, except Spencer, who turns red in the face.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Oliver
  • Spencer
  • Charlie
  • Victor
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 10 episode, The Green Controller and the Season 13 episode, Hiro Helps Out.

Wendy and the Express

Plot

Wendy has worked on the Island of Sodor for about a month now, and is now familiar with all the stations and other locations on the main line.

One day, Sir Topham Hatt asks Wendy to take the Wild Nor Wester for Gordon, as the big blue engine is at the steamworks due to an accident yesterday, and Wendy agrees to do it. As she is coupled up to it at Knapford, Spencer puffs by pulling some coal trucks. He glares angrily at Wendy thinking that he should be the one pulling the Wild Nor Wester since he's faster than Wendy. And he's even more upset about being stuck on goods work. Wendy tells him that it serves him right for what he yesterday; giving engines orders without permission from Sir Topham Hatt. She also says that Sir Topham Hatt more likely chose her to pull the Wild Nor Wester because she's reliable, and she wants to prove that she's really good at pulling the most important passenger train on the Island of Sodor.

The guard soon blows his whistle, and Wendy puffs out of the station. She pulls the Wild Nor Wester without any problems at first. But on the return journey, Wendy's coupling breaks and she has to leave the coaches to get help.

She soon arrives at Cronk station where Sir Topham Hatt is speaking to the stationmaster. Spencer is also there delivering some coal to a nearby bunker. Wendy explains what happened to Sir Topham Hatt, who arranges for James to take the express to Knapford while Wendy gets her coupling repaired. Spencer laughs when he hears this, but Sir Topham Hatt kindly tells Wendy that she can pull the Wild Nor Wester again this afternoon, which makes her happy.

So that afternoon, Wendy pulls the Wild Nor Wester again. This time, she has no problems with it. And on the return journey, Wendy comes across Spencer stuck on Gordon's hill with a slow goods. He explains that there were some foxes on the line, and he had to stop until they cleared the line. But now he can't get his train started again and needs a push. Wendy decides to push Spencer and his train and pull her own. They reach the top of the hill, and Spencer races down the other side.

Wendy doesn't meet up with Spencer again until that evening when he thanks Wendy for her help, and admits that she is good at pulling the Wild Nor Wester and helping another engine with their train at the same time. This makes Wendy happy, and she replies that she's always willing to help out an engine in need, no matter who it is.

Characters

  • James
  • Spencer
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partly based on the magazine story, Edward and the Express. Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine and Spencer replace Edward and Gordon respectively.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Cronk station in the CGI series.
  • This episode takes place the day after "The Silver Controller".

Thumper to the Rescue

Plot

Thumper is a quarry machine who works at different quarries around the Island of Sodor. When he first arrived on Sodor, he worked at the Boulder Quarry on the Skarloey Railway. And he caused a big boulder to fall onto the tracks, and the boulder chased the narrow gauge engines along their line. And the boulder ended up crashing into a shed. But Thumper is more careful when he loosens rocks nowadays.

One day, Thumper is working at the Ffarquhar Quarry, where he meets Diesel for the first time. Diesel thinks Thumper is funny-looking and not very useful at all. That makes Thumper sad. Later, he meets Thomas, and tells him what Diesel said. Thomas tells Thumper that he'll one day prove Diesel wrong, which cheers Thumper up a bit.

The next day, Mavis is in a siding, when a small rock slide falls and traps her there. Thumper offers to help, but Diesel says that he can do it. He tries to push through the rocks to get to Mavis, but he is unable to get through. Then he backs up, thinking he needs speed to get through the rocks. Once he's backed away from the siding, he races as fast as he can to Mavis. But he only manages to damage his front bufferbeam and derail himself. Then, more big rocks fall, trapping both Diesel and Mavis.

Thumper decides to help them. So he starts digging through the big rocks. As soon as Thumper finishes digging, Thomas arrives with Jack, Alfie and Oliver the Excavator to load the rocks into trucks. As they are loading, Percy arrives with Rocky, to lift Diesel back onto the rails. Then, Percy takes Mavis and Diesel to the dieselworks to be checked over for damaged.

A few days later, Diesel returns to the quarry to apologize to Thumper for being rude. He admits that Thumper is a really useful quarry machine, and that makes Thumper smile.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Diesel
  • Mavis
  • Rocky
  • Thumper
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Oliver (Pack)
  • Skarloey (flashback)
  • Rheneas (flashback)
  • Rusty (flashback)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Thumper in the CGI series, as well as his first speaking in the whole series.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 5 episode, Rusty and the Boulder.
  • This episode takes place right after my first special idea, Lights, Camera, Red Engine!.

Luke and the Leprechaun

Plot

One morning a few days before St. Patrick's Day, Luke is collecting passengers at Crovan's Gate when Connor arrives. Connor tells Luke that there is going to be a party at Ulfstead Castle on St. Patrick's Day. Luke says that he'll be going too, as Mr. Percival has given him the job of taking passengers to the party. But Luke doesn't know what it is, as it's a surprise. Connor also says that he heard that a leprechaun might be at the party. This gives Luke an idea, but before he can say anymore, his guard blows his whistle, and Luke has to puff out of the station.

Luke is sure that he can find a leprechaun on the island, and invite him to the party. He also remembers hearing stories about leprechauns in the past. He remembered that they often have pots of gold and would grant three wishes if someone found them. So as Luke puffs around the Skarloey Railway, he tries to find a leprechaun.

In the distances, he sees something green in a siding. Luke thinks it's a leprechaun. So he races forward to see it. But it only turns out to be Peter Sam taking on water in a siding. Luke feels a bit disappointed, but is still sure he can find a leprechaun. Then, as he pulls into Lakeside Station, he sees someone wearing a green outfit. But it turns out to be The Refreshment Lady, who's getting some refreshments ready for Luke's passengers. Again, Luke feels disappointed, but is still sure he can find a leprechaun.

Later, Luke has to work at the Blue Mountain Quarry. As he puffs in, he sees someone wearing a green hat. Luke thinks that he's finally found a leprechaun. But it turns out to be a workman wearing a new hat. Now Luke feels very disappointed, and is sure that he won't be able to find a leprechaun.

That evening, Luke is taking another passenger train when Caitlin puffs into Crovan's Gate. She asks Luke why he feels very sad. Luke tells her the whole story of him trying to find a leprechaun. Caitlin can't help but laugh. She tells Luke the leprechauns aren't really. They're just fictional characters. But Luke is now puzzled, as he remembered Connor saying that he heard that a leprechaun would be there. Caitlin says that she's sure they'll find out what Connor meant in a few days.

A few days later, it's St. Patrick's Day, and Luke a trainload of passengers from the Skarloey Railway to the party at Ulfstead Castle. Today, thinks a bit different for Luke, as he has a relief fireman, due to his normal fireman being busy with an important job for the party.

When he arrives at Ulfstead Castle, he finds something very surprising. He sees Sir Robert Norramby talking to what looks like a leprechaun. Luke is very surprised because he thought Caitlin told him that leprechauns aren't real. But the Earl tells Luke that the leprechaun at the party is really is fireman dressed as one. He explains that Luke's fireman volunteered to dress as one for the party. This makes Luke happy. Now he realizes what Connor meant the other day. Then, Connor and Caitlin arrive with more passengers, and the party begins.

Later, Luke tells Connor that he was right about the leprechaun being at the party, and that leprechauns may not be real, but that doesn't mean someone can't dress up as one for the party. Then Luke, Connor and Caitlin wish everyone at the party a Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Characters

  • Connor
  • Caitlin
  • Peter Sam
  • Luke
  • Merrick
  • Owen
  • Mr. Percival
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • The Refreshment Lady
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • The first St. Patrick's Day-theme episode in the TV series.
    • The first appearances of The Refreshment Lady and Lakeside Station in the CGI series.

Derek's Favorite Tree

Plot

Derek the Diesel likes trees, and even has a favorite one; the big oak tree nearby the main line. Derek always likes to look at it when he goes by it.

One night, there's a big storm on Sodor. The wind blows hard, and the rain pours down. The next day, Sir Topham Hatt tells Derek that he needs to take some workmen over to the big oak tree. The tree got struck by lightning and the workmen need to cut it down. Derek sets off the collect the workmen. He's very sad because his favorite tree has to be cut down.

On the way, Derek meets up with Paxton, who had broken down and asks Derek to take his trucks to the shunting yards for him. This gives Derek an idea. He decides to collect as many trucks as he can and block all the tracks and junctions to the big oak tree, so no one can get to it and the tree won't have to be cut down.

Derek picks up some more trucks from BoCo, James and Neville. Then he blocks all the junctions around the big oak tree. Once that's done, Derek is sure that the tree will stay now. Back at the yards, the workmen are wondering where Derek is. The yard foreman asks Philip to take them instead.

When Philip arrives, he is unable to get to the big oak tree, due to the junctions and tracks being blocks by trucks, and it’s too far for the workmen to walk. Harold then has to fly over to Derek and tell him that the workmen can't get to the big oak tree, and if they can't start their work, they won't be able to plant a new tree to replace the big oak tree. Derek starts to feel bad, and quickly shunts all the trucks out of the way and takes them to where they need to go.

When Derek returns, he sees that the workmen have finished cutting the big oak tree and are starting to plant the new tree in its place. Sir Topham Hatt is also there. He scolds Derek for causing confusion and delay earlier, and tells him to take the remains of the big oak tree to the lumber mill and then take the workmen back to the yards.

So Derek takes a few log cars to the lumber mill. Then he hurries back to take the workmen back to the yard. Before he leaves, he takes a good look at the new tree, and decides that it can be his new favorite tree.

Characters

  • James
  • Neville
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Paxton
  • Philip
  • Harold
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Belle (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 12 episode, Henry Gets it Wrong.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of the Lumber Mill in the CGI series.

Penny the Pink Grader

Plot

The Sodor Construction Company is always busy with construction on the Island of Sodor. Recently, a new machine has joined them; a pink grader named Penny. Penny explains that she helps with construction and maintenance of dirt and gavel roads by flatting them. However, Buster is worried because he usually flatten roads and he thinks that if Penny does a better job flatting roads than him, he'll no longer be good use to the pack.

One day, Buster doesn't feel well and needs to rest while the other pack members help repair some roads nearby Cronk station. James takes Jack, Alfie and Penny to work for an episode of a mini-series he's starring in. Along the way, Penny tells James all about herself and what she's capable of doing. James is very impressed.

Once they arrive, the three pack members start work while James puffs away with movie director, David Brown. Soon, the pack start work on the road. Meanwhile, back at the yards, Buster is still worried about Penny doing a better job than him. He decides to leave the yard and work with the pack, even though he's not feeling well. He wants to show Miss Jenny that he's still a really useful steamroller.

When Buster arrives at the construction site, he sees that Penny is about to start flatten one of the roads. Determined to prove that he's still useful, Buster jumps in and starts flattening the road. The foreman tells Buster to stop, but Buster doesn't stop. Then he breaks down in the middle of the road. Penny decides to finish flattening the road and rescue Buster at the same time.

Before Buster is taken back to the yards by Nelson, Miss Jenny asks him why he came to the construction site and jumped into Penny's work when he didn't feel well. Buster explains that he was worried Penny would flatten the roads better than he did and that he would no longer be needed to the pack anymore. Miss Jenny explains that while Buster is still really useful to the pack, it would be best to have two machines who can flatten roads in case one wasn't available, like today. Buster, who's now feeling silly, apologizes for jumping in.

Later, Miss Jenny thanks Penny for rescuing Buster and awards her with a new coat of paint. And now Penny's great friends with all the pack members, even Buster.

Characters

  • James
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Kelly
  • Byron
  • Patrick
  • Buster
  • Penny the Pink Grader
  • Miss Jenny
  • The Pack Foreman
  • David Brown
  • Nelson (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Oliver (Pack) (cameo)
  • Max and Monty (cameo)
  • Ned (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • Although Penny the Pink Grader first appeared in my fan-made special, my first special idea, Lights, Camera, Red Engine!, this episode would mark her first appearance in an episode.
  • This episode takes place during my fan-made special, Lights, Camera, Red Engine!.

Hector and the Troublesome Trucks

Plot

Hector the big hopper truck usually carries rocks or coal. When he first arrived, he was rude to Thomas and refused to be shunted into a train because he had never been filled with coal before. But ever since that day, Hector is always on his best behavior with the engines and is very good at keeping the trucks in order.

One day, Hector is coupled to a line of stone trucks that's being pulled by Mavis. Mavis is taking the trucks to the harbor. On the way, the trucks start to whisper to hold back, but Hector scolds them to not start trouble or else. Mavis asks what's going on at the back of her train. Hector replies that the trucks were thinking of causing trouble, but he told them to not start. The trucks are tired of being kept in line by Hector, and one of them gets an idea.

Mavis reaches without any trouble. And once all the trucks are unloading and shunted out of the way, the trucks start whispering about a plan to get Hector into trouble. In the next few days, all the trucks on Sodor have heard about the plan to get Hector into trouble and hope for the chance to do it.

One day, Hector is needed to help Henry deliver coal along the main line. All the trucks on Henry's train whisper their plan. They plan to be so bad that Hector will get so mad that he causes interruptions on the train. Hector doesn't hear them, and is unaware of their plan.

Soon, Henry starts his journey. Once he's out on the main line, the trucks start to bump and judder. Hector tells them that they shouldn't do that, but the trucks don't listen and keep bumping and juddering along the line.

Then they come to Gordon's Hill, where the trucks try to hold back. But Henry is a strong engine, and manages to get the train up the hill. Hector tells the trucks to stop causing trouble, but they just laugh. And when they go down the other side of the hill, the trucks push Henry down the hill. But Hector holds the trucks back so they wouldn't push Henry.

The trucks even decide to make rude remarks about Hector to make him cross. Sure enough, Hector gets very cross and has had enough of the trucks. He bumps the trucks hard. Henry feels the bump and asks what's going on, but there's no reply. Hector bumps the trucks again, and ends up pushing the whole train forward. Henry puts on his brakes. He ends up skidding along the line for a bit before coming to a complete stop.

Henry tries to set off again, but his wheel has a flat tire and won't turn. The trucks start to laugh and call Henry "Old Square Wheels". Hector explains that it's his fault because the trucks were making him cross and made him lose his temper, so he bumped and pushed the train.

Bear arrives with Rocky and a flatbed for Henry to ride on to get to the steamworks. He also brought Sir Topham Hatt with him. Henry and Hector explain about the trucks being troublesome and how they made Hector cross. The trucks overhear this and apologize to Henry and Hector. Sir Topham Hatt tells the trucks that they need to learn to be kind and gentle on a goods train, and that Hector will teach them. That makes Hector proud.

So Hector works with some trucks on how to be kind and gentle to the engines. And although the trucks still tend to be troublesome from time to time, they never ever try to cause trouble for Hector again.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Mavis
  • Bear
  • Hector
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Thumper (cameo)
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Hector in the CGI series.
  • A reference to the Season 11 episode, Hector the Horrid is made.
  • This episode uses an element from the annual story, Old Square Wheels.

Gordon's Christmas Plans

Plot

One December morning, Gordon is at Vicarstown when his brother, Flying Scotsman arrives to pick up an express train for the mainland. Gordon wishes Flying Scotsman a merry Christmas and tries to tell him all about the things going on around Sodor for Christmas, but Flying Scotsman doesn't listen saying that he has no time for small talk due to being very busy for Christmas time. This makes Gordon upset, as he wants to get together with his brother sometime around Christmas.

That night, Gordon tells the other engines about Flying Scotsman. They give Gordon some suggestions on what he can do for his brother for Christmas. Gordon gets an idea and hopes for a chance to speak to Flying Scotsman.

A few days later, Gordon arrives at Vicarstown when the stationmaster tells him that Flying Scotsman is stuck in a snowdrift nearby the Vicarstown Bridge. Gordon hurries off to the rescue.

When he arrives, he puffs Flying Scotsman and his coaches out of the snowdrift and back to Vicarstown station. Flying Scotsman then thanks Gordon, and asks if there was anything he can do to Gordon in return. Gordon asks Flying Scotsman to puffs around the island with him on Christmas Eve to see all lights at the stations, and to join him and his friends at Knapford for the Christmas party. Flying Scotsman agrees to do so.

A few weeks later, it's Christmas Eve. When evening arrives, Gordon meets up with Flying Scotsman at Vicarstown, where they begin their journey along the main line to Knapford. They see lights and decorations at the stations, carolers singing Christmas carols, and they even give say merry Christmas to their cousin, Spencer, who's returning to the mainland for Christmas.

When they arrive at Knapford, the Christmas party begins. During the party, Flying Scotsman tells Gordon that he's had a great time and thanks him for inviting him to the party and to see the decorations on Sodor. And Gordon thanks Flying Scotsman for spending Christmas with him. Then they wish each other, and everyone else at the party a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Spencer
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261 (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would be the first of a few things:
    • Flying Scotsman's first appearance in an episode since the Season 3 episode, Tender Engines.
    • The first mention of Gordon and Flying Scotsman being cousins to Spencer in the television series.

Percy Feels Ill

Plot

Gator had been working on Misty Island helping with some track repairs. Percy had gone to see him as often as he can. But soon, Gator was to return to his railway, as all the track repairs on Misty Island were done. And Percy hopes to see him one last time before Gator returned to his railway.

One morning, the day before Gator is due to leave, Percy doesn't feel well. Thomas offers to take Percy to the steamworks to be checked over, but Percy is sure that he'll be fine later on. So he puffs out of the sheds to start his work.

As Percy puffs along the tracks, he makes wheezing sounds and loses steam on his journeys. So he keeps having to stop to take on more water, which causes him to be late with his work. This makes the other engines worried about Percy, but Percy is still sure that he'll be fine.

Once all of his morning work is done, Percy decides to puff over to Misty Island. But as he puffs through the tunnel, he loses more and more steam. By the time he reaches the other side of the tunnel on Misty Island, Percy has lost all of his steam. While the fireman quickly puts out Percy's fire, the driver goes for help.

He soon returns with Gator, who shunts Percy over to the workshop on Misty Island. He then asks Percy why he came to Misty Island if he wasn't feeling well. Percy says that he really wanted to see Gator one more time before he returned to his railway. Gator says that he's happy that Percy came to see him, but he shouldn't have gone out if he didn't feel well. Gator also says that he could have just come to Sodor to see Percy. Percy feels a bit silly for going out when he didn't feel well, but now knows better than to do something like that.

The next day, Gator returns to his railway. Percy, the Logging Locos and even Thomas all say goodbye to Gator. Gator replies saying that he's sure to see them all again one day. Percy, who is now feeling better, puffs back to Sodor with Thomas. Percy is quite sure that he'll see Gator again one day.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Gator
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Stafford
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode has some similarities to the Shining Time Station episode, Achoo.

Patience is a Virtue

Plot

A rock slide occurs at the Blue Mountain Quarry. No people are hurt, but Duke gets damaged from it and needs to go to the steamworks to be repair. Meanwhile, Mr. Percival receives a letter from the Talyllyn Railway saying that they need another engine there. He decides to send Sir Handel there, but not until Duke's repairs are done. When summer comes, Sir Handel's trains become longer. One day at the waterfall there are not enough coaches and some passengers have to crowd in the brake van. Sir Handel becomes impatient waiting for the guard to check all the tickets. And when he can finally go, Sir Handel leaves without the guard. Luckily, a passenger presses Beatrice's emergency buzzer and Sir Handel realizes his mistake. Sir Handel collects the guard and races home, and arrives at Crovan's Gate on time, where the guard reminds him "patience is a virtue".

Characters

  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Rusty
  • Duke
  • Thumper
  • Merrick
  • Owen
  • Mr. Percival
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the Railway Series story of the same name from the book, Great Little Engines.

Prickly Problems and Pop Specials

Plot

Duke is soon repaired, and Sir Handel is sent to the Talyllyn Railway on a goods train being pulled by Carter, the Class 40 Diesel.

While he's away, workmen start trimming bushes so the passengers can see the scenery, but Rusty does not have enough time to pick up the branches and so they remain where they are. One day, Peter Sam sees some branches on the line, and, not wanting to miss James' train, recklessly ploughs through. Unfortunately, they become jammed in his valve gear and although the worst is cut out Peter Sam's front feels very sore for several days afterwards.

A few days later, some scouts are camping near the Skarloey Railway and the scoutmaster arranges for them to do work on the line. One sweltering day, Duncan is stopped by the scoutmaster, who is afraid the Scouts will become cross if they do not get their soda. The Refreshment Lady has run out of soda, but another tea-shop has enough to spare, and Duncan delivers the soda to the grateful scouts.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Freddie
  • Mr. Percival
  • James (does not speak)
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261 (does not speak)
  • Duke (does not speak)
  • The Refreshment Lady (does not speak)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)

New Characters

  • The Boy Scouts

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the Railway Series stories, Peter Sam and the Prickly Problem and Pop-Special from the book, Great Little Engines.

Sir Handel Comes Home

Plot

After working on the Talyllyn Railway for a few weeks, Sir Handel comes home and tells the engines about his adventures. Some members of the royal family came to visit during his stay, and although Sir Handel didn't get to pull their train he did get to pull a party of wedding guests. When Peter Sam talks about his incident with the branches Sir Handel remembers a similar incident: he was puffing to Nant Gwernol when a fallen tree hit him in the face. Although his eye was not badly hurt, his crew made a huge fuss about it and even went so far as to bandage his eye and give him an eyepatch! Sir Handel loved his trip, but was glad to be home.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Duke
  • Freddie
  • Mighty Mac
  • Mr. Percival
  • Hiro (cameo)

New Characters

  • Talyllyn
  • Dolgoch
  • Sir Haydn (does not speak)
  • Edward Thomas (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the Railway Series story of the same name from the book, Great Little Engines.

Wilbert the Forest Engine (Double-Length Episode)

Plot

Part One

Donald and Douglas work on the Little Western line, as well as on the main line. However, their work starts to become too much for them to handle. So much that they end up feeling very exhausted and late with other work.

So Sir Topham Hatt arranges to borrow an engine, Wilbert, from the Dean Forest Railway. Percy is disappointed to hear Wilbert may not come to Thomas' Branch Line, but forgets it when the weather becomes cold and wet. One day at Elsbridge, the stationmaster and a porter are stacking poorly-sealed sacks of oatmeal on the platform. When Percy comes in, some sacks fall on the ground, scattering oatmeal everywhere. Percy runs into the sacks and is covered in the resulting glop, and Wilbert is quickly re-routed to Thomas' branch line to take Percy's place.

Part Two

There is a dairy at Toryreck. Wilbert is given the job of taking milk tankers to Knapford each morning. One day, he spends too much time talking to James at Knapford, and has to take on water at the dairy. Unfortunately, he stops at the wrong hosepipe and instead of water being poured into his tank, milk flows in! Thomas takes him back to Ffarquhar, and Wilbert's tank is emptied out.

The next day, Percy returns and Wilbert is sent to Duck's Branch Line, where Duck, Oliver and the small engines make him welcome. One day, Wilbert is taking some ballast trucks to Tidmouth when the coupling gear on a truck falls off. Thinking quickly, Wilbert borrows a coil of wire and has it looped around the hole and his coupling. Wilbert gets home safely. And when it's time for Wilbert to return to the Dean Forest Railway, Sir Topham Hatt has no doubts about him.

Characters

Part One

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)

New Character

  • Wilbert

Part Two

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Oliver
  • Wilbert
  • Rex
  • Bert (small railway)
  • Mike
  • Frank
  • Jock
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the three Railway Series stories, Percy's Porridge, Foaming at the Funnel and Wired-Up from the book, Wilbert the Forest Engine. The only story from that book that isn't used in this episode is Cab Over Wheels.

Different Languages

Plot

Sir Topham Hatt has bought Etienne, the Electric-Diesel Engine from France, to work on the Peel Godred Branch Line. He asks Thomas to work with him for a while until Etienne gets used to the work on the branch line.

Thomas tries to have a conversation with Etienne, but the electric engine doesn't know much English and mostly speak French. But Thomas doesn't know French and doesn't understand what Etienne is saying. He asks Annie and Clarabel if they know French, but they don't. He then asks Culdee and Ernest, the mountain engines, who tell Thomas that Etienne speaks French, but they don't understand what he says either. Thomas even asks his driver if he knows French, but he doesn't know a whole lot. Then Thomas remembers a friend of his that does know French.

Thomas puffs to Ulfstead Castle and gets permission from the Earl to take Millie to the Peel Godred Branch Line. Millie is a French engine and is sure that she can help Thomas understand what Etienne says.

When they arrive at Killdane Station, Etienne pulls in with a passenger train. Millie introduces herself to Etienne in French. She then translate what she said in English for Thomas. With some help from Millie, Thomas learns some French and even introduces himself to Etienne in French. Etienne also learns how to speak English, and thanks Thomas and Millie for teaching him.

Afterwards, Thomas takes Millie back to Ulfstead Castle, and goes back to work. He and Etienne work well together on the Peel Godred Branch Line.

A few days later, Thomas returns to his branch line, leaving the Peel Godred Branch Line in Etienne's buffers. Etienne really likes his new job on the Island of Sodor. And he's happy to have learned a new language.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Etienne
  • Millie
  • Ernest
  • Culdee
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Catherine (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Etienne's first appearance in an episode.
  • A reference to the special, The Great Race is made.

Biplanes and Jet Planes

Plot

Jeremy is a jet plane who goes from the mainland to the Island of Sodor. Whenever he comes to Sodor, he always arrives at the Sodor Airport.

One day, Jeremy is getting ready to leave the airport to go to the mainland. He tells Toby and Henrietta that he has to fly to France next. Just then, Tiger Moth, the yellow biplane arrives to get more fuel. Tiger Moth boasts to Jeremy that he can do more tricks than the jet plane has ever seen. But Jeremy tells Tiger Moth that he'd rather not try any tricks as it's dangerous, and it could upset the people riding inside him. Tiger Moth doesn't listen and challenges Jeremy to a race to see if the jet plane can go from the mainland and back again before the biplane can fly all around Sodor. He even offers Jeremy a head start. Jeremy agrees.

So after Jeremy takes off and heads to the mainland, Tiger Moth takes off and starts flying all around Sodor. As usually, he flies too low and shows off. Tiger Moth shouts to everyone around that he's the bravest and fastest plane in the whole world. But then there's trouble. Tiger Moth flies so low that he crashes into a field close to the railway.

Jeremy had reached France in record time, and sets off back to Sodor. As he flies near the airport, he sees that Tiger Moth had crashed, and decided to get help. So when he arrives at the airport, he tells the airport manage all about Tiger Moth. The airport manager hurries to his office and calls for help.

Soon, Edward brings Rocky to lift Tiger Moth onto a flatbed, and takes the biplane to the airfield at Dryaw to be repaired. Sure enough, Tiger Moth hears that it was Jeremy who found him and went to get help.

So a few days later, after he's repaired, Tiger Moth flies to the airport and thanks Jeremy and apologizes for being rude. Jeremy and Tiger Moth are now friends. Tiger Moth is also no longer reckless and never flies too low.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Toby
  • Henrietta
  • Rocky
  • Tiger Moth
  • Jeremy
  • The Airport Manager
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Harold (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • The first appearances of Tiger Moth, The Airport Manager and Sodor Airport in the CGI series.
    • Jeremy's first speaking role since the Season 10 episode, Thomas and the Jet Plane.
    • The first episode where Tiger Moth has a face, and his first speaking role in the TV series.
  • All non-human characters that were introduced in Season 10 appear in this episode, whether by speaking role or cameo.

Ashima Helps Out

Plot

One morning, a week before the party, a ship arrives at Knapford Harbor bringing in two engines from India; Ashima and Rajiv, as well as their coaches; Sabita and Tanzil (Ashima's coaches) and Bhup and Danav (Rajiv's coaches). They have come to run the line that runs from Bluff's Cove to Ulfstead. The two Indian engines are happy to make friends with the engines of Sodor.

A few days later, Sir Topham Hatt announces that Great Waterton's anniversary is coming up, and wants his engines to help out with it, especially Ashima and Rajiv.

The next day, Ashima is taking some workmen and party supplies to Great Waterton. The workmen are riding in Old Slow Coach, who is feeling upset at the moment because she wants to be in the parade, but can't find any engines to pull her in it. Old Slow Coach wants to ask Ashima to pull her, but she feels too shy now.

When they arrive at Great Waterton, Thomas is there picking up some empty trucks. Thomas and Ashima have a short chat before they have to go. Meanwhile, Old Slow Coach still wants to ask Ashima to pull her in the parade, but it still feeling shy.

Then later, James has to take Old Slow Coach on a passenger run. But as they climb a hill, they hit a bump in the track, which causes the couplings to break and Old Slow Coach and the other coaches start to roll back down the hill.

Ashima sees the coaches coming, and quickly switches tracks. The coaches bump into her, and Ashima puts on her breaks to stop the coaches. Old Slow Coach thanks Ashima, and now feels confident enough to ask her to pull her in the parade. Ashima agrees to do so.

James thanks Ashima for stopping his coaches, and Sir Topham Hatt gives Ashima the opportunity to lead the parade with Rajiv, which makes Ashima very happy.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Ashima
  • Rajiv
  • Old Slow Coach
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (mentioned)
  • The Sodor Brass Band (mentioned)

New Characters

  • Sabita and Tanzil the Indian Coaches (Ashima's coaches)
  • Bhup and Danav the Indian Coaches (Rajiv's coaches)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • Ashima and Rajiv's first appearances in an episode, as well as the latter's first speaking role.
    • Old Slow Coach's first appearance in an episode since the Season 5 episode, Happy Ever After (She first appeared in my fan-made special, Lights, Camera, Red Engine!).
    • The first appearance of Great Waterton in the CGI series.
  • Kunal Nayyar would join the voice cast as the voice actor of Rajiv.
  • A reference to the special, The Great Race is made.
  • The ending of this episode foreshadows the next episode.

Bird Watching and Parades

Plot

A group of bird watchers have come to Sodor for bird watching, and asks Sir Topham Hatt if one of his engines can take them around for bird watching. Sir Topham Hatt agrees.

First, the bird watchers travel with Gordon. But Gordon is too fast and loud. He ends up scaring the birds away. The bird watchers ask if they can travel with another engine. So Sir Topham Hatt arranges for James to take them. But like Gordon, James is too fast and loud, especially when the watchers are having a good view of a bluebird.

The bird watchers complained to Sir Topham Hatt, but he promises them another train very soon. He asks Rajiv and his coaches, Bhup and Danav to take the bird watchers. Rajiv travels slow and quietly. The bird watchers get to take pictures of many different birds. They thank Rajiv for taking them. Sir Topham Hatt hears about this and offers Rajiv to take the brass band in the parade, which makes the Indian engine happy.

The day of Great Waterton's anniversary arrives, and Sir Topham Hatt lets Rajiv and Ashima lead the parade from Knapford to Great Waterton. So the two Indian engines puff side by side with Rajiv carrying the brass band and Ashima carrying Sir Topham Hatt and the Mayor of Sodor in Old Slow Coach. Everyone cheers and waves as the parade goes by.

Once the parade is over, the party at Great Waterton begins. Everyone has a splendid time, and Rajiv and Ashima both feel proud to have led the parade.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Ashima
  • Rajiv
  • Old Slow Coach
  • Sabita and Tanzil the Indian Coaches
  • Bhup and Danav the Indian Coaches
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Mayor of Sodor
  • The Sodor Brass Band (do not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Etienne (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russel the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
  • Mr. Bubbles (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The first half of the episode takes place during "Ashima Helps Out".
  • At the party, the calliope from the Season 16 episode, Percy and the Calliope appears and plays the original Thomas theme. This would be the second time the calliope plays that theme.

Toad and Henrietta

Plot

Toad the Brakevan is proud to work with Oliver the Great Western Engine, and Henrietta the Coach is proud to work with Toby the Tram Engine.

One evening, Toby and Oliver shunt their rolling stock into sidings that are side by side. Toad and Henrietta don't usually speak to each other very much. After a conversation, the two of them suggest that they switch places tomorrow, with Toad working with Toby, and Henrietta working with Oliver.

The next day, they ask Toby and Oliver to switch for the day, and the two engines both agree. So Toby takes Toad to Knapford Station to pick up some workmen and take them to the quarry, while Oliver takes Henrietta to pick up some ballast.

The workmen are unsure if they'll all fit inside Toad, but the brakevan assures them that there's just enough room for all of them. So they climb aboard, and Toby sets off for the quarry. On the way, Toad tells Toby that he's never been to Ffarquhar quarry before, and has often wondered what it's like. Toby tells him that he'll find out soon enough.

Meanwhile, Oliver and Henrietta arrive at Arlesburgh West with some empty trucks. Oliver takes them under the chute where Rex is shunting some ballast hoppers above. As the ballast is being loaded into Oliver's trucks, Rex asks where Toad is today. Oliver and Henrietta explain about the switch today before they leave.

Toby and Toad arrive the quarry. Toad thinks the quarry looks very nice, even if it can be dusty. He even gets to meet Mavis, the diesel who works at the quarry before he and Toby leave to pick up some passengers.

Oliver is heading towards Knapford Harbor with his ballast train, but the trucks make him bump and jutter as puffs along. Oliver remembers how well Toad was able to keep the trucks in order. However, Henrietta offers to try, and sure enough, she is able to make sure they behave themselves. They soon each the harbor without any trouble. Then Oliver and Henrietta collect their next train.

Meanwhile, Toby is taking some passengers with a coach and Toad. Toad is feeling pleased. He doesn't usually get to be part of a passenger train. Once that's done, Toby and Toad puff back to the quarry to pick up some stone trucks to take to Brendam Docks.

Now Oliver is taking passengers along the Little Western line, pulling two red coaches and Henrietta. Oliver tells Henrietta that after this, they have to collect another goods train and asks if Henrietta can keep the trucks in order again. Henrietta replies saying that she can do it again since she knows what to do.

As the sun starts to set, Toby and Oliver both do their final jobs of the day. Toby and Toad take the workmen home for the day. And Oliver and Henrietta take some trucks to Knapford. The two engines arrive at Knapford at the same time and ask each other how it was to work with each other's rolling stock. Toad says that it was nice to take passengers for a change, and Henrietta says that she had a good day too and learned how to keep the troublesome trucks in line. But all the same, it was nice to be back with their own engine again.

Characters

  • Toby
  • Oliver
  • Mavis
  • Rex
  • Henrietta
  • Toad
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Ashima (cameo)
  • Rajiv (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Mike (cameo)
  • Jock (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Thumper (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 17 episode, The Switch.
  • The events of the Season 3 episodes, Time for Trouble and Oliver Owns Up and the Season 19 episode, The Truth About Toby are mentioned.

Rajiv and the Snowman

Plot

It's December on the Island of Sodor, and as usually, the engines are busier than usual. Rajiv is really looking forward to Christmas, and so is Ashima. It was going to be their first Christmas on Sodor.

One day, Rajiv is on his way to Ulfstead Castle with a delivery of reindeer. They are for a petting zoo at the Earl's Christmas fair. On the way, he has to stop a signal. He notices in a field nearby that there is a snowman balloon. Toby tells Rajiv that the balloon is for the Christmas fair at the castle. The workmen are just testing it to make sure it works and doesn't have holes. Rajiv thinks the balloon looks nice. Then the signal changes, and he continues on towards the castle.

Rajiv arrives on time with the reindeer, and notices how preparations of the fair is coming along. There's still a bit to do, but it should be ready in time for the opening tomorrow. Then Rajiv puffs away.

The wind soon starts to blow hard. The workmen try to keep the snowman balloon from blowing away after it gets lifted off the ground. But the wind blows so hard that they are unable to keep holding the chains. The snowman balloon blows away and one of the chains gets caught on one of Rajiv's back buffers.

Rajiv then passes Henry, who asks why a snowman is following him. Rajiv is confused. Then he passes Bill and Ben, who call him "a snowman's best friend". Up ahead, Ashima is waiting at a station with her coaches, Sabita and Tanzil. She sees Rajiv coming and the snowman balloon. She also notices that he's about to go under a bridge that's too short for the balloon, and yells at Rajiv to stop. Rajiv stops just inches from the bridge. Ashima tells him about the snowman balloon, and Rajiv's crew look back and see that one of the chains is caught on one of his buffers.

Workmen soon arrive to deflate the snowman balloon. Sir Topham Hatt then asks Rajiv to take it to Ulfstead Castle, and he does. The next day, the Earl's Christmas fair is opened. Ashima and Rajiv take visitors to the castle. Everyone has a great time. And Rajiv thinks that the snowman balloon is one of the best balloon he's ever seen.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Toby
  • Bill and Ben
  • Ashima
  • Rajiv
  • Duke
  • Millie
  • Sabita and Tanzil the Indian Coaches
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Bhup and Danav the Indian Coaches (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 10 episode, Thomas' Frosty Friend.

Blue Engine Rivalry

Plot

One winter day, Sir Topham Hatt tells the engines that he's bought another tender engine to help out on the North Western Railway; Frieda, the Big Blue German Engine from the Great Railway Show. At first, Wendy thinks she will be good friends with Frieda. But after Frieda chuckles that Wendy looked small compared to her, the latter takes an offense, and fears that Sir Topham Hatt brought Frieda to Sodor to replace her.

So Wendy decides to prove that she can be just as strong as Frieda. The next time she needs to pull a passenger train, she decides to take a goods train along with it, making a very long train. As she puffs along with a long train, she meets up with Frieda, who's pulling some trucks and tankers. When Wendy explains what she's doing, Frieda chuckles that Wendy is being silly. But Wendy tells Frieda that she's the one who'll feel silly once she completes her run with the long train, and even challenges Frieda to a race to Maron. Frieda thinks a race would be silly since she thinks she'll win, but her trucks and tankers encourage her to race. So Frieda agrees to race Wendy to Maron.

They thunder through Wellsworth, and charge up Gordon's Hill. Frieda makes it to the top first, and starts to go down the other side. But Wendy also makes it to the top, and hurries down the other side, without applying her brakes. She overtakes Frieda, who tries to warn Wendy to slow down due to some icy rails, but Wendy refuses. Then she comes off the rails. Frieda decides to hurry over to Maron to get help.

At Maron, Frieda tells the stationmaster about Wendy's accident. The stationmaster phones for help, and James takes Jerome and Judy to rescue Wendy. Then Wendy is taken to the steamworks to be inspected for damage.

While Wendy is at the steamworks, Sir Topham Hatt arrives on board Frieda, and tells Wendy that she should not have taken a very long and heavy train by herself. Wendy apologizes for doing such a silly thing, but also explains that she only did it because Frieda chuckled that she looked small and was worried of being replaced. Frieda says that she didn't mean to offend Wendy, and promises to not joke about that to her again. Sir Topham Hatt tells the two engines that if there's more teasing and rivalries like that again, they'll both be on coal deliveries for a month. Wendy and Frieda both promise not to do it again.

The next day, Wendy is back at work. She's not afraid of being replaced anymore, and always lets bigger engines like Frieda handle the heavy trains.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Frieda
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Victor
  • Jerome and Judy
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Frieda's first appearance in an episode.
  • A reference to the special, The Great Race is made.

Thomas and the New Animals

Plot

One morning, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see the engines at Tidmouth Sheds. He tells them that new animals will be arriving for the animal park sometime today. Thomas is asked to help take them from Vicarstown to the animal park, which makes him happy. He can't wait to meet the new animals. He puffs away before Sir Topham Hatt could tell him something else.

When Thomas arrives at Vicarstown Station, he looks around for trucks carrying new animals. He looks over at where Carter the Class 40 Diesel had just pulled in, but he's only there to deliver diesel fuel. Then he looks over at where the Flying Scotsman is backing down onto some coaches, but he's only there to pick up his passenger train. Then finally, Thomas hears a steam engine's whistle in the distance. And Thomas looks up to see an engine puffing into the station with some trucks. The engine's name is Shane, and his trucks are full of animals Thomas had never seen before. Thomas guesses correctly that those are the animals for the animal park. Shane tells Thomas that he was told to help take them to the animal park, but he doesn't know the way. So Thomas suggests that they go together to the animal park, and Shane agrees.

As they make their way to the animal park, Shane tells Thomas all about the animals they're taking. He tells Thomas all about koalas, wombats, kangaroos and dingos, and that they're usually found in Australia, where Shane is from. Thomas thinks the new animals sound interesting. Then, Thomas and Shane go over some bumpy bits of track, which causes the latches on two of the trucks to slide open. But neither Thomas nor Shane find out about it. And every time, Thomas and Shane stop or slow down, a few of the koalas and kangaroos jump out of the trucks.

When they arrive at the animal park, Sir Topham Hatt and the Mayor are waiting to see the new animals, but only the wombats and dingos are on board. Everyone's surprised when they see that the latches on two of the trucks are open. Shane and Thomas are sure that the bumpy tracks caused the latches to open, and the kolas and kangaroos jumped out.

So the two engines hurry back to find the rest of the animals. Fortunately, Farmer McColl, Farmer Trotter, Farmer Finney, Jem Cole and even Cyril the Fogman have gathered the koalas and kangaroos altogether. When Thomas and Shane arrive at the field where the animals are at, they're loaded into the cattle trucks, and Thomas and Shane take them to the animal park.

When the two engines arrive back at the animal park, everyone is glad to see the koalas and kangaroos safe and unhurt. They're unloaded from the trucks and taken into the animal park for all the visitors to see. Sir Topham Hatt thanks Thomas and Shane for delivering the animals safely, and says that they're both really useful engines.

Later, Thomas asks Shane if they'll meet again. Shane tells Thomas that he'll be seeing more of him in the future. Thomas is confused, but then Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells Thomas that he puffed away this morning before he could tell him that Shane will be joining them on the North Western Railway. That makes Thomas very happy.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Shane
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Terence
  • Trevor
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer Finney
  • Jem Cole
  • Cyril the Fogman
  • Farmer McColl
  • The Mayor of Sodor
  • Farmer Trotter
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Roger the Foreign Engine (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)

Underwater Rescue

Plot

One day, Thomas and Percy are at Brendam Docks picking up some trucks when something comes up from under the water. It's a submarine, and he introduces himself to everyone as 'Doc'. Doc tells Thomas and Percy about how he travels underwater. Thomas and Percy think Doc can be really useful for underwater searches.

Later, Thomas and Percy meet up with Edward, Henry, Emily and Diesel and tell them about Doc. Edward, Henry and Emily think Doc will be a good friend to them. But Diesel thinks submarines silly, and doesn't think they can help the engines at all. That makes Percy upset, but Thomas is sure that Doc can prove to Diesel that he can too help the engines in a way.

A few days later, Diesel needs some new wheels. They're arriving from the mainland. However, the ship bringing Diesel's wheels gets caught in a bad storm. And some of its cargo falls into the sea, including Diesel's wheels.

When the ship arrives at the docks, the captain explains to the dock manager what happened. Then, Doc comes up with an idea; he would search for the cargo underwater, then they can lift it back up with some kind of crane.

So, Captain is called to help carry a barge with a hook to help with the rescue. Doc goes underwater and finds some of the containers that fell over. So they're lifted out of the water, and put onto a barge. They keep doing this until all the lost cargo is found.

Thomas and Percy congratulate Doc and Captain for finding the cargo, including Diesel's wheels. And then Thomas takes the new wheels to the dieselworks.

When he arrives, Diesel is very happy to see his new wheels, but also asks what took them so long to get here. Thomas explains about the shop losing its cargo and how Doc and Captain helped find it. Diesel is surprised that Doc helped find his wheels despite thinking that the submarine wasn't really useful.

The next day, Diesel is at the docks, where he meets up with Doc. He manages to say thank you to Doc for finding his new wheels, and even manages to give Doc a friendly smile. And that makes Doc a very happy submarine.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Porter
  • Diesel
  • Salty
  • Cranky
  • Captain
  • James (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)

New Character

  • Doc the Black Submarine

The Phantom Brakevan

Plot

Duncan always wants everyone to know that he's brave, even if he once thought he saw a ghost on the old iron bridge. He also wants everyone to know that he likes scary stories.

One night, James arrives at the wharf with trucks. The cargo in his trucks was to be loaded into some narrow gauge trucks for Peter Sam to deliver along the line that night. Duncan is also at the wharf helping Colin to unload a barge. When James puffs up to Duncan and Colin, the green crane starts to unload his trucks and loads them onto narrow gauge trucks. While he's doing so, James decides to tell Duncan and Colin a spooky story he heard from Salty called "The Phantom Brakevan". The Phantom Brakevan is an old brakevan that can move on its own. It's always trying to scare engines that claim to be the bravest engines ever. Duncan finds the story a bit scary, but he doesn't want anyone, especially James, to know. Soon, the trucks are loaded, and Peter Sam arrives to collect them.

After Peter Sam leaves, Colin tells James that there's more cargo coming by barge for him to collect, but it won't be here until tomorrow. So James puffs off into the Wharf sheds to spend the night. But Duncan doesn't. He's very afraid of the Phantom Brakevan, and puffs around the wharf for a while wondering if it will come to the wharf and scare him.

Then Duncan hears a noise, and thinks it the Phantom Brakevan. But it turns out to be the wind whistling through some pipes that are close to the line. Then Duncan hears another noise, but it turns out to be some crows. Duncan then starts to puff backwards and bumps into some trucks causing them to move on their own. Duncan is now sure that the Phantom Brakevan is at the wharf, and he races forward. But then, he comes off the rails and almost lands in the canal. Fortunately, James hears the crash and puffs off to see what it was. He finds Duncan near the canal, and his driver and fireman attach chains between the two engines. Then James pulls Duncan back onto the rails.

James asks Duncan if he's alright and what he was doing around the wharf. Duncan tells James that he had been afraid of his story about the Phantom Brakevan, and thought it would come to the wharf and scare him. He also says that he didn't want James to think he was a scaredy little engine. But James tells Duncan that the Phantom Brakevan is not real, and that everyone is afraid of something. He even tells Duncan of sometimes when he got scared, like the time he first saw Gator and derailed at the fenland track. The makes Duncan feel better, and he's no longer afraid to tell his friends when he's scared. And he's very happy to have a good friend in James.

Characters

  • James
  • Peter Sam
  • Duncan
  • Colin
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Gator (mentioned)
  • Salty (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Colin in the CGI series.
  • The events of the Season 5 episode, Duncan Gets Spooked and the special, Tale of the Brave are mentioned.
  • The Phantom Brakevan was first mentioned by Thomas in the Season 19 episode, Salty All at Sea. However, it was never heard of again in the actual series.
  • The way Duncan came off the rails and nearly fell into the canal is similar to Peter Sam's accident in the Season 11 episode, Thomas and the Big Bang.

Mountain Diesel

Plot

One morning, Etienne delivers a new engine for the Culdee Fell Railway. The engine, whose name is Gene, is a mountain diesel. Mr. Percival introduces Gene to the other engines, who are pleased to meet him.

Gene is then introduced to the coach he'll be working with; Tracy. Gene enjoys his first run up the mountain. However, when he starts to go down the mountain, he tries to go as fast as he can because he would like to run fast, but his driver checks him, and applies the brakes, which makes Gene disappointed.

That evening, Gene tells Ernest and Patrick about his first day. Gene also tells them of when he tried to go fast, but was held back by his driver. Ernest tells Gene that it's dangerous to race down the mountain. Patrick even tells Gene about the time he came off the rails at the summit due to going too fast. Gene agrees that it would be dangerous, but he still wishes to go very fast down the mountain.

A few days later, Gene goes on his usually climb up the mountain. He reaches the top without any problems, then he and Tracy start to reverse down the mountain. Then there's trouble; his brakes have failed, and he is unable to slow down. He speeds down the mountain feeling terrified. Then Gene and Tracy come off the tracks near Shiloh.

Before long, Eric arrives with Olivia the Mountain Truck, as well as Mr. Percival. Gene, his driver and Tracy explain what had happened, and Mr. Percival tells Gene that it's alright as he couldn't help it if his brakes failed. Gene is then taken to the steamworks to be repaired.

Gene's brakes are soon repaired, and he goes back to work. Gene now knows that racing backwards down the mountain can be very dangerous, and now takes good care.

Characters

  • Etienne
  • Ernest
  • Culdee
  • Patrick (mountain engine)
  • Eric
  • Olivia the Mountain Railway Truck
  • Mr. Percival
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo)
  • Alaric (cameo)
  • Catherine (cameo)

New Characters

  • Gene the Mountain Diesel
  • Tracy, Gene's Coach

Notes/Trivia

  • A flashback to Danger Points is used.

Patrick and the Puppy

Plot

One day, Alfie is telling Patrick, Isobella and Penny about the time he rescued some kittens. Isobella and Penny think it's a nice story, but Patrick thinks the story is silly and says that he could never be friends with an animal.

But one day, on his way to fill in some potholes on the roads, and Patrick finds a lost puppy. He and his operator both agree to take and see if the puppy has a home. When he arrives at a road by the Arlesdale Railway, he starts to fill in some potholes. As he does so, he hopes none of the pack machines and even the engines find out he befriended a puppy. However, his operator asks some workmen and even Mike's driver if they own the puppy, but none of them own him.

Then Patrick drives on a little further, and starts to fill in a few more potholes. His operator asks more people if they own the puppy. Then Caroline comes along, and Patrick's operator asks her driver if he owns the puppy, but the answer is no. Patrick hopes Caroline doesn't realize that he's carrying the puppy, but she does and tells Patrick that helping lost animals find their home is always a good thing. This makes Patrick feel better.

Patrick and his operator keep trying to find the puppy's home until they run into Miss Jenny and Mr. and Mrs. Kyndley. It turns out the puppy belongs to the Kyndleys, who are happy to have their pet back. They thank Patrick and his operator for finding him, and promise them that they'll bring the puppy over to the yard so Patrick can see him again. Mr. and Mrs. Kyndley even decide to name the puppy after Patrick the Cement Mixer. This makes Patrick a very happy cement mixer.

That evening, Patrick tells the other machines all about the puppy. Alfie reminds Patrick that he said that he could never be friends an animal, but Patrick says that he was wrong and realized that it's okay to show his soft side to his friends.

Characters

  • Mike
  • Caroline
  • Alfie
  • Oliver (Pack)
  • Ned
  • Isobella
  • Patrick
  • Penny the Pink Grader
  • Mrs. Kyndley
  • Mr. Kyndley
  • Miss Jenny
  • Frank (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • George (cameo)
  • Jack (cameo)
  • Max and Monty (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode has some similarities to the annual story, Gordon's Stowaway.
  • A reference to the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, Alfie Has Kittens is made.

The Trouble with Vickie (Double-Length Episode)

Plot

Part One

Bear had gotten into a big accident on the main line. His brakes had failed and he had crashed into Maron Station, which now needs to be re-built. And now there's extra work for the engines on the main line.

A week later, Sir Topham Hatt tells the engines that he had had to bring in an engine from the mainland, and that there was only one available; Vickie the White Diesel, who had helped Driver Jill steal studio equipment when Sodor was having a mini-series filmed last year.

Vickie pretends to be good, and starts causing trouble when Sir Topham Hatt isn't around. She starts being ruder than ever towards James, as she thinks he was the one that got her and Driver Jill into trouble. Vickie starts ordering James around and makes him do bad things. First, she tells him to take the trucks of straw for Farmer Trotter's pigs, and hide it into a siding. Then, she tells him to push some trucks of building supplies for Maron into the sea. Vickie even tells James to push Percy off the rails. Every time James refuses to do something she says, Vickie threats him that she'll take him to the Smelter's Yard. So James does what she says, and ends up getting into a lot of trouble.

James has had enough of Vickie's rudeness and orders, and comes up with an idea on how to pay her out.

Part Two

James is sent to work with Diesel at the shunting yards. He tells Diesel all about his problem with Vickie, and says that he was wondering if Diesel could help him get Vickie into trouble, remembering how Diesel tried to get Duck into trouble by thinking up some nicknames for him, Gordon and Henry. But Diesel laughs at this, and refuses to get another diesel into trouble. But then, James and Diesel overhear Vickie being rude to Arry and Bert, telling them that they're late with some trucks she's suppose to take. Diesel is surprised, but he still doesn't want to get another diesel into trouble. Then Vickie comes towards them, and insults Diesel by saying he's slow and out of date compared to her, and says that most Class 08s are unreliable. For Diesel, that's the last straw, and agrees to help James.

That night, James and Diesel work out their plan. Diesel would tell Vickie that she's not the fastest engine in the world, hoping that she would try to go very fast and get into an accident. So the next morning, Diesel tells Vickie about engines that are probably faster than her, including Gordon, Spencer and Flying Scotsman. Vickie just laughs and says that she can go much faster than any steam engine.

When Vickie collects her trucks at Vicarstown, she bumps them hard, which makes them cross. Vickie becomes in so much of a hurry that she doesn't collect a brake van. Soon, Vickie is traveling up the main line towards Knapford. She races as fast as she could. The trucks are still cross, and try to hold her back. Vickie starts to slow down, which makes her cross. She yells at the trucks, and even insults them. The trucks become even more cross. When they come to Gordon's Hill, the trucks hold back more. But Vickie manages to get up the hill. However, when she starts going down the other side, the trucks push her. Vickie goes down the hill much too fast. She races through Wellsworth, and comes off the rails at where she was to switch tracks. Then Gordon comes from the opposite direction, and manages to stop just in the nick of time.

Before long, Paxton arrives with Jerome and Judy, and James helps to take away the trucks. When Vickie is lifted back onto the rails, she finds Sir Topham Hatt coming towards her looking very cross. He tells Vickie that she's caused confusion and delay by not taking her brake van with her, going much too fast and being rude to the trucks. James even speaks up and says that it was Vickie telling him to do those bad things. The trucks say that they heard Vickie tell James to do them, and even Paxton says that he overheard Vickie once, but didn't know it was a trick. Vickie bags for a second chance, but Sir Topham Hatt refuses, as he doesn't know if he can trust her after all that's happened.

So Vickie is taken back to the mainland. Sir Topham Hatt rearranges the engines' schedule, so they can handle the work between them until Bear returns.

A few weeks later, Sir Topham Hatt and James' crew tell James what has now happened to Vickie. Word of her accident spread to a factory on the mainland that was looking for something to power their lights. Vickie was turned into a generator. James chuckles remembering that happened to an engine who worked on the Duke's Old Line. The next time James sees Diesel, he tells him what happened to Vickie. Diesel replies saying "Good riddance". And although Diesel still doesn't get along with steam engines all the time, he still remembers the time he helped James.

Characters

Part One

  • Edward
  • Henry
  • James
  • Percy
  • Bear
  • Vickie the White Class 37 Diesel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer Trotter
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Jerome and Judy (cameo)
  • Jack (cameo)
  • Alfie (cameo)
  • Oliver (Pack) (cameo)
  • Kelly (cameo)
  • Ned (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)
  • Driver Jill (mentioned)

Part Two

  • Gordon
  • James
  • Diesel
  • Arry and Bert
  • Paxton
  • Vickie the White Class 37 Diesel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bear (does not speak)
  • Jerome and Judy (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Henry (mentioned)
  • Duck (mentioned)
  • Flying Scotsman (mentioned)
  • Spencer (mentioned)
  • Duke (mentioned)
  • Smudger (not named; mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • Although Vickie the White Class 37 Diesel first appeared in my fan-made special, "Lights, Camera, Red Engine!", this would be her first appearance in an episode, as well as her final appearance altogether.
  • References to Dirty Work (S2), Granpuff and the fan-made special, Lights, Camera, Red Engine are made.

Three New Diesels

Plot

Bert, the blue small railway engine, has worked hard on the Arlesdale Railway and has always tried his best. However, he still sometimes had trouble with steaming. Eventually, the Small Controller comes up with a solution to the problem.

On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), Rex, Mike, Frank and Jock notice that Bert isn't around. But before they could ask about him, the Small Controller arrives and tells them that Bert was sent to the steamworks a few hours to be rebuilt, and that three diesels will arrive to help the other four engines with their work. About ten minutes, Oliver arrives with the new diesels. Two of the diesels are twins named Blister I and Blister II, and the other diesel is blue and named Sigrid of Arlesdale. The Small Controller asks Rex to work with Sigrid and Frank to work with the Blister twins.

While Sigrid and Rex double head a passenger train, Frank tells the Blister twins that he usually helps with works trains and takes workmen to repair the line, if needed. Blister I and Blister II joke about what would happen if the works train ever crashed, which makes Frank annoyed.

Sigrid and Rex are having a good run down the line. Sigrid thinks the scenery on the railway is very nice, but might look even better in the spring and summer. Meanwhile, Frank and the Blister twins are heading up the line to where some points have jammed. The Blister twins say that maybe it got so cold overnight that the points are frozen. Frank tells them that the points were jammed a few days ago, and workmen didn't have time to mend it recently because of it was Christmas. Frank hopes that the Blister twins don't joke around with him all day long.

Sigrid and Rex soon reach the end of the line. They turn around, and get ready to head back in the opposite direction. But then, Rex's injector fails and Sigrid has to pull him and the train all the way back to Arlesburgh. But Sigrid is quite sure that she can do that.

Frank, the Blister twins and the workmen soon reach the jammed points, and they start work. While the workmen mend the points, Frank's driver sneezes and accidently makes Frank move forward towards the points. Frank ends up off the rails between the siding and the main line. But the Blister twins pull him back onto the rails. Frank is surprised, but thanks the Blister twins. The twins tell Frank that they may like to joke around, but they can get serious when an accident happens. Frank is happy to see it.

That evening, the Small Controller comes to see the engines at the sheds. He congratulates Sigrid, Blister I and Blister II for rescuing Rex and Frank, and says that he'll be very happy to have them on his railway. He also says that Bert's overhaul will be completed by the end of January, and that the line will be extended sometime in the new year. The engines are happy to hear this, and they plan out their New Years resolutions. Blister I, Blister II and Sigrid all agree that their New Years resolution will be to work hard and make lots of new friends on their new line.

Characters

  • Oliver
  • Rex
  • Bert (small railway)
  • Mike
  • Frank
  • Jock
  • The Small Controller
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)

New Characters

  • Blister I and Blister II
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale

Chinese New Year

Plot

Yong Bao, the Chinese Engine, has been bought by the North-Western Railway, due to his railway in China being closed. Yong Bao is glad to still be at work, but is sad that to have to leave his homeland. What's more, Chinese New Year is coming up and he had been looking forward to a celebration back on China. Thomas, Percy and Duck hear about how Yong Bao is feeling and they all agree on an idea. They ask Sir Topham Hatt if they can have a Chinese New Year celebration on Sodor for Yong Bao, but Sir Topham Hatt doesn't know much about Chinese New Year. However, Yong Bao says he knows all about it, and is happy to teach everyone on Sodor about Chinese New Year.

Yong Bao tells everyone that they should give all the stations and sheds a thorough cleaning, as it is believed that cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes them ready for good luck. He also tells the engines and workers to hang red lanterns and the stations and sheds, and wear red if they can. He also tells everyone that there's a legend of a beast called the Nian, who was afraid of the color red and loud noises. Yong Bao also makes a request for there to be firecrackers and fireworks at the celebration, and Sir Topham Hatt is happy to order some.

Yong Bao also explains that usually a different animal is the symbol for Chinese New Year every year, and that this upcoming one is the year of the dragon. Percy tells Yong Bao that they have had a Chinese dragon made out of paper brought to Sodor before, and that it would be perfect for the celebration.

So all the arrangements are made, and the party is to be held at Vicarstown station. And when the first day of Chinese New Year, all the engines do what they can to help with the celebration. Dennis and Norman take the vans of fireworks and firecrackers, Thomas delivers the food, Gordon and Henry take all the guests to the party and Yong Bao pulls the Chinese Dragon.

At the party, Yong Bao explains to the guests all the different foods there are to eat. The guests all enjoy themselves, the Chinese Dragon dances, Yong Bao tells everyone stories of his old railway in China and when nighttime comes, the fireworks and firecrackers are set off. Yong Bao is very happy and thanks everyone for helping him have a happy Chinese New Year. Sir Topham Hatt tells Yong Bao that thanks to him, they can have a celebration for Chinese New Year every year now. All the engines whistle and honk in agreement, and Yong Bao is happy to call Sodor his new home.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Duck
  • Yong Bao
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Flying Scotsman (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • The Small Controller (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • The first episode in the series to be Chinese New Year-theme.
    • The first appearance of the Chinese Dragon in the CGI series.

When Hank and Connor Met

Plot

Hank is a big blue engine, who is usually kind and helpful. He remembers when he first arrived on Sodor, and Thomas showed him around the island. Hank offered to help Thomas with his heavy trucks, but the blue tank engine refused, as he wanted to prove that he was very strong. But then Thomas broke down, and Hank was happy to help him deliver his trucks. The two of them have been great friends ever since. However, sometimes, Hank tends to be a little cocky.

One day, Hank and Thomas are at a water tower when Connor arrives with his coaches. Hank and Connor have never met before, and start telling each other about the things they normally do. Connor says that he takes visitors from the mainland to Ulfstead Castle and back again, and that he can do it faster than it takes Hank to reach Vicarstown. Hank takes an offense at this, and says that he's much stronger and faster than Connor, and even calls Connor a 'dingy brain'. Hank even challenges Connor to a race; Hank bets that he can take a goods train to Vicarstown and head back to the water tower before Connor makes one delivery of passengers to the castle and back to the mainland. Thomas says that he'd like to join too. Hank and Connor agree, but they are quite sure Thomas will come in last.

Hank quickly picks up a goods train at the shunting yards, and heads off to Vicarstown, as fast as he can. But because he's pulling a goods train, he has to stop at some signals to let a few passenger trains go pass. This makes Hank annoyed.

Meanwhile, Connor had picked up a train of passengers from the mainland, and is hurrying off to Ulfstead castle. He races right through Vicarstown, and causes some people to lose their hats. Spencer, who was at Vicarstown, says that he thought he went too fast most of the time.

Connor reaches Ulfstead Castle three minutes early, and gets ready for the trip back to the mainland. But he's in so much of a hurry that he doesn't wait for the guard's whistle, and leaves him and some of his passengers behind. The guard, the passengers and even the Earl try to tell Connor, but Connor doesn't hear them.

Hank made good time along the line, and arrives at Vicarstown station five minutes early. Murdoch asks why is Hank is early today. Hank tells him that he challenged Connor to a race, and he's determined to win. Murdoch tells Hank that the trucks he was due to take back haven't arrived yet, and that Hank will have to wait until Hiro brings them from the mainland. As Hank waits, Connor steams through the station. Connor chuckles when he sees Hank waiting at the station, and says that he'll probably win if Hank waits too long. This makes Hank even more determined to beat Connor.

When Hiro arrives with the trucks, Hank is quickly coupled to them, and he takes off, just as Connor arrives back at Vicarstown. But Hank pulls away too quickly, and a coupling breaks leaving the last few trucks behind. Hiro tries to tell Hank, but Hank doesn't hear him.

Soon, the two engines are racing side-by-side. Because Connor is much faster than Hank, he manages to overtake the big blue engine, and even switches onto Hank's line. This makes Hank cross, as he now can't get in front of Connor. But then there's trouble. Connor had been racing so fast that he had forgotten to take on more water. He soon comes to a stop. Hank tries to stop quickly, but it's too late. Hank crashes into Connor and his coaches, and they come off the rails.

Just then, Thomas arrives at the water tower, and wins the race. But when he sees that Hank and Connor have derailed nearby, he quickly goes to get help.

Soon, Thomas arrives with Rocky, and Murdoch with Judy and Jerome. Harold also arrives to take some passengers to the hospital. They all set to work clearing the mess. And just as Hank and Connor have been put back onto the rails, Sir Topham Hatt arrives, looking very cross. He tells Hank and Connor that they have caused confusion and delay. He tells Connor that he left his guard and some of his passengers behind, and Hank that he left behind the last few trucks on his train. And because of them, some people have been injured and have to go to the hospital. Hank and Connor apologize for what they've done. Sir Topham Hatt then says that once they are repaired, they will be on quarry work for two weeks, and Murdoch and Hiro will do their normal work.

Thomas and Murdoch take Connor and Hank to the steamworks. On the way, Hank and Connor agree that every engine is useful in their own way, no matter how fast or strong they are. Thomas and Murdoch are both glad that Hank and Connor have become friends.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Hank
  • Hiro
  • Connor
  • Rocky
  • Judy and Jerome
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode takes place after my second special idea, The Search for an L.N.E.R..
  • This episode idea was partly inspired by the magazine story, Speedy Steamies.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 12 episode, Heave Ho Thomas!.
  • Hank and Connor's rivalry in this episode is a reference to the fact that the Pennsylvania Railroad and the the New York Central were rivals.
  • Hank called Connor a "dingy brain" in this episode, which is what Zorran called Zak in the TUGS episode, Sunshine.

Dennis and the Dinosaurs

Plot

Dennis and Norman are twins, who usually work well together. Like all brothers, they sometimes fall out, but they always get back together.

One summer, two dinosaur skeletons have been discovered. Sir Robert Norramby agrees to have them in his dinosaur park. The day after the dinosaur skeletons were discovered, Sir Topham Hatt tells his engines that he needs one or two of them to take the dinosaur skeletons to the dinosaur park at Ulfstead castle tomorrow. Dennis says that he and Norman can do it, as they usually work well as a team. But when Dennis and Norman collect some trucks, Norman crashes into the trucks, as he's too excited about the dinosaur skeleton. This makes Sir Topham Hatt unsure if Dennis and Norman can do the job. Dennis says that he can do it on his own. Sir Topham Hatt says that he'll see. After Sir Topham Hatt leaves, Norman apologizes for biffing the trucks, and says that they can take the dinosaurs together. But Dennis says no and that he'll show Sir Topham Hatt he can do it on his own by working hard alone all day. Dennis also calls Norman "Clumsy Buffers", which makes Norman feel sad.

So Dennis works hard all day by himself. He gets tired from it, but he wants to prove to Sir Topham Hatt that he can take the dinosaurs by himself. And the next day, Sir Topham Hatt tells Dennis that he was impressed by Dennis' hard work the day before, and decides that he can take the dinosaur. This makes Dennis very happy. Sir Topham Hatt tells Norman that he will deliver supplies to the cafeteria at Knapford.

Dennis collects the trucks of dinosaur bones at Tidmouth, and heads up the main line to Ulfstead Castle. As he passes through Crosby and Wellsworth stations, people cheer. They can't wait to see the dinosaur skeletons set up at the dinosaur park.

Then Dennis comes to Gordon's Hill. As he makes his way to the top, he stops. He had been so excited about delivering the dinosaur skeletons that he had forgotten to take on more diesel fuel. Dennis slides back down the hill. While his guard goes back to Wellsworth to get help, Dennis wishes that his twin, Norman was with him.

Meanwhile, Norman had just finished delivering the supplies for the cafeteria. As he arrives at Wellsworth, Dennis' guard flags him down, and explains the situation. Norman still feels hurt about what Dennis said yesterday, but he knows that they can't leave the line block. So he goes to help.

Norman soon reaches Dennis, who apologizes to Norman for calling him 'clumsy buffers' yesterday, and decides that he would prefer to work with Norman than on his own. So Norman is coupled up to the back of the train, and pushes it to the top of the hill.

They soon arrive at a diesel fueling area, where Dennis takes on more fuel. Then Dennis and Norman take the dinosaur skeletons to the dinosaur park together. When they arrive, the workmen start putting the bones together. They finish, just as Millie arrives with some visitors. Some of the visitors are photographers, who want to take pictures of the dinosaur skeletons.

Dennis and Norman each get their pictures taken with one of the dinosaurs. And they both agree that working with your brother is always better.

Characters

  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Millie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 9 episode, Rheneas and the Dinosaur.
  • The dinosaur skeletons featured in this episode would be of a Megalosaurus and a Cetiosauriscus.
  • Some dialogue by Dennis and Norman at the beginning are based on ones by Bill and Ben from the Season 5 episode, Double Teething Troubles.

Fred or Freddie?

Plot

Fred is a little black diesel who works on the Skarloey Railway. He's new to the line, and doesn't know every engine very well.

One day, Rusty and Fred are at the Transfer Yards when Mr. Percival arrives. He tells Fred that he is to pull the weedkiller train along the line, and Rusty to take a passenger train. So Fred collects the weedkiller tanker, and sets off up the line.

Fred makes good time along the line spreading weedkiller. Then, at Glennock station, he stops at a signal. While he's waiting, he overhears Mr. Percival talking to a workmen. He says that he wants Freddie to collect some stone from the Blue Mountain Quarry, and take it to the Wharf. Mr. Percival then leaves on his bicycle. Fred is a bit puzzled, as he thought Mr. Percival was talking about him. He knows that he should keep pulling the weedkiller train, but since he thinks he's needed at the quarry, he decides to leave his train at the station, and hurry up to the Blue Mountain Quarry.

When he arrives, he sees a train of stone waiting to go to the wharf. He tells the workmen that he's taking it to the wharf. So he's coupled up, and sets off. Meanwhile, Rusty arrives at Glennock station, and finds the weedkiller train blocking his way. He knows that Fred is supposed to be pulling it. His driver thinks that Fred got sick, and couldn't keep pulling it. Rusty then decides to take it along with his passenger train.

Fred makes good time along the line, and arrives at the wharf on time. Colin is a bit puzzled, as he thought Freddie was to take the train. Fred says that he's Fred, but can also be called Freddie. And before Colin can reply, Fred leaves. As he's resting in a shed at the wharf, Fred overhears Mr. Percival saying that he wanted Freddie to deliver some parts to the steamworks. Fred again thinks Mr. Percival is talking about him. So he hurries over to a train of engine parts, gets coupled up and sets off for the steamworks.

Rusty soon reaches the end of the line with his passenger train, and the weedkiller train. He feels a bit tired. Then Freddie arrives, and tells him that his train of slate at the quarry is missing. It wasn't there when he arrived, but Luke said he got it ready. Rusty is a bit puzzled by this, but then he has a thought.

Fred arrives at the steamworks with the engine parts. Mr. Percival is there talking to Victor. He is surprised to see Fred arrive with the train, and tells him that he's supposed to be pulling the weedkiller train. Fred says that he heard Mr. Percival say that he wanted him to deliver stone to the wharf, and engine parts to the steamworks. Before Mr. Percival answers, Rusty and Freddie arrive at the steamworks, and say that Fred got confused because there's a Fred and a Freddie on Skarloey Railway. And that's when Fred meets Fearless Freddie for the first time.

Fred apologizes for abandoning his weedkiller train, and offers to make up for it by finishing the job, and doing some of Rusty's work. Mr. Percival and Rusty are both delighted. And while Fred is at work, he gets to know a bit about Freddie, and tries hard to not get confused with him by name again.

Characters

  • Rusty
  • Freddie
  • Victor
  • Fred
  • Colin
  • Mr. Percival
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)
  • Merrick (cameo)
  • Luke (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • Although Fred first appeared in my fan-made special, The Search for an L.N.E.R., this would mark his first appearance in an episode.

Frieda's Bad Day

Plot

Early one morning, Frieda is puffing into Knapford Sheds. She had been up early taking the Flying Kipper for Henry, and feels tired. She is just going to sleep when Sir Topham Hatt comes to see her. He tells Frieda that Neville doesn't feel well and she needs to take his first train. Frieda starts to argue with Sir Topham Hatt, asking why Molly or Wendy can't do it. Sir Topham Hatt tells her that really useful engines don't argue. So Frieda puffs away, still cross.

Frieda makes no secret of her annoyances as she picks up some trucks, and the trucks take the chance to tease her. Gordon, who was taking on water nearby, can't help feeling concerned about Frieda. Things get worse for Frieda. While on the main line, she has to stop for some sheep on the line, and has to wait for Farmer McColl to take them away. Toby arrives with Farmer McColl and some livestock vans. Once the line is clear, Frieda starts off with a jerk. The trucks have had enough of Frieda's bad mood, and decide to pay her out.

When they reach Gordon's Hill, the trucks push Frieda down the hill, and Frieda races right through Maron Station, derails at a bend and hits a tree. Frieda thinks that this is the worst day she's ever had. Bear and Rocky are called to help Frieda back onto the rails. Sir Topham Hatt tells Frieda that she needs to be more careful when going around bends, and not to be so rude to the trucks, even if they are rude back. Frieda that she was just upset that she didn't get much sleep before the Flying Kipper and was upset when she had to go back out after pulling it, and it seems that her day is getting worse. Sir Topham Hatt tells Frieda that she needs to calm down and not get so upset, otherwise she'll just make her day worse.

Frieda is soon repaired, but she's still grumpy. Charlie notices the look on Frieda's face and thinks it looks funny. He even makes a silly face. Frieda is not amused. But as she meets up with other engines, they all think the same. They try to change Frieda's attitude by making faces. Frieda soon starts to see the funny side, and even makes some faces herself. She, Gordon, James and Molly laugh and make faces together all the way to Knapford Station.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • James
  • Toby
  • Molly
  • Charlie
  • Frieda
  • Shane
  • BoCo
  • Bear
  • Rocky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (does not speak)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Henry (mentioned)
  • Neville (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • The ending to this episode is similar to the ending of the Season 20 episode, Pouty James.
  • References to the Season 6 episode, Toby Had a Little Lamb is made.

The New Steamroller

Plot

One day, George is chuffing along on his way to flatten some roads when a yellow steamroller rolls up behind him, and tells George to get out of the way now, or she'll flatten him. George feels startled by this, and quickly moves aside to let the steamroller past.

At a crossing, Duncan is just about to go over a crossing when the yellow steamroller races right through the crossing just before Duncan reaches it. Duncan is very surprised and cross. Duncan tells the steamroller that she could have caused an accident. The steamroller just laughs, and introduces herself as Martha. She says that she's new to the island, and prefers it when everyone gets out of her way and she gets to go first at crossings.

Later, Duncan meets up with George, and they explain to each other about the trouble they've had with Martha. George says that Martha is making him feel how he made the engines feel back when he disliked railways. And Duncan says that Martha's action are almost like his actions back when he used to rock and roll along the railway line. Then they both come up with an idea to teach Martha a lesson.

Later, George is on his way home when he meets up with Martha again. He chuffs up right behind her, and tells her to hurry up. Then, as planned, Duncan comes puffing alongside the road. He makes it to the crossing before the two steamrollers, and then decides to slow down. Martha and George stop. While Martha is waiting for the crossing to be clear, George tells her to get a move on. Duncan starts to puff even slower on the crossing. Martha begins to feel a bit stressed out with Duncan going very slowly and George yelling at her to move. And when the crossing is finally clear, Martha races forward, loses control and crashes into a ditch. Duncan and George both laugh telling her that it serves her right to being rude to them earlier. Martha bags for them to get help, and George decides to get help for her.

Later, Butch arrives to pull Martha out of the ditch. After being inspected for any damage at the steamworks, Martha chuffs home.

The next day, Martha apologizes to Duncan and George. She explains that she doesn't know much about being a friend, and feels that she can't be really useful. George says he's been through the same thing, but learned that being a bully only leads to trouble, and it's better to be a friend. He even offers to teach Martha what he learned, and Martha agrees. The two steamrollers chuff away together while Duncan puffs away to collect his train.

Characters

  • Duncan
  • George
  • Butch
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Elizabeth (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

New Character

  • Martha the Yellow Steamroller

Bulstrode

Plot

The harbors on the Island of Sodor are usually busy. Sometimes, there is too much cargo to be delivered by water, and boats and barges have to make a few trips. But one day, Sir Topham Hatt finds a solution to the problem. He goes to Tidmouth Beach, and tells Bulstrode that he's going to be put back into the water to help with deliveries. Bulstrode is delighted.

Unfortunately, Bulstrode's attitude hasn't changed since his accident with some trucks. He starts being as rude as he used to be to the engines and trucks, making them cross. Thomas and Percy even have to stand up to Bulstrode when he's insulting the trucks. The trucks are surprised, but happy that Thomas and Percy stood up for them.

A little later, Thomas and Percy meet up with Doc the Black Submarine, and tell him about Bulstrode. Doc says that he's met barges like him before, and that Bulstrode will eventually learn his lesson the hard way.

A few days later, a boat comes in towing Bulstrode. Just as they're approaching Brendam Docks, the ropes come undone, and Bulstrode starts floating away from Sodor, and out in the middle of the sea. He eventually floats near a huge boat that can't get out of his way in time. The boat rams into Bulstrode causing a hole on one of his sides. Bulstrode starts to sink.

Just as Bulstrode is about to sink completely to the bottom of the sea, Captain and Doc arrive to rescue the barge. Captain arranges a floating crane to lift Bulstrode while Doc made sure that everything is secure. Bulstrode is lifted out of the water, his cargo is recovered and they all head back to Brendam.

When they arrive, Bulstrode's cargo is unloaded, and he is taken to a workshop to be repaired. Sir Topham Hatt comes to see him. He tells Bulstrode that it wasn't his fault he floated away, but he needs to learn to be more nicer to everyone or he'll be put back on the beach. Bulstrode doesn't reply, but is given something to think about.

The next time he sees Thomas, Percy, Captain and Doc, Bulstrode doesn't manage to say anything nice, but he does manage to give them a friendly smile. And that's enough for the four of them to smile back at Bulstrode. Although Bulstrode is still grumpy, he tries his best to behave.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Porter
  • Yong Bao
  • Salty
  • Bulstrode
  • Cranky
  • Captain
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Doc the Black Submarine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Bulstrode in the CGI series.
  • This episode would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 4 episode, Special Attraction.
  • Bulstrode's accident in this episode is similar to Lillie Lightship's from the TUGS episode, Regatta.

Gina and Trucks (UK)/Gina and Freight Cars (US)

Plot

Charlie and Stafford both have to go to the steamworks for repairs. With those two gone, the shunting yards are starting to get too busy, and the remaining little engines can't handle it by themselves. So Sir Topham Hatt arranges for an Italian engine named Gina to come and help out.

Gina works well in the yards, and gets trains ready right on time. The other engines are impressed by Gina's hard work. She even gives the engines some advice on how to make troublesome trucks behave.

Then, a few days later, an orange truck named Fred Pelhay has been built on Sodor. Like most trucks, Fred Pelhay is rude and troublesome. Sometimes, he even refuses to work. Gina tries to get Fred Pelhay ready for a train, but the orange truck refuses and yells at Gina to leave him alone. Gina is surprised. She has never had trouble with trucks before. Diesel chuckles at this and offers to show Gina how he shunts trucks. So Diesel tries to move Fred Pelhay, but the truck leaves his brakes on. Then the coupling snaps, and Diesel shoots forward, and bumps into some buffers. Fred chuckles and calls out "Pop Goes the Diesel". Gina decides that there's only one thing left to do. She gives Fred Pelhay a dirty look. This makes the orange truck silent and allows Gina to shunt him onto a train delivering coal.

Thomas, Percy, Emily, Philip, Gordon and even Diesel are impressed to see that Gina made the most troublesome truck on the railway behave. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives, and tells Gina that Charlie and Stafford are due to return from the steamworks tomorrow, and that she can go home to Italy. Gina starts to feel upset about going home. She explains that her railway is starting to "modernize" it, and scraping her steam engine friends. She doesn't want to be scrapped, and asks if she can stay on Sodor. Sir Topham Hatt is delighted, and tells Gina that there's always room for one more steam engine on his railway.

So Gina stays on the Island of Sodor. She works in the yards, and sometimes helps out on the branch lines. She still manages to keep the trucks in order, even Fred Pelhay.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Emily
  • Charlie
  • Gina
  • Diesel
  • Philip
  • Stafford
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

New Character

  • Fred Pelhay

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Gina's first appearance in an episode.
  • Part of this episode is similar to the Season 11 episode, Hector the Horrid.
  • When Fred Pelhay calls out "Pop Goes the Diesel", he makes a reference to the Season 2 episode of the same name.

Crosspatch

Plot

Nancy is polishing Skarloey, but Skarloey calls her a fusspot. Nancy replies by calling him a crosspatch. Skarloey remembers he once was a crosspatch, and tells Nancy the story...

Skarloey was built a long time ago and sent to Sodor on a ship. After being lowered onto a flatbed using the ship's derricks, he was taken to Crovan's Gate by an ugly but kind engine named Neil. On the way, Neil introduces Skarloey to his brothers, Daniel and Joseph. The people there weren't used to engines, and it was dark by the time he was on the rails. The next morning, he was told to take some trucks, but he wanted to pull coaches. The manager, Mr. Mack, and some workmen came and tried to make him steam, but he refused to do anything, day after day. Eventually, they got tired and covered him up with a tarpaulin.

Nancy says it served Skarloey right. And Skarloey tells her that there's more to the story, but it'll have to wait for another day.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Talyllyn
  • Nancy
  • Sir Handel (cameo)

New Characters

  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1)
  • Neil
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3)
  • Mr. Mack

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Very Old Engine.

Bucking Bronco

Plot

One morning, Nancy arrives at the sheds to give Duncan a polish. Skarloey is there waiting to take his first train. Nancy asks Skarloey if he wouldn't mind telling him the rest of the story of when he first arrived on Sodor. Skarloey is happy to do so, and begins telling the more of it.

At last, Mr. Mack came and Skarloey said sorry. Mr. Mack told him that Mr. Bobbie, an engineer who helped build Skarloey, had come, and Skarloey worked hard to finish the line before the inspector arrived.

When Rheneas first arrived he was a sensible engine, unlike Skarloey, who was bouncy and excited. When Skarloey was told to pull the directors' train, Rheneas told him to be careful, but Skarloey scoffed at him and got the coaches. The coaches had never met him before, and their leader doesn't trust him. When Skarloey began to bounce, Mr. Mack, who was riding on Skarloey, closed the regulator too quickly and the coaches bumped into each other. They bumped him back, and Mr. Mack was knocked into a bush. He rode in the brake van for the remainder of the journey.

The directors were cross, and told Rheneas to pull the inspector's train instead. The inspector was satisfied, but told the directors to give Skarloey an extra set of wheels.

Back on the present day on Sodor, Skarloey says that it's time for his train and must leave now, but he promises to finish telling his story to Nancy tomorrow.

Characters

  • Neil
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Duncan
  • Nancy
  • Mr. Mack
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1) (cameo)
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3) (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)

New Character

  • Mr. Bobbie

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Very Old Engine.

Stick-in-the-Mud

Plot

Early one morning, Nancy arrives at the sheds. She tells Skarloey that he promised to finish telling her the rest of the story of when he first arrived on Sodor. Skarloey remembers that a promise is a promise. So he starts telling the rest of the story, along with Rheneas.

When Skarloey returned with another pair of wheels and a cab, the coaches were impressed and Skarloey got conceited. When he told Rheneas he should get a cab, Rheneas disagreed. Skarloey called him a stick-in-the-mud, and the argument went on until the two fell out. Then, one morning, Skarloey was taking the workmen to the quarry in the rain. When Rheneas was warming up, the guard arrived and told them Skarloey was stuck in a landslide beyond the tunnel. Rheneas refused to help at first, but went when reminded of the workmen and crew. Afterwards, Skarloey apologized, and they burst out laughing when they realized Skarloey was the stick-in-the-mud after all.

Nancy and the other engines thank Skarloey and Rheneas for finishing the story, but Nancy still has a few questions to ask. She asks how Rheneas got his own cab, and Rheneas explained that he thought it wasn't fair that Skarloey always had to go out on rainy days. So he requested getting a cab of his own so he could work on rainy days too. Nancy also asks what happened to Mr. Mack. Skarloey explains that he got old and retired, and that Sir Topham Hatt looked after their railway until they got their own controller (Mr. Percival). And finally, Nancy asks what happened to Neil and his brothers. Skarloey looks upset, and said that he heard Neil and his brothers were scrapped several years ago.

Then Skarloey's driver arrives, and the little engine leaves to start work. Nancy and Rheneas exchange a look. They both are starting to wonder if what Skarloey said about Neil is true.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Duke
  • Mighty Mac
  • Proteus
  • Freddie
  • Fred
  • Nancy
  • Mr. Mack
  • Mr. Bobbie
  • Neil (does not speak)
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1) (mentioned)
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3) (mentioned)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)
  • Mr. Percival (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Very Old Engine.
  • When Skarloey mentions that Sir Topham Hatt looked after their railway until they got their own controller, he makes a reference to the fact that Sir Topham Hatt was the manager of the Skarloey Railway in the Classic Series.

Flora Tries Her Best

Plot

Flora, the Yellow Tram Engine, enjoys working on the Island of Sodor. She normally works on the Tramway at Great Waterton, but sometimes works around other locations on Sodor.

One day, Flora has to take a train of stone to Brendam Docks. But when she reaches Gordon's Hill, it's too much for her to handle at once. So she breaks the train into two halves, and takes one half over the hill first, then comes back for the other half. Daisy, who is waiting at Wellsworth, tells Flora that she's too weak to pull a train of stone. Flora says that she's trying her hardest, but Daisy just laughs, leaving Flora to feel very sad.

That night, Sir Topham Hatt tells Flora that she's needed on the main line. Flora can't help feeling worried. She had needed to split her train into halves today, and worries that she might not be strong enough to pull long trains on the main line.

The next day, Flora reaches Knapford Yards. Daisy is there taking on fuel. She says that she is working on the main line today too, and has to pull some trucks along with a passenger run. Flora sees her trucks ready to go, but she's sure that she won't be able to pull them. Toby tells Flora that she can do it, which makes Flora feel better, and she collects her trucks.

Flora delivers coal trucks for the Ffarquhar Branch Line, fuel tankers for Edward's Branch Line and goods vans for the Peel Godred Branch Line. As Flora makes her way to Vicarstown for more trucks, Daisy passes in the opposite direction pulling a long goods train.

Daisy reaches Gordon's Hill, and her trucks hold her back causing Daisy get stuck on the hill. The stationmaster at Maron hears the news, and flags Flora down. He tells her that Daisy needs help up the hill. Flora becomes worried again, thinking that she can't get Daisy and her train over the hill. But Gina reminds Flora of what Toby had said, so the yellow tram engine puffs over to Gordon's Hill.

When Flora arrives, she pushes with all her might, but Daisy doesn't move. Daisy laughs at Flora, and says that they should have sent a strong engine. Flora is about to give up when she remembers what Toby and Gina told her.

So she tries again. Flora pushes harder and harder until Daisy starts to move. Flora keeps pushing until they reach the top of the hill. While Daisy races down the other side, Flora goes back to pick up her goods train at Maron.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt gathers Flora and Daisy together. He scolds Daisy for saying rude things about Flora, and punishes her by giving her some of Ryan's goods trains on the Harwick Branch Line for a month. Daisy feels bad, and apologizes to Flora. Sir Topham Hatt then tells Flora that she had worked very hard today, and is a really useful engine. Flora is very proud.

Characters

  • Toby
  • Flora
  • Gina
  • Daisy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Etienne (cameo)
  • Gordon (mentioned)
  • Ryan (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • Although Flora first appeared in my special idea, The Search for an L.N.E.R., this would be her first appearance in an episode since the Season 12 episode, Tram Trouble.
  • This episode is similar to the Season 8 episode, You Can Do It, Toby!.

Victor and Carlos

Plot

One snowy day, a few weeks before Christmas, Victor is taking a broken down Luke to the steamworks. When they arrive, they find Kevin and Thomas at the steamworks with a black tender engine who Victor and Luke had never seen before. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives at the steamworks, and introduces everyone to Carlos, an engine from Mexico who has come to work on his railway. He will be helping out on the line that runs to Great Waterton mostly, but will sometimes help out on the main line. Carlos is just being checked over before he starts work.

Carlos doesn't know much English, due to working in Mexico, a country that speaks Spanish. But having gone through a similar thing before, Victor is able to teach Carlos some of English. Carlos is also worried about working in the snow, as he had not seen much snow before. Victor tells Carlos that he had similar thoughts about snow before until he went outside in it when he thought Kevin left the steamworks. He tells Carlos to just work his hardest and to not let the snow stop him from being really useful. Carlos feels better, and puffs off to start work. Then Mr. Percival arrives, and asks Victor if he was able to help the narrow gauge engines while Luke is being repaired, and Victor is happy to help.

Carlos is soon puffing along with a passenger train. The passengers are happy to travel with a new engine. Carlos makes good time along the line, and his cowcatcher pushes the snow on the tracks aside. Once his passenger run is done, he heads up to the Blue Mountain Quarry to fetch some stones to take to Brendam Docks.

When he arrives at the quarry, meets up with Victor again. Victor asks Carlos how he's doing. Carlos says that everything's good. Carlos also gets a chance to meet Sir Handel, Proteus, Owen and Merrick before leaving the quarry with his trucks. Shortly after Carlos leaves, Victor shunts a train of slate trucks, and heads up to the Wharf.

Carlos is puffing along when a signalman flags him down. He tells Carlos and his crew that the line is closed due to thick snow on the line, and that Carlos will have to take an alternate route to the docks. So Carlos gets switched onto a line that runs by the Skarloey Railway.

As Carlos is puffing along, he sees that a big snowdrift had fallen on the narrow gauge line. Then Carlos hears Victor coming. Realizing that if Victor didn't stop in time, he could get stuck in the snow, Carlos whistles loudly to worn Victor. Victor hears Carlos' whistle, and stops just in time.

Soon, Rusty arrives with some workmen to clear the line. Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival both praise Carlos for warning Victor about the snowdrift. Victor is very pleased with Carlos, and decides to think of a way to thank the tender engine.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Carlos
  • Sir Handel
  • Rusty
  • Proteus
  • Victor
  • Luke
  • Kevin
  • Merrick
  • Owen
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Carlos' first appearance in an episode.
  • References to the special, Blue Mountain Mystery and the Season 19 episode, Snow Place Like Home are made.
  • The ending to this episode foreshadows the next episode.

Victor's Christmas Party

Plot

The morning after Carlos started working on Sodor, Luke is repaired and returns to work on the Skarloey Railway, and Victor returns to the steamworks. He had been thinking of ways to say thank you to Carlos for saving him from an accident. And then, it comes to him; Victor decides to throw a party for Carlos at the Sodor Steamworks. Kevin likes that idea, and even Sir Topham Hatt thinks it's a nice idea.

So decorations, lights and a Christmas tree are sent to the steamworks. The steamworks gets decorated, and the party gets scheduled for December 23rd (two days before Christmas)

On the 23rd, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Victor. He tells him that the weather got bad last night, and Carlos gets snowed in his shed. Sir Topham Hatt asks Victor if he can take workmen over to his shed and help him. Victor happily agrees.

When they arrive at Carlos' shed, the workmen get their shovels and start to dig the snow away. Then they all hear some noises. It turns out to be Jack and Alfie. They have come to help too. So they all dig away the snow until Carlos is free.

Afterwards, Victor whispers the party to Jack and Alfie asking if they'd like to come, and Jack and Alfie accept the offer. Then Victor tells Carlos to go the steamworks this evening. Carlos is a bit puzzled, but promises to show up.

That evening, Carlos puffs up to the steamworks, and all the lights come on. Victor tells Carlos that this party was his idea, as a way to say thank you for saving him from an accident. Plus, he also thought Carlos looked upset when he first arrived. Carlos says that he was upset at first because he didn't know the engines on Sodor very well, but now he's very happy.

The party is a success. Percy, Porter and Samson, who were at the steamworks for repairs, enjoy themselves. Jack and Alfie come. And Carlos thinks it's the best Christmas party he's ever been to. He's also looking forward to his new life on Sodor within the new year.

Characters

  • Percy
  • Porter
  • Samson
  • Carlos
  • Victor
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Luke (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 1 episode, Thomas' Christmas Party. It also uses an element from the Season 15 episode, Surprise, Surprise.

The Right Job

Plot

A little yellow tank engine from Brazil named Raul becomes part of Sodor. On his first day on the island, Sir Topham Hatt tells Raul that his first job will be to take passengers along the Harwick Branch Line. Raul is delighted, and sets to work.

Raul picks up some coaches, and is soon heading up to Harwick. At first, everything goes well, but Raul is too excited about is first job, and ends up bumping the passengers. Afterwards, Raul tells Sir Topham Hatt that pulling passengers is probably not the right job for him. So Sir Topham Hatt asks Raul to take trucks of stones from Ffaruquhar Quarry and take them to Knapford Harbor.

So Raul heads to the quarry. When he arrives, he meets up with Mavis, Thomas and Percy. After a brief conversation with them, Raul is coupled to some trucks filled with stones, and heads to the harbor. But the harbor is a long way, and Raul has to stop a few times to take on water. He also slows down a few times, so he can see the countryside. He arrives at the harbor a few minutes late. Sir Topham Hatt is cross, but is willing to give Raul one more chance tomorrow.

So the next day, Raul is sent to help on Arthur's Branch Line. When he arrives, Raul sees that the fishermen have a lot of fish to load, but there are no vans ready. Then Raul notices there are some vans in a siding nearby. So he quickly collects them, and shunts them over to the loading area. The fish are quickly loaded, and the vans are ready just as Arthur arrives. Arthur thanks Raul for his help, and asks to be his back engine. Raul is happy to help.

So Arthur and Raul deliver fish to stations along the branch line, and some more along the main line. When Sir Topham Hatt hears the news, he's praises Raul for his hard work. Raul says that he might be a really useful engine on Arthur's Branch Line, as he thinks it's the right job for him. He asks if he can work there from now on, and Sir Topham Hatt and Arthur agree.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Arthur
  • Raul
  • Mavis
  • Mike
  • Blister I
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Neville (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale (cameo)
  • Bulstrode (cameo)
  • Ashima (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Raul in an episode.
  • A reference to the special, The Great Race is made.
  • This would be the first episode where Blister I appears without Blister II.

Oliver and the Autocoaches

Plot

Gordon and Oliver have been chosen to help out on the mainland. They are to work nearby Digby and Logan's line. The two engines cross Vicarstown Bridge, and onto the mainland.

When they arrive at the junction, Gordon and Oliver are welcomed by Digby, Logan and Green Arrow. Just before they start work, Digby tells Gordon and Oliver that when they return to Sodor in a few days, they are bring Georgia back to Sodor with them, and explains that each of the five narrow gauge engines near their line have been invited to work on Sodor for a while and they'll send one engine at a time.

After that, they all set to work. Gordon pulls an express train across the mainland. He races as fast as he can, and manages to keep on schedule. Meanwhile, Oliver pulls some trucks. At first, everything seems to go well.

But then, Oliver comes across some jammed points, and is unable to continue on. A nearby signalman explains that some workmen are coming to fix them, but it may be a while before they arrive. Sure enough, some workmen arrive about 20 minutes later. They get the points fixed as quickly as they can, and Oliver hurries off.

But by the time Oliver finishes his run, it's very late. And he doesn't have enough coal to return to the sheds he and Gordon were to stay on the mainland. So his crew go to phone for help. Then they return to tell Oliver that Gordon will bring him more coal in the morning, and he'll have to stay in an old shed for the night.

So Oliver is parked into the old sheds, and his crew leave. Oliver finds the sheds a bit spooky, but then remembers that he's been brave before, like when he escaped to Sodor from scrap and when he got lost while delivering the mail and ended up discovering an old house. But then, two voices speak up, and it makes Oliver jump. He asks who spoke, and the voices reply saying that Isabel and Dulcie did and that they'll speak to Oliver again in the morning.

The next morning, Oliver wakes up and finds that Isabel and Dulcie are autocoaches. They explain that they were shunted in this shed when the railway they worked on got newer coaches, but they wish to be really useful again. Then Gordon arrives with coal for Oliver, and Oliver's crew arrive to get him ready. Oliver tells them about Isabel and Dulcie. They all agree that the two coaches can work with Oliver on Sodor. They tell Sir Albert Thompson, who phones Sir Topham Hatt, who agrees that Isabel and Dulcie can come to Sodor, be restored and work with Oliver on the Little Western line.

So, Hiro takes Isabel and Dulcie to the steamworks on Sodor. And as Oliver works on the mainland the next few days, he looks forward to working with the autocoaches back on Sodor. And when he tells his new friends about Isabel and Dulcie, they tell Oliver that he's a really useful and kind engine for making some coaches feel really useful again.

A few days later, Gordon and Oliver return to Sodor, taking Georgia the Narrow Gauge Engine with them. And when they arrive back on Sodor and at the steamworks, Isabel and Dulcie have been restored and ready to go. And Oliver takes them for their first run on the Island of Sodor.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Oliver
  • Logan
  • Green Arrow
  • Digby the Green MaK / Vossloh G1206 Diesel
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Albert Thompson
  • Hiro (does not speak)
  • Flying Scotsman (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Roger the Foreign Engine (cameo)
  • Mallard (cameo)
  • Spamcan (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel (cameo)
  • Duck (mentioned)
  • Toad (mentioned)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (not named; mentioned)

New Characters

  • Isabel and Dulcie

Notes/Trivia

  • Although they first appeared in my special idea, The Search for an L.N.E.R., this episode would mark Mallard, Logan, Green Arrow, Digby the Green MaK / Vossloh G1206 Diesel, Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine, Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine, Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine, Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine, Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel and Sir Albert Thompson's first appearances in an episode.
  • References to the Season 3 episode, Escape, the Season 5 episode, Oliver's Find and the fan-made special, The Search for an L.N.E.R. are made.
  • The ending of this episode overlaps the beginning of the next two episode.

Georgia

Plot

Georgia, the Red Narrow Gauge Engine, had been brought to Sodor for a visit to the Skarloey Railway. She's very excited about it, and looks forward to becoming friends with the Skarloey engines.

She is first taken to the Skarloey Railway sheds, where she meets all the engines that work on the narrow gauge railway. After her introduction, Mr. Percival asks Georgia to work with Skarloey for the day. So Georgia and Skarloey puff away for their first job, which is to take a passenger train along the line.

As they puff along, Georgia tells Skarloey about her friends and railway back on the mainland. Skarloey also tells Georgia about his friends and the railway here. He names each of the engines that works along, and what they are like. However, Georgia is so excited about working on the Skarloey Railway that she's not paying much attention to what Skarloey is saying.

Later, Georgia gets the engines' names mixed-up a bit. At Lakeside Station, Georgia and Skarloey meet up with a yellow engine. Georgia tries to remember his name, and thinks its Sir Handel. So he calls out "Hello, Sir Handel". But the yellow engine says that he's not Sir Handel, he's Duncan. Georgia feels a bit silly. Then she and Skarloey puff away.

Then Skarloey and Georgia have to stop to let another train go pass. The engine is a light green steam engine. Georgia thinks it's Peter Sam, so she says "Hi, Peter Sam". But the green engine replies saying that he's not Peter Sam, he's Luke. Georgia feels more sillier than before.

At Crovan's Gate, Skarloey and Georgia meet up with Duke. Georgia accidentally calls the brown tender engine "Rusty". Duke tells Georgia that he's not Rusty, and introduces himself. Georgia says that she has been getting names wrong all day, and is sure that none of the engines will want to be friends with her. But Skarloey tells her that he can name all the engines on the railway again if Georgia promises to listen carefully to him. Georgia promises.

So, before starting their next job, Skarloey tells Georgia about all the engines on the line again, and Georgia listens carefully.

And later, they go to the Blue Mountain Quarry to collect some slate trucks. On the way, a diesel, and Georgia knows that that's Fred, and whistles 'hello' to him.

And at the quarry, Georgia is able to remember Sir Handel, Proteus, Peter Sam, Luke and Duncan's name. Then she and Skarloey pick up some slate trucks to take to the Transfer Yards.

When they arrive at the Transfer Yards, Georgia and Skarloey meet up with Rheneas, Rusty, Duke, Freddie and Mighty Mac. Skarloey congratulates Georgia for being able to remember all the engines' names. And the other engines tell Georgia that they are happy to consider her their friend, which makes Georgia very happy.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Freddie
  • Duke
  • Mighty Mac
  • Proteus
  • Luke
  • Fred
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Mr. Percival
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Oliver (does not speak)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Merrick (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The beginning of this episode takes place during the ending of the previous fan-made episode, Oliver and the Autocoaches.

Running Backwards

Plot

Oliver had found two autocoaches named Isabel and Dulcie on the mainland. Sir Topham Hatt heard about it, and agreed to have Isabel and Dulcie restored and become Oliver's coaches on the Island of Sodor. When Oliver returned to Sodor with Gordon and Georgia, the autocoaches had been fully restored. And Oliver took them out for their first run on Sodor.

As they puff up the line, Oliver tells them about the branch line he works on, the Little Western, and the engines that work on it. Isabel and Duclie also tell Oliver that they both have cabs in them, and that Oliver's driver can drive the great western engine from either coach. They even mention that they both have bells to warn him if there's something wrong. Oliver is impressed by this, and tells them that maybe they can try his driver driving Oliver from the autocoaches.

Soon, they reach the junction to the Little Western line. Oliver introduces the autocoaches to Duck. Duck tells Oliver that the turntable at the end of their branch line is out of order, and that he will have to pull his train backwards once he reaches the end of the line. But Oliver tells Duck that his autocoaches have cabs for his driver to drive him from, and that he won't need to pull his train backwards. Then, his guard blows his whistle, and Oliver puffs away with Isabel and Dulcie.

All three of them are enjoying themselves. Oliver is happy to be back on Sodor, and Isabel and Dulcie are happy to be carrying passengers again for the first time in years. Once they reach the other end of the Little Western, Oliver's driver climbs into Dulcie. And when it's time to go, they puff back up the line backwards.

Secretly, Oliver feels a little silly for having to run backwards. He hopes none of his friends see him. But then, Oliver and the autocoaches go over Bulgy's Bridge, and get switched onto the wrong line. They accidentally get switched onto the same line Donald and Douglas are traveling on in the opposite direction. But they don't know that until Dulcie sees the twins in the distance. She rings her bell to warn Oliver and Isabel. Then Oliver's driver applies the brakes. Donald and Douglas see them as well, and they brake as well. And the two trains stop just in time.

Oliver thanks Dulcie, and introduces Donald and Douglas to his new coaches.

Later, Oliver admits to his autocoaches that he felt silly having to travel backwards at first. But after the near collision today, he's proud to have coaches like them. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives, and congratulates Isabel and Dulcie for their good work on their first day, especially with the near collision. Oliver suggests that from now on, they don't need turntable, as Isabel and Dulcie can warn him of any trouble when traveling backwards. And Sir Topham Hatt agrees.

Characters

  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Isabel and Dulcie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Bert (small railway) (cameo)
  • Frank (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Bulgy (menioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • The beginning of this episode takes place during the ending of the fan-made episode, Oliver and the Autocoaches, as well as around the same time as Georgia.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Bulgy's Bridge in the CGI series.
  • A reference to the Season 3 episode, Escape is made.

Axel Takes Charge

Plot

Shane has to go to the steamworks after breaking down. Sir Topham Hatt arranges for Hank, Murdoch and Bear to look after his trains. He also decides to bring in a red engine from Belgium named Axel to help them. Sir Topham Hatt says that if Axel's performance is very good, he will join the railway.

Axel proves to be a hard worker. The other engines are impressed when they see that he gets his work done early, thanks to his speed. However, the praise Axel gets soon goes to his smokebox. He soon starts to boast to Hank, Murdoch and Bear about being better at delivering goods than them. This makes the other three engines annoyed, but they know that he'll eventually learn his lesson.

Axel decides to show the other engines how to deliver goods better. He tells them to race as fast as they can along the main line. Later, he meets up with Murdoch, and races him to the top of the hill. But as he hurries down the other side, Axel realizes that he's going much too fast to be safe. Then he and some of his trucks derail at a bend. Murdoch hurries off to get help. Soon, Hank brings Rocky over to the accident, Bear takes Axel's trucks and Murdoch helps Axel to the steamworks to be inspected for damage. Axel says sorry to the three engines, and that he was just too delighted by everyone's praise to him.

At the steamworks, Sir Topham Hatt tells Axel that Shane is repaired. He also says that despite Axel's accident, he was impressed by Axel's performance in the past couple days. Sir Topham Hatt decides that Axel will join his railway, as long as he can learn from his mistakes. This makes Axel happy.

Not much damage had been done to Axel, and he's repaired by evening. He puffs into the Vicarstown Sheds with Hank, Shane, Murdoch and Bear, and tells them what Sir Topham Hatt told them. The four engines say that they're glad to have Axel on their railway.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Murdoch
  • Hank
  • Axel
  • Shane
  • Bear
  • Rocky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first of a few things:
    • Axel's first appearance in an episode.
    • The first appearance of the Vicarstown Sheds in the CGI series.

Gina's Special Passenger

Plot

Gina the Yellow Coach has lived on the Island of Sodor for a few years now. When she first arrived, she was troublesome to the engines, and got them into trouble. But after Gordon taught her a lesson about hard work, Gina had been trying to be a good coach.

One day, Gina is at Knapford Station being part of a train pulled by James. While there, she overhears Sir Topham Hatt telling some workmen that Alicia Botti is coming to Sodor for a concert, and that they are to put up posters all about around the island. He also mentions that he was considering having Gina take her on the day of her concert. Gina thinks Sir Topham Hatt is talking about her, and is delighted about the thought of carrying a famous singer. But what Gina didn't know was that Sir Topham Hatt was referring to Gina the Green Tank Engine; not Gina the Yellow Coach.

Later, Gina tells James what she overheard. James asks if she's sure Sir Topham Hatt was talking about her, and Gina says that she's very sure and asks James if he'd pull her on the day of Alicia Botti's concert. James is a bit puzzled about this, but agrees, as he wants to take important visitors too.

A few weeks later is Alicia Botti's concert. And James takes Gina to the washdown for the two of them to be cleaned. James double checks with Gina if she's sure Sir Topham Hatt meant her to carry Alicia Botti, and Gina says yes and asks "Who else would he mean?". But before James can reply, some workmen start cleaning him.

After the washdown, James takes Gina to Vicarstown Station to collect Alicia Botti. They arrive just as Stepney puffs in. He had collect Alicia Botti on the mainland, and was taking her to Sodor. Gina tells Alicia that she'll be taking her to the concert, and Ms. Botti is delighted to be riding on a coach that's painted her favorite color (yellow). She's also happy that James is taking her to the concert.

But about five minutes James and Gina leave Vicarstown, Gina the Green Tank Engine arrives with Old Slow Coach, and explains that they were to pick up Alicia Botti, and asks where she is. Stepney tells Gina about James and the coach he was pulling, and Gina starts realize what might have happened.

Meanwhile, James and Gina are making their way to Callan Castle, where Alicia Botti's concert was to be held at. On the way, James sees a group of passengers at Maron station, and they ask James to stop. But Gina refuses to let James stop at the station, as she thinks she should only be carrying Alicia Botti. So James doesn't stop, and the passengers are upset.

They soon arrive at Callan Castle. While Alicia Botti gets off, and goes to get ready for the concert, Lord Callan says that he was excepting Gina to take her. The coach says that she's Gina. This makes Lord Callan even more puzzled, and he also asks where are the other guests. Now Gina is puzzled, and then she realizes that the passengers at Maron must have been the other guests.

Then Gina the Green Tank Engine arrives with Old Slow Coach, the passengers and a cross Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt tells James and Gina the Coach that they've caused confusion by taking away Gina and Old Slow Coach's job and not stopping at Maron. Gina the Coach realizes that there's another Gina on Sodor, and tells Sir Topham Hatt that everything was really her fault, and not James'. She apologizes, and promises to ask if she's the one being given the job next time.

After the concert, Alicia Botti asks if she can ride in Gina the Coach again for the trip back. Sir Topham Hatt, who forgave Gina, agrees, and even lets Gina the Engine pull the coach. So Alicia Botti travels back to the mainland with the two Ginas.

Characters

  • James
  • Stepney
  • Gina
  • Old Slow Coach
  • Gina the Yellow Coach
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Alicia Botti
  • Lord Callan
  • Gordon (flashback; does not speak)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Flying Scotsman (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Nancy (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • Alice (cameo)
  • Thomas (flashback; cameo)
  • Percy (flashback; cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (flashback; cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Alicia Botti since the Season 16 episode, Muddy Matters.
  • A flashback to the fan-made episode, The Troublesome Coach is used.
  • It would be revealed in this episode that Alicia Botti's favorite color is yellow.

Becky's Christmas

Plot

Georgia's visit to the Skarloey Railway had ended, and now she had returned to her railway on the mainland. Another engine from her railway would also be visiting the Skarloey Railway now. And the engine who was next to go to Sodor was Becky.

Becky is glad to be visiting the Skarloey Railway. But on the other buffer, she also felt sad, as it was Christmas time, and she wouldn't be able to spend it with her friends on her railway. Rheneas promises Becky that she'll have a good Christmas on the Skarloey Railway, and Becky hopes he's right.

A few days after Becky arrives, she arrives at the Transfer Yards to pick up a Christmas tree. While there, Duncan arrives to pick up some coal trucks. He's very annoyed when he sees that there are a lot of trucks to pull. Becky offers to help Duncan, but he refuses and pulls the trucks by himself.

Later, as Becky is heading up to the Blue Mountain Quarry with the tree, she finds Duncan stuck in a snowdrift in a siding. She decides to help him by pulling his trucks clear first, and then pulling Duncan out of the snowdrift. Duncan explains that the weight of his train pushed him down the hill and into the siding. Becky asks Duncan if he's sure he doesn't need help, but Duncan says that he might need help for the rest of his deliveries. So Duncan and Becky deliver the coal around the Skarloey Railway together.

After that, Duncan puffs off to the sheds for a rest while Becky continues on to the Blue Mountain Quarry to deliver the tree. She delivers the tree, but, on her way home, she runs out of steam and comes to a stop, just as it starts snowing. Luckily, Terence the Tractor is nearby, and promises Becky to get help.

Terence travels all the way to the Skarloey Railway sheds, where Rheneas and Duncan are resting. Terence tells them about Becky, and Duncan offers to help her, remembering that Becky helped him with his coal deliveries. So he sets off into the snow.

Becky is starting to feel cold and sad. She starts to think that Rheneas was wrong about her having a good Christmas here. But then, she hears the sound of an engine. And it turns out to be Duncan, who shunts Becky over to the nearest water tower. After that, the two engines puff home together.

When they arrive at the sheds, Becky tells Rheneas that he might be right about her having a good Christmas here. And sure enough, Becky has a good time at the narrow gauge engines' Christmas party at the Wharf.

Characters

  • Rheneas
  • Duncan
  • Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Terence
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Madge (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)

The Winter Festival

Plot

One winter day, Jinty and Pug, two tank engines from the mainland, come to Sodor to help with a Winter festival. They are to work with Thomas and Percy. They agree that Thomas and Jinty will bring blocks of ice for the workmen to curve out ice sculptures, and Percy and Pug will bring the decorations, tables and food.

So on the day before the Winter festival, Thomas and Jinty go to the Sodor Ice House to pick up some vans loaded with blocks of ice, and head to Ulfstead Castle, where the festival is to be held at. On the way, Jinty tells Thomas about his railway on the mainland.

Meanwhile, Percy and Pug collect the decorations, tables and food from the docks, and puff toward the castle. But as they reach the junction, one of Percy's steam pipes starts to leak, and he is unable to keep pulling the train. But Pug decides to keep going, as he knows the stuff needs to get to Ulfstead Castle as soon as it can. So Pug pulls Percy and the train all the way to the castle. It's hard work, but he manages to get to the castle on time.

As the workmen start to unload the decorations, tables and food, Pug notices that Jinty and Thomas haven't arrived yet. Then, they hear a whistle in the distance. It's Jinty pulling Thomas and the vans of ice blocks. Jinty explains that Thomas' siderod broke while pulling the train, and he continued on to get the ice blocks delivered on time.

While Thomas and Percy are at the steamworks being repaired. Sir Topham Hatt praises Jinty and Pug for their hard work and getting the stuff delivered to Ulfstead Castle on time. And as an award, Jinty and Pug get to take the first load of passengers to the winter festival.

The next day, Jinty and Pug bring the first load of passengers to the winter festival. And when they see the ice sculptures the workmen made, they notice that two of them are sculptures of themselves. When Thomas and Percy arrive and see the sculptures, they tell Jinty and Pug that they deserved to have sculptures of themselves.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Glynn
  • Jinty
  • Pug
  • Millie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Jinty and Pug's first appearances in an episode.

Snow Drop

Plot

One day, Fergus is delivering some trucks loaded with cement mix to Brendam Docks. On the way, he has to stop at a red signal close by a field where some children are having a snowball fight. A snowball hits Fergus by mistake as Arry and Bert oil up. They chuckle and say that they think Fergus is making a fuss over a little snowball.

Arry and Bert's teasing continues for the next few days, making Fergus cross. But Fergus' driver, Roy tells the traction engine that Arry and Bert will get their comeuppance soon enough. Fergus hopes that Roy is right.

Arry and Bert start boasting to others that they aren't afraid of snow. They boast to Percy and Reg, to Derek and even to some of the Skarloey engines. They are also getting cross about Arry and Bert's attitude.

One day, Arry and Bert stop at a signal by the same field where the snowball had hit Fergus. Another snowball gets thrown astray. It hits a tree which causes more snow to drop, this time on Arry and Bert, who nearly disappears in an avalanche of snow. Fergus chuffs by, and can't help but chuckle at the ironworks diesels. However, Fergus also decides to stay so his driver and guard can help Arry and Bert's drivers dig the snow off the diesels.

For the rest of the winter, Arry and Bert are very quiet when the topic of snow comes up. Fergus is quite sure that the ironworks diesels have learned their lesson, and don't boast about not being afraid of snow again.

Characters

  • Percy
  • Fergus
  • Derek
  • Arry and Bert
  • Rheneas
  • Duncan
  • Reg
  • Roy, Fergus' driver
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the magazine story of the same name. Fergus replaces Daisy, and Arry and Bert replace Diesel respectively.

Doing it Wrong

Plot

Fergus enjoys working at the Cement Works, and is very proud to be the pride of the Cement Works. But Fergus sometimes tends to be bossy when other engines do things wrong.

One day, a red tank engine named Bart arrives at the Cement Works. Sir Topham Hatt tells Fergus that Bart will be helping him, as the workload at the Cement Works has started to become too much for Fergus to handle on his own.

Fergus and Bart start work together. At first, everything seems to go well, but then Bart starts to make some mistakes. Fergus tries to tell Bart how to do it right, but Bart tells Fergus that he's still learning and that Fergus needs to take it easy. This makes Fergus cross.

Then Fergus has an idea. He decides to show Bart the wrong way of doing things. So he purposely lined up his trucks the wrong way under the chute, which causes cement mix to fall on the tracks. Then he pushes some trucks to block a siding. And then, he bumps the trucks around the Cement Works hard. But then there's trouble. He pushes some trucks so hard that they hit Bart, who was taking on water at a water tower.

Thomas is sent to take Rocky to clear the mess. Sir Topham Hatt also arrives, and asks what happened. So Fergus tells him what he had done. Sir Topham Hatt tells Fergus that just because Bart made some mistakes doesn't mean he can show him the wrong way of doing things.

Bart is taken to the steamworks to be checked over for damage. And the next day, Sir Topham Hatt tells Fergus that Bart won't be ready until the evening. So he has to work with another engine. Much to Fergus' horror, the engine is Diesel 10.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Fergus
  • Diesel 10
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)

New Character

  • Bart the Red Tank Engine

Notes/Trivia

  • The name of the episode is a reference to the Season 10 song, Doing it Right.

Bertie and Bulgy

Plot

Bulgy is a red double-decker bus. Although Sir Topham Hatt keeps an eye on Bulgy to make sure he behaves himself, Bulgy still tends to be grumpy and rude to others. One day, he meets up with Bertie at a station. Bertie asks Bulgy for a race to Knapford. Bulgy refuses at first, but then he starts to think that maybe more passengers will ride on him if he wins. So he agrees.

The two buses soon start their race. They try to race without going over the speed limit. Bertie arrives first, which makes Bulgy cross. He asks for another race to Tidmouth. Bertie agrees. Although Bulgy manages to overtake Bertie at first, Bertie manages to catch up and wins the race to Tidmouth.

Bulgy becomes very annoyed. As he's getting ready for his last journey of the day, he tells Diesel about his races with Bertie. Diesel tells Bulgy that sometimes you have to cheat if you want to win. This gives Bulgy an idea.

The next day, Bulgy meets up with Bertie, and asks for a race to Ffarquhar, and Bertie agrees. The two buses are soon on their way. Bulgy manages to get ahead of Bertie, and take a different route to Ffarquhar. Bulgy arrives at the station first. Bertie doesn't know that Bulgy cheated by taking another route.

Soon, Bulgy and Bertie are racing each other every time they meet. And every time, Bulgy cheats by taking other routes. And Bertie still doesn't know about Bulgy cheating, but he does get a little suspicious.

One morning, Bertie and Bulgy are both asked to take people to Dryaw FC. There is to be a football game there. As usual, Bulgy challenges Bertie to a race to the field, and Bertie agrees. They both set off with their passengers, and once Bulgy manages to get ahead of Bertie, he starts going down a different route. But then there's trouble, there's a bridge up ahead that Bulgy is too tall to go under. But Bulgy doesn't notice until it's too late. He's gets stuck under the bridge. Bart had just cross the bridge with some trucks, and promises to get help.

Bart arrives at Dryaw FC just as Bertie does. Bart explains about Bulgy being stuck under the bridge. And soon, help is on the way. Bertie is sent to take Bulgy's passengers to Dryaw FC, and Bulgy ends up admitting he cheated at all the races he won. He didn't think he'd get stuck under another bridge. Sir Topham Hatt tells Bulgy that he can start thinking now while he's being repaired, and delivering vegetables again for a week. Bulgy does start thinking about Diesel.

Characters

  • Bart the Red Tank Engine
  • Diesel
  • Bertie
  • Bulgy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Caroline (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Elizabeth (cameo)
  • Madge (cameo)

Diesel and Ivan

Plot

The wharf is one of the busiest places on the Island of Sodor. And sometimes, the standard gauge engines have to do some shunting for themselves, which makes them late. Sir Topham Hatt has been aware of this problem, and decides that something will have to be done.

One morning, a diesel arrives all the way from Russia on a boat at Brendam Docks. Sir Topham Hatt introduces him as 'Ivan', and says that Ivan will only be working at the wharf until he finds another engine.

Ivan proves himself to be a good shunter at the wharf, but Diesel becomes jealous of Ivan. He had recently gotten a new coat of paint, and wants the other diesels to notice it. But the diesels and steam engines keep paying attention to Ivan, and not Diesel. Diesel brags that he can shunt trains just as fast as Ivan. And when he hears from Thomas that Ivan was in the shunting challenge at the Great Railway Show, it gives Diesel an idea.

A few days after Ivan arrives, Diesel challenges Ivan to a shunting race at the wharf to see who can shunt a long train faster. Ivan doesn't think that the wharf is a good place for one, but Diesel thinks Ivan is just too scare to race him. So he starts shunting as fast as he can anyway. He picks up different trucks in sidings around the wharf. However, he misses a few trucks that he's suppose to shunt. Once he has a long line of trucks shunted, he brags that he finished before Ivan, and leaves with his train.

After Diesel leaves, Rusty pulls up next to Ivan and says that Diesel forgot to take some vans with him. Ivan decides to catch up to Diesel to give him the vans. When Ivan sees Diesel in the distances, he tries to call out to Diesel. But Diesel refuses to listen.

When Diesel arrives at the town hall, workmen start to unload his trucks. The town hall is to be redecorated. But the workmen find that there isn't enough paint for the town hall. Then Ivan arrives with the vans Diesel left behind, and sure enough, the vans are full of the rest of the paint. Diesel feels silly for not taking all the trucks with him, but is glad that Ivan helped him out. And Ivan is happy to have helped out.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • James
  • Whiff
  • Diesel
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Paxton
  • Ivan
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Cranky
  • Colin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Ivan's first appearance in an episode.
  • A reference to the special, The Great Race is made.

Donna and the Trucks

Plot

Becky's visit to the Skarloey Railway has come to an end, and she returns to her railway on the mainland. And now it's Donna's turn to visit the Skarloey Railway.

Donna starts off working at the wharf shunting narrow gauge trucks around. Although she's appear to work on Sodor, she wishes she can do more than just shunting. A few days later, Sir Handel offers to switch places with Donna, and Mr. Percival agrees.

So Donna puffs off to the Blue Mountain Quarry to pick up some slate trucks, and take them to the Transfer Yards. At the quarry, a line of slate trucks are waiting for her. Proteus warns Donna that the trucks she's about to pull are the most troublesome ones on the railway. Donna says that she'll be careful. But Donna can't help feeling worried. She had hardly pulls trucks back on her railway, and had never heard of them being naughty before.

At first, everything goes well. But when Donna comes to the hill just before the transfer yards, she struggles to pull the trucks up the hill. And when she reaches the top, the trucks push her down the hill. Her driver applies the brakes, and manages to bring the train to a safe stop.

When they arrive at the transfer yards, Donna is exhausted. She tells Thomas (who is picking up the slate) that maybe she should stick to shunting until she learns more about how to manage trucks.

Donna goes back to the wharf to shunt trucks. While there, she meets the other engines, who give Donna some advice about how to manage trucks. Once in a while, Donna would leave the wharf to deliver some trucks, and she always remembers what the other engines told her, and tries not to have anymore trouble with trucks.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Ivan
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Duke
  • Proteus
  • Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Colin
  • Mr. Percival
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Merrick (cameo)
  • Owen (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is partly based on the annual story, James' Rest Cure. Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine replaces James, Sir Handel replaces Edward and Mr. Percival replaces Sir Topham Hatt respectively.

The Lost Boxy Engine (Double-Length Episode)

Plot

Part One

Skarloey remembers the early days when he first arrived on the Island of Sodor. He befriended a dark green boxy engine named Neil. Although Skarloey never heard it, he assumed Neil was scrapped.

One day, while helping out at the wharf, Skarloey tells Flora and Ivan all about Neil. The two standard gauge engines find Neil to be an interesting engine. Later, as Flora heads to the Shunting Yards, she decides to ask Sir Topham Hatt if he knows what happened to Neil.

While picking up some passengers at Knapford for Great Waterton, Flora sees Sir Topham Hatt, and tells him about Neil. She also mentions that Skarloey thinks Neil was scrapped, but Sir Topham Hatt becomes very thoughtful about the old engine. As Flora leaves Knapford, Sir Topham Hatt heads to his office, and goes through some old papers.

The next morning, Skarloey is getting ready for work when both Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival arrive. They tell all the Skarloey engines that some people are going on the island are going to get together for a search party. Sir Topham Hatt tells Skarloey that Neil was never sent to the scrapyards, and there's a chance he's still around somewhere on Sodor. This makes Skarloey excited and hopes his old friend is somewhere on the island. After both controllers leave, Rheneas tells Skarloey that he had heard a rumor that Neil wasn't scrapped, but he didn't want to say anything at first in case Skarloey got his hopes up only to find out that wasn't true.

Later that day, some people gather at Knapford station. Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival explain about how the search will go. Six groups of people will search on the branch lines on the North Western Railway. One group will search on the Little Western line, another on the Ffarquhar Branch Line, another on Edward's Branch Line, another on the Peel Godred Branch Line, another on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line and another on the Norramby Branch Line.

Different engines have been assigned to take one set group. The engines chosen are Oliver, Thomas, BoCo, Dennis, Gina and Raul. Everyday they pick up the groups they're assigned to and take them along the branch lines. While that's going on, Skarloey continues to work as usually, but still hopes the search party will be able to find Neil.

Three days after the search for Neil started, Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival are with the people searching on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line. They find an old line leading away from the branch line, and decide to travel on it until they come to a tunnel that's boarded up. They tear away the boards of wood, and the searchers go inside. Then they come out saying they found something and ask Gina to pull it. Gina goes inside the tunnel, and when she finds what the searchers discovered, she gasps.

Part Two

Back on the Skarloey Railway, Skarloey had been into an accident. A lorry had broken down on the crossing, and Skarloey was unable to stop in time. Peter Sam takes Skarloey to the steamworks. On the way, he tells Skarloey that he's not the first engine to hit a vehicle on a crossing, and reminds him of the time he hit a car Mr. Percival was using after his bike broke.

When they arrive at the steamworks, Mr. Percival and Victor tell Skarloey that they have a surprise for him. The surprise is Neil! For the next few hours, Neil tells Skarloey about what had happened to him.

Neil and his brothers, Daniel and Joseph kept working on the Island of Sodor, even after the railway they worked on became the 'North Western Railway'. They usually worked on the branch lines while the bigger engines (Edward, Henry, Gordon and James) worked on the main line. Neil would also sometimes work with Glynn, the Coffeepot. But then, the railway suffered through the Great Depression. Sir Topham Hatt tried to find buyers for the three of them, but he was unable to do so. So he had no choice, but to sell them to Crocks Scrap Yard. Neil was unable to save his brothers, but he and his crew did manage to find a place to hide him; a disused track with a tunnel. So Neil puffed into the tunnel, his crew boarded it up, and promises Neil they'd come back to him. But they never did. And then, just recently, some people teared away the boards of wood blocking the tunnel and discovered him. Sir Topham Hatt agreed to have Neil restored and work as a shunter for the wharf.

Skarloey is happy that his old friend will come back to work with him again. And once Neil's restoration is completed, a Welcome Back party is held for Neil at the wharf. Skarloey introduces Neil to his friends on the Skarloey Railway. And later, Neil makes a speech about what happened to him, and says that not only is he looking forward to being really useful again, but he's also curious about how much Sodor has changed over the years. Ivan also speaks up asking if he'll be sent back to Russia now that Neil will be taking over as shunter at the wharf. But Sir Topham Hatt has something else in mind. He's decided to keep Ivan as part of his railway since he's worked so hard in the past month, but Ivan will be moved to the Peel Godred Branch Line. Ivan is happy to hear this.

So the next day, Ivan heads off to his new assignment, while Neil gets ready to start his new job at the wharf.

Characters

Part One

  • Thomas
  • Oliver
  • Flora
  • Gina
  • Raul
  • Neil
  • BoCo
  • Dennis
  • Ivan
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

Part Two

  • Neil
  • Ivan
  • Skarloey
  • Peter Sam
  • Victor
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mr. Percival
  • Glynn (does not speak)
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1) (does not speak)
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3) (does not speak)
  • Edward (not named; does not speak)
  • Henry (not named; does not speak)
  • Gordon (not named; does not speak)
  • James (not named; does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Nancy (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • Lord Callan (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • The Thin Clergyman (cameo)
  • Mr. Fergus Duncan (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A flashback to Crosspatch is used. Also, a reference to the fan-made episode, Mr. Percival's Car is made.

Neil and Samson

Plot

It had been two months since Neil's restoration, and he is enjoying his new job at the Wharf. He gets to meet some old friends, and make some new ones as well. And sometimes he gets to take some goods trains along some of the branch lines.

One day, Samson arrives at the wharf with some trucks and his brake van, Bradford. When Neil sees that Samson is a cabless engine like him, he becomes excited to meet him. But Samson isn't excited to meet Neil. He tells Neil that he maybe a cabless engine too, but he's not as strong as him and that's likely why he's stuck up at the wharf most of the time. Neil feels hurt by this. And he becomes so upset that he bumps the trucks for Samson's next train hard. This makes the trucks cross, but luckily, Bradford is there to keep them in line. Thomas and Skarloey are nearby, and tell Neil not to listen to Samson's boasting. He's just proud of his pride.

The next day, Samson is delivering some trucks to Vicarstown Station, and then he goes to the Vicarstown Sheds for a rest. But as he approaches the turntable, his driver can't apply his brakes, as something had jammed. Unable to stop, Samson falls into the turntable well. His driver and fireman hurry to raise the alarm. And the only engine nearby to help is Neil.

Once he's back onto the rails, Samson is taken to the steamworks by Neil. Samson thanks Neil for his help, and apologizes to being rude yesterday. He also says that the reason why he's arrogant and boastful is because back in the early days, Samson's brothers would gang up on him. He didn't want any other engines doing it to him, so he decided to show everyone that he was proud, strong and knows everything. But now his brothers have all been scrapped and Samson is the only one of his basis left. Neil tells Samson that his brothers are scrapped now too, and asks Samson if he would like to form an alliance with him. Samson happily agrees.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Samson
  • Yong Bao
  • Neil
  • Skarloey
  • Bradford
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Flying Scotsman (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1) (not named; mentioned)
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3) (not named; mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

Presents from Mary

Plot

Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine has come to the Skarloey Railway for a visit. All the narrow gauge engines make her feel welcome. Mary is a cheerful engine, and she likes to make her friends happy.

Within her first week on the railway, Mary decides to try to find presents for all the Skarloey engines, as she wants to make them happy since they made her feel welcome when she first arrived. When she hears that a farmer has an extra cow bell, Mary decides that it can be a good gift for Skarloey. But Skarloey tells Mary that he doesn't need a cow bell.

Later, Mary meets up with Victor at the Transfer Yards. Victor tells Mary that he usually works at the steamworks, and he tells Mary about it. Mary starts to think that some engines might like some pots of paint as a presents, but Victor tells her that the narrow gauge engines don't need new coats of paints unless they really need one. And then Mary thinks that the engines might like plants as gifts when seeing some workmen plant some trees. But Rusty, Duke and Bertram tell Mary that they don't need plants.

Mary feels upset that she couldn't get any of the engines good gifts. But that evening, the engines tell Mary that making a new friend can be the best gift of all, and Mary has to agree with them.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duke
  • Bertram
  • Mighty Mac
  • Victor
  • Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Mr. Percival
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Neil (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 13 episode, The Biggest Present of All and the Season 16 episode, Salty's Surprise.
  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Bertram in the CGI series, as well as his first speaking role.

Bear Says Goodbye

Plot

Bear has worked on the North Western Railway for seven years now. He's a kind and helpful diesel, and is friends with all the engines and even some of the staff on the railway.

One Monday morning, Bear's driver, whose name is Ed, tells Bear that he'll be retiring soon. He explains that he's getting too old for driving trains, and feels it would be best if he just retired. Bear feels very upset about this, as he and Ed had always worked together. He asks Ed when he's retiring, and the driver replies that his last day is Friday. He promises to give Bear the best week he's ever had.

Bear works as usual, but he's very upset throughout the day. Gordon, Henry and BoCo try to cheer Bear up, but it's no use. Later that day, Bear goes to the cement works to pick up some cement mix for the docks. He tells Fergus and Bart about his driver retiring. Fergus tells Bear that drivers can't stay on forever, and tells Bear of when his original driver had to move away and he was given a new driver, Roy, to work with. Bear starts to feel better, and knows now that while he'll miss Ed, he'll have a good time with his new driver.

As Ed promised, he gives Bear the best week he's ever had. On Tuesday, they take the "Limited" express train. On Wednesday, they deliver some ice cream to Harwick. On Thursday, they take passengers to Misty Island. On Friday, Ed's last day, Bear is chosen to take Alicia Botti to Callan Castle for a concert.

That night, Bear and his driver say their goodbyes. Ed promises to come by sometimes come by to see Bear. And as Bear rests in his shed, he wonders what his new driver will be like.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Fergus
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine
  • BoCo
  • Bear
  • Alicia Botti
  • Ed, Bear's driver
  • Roy, Fergus' driver (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Ferdinand (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Skiff (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the fan-made episode, Fergus' New Driver is made.
  • This episode reveals that it's been seven years since Super Rescue.
  • The ending to this episode foreshadows the next episode.

Runaway Bear

Plot

Bear wakes up to find a driver he's never seen before standing by him. The driver introduces himself as 'Sylvester', and he demands Bear to not give him any nonsense. Bear is surprised by his new driver's rudeness, but he doesn't say anything, as he hopes the new driver won't keep it up.

But unfortunately, Sylvester becomes rude towards everyone, including other engines, the drivers and even to stationmasters and workmen. But he always quiet when Sir Topham Hatt is around. Bear is not impressed to his new driver's attitude, and tells him that he won't want to work with him if he keeps it up. Sylvester says nothing.

One day, a week after Sylvester started working with Bear, they go to Vicarstown to pick up a goods train that was brought over from the mainland. As Bear is coupled, his driver has a naughty idea. He decides that if Bear doesn't want to work with him, then he'll make him run with no driver. So he starts Bear's engine, and quickly gets out of the diesel's cab. Bear starts to roll forward on his own, unaware that he has no driver. He doesn't have the guard either, and when he sees Bear leaving the station with his train, but not with him or his driver, the guard hurries to raise the alarm.

Bear continues to travel on his own. He still doesn't know that he doesn't have his driver with him until he approaches Crovan's Gate. He's suppose to stop there for a delivery for the steamworks. But he finds himself not slowing down at all, and Gordon and Sir Handel tell him that he has no driver. Bear becomes scared, as he can't stop. All trains on the main line have stopped because of Bear.

Bear picks up more and more speed. And when he comes to Gordon's Hill, he races right up it without stopping. At a level crossing near Wellsworth, Trevor is crossing the tracks with a cart full of hay. He hears Bear shout "Look out! I can't stop!", and tries to clear the crossing as fast as he can, but it's too late. Bear crashes through the gates, and breaks Trevor's gate into pieces. Hay lands everywhere. But that doesn't stop Bear.

At Crosby Station, Sir Topham Hatt arranges for Donald and Douglas to try and stop Bear. When the hymek comes into view, Donald and Douglas start puffing forward. Bear eventually catches up to them, and the twins brake hard. They even put sand on the rails to help them get a grip, but it only helps a little. The three engines race through Tidmouth Station, and they soon approach Knapford. They get switched onto track 3, one of the tracks that ends at the back of Knapford. Suddenly, Bear finds himself slowing down. Donald and Douglas get a good chance to brake and bring the train to a stop, just a few inches from the buffers. Bear finds out that he had run out of diesel fuel.

Sir Topham Hatt asks Bear why he was running along the main line without a driver. And just then, Sylvester arrives on board Hank. He tells Sir Topham Hatt that it was all his fault, and explains what he had done. Sir Topham Hatt is cross with Sylvester, but glad he owned up. As punishment, Sylvester is suspended from his job for a week. Sylvester promises Bear that when he comes back, he'll be a better behaved driver.

For the next week, Bear is given a relief driver. And when Sylvester comes back a week later, he is, as promised, a better behaved driver. Sylvester knows it will take time for Bear to trust him completely, but at least they're starting over on the right foot/wheel.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Bear
  • Sir Handel
  • Trevor
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Hank (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)

New Character

  • Sylvester, Bear's new driver

Notes/Trivia

  • The scene of Bear crashing through the crossing and smashing Trevor's cart is based on the scene from the Season 7 episode, Best Dressed Engine, where Gordon did the same thing.
  • A rendition of Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" would be heard during Bear's runaway scene. This would be the first time it's heard in the show since the Season 7 episode, The Runaway Elephant.

James' New Job

Plot

Ever since some of the big engines, like Shane, Frieda and Yong Bao, joined the North Western Railway, James has had fewer jobs on the main line, and has mostly been needed on the branch lines. James likes to work, but wishes he had more jobs on the main line again.

One morning, James is delivering some trucks to the shunting yards when he overhears the yard manager talking to Stafford. He says that Yong Bao was suppose to take a goods train to Vicarstown, but he's been delayed. Then James has an idea; he offers to take Yong Bao's train for him, as he's not doing anything else yet. Stafford and the yard manager are a bit surprised, but agree. But James becomes so excited about taking a train along the main line that he doesn't wait for Stafford to add a brake van to his train.

James races along the line as fast as he can. He charges up Gordon's Hill, and races down the other side. But with no brake van, the trucks see a chance at mischief. They push James down the hill, causing the red engine to be out of control. At Maron, James sees Henry with a passenger train on the same line as him. Luckily, the signalman changes the points just in time. James' driver does what he can to bring the train under control. But then, James sees Shane coming towards him on the same line. James' driver brakes hard. Shane sees James coming, and he breaks hard too. The two engines don't crash, but they do bump into each other. No one is hurt, but James is wondering what Sir Topham Hatt will say.

He finds out soon enough. While Yong Bao takes his train away, Sir Topham Hatt scolds James for racing along the main line at dangerous speeds and being a runaway. He sends James to work on Edward's Branch Line for a while.

So for the rest of the day and all of the next, James works on Edward's Branch Line with Edward, BoCo and Derek. He's very upset about what he did, and doesn't speak very much while he works. Edward tells James that he's happy the red engine is here to help out because he, BoCo and Derek have had so much work to do in the past few months that Charlie (who works at Wellsworth Yard), Salty and Porter (who work at Brendam Docks), and Bill, Ben and Timothy (who work at the Clay Pits) have had to help out, as well as do their usual work. James starts to realize he has something to think about.

A few days after his runaway incident, James decides to tell Sir Topham Hatt something. He tells him that maybe it would be best if he stayed on Edward's Branch Line, and let the bigger engines handle the main line trains. Sir Topham Hatt is glad that James is willing to leave his old main line jobs with bigger and stronger engines and work elsewhere. And now, James works on Edward's Branch Line most of the time. But he also gets to help out a little bit on the main line when needed.

Characters

  • Edward
  • James
  • Shane
  • Yong Bao
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Stafford
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Charlie (does not speak)
  • Porter (does not speak)
  • Frieda (does not speak)
  • Salty (does not speak)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (mentioned)
  • Timothy (mentioned)

Overloaded

Plot

Bertie is ill and Henrietta has to carry the workmen to the quarry all by herself, but there is not enough room and some have to crowd on Henrietta's balcony. A policeman sees the event while cycling past, and the next day visits the quarry manager to inform him of a by-law forbidding passengers to be carried on coaches' balconies. Both the manager and Sir Topham Hatt have no ideas, but a few days later Thomas' driver sees an old coach in a garden near Elsbridge. Thomas has an idea, and shares it with Sir Topham Hatt...

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bertie (does not speak)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)

New Character

  • Victoria

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas and Victoria.

Avalanche

Plot

Edward is at the works when he sees a familiar-looking coach. After a conversation, the two discover they know each other from their days on the Furness Railway. Victoria, the coach, worked on a branch line running to Windermere with another coach, Helena, and an engine, Albert, who Victoria notes only ever had one accident. One snowy day after boasting about snow, Albert had stopped outside the mouth of a tunnel while collecting passengers at Haverthwaite. When he started, he gave off so much steam that he caused an avalanche so great he became buried in snow and, although he was rescued the next day, he never bragged about snow again.

Characters

  • Edward
  • James
  • BoCo
  • Victor
  • Victoria
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Thomas (mentioned)

New Characters

  • Albert
  • Helena

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas and Victoria.

Eels on Wheels

Plot

As summer arrives Daisy often sees grass snakes near the line. When she tells the engines about them Percy is worried, but Daisy simply thinks him silly. Then, some days later Daisy has to take some boxes up to Ffarquhar for a restaurant. One is knocked onto the platform and the cargo - live eels - is spilt onto the rails; to Daisy's horror, some wriggle underneath her wheels. The eels are rescued, but Daisy has blown a fuse and Thomas has to take her passengers while Toby and Percy make jokes about wriggly things.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Daisy
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Victoria (does not speak)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas and Victoria.

Toby's Vintage Train

Plot

Victoria's restoration is completed and Edward takes her to Knapford, where she is coupled up to Annie and Clarabel. At Elsbridge, they are told Terence is in some trouble and go to see what the matter is. Terence, who had been building a barn, had to swerve for a boulder near the tunnel and his trailer fell down the cutting, balancing dangerously on a tree. The trailer is secured and Thomas makes it to Ffarquhar, where Victoria is coupled to Toby and Henrietta, making a train now known as "Toby's Vintage Train".

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • James
  • Toby
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Victoria
  • Terence
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer Finney
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas and Victoria.

Captain Baxter's Adventure

Plot

Stepney's friend, Captain Baxter comes to visit the Island of Sodor to help out on the Bluebell Branch Line for a few weeks.

One morning, three days after Captain Baxter arrived, Stepney notices that he looks grumpy and decides to ask why. Captain Baxter explains that he's tired of working on the branch line all the time and wants to have an adventure elsewhere on the island. Stepney remembers that that's what he once thought before he got to see more of Sir Topham Hatt's railway. He also tells Captain Baxter to be careful what he wishes for, and tells him of the time he got lost when coming home from Ffarquhar Quarry and ended up at the Smelters' Yard.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Stepney and Captain Baxter, and asks if one of them could help deliver a train of coal along the main line. Captain Baxter volunteers for the job, and Sir Topham Hatt agrees.

So Captain Baxter puffs to Vicarstown and picks up a train of coal trucks from Hiro. While there, he and his crew hear that Driver Jill, who had once stolen equipment used for a mini-series filmed on Sodor, has escaped from jail. As he's delivering the coal on the main line, Captain Baxter can't help, but think about the criminal wanted and hopes he doesn't meet up.

It's late when Captain Baxter finishes his job, and goes into a small shed near Knapford to rest for the night. Sometime after his driver and fireman leave, Captain Baxter hears someone walking towards him. He then finds a female driver standing by him. She doesn't introduce herself, but she tells Captain Baxter that they need to deliver some trucks to the mainland. Captain Baxter is puzzled, but says nothing. He is unaware that the driver is Driver Jill.

They pick up some trucks, and head down the line. A workman had noticed this, and hurries to phone Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt is getting ready for bed when he gets the call. When he hears that a driver had taken Captain Baxter and some trucks, Sir Topham Hatt quickly calls the police and sends Henry and Oliver to find Captain Baxter.

Meanwhile, Captain Baxter is still racing along the line with Driver Jill. He asks what they are delivering in the trucks, and Driver Jill says it's stuff for the mainland. Captain Baxter then asks what her name is, and when he hears the the driver is Driver Jill, he becomes horrified. Signalmen had heard about Captain Baxter, and when one of them sees the tank engine coming, he switches the points and sends Captain Baxter down a disused line, a line that's old and rusty. There's a sign that warns all the trains to go slow, but Driver Jill doesn't care and makes Captain Baxter for faster. The line eventually can't take his weight any longer, and Captain Baxter ends up off the rails and into a field. Driver Jill is unable to move, as her ankle gets twisted. But some policemen are nearby, and investigate.

Driver Jill is caught and placed under arrest for escaping from jail and stealing things from Knapford, including food from the cafeteria, the lost property box and some pictures from Sir Topham Hatt's office. Captain Baxter is rescued and taken to the steamworks. He tells his story to Sir Topham Hatt. And when he's repaired, he tells Stepney his story. Captain Baxter decides that he doesn't want an adventure like that anymore. He's much happier to keep working on the Bluebell Branch Line until his visit is over.

Characters

  • Stepney
  • Hiro
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Driver Jill
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Oliver (does not speak)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Carlos (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Bertram (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

New Character

  • Captain Baxter

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Driver Jill's first appearance in an episode.
  • References to the episodes, Thomas and Stepney and Stepney Gets Lost, and the fan-made special, Lights, Camera, Red Engine! are made.
  • An element from the Season 6 episode, Gordon Takes a Tumble is used.

Pip and Emma

Plot

Pip and Emma arrive at the big station one day and Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas and Gordon that they will be running the express service to London.

That evening, Pip and Emma get to rest at Tidmouth Sheds while Percy pulls the main train and Henry pulls the Flying Kipper. The two diesel-electric locomotives decide to tell Thomas, Edward, Gordon, James and Emily the story of when they were first built and pulled their first train.

One morning, several years ago, Pip and Emma had just been built and were ready to start work. The Mainland Controller asked them to look after one of the express trains on the mainland. Pip and Emma were both very excited. They are soon coupled back to back between their coaches, and set off for the station. Pip is the first one to lead the way. So when the guard blows his whistle, she leads the train out of Barrow-in-Furness.

All along the way, Emma keeps asking when it's time for her to lead the train back to Barrow, and Pip tells to her sister to wait until they've reached t. Eventually, Emma has had enough of traveling backwards. And when they need to leave another station, Emma starts pulling the other way. She and Pip each pull forward until a couple breaks and Emma shoots forward. Emma thinks she's pulling coaches, but she's actually not. Pip keeps pulling the coaches, but without Emma.

When Emma reaches the next station, the stationmaster asks her where her train is. Emma is shocked to see she doesn't have any coaches with her.

That evening, the Mainland Controller speaks to Pip and Emma. He tells them that there have been complaints from passengers on their train and that they shouldn't be playing at tug-of-war on the railway. Brenda, D199 and Jerry (Old Stuck-Up) laugh at Pip and Emma, while the two diesel-electric feels very upset, especially Emma.

The next day, Pip and Emma are more sensible, and the latter doesn't ask when it's her turn to lead. They are even able to finish their work 10 minutes early. The Mainland Controller was very impressed by Pip and Emma.

Back on the present day on Sodor, Emma finishes the story by saying "And ever since then, Pip and I have always worked together. And we don't argue that often". The other engines had enjoyed Pip and Emma's story, especially Gordon, who knows that his passengers will be safe in Pip and Emma's buffers.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Emily
  • Pip and Emma
  • D199/Spamcan
  • Jerry/Old Stuck-Up
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Mainland Controller
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Percy (does not speak)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261 (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The beginning of this episode is based on the beginning of Thomas and the Swan from the Railway Series book, Thomas and his Friends.
  • This episode would mark the first physical appearance of the Mainland Controller.

Gordon's Fire Service

Plot

Pip and Emma soon become a success with the express. Meanwhile, Gordon has started pulling the Local everyday. The passenger train that stops at all the stations on the island.

One day, Gordon is taking the local on the main line when he sees a red glow from under a bridge. A tractor's load of haybales had caught fire and the fire was beginning to spread to the grassy banks. Gordon's crew tries to put it out, but to no avail. Then Gordon has a wonderful idea: the hose inside his cab can be used! The driver and fireman quickly get to work and soon the fire is out. Flynn and Belle soon arrive, but when they find the fire is already out, they praise Gordon for his quick thinking. Gordon is awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for his bravery.

Characters

  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Belle
  • Pip and Emma
  • Flynn
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Thomas and his Friends.

Bossy Buffers

Plot

Mary's visit to the Skarloey Railway has ended. And now there's just one more female narrow gauge engine that's due to visit; Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel.

Angela is nice, but she can sometimes be bossy to others when she's cross. She tries to be nice to the other Skarloey engines when she's unloaded from a standard gauge flatbed at the wharf. But as the day goes on, Angela gets cross when coming across some trouble, such as some sheep blocking the line and dealing with a grumpy passenger.

She starts to take her anger out on the other engines. She laughs at Mighty Mac's appearance and claims that the two are not a proper engine. And she teases Fred when the maintenance diesel feels ill. She even tells some of the older engines (Skarloey, Rheneas, Duke and Bertram) that they maybe too old to work on the railway. But Angela soon goes too far when picking up some trucks at the Blue Mountain Quarry and bumping them hard. The trucks don't like to be bumped and they plan to pay Angela out.

When going down a hill, the trucks push Angela and cause her to derail. Duncan arrives with the breakdown train, and Proteus takes Angela away to be inspected for damaged. When they arrive at the sheds, Angela is left alone with some workmen and Mr. Percival, who is very cross with Angela for being rude to the engines.

Just then, Sir Handel and Rusty arrive at the sheds. They had heard about Angela's accident and are actually concerned for her. Angela tells them about her accident. Rusty and Sir Handel try to be nice to Angela and tell her that she should not be so bossy to everyone. Sir Handel even tells Angela of when he first arrived on the railway and started off as rude and even insulted the coaches.

When all the engines are gathered at the sheds later, Angela apologizes to all of them for her rudeness. And for the rest of her visit, she works well with them. And when it's time for her to return to the mainland, engines large and small say goodbye to Angela. Meanwhile, Mr. Percival has noticed that the workload on the Skarloey Railway is getting bigger. And if it wasn't for the five narrow gauge engines that visited here, his engines would be overworked. So he tries to find out where to get another engine or a few.

Meanwhile, when Angela comes home, Sir Albert Thompson has a surprise for her and the other engines; a brand new engine on their railway named Marie.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Neil
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Rusty
  • Duke
  • Bertram
  • Mighty Mac
  • Fred
  • Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel
  • Mr. Percival
  • The Grumpy Passenger
  • Sir Albert Thompson
  • Proteus (does not speak)
  • Duncan (does not speak)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Luke (cameo)
  • Millie (cameo)
  • Georgia the Red Narrow-Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Becky the Yellow Narrow-Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Donna the Blue Narrow-Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Mary the Green Narrow-Gauge Engine (cameo)

New Character

  • Marie the Orange Narrow Gauge Engine

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 4 episode, A Bad Day for Sir Handel is made.
  • The ending to this episode foreshadows Mid Sodor Reunion.

Happy Birthday, Farmer McColl!

Plot

It's November on the Island of Sodor, and snow has come early to the island this year. Farmer McColl's birthday is on the 10th of November, and he is planning to have a party at his farm.

On the day before Farmer McColl's birthday, Thomas is bringing some food for his animals. Thomas wishes Farmer McColl a happy birthday even though it's not till tomorrow. But then he notices Farmer McColl looks upset. He tells Thomas that his wife went away to the mainland to take care of some family members and she was supposed to come back in time for his birthday, but the snow has delayed her train and she won't be back in time. Martha the Yellow Steamroller is nearby, and she had heard everything from Farmer McColl. Despite the fact that she had often been a bully to others in the past, she did want to do a good deed and wondered if there was a way she could help Farmer McColl, especially after what George and other road vehicles and engines had told her about being kind.

Later, she and Thomas are discussing about what Farmer McColl had said. And they both have an idea. Thomas tells their idea to Sir Topham Hatt, who says that he'll see if he can make the arrangements.

The next morning, Martha is told to head up to the Search and Rescue Centre to pick up a surprise visitor. She thinks she may know who it is. She arrives at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre just as Harold is landing. And then, a woman climbs out of Harold and introduces herself as 'Britt McColl' and says that she's here for Leo's birthday. And that's when Martha realizes that Leo is Farmer McColl's first name and that Britt McColl is his wife. Britt explains that Harold had come to collect her and take her all the way to Sodor for Farmer McColl's birthday. She then climbs aboard Martha, and they set off for McColl Farm.

Back at the farm, Farmer McColl is getting ready for the party. Terence and his driver, Farmer Finney arrive, and so do Trevor and his driver, Jem Cole and even George the Steamroller. And Thomas and Toby bring Farmer McColl's close friends to the farm for the party. Farmer McColl starts to feel better. But then, just as they start the party, Martha arrives with Britt McColl, who is very delighted to see Farmer Leo McColl. And Farmer McColl is very delighted to see that his wife made it to the party after all. They both thank Martha, who is delighted to have done a good deed.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Toby
  • Terence
  • Trevor
  • George
  • Martha the Yellow Steamroller
  • Harold
  • Farmer Finney
  • Jem Cole
  • Farmer McColl
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)
  • Farmer Trotter (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • Willie (cameo)

New Character

  • Mrs. Britt McColl, Farmer McColl's wife

Notes/Trivia

  • It would be revealed in this episode that Farmer McColl's first name is Leo.

Philip and the Christmas Tree

Plot

One winter day, Philip is sent to pick up the Christmas tree for the town hall from Isobella at the Sodor Construction Company Yard. When he arrives there, he looks for Isobella. He doesn't find her, but Philip does find Max and Monty. Philip tells the dump truck twins that he's look for a Christmas tree, and Max and Monty laugh at Philip and tease him for "not knowing what a Christmas tree looks like". This makes Philip cross.

Then Philip meets up with Isobella, who tries to tell Philip where the tree is. But Philip refuses to listen, as he thinks she's going to tease him as well. Philip keeps looking for the tree. Oliver and Jack offer to help Philip, but Philip says no. Then Philip finds a flatbed with a load that's covered up. Philip thinks that it's the Christmas tree and sets off with it. But then Philip gets switched into a siding, and the flatbed derails. Philip feels disappointed that he ruined the tree until Jack tells him that it's not a tree, but a load of logs. He also tells Philip that Isobella delivered the tree this morning, and only she knows where it is. Philip feels very silly, and knows there's only one thing to do.

He finds Isobella, and apologizes for refusing to listen earlier and asks if she can show him where the tree is. Isobella is happy to help him, and takes him to the Christmas tree. Max and Monty apologize to Philip for teasing him, and Philip takes the tree to the town hall.

That night, Sir Topham Hatt switches the lights on the tree on. Philip knows now that he maybe an engine, but he can always ask for help from road vehicles.

Characters

  • Philip
  • Jack
  • Oliver (Pack)
  • Max and Monty
  • Isobella
  • Patrick
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Kelly (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Alfie (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)
  • Buster (cameo)
  • Penny the Pink Grader (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 10 episode, Thomas' Tricky Tree.

Neil's Christmas Story

Plot

One day, a week before Christmas, Neil is resting in the sheds at the wharf. Frieda arrives with some trucks, and puffs off to the sheds for a rest while Neil shunted her trucks on some sidings. Once that's done, he joins Frieda in the sheds. Frieda is looking tired. She tells Neil that she and the other engines have had to do extra work because it's Christmas time. Neil reminds Frieda that at Christmas time, it's even more important to get her jobs on time. It's not just good for the railway, it also helps people have a merry Christmas. Neil then remembers the first Christmas party he ever went to asks Frieda if she wants to hear it. Frieda agrees, and Neil begins his story.

The Sodor and Mainland Railway had first opened a long time ago, and Neil and his brothers, Daniel and Joseph were getting ready for their first Christmas on the railway. The Sodor and Mainland Manager came to see the three engines on Christmas Eve and told them that they are to attend the Christmas party at Kirk Ronan station.

A workman was to dressed up at Santa Claus and show up to the party in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. But half of the reindeer had fallen ill. When the Sodor and Mainland Manager heard the news, he had an idea. And went to see Neil.

That night, Daniel and Joseph take passengers up to Kirk Ronan for the Christmas party. But they noticed that Neil isn't with them. Once everyone had arrived, they heard Neil's whistle. And there was Neil coming into Kirk Ronan pushing a flatbed with Santa's sleigh on it. And on the sleigh is Santa Claus. Everyone cheered Neil for saving the Christmas party. Neil smiled proudly. It felt good to do a big favor around Christmas time.

Back on the present day on Sodor, Neil finishes his story by saying that that was one Christmas he'll never forget. Frieda thanks Neil for telling her his story, and then puffs away to do her next job. Neil and Frieda know that it will be a good Christmas this year.

Characters

  • Frieda
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1)
  • Neil
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)
  • Santa Claus (mentioned)

New Character

  • The Sodor and Mainland Manager

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of Kirk Ronan Station in the CGI series.

Christmas with Sheldon

Plot

It's two days before Christmas on the Island of Sodor, and Sir Topham Hatt had decided to bring in an engine from the mainland to help with the extra work load on his railway, as a few of his engines are at the steamworks. The other engine is D199/Spamcan, but in the past few years, he's been given a proper name; Sheldon.

Sheldon helps out with an extra passenger train on the main line. But the next day, Sheldon is not needed, as the other engines had returned from the steamworks. However, Sheldon does not want to stay in his shed. As his driver is finishing his Christmas shopping, he comes up with a plan.

When his driver returns, Sheldon tells him that Emily has broken down and they must rescue her. Sheldon made the story up, but his driver believes it. As soon as he is out of the shed, Sheldon falls ill because of the cold weather, so his driver stops him.

Then, Emily comes to his rescue, but she cannot take him all the way back to the main station, as she has lots of trucks to pull. So Emily shunts Sheldon into a siding. Sheldon is cold and all alone and wishes he was back in his warm shed.

The day's work is done and the engines are to have a party at Knapford Station while Sir Topham Hatt holds a party at a hotel near the station.

Meanwhile, Sheldon is still in the siding all cold and alone and snow is falling down on him. He thinks everyone has forgotten about him, but he is wrong. Emily says that she is glad that Sheldon is on his own after he told stories about her, but Edward says that it is Christmas and that they should feel sorry for him and invite him to the party. The other engines do not agree with him at first, but he persuades them that they should forgive Sheldon.

So, Edward and his crew go to look for him. Sheldon is pleased to be found and when they return to the station, the other engines are all nice to him. Soon they go to their sheds and they all fast asleep.

In the end, it proved that even a rude diesel like Sheldon can be good if other engines are good to him. And if Sheldon can redeem himself in future, he'll be part of Sir Topham Hatt's Railway.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Duck
  • Emily
  • D199/Sheldon
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Timothy (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Ashima (cameo)
  • Rajiv (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Shane (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Carlos (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Axel (cameo)
  • Neil (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Marion (cameo)
  • Skiff (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the magazine stories, Diesel's Christmas and The Party. D199/Sheldon and Emily replace Diesel and James respectively.
  • From this episode on, D199/Spamcan will be referred to as 'Sheldon'.

The Snow Warrior

Plot

Bertram is an old brown narrow gauge tender engine and Duke's brother. He is known as 'the Old Warrior' because he's so brave.

One winter evening, Mr. Percival comes to the Skarloey Railway sheds. He tells the narrow gauge engines that a big snowstorm is coming, and that Duncan and Bertram are to deliver extra coal to the stations along the railway. As Bertram and Duncan get ready to leave, Sir Handel cheekily tells them to look out for the abominable snowman. Duncan scoffs at this. He remembered Henry telling him the story of when he thought he saw the abominable snowman, but it only turned out to be Sir Topham Hatt. Duncan boasts that he wouldn't be afraid of an abominable snowman if he saw one. Bertram isn't afraid either, but he doesn't boast about it.

As Bertram puffs along, he looks around for a big white creature. He starts to feel a little scared, but then he reminds himself that he's the Old Warrior. Meanwhile, Duncan puffs along his route, claiming that the whole abominable snowman thing is nonsense.

Bertram soon makes his last delivery at Cros-ny-Cuirn station, where the stationmaster tells him that they need twice as much coal for the snowstorm. Bertram offers him to use the coal in his tender, and he'll just rest in the siding nearby for the night. So Bertram puffs into the siding, and his driver tells him that Monty will deliver coal for him tomorrow. Then the driver and fireman go home.

Soon, it starts snowing a lot. And soon, snow piles up around Bertram, nearly covering him. Meanwhile, Duncan is on his way back to the sheds. He's still thinking that the abominable snowman stuff is nonsense. As he approaches Cros-y-Curin, Bertram says hello to him from his siding. But with all the snow around him, Duncan thinks he's the abominable snowman. He hurries away as fast as he can, and doesn't stop until he gets back to the sheds.

The next morning, Monty the Dump Truck brings plenty of coal for coal. Monty jokes that Bertram looks more like the Snow Warrior, and even Bertram sees the funny side. Soon, all the snow is cleared off him, and his fire gets lit. And before long, Bertram feels nice and warm again.

When Bertram arrives back at the sheds, Duncan boasts to the other engines that he saw the abominable snowman last night, and points out that he even knows Duncan's name. Bertram chuckles that he also knows that Duncan ran away. And all the engines whistle, including Duncan, but Bertram's whistle is the loudest of all.

Characters

  • Sir Handel
  • Duncan
  • Bertram
  • Monty
  • Mr. Percival
  • Duke (does not speak)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Henry (mentioned)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 6 episode, Jack Frost.
  • A reference to the Season 19 episode, The Beast of Sodor is made.
  • At the very end of the episode, Bertram breaks the fourth wall by winking at the audience.

Algy

Plot

A new bus has been built to help carry passengers around the island. His name is Algy. When passengers compliment Algy, he soon starts bragging to Bertie about being the best. This makes Bertie annoyed. But he takes his mind off Algy when Bertie's driver tells him that they are to some naturalists to a climbing excursion.

But the next day, Bertie is ill. So Algy has to collect the climbers instead. But halfway through their journey, Algy has to wait at a traffic light and his driver can't restart his engine. So the climbers have to push him out of the way to avoid a traffic jam. Finally, Algy is able to continue on his way. After they arrive at their destination and the climbers have their lunch, Algy's driver tries to start him again. But this time, all hope is lost and everyone is stranded. Luckily, Bertie is called and saves the day. Algy thanks Bertie and apologizes for his boasting.

When Algy is repaired, he and Bertie become good friends.

Characters

  • Bertie
  • Bulgy (cameo)
  • Caroline (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Elizabeth (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)
  • Nelson (cameo)
  • Madge (cameo)

New Character

  • Algy

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the annual story, Bertie Saves the Day/Bertie to the Rescue.
  • Algy would appear in his blue livery.
  • No engines or rolling stock appear in this episode.

Really Useful Lorries (UK)/Really Useful Trucks (US)

Plot

Nelson is a black lorry. His job is to carry members of the Pack to and from work. But Nelson sometimes wishes he could be carried by any of his friends.

One day, a tired Nelson arrives back at the yards with Buster. Buster thanks Nelson as he's unloaded. Nelson tells Buster that he'd like to carried sometimes, but isn't sure if any of his friends would be able to do it. Percy is nearby and reminds Nelson of the time he took him back to the yards after Nelson helped Thomas. Nelson tells Percy that that was just once and he wants to carried more than that.

A few days later, Nelson is called to an emergency. Butch had slipped on some oil on the road, and drove into a ditch. Nelson hurries over to the rescue. When he arrives, he pulls Butch out of the ditch and onto his flatbed. Then Nelson takes Butch to the Search and Rescue Centre. Butch tells Nelson that he usually carries road vehicles and engines that have had accidents, but he never thought he'd ever be carried by another road vehicle. Butch even compliments Nelson on being a really useful lorry.

When they arrive at the Search and Rescue Centre, Flynn and Rocky thank Nelson for bringing Butch back, and Nelson heads back to the yards.

The next day, Nelson is taking Oliver to a construction site. After he drops Oliver off, Nelson heads back to the yard. But then, Nelson hits a pothole, and it causes his driver to lose control. Nelson ends up driving off the road, and into a tree, knocking it down.

Butch is called to help Nelson back to the yard. Nelson apologizes to Miss Jenny about the accident, but Miss Jenny tells Nelson that everyone makes mistakes. She also says that they'll make sure the pothole is fixed soon.

Butch pulls Nelson onto his flatbed and takes him to the yard. Butch tells Nelson that he helped him yesterday and now, it's Butch's turn to help Nelson. Nelson smiles. He's glad to be carried once again. Nelson and Butch both learn that if you help someone, they'll more likely help you in return.

Characters

  • Percy
  • Flynn
  • Rocky
  • Butch
  • Nelson
  • Buster
  • Miss Jenny
  • Oliver (Pack) (does not speak)
  • George (cameo)
  • Caroline (cameo)
  • Jack (cameo)
  • Alfie (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)
  • Penny the Pink Grader (cameo)
  • Algy (cameo)
  • Harold (cameo)
  • Thomas (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, Percy Helps Out is made.

Spencer and Mallard

Plot

Mallard has come to the Island of Sodor for a visit. Around the same time that his brother, Spencer is visiting with the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. When the Duke and Duchess hear about Mallard's visit, they ask if he could take them around instead of Spencer for a while, as they have never had a proper chance to meet him. This makes Spencer jealous. Spencer had never really gotten on well with his brother. He had always been jealous of Mallard's speed record of 126 mph.

A few days after Mallard arrived, Spencer is asked to take a slow goods train along the main line, as Murdoch is at the steamworks getting a new coat of paint. Spencer grumbles dreadfully, especially when he sees Mallard race past with the Duke and Duchess of Boxford.

At Elsbridge Station, Spencer picks up some more trucks from Rosie. And then at Wellsworth, Charlie is to add more trucks to Spencer's train, and then bank the train up Gordon's Hill. Once Charlie had shunted the trucks to Spencer's train, the two engines set off for Gordon's hill.

About half way up the hill, Charlie's left side rods breaks, and he can't go on. Belle arrives to take Charlie to the steamworks. And then Spencer has to bring his train back to Wellsworth to wait for another banker. Then Mallard arrives with the Duke and Duchess. When Spencer's guard explained the situation, Mallard offers to push Spencer's train and pull his coaches. And so it's arranged.

Mallard pushes and pulls, and Spencer helps too. And together, the two A4 Pacifics get the train over the hill, and Spencer races past two stations before his driver could stop him.

Later that day, Spencer speaks to Mallard. He thanks him for his help, and apologizes for being so jealous over the years. Mallard accepts Spencer's apology. And the two engines are happy to be each other's brother.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Spencer
  • Rosie
  • Charlie
  • Mallard
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Belle (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Murdoch (mentioned)

Mid Sodor Reunion

Plot

Mr. Percival and his family had gone on vacation to the mainland. Cyril the Fogman had offered to run the Skarloey Railway while he was away. Cyril knew that the Skarloey Railway was the home of some engines that worked on the Mid Sodor Railway, which was where his father worked at as a stationmaster before it's closure.

The day after Mr. Percival left, Cryil asked Duke, Sir Handel and Peter Sam about the different engines that worked on the Mid Sodor Railway. They tell him that aside from them, Proteus had worked on the railway and so did Bertram. There were eight other engines on that railway as well. There was Albert, who was rude at first and didn't want anyone to help him, but after an accident. He learned his lesson, and was willing to let other engines help him. There was also Jim, who was friendly but tended to be a know-it-all at times, Tim, who normally pulled coaches, Jerry, who usually took goods trains, Atlas and Alfred, who worked at the mines, and John and Jennings, who were different engines but the best of friends. Cyril asks what happened to those engines, and Duke tells him that just before the Mid Sodor Railway closed, those eight engines got preserved to a museum on the mainland. Sir Handel and Peter Sam have missed these engines, and even Duke wishes to see them again.

Things go smoothly on the Skarloey Railway for the next week. And one evening, the night before Mr. Percival is due to return, Cyril receives a phone call from the Thin Controller. And the next morning, Cyril tells Duke, Sir Handel and Peter Sam to go to the Wharf, as there is to be a surprise for them.

The three engines arrive at the wharf just as Hank arrives with some flatbeds. On his flatbeds are engines that Duke, Sir Handel and Peter Sam recognize right away; it's Albert, Jim, Tim, Jerry, Altas, Alfred, John and Jennings. As the engines are being unloaded, they explain to Duke, Sir Handel and Peter Sam that they museum they had lived at for years was closing due to not many people visiting it. And that if they didn't find homes for the engines, they would all be scrapped. Fortunately, Mr. Percival heard of this, and was able to get a good deal on all of them yesterday. So they were transferred here on the Skarloey Railway.

Then Mr. Percival arrives to explain the engines' new jobs. Tim, John and Jennings will mostly work on the main line of the railway. Jim and Jerry will mostly work with Luke at the Blue Mountain Quarry. Altas and Alfred will mostly help Rusty and Fred with maintenance work on the line. And Albert will mostly be work as the narrow gauge pilot at the wharf, shunting narrow gauge trucks while Neil shunts standard gauge trucks. The engines are happy with their new jobs, and Duke, Sir Handel and Peter Sam are happy to be reunited with their old friends.

Characters

  • Hank
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Duke
  • Cyril the Fogman
  • Mr. Percival
  • Neil (does not speak)
  • Rusty (does not speak)
  • Bertram (does not speak)
  • Proteus (does not speak)
  • Luke (does not speak)
  • Fred (does not speak)
  • Mrs. Percival (does not speak)
  • The Percival Children (do not speak)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Rocky (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

New Characters

  • Albert
  • Jim
  • Tim
  • Jerry
  • Atlas and Alfred
  • John
  • Jennings

Notes/Trivia

  • It is revealed that Cyril the Fogman's father was a stationmaster on the Mid Sodor Railway.

Troy and the Coaches

Plot

Duck isn't feeling well. So he's sent to the steamworks to get better, and Sir Topham Hatt arranges for an engine from the mainland to come and help out on Duck's Branch Line, the Little Western. And soon, a Great Western engine named Troy arrives on Sodor. Sir Topham Hatt tells Troy that he needs to take Duck's coaches, Gary, Julie and Russell out for a passenger run.

Troy gets ready for his first job, but he's mostly worked with trucks in the past and hasn't had much experience pulling coaches. Oliver offers to give Troy some advice, but Troy denies the offer, as he doesn't want any engine to think he's silly. Soon, Troy takes the slip coaches up the branch line.

As he approaches Tidmouth Hault station, Russell gets uncoupled from the train. But Troy decides to slow down so people could see him. As a result, Russell ends up bumping into Julie and Gary. Troy realizes what's going on and quickly starts up again.

But Troy makes the same mistake again at Haultraugh station. He slows down, and Julie bumps into Gary. The slip coaches and the passengers are not happy. Then Troy reaches his last stop, and comes to a quick stop, bumping the passengers inside Gary.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt speaks to Troy. He tells him that he needs to be careful with coaches or he won't get to pull them again. Troy decides to apologize to Oliver for denying his offer on advice and asks if he'd be willing to help him. And Oliver is happy to help his new friend.

So the next day, Oliver and Troy take Gary, Julie and Russell together. As they travel along, Oliver tells Troy what he needs to do when pulling the slip coaches. When Russell gets uncoupled, Troy and Oliver race through the station and don't slow down. And they do the same thing with Julie. Troy also gets a chance to pull Oliver's coaches, Isabel and Dulcie, so he can have more practice pulling coaches.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt speaks to Troy again. But this time, he's proud of him. He listened to Oliver, and did a much better job pulling coaches. And for that, Sir Topham Hatt has a surprise for Troy. Donald arrives with a pair of autocoaches named Alice and Mirabel for Troy. Then Duck arrives back from the steamworks feeling better. And Sir Topham Hatt says that Troy will stay on the railway and work on the Little Western line. Everyone cheers, and Troy is happy with his new coaches and being part of the North-Western Railway.

Characters

  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches
  • Isabel and Dulcie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Jock (cameo)
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale (cameo)

New Characters

  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Alice and Mirabel

The Two Railcars

Plot

One day, Ryan has an accident at Arlesburgh Harbor. His trucks were bored and wanted some excitement. So just as they entered the harbor, the trucks pushed Ryan, and the purple tank engine rolls into the sea. Ryan gets rescued and taken to the steamworks. Later, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Daisy, along with Hugo. Sir Topham Hatt explains that there aren't many engines available to fill in for Ryan, so Daisy will takeover Ryan's work, and Hugo will look after the passengers. Daisy is surprised by this. Sir Topham Hatt explains that while she has couplings, Hugo doesn't. So he can't pull any rolling stock.

So the next day, Daisy pulls Ryan's goods trains. Although, she had learned all work is important, including goods, Daisy still isn't fond of trucks. The trucks see that Daisy is annoyed, and decide to tease her, making her very cross. Whenever Hugo races by, he honks his horn 'Hello' to Daisy, but Daisy says nothing. She starts to think that her passengers will like Hugo more than her.

At Knapford, she explains to Thomas, Gordon and James of what's been happening lately. Thomas tries to warn Daisy that she better not be rude to Hugo, as he and his friends did that on Hugo's first day, and they hurt his feelings. Before Daisy could say anything else, she has to leave.

The next time Daisy sees Hugo, she calls out rudely "You better not steal my passengers from me". This makes Hugo feel sad. Daisy then decides to try to go as fast as Hugo, thinking that the passengers will still like her. So once she picks up more trucks for the branch line. She starts to race as fast as she can. The trucks see what she's doing, and decide to try holding her back. But then the coupling between Daisy and the first truck breaks, and the trucks get left behind while Daisy continues on down the line. She over takes Hugo at a station, but Hugo eventually catches up to her. When Daisy explains what she's doing, Hugo tries to warn her that she could end up in trouble, but Daisy ignores Hugo.

As she enters Arlesburgh Harbor, she sees Skiff in her way. She tries to slow down, but it's too late. Skiff ends up getting pushed along the line by Daisy. They get switched onto the line leading to the sea. While Skiff floats in the water, Daisy stops after hitting it, as he engine gets wet. Hugo decides to hurry off to get help.

Soon, Troy arrives with Judy and Jerome. Sir Topham Hatt arrives as well, looking very annoyed. He's not happy with what Daisy tried to do or what she's been saying about Hugo. And now she needs to be repaired.

Daisy apologizes to Hugo, who forgives her. And Hugo keeps taking passengers along the branch line until Daisy returns.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Ryan
  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Daisy
  • Hugo
  • Skiff
  • Judy and Jerome
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Jock (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 20 episode, Engine of the Future is made.

Eric and the Thunderstorm

Plot

Eric loves working on the Culdee Fell Railway. He works with a mountain coach named Sandy, who used to work with Godred before his accident. He also loves sunny weather, but he doesn't like it when it thunderstorms.

One day, Eric and Sandy have arrived back at Kirk Machan when the stationmaster tells them that there's a big group of people at the summit. They were having a party up there, but the party will be over soon, and they want to go home before a thunderstorm hits. Eric goes to the sheds to tell Mr. Walter Richards, the mountain railway's new controller. Mr. Richards tells Eric, Culdee and Ernest that they need to get their coaches, head up to the summit and bring the people down.

Culdee and Ernest feel brave, but Eric doesn't. Thunderstorms have always scared him. While Culdee and Ernest go up the mountain with their coaches, Catherine and Marge, Eric and his coach, Sandy hide in a siding. Sandy tries to help Eric by telling him he needs to be brave, but Eric refuses to move.

Soon, Culdee and Ernest return down the mountain with some people. They drop them off at Kirk Machan station, where Etienne the French Electric Engine is waiting to take all the people home. Then the two mountain engines puff back up the mountain.

Then there's trouble. The next time Culdee and Ernest return to Kirk Machan, they had run out of fuel, and the fuel tank nearby is empty. To make matters worse, there's still more people up at the summit. Eric knows this is all his fault for hiding. So he comes out, and explains what he did to Culdee and Ernest. Eric decides to go up the mountain, and bring the rest of the people down.

Eric and Sandy make their way up the mountain in the thunderstorm, and they soon reach the summit. The rest of people board Sandy, and Eric sets off back down the mountain. Eric starts to realize that he's braver than he thought.

They soon reach Kirk Machan, and Etienne pulls out of the station with all of his passengers, but not before the passengers give Eric three cheers. Eric feels like the happiest engine on Sodor, as he's no longer afraid of thunderstorms.

Characters

  • Etienne
  • Ernest
  • Culdee
  • Eric
  • Marge, Ernest's Coach
  • Catherine
  • Sandy, Eric's Coach
  • Ivan (cameo)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo)
  • Patrick (cameo)
  • Alaric (cameo)
  • Gene the Mountain Diesel (cameo)
  • Godred (mentioned)

New Character

  • Mr. Walter Richards

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 11 episode, Skarloey Storms Through.

The Blister Twins Help Out

Plot

One rainy day, Blister I and Blister II are delivering ballast from a mine to Arlesburgh West when they feel a big bump. Their drivers inspect it, and discover that the earth under the track is crumbling. They leave a warning flag, and the Blister Twins hurry way to warn everyone.

At Arlesburgh West, Blister I and Blister II warn Mike, who just scoffs. Then the twins try to speak to Mr. Duncan, but Mr. Duncan doesn't have time to listen. He then tells Jock that there's been an extra load of ballast needed for the North Western Railway. Jock must pick up more ballast from the mines. The Blister Twins try to warn them that the tracks near the mines are wobbly, but Mr. Duncan is sure that they are safe enough. As Jock leaves, Blister I and Blister II feel upset that no one listens to them.

Jock carefully makes his way through the rain. As he nears the mines, he discovers the bump and starts to think that maybe the Blister Twins were right. He soon picks up trucks of ballast and heads back. It soon starts thunder storming. It even causes the power in the area to go out. As Jock approaches the wobbly tracks, he tries to slow down, but the rain had made the rails slippy. Jock ends up coming off the rails at the wobbly tracks. And with no power, his driver can't call for help.

Later that night, Jock still hadn't returned. The Blister Twins become worried for him and think Jock is in trouble. Mike and Frank take no notice calls them names like "worry buffers" and "fussy engine" until Bert tells them to stop. The twins ask their drivers if they can go look for Jock, and their drivers agree.

Both twins are nervous, but they press on. They eventually find Jock, who's happy to see them. Blister I and Blister I work hard to help get Jock back onto the rails. When everything is all set, they all make their way back home. They reach Arlesburgh West at the crack of dawn, and Mr. Duncan apologize to the Blister Twins for not listening. Mike and Frank apologize too, and they all agree that they should be a better job listen to the Blister Twins in the future. Blister I and Blister II are both very pleased.

Characters

  • Bert (small railway)
  • Mike
  • Frank
  • Jock
  • Blister I and Blister II
  • Fergus Duncan
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Rex (cameo)
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 7 episode, Percy Gets it Right.

Henry the Scuba Diver

Plot

One morning, Henry is picking up goods at Knapford Harbor when he sees some people getting onto a boat. And they're all wearing scuba diving uniforms. Henry's driver explains that they're going to out to sea, and then go swimming underwater to see fish and other creatures that live in the sea. The more Henry thinks about it, the more he likes the idea of going scuba diving.

Later, Henry tells Percy about the scuba divers and how he'd like to try it. Percy chuckles and reminds Henry of the time he fell into the water due to high tide while pulling the Flying Kipper one night, and some kids called him a 'green whale'. Henry snorts, and says that at least he's not the one who asked some trucks to push him past a danger board and fell into the sea, much to Percy's embarrassment.

A few days later, Henry is dropping off some trucks at Knapford Harbor. He had a relief driver for the day, as his original driver was ill. After shunting the trucks into a siding, Henry goes into another siding for a rest while his fireman and relief driver go to have lunch. However, the relief driver is a bit forgetful at times and he had forgotten to put Henry's brakes on. As soon as they left, Henry starts moving forward on his own. There's worst to come; Henry is puffing towards the end of the siding, and the siding ends near the sea. Henry breaks the old buffers and plunges into the sea. The alarm is soon raised.

Henry lays near the key, but at the bottom of the sea. Fish swim around him, and a small octopus squirts ink by him. Henry realizes that going underwater and being a scuba diver is not suitable for an engine.

Henry is soon rescued by Captain, who had brought a sea barge with a crane. He is then taken to the steamworks by Belle. Henry feels worried about what Sir Topham Hatt will say, but Sir Topham knows that the accident wasn't his fault. It was the relief driver's, but he won't be working with Henry or any engine again for quite sometime.

A few days later, Henry returns from the steamworks. When he arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, Thomas and Percy are there. They decide not to tease Henry about his scuba diving experience, as they can understand how he feels about it.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Belle
  • Gina
  • Philip
  • Stafford
  • Captain
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • References to the Season 2 episode, Percy Takes the Plunge and the Season 5 episode, Something in the Air are made.

A Visit from Toby

Plot

Sir Topham Hatt makes arrangements for Toby, Henrietta and Victoria to visit Toby's brothers on their tramway on the mainland for a week. When Henrietta and Victoria ask about the quarry workers, Sir Topham Hatt tells them that Emily will take them while they're gone.

Toby soon crosses the Vicarstown Bridge and makes his way to the tramway. When he arrives, Pierce, Lee and Napoleon give him a big welcome, and Toby introduces his coaches, Henrietta and Victoria. Pierce tells Toby about their tramway and that they could use a little help while he, Lee and Napoleon take turns getting a new coat of paint. Lee tells Toby that he likes his visit here, he can stay on the tramway if he wants. That leaves Toby wondering.

First, Pierce gets a new coat of paint. And Toby first takes passengers along the tramway. Then, Lee gets a new coat while Toby pulls trucks. And finally, Napoleon gets a new coat. And Toby takes both passengers and some goods.

Toby was enjoying his visit. He likes the sights along the line, and he makes some new friends. But he's still thinking about Lee's comment about staying on the tramway. Pierce, Lee and Napoleon are glad that Toby is with them. They then ask Toby if he's decided to stay on the tramway with them. As much as Toby would like to be with his brothers always, he knows that his place on the North Western Railway on the Island of Sodor. He also tells them that no matter how far they are, they will always be brothers. Pierce, Lee and Napoleon are a little upset by this, but they know Toby is right.

The next day is Toby's last day on the tramway. And he is chosen to take some lions to a zoo on the line. That evening, it's nearly time for Toby, Henrietta and Victoria to head back to Sodor. Before they leave, Pierce, Lee and Napoleon have a surprise for Toby. A luggage van had been restored at their works, and they'd like Toby to have her. Her name is Elsie, and she's happy to work with Toby, Henrietta and Victoria, and they are happy to have Elsie work with them.

And when they arrive at Vicarstown on Sodor, Toby, Henrietta, Victoria and Elsie are given a welcome by their friends.

Characters

  • Toby
  • Pierce the Tram Engine
  • Lee the Tram Engine
  • Napoleon the Tram Engine
  • Henrietta
  • Victoria
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Emily (does not speak)
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)

New Character

  • Elsie

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Pierce, Lee and Napoleon's first appearances in an episode.

A Different Job for Francine and Muffy

Plot

Emily and her two coaches, Francine and Muffy were asked to take the quarry workers to Ffarquhar Quarry while Toby and his coaches, Henrietta and Victoria were away on the mainland. The coaches didn't mind. They were happy to help out. But now, Toby had returned home with his coaches and a new friend, Elsie, a luggage van. And Emily, Francine and Muffy went back to their normal jobs around the railway.

One morning, a few days after Toby came home, Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Emily and her coaches at Knapford Yards. He explains that Francine and Muffy are needed for another job on the railway today without Emily. The coaches try to explain that they always work with Emily, and that if they go, she should go too. But Sir Topham Hatt tells them that only the coaches are needed, and Emily will use normal coaches today.

Emily tries to cheer her coaches up, but they are still upset about having to work without Emily for the day. Even Thomas, Annie and Clarabel try to help. They explain that they have been apart for jobs before, like when Thomas and Edward worked on the main line and Percy worked on the branch line after Gordon, James and Henry went on strike. They also mention the time Annie and Clarabel had to go for a re-fit during construction of a new station, when Emily pulled Annie and Clarabel before she had Francine and Muffy and when Thomas was put on quarry duties and Daisy pulled Annie and Clarabel. Thomas says that even though he loves his coaches, he knows that he sometimes needs to work without them, which is fine, as they don't need to be together all the time. Francine and Muffy start to feel better about their new job and allow Emily to take them.

Much to the coaches' surprise, they're taken to Ulfstead Castle. Millie and the Earl explain that one of Millie's carriages lost a wheel and was taken to the steamworks for the day. And that Sir Topham Hatt agreed that Francine and Muffy will do for Millie's coaches for the day. Francine and Muffy start to feel much better about the new job. They still carry passengers and they'd still be working with a friendly engine.

So for the rest of the day, Francine and Muffy work with Millie. They get to know her well, and tell her about what they do on the railway. At the end of the day, Emily arrives to pick up her coaches. She also brought Millie's carriage back to the castle. Francine and Muffy say goodbye to everyone, and Emily takes them home. Although it ended up being a good day for the coaches, they are glad to be back with Emily again.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Emily
  • Millie
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Francine and Muffy, Emily's coaches
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • James (does not speak)
  • Percy (does not speak)
  • Toby (does not speak)
  • Henrietta (does not speak)
  • Victoria (does not speak)
  • Elsie (does not speak)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Edward (mentioned)
  • Henry (mentioned)
  • Gordon (mentioned)
  • Daisy (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This would be the first time Emily's coaches have faces and names.
  • The opening of the episode takes place around the same time as A Visit from Toby.
  • References to the episodes, Trouble in the Shed, Thomas Saves the Day (S8), Emily's New Coaches and The Railcar and the Coaches are made.

Misty Island Storm

Plot

Yong Bao is sent to help out on Misty Island for a while. When he arrives, Mr. Gilbert Jones is speaking to his engines. He tells them that a big storm is coming sometime today, and they need to fix the whole in the breakwater near Misty Island before it arrives or some of the island will be washed away. Bash and Dash ask if they can use logs, and Tara asks if they can use bricks. But Mr. Jones says that the logs will just get washed away, and they also won't be able to get an order of bricks here in time. Yong Bao suggests that maybe they can use a boulder of sorts, but the engines aren't sure where they can find a boulder big enough.

Yong Bao and the Logging Locos look all around as they do their work on Misty Island. And sure enough, Tara finds a boulder by the line. It's not too big, and it's not too small. It's just right for the breakwater. As it starts raining, Tara's driver and fireman try to move the boulder. but accidentally send it rolling down the hill. It eventually hits some tracks and starts rolling towards Yong Bao, who gets into a siding just in time.

Then the boulder starts to roll towards Ferdinand, who hurries to the logging station to warn everyone. When the boulder bounces up and then down onto one of Bash and Dash's trucks, just as the twins were hurrying out of the station. Bash and Dash are unable to brake, due to the weight of the boulder. And as they round a bend, the twins come off the rails and the boulder bounces up again. And this time, it lands on the hole of the breakwater just as a big wave is coming.

By evening, the storm had cleared. And Mr. Jones praises the engines for their bravery and saving Misty Island. And Yong Bao has to admit that while Misty Island is full of surprises, it is a nice place to come and work.

Characters

  • Ferdinand
  • Bash and Dash
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Yong Bao
  • Ol' Wheezy
  • Hee-Haw
  • Mr. Gilbert Jones

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode was inspired by the special, Little Golden Book Land.

New Friend at the Steamworks

Plot

A diesel from the mainland arrives on Sodor. He's a blue diesel named Geoff. Sir Topham Hatt says that he's come to help out at the steamworks. Victor is happy for his help, but Kevin is worried that that would mean Victor is being replaced. Victor assures Kevin that he's not going to be replaced, especially since Geoff can't rescue all the engines by himself.

Geoff soon proves to be really useful. When a standard gauge steam engine breaks down or gets into an accident, he goes and rescue them. One day, he rescues Percy when one of his tires snaps and he can't grip the rails. The next day, he rescues Gordon when his safety value bursts. And another day, he rescues Arthur when he has a hole in his boiler. But there are no engines for Victor to rescue. Victor starts to worry.

It's not just Victor who's worried. Belle is worried at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. She hasn't been able to rescue any engines since Geoff arrives. Usually, she's needed to help Flynn when there's a fire. But she has also rescued broken down engines and took them to the steamworks. Then, the alarm goes off, and the manager tells Belle that Neville has come off the rails at the bottom of Gordon's Hill, and that she's the only engine available to take Rocky there right away.

Meanwhile, Victor hears of another emergency on the Skarloey Railway. One of Duke's side rods has broken, and he needs a new one. So Victor hurries over to rescue Duke. While that's going on, Belle has arrived at the scene of Neville's accident, and Rocky sets to work. Then Geoff arrives with Sir Topham Hatt, who asks Geoff to take Neville to the steamworks. Belle asks what about her. She's been rescuing engines longer than Geoff. Sir Topham Hatt explains that he knows Belle has rescued engines in the past, but she's also a firefighter. He's noticed that Belle has been a bit overworked lately, and decided that she could use some help. Belle admits that she has felt overworked in the past couple months, and she's happy to just stick to firefighting while Geoff rescues broken down engines.

Victor brings Duke to the steamworks, just as Geoff arrives with Neville. Sir Topham Hatt is proud of both engines. Victor is happy again. He'll stay at the steamworks and rescue narrow gauge engines while Geoff rescues standard gauge engines. And Victor, Kevin and Geoff are all great friends.

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Arthur
  • Neville
  • Belle
  • Flynn
  • Duke
  • Victor
  • Rocky
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Sodor Search and Rescue Centre Manager
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)

New Character

  • Geoff the Works Diesel

The Cow on the Bus

Plot

One of Farmer McColl's cows has wondered off from the farm, and is now missing. A search party is arranged to find the cow. Engines, road vehicles and humans keep a look out for it.

Algy and his driver worried for the cow as well, especially since cows are Algy's driver's favorite animals. A few days after the cow goes missing, Algy is taking some passengers to Knapford when he spots a cow in a field. They hurry to Knapford to tell Sir Topham Hatt, who tells Farmer McColl.

Farmer McColl soon arrives at the field, and confirms that that's his missing cow. But then there's another problem. Farmer McColl had called for a truck to take the cow to his farm, but the truck broke down on the way to the field, and his truck is too small for the cow to ride on. Then, Algy's driver has an idea.

It's decided that Algy will take the car back to the farm, much to the blue bus' embarrassment. The cow is soon loaded into Algy, and they set off for McColl farm. Other road vehicles pass Algy, and can't help but laugh when they see the cow riding in Algy. Bertie even sings a song about called "The Cow on the Bus". The passengers laugh, and so does Algy's driver. And even Algy starts to see the funny side.

They soon arrive at Farmer McColl's farm. Farmer McColl thanks Algy for bringing his cow home, and Thomas compliments Algy, who smiles. It felt good to help an animal in need.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Bertie
  • Bulgy
  • George
  • Nelson
  • Algy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Elsie (cameo)
  • Buster (cameo)
  • Mrs. McColl (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • The title is a reference to the song, The Wheels on the Bus.

Albert's Night Out

Plot

Albert the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine has been working on the Skarloey Railway for four months now. He mostly works at the Wharf. This makes him upset, as he wishes to have a long run to stretch his wheels. Neil suggests he speaks to Mr. Percival about his problem. But Albert says nothing. He grows unhappier, and becomes rough with the trucks. One day, he bumps the trucks so hard that they crash into the canal. James, who was waiting to pick up goods from the trucks, is very annoyed, and so are the workmen and even Colin.

That evening, Mr. Percival scolds Albert for causing delay and confusion. As punishment for the accident, Albert is to work at the Blue Mountain Quarry, and Jerry will be brought down to help at the wharf. So Albert works at the Blue Mountain Quarry with Jim and Luke.

Then, a few days later, Owen breaks down and needs new parts. Albert is the only engine available to go to the transfer yards, and pick up Owen's new parts. Albert asks why Raul can't bring the parts to the quarry himself. And Mr. Percival explains that the points outside the quarry have jammed, and won't be repaired until morning. So they have to be delivered to the transfer yards, and taken to the quarry by the narrow gauge line.

So Albert makes his way to the transfer yards. It's nearly dark by the time he arrives, but there's no sign of Raul with the new parts. Albert soon starts to feel impatient. But at last, Raul arrives. He explains that his lamp hadn't been working, and he had to wait for it to be replaced.

Owen's new parts are soon loaded into Albert's trucks, and he sets off. Neither Albert or his crew know that some points near Skarloey Station had been set in the wrong direction, and they end up going the wrong way. Albert's crew soon become concern, as they should have reached the Blue Mountain Quarry by now. But instead, they arrive at an old quarry. And before they can do anything else, Albert derails at where some tracks are broken. The driver, fireman and the guard look around the quarry, trying to see if they can find a telephone.

Meanwhile, Mr. Percival becomes concerned when he hears that Albert never reached the Blue Mountain Quarry, and arranges a search party. Harold flies in the sky over the Skarloey Railway while Peter Sam and Mr. Percival look for Albert on the ground. Harold tells Mr. Percival that he's found Albert at the old quarry.

Mr. Percival and Peter Sam hurry to the quarry. Albert and his crew explain what happened. Mr. Percival is just happy that they are all safe. Mr. Percival tells Peter Sam to go get the breakdown train to lift Albert back onto the rails. As Peter Sam leaves, Mr. Percival looks around the quarry. The quarry they're at is the old slate quarry. Before the Blue Mountain Quarry was formed, this quarry was where the engines went to pick up loads of slate. Mr. Percival has decided to re-open this quarry to produce slate again while the Blue Mountain Quarry will continue to produce stone and gravel. Mr. Percival also promises Albert more journeys on the main line in the future, as long as he doesn't cause anymore mishaps at the wharf. And Albert is a happy engine again.

Characters

  • James
  • Raul
  • Neil
  • Peter Sam
  • Luke
  • Albert
  • Jim
  • Harold
  • Colin
  • Owen
  • Merrick
  • Mr. Percival
  • Jerry (does not speak)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Atlas and Alfred (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 5 episode, Oliver's Find.

Passenger Trouble

Plot

One evening, Gordon arrives back at Tidmouth Sheds late. He had been delayed due to a passenger feeling sick, and having to go to the hospital. But that's not what made Gordon return grumpy. What made him grumpy was that a grumpy passenger was constantly complaining about the delay. The grumpy passenger is the same one that Duncan had once tried to stop from complaining. The other engines feel sorry for Gordon. However, James is sure that he can deal with the passenger with no problems.

So the next morning, James arrives at Knapford getting ready for his first passenger run. And sure enough, the grumpy passenger is boarding his train. After the guard blows his whistle, James gets ready to leave and looks up at his signal waiting for it to turn green. But it doesn't turn green. It stays red. The passenger starts complaining, which makes James a bit worried. They soon find out that the signal is broken. So they have to use flag signals to tell James and the other engines when it's safe to go. James hurries to make up for lost time. But he goes so fast that he races past the platform at the next station, and bumps his passengers when screeching to a halt. The grumpy passenger complains even more, and doesn't stop complaining until he gets off. James knows it's partly his fault for hurrying and bumpy the passengers, but he still gets annoyed by the passenger's complaining.

Later, the grumpy passenger is on board Thomas' train, as the tank engine travels along his branch line. But then Thomas has to stop due to sheep on the line. It's not long before Farmer McColl and his dog, Katie arrive and clear the line. When they reach Ffarquhar, the grumpy passengers gets off and says he'll be back on soon, much to Thomas' dismay. However, when waiting to go back up the line, Thomas sees that the passenger hadn't gotten on yet, as he's still inside the station. And even after the guard blows his whistle, the grumpy passenger still hadn't gotten. Thomas decides to wait until he gets on the train before leaving. The passenger soon comes out and climbs aboard Annie, and Thomas leaves the station. But now, he's late, and the other passengers aren't happy at all. Thomas arrives late at every station, and all the passengers complain about being delayed.

That evening, Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with James and Thomas for their actions today. He tells the two engines that they should know better than to race at dangerous speeds, bumping the passengers and staying at the station after the guard blows his whistle. Thomas and James explain about the grumpy passenger. Sir Topham Hatt says that he knows about that passenger whose name is Amos. Amos is usually grumpy and tends to complain a lot, but they can't always please all the passengers. Amos overhears their conversation, and apologizes for his complaining. James, Thomas and even Edward explain that if his train gets delayed, there's nothing he can do about it. Amos says he understands, but it might take time for him to break his habit of complaining. He then boards his train home, and tries not to complain at all.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Stafford
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Amos the Grumpy Passenger
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Elsie (cameo)
  • Duncan (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 18 episode, Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger is made.
  • It is revealed the Grumpy Passenger's name is Amos.

The Picnic Express

Plot

One day, Sir Topham Hatt announces that there will be a special picnic train today and says that one engine will take it. Emily and her coaches, Francine and Muffy hope they get chosen to take it. But Sir Topham Hatt picks Spencer and his coaches, Julius and Celia. Emily and her coaches are disappointed. Spencer isn't pleased about it either. He thinks he's too important to take the picnic and the people attending it. However, Julius and Celia are okay with it. They try to cheer Spencer up about it, but Spencer still remains annoyed.

Later, Spencer, Julius and Celia arrive at Knapford to collect the guests and the food. Once everything is all set, they set off. But Spencer goes much too fast. The guests don't get to see all the sights along the way. They eventually become fed up, and complain to Sir Topham Hatt.

Meanwhile, Emily and her coaches had just finished their run and are just getting ready for their break when Sir Topham Hatt hurries over to see them. He tells them that the guests for the picnic would like a new train to ride one, and asks Emily, Francine and Muffy if they can do it. The three of them are delighted, and set off.

They find the guests at Wellsworth. The guests climb aboard, and they set off. They arrive at Shen Valley for their picnic. Once the picnic is over, Emily and her coaches take the guests around the island at a more leisurely pace.

By the end of the day, the guests are all very happy and thank Emily, Francine and Muffy. It had been a good day for a picnic after all. And Spencer hopes he never gets asked to take another picnic express again, as it's just not for him.

Characters

  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Francine and Muffy (Emily's Coaches)
  • Julius and Celia (Spencer's Coaches)
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the annual story of the same name. Emily and Spencer replace Thomas and Gordon respectively.
  • This would be the first time Spencer's coaches have faces and names.

Bobby the Red Caboose

Plot

Sir Topham Hatt purchases an American caboose to come to Sodor and work with Hank, who had been having a little trouble with trucks in the past. Bobby and Hank work well together. Bobby manages to keep the trucks in order, which helps Hank be on time with his trains.

However, Bobby notices that children cheer at Hank and the other engines when they pass by. But not many children cheer Bobby once the end of Hank's train passes by. This makes Bobby feel unappreciated, and wishes he was an engine.

One day, there are lots of trucks in the yard, and Shane is unavailable. Hank decides to take as many as he can with him on his main line goods train. So a total of 35 trucks are shunted into Hank's train. Once Hank is coupled up, he sets off with Bobby at the back of the train.

Things go well at first, and Hank makes good time. But then, they come to Gordon's Hill. Hank pulls as hard as he can to get to the top. But then, a coupling breaks, and Bobby and the last 12 trucks are rolling back down the hill. Bobby quickly applies his brakes, and stops the trucks from rolling too far from the hill.

Then, Donald and Douglas arrive, and offer to help the train up the hill. So once Bobby and the last 12 trucks are coupled up to the train again, Hank pulls and the twins push. And they manage to get to the top of Gordon's Hill. Donald and Douglas say they couldn't have done it if it wasn't for Bobby since he managed to stop the trucks from crashing into them. Bobby feels very happy. The children still cheer Hank when they see him, but they also cheer for Bobby because of his heroic action.

Characters

  • Donald and Douglas
  • Hank
  • Philip
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Shane (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)

New Character

  • Bobby the Red Caboose

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is based on the Little Golden book, The Little Red Caboose.

Ivo Hugh the Fearless

Plot

Ivo Hugh and Marie both get invited to visit the Skarloey Railway on Sodor, and Sir Albert Thompson agrees. So arrangements are made, and Ivo Hugh and Marie both travel to Sodor by a goods train pulled by Merlin.

When they arrive at the Wharf, Ivo Hugh and Marie are welcomed by the Skarloey engines. Ivo Hugh is sent to work with the Skarloey Railway's number 7 engine, Freddie. The two engines soon become friends, and Ivo wishes he can be just as fearless as Freddie. However, there have been a few times since he arrived on the Georgia Railway on the Mainland where he had been afraid, and Ivo feels that he's one of the most cowardly engine in the world. Freddie tells Ivo that being brave is about what you do when you feel afraid.

The next day, Ivo Hugh and Freddie are both sent to pick up extra loads of slate from the re-opened slate quarry. Just before the slate quarry, there is an old wooden bridge. A bridge that has been in need to repairs. Until the repairs are done, the engines must cross the bridge very slowly. Freddie and Ivo both cross the bridge slowly. Once they're on the other side, Fred the Black Diesel arrives with workmen, so they can start making repairs to the bridge.

As Freddie collects his slate trucks, his driver realizes that they forgot to fill up with coal before they left. The closest coal bunker was on the other side of the bridge. Assuming they have enough coal to get to the other side, Freddie puffs away once his trucks are coupled up. Freddie hurries to the other side of the bridge, but he doesn't have enough coal. And he comes to a stop in the middle of the bridge. Freddie sees Fred leaving the bridge. He was off to get some more fuel. Freddie tries to call out to Fred, but he doesn't hear him. The bridge then starts to groan, and old wooden pieces start falling into the ravine below.

Meanwhile, Ivo Hugh had collected his slate trucks, and was on his way to the Transfer Yards. When he reaches the old bridge, he's surprised to see Freddie standing on it. But then, he sees that the bridge is collapsing and becomes scared of what will happen to Freddie. Then Ivo has an idea. He puffs slowly onto the bridge. Once he reaches Freddie's train, Ivo buffers up and pushes Freddie and both trains to the other side of the bridge. Ivo feels very scared, but he presses on. His train clears the bridge just in the nick of time.

The drivers, firemen, guards and workmen all cheer for Ivo Hugh, and so does Freddie. When Fred returns and hears what happened, he praises Ivo Hugh for his bravery as well. Soon, word of the bridge incident spreads across the railway, and all the engines praise Ivo Hugh for saving Freddie. Even Mr. Percival is proud of Ivo Hugh, and now Ivo no longer feels like a cowardly engine.

Characters

  • Merlin
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Peter Sam
  • Mighty Mac
  • Freddie
  • Fred
  • John
  • Jennings
  • Marie the Orange Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Ivo Hugh
  • Mr. Percival
  • Sir Albert Thompson
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Flying Scotsman (cameo)
  • Logan (cameo)
  • Neil (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Bertram (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Albert (cameo)
  • Tim (cameo)
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine (cameo)
  • Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This is the first time the narrow gauge railway on the mainland is referred to by its proper name, the Georgia Railway.
  • This episode uses an element from the Season 7 episode, Trusty Rusty.

Marie and the Wharf

Plot

Ivo Hugh and Marie are both invited to visit the Skarloey Railway. When they arrive, Marie is asked to help out around the wharf for a bit while Ivo Hugh goes to work with Freddie. Marie thinks wharf is a big and bustling place. She doesn't know anyone there, and no one there knows much about her. Then, Marie gets startled when Colin accidentally drops some pipes near her, and Marie derails some trucks loaded with sugar. The trucks laugh at her, and even Samson teases Marie. Neil tries to cheer Marie up, but she still feels upset and she doesn't want to work at the wharf ever again.

But the next day, Marie is sent to collect some apples and take them to the wharf. She collects the trucks of apples from the Skarloey Railway Apple Orchard, and sets off for the wharf. On the way, she arrives at Rheneas Viaduct where she meets Luke. Luke has to cross the viaduct, but he has fear of heights. Marie tells Luke that she just hurries to the other side, and doesn't look down. That helps Luke cross the viaduct.

Then Marie arrives at where there's mud on the tracks. Tim is there with some coaches. He's worried that he'll splash mud all over himself, the coaches and the passengers. Marie tells Tim that she just puffs slowly over the mud. And that helps Tim puff through the mud without getting muddy.

Then there's trouble. A tractor's trailer had come unhooked, and is rolling down the hill towards the line. And Marie sees Millie coming. She whistles loudly, but Millie doesn't hear. Marie decides to puff forward, and the trailer hits her boiler. Millie sees what had happened and thanked Marie for saving her. But Marie still feels like a scaredy engine, even though she helped Luke with his fear of the heights and the viaduct, Tim with his fear of getting everyone muddy and Millie from a horrible accident.

Marie soon arrives at the wharf, and decides to pluck up courage. She calls out to everyone, and introduces herself. And all the workmen around call back to Marie. And when Marie comes across the trucks that laughed at her yesterday, she stands up to them, telling them that if they biff her, she'll biff them back. That makes the trucks quiet. And Samson is impressed.

Marie is happy again. She is no longer afraid of the wharf. And when she and Ivo Hugh tell each other about their adventure on the Skarloey Railway, they are both happy with each other for becoming braver during their visit.

Characters

  • Samson
  • Merlin
  • Neil
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Peter Sam
  • Mighty Mac
  • Luke
  • Millie
  • Tim
  • Marie the Orange Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Ivo Hugh
  • Colin
  • Mr. Percival
  • Freddie (does not speak)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Albert (cameo)
  • Atlas and Alfred (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 10 episode, Wharf and Peace.
  • This episode takes place around the same time as Ivo Hugh the Fearless.

Etienne and the New Engines

Plot

Etienne the Electric Engine and Ivan the Diesel Engine work together on the Peel Godred Branch Line. Etienne is usually polite and friendly, but he never tires of telling everyone of when he won the Great Race at the Great Railway Show. Most people who saw him at the great railway show come to the branch line to see him, which can sometimes make Etienne a bit boastful.

One day, two new electric engines arrive on Sodor. They are going to work with Etienne and Ivan on their branch line. Sir Topham Hatt introduces them as Pongo and Perdita. He also tells Etienne and Ivan to make sure they get to know the branch line well. Before they start work, Pongo and Perdita tell Etienne that they heard about his race at the great railway show, and that they are honored to meet a famous winner. Etienne smiles. Although passengers had told him that. It's rare when other engines tell him that they heard of his race. He starts to think that working with Pongo and Perdita will be fun.

Soon, the four engines start the jobs. Pongo and Perdita look after the passenger services, while Etienne and Ivan look after the goods trains. Whenever Etienne stops at a station where Pongo or Perdita are at, he notices that the passengers are mostly speaking to the new engines. Etienne feels confused, as he thought someone would also notice and speak to him as well. At Kirk Machan, he tells Culdee and Alaric about the new engines and how people are mostly speaking to them. Alaric tells Etienne that he can't be the center of attention all of the time. Etienne says that he knows, but he thought people would still speak him a bit because of his race. That gives him an idea. Etienne decides to remind everyone of his race, then maybe people will notice him. But Alaric and Culdee are not so sure about this idea.

The next few times Etienne sees Pongo and Perdita and people speaking to them. He would remind them about his race at the railway show, but some passengers just reply saying they know about it. Etienne becomes a little disappointed that his plan wasn't working. But then, Etienne breaks down, and he is unable to keep going.

Soon, Pongo arrives, and offers to push Etienne and his train, as well as pull his own, to Killdane Station. And their drivers agree. Pongo works very hard, and soon reaches Killdane, where Bart is waiting to collect Etienne's trucks. Etienne thanks Pongo for his help. Just then, Perdita arrives, and Etienne apologizes to both engines for trying to get the passengers to notice him instead of them. Etienne learned that while people might know him for winning the race at the last railway show, he can't be the center of attention all the time. And when Etienne is repaired, he, Ivan, Pongo and Perdita work well together on the Peel Godred Branch Line, and they're all great friends.

Characters

  • Bart the Red Tank Engine
  • Ivan
  • Etienne
  • Culdee
  • Alaric
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Spencer (flashback; does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Flying Scotsman (flashback; cameo)
  • Axel (flashback; cameo)
  • Catherine (cameo)
  • Miranda (Alaric's coach) (cameo)

New Characters

  • Pongo and Perdita the Electric Engine Twins

Notes/Trivia

  • A flashback to The Great Race is used.

Don't Judge an Engine by His Looks

Plot

Philip is a diesel boxcab who is usually friendly to everyone he meets on Sodor. But one winter day, while delivering some trucks to Vicarstown, Philip meets an engine who looks very familiar. The engine introduces himself as Pete. Philip sees that Pete looks a lot like Vinnie, an engine that bullied him at the Great Railway Show. Pete says that he is Vinnie's brother. He also tries to say more, but Philip refuses to listen, as he thinks Pete is going to bully him as well.

Later on, Philip is back at Knapford Yards. Philip is sure that he won't see Pete ever again. But then, Pete arrives at the yard. Sir Topham Hatt climbs down from his cab, and explains to the engines in the yard that Pete is going to help out around the railway for a week. The engines in the yard are happy to meet Pete, except for Philip. He decides to do what he can to avoid Pete.

Pete soon makes friends with engines of Sodor. And some engines tell Pete past stories about them on Sodor. Thomas and Percy tell Pete about the time they helped rescue a village that was snowed in on Christmas Eve. James tells Pete about the time he got stung by a bee. And Henry tells Pete about the time he accidentally got painted in glow-in-the-dark paint. But whenever Pete met up with Philip, the latter would just run away. Philip still thinks Pete is going to bully him.

A few days after Pete arrived, Philip is delivering some trucks to Brendam Docks. He tells Cranky, Carly and Big Mickey about Pete, and how he had been avoiding him. The three cranes tell Philip that he needs to give Pete a chance, and that he might be surprised about what Pete is like. Cranky even brings up the first time he worked with Carly, and how they became friends. Philip becomes thoughtful about this on his way back to Knapford.

Philip becomes so thoughtful that he's not minding his speed. He starts to go faster, and slips on some icy rails. Philip gets switched into a siding, and hits a snowdrift. He's stuck in the snow, so his driver tells the signalman, who phones for help. And the only engine nearby to help Philip is Pete. He pulls Philip out of the snowdrift. Philip thanks Pete for helping him, and apologizes to ignoring him in the past few days. Pete tells Philip that he's nothing like his brother, Vinnie, who was scrapped for his bad behavior at the Great Railway Show. The two of them soon start chattering as they make their way to Knapford.

As they arrive at Knapford, Philip tells Pete about the time he wanted to know what his number meant. The other engines are glad to see that Philip and Pete have become friends. And when Pete has to return to the mainland, Philip is sad to say goodbye. But Pete tells Philip that he might come back to Sodor again one day, and Philip hopes Pete is right.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • James
  • Percy
  • Stanley
  • Gina
  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Philip
  • Stafford
  • Cranky
  • Carly
  • Big Mickey
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Vinnie (mentioned)

New Character

  • Pete the Navy Blue CNR U-4-a Engine

Notes/Trivia

  • References to the special, The Great Race and the episodes, Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, Buzz Buzz, Henry in the Dark, New Crane on the Dock and Philip's Number are made.
  • The title is a reference to the saying, Don't Judge a Book by its Cover, which was also the name of a Thomas song from Season 4.

Sheldon's Smile

Plot

Last Christmas, Sir Topham Hatt had brought Sheldon (D199) to his railway to help out with the extra workload. But even after the holidays were over, Sheldon stayed on the island. He was usually quiet around other engines, as he had a hard time trying to think of nice things to say. But the engines knew that it would take time for Sheldon to get use to working with steam engines.

One summer day, Sheldon is collecting some trucks filled with cement at the Cement Works. Bart tries to be friendly to him, but Sheldon stays quiet and leaves without a word. Shortly after, Bear arrives at the Cement Works. Bart tells him about Sheldon. He also mentions that he can't remember the last time Sheldon smiled except on last Christmas Eve. Bear says that he'll try to talk to Sheldon soon.

He does so later that day. Bear asks Sheldon if anything's been bothering him in the past couple months since he's been quiet when around other engines. Sheldon doesn't know whether to speak or not. But he could see that Bear is trying to help. So he tells him that ever since he came back to Sodor, he's felt like that he hasn't fit in at all. Bear says that maybe he could fit in if he speaks to other engines more, and to smile as well. Sheldon replies saying that he usually has trouble saying nice things to steam engines, as he's always disliked them before returning to Sodor. Bear tells him that he'll never be able to fit in if he doesn't try to be nice to other engines more and smile more other. So Sheldon decides to try.

The next day, Sheldon is taking a goods train along the main line when he sees Henry up ahead. He decides to hurry along side the green engine and say "hello" to him, and tries to smile. Henry is surprised, but says "hello" back to Sheldon. Within the next few days, whenever Sheldon sees another engine, he honks his horn "hello" and smiles, and the other engines say "hello" back. Every time, Sheldon gets better at smile.

A few days later, Ashima had broken down while delivering some goods to Ulfstead Village. Sheldon is the only engine available, so he hurries to the rescue. He pushes Ashima and her trucks all the way to Ulfstead. Ashima is very grateful for Sheldon's help.

Sir Topham Hatt is also proud of Sheldon. He's also glad to see that Sheldon is starting to talk to his engines again, and has decided to keep Sheldon on his railway. That makes Sheldon very happy, and he gives his biggest smile of all.

Characters

  • Henry
  • James
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Ashima
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine
  • Daisy
  • Bear
  • Sheldon/D199
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rajiv (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the fan-made episode, Christmas with Sheldon is made.

Two Very Troublesome Trucks

Plot

Fred Pelhay is an orange coal truck. Like all trucks, he tends to be troublesome and teases the engines on Sodor. However, he does behave himself when the engines become stern with him. Some engines tend to be afraid to take goods trains when they see that Fred Pelhay is a part of it.

One day, a blue truck named Rickety arrives on Sodor, and becomes friends with Fred Pelhay. They both plan on how to cause trouble on the railway together. They first become part of a goods train that's to be pulled by Thomas. Fred Pelhay and Rickety tease Thomas, and they even hold him back. Thomas tries his very best to keep going. He also wishes Bradford was here as his brake van. Then, the coupling breaks. Thomas shoots forward and derails at a bend. Thomas is then taken to the steamworks for repairs.

The next day, Rickety and Fred Pelhay are part of a train pulled by Stanley, who is heading up to Ffarquhar Quarry to collect stones. When he arrives, Stanley shunts his trucks over to the hopper. Fred Pelhay and Rickety whisper to the trucks to pull Stanley further on. They do so, and before Stanley knows it, he's right under the hopper. And the stones fall right on him. Stanley has to go the steamworks for minor repairs. Sir Topham Hatt is getting worried. There have been two accidents two days in a row, and tries to find out if the same trucks were involved in both Thomas and Stanley's accidents.

The next day, Fred Pelhay and Rickety are both part of another goods train. This time, it's being pulled by Oliver. Hector is also part of Oliver's train. The trucks are worried about causing trouble because Hector, who usually keeps them in line, is part of the train. And they also remember how Oliver had once pulled apart a truck named S.C. Ruffey. But Rickety and Fred Pelhay aren't scared of causing trouble, especially since Toad is not with Other today. Toad is at the steamworks having his brakes repaired, and Oliver had to use a different brake van in his place.

Oliver is soon heading up the Little Western with his goods train. Hector is at the front of the train, but traveling backwards, so he can keep an eye on the trucks. While most of the trucks behave well, Fred Pelhay and Rickety, who are at the back of the train, try to get the trucks to be troublesome. Hector has to constantly tell them to be quiet and behave, but the two trucks won't listen. Rickety and Fred Pelhay decide to have some fun by themselves. They hold back on a hill. Oliver puffs hard to get to the top. Then the coupling breaks and Fred Pelhay, Rickety and the brake van roll back down. The guard had been knocked off the brake van by the sudden jerk, and quickly runs after them.

Fred Pelhay and Rickety then come to a curve and derail. Rocky is called to lift them back onto the rails. Sir Topham Hatt is also called, and asks the two trucks if they have anything to say about this. Fred Pelhay and Rickety both try to think up an excuse, but are unable to. They end up confessing what they've been doing in the past few days. Sir Topham Hatt tells them that he knows a few places where they can't cause anymore trouble.

Rickety is now a scrap truck, helping to take scrap from Crocks Scrap Yard to the Smelter's Yard. And Fred Pelhay is now a garbage truck, helping either Whiff or Scruff take garbage to the waste dump. The engines are glad that the trucks won't cause anymore trouble on their railway again.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Oliver
  • Stanley
  • Hector
  • Fred Pelhay
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Whiff (does not speak)
  • Scruff (does not speak)
  • Toad (does not speak)
  • Rocky (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Troy the Great Western Engine (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Geoff the Works Diesel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Alice and Mirabel (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Elsie (cameo)
  • Reg (cameo)
  • S.C. Ruffey (mentioned)
  • Bradford (mentioned)

New Character

  • Rickety

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 4 episode, Toad Stands By is made.

Special Christmas Jobs

Plot

Ross, Terry and Andrew have been working on their branch line for a couple months now. The three engines become excited when Christmastime comes around, as this will be their first Christmas on the Island of Sodor in a long time. James and Percy are happy to celebrate Christmas with their brothers (Ross and Andrew) again. They hope that this Christmas will be the best one ever.

A week before Christmas, James is double heading a passenger train with Molly. James decides to ask her how to make this Christmas special for his brother. Molly suggests that maybe Ross could do a special job on Christmas Eve, like maybe pulling the present train or taking the carolers to the Christmas party at Knapford. James thinks about this carefully. He hadn't pulled the presents train or taken the carolers to the main Christmas party in a long time, but he wants Ross to have a very merry Christmas.

Later, James discuss the jobs on Christmas Eve with Percy. And they try to decide which jobs would make Ross and Andrew very happy to do. Just then, two emergencies pop up. Ross had cracked his wheel, and Andrew is trapped in a tunnel that's blocked off by snow. James and Percy both hurry off to the rescue.

While James helps Ross to the steamworks, Percy takes workmen over to Tidmouth Tunnel to free Andrew. At the steamworks, Sir Topham Hatt is happy that James rescued Ross, and asks the former engine if he wanted to double head the presents train with Molly on Christmas Eve. James suggested that Ross should do that since he wants his brother to have a special job to do on Christmas Eve. But Ross suggests that he, James and Molly take the presents train together since James rescued him. Sir Topham Hatt is delighted by this.

Meanwhile, Andrew had gotten free from Tidmouth Tunnel, and Percy asks him if he wants to take the carolers to the party at Knapford on Christmas Eve. But Andrew says that they should do it together, and Percy thinks it's a good idea.

When Christmas Eve comes, everyone gets ready for the party at Knapford. Ross, James and Molly triple head the presents train. Percy and Andrew take the carolers. And even Terry is given a special job to do. Helping Thomas take all the guests to the party.

Later at the party, Ross, Andrew and Terry tell the other engines that this has been the best Christmas party they've ever attended. James and Percy are happy that their brothers, as well as Terry, had a very Merry Christmas.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Percy
  • Molly
  • Ross the Red Engine
  • Terry the Blue London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class Tank Engine
  • Andrew the Dark Green Tank Engine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Toby (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Whiff (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Scruff (cameo)
  • Belle (cameo)
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Timothy (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Ashima (cameo)
  • Rajiv (cameo)
  • Shane (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Carlos (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Axel (cameo)
  • Neil (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Troy the Great Western Engine (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Arry and Bert (cameo)
  • Diesel 10 (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Den (cameo)
  • Dart (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Sheldon/D199 (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Ivan (cameo)
  • Geoff the Works Diesel (cameo)
  • Etienne (cameo)
  • Pongo and Perdita the Electric Engine Twins (cameo)
  • Flynn (cameo)
  • Winston (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Marion (cameo)
  • Hugo (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Francine and Muffy (Emily's Coaches) (cameo)
  • Maggie and Teresa (Gordon's Coaches) (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Alice and Mirabel (cameo)
  • Bobby the Red Caboose (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • The Thin Clergyman (cameo)
  • The Fat Clergyman (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Ross, Terry and Andrew's first appearances in an episode.

A Second Chance

Plot

Over on the Georgia Railway on the mainland, Georgia and Becky are due to have an overhaul, which means extra work for Donna, Mary, Angela, Marie and Ivo Hugh. However, Mr. Thompson has decided to give Oscar and Elliot, two diesels who had once been on the Georgia Railway, a second chance on the narrow gauge railway.

Oscar and Elliot soon arrive and start being as rude as they used to be to the other engines. But one day, Brenda decides to tell the two diesels a story of something that happened to him when he was a rude diesel.

The morning after Brenda was first sent away from Sodor, Pug was picking up some trucks filled with coal, when the Class 14 diesel decided to shunt some trucks in front of Pug, making him a middle engine. Brenda laughed, as Pug puffed slowly away with trucks in front of him and trucks behind him.

Pug soon arrived at a loading ramp, and the coal from his trucks was unloaded. Pug knows that he was never allowed to play on the ramp, but then Brenda arrived and pushed Pug onto the ramp. And the ramp starts working again. Pug calls out, and the men quickly stop the ramp and lower it, while Brenda sneaks away. The workmen are very cross with Pug, as they think he was playing around on the ramp.

The Mainland Controller is cross with Pug too. Pug tries to explain about Brenda, but the mainland controller doesn't believe him. The next day, Pug is sent to work in a shunting yard. He notices that a truck's coupling is broken and that gives him an idea.

Later, Brenda arrives to pick up a goods train, and Pug pushes some trucks in front of her, making Brenda a middle engine. He also explains about the broken coupling on the truck and that maybe it'd be easier if it was at the very front of the train. Pug also says that this will serve the Class 14 diesel right for getting Pug into trouble yesterday. So Brenda rolls slowly out of the yard.

She arrives at a harbor on time, and the mainland controller asks why Brenda acting as a middle engine. Brenda explains about the broken coupling. She also ends up confessing what she did to Pug yesterday. The mainland controller is not happy with what Brenda did, and punishes him by making him do shunting for a month.

Back on the present day, Brenda finishes his story by telling Oscar and Elliot that if they're not careful, they could end up just like her when she got Pug into trouble.

The two diesels think about what Brenda said carefully. As they continue to work on the Georgia Railway, they try to be kind. They even helped Angela when she runs out of fuel. And when Georgia and Becky return from their overhaul, Sir Albert Thompson had decided to keep Oscar and Elliot as the number 8 and 9 engines on the narrow gauge railway. The diesels are glad to have been given a second chance, and Brenda and the other mainland diesels are glad she was able to help some diesels get their act together.

Characters

  • Pug
  • Carter/D261
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel
  • Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel
  • Marie the Orange Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Ivo Hugh
  • The Mainland Controller
  • Sir Albert Thompson
  • Jinty (cameo)
  • Wolfgang the Brown Class 11 Diesel (cameo)
  • Agnes (cameo)
  • Ruth (cameo)
  • Lucy (cameo)
  • Jemima (cameo)
  • Beatrice (cameo)
  • Cora (cameo)
  • Gertrude and Millicent (cameo)
  • Rasmus and Sean the Red Narrow Gauge Coaches (cameo)

New Characters

  • Oscar the Dark Green Narrow Gauge Diesel
  • Elliott the Brown Narrow Gauge Diesel

Notes/Trivia

  • Brenda's flashback story is similar to the Season 6 episode, Middle Engine. It also takes place after Rosie and the New Diesel.

Puffa

Plot

One day, Charlie is collecting some trucks at Brendam Docks when he sees Big Mickey unloading a new engine. The engine introduces himself as "Puffa". Charlie hurries off to tell the other engines, but they don't believe him. But they soon realize that Charlie was telling the truth when Sir Topham Hatt introduces them to Puffa. He also explains that Puffa has come to help out on Thomas' Branch Line while Percy and Toby go to the steamworks for an overhaul.

Puffa works hard on Thomas' Branch Line, and proves how useful he is. He also becomes great friends with Thomas. But Arry and Bert think Puffa is nothing but a new-fangled nonsense. Puffa feels hurt, but Thomas tries to cheer him up by letting him pull Annie and Clarabel for a while.

A few days later, Puffa breaks down while pulling Annie and Clarabel. Thomas takes his coaches while Geoff takes Puffa to the steamworks. Arry and Bert are at the steamworks delivering some supplies. When they see that Puffa had broken down, they tease him. But Puffa stands up to them and says that he doesn't like that. But Arry and Bert don't listen.

The next day, Puffa is fixed and is making his way to Knapford when Arry races pass with some trucks. He shouts that his brakes had failed and he can't stop. Puffa chases after as fast as he can. Puffa manages to overtake Arry and whistles to the signalman to change him onto Arry's line. Once that's done, Arry catches up to Puffa, and the latter brakes hard and brings Arry and his trucks to a stop. Arry is very relieved. And when Bert hears the news, he and Arry apologize to Puffa for being so rude.

Soon, Percy and Toby's overhauls are completed, and they return to work. And Puffa has to go home. Some engines come to Brendam Docks to say goodbye to Puffa. And they all hope they see Puffa again one day.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Charlie
  • Arry and Bert
  • Geoff the Works Diesel
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Victoria
  • Elsie
  • Big Mickey
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Porter (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Carly (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

New Character

Notes/Trivia

  • This is BiggestThomasFan's 200th episode idea.
  • This episode is party based on the magazine story, The Visitor. Puffa replaces the Flying Thistle respectively.

The Missing Coach

Plot

One day, Troy is taking passengers up the Little Western with his autocoaches, Alice and Mirabel, but he is running late and tries to hurry. At Tidmouth Hault Station, he leaves so quickly that he accidentally leaves his guard behind. He and his crew don't know that they left the guard behind until they reach the next station. The guard soon arrives on board Bulgy.

Troy feels very upset that he made a silly mistake. Douglas decides to help Troy by telling him a story of a mistake he made when he first arrived on Sodor.

When Donald and Douglas first arrived on Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt was very surprised, as he was only expecting one engine. Sir Topham Hatt decided to give each of them numbers (Donald #9 and Douglas #10). Then Duck showed the twins around the yard.

One afternoon, Douglas is shunting in the Yard and worries about being sent away, unfortunately forgetting to shunt Thomas' special coach. To evade the angry complaints of the passengers, the twins decide to swap tenders so as to convince Sir Topham Hatt that Donald has taken his goods train, but to no avail, Sir Topham Hatt, not being fooled, reprimands Douglas severely.

Back on the present day on Sodor, Douglas tells Troy that even though he made a mistake, Sir Topham Hatt still allowed him to stay on his railway. Troy starts to feel better. He thanks Douglas for telling him his story and puffs away to do more work.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Alice and Mirabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bulgy (does not speak)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • Part of this episode is based on the Railway Series story of the same name from the book, The Twin Engines.

Andrew and the Mail Train

Plot

One day, Percy and his brother, Andrew are at the washdown. Percy tells Andrew that he usually pulls the mail train at night. Andrew says that he's always wanted to pull a mail train, and asks Percy if he can do it one day. Percy happily agrees. He tries to tell Andrew that he needs to do it quietly, but Andrew is too exacted to listen. And Andrew is very exacted about delivering mail all day.

That night, Andrew gets ready to the mail run. Once he collects the mail vans, he sets off the collect the mail from the post depot. Once that's done, Andrew sets off to deliver the mail across the island. He delivers some mail to Brendam Docks, and whistles loudly to let the dock workers know he's there. However, Andrew doesn't know that he woke Salty and Porter up. Cranky tries to tell Andrew to not be so loud, but Andrew doesn't listen.

Andrew then delivers some mail to the Clay Pits. Again, he whistles loudly to let everyone know he's there. But he wakes Bill, Ben, Timothy and Marion up. Andrew doesn't know though, and puffs away. Andrew's last stop is the Wharf, where he wakes Neil, Albert and Colin by whistling very loudly again. But he still doesn't know that he's waking everyone up.

By morning, Andrew had delivered all the mail, and heads off to his shed for a rest. Meanwhile, a few mishaps occur around the island. At Brendam Docks, Porter is shunting some trucks over to Carly, but he falls asleep before he can position the trucks properly. Carly doesn't know until she drops some creates on the line. Over at the clay pits, Marion is filling her shovel and is getting ready to fill some trucks, but then she falls asleep and dumps the china clay on the line. And at the wharf, Colin is unloading a barge. But then he falls asleep and drops the cargo back into the barge.

Sir Topham Hatt is sitting in his office when he starts to receive a lot of phone calls. When he hears what's been happened, he goes to see Andrew. Sir Topham Hatt is cross with Andrew for whistling loudly in the night and waking everyone up, and tells Andrew that he'll deliver the mail again tonight so he can learn to be very quiet.

So that night, Andrew delivers the mail again, but this time, he doesn't whistle loudly. He keeps very quiet as he arrives at the docks, the clay pits and the wharf. And he didn't wake anyone up. Once Andrew has finished, he goes back to his shed to rest. Percy is at the sheds when Andrew arrives. He says that he heard what Andrew did the night before, and Andrew says that he learned to not be so loud at night. And Percy puffs away while Andrew gets some well-deserved sleep.

Characters

  • Percy
  • Bill and Ben
  • Porter
  • Timothy
  • Neil
  • Andrew the Dark Green Tank Engine
  • Salty
  • Albert
  • Cranky
  • Colin
  • Carly
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Ross the Red Engine (cameo)
  • Terry the Blue London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 13 episode, The Early Bird.

A Joke Too Far

Plot

Terry is a hard working tank engine, but he can also be cheeky sometimes. One day, Terry is given a new whistle after his old one became rusty. After he leaves the steamworks, he blows his whistle loudly to everyone nearby.

The next day, Terry is sent to Arlesburgh West to pick up some ballast, wool and vegetables. Terry blows his whistle loudly at Rex, who is so surprised that he bumps into some trucks. Rex says that he thought Mike's whistle was loudly while Terry chuckles.

Later, Frank arrives with cars of wool. Terry watches him carefully. And then he peeps loudly, causing Frank to bash his cars and wool to go everyone. Terry, Rex, Jock and even Frank laugh. Terry then suggests that they all surprise Blister I when she arrives with the vegetables.

So the engines find hiding places. And when Blister I arrives, they whistle and honk loudly. Blister I is so surprised that he crashes into his cars, and gets covered in vegetables. All the engines laugh, even Blister I. Terry, Rex, Jock, Frank and Blister I are all having fun surprising each other, but no one is doing any work.

Then Terry suggests they all surprise Blister II when he arrives with the ballast. When Blister II arrives, Terry and the minimum engines whistle and honk so loudly that Blister II races forward on the ballast chute. And he and the ballast cars off down onto the standard gauge tracks. Everyone is very surprised, and Mr. Duncan is very cross to see that no one was working. He tells Terry that he will help to clean up this mess while he tells Sir Topham Hatt what has been happening.

So Terry goes to get Judy and Jerome to lift Blister II and the ballast cars back onto their rails. The other minimum engines still want to play, but Terry tells them enough is enough and they should be working. So they all work together to clean up the mess. They gather up the wool, any ballast they can get and all the vegetables that didn't get smashed.

As Terry is getting ready to leave, Mr. Duncan and Sir Topham Hatt come to see him. Terry apologizes for playing around. And Sir Topham Hatt decides that as a punishment for Terry, he's to stay in his shed for three days. Terry puffs away to deliver his train, and then goes to his shed.

After Terry serves his punishment, he goes back to Arlesburgh West to pick up more ballast. When he arrives, Terry looks around for the ballast cars. His cars are under the chute, but the small ones are no where to be seen. Rex and Mike are nearby. They are hiding the cars. Terry asks where the ballast is, and Mike puffs forward showing the cars of ballast. He then shunts them on the chute and the ballast is under loaded. Terry admits that that was a good joke. A joke that's funny, but not dangerous. Mike and Rex laugh too, and so does Mr. Duncan, who was nearby. And Terry puffs away with the ballast.

Characters

  • Terry the Blue London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class Tank Engine
  • Rex
  • Mike
  • Frank
  • Jock
  • Blister I and Blister II
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Fergus Duncan
  • Judy and Jerome (do not speak)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Douglas (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Ross the Red Engine (cameo)
  • Andrew the Dark Green Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Geoff the Works Diesel (cameo)
  • Victor (cameo)
  • Bert (small railway) (cameo)
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode is similar to the Season 11 episode, Thomas and the Big Bang.
  • This episode is named after a Theodore Tugboat episode.

The Christmas Coaches

Plot

It's Christmastime, and over on the Skarloey Railway, there's a lot of work to do. Fortunately, the narrow gauge engines are able to keep up with their work. But sometimes, the coaches tend to be too crowded due to more passengers coming at this time of year.

One day, Jerry had just shunted some trucks into a siding at the depot when he sees four coaches sitting in the sheds nearby. He decides to go and see them. The coaches are Ada, Jane and Mable the open carriages and Roald the Refreshment Coach. Jerry notices they look sad, and decides to ask why. The four coaches tell him that they are not usually needed that often for Christmas. And it's mostly because Ada, Jane and Mable are open carriages, which means passengers could get cold if they ride in them. And Roald is a refreshment coach, and the Refreshment Lady doesn't need him that often at wintertime. Jerry decides to try to find ways to make the coaches feel useful.

First, he asks Duncan if he could take the coaches along with him on his first passenger run of the day. Duncan agrees, but isn't sure why Jerry asked. Duncan takes Ada, Jane, Mable and Roald on his first passenger run the next morning, but not many people ride in the open carriages and nobody rides in Roald due to him being a refreshment coach. Mr. Percival asks Duncan why he brought those coaches along with him, and Duncan explains about what Jerry said.

Mr. Percival goes to see Jerry at the Transfer Yards, and asks why he asked Duncan to take Ada, Jane, Mabel and Roald with him on his train. Jerry asks Mr. Percival is there were any ways for the coaches to feel really useful around Christmastime. Mr. Percival thinks carefully, and then he has an idea.

On Christmas Eve, a narrow gauge engine takes passengers up to Ulfstead Castle for a party. This year, it's Rheneas' turn. Much to his surprise, Mr. Percival asks him to use Ada, Jane and Mabel to take the passengers. So Rheneas collects the open carriages, and puffs to Crovan's Gate to collect the passengers. Meanwhile, Jerry is asked to take Roald and the Refreshment Lady up to Ulfstead Castle. Jerry and Roald are both puzzled, but they head up to the castle.

Jerry and Roald arrive a few minutes before Rheneas, Ada, Jane and Mabel. Mr. Percival welcomes the passengers to the party, and tells them that while their journey to the castle may have been cold, they can enjoy nice cups of hot cocoa from the Refreshment Lady. Everyone has a great time at the party. And the coaches are happy to have been really useful on Christmas Eve.

Characters

  • Rheneas
  • Duncan
  • Jerry
  • Millie
  • Roald the Refreshment Coach
  • The Refreshment Lady
  • Mr. Percival
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Stephen (cameo)
  • Glynn (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Bertram (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Tim (cameo)
  • John (cameo)
  • Jennings (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)

New Characters

  • Ada, Jane and Mabel

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark the first appearance of the Refreshment Coach in the CGI series, as well as the first time it has a face and a name.

Axel's Day Off

Plot

Axel has been working on the Island of Sodor for two years now. He usually tries to be kind, but can get cross on some occasions. One winter day, Barney is pulling the Local along the main line. He hopes everything will go well. However, he ends up getting delayed a few times. Some of his passengers complain to the stationmasters, and it leaves Axel to feel very cross.

Axel takes his anger out on other engines that he passes. He takes it out on James, Percy and Murdoch, and it makes them cross. So they go to Sir Topham Hatt and tell him about Axel.

Later, Axel is taking on water when he overhears Sir Topham Hatt talking to Ashima and Gina. He tells them that they've been working very hard today rescuing Dowager Hatt when she was snowed in and they deserve a day off tomorrow. Axel puffs forward and says that he should have a day off too. He also asks "What do I have to do to get a day off? Do I need to rescue someone? Do I need to find something?". And Dowager Hatt scolds "Maybe your manners!". Sir Topham Hatt also tells him that he heard about him being rude to James, Percy and Murdoch, and that wasn't nice at all. Axel tells Sir Topham Hatt that he's just had a bad day. But Sir Topham Hatt tells him that that's no excuse. He also tells Axel that he can have a day off if, and only if, he promises to work hard and be nice to everyone all day tomorrow. Axel promises.

The next day, Axel sets off to do his jobs. He's determined to get a day off, and does what he can to be nice and work hard. A little later, he sees Terence. Farmer Finney explains that one of Terence's caterpillar tracks is broken and he needs a new one. Axel offers to pick up Terence's new caterpillar track from Vicarstown and bring it to him.

On the way to Vicarstown, Axel sees Stanley stranded on the line. Stanley had just broken down. At first, Axel plans to tease him, but then he remembered his promise. So he offers to take Stanly to the steamworks. When they arrive, Axel shunts Stanley inside, and continues on towards Vicarstown.

Axel soon arrives at Vicarstown, and picks up Terence's new caterpillar track from the goods yard. Then he shunts it to his passenger train and puffs away. On the way to Terence, Axel finds Sidney stranded on the line. He had forgotten to take on more fuel. So Axel offers to take him to the nearest fuel depot. When they arrive at one near Killdane, Sidney thanks Axel, and the latter continues on his way.

Soon, Axel makes it Cronk Station. The new caterpillar track is unloaded, and Madge deliveries it to the repair shop where Terence is waiting. Axel then hurries to try to make up any time that's lost from his extra jobs.

That evening, Axel is finishing up his last job of the day when he meets up with Sir Topham Hatt at Knapford. Axel is a little worried about what he's going to say. But Sir Topham Hatt tells Axel that he's proud of him. He did very well helping Terence, Stanley and Sidney out when they needed it. So tomorrow, it's a day off for Axel. This makes Axel very happy. Axel says that he understands now that he shouldn't take his anger out on others, and he's going to try to not get cross when things go wrong.

Characters

  • James
  • Percy
  • Murdoch
  • Stanley
  • Ashima
  • Gina
  • Axel
  • Sidney
  • Terence
  • Madge
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Farmer Finney
  • Dowager Hatt
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Mallard (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Geoff the Works Diesel (cameo)
  • Kevin (cameo)

Troublesome Rolling Stock

Plot

Trucks on the Skarloey Railway can be troublesome from time to time, but two of the worst trucks on the railway are a slate truck who likes to call himself "Ian" and a quarry truck who likes to call himself "Harry". Ian tends to cause trouble while part of a train. And Harry biffs and bashes engines who are pulling him.

There is also a green brake van who likes to call himself "Snake" that had taken a dislike to some of the Skarloey engines. Most of the engines don't like it when they have to take him (or Ian and Harry) out. Trains run late and the engines get blamed. One day, Duke decides to have a talk with Snake, Ian and Harry. He tells them that such behavior would never suit his grace. The three rolling stock just laugh, but Duke biffs Harry hard and tells them that there's more coming if they cause trouble again.

So the two trucks and Snake behave better after that. Then one day, Luke has an accident at the wharf. The rails are slippery and he ends up falling backwards into the canal. Mr. Percival forgives Luke, but tells him to be more careful when the rails are slippery.

When Luke is repaired, the trucks tease him and sing rude songs, lead by Ian. They go on and on throughout the day. Harry tries to tell Ian that maybe they should eventually stop, but Ian doesn't care and keeps on teasing Luke. Randy and Cletus the brake vans feel sorry for Luke.

The next day, Randy has to go to the steamworks, as his brakes had failed. Cletus asks Jim if he may work with Luke for the day, and Jim agrees. So Luke takes Cletus with him along with a train of stone and slate. Ian and Harry are part of it.

Ian, who's at the front, tells the trucks to hold Luke. All the trucks do so, except Harry, who's at the back. He decides that he doesn't want to be troublesome anymore. Luke struggles on, determined not to let the trucks beat him. However, Ian starts to not like this. He's being pulled by Luke and the trucks. Ian ends up being pulled apart.

Meanwhile, Duncan is pulling some trucks filled with gunpowder. He's being very careful, but Snake is his brake van. And he sees a chance to cause trouble. It results in a coupling breaking and Snake and the last few trucks rolling backwards down a hill. They get switched into a siding, hit the buffers and the gunpowder goes off, starting a fire. Luckily, the guard had jumped clear before the accident.

Flynn soon arrives to put the fire out, but Snake the Green Brake Van was destroyed. Mr. Percival soon hears about both incidents. Ian ends up being scrapped for his bad behavior, and Mr. Percival decides to not rebuild Snake. Duncan says good riddance to them, and the other engines agree. As for Harry, he is now a better behave truck, and even helps to make sure the other trucks don't cause trouble.

Characters

  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Duncan
  • Duke
  • Luke
  • Jim
  • Randy the Brown Brake Van
  • Cletus the Grey Brake Van
  • Flynn
  • Mr. Percival
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Freddie (cameo)
  • Fred (cameo)
  • Bertram (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Proteus (cameo)
  • Albert (cameo)
  • Tim (cameo)
  • Jerry (cameo)
  • Atlas and Alfred (cameo)
  • John (cameo)
  • Jennings (cameo)
  • Zazu the Blue Narrow Gauge Diesel (cameo)

New Characters

  • Ian the Narrow Gauge Slate Truck
  • Harry the Narrow Gauge Quarry Truck
  • Snake the Green Brake Van

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode uses elements from the Season 2 episode, Break Van and the Season 4 episode, Toad Stands By.

Oliver and the Ironworks Diesels

Plot

One evening, Oliver, Duck, Donald and Douglas are resting at the Arlesburgh Sheds when Troy arrived from the mainland. He looked annoyed. Donald asks Troy what's wrong, and Troy says that while he was on the mainland, he met some engines, who were very boastful and rude to him. Oliver says that it reminds of when Arry and Bert first arrived on Sodor. He decides to tell the other engines the story.

One morning, many years ago, Oliver was delivering some trucks at Vicarstown when he sees Sir Topham Hatt with two diesel twins. Sir Topham Hatt introduces them as Arry and Bert, and asks Oliver to show them around a bit. Oliver agrees. Arry and Bert are a bit surprised to meet Oliver. They had heard of an engine of the same name that escaped to Sodor from scrap, and Oliver told that that's him.

They soon reach the Smelter's Yard, where they deliver some scrap. As Oliver is shunting his trucks into a siding, his wheels slip on some rails. He then gets switched onto the same track as Bert. And Oliver's trucks hit the diesel shunter. Bert's front is damage, and he has to go to the works to get it repaired. Bert and his brother, Arry start taking a dislike to Oliver. Oliver and a few other engines try to tell them that it was an accident, but they refuse to listen.

The ironworks diesels try to think of a way to pay Oliver back. Then, they have an idea. One night, Oliver spends the night at the Smelter's Yard. He was to pick up some pipes and deliver them to Brendam Docks, but the pipes weren't going to be ready until morning. Arry and Bert decide to put their plan into action that night. They come up to Oliver while he's sleeping, and shunt him over to the smelter's shed.

They then tell some workmen inside that the steam engine is due to be scrapped. The men are a bit confused, but they get ready to scrap Oliver. Oliver wakes up, just as the grabber is coming down to him. He's shocked at what's about to happen. Luckily, his driver and fireman had been nearby, and told the men to stop just in time.

The next morning, Arry and Bert end up confessing what they try to do to Oliver. Sir Topham Hatt is cross that the diesels tried to scrap one of his steam engines and lied to the workmen. As punishment, Arry and Bert stayed in their sheds for a month. Arry and Bert continued to dislike steam engines, but they never said anything bad to Oliver whenever they saw him. They were too afraid of getting into trouble again.

Back on the present day on Sodor, Oliver finishes his story, just as Arry and Bert pulled up. They had come to pick up some ballast for the tracks at the Smelter's Yard. The diesels remembered that they never apologized to Oliver for what they tried to do to him back then. So they say they're sorry, and Oliver is willing to forgive them, as he can see the diesels have changed over the years.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Arry and Bert
  • Toad
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Percy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 3 episode, Escape is made.

Elizabeth Gets Snowed In

Plot

Elizabeth and Isobella are sisters. They both agree and disagree on certain things. They both don't like getting dirty. But while Isobella doesn't mind the snow, Elizabeth dislikes snow. Isobella is part of the Sodor Construction Company, but Elizabeth sometimes helps them if needed.

One winter day, Elizabeth is making a delivery to the Sodor Construction Company Yard. It starts to snow as she arrives. Elizabeth had always hated snow ever since the time she was delivering cakes from the Cake Factory and got stuck in a snowdrift and had to be rescued by Thomas and Terence.

When she arrives at the yard, she can hear Jack, Alfie and Buster talking about the snow and why they like it. Elizabeth thinks they're talking nonsense and interrupts them by saying that they're silly for thinking snow is great. She also says that all snow ever does is cause trouble for everyone. Isobella doesn't like hearing her sister be rude to her friends, and tells Elizabeth that if she can't say anything nice, she shouldn't say anything at all. Elizabeth says that she just doesn't like hearing everyone talk about snow. Elizabeth leaves the yard a few minutes later.

That evening, after Elizabeth finishes her deliveries, she goes to her shed to rest for the night. That night, a blizzard blows across the island. And in the morning, when Elizabeth's driver comes to get her ready for the day's work, he can't get into the shed. There's too much snow blocking it, meaning Elizabeth is snowed in. Elizabeth's driver quickly makes a phone call.

He calls Miss Jenny, and asks if any of her machines could help. Miss Jenny asks Jack and Alfie to clear away the snow around Elizabeth's shed. And despite what Elizabeth said to them yesterday, Jack and Alfie agree to help her.

Elizabeth hopes that help comes soon. She can't leave her shed, and the roof has a lot of snow on it. Elizabeth's shed is made of old wood, which is at an age where the wood could break easily. Then the roof breaks, and snow falls onto Elizabeth, who starts to feel colder than ever.

Soon, Jack and Alfie arrive and set to work clearing the snow away. They finish just as Isobella arrives. She had been wondering if her sister is okay. Elizabeth's driver opens the door to the shed, and finds Elizabeth covered in snow. Jack and Alfie can't help but laugh. Isobella tells them to stop, but Elizabeth is starting to see the funny side. And suddenly, she doesn't feel cold anymore.

They clear the snow off Elizabeth, and her driver starts her up. Just then, Miss Jenny arrives in her land rover. She notices the hole in the roof of Elizabeth's shed, and asks her if she wants to stay at the yard with the other pack members until her shed is rebuilt. Elizabeth happily agrees. Elizabeth also doesn't mind snow that much now, but she still doesn't want anymore incidents involving it.

Characters

  • Elizabeth
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Isobella
  • Buster
  • Miss Jenny
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Caroline (cameo)
  • Nelson (cameo)
  • Max and Monty (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)
  • Kelly (cameo)
  • Patrick (cameo)
  • Thomas (mentioned)
  • Terence (mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • A reference to the Season 7 episode, Not So Hasty Puddings is made.
  • It is revealed that Elizabeth and Isobella are sisters.

Goods Over Passengers

Plot

One morning, Mr. Walter Richards comes to see the Culdee Fell engines at the sheds. He tells them that a new engine will be joining the railway soon. A new diesel named Helga, who will arrive in a few days.

A few days later, Helga arrives. When she is introduced to her coach, whose name is Dexter, she says that she much prefers taking goods over passengers, much to the other engines' surprise. Mr. Richard tells Helga to give passenger trains a chance.

Helga does so, but she upsets the passengers and gets into a few arguments with Dexter when he tries to correct her. When Mr. Richards has about what happened, he decides to Helga should stay on goods work for a while. So she works with Olivia the Mountain Truck for a while. Helga is happy at first, but the other engines tell her that she'll need to carry passengers on one day. But Helga keeps hoping that she never has to.

Then one day, Patrick doesn't feel well, and all the other engines are busy. So Helga gets asked to take her coach, Dexter up the mountain in Patrick's place. Helga does so, but is a little worried she'll make mistakes again. She decides to ask her coach, Dexter to help her if she makes a mistake, and he agrees.

Helga and Dexter are soon heading up the mountain. Dexter tells Helga to make sure she's not going too fast and doesn't bump the passengers inside him. Helga listens carefully, and makes sure they have a smooth ride. The passengers inside Dexter cheer as they reach the top of the mountain. They all thank Helga for a good ride. Helga starts to like carry passengers now and is more than happy to work with her coach again in the future. Mr. Richards is pleased with Helga as well, and all the other mountain engines are happy to have a new engine on their railway.

Characters

  • Pongo and Perdita the Electric Engine Twins
  • Ernest
  • Wilfred
  • Culdee
  • Shane Dooiney
  • Patrick (mountain engine)
  • Alaric
  • Eric
  • Gene the Mountain Diesel
  • Olivia the Mountain Truck
  • Mr. Walter Richards
  • Marge (Ernest's coach) (cameo)
  • Winifred (Wilfred's coach) (cameo)
  • Catherine (cameo)
  • Tanya (Shane Dooiney's coach) (cameo)
  • Amber (Patrick's coach) (cameo)
  • Miranda (Alaric's coach) (cameo)
  • Sandy (Eric's coach) (cameo)
  • Tracy the Mountain Coach (cameo)

New Characters

  • Helga the Pink Mountain Diesel
  • Dexter the Mountain Coach

Too Much for Molly

Plot

Molly usually works on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line with Dennis and Norman. While the two diesels mostly take goods trains, Molly mostly looks after the passenger trains. She enjoys working on the branch line. However, in the past few years, more and more passengers have wanted to travel on the branch line. So Molly has had to take more coaches on a few journeys.

One day, Molly is collecting passengers at Kirk Ronan station. But there aren't enough coaches for all the passengers that want to travel on her train. So she quickly shunts a few more coaches to her train before setting off for the Kellsthorpe Road. But the train becomes a little too heavy for Molly. She ends up needing help from Fergus to get up a hill.

When Molly arrives at Kellstorpe Road, she's late and James is a bit annoyed. But James soon starts to feel concerned to Molly when she mentions that she's been having to carry extra passengers lately. When James arrives back at Knapford, he tells Sir Topham Hatt about Molly. Toby, who was bringing quarry workers home, offers to help Molly sometime tomorrow, and Sir Topham Hatt agrees.

The next day, Toby heads up to Kellstorpe Road station where Molly is waiting to depart with a passenger train. Molly is delighted to have Toby's help today. And soon, they set off, double heading the passenger train. As they stop at the next few passengers, Toby notices how many passengers are waiting for board the train. And when their journey is over, both engines feel a bit tired.

Toby starts to have an idea, and puffs away to tell Sir Topham Hatt. Toby tells him that another engine should help Molly with the passenger trains on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line. But Sir Topham Hatt tells Toby that all the other engines on his railway have enough work of their own to do, and he can't spare any of them to help Molly. Toby says that there's no need for that, as he knows someone else that might be able to help. Someone from the mainland.

So Sir Topham Hatt heads for his office to make a phone call. And a few days later, there's a surprise for Molly. A black tender engine named Waylon has come from the mainland to help her on the branch line. Waylon says that he's an old friend of Toby's, and it was his idea for Waylon to come and work with Molly. Molly thanks Toby for the idea, and she, Dennis and Norman welcome Waylon to their branch line before they get started with their work.

Characters

  • James
  • Toby
  • Fergus
  • Molly
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine (does not speak)
  • Henrietta (does not speak)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Pip and Emma (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)

New Character

  • Waylon/The Old Engine

Notes/Trivia

  • The episode's ending foreshadows the next episode.

Waylon

Plot

Waylon the Old Black Tender Engine is glad to be working on Sodor. As he's getting ready for his first run on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line, he tells Molly, Dennis and Norman that his former owner had been trying to find a new home for him since diesels were taking over his work. Luckily, Sir Topham Hatt called and asked if he could come and work on his railway.

Soon, Waylon is heading up the branch line with a passenger train. Deep down, Waylon is a bit worried. On his old railway, he would sometimes suffer from steam leaks, and it made it hard for him to pull his trains. Sometimes, he needed help from Toby or one of his brothers. However, Waylon manages just fine at first. He is soon enjoying himself.

The journey is back is just as fine. And Waylon soon forgets about his troubles in the past. Molly and the diesel twins are impressed by Waylon's work.

The next day, however, Waylon is taking a longer train than he did yesterday. The journey up is goes alright. But on the journey back to Kellstorpe Road, Waylon starts to leak steam. His driver suggests that they either get a bus for their passengers or see if Molly, Dennis or Norman are nearby, but Waylon is determined to get his passengers to the station. So he struggles on.

Gordon is waiting at Kellstorpe Road. He starts to wonder where Waylon is. Soon, Waylon comes into view. He struggles on into the station and stops at the platform. The passengers all cheer and thank Waylon. Gordon collects his passengers, and respectfully puffs away.

Sir Topham Hatt comes to see Waylon, who is looking worried. Waylon tells Sir Topham about his steam leaking problem and how he's had it for years. Sir Topham Hatt says that he'll send Waylon to the steamworks to have his issues fixed once and for all.

A few days later, Waylon is fixed and feels better than ever. He, Molly, Dennis and Norman all agree to be one good team. Then Fergus and Bart arrive and remind them that they're part of the team as well since the Cement Works is on their branch line. So the six engines all agree to be the "Kirk Ronan Team".

Characters

  • Gordon
  • Fergus
  • Molly
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine
  • Waylon/the Old Engine
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Toby (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Pierce, Lee and Napoleon the Tram Engines (not named; mentioned)

Notes/Trivia

  • Part of this episode is similar to the Season 4 episode, Four Little Engines.

Bluebell, Primrose and the Flower Show

Plot

Bluebell and Primrose the Bluebell Engine Twins have come to visit the Island of Sodor to see Stepney and help out on the Bluebell Branch Line. Bluebell and Primrose love flowers. Their favorite kinds are bluebells and primroses. Not just because they share the same names as them, but because they think those flowers smell the prettiest of all.

One day, the engines on the Bluebell line are told that there will be a flower show at Great Waterton this week, and they are to help set up for it. Stepney is to deliver the stands for the flowers. Carlos is to bring decorations. Flora is to bring the guests, including Alicia Botti, who will be the judge. And Bluebell and Primrose are to gather all the flowers for the show.

Bluebell is quite sure the a set of bluebell flowers will win, but Primrose thinks that primrose flowers will win. Throughout the week, Bluebell and Primrose would come close to arguing about which flowers will win. But the other engines would remind them that they should be good sports, no matter what kind of flowers win. Bluebell and Primrose know they are right, but they still secretly hope their favorite flowers win.

On the day of the flower show, Bluebell and Primrose both set off to different parts of the island to pick up flowers for the show. Bluebell decides to pick up twice as many bluebell flowers for the show, thinking that a lot of them together would smell very good and win the show. Primrose decides to pick up three times as many primroses, thinking they will make Great Waterton smell like the best town on Sodor and win.

When they both arrive, the flowers are put on display. And Flora arrives with Alicia Botti and the other guests. Alicia Botti takes good looks at the flowers on display. She's very surprised to see a lot of bluebell and primrose flowers, and wonders who brought a lot of the same flowers. The other engines look at Bluebell and Primrose, who are both feeling worried that they ruined the flower show. In the end, Alicia Botti decides that the winning flowers are the daisies, which makes Daisy the Diesel Railcar very happy.

Bluebell and Primrose are both a little disappointed that their favorite flowers didn't win. But then they start to think that if one of them had win, the two engines might have been arguing for years. So they decide that they're glad their favorite flowers didn't win, and they're both glad to still be best friends.

Characters

  • Stepney
  • Flora
  • Carlos
  • Daisy
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Alicia Botti
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rusty (cameo)
  • Duke (cameo)
  • Tim (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)

New Characters

  • Bluebell and Primrose

The Easter Egg Hunt

Plot

Every Easter, the Earl has an Easter Egg Hunt around his estate railway. The children with ride on either Stephen, Glynn or Millie's trains and travel around looking for the eggs. But this Easter, Sir Robert has decided to do something a big more extreme; have the Easter Egg hunt all over Sodor.

On the night before Easter, Thomas, Percy and Duke are asked to take the eggs all over the island so they could be ready for the egg hunt. Thomas takes some eggs on the east side of the island, Percy takes some on the west side of the island and Duke takes the rest to the Skarloey Railway.

Easter morning comes, and Millie, Stephen and Glynn are getting ready for their big egg hunt. Sir Robert tells each engine where to go for the egg hunt. Stephen and his coaches (Woody and Emelius (the open carriages), Blossom, Mandy and Coco (the coaches)) are to take children to the west side of the island. Glynn and his carriages (Jiminy, Marlin, Samuel and Gromit) are to take children to the east side of the island. And Millie and her carriages (Jasmine, Sally and Lisa) are to take children along the Skarloey Railway. The Earl also mentions to them to make sure that all the children get a fair amount of eggs. Once everyone is ready, the engines set off.

Stephen and his coaches puff along towards the west side of the island. They stop at one of the places where some eggs are hidden, and the children get out to start hunting for them. Stephen and his coaches even manage to help the children find the eggs by looking carefully. Stephen finds one by some flowers, Woody finds one by a tree and Coco finds one by the line.

Meanwhile, Glynn and his coaches are near Vicarstown. They had taken the children they were carrying to a field. The children have a great time looking for the eggs. And one of Glynn's carriages, Samuel, even manages to find an egg close by a stump.

Millie and her carriages have a great time as well. The children enjoy looking for eggs in a field nearby Rheneas station. Millie and her carriages even make friends with some birds that land on them.

It was afternoon when all the eggs had been hunted. All the children each got six eggs. The engines then return to Ulfstead Castle, where Sir Robert is ready to start an Easter party. He thanks Glynn, Millie and Stephen for taking the children around the island for the biggest Easter Egg Hunt the island's ever seen. And he even gives Stephen, Glynn, Millie and each of their coaches an Easter egg of their own. They all agree that it's been the best Easter ever.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Stephen
  • Glynn
  • Duke
  • Millie
  • Woody and Emelius (Stephen's open carriages)
  • Blossom, Mandy and Coco (Stephen's coaches)
  • Jiminy, Marlin, Samuel and Gromit (Glynn's carriages)
  • Jasmine, Sally and Lisa (Millie's carriages)
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Sir Handel (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • The Thin Clergyman (cameo)
  • The Fat Clergyman (cameo)
  • Fergus Duncan (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would be the first of a few things:
    • The first Easter-theme episode of the series.
    • The first time Stephen, Glynn and Millie's coaches have faces and names.

A Sodor Circus (Double-Length Episode)

Plot

Part One

Everyone on Sodor becomes excited when the circus comes back to Sodor. Percy asks if an engine will be chosen to take the circus train, but Sir Topham Hatt says that they already have an engine with them; Richard, who the engines remember. They hope he's had a better life since joining the circus.

A few days later, Richard arrives on Sodor with the circus train. He stops the train at a field, and the crew setting up for the big show. Richard then puffs to Tidmouth Sheds for a rest. At the sheds, he meets up with Thomas, Edward and Henry. Richard says that he's been doing much better since changing his ways and becoming the engine for the circus train. But he mentions that there might be a problem. One of the clowns in the circus hasn't been feeling good, and might not be able to perform. However, Richard did hear the ringmaster saying that they might be able to perform without him.

For the rest of the day, when engines pass by the field, they would see everything getting ready for the show tomorrow. They hope they'd be able to see at least part of it.

But the next morning, there's another problem. Other circus performers have gotten sick too, and are not able to perform. The only ones that are not sick are the ringmaster, the tightrope walker, the flying trapeze performers and two clowns. The ringmaster is having thoughts on cancelling the show. He knows everyone will be disappointed, but he doesn't know what else he can do. That's when Thomas' driver has an idea. He and the other engine crews could help with the circus. Sir Topham Hatt thinks that's an excellent idea, and asks which drivers and firemen would like to help. The ringmaster is delighted by this, and says that he and the other performers will be able to help the engines' crews get ready.

Part Two

The ringmaster explains the different roles in a circus, and tries to decide on who should do which roles. Bob, Thomas' driver volunteers for the unicycle riding, as he loved riding on unicycles when he was young. Keith, Percy's driver volunteers to walk on stilts. And Larry, Charlie's fireman volunteers for juggling, as he's been a good juggler for several years.

They soon start practicing for the big show. Some of the drivers find the roles in the circus hard work, such as taming a lion, which is what Henry's driver is doing, horse riding, which is what Gordon and James' drivers and firemen are doing, and Elephant training, which is what Oliver's driver is doing. They start to think that it might be impossible, but their engines remind them that everyone on the island will be wanting to see the circus. The crews know the engines are right, they do their best to practice for the show.

That evening, it's nearly time for the show. Toby, Daisy and Gina were asked to bring people to the circus tent. And Bertie and Algy helped too. The drivers and firemen are getting ready to the show. Some are still nervous about performing, but Thomas' driver reminds them that they should worry about the audience. They should just focus on their parts. And as long as they stay claim, everything will go well. The crews know that Bob is right, and go out to start the show.

The ringmaster welcomes the audience to the show, and tells them that they are in for a great circus. First, Henry's driver does the lion taming, and it goes very well. Then, Thomas' driver does the unicycle ride. Then it's the tightrope walk. And then, Gordon and James' drivers and firemen do the horse riding. That's followed by the stilt walking by Percy's driver. And then Oliver's driver does the elephant training. Charlie's fireman and two clowns do some juggling. And then it's the flying trapeze performs, which is helped by Edward's driver. And then other drivers and firemen come out as clowns for some clowning. They even have some help from Mr. Bubbles.

Everyone in the audience cheers, and Stephen and Bridget Hatt both say that that was the best circus show they've ever seen. The drivers and firemen are glad they could have helped, and the engines are proud of their crews. A photographer takes a picture of the circus crew, and it appears in the newspaper the next day.

Characters

Part One

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Charlie
  • Richard the Red LNER Raven A2 Pacific Engine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Troy the Great Western Engine (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)

Part Two

  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Percy
  • Oliver
  • Charlie
  • Richard the Red LNER Raven A2 Pacific Engine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Mr. Bubbles
  • Edward (does not speak)
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • James (does not speak)
  • Toby (does not speak)
  • Gina (does not speak)
  • Daisy (does not speak)
  • Bertie (does not speak)
  • Algy (does not speak)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Ross the Red Tender Engine (cameo)
  • Terry the Blue London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Andrew the Dark Green Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Elsie (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Nancy (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt (cameo)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • Mrs. Percival (cameo)
  • The Percival Children (cameo)
  • Alice (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • The Thin Clergyman (cameo)
  • The Fat Clergyman (cameo)

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode would mark Richard's first appearance in an episode.
  • It is revealed that Percy's driver's name is Keith and Charlie's fireman's name is Larry.