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Lights, Camera, Red Engine!

Plot

The special begins with James and Thomas having new coats of paint at the steamworks. James boasts that he always feels important whenever he gets a new paint job always makes his boiler shine in the sun. He also says that he wouldn't be surprised if he was ever chosen to star in a TV show or movie. Thomas tries to tell James to not get carried away with his boastfulness about his paintwork, and reminds him of all the times he boasted about cleanliness and ended up getting dirty, like when Percy accidentally blew quarry dust on him, the time he had to take a long line of coal trucks to the docks and got covered in coal and even the time he kept his blue trucks cleaned and got hit with a crate of melons. But James replies that he'll be careful, as he doesn't want more bad things happening after having a new coat. Soon, James' paint job is done and he's ready to leave the steamworks and get back to work. (As he makes his way back to Knapford, the special's opening credits are shown)

Back at Knapford, James sees Sir Topham Hatt and the Mayor of Sodor talking to David Brown. James asks what David Brown is doing back on Sodor. David Brown replies that he has another project in mind that he wants to do on Sodor, and even tells James that he wants him to play the biggest part of all. This makes James very excited, and agrees to it. David explains that he wants to film a mini series on Sodor that features an engine giving "How to" lessons to other engines.

That night, James tells the other engines at Tidmouth Sheds all about the mini series. The engines are proud of James for getting to be the main star of a series. James becomes quite sure that he'll become the most famous engine on Sodor because of it.

A few weeks later, James goes to Vicarstown and picks up the supplies needed to start filming the series. Meanwhile, a woman had been looking at the trucks that James collected. She then walks over to a white Class 37 diesel named Vickie, and starts to whisper something to her.

Soon, they get everything set up at the Shunting Yards, and before long, it's time to start filming the first episode, which is called "How to Shunt Trucks". In it, James showed Percy how to shunt the trucks into a long line to get ready for a goods train. They film the episode without any interruptions, which makes David Brown, and even James, very glad.

Over the next couple weeks, they are able to film more episodes around the island. In one episode, James showed Thomas how to get quarry trucks filled with stones at the Ffarquhar Quarry. In another episode, James showed Henry how to fill up with coal and water. In another episode, James showed Spencer and Roger the Foreign Engine how to share. And in another episode, James showed how to take construction machines to work. While working on it, James even gets to meet the newest Pack member, a grader named Penny.

While all that had been going on, the same woman from earlier had been watching, along with Vickie, the same white Class 37 diesel from earlier.

Meanwhile, all the filming has made James conceited. Then one day, he gets crossed when Oliver makes a mistake on one of his lines. Then, when Oliver slips on some slippery rails and bumps into some trucks, James snaps and starts to yell at Oliver. Other engines had been watching and are rather surprised by James' reaction. James retorts that everything needs to be perfect for his series. This makes the other engines cross with James and they all refuse to work with him on the series.

The next day, while David Brown is getting everything set up to film the last episode, James puffs around the yard looking for someone who would be willing to appear in the episode with him. He then comes across Vickie and her driver, who introduces herself to James and his crew as Driver Jill. James and his crew introduces themselves. Then James explains about the mini series to them and tells them that he's looking for an engine to appear in an episode with him. Jill and Vickie both agree to help him, but ask to a small favor in return. They ask James to pick up something for them in a siding nearby. James does so, but he sees nothing in the siding. It turns out to be a trap, as Vickie shunts some trucks to block the line, which causes James to get stuck in the siding. Vickie and Driver Jill explain that they've been traveling around Europe for years, looking for a chance to star in a production, but they've never been able to do so. But that will change soon as they will soon try to steal James' series. As Vickie rolls away, she and Jill laugh. James calls out for help, but no one is around to here him.

Meanwhile, David Brown is starting to get impatient as James hadn't arrived for filming yet. He ends up having no choice, but to cancel his plans for the day while Sir Topham Hatt arranges a search for James.

Thomas finds James in the siding, and sets him free. James thanks Thomas, but doesn't tell him about Driver Jill and Vickie, as he fears the other engines won't believe him. But he can't up but wonder what their plan was. So that night, instead of going to Tidmouth Sheds, James decides to find Vickie and Driver Jill.

He finds them stealing all of cameras and other supplies used to film the mini series, and just as they start leaving, James chases after them. He chases them towards Cronk station where the pack is resting nearby. They hear James calling out, and see what's happening. Penny then tries to push some gravel onto the tracks, thinking it might stop Vickie. The Class 37 diesel charges through it, and bumps over the gravel on the line. This causes half of Vickie's train to get uncoupled and left behind. Driver Jill shouts at Penny, but James thanks her for helping. James' driver quickly writes a notes and wraps it around a piece of coal. And when they approach to the next signal box, James slows down and whistles loudly to get the signalman's attention. Then his driver throws the piece of coal and both he and the fireman shout "Police!" as loud as they can. The signalman quickly reads the note and calls the police.

James chases Driver Jill and Vickie all the way to the mainland, where Vickie runs out of diesel fuel. Driver Jill tries to run away, but she trips on her shoelaces and falls down. James' driver and fireman catch her and keep her in James' cab until the police come.

As the sunrises in the morning, the police arrive and take Driver Jill away. Vickie is taken to be locked up in a shed for quite sometime. Sir Topham Hatt also arrives and congratulates James for stopping Driver Jill and Vickie. He then asks James to take the trucks of camera and filming supplies back to Sodor, so David Brown can film the last episode of the mini series.

Once James arrives back at the yards, all his friends congratulate him, and James apologizes to them for getting cross the other day, and asks all of them to be in the last episode, which is called "How to Make New Friends". All the engines agree to be in it.

So they film the last episode of the mini series. David Brown shows all the episodes to the engines, and thanks James for playing the main character. James says that he wasn't the only main character of it; all of his friends were the main characters as well. The special ends with all the engines whistling and cheering.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Rosie
  • Porter
  • Ryan
  • Roger the Foreign Engine
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • BoCo
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Derek
  • Salty
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Paxton
  • Victor
  • Old Slow Coach
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Byron
  • Patrick
  • Kevin
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Mayor of Sodor
  • David Brown
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Caitlin (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • George (cameo)
  • Nelson (cameo)
  • Oliver (Pack) (cameo)
  • Max and Monty (cameo)
  • Kelly (cameo)
  • Ned (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)
  • Buster (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane (cameo)
  • Cyril the Fogman (mentioned)

New Characters

  • Vickie the White Class 37 Diesel
  • Penny the Pink Grader
  • Driver Jill

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • John Hasler as Thomas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Salty, Norman, Sir Topham Hatt and several workman
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy
  • Rob Rackstraw as Toby and Donald
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Ryan, Derek, Paxton, Jack and the signalman
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and David Brown
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily and Penny the Pink Grader
  • Rufus Jones as Murdoch and Byron
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Kevin and James' driver
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Robert Wilfort as Roger the Foreign Engine
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine and Old Slow Coach
  • Bob Golding as BoCo and Dennis
  • Tom Stourton as Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261 and James' fireman
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Jonathan Forbes as Patrick
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Vickie the While Class 37 Diesel and Driver Jill

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward and Toby
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon and Kevin
  • Rob Rackstraw as James and Donald
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Ryan, Paxton and the signalman
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and David Brown
  • Jules De Jongh as Emily
  • Rufus Jones as Murdoch and Byron
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • David Menkin as Porter, Derek and Jack
  • Robert Wilfort as Roger the Foreign Engine
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine and Old Slow Coach
  • Bob Golding as BoCo and Dennis
  • Tom Stourton as Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261 and James' fireman
  • Keith Wickham as Salty, Norman, Sir Topham Hatt and several workman
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Jonathan Forbes as Patrick
  • Teresa Gallagher as Penny the Pink Grader
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Vickie the While Class 37 Diesel and Driver Jill
  • Matt Wilkinson as James' driver

Notes/Trivia

  • This special takes place after BiggestThomasFan's fan-made episode, Wendy and the Express.
  • This special would mark the first appearances of Stepney, Murdoch, Neville, Roger the Foreign Engine, Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine, BoCo, Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261, Old Slow Coach, Nelson, Byron, Isobella, Patrick, Duchess the Green Harbor Crane and David Brown in a special.
    • This special would also mark the first appearance of Old Slow Coach in the CGI series.
  • The events of the Season 7 episode, James and the Queen of Sodor, the Season 8 episode, James Gets a New Coat, the Season 9 episode, Thomas' New Trucks and the fan-made episode, The Sodor Christmas Movie are mentioned.
  • The idea of a "How to" series presented by James came from the Shining Time Station spin-off, Schemer Presents.
  • It is revealed that James' driver and fireman's names are Paul and Clark.
  • An element from the Railway Series story, Stop Thief! is used.

The Search for an L.N.E.R.

Plot

The special begins with Gordon leaving Knapford station with the express. He races along the line as fast as he can, as he's trying to finish his run earlier than usual. After racing through Cronk station, he sees James up ahead pulling a goods train. Gordon decides to race James to the next station, which is Killdane Station. So he calls to James that the last engine to the station is a slow coach. James decides to race along and starts to pick up speed. James feels sure that he'll win as Gordon hasn't caught up to him yet. But at the last second, Gordon overtakes James and races through Killdane first. Gordon laughs at James and calls him a slow coach, making the red engine annoyed. The coaches tell Gordon that he should not laugh at James for losing the race, but Gordon says that he likes it when he wins, as he feels like the best engine on Sodor. (As Gordon continues along, the special's opening credits are shown)

Later on, Gordon reaches Vicarstown, where his brother, the Flying Scotsman is collecting his coaches. Shortly after Gordon stops, an engine, who looks like Spencer, but painted blue, backs down onto some coaches. Gordon and Flying Scotsman recognize him right away. It's their cousin, Mallard. Mallard tells Gordon and Flying Scotsman that there's going to be a reunion for all the L.N.E.R. engines still around on the mainland in two weeks. Flying Scotsman says that he's heard about it and will be going to it. Mallard says that even his brother, Spencer is going. Gordon says that he wants to go, but he needs to ask Sir Topham Hatt first. Mallard and Flying Scotsman say that they hope Gordon can come before leaving Vicarstown and head to the mainland.

The next time Gordon sees Sir Topham Hatt, which is back at Knapford that evening, he tells him about the L.N.E.R. reunion on the mainland and asks if he can go. Ryan and Wendy are nearby and ask if they can go too. Sir Topham Hatt tells all three engines that he will have to see. After Sir Topham Hatt leaves, Gordon asks Ryan and Wendy why they should go to the reunion. Ryan reminds Gordon that they are cousins, and Wendy says that she's an L.N.E.R. engine too. Gordon scoffs at this, as he thinks he's the only one from Sodor who should go. This make Ryan and Wendy feel hurt.

The next day, Gordon decides to leave the sheds early to have a washdown before his first express run. Thomas tries to tell Gordon that he may not have enough time for a wash, but Gordon doesn't listen, and puffs straight to the washdowns. Sure enough, Gordon's wash takes too long, and Sir Topham Hatt has to ask James to pull the express, which makes the red engine delighted. When Gordon's wash is over, he puffs into Knapford Station, where Sir Topham Hatt is waiting. He tells Gordon about James taking the express, and reminds the big blue engine that this isn't the first time he's had to ask another engine to take the express. Gordon apologizes, and explains that he only did to look his best when he goes to the L.N.E.R. reunion. Sir Topham Hatt reminds Gordon that he hasn't decided if Gordon can go to it or not. He also tells Gordon pull James' train for the day.

Gordon isn't happy when his first job is to pull some trucks. He grumbles dreadfully as he delivers some diesel fuel along the main line, and stones to the harbor. Then he has to deliver some equipment to the Wharf. Along the way, James pass by with the express. When he sees Gordon puffing slowly with some trucks, he chuckles "Who's the slow coach now, Gordon?". Gordon becomes very cross.

Gordon is still cross when he arrives at the wharf. Rusty is there, as well as another narrow gauge diesel named Fred. Rusty introduces Gordon to Fred, but the big blue engine is still in a bad mood. Rusty tells Gordon that there are some trucks for him to take back, and that Fred and Colin will help get them ready. So Gordon puffs over to Colin, and waits impatiently for Fred to bring some narrow gauge trucks to be unloaded. When Fred arrives, Gordon asks what took him so long. Fred replies that he's not feeling too well, and can't work very fast. But Gordon becomes even more impatient when Colin starts to load his trucks until finally he snaps and bumps his trucks so hard they come off the rails and knock down one of the wharf's warehouses. To make matters worse, two workmen had been in the warehouse, and were now injured. Gordon doesn't feel cross anymore. Instead, he just feels embarrassed and sad.

Soon, Rocky, Jerome and Judy are all called to help clear the wreckage. Harold takes the injured workmen to the hospital. Sir Topham Hatt arrives as well. He is very cross with Gordon for causing the accident. As punishment, Gordon is sent to the sheds for the next few days. Gordon feels very ashamed for what had happened, and puffs sadly away.

Gordon stays in the sheds for the rest of the afternoon. He feels quite sure that Sir Topham Hatt won't let him go to the L.N.E.R. reunion, and he also can't help but wonder what the other engines about the accident. When the other engines return to the sheds that evening, they stare crossly at Gordon. Edward tells Gordon that he's caused accidents before but this was the worst one he's ever caused. Emily tells him to think of the workmen that got injured in the accident, and Henry tells Gordon that he really needs to learn about kindness before it's too late. Gordon can't think of the right words to say, so he says nothing.

That night, when all the other engines are asleep, Gordon decides to run away from Sodor. He feels that he's been bossy to everyone for long enough, and doesn't want them to get cross with him anymore. While he's making his way to the Vicarstown Bridge, he passes Murdoch, who's coming from the opposite direction with a goods train. Murdoch is a bit surprised to see Gordon puffing along by himself at night. But before he can say anything Gordon hurries off towards Vicarstown, and makes it over to the mainland just before the bridge goes up to allow a boat to go by. Gordon soon reaches a station called Barrow-in-Furness, where he meets a green diesel named Digby. Digby asks Gordon if he wants to work on his line in the south part of England for a while, and Gordon agrees. While they make their way to Digby's line with a goods train, Gordon tells Digby all about his accident and why he feels like he should leave Sodor. Digby asks Gordon if he thinks his controller will be worried about him, and Gordon says that Sir Topham Hatt was cross with him the last time he spoke to the big blue engine and is quite sure that Sir Topham Hatt won't miss him, and neither will any of the other engines on Sodor. Digby doesn't reply, but he believes that Gordon is wrong.

The next day, the engines wake up to find Neville in Gordon's berth in the sheds. Neville explains that he had to work hard all night delivering coal. When he was finished, he saw that one berth in the sheds was empty, and he was too tired to go the sheds he normally sleeps in. The engines ask where Gordon is, but Neville says that he doesn't know. Percy asks Sir Topham Hatt if he'd seen Gordon anyway and explains about Neville staying in Gordon's berth at Tidmouth Sheds. Sir Topham Hatt says that he hasn't seen Gordon since yesterday.

Engines puff around asking if anyone else has seen Gordon. Thomas puffs over to Misty Island, and asks Ferdinand and Tara, but they haven't seen Gordon lately, and neither have Bash and Dash. Edwards puffs into Brendam Docks, and asks Salty, Porter, Bill, Ben, Cranky and Doc the Black Submarine if they've seen Gordon, but none of them have. Emily goes to the wharf, and asks Duke, Proteus, Rusty and Fred if they've seen Gordon, but they haven't seen him since yesterday. Duck asks the Arlesdale Railway engines, James asks Etienne and the Culdee Fell engines, and Toby asks Bertie and Caroline, but none of them have seen Gordon lately either.

Sir Topham Hatt arranges a meeting at Knapford Yards. He tells them that he's asked Harold, Jeremy and Tiger Moth to fly over Sodor to see if they can see Gordon, but none of them have seen Gordon from up in the air. Murdoch speaks up saying that he saw Gordon racing along the line last night, heading towards Vicarstown. Henry says that he looked around Vicarstown, but Gordon was nowhere to be seen. Sir Topham Hatt is now quite sure that Gordon has left the island. He's decided that some of his engines should leave Sodor, and go to the mainland to search for Gordon. All the engines speak up at once volunteering to go, but Sir Topham Hatt tells them that not all of them can go as they still have a railway to run. He asks Thomas, Edward, Percy, Donald and Douglas to go to the mainland, and tells them that he'll ask other engines to look after their work while they're gone.

So the five engines get ready to leave Sodor, and head to the mainland. Before they leave, Sir Topham Hatt tells them that Flying Scotsman will join them on their search at Vicarstown, as he wants to help them find his brother. He also wishes them good luck.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, Digby introduces Gordon to his controller, Sir Albert Thompson, who asks Gordon if he'd like to work on Digby's line for a while, and Gordon agrees. So Gordon starts pulling a passenger train along the line. While stopped at a station, Gordon meets a little square tank engine named Logan, who says that he met Gordon once before on Sodor. When Logan asks Gordon why he's away from Sodor, Gordon replies that he doesn't want to talk about it. He then puffs away leaving a worried Logan behind.

Back on Sodor, Thomas, Edward, Percy, Donald and Douglas have reached Vicarstown, where the Fling Scotsman joins them on their search for Gordon. The six engines soon cross the bridge, and start looking on the mainland. They soon reach Barrow, where each two engines ask an engine who works on the mainland if they've seen Gordon. Thomas and Flying Scotsman ask a red and yellow diesel named Eustace, Edward and Percy ask Brenda the Dark Blue Diesel, and Donald and Douglas ask Carter the Class 40 Diesel. However, none of them have seen Gordon, so the six engines continue on.

Gordon has finished his first run on the line, and has come to narrow gauge railway. The engines introduce themselves as Georgia, Becky, Donna, Mary and Angela, and ask Gordon if he's a new engine for the line. Gordon replies that he's really just visiting, but is helping out on the line for a while. He also says that he's from the Island of Sodor before he turns around on the turntable, and heads back in the opposite direction.

That evening, Gordon, Digby and Logan are resting in the sheds. Gordon decides to tell Digby and Logan about why he left Sodor since the two of them have tried to be kind to him since he arrived. After he finishes, Digby and Logan tell Gordon that he needs to show more kindness to his friends, and not get cross when things go wrong with him. They also tell Gordon that maybe their line is the best place for him to learn about that. Gordon thinks Digby and Logan are right, and looks forward to working on their line again tomorrow.

Thomas, Percy, Edward, Donald, Douglas and Flying Scotsman soon come to a shed in London where they spend the night, but not before asking Shane, Connor, Caitlin, Pip and Emma if they've seen Gordon lately. While they are resting, they think all about Gordon and wonder if he really is a good or a bad engine. Edward brings up the time Gordon said that Edward was old, slow and unreliable, and Percy mentions the time Gordon jammed a turntable and fell into a ditch because he didn't want to take some trucks. But Flying Scotsman brings up last Christmas when Gordon invited him to spend Christmas on Sodor, and Thomas remembers when he fell into a mind and Gordon was willing to come and pull him out. Donald and Douglas remember that Gordon was one of the engines that wanted the Scottish twins to stay on Sodor. They all realize that Gordon is their friend, and he cares for them just as much as they care for him. That makes them more determine to find Gordon. While that has been going on, Thomas' driver has phoned to Sodor to let Sir Topham Hatt know how their search is going. Sir Topham Hatt is very worried about Gordon, and hopes the six engines find him soon.

The next morning, Thomas, Percy, Edward, Donald, Douglas and Flying Scotsman are getting ready to continue their search for Gordon. Before they head out, they meet up with Samson and his brakevan, Bradford, and ask them if they've seen Gordon lately. But Samson and Bradford say that they have not seen Gordon, and Bradford adds that an engine running away from their railway is just awful and he wishes the six engines good luck. The engines thank Bradford, and resume their search.

Meanwhile Gordon, Digby and Logan are all getting ready to today's work. Digby asks Gordon if he could take the passenger trains today while Gordon helped Logan with some goods trains. Gordon starts to groan about this, but then he remembers what Digby and Logan said to him last night. So he tells Digby that that would be fine. So while Digby starts pulling a passenger train, Gordon pulls a long goods train along the line. And when he reaches the end of the line and comes across the narrow gauge railway, he notices that Donna is pulling Becky and her passenger train. Becky explains that she broke down and Donna is helping her train get to the end of the line. Gordon is about to laugh at Becky, but then he realizes he's about to do, and tells Becky to not worry about it as breaking down can happen to any engine and even mentions that she'll be really useful again once she's fixed. Becky thanks Gordon before Donna takes her to the workshop.

Later, Gordon has to take a goods train away from Digby and Logan's line, and deliver it to Scotland Yards. On the way, he comes across Spencer, who had a broken side rod and needed to be taken to a workshop. Gordon wants to show kindness to everyone he comes across with. So instead of teasing Spencer (like he nearly did to Becky), he decides to help Spencer to the nearest workshop. Spencer is a bit surprised by Gordon's reaction, but is delighted.

Percy is talking to two engines at a station named Jinty and Pug, asking them if they've seen an engine named Gordon. Jinty and Pug reply that they haven't seen him, but have heard of him before, along with other engines from Sodor. They promise Percy that if they see Gordon, they'll let him know. Percy thanks them, and Jinty and Pug puff away. Percy then sees Spencer, and says 'hello' to him. He also sees Gordon pushing Spencer, and says 'hello' to him as well. Then Percy gasps, realizing that he's found Gordon. He calls out to Edward, who puffs over to them. Percy and Edward follow Gordon along, asking him why he ran away from Sodor. Gordon tells them that he felt bad for the accident at the wharf, and thought no one on Sodor wanted to be his friend anymore if he was too bossy to them. Edward and Percy tell that that's nonsense, and that they still want to be his friend. Then Thomas and Flying Scotsman notice that Edward and Percy found Gordon, and they puff up by them. Donald and Douglas notice this too, and they follow them as well. Gordon is surprised that all of them left to find him. He tells them that he wants to show them his new friends, but first has to take Spencer to the nearest workshop, and deliver some trucks to Scotland Yard.

So after Gordon takes Spencer to a workshop, and delivers his trucks, he, Thomas, Edward, Percy, Flying Scotsman, Donald and Douglas all head back up to Digby and Logan's line, where he introduces his old friends to his new friends, including the female narrow gauge engines. The six engines are impressed, but Thomas also asks Gordon if he's going to return to Sodor. Gordon isn't sure, as he thinks Sir Topham Hatt will be cross with him for running away. Donald tells Gordon that Sir Topham Hatt isn't cross, he's worried about Gordon. Douglas says that he thinks it wouldn't hurt if Sir Topham Hatt came to see Gordon. So his driver gets permission to use the telephone in Sir Albert Thompson's office. He tells Sir Topham Hatt that they've found Gordon, and ask if he can come up to the mainland. Sir Topham Hatt says that he'll be there right away. So he hurries over to the Brendam Docks, where he catches a ferry heading to the mainland.

Then an emergency pops up on the line. Seven people have been injured in an accident close to the line, and ambulances is unable to come get them. Gordon offers to go up, and bring them to the nearest station. So he collects a coach, and hurries up the line. It starts to thunderstorm as he makes his way to the accident. Gordon doesn't like it much, but he knows that he has to keep going. When he arrives, the injured people are loaded into his coach. Then Gordon continues on towards the nearest station. It rains hard, and thunder roars, but Gordon keeps going. He soon reaches the nearest station, where the people are taken away by ambulances.

When Gordon returns to the yards, the engines all cheer for him. Sir Albert Thompson then arrives, and says that Gordon has been really useful for sure. Then Gordon hears a familiar voice saying "I quite agree". It's Sir Topham Hatt, and he says that he heard what Gordon did and is very proud of him. Gordon apologizes for running away from Sodor, but he only did it because he thought he was being too bossy and didn't think anyone on Sodor would want to be his friend. Sir Topham Hatt tells Gordon that despite his attitude in the past, he is still a really useful engine no matter what. This makes Gordon feel better, and he mentions that he's been learning about kindness while he was gone. And now, he feels like he has shown a very good side of himself by helping the injured people. Sir Topham Hatt then says that for showing kindness and trying to make up for his accident, Gordon can go to the L.N.E.R. reunion, which makes the big blue engine happy.

So Gordon says goodbye to Digby, Logan and Sir Albert Thompson, and he, Thomas, Edward, Percy, Donald, Douglas and Sir Topham Hatt head back to Sodor, while Flying Scotsman returns to his home. The engines reach Sodor in the middle of the night. They're too tired to puff all the way to the other side of the island, so they sleep at the Vicarstown Sheds for the night. And the next day, Sir Topham Hatt makes arrangements for Gordon to go the the L.N.E.R. reunion. But then, Gordon makes a suggestion to Sir Topham Hatt. He asks if Ryan and Wendy could come along too. He says that Ryan is his cousin, and Wendy is an L.N.E.R. engine as well. Sir Topham Hatt is delighted by this and agrees to it.

So on the day of the L.N.E.R. reunion, Gordon, Ryan and Wendy all puff towards the mainland, and to the yard where reunion is set at. All the engines enjoy themselves. Gordon gets to catch up with his cousins, Spencer and Mallard, and even hears about what Green Arrow has been doing in the past few years. And some engines share stories about amazing things that have happened to them. Ryan tells everyone of when he helped Thomas stop Sailor John getting away with the pirate ship and the treasure. Wendy tells everyone of when she finally got over her fear of trucks. And Gordon tells everyone of when he met Digby and Logan on their line. Gordon starts to wish he could see them again when he finds Digby coming into the yard. He said that he heard that Gordon was on the mainland again, and thought he could get a chance to see him. Digby also asks Gordon if he wants to see Logan and the narrow gauge engines again, and Gordon is happy to do so. Green Arrow and Mallard ask if they can come too, as they want to see it. Flying Scotsman also asks to come, as he wants to see it again, and Gordon is happy to show the three L.N.E.R. engines his new friends.

They arrive back on Digby and Logan's line, and Gordon gets to see Logan, Sir Albert Thompson and the narrow gauge engines again. Gordon tells the little engines that there's a narrow gauge railway back on Sodor, and maybe they can each come and work it sometime in the future. That makes Georgia, Becky, Donna, Mary and Angela very happy. Gordon also says that maybe Digby and Logan could visit him on Sodor if they get a chance. Sir Albert says that he's a bit sorry that Gordon has to leave again because the work on the line is getting to be a little too much for Digby and Logan to handle, but he knows that Gordon already works on a railway back on Sodor. Flying Scotsman, Green Arrow and Mallard all make a suggestion; they could all take turns working on the line with Digby and Logan. They are quite sure that the three of them working on the line would definitely bring more visitors to it. Sir Albert is delighted with this, and agrees that they could take turns working on the line. Gordon wishes the three L.N.E.R. engines good luck, says his farewells to Digby, Logan and Sir Albert, and puffs back to Sodor with Ryan and Wendy. The special ends with the three engines arriving at Vicarstown, and Gordon promising himself to be a better engine on Sir Topham Hatt's railway.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Bill and Ben
  • Emily
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Murdoch
  • Spencer
  • Neville
  • Flora
  • Bash and Dash
  • Ferdinand
  • Connor
  • Caitlin
  • Porter
  • Samson
  • Ryan
  • Shane
  • Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Salty
  • Etienne
  • Rasmus, One of the Great Railway Show Diesels
  • Pip and Emma
  • Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel
  • Rusty
  • Duke
  • Proteus
  • Bert (small railway)
  • Sigrid of Arlesdale
  • Culdee
  • Gene the Mountain Diesel
  • Rocky
  • Hector
  • Judy and Jerome
  • Bertie
  • Caroline
  • Cranky
  • Colin
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Doc the Black Submarine
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Harold (does not speak)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Fergus (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Stanley (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Dennis (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Spamcan (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Rheneas (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Mighty Mac (cameo)
  • Mike (cameo)
  • Rex (cameo)
  • Frank (cameo)
  • Jock (cameo)
  • Blister I and Blister II (cameo)
  • Wilfred (cameo)
  • Shane Dooiney (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Old Slow Coach (cameo)
  • Catherine (cameo)
  • Tracy the Mountain Coach (cameo)
  • Jack (cameo)
  • Alfie (cameo)
  • Kelly (cameo)
  • Tiger Moth (mentioned)
  • Jeremy (mentioned)
  • Sailor John (mentioned)

New Characters

  • Mallard
  • Logan
  • Jinty
  • Pug
  • Green Arrow
  • Digby the Green MaK / Vossloh G1206 Diesel
  • Fred
  • 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
  • Sir Albert Thompson

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • John Hasler as Thomas and Jinty
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Green Arrow, Salty, Bert, Bertie and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy
  • Rob Rackstraw as Toby, Donald and Etienne
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Neville, Porter, Ryan and Digby the Green MaK / Vossloh G1206 Diesel
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver, Logan, Pug and Eustace (One of the Mainland Diesels)
  • Jonathan Broadbent as Bill and Ben
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Flora, Tara the Red Logging Loco, Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine and Judy
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman, Murdoch and Mallard
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Rusty, Culdee, Rocky and Cranky
  • Kerry Shale as Bash
  • William Hope as Dash
  • Glenn Wrage as Ferdinand
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rebecca O'Mara as Caitlin and Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Matthew Richardson as Shane
  • Nigel Anthony as Proteus
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine, Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel, Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine and Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Tom Stourton as Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Maggie Ollernshaw as Pip, Emma and Caroline
  • Mike Grady as Duke
  • Tim Whitnall as Fred, Jerome, Sir Albert Thompson and some express coaches
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Miranda Raison as Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine and some express coaches
  • Nathan Clarke as Gene the Mountain Diesel
  • Michael Legge as Colin
  • William Hope as Doc the Black Submarine

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Dash, Rocky and Doc the Black Submarine
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon and Bash
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald and Etienne
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Logan
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Neville, Ryan and Digby the Green MaK / Vossloh G1206 Diesel
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver, Pug and Eustace (One of the Mainland Diesels)
  • Jonathan Broadbent as Bill and Ben
  • Jules De Jongh as Emily, Flora and Tara the Red Logging Loco
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman, Murdoch and Mallard
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer, Ferdinand and Cranky
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rebecca O'Mara as Caitlin and Angela the Violet Narrow Gauge Diesel
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Matthew Richardson as Shane
  • Nigel Anthony as Proteus
  • John Hasler as Jinty
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine, Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel, Georgia the Red Narrow Gauge Engine and Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Tom Stourton as Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Keith Wickham as Green Arrow, Salty, Bert, Bertie and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Maggie Ollernshaw as Pip, Emma and Caroline
  • Matt Wilkinson as Rusty and Culdee
  • Mike Grady as Duke
  • Tim Whitnall as Fred, Jerome, Sir Albert Thompson and some express coaches
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Becky the Yellow Narrow Gauge Engine
  • Teresa Gallagher as Donna the Blue Narrow Gauge Engine and Judy
  • Miranda Raison as Mary the Green Narrow Gauge Engine and some express coaches
  • Nathan Clarke as Gene the Mountain Diesel
  • Michael Legge as Colin

Notes/Trivia

  • This special takes place after BiggestThomasFan's fan-made episode, Chinese New Year.
  • This special would mark the first of a few things:
    • The first appearance of Flora in the CGI series.
    • The first time express coaches have faces, and the first time they speak since Season 2.
    • The first mention of Ryan being Gordon's cousin.
    • Fergus, Flora, Tara the Red Logging Loco, Bear, Spamcan, Pip, Emma, Brenda the Dark Blue Class 14 Diesel, Frank, Jock, Blister I, Blister II, Sigrid of Arlesdale, Wilfred, Culdee, Shane Dooiney, Gene the Mountain Diesel, Hector, Bradford, Catherine, Tracy the Mountain Coach, Colin and Doc the Black Submarine's first appearances in a special.
  • The events of Old Reliable Edward, Off the Rails, Down the Mine, The Deputation, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and the fan-made episodes, Gordon's Christmas Plans and Fear of Trucks are mentioned. A reference to the book, Logan and the Big Blue Engines is also made.
  • The area where the L.N.E.R. reunion takes place is the same one as where the Great Railway Show took place in The Great Race.

Tram Engine Mystery

Plot

A long time ago, Toby the Tram Engine worked at a harbor on the mainland with several of his brothers. They were all cheerful and kind engines, and they got on well with each other. Then Toby was transferred to a tramway. He worked there for years with a coach called Henrietta. But then it closed down due to lorries and buses taking over most of his work. Fortunately, Sir Topham Hatt and his family had visited Toby on his tramway when they were on holiday, and was aware that Toby didn't have much work to do. So he wrote to Toby's controller, and Toby and Henrietta left their tramway after it closed and went to Sodor. (After this part, the special's opening credits are shown)

Toby now works on the North Western Railway. He mostly works on Thomas' Branch Line. Toby likes it on Sodor because he has lots of friends and he has more work to do than he did in the past. But Toby misses his brothers, and wonders whatever happened to them.

One morning, Toby and Henrietta are at Knapford Station collecting some workmen for the Ffarquhar Quarry when Sir Topham Hatt comes to speak to Toby. He tells Toby that three of his brothers, whose names are Pierce, Lee and Napoleon, are still in steam. They've been working in different areas on the mainland, but arrangements will be made for them to come to Sodor to visit Toby. This makes Toby very happy. He'll soon find out what his brothers have been up to in the past several years.

Toby spreads the news about his brothers to his friends. Toby tells Thomas, Percy, Bertie, Emily, Rosie and Mavis. He also tells Flora, who hasn't met many tram engines in the past. Flora says that she'd like to meet them as well. And soon, the news of Toby's brothers spreads all over Sodor. Thomas tells Gordon and Henry. Gordon tells Murdoch and Bear, and Henry tells Donald and Douglas. Murdoch tells Hank and Theodore, Bear tells Salty, Porter and Cranky, and Donald and Douglas tell Duck, Oliver, Toad, Isabel and Duclie. And by the end of the day, all the engines on Sodor have heard about Toby's brothers.

A few days later, several engines gather around Knapford to welcome Toby's brother. The three tram engines arrive one by one. First, Pierce arrives at Knapford. Then Lee. And lastly, Napoleon. When the three tram engines see each other, they all start arguing. Everyone gets worried, especially Toby. Sir Topham Hatt asks the three tram engines to stop arguing, but Pierce, Lee and Napoleon explain that they've been mad at each other for years and they were each hoping to never see each other again. Pierce and Lee both leave Knapford while Napoleon stays. Toby knows that something must be done, and that he must help his brothers out.

Later, Toby meets up with Pierce at the shunting yards, and asks if he's willing to talk about why he, Lee and Napoleon are mad at each other. Pierce says yes, and begins telling his story; a long time ago, Pierce was getting ready to take a goods train from the harbor. He was just leaving when he heard the sound of trucks crashing. When he moved forward, Pierce saw that the line was blocked, and he couldn't leave the harbor. A breakdown train was called to clear the mess. Once the line was cleared, Pierce set off. But he was very late with his deliveries that day. Pierce tells Toby that he heard from another engine that Lee caused the accident. But when Pierce told Lee off, Lee says that he didn't do it, even though Pierce didn't believe him. Toby asks Pierce who told him that Lee caused the accident. Pierce says that he doesn't remember the engine's name, but he was a diesel engine. Toby starts to get a little suspicious.

Toby then goes to see Lee, and then Napoleon. Lee tells Toby that he was involved in an accident long ago. He had stopped near some buffers at the harbor. As a crane started to unload his trucks, he was pushed into the sea by an engine behind his train. He was told that Napoleon did it, even though he kept saying he didn't do it. Napoleon tells Toby that an engine left some trucks blocking his line, and he was unable to stop safely due to the rails being slippery. So he ended up crash into the trucks. Both Lee and Napoleon say that a diesel told them who did it. And since they all kept accusing each other for their accidents, they decided to never speak or see each other again. Toby becomes more suspicious about the accidents. He knows better than to accuse anyone, so he decides to ask some engines he knows if they ever knew anything about his brothers' accidents.

The next day, Salty, Paxton and Sidney are all not feeling well. They took on some fuel that was contaminated. The three diesels are sent to the dieselworks, and Sir Topham Hatt has to rearrange other diesels' schedule. He also has to bring in another one to help. A Class 11 diesel named Wolfgang.

Toby goes to the dieselworks to deliver some supplies. This gives him a good chance to talk to Diesel, Arry, Bert and Diesel 10. Toby asks them if they've ever met his brothers, and explains to them about their accidents. The reason he asked them is because of the fact they've caused trouble to steam engines in the past. But none of the four diesels have ever met Toby's brothers, so none of them can be the one that told Pierce, Lee and Napoleon about the accidents.

For the next few days, Toby goes around Sodor asking about his brothers' accidents. He asks certain diesels who had caused trouble on the railway at least once before, such as Daisy, Dennis and even Den and Dart. Toby even asks Carter at Vicarstown. But no matter who he asks, the answer is always no.

Meanwhile, Flora is resting in a siding when Wolfgang, the new diesel, comes up to her. The two hadn't met yet, but Flora thinks Wolfgang might be a kind engine. Wolfgang tells Flora that Sir Topham Hatt wanted her to go to the dairy and pick up some cheese, and then take it to Knapford Harbor, so it can go on a boat for the mainland. Wolfgang also tells Flora it's very important it gets to the harbor by 3 o'clock. Flora wants to help, so she hurries off to the dairy. When she arrives, she is coupled to some trucks filled with cheese. And then she hurries off the harbor.

When Flora arrives, Duchess unloads the cheese from the trucks and onto a ship. Though she's a bit puzzled, as she wasn't expecting a load of cheese for a ship. But then Duchess assumes that maybe she was told about it, but then forget about it. Flora feels proud to have helped out.

Toby is making a delivery to the wharf. When he arrives, he talks to Neil for a bit. Toby tells him about the mystery he's been trying to solve. He also says that he's trying to do this because he doesn't think his brothers would actually caused accidents to each other, but he doesn't know of anyone else who might be a suspect. Neil feels sorry for Toby, but then he tells Toby that he's lucky to have brothers and his brothers are probably lucky have Toby, especially since his brothers were scrapped years ago. Toby knows Neil is right, and he becomes more determined to solve the mystery.

That evening, Flora is at the washdown when Sir Topham Hatt arrives on board Stanley. He tells Flora that he was told she took the trucks of cheese, and asks what happened to them. Flora tells him that she took them to Knapford Harbor, where they were loaded onto a ship heading for the mainland. Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with Flora, and told her that that cheese was for the market. Flora tries to explain about Wolfgang, but Sir Topham Hatt refuses to listen and sends Flora to her shed for a week. Flora puffs away crying.

The next day, Toby is sent to do Flora's work while she's in her shed. He takes passengers up and down the tramway at Great Waterton, while Pierce does Toby's work. Later, Toby puffs nearby Flora's shed, and asks her why she's been grounded. Flora tells Toby about delivering the cheese to Knapford Harbor when it was for the market. She also tells Toby that Wolfgang told her to collect it, but nobody believes her. They don't even believe her crew, as they don't think Wolfgang would trick anyone. Toby asks who Wolfgang is, and Flora tells him that he's a diesel brought in to help while Salty, Paxton and Sidney are being repaired. That's when Toby has a thought. He tells Flora that he might be able to help clear her name, as well as figuring out something else. No time to explain, he puffs away.

Toby finds Wolfgang at Wellsworth Yard. He starts to ask about his brothers when Wolfgang interrupts saying that he knows their names are Pierce, Lee and Napoleon. Toby asks how he knows his brothers' names. Wolfgang hesitating before replying. Toby starts to get cross, and asks him again how he knew his brothers' names. He also asks if Wolfgang knows anything about their accidents. Just then, Pierce arrives with some trucks, and Wolfgang ends up admitting that he caused all three of the tram engines' accidents years ago and blamed each other for it. He also confesses about tricking Flora about the load of cheese at the dairy. And just as Lee arrives, Wolfgang admits that he's always hated tram engines and thinks they should all be scrapped. He also thought that if he could get them into trouble, they'd be put out of service. Toby decides to hurry to Knapford to tell Sir Topham Hatt about Wolfgang, but Wolfgang chases after him. Pierce and Lee go after him, saying that no one chases after their brother, Toby.

On the way, Pierce and Lee meet up with Napoleon. They quickly tell him about Toby and Wolfgang, and Napoleon joins them. As Toby is nearing Knapford, he suddenly gets switched into a siding. He bumps into the buffers and stops. Wolfgang then pulls up, blocking Toby's way. Then Pierce, Lee and Napoleon pull up behind Wolfgang. All three of them are very cross with Wolfgang. They tell Wolfgang that they've been fighting for years due to his lies, but Wolfgang doesn't care. While this is going on, Edward puffs by and sees what's going. He hurries over to Knapford to tell Sir Topham Hatt.

Wolfgang tells Toby that if he tells Sir Topham Hatt on him, he'll smash the tram engine, but Toby, Pierce, Lee and Napoleon all reply "No, you won't!". Toby tells Wolfgang that he's put up with rude diesels before isn't afraid of Wolfgang at all, and neither are his brothers. Then Edward returns with Sir Topham Hatt, who asks what's going on in the siding. Toby tells Sir Topham Hatt about the mystery he's been solving and how he found it that it was Wolfgang to caused his brothers' accidents years ago and blamed each other for it, and tricked Flora into delivering cheese to Knapford Harbor. Wolfgang ends up confirming that Toby is telling the truth. Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with Wolfgang for getting other engines into trouble, and immediately sends him packing.

That evening, Toby, Pierce, Lee and Napoleon are resting in the Knapford Sheds. Pierce, Lee and Napoleon all apologize for blaming each other for their accidents and thank Toby for solving the mystery and helping them be friends again. Toby's friends are proud of him too, especially Flora, who was let out of her shed the next day. Sir Topham Hatt is proud of Toby as well, and thinks Toby deserved a new coat of paint as an award.

It's almost time for Pierce, Lee and Napoleon to return to the mainland. They're a bit disappointed, as they hadn't spoken to each other very much and now they're going to separate again. Plus, they haven't had much work to do in the past few years. But Sir Topham Hatt has good news for them. A tramway on the mainland is being restored. It's almost complete, but they still need some tram engines to run it. He spoke to the manager of it, and he's happy to have Pierce, Lee and Napoleon run the tramway. The three tram engines are very happy about it.

The next day, Pierce, Lee and Napoleon say goodbye to Toby and his friends at Vicarstown Station. Then they cross the bridge and head to their new home. Toby is a bit sad to say goodbye to his brothers, but he knows that their place is on the new tramway while his place is here on Sodor with his friends. And he knows too that he'll meet up with his brothers again someday.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Murdoch
  • Rosie
  • Stanley
  • Hank
  • Flora
  • Porter
  • Neil
  • Theodore the Big Red American Engine (a fan-made character by JD THOMAS FAN)
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • Mavis
  • Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Arry and Bert
  • Diesel 10
  • Salty
  • Dennis
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Paxton
  • Sidney
  • Bear
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Toad
  • Isabel and Dulcie
  • Bertie
  • Cranky
  • Duchess the Green Harbor Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Stepney (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Molly (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Charlie (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Yong Bao (cameo)
  • Gina (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Derek (cameo)
  • Norman (cameo)
  • Philip (cameo)
  • Stafford (cameo)
  • Hugo (cameo)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Old Slow Coach (cameo)
  • Hector (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (cameo)
  • Sir Robert Norramby (cameo)
  • Daniel (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 1) (not named; mentioned)
  • Joseph (Sodor and Mainland Railway Number 3) (not named; mentioned)

New Characters

  • Pierce the Tram Engine
  • Lee the Tram Engine
  • Napoleon the Tram Engine
  • Wolfgang the Brown Class 11 Diesel

Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • John Hasler as Thomas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Salty, Den, Bertie and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Lee the Tram Engine
  • Rob Rackstraw as Toby and Donald
  • Steve Kynman as Duck, Porter, Dart, Paxton and Bear
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver, Neil and Toad
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Flora, Mavis, Annie and Clarabel
  • Rufus Jones as Murdoch
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Diesel 10 and Cranky
  • Christopher Ragland as Hank
  • Sean Barrett as Theodore the Big Red American Engine
  • Pierce Brosnan as Pierce the Tram Engine
  • Tom Stourton as Napoleon the Tram Engine and Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, Arry and Wolfgang the Brown Class 11 Diesel
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy, Isabel and Dulcie
  • William Hope as Bert
  • Bob Golding as Dennis and Sidney
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Olivia Colman as Duchess the Green Harbor Crane

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby and Bert
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Arry and Wolfgang the Brown Class 11 Diesel
  • Rob Rackstraw as James and Donald
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Hank
  • Steve Kynman as Duck, Porter, Dart, Paxton and Bear
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver, Neil and Toad
  • Jules De Jongh as Emily and Flora
  • Rufus Jones as Murdoch
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Diesel 10 and Cranky
  • Christopher Ragland as Hank
  • Sean Barrett as Theodore the Big Red American Engine
  • Pierce Brosnan as Pierce the Tram Engine
  • Nigel Pilkington as Lee the Tram Engine
  • Tom Stourton as Napoleon the Tram Engine and Carter the Class 40 Diesel/D261
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy, Isabel and Dulcie
  • Teresa Gallagher as Mavis, Annie and Clarabel
  • Keith Wickham as Salty, Den, Bertie and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Bob Golding as Dennis and Sidney
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Olivia Colman as Duchess the Green Harbor Crane

Notes/Trivia

  • This special takes place after BiggestThomasFan's fan-made episode, The Lost Boxy Engine and mini-series City of Truro the Great Western Engine.
  • This special would feature a CGI re-creation of the Season 1 episode, Toby and the Stout Gentleman.
  • This special would mark Hank, Neil, Theodore the Big Red American Engine, Isabel and Dulcie's first appearances in a special.
  • Pierce Brosnan would return to Thomas and Friends and become part of the voice cast.

A Blast from the Past

Plot

One day, Sir Topham Hatt announces to his engines that some of the engines that have worked on the Island of Sodor once before are coming back to the island. Some of coming just for a visit, while others going to help out around the railway. The engines coming back include, Edgar (who was sometimes known as 98462) the Blue Tender Engine (and Wendy's brother), Lyle (sometimes known as 87546) the Blue Tender Engine, Richard the Red Tender Engine, Ross, James' brother, Terry the Little Blue Tank Engine and Andrew, Percy's Brother.

The engines can't help having mixed feeling about this. While they're glad to meet a few of those engines again. They remembered how much trouble Edgar and Lyle were back when they were part of the North Western Railway. Richard was also a bit arrogant when he worked on it. That evening, Edward decides to tell everyone the story of when all those engines came to Sodor.

Edgar was the first of the six engines to arrive. He was pretended to be good, and caused trouble with Sir Topham Hatt wasn't around. Edward, Henry and Gordon were not pleased at all by Edgar's rudeness, but weren't sure how they'd prove to Sir Topham Hatt that Edgar was troublesome. Lyle arrived on Sodor sometime when Henry was bricked up in the tunnel. And when he befriended Edgar, they caused double trouble together, and constantly teased Edward, who was the smallest engine on the North Western Railway at the time. Gordon and James would say that if Henry hadn't hid in the tunnel, they wouldn't have this problem with those two blue engines.

Richard and Ross came to Sodor sometime after Henry was let out of the tunnel. Ross was kind, especially to his brother, James, while Richard tended to mostly listen to Edgar and Lyle. They teased the smaller engines, and constantly tried to prove they were the best engines on the railway. Then one day, Edgar and Lyle tried to play a trick in the yard, but it backfired and the yard was a big mess with trucks derailed everywhere. Sir Topham Hatt was not happy, and sent Edgar and Lyle away. When he heard about Richard's teasing, Sir Topham Hatt sent Richard away as well. Ross stayed on Sodor sometime before being needed on a railway on the mainland. And sometime after that, Thomas arrived on the North Western Railway.

Terry and Andrew came to help sometime after Thomas was given his own branch line. They worked in the yard for sometime. They usually kind, but they did cause a bit of mischief from time to time. They tended to annoy Gordon, James and Henry. They eventually left when a bigger yard on the mainland needed some help.

Back on the present day on Sodor, the engines all hope for the best with the former Sodor engines' visit as they all fall asleep.

The next day, the engines are getting ready for work when they hear two whistle sounds that they don't usually hear everyday. Edgar and Lyle have arrived on Sodor, and went to survey the sheds. The other engines glare at the two blue engines. Edgar and Lyle say that they have been trying hard to be good, and will be on their best behavior while on Sodor. Some engines believe Edgar and Lyle, but others don't believe them. Henry then leaves to take his first passenger train of the day. No one notices Edgar and Lyle sniggering to each other.

While at Knapford, he meets Sir Topham Hatt. Henry asks if he's sure it was okay to let Edgar and Lyle come back to Sodor. Sir Topham Hatt tells Henry not to worry. He only brought them back to Sodor to see if they have improved their behavior at all. But he'll be keeping both eyes on the two engines to be sure. Henry feels a little better.

Then, two red engines arrive. It's Richard and Ross. While Richard is assigned to pull a slow goods train along the main line, Ross is sent to work with his brother, James. The two of them have a lot to catch up on. And later that afternoon, Terry and Andrew arrive, and are sent to work on Thomas' Branch Line for now. Andrew is delighted to meet up with his brother, Percy again.

While at the shunting yards to pick up his trucks, Richard meets up with Edgar and Lyle. The two engines explain they have a plan to get become part of the North Western Railway again, and ask Richard is he wanted to help them. Richard thinks about this carefully. Over the years, he's thought about how he can improve his behavior, but he still tended to be pompous and rude to everyone. On the other hand, he didn't want to disappoint his old friends. So he agreed to help Edgar and Lyle. They are planning to try replacing Edward, Henry and Gordon because they believe they are the ones that made them look bad all those years ago. So they talk about a plan on how to replace the three engines.

Meanwhile, James and Ross are delivering trucks around the island. James introduces his brother to all his friends on Sodor as they travel along. They meet Duck, Oliver and Troy at Tidmouth Station, BoCo and Derek at Wellsworth, Molly, Dennis and Norman at Kellstorpe Road, and most of the narrow gauge engines at the wharf. Then they come to the dieselworks, where they meet Arry, Bert and Diesel 10. James tells Ross that they've been troublesome to him and his friends over the years and hardly ever care about them. But Ross tells James everyone has a good side, and will eventually show they care for the steam engines too. James hopes Ross is right.

Percy and Andrew are both taking some empty trucks to Ffarquhar Quarry. Once the trucks are filled with stones, they set off for Brendam Docks. They both share stories of adventures that they've had over the years. Percy even tells Andrew about the times he got covered in lyme and played a ghostly trick on Thomas, got buried in a landslide at a mine and got painted when an artist came to paint the spirit of Sodor. While Percy and Andrew are working together, Thomas is working with Terry. They're delivering supplies to Farmer McColl's farm. Thomas finds Terry to be a little bit like when he first arrived on Sodor. They both worked at Knapford Yards, and wanted to see the world. Terry tells Thomas that he's lucky to have a branch line to run. He's always working in a yard, and wants to stretch his wheels. Thomas wants to help Terry, but he isn't sure how.

Meanwhile, Edgar, Lyle and Richard are ready to put their plan into action. They are going to try offering to do some of Edward, Henry and Gordon's work. They believe that if they do them better than the three North Western Railway engines, Sir Topham Hatt will keep them on his railway and scrap Edward, Henry and Gordon. First, Lyle asks Edward for some help with his jobs. Edward is surprised by Lyle's offer, but is glad to have some help, as he was asked to collect the circus train at Vicarstown and take it near Tidmouth. Richard asks Henry for some help with his work, and Henry accepts the offer, as he needs to take some supplies to an old branch line that's being restored. And Edgar asks Gordon if he can take one of his express trains, and Gordon accepts his offer. The engines start to think that maybe Edward, Lyle and Richard have changed their ways after all.

That evening, the engines talk about Edgar, Lyle, Richard, Ross, Terry and Andrew. Edward also tells the other engines about the circus train he pulled today. He told them that the ringmaster of the circus said that he'd like to have an engine of their own pulling their train, instead of the train constantly changing engines. The engines think, but aren't sure what to do. None of them want to leave Sodor, and they aren't sure where the circus can find an engine of their own.

The next day, Edgar is picking up some coaches when he meets his sister, Wendy. He asks her what she's doing working on Sodor, and Wendy says that she's been working here for four years. Wendy remembered how rude Edgar had been before he left for Sodor. Edgar tells her to give him another chance since maybe he's changed. But as Wendy leaves, Edgar then chuckles to himself "or maybe not". Edgar then meets up with Lyle, who's going to take some trucks for Edward. Lyle tells Edgar that he's going to try to be super early with the trucks to prove he's better than Edward. Edgar smiles, happy that his friends are still helping with the plan.

Lyle delivers the trucks to Brendam Docks ten minutes early. Sir Topham Hatt is surprised, but happy that Lyle was working hard. Edgar also manages to complete one of Gordon's jobs early. And Sir Topham Hatt is impressed with him as well. Edgar decides to tell Sir Topham Hatt that if he, Lyle and Richard keep this up, he might consider replacing Edward, Henry and Gordon with them, as they've been getting their work done very early recently, but Sir Topham Hatt replies saying "Nonsense" and tells Edgar that he'd never get rid of any of his engines, especially those who have been really useful for years. This makes Edgar cross, and starts coming up with a plan B of his own.

Meanwhile, James and Ross are delivering some supplies to the old branch line that's being restored. The branch line travels up to the northern side of the island, and ends at the old quarry where Percy and Diesel had once stuck in a flood, and had to be rescued by the search and rescue team. When they arrive, Sir Topham Hatt tells Ross that he's been working very hard since he arrived, and said that he can stay on Sodor and work on the branch line once it's restored. Ross accepts the offer. And Sir Topham Hatt says that he was thinking of having Edgar and Lyle work on it too after it's restored, as he's been impressed by their work recently.

That evening, Edgar, Lyle and Richard gather at the shunting yards, and Edgar tells them about his next plan. As Sir Topham Hatt won't replace Edward, Henry and Gordon, Edgar's decided that they should attempt scrapping the three engines themselves. He tells them that they will each tell Edward, Henry and Gordon that they have some trucks to collect at the smelter's yard. And while there, they'll try pushing them into the melting pit. Richard is shocked by this, but Edgar says that he's wanted to re-join the railway, and he believed they are the ones that made them look bad and got him and Lyle sent away from Sodor. And Lyle agrees with Edgar.

So the next morning, the three engines set off to tell Edward, Henry and Gordon to go to the smelter's yard. Edgar tells Gordon to go and Lyle tells Edward, but Richard tells Henry something else. Henry then hurries off to find Edward and Gordon.

Edgar and Lyle wait at the smelter's yard for the three engines to arrive. Edward and Gordon arrive together. When they tell each other what they came for, they're both a bit puzzled. Just as Edgar and Lyle are about to come out, Henry rushes in and finds Edward and Gordon. He quickly explains of Edgar and Lyle's plan. Edgar and Lyle are surprised, and ask Henry how he knew of their plan. Then Richard comes in and says that he told Henry. He's finally come to his senses, and won't let anything bad happen to the three engines.

Edward, Gordon and Henry then try to hurry away with Edgar and Lyle chasing them all around the smelters yard. Richard chases after them, trying to stop Edgar and Lyle. They race pass Percy and Andrew, who had arrived to pick up some pipes, and Thomas and Terry, who had come to deliver coal for the fires. The four tank engines do what they can to stop Edgar and Lyle. Then Arry, Bert and Diesel 10 arrive. And when they see what's going on, they have an idea. Arry and Bert quickly shunt some trucks of scrap, and Diesel 10 drops the scrap onto the line. Edgar and Lyle see the scrap on the line, but they are unable to stop in time. They hit the scrap, and derail. Everyone cheers for Arry, Bert and Diesel 10.

Sir Topham Hatt soon arrives in Winston, and the engines explain what has been happening. Sir Topham Hatt is very cross with Edgar and Lyle for attempting to scrap three of his engines. He tells the two engines that if they want to stay on Sodor, they've got it. They'll go where they can't cause anymore trouble.

Word of what happened at the smelter's yard soon spreads across Sodor, all the engines are surprised to hear Diesel 10, Arry and Bert helped the steam engines. Diesel 10, Arry and Bert admit that they maybe rude sometimes, but deep down, they've started to care for all the steam engines. James tells Ross that he was right about the three diesels having a good side.

A few days later, a few engines ask Sir Topham Hatt what happened to Edgar and Lyle. Sir Topham Hatt tells them that Edgar has been put into a playground at the school. They wanted to build a new one before the school year started. And when he heard about it, he offered them to use Edgar to built the playground around him. Lyle has been turned into a playground too, but at Knapford Park. They wanted a playground there too.

Richard says that he heard about the circus wanting an engine of their own to pull them, and he's decided that he wanted to join them. Both Sir Topham Hatt and the ringmaster agree. But now Sir Topham Hatt doesn't know what else to do with the branch line that's being restored. Ross can't work on it alone. Then Thomas has an idea. He suggests that Terry and Andrew work on the branch line too. Terry, Andrew and Sir Topham Hatt are all delighted.

Once the branch line is opened, Ross, Terry and Andrew all work together on it. The engines of Sodor are all happy. Their three old friends get to stay on Sodor with them. Richard has found a place where he's happy. And Edgar and Lyle have been defeated for good.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Oliver
  • Emily
  • Molly
  • Charlie
  • Porter
  • Gina
  • Yong Bao
  • Neil
  • Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Troy the Great Western Engine
  • BoCo
  • Derek
  • Arry and Bert
  • Diesel 10
  • Dennis
  • Norman
  • Philip
  • Stafford
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Proteus
  • Albert (narrow gauge)
  • Tim
  • Jerry
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Ned
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Diesel (does not speak)
  • Donald and Douglas (cameo)
  • Harvey (cameo)
  • Arthur (cameo)
  • Murdoch (cameo)
  • Spencer (cameo)
  • Neville (cameo)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Hank (cameo)
  • Flora (cameo)
  • Hiro (cameo)
  • Connor (cameo)
  • Samson (cameo)
  • Ryan (cameo)
  • Frieda (cameo)
  • Raul (cameo)
  • Bart the Red Tank Engine (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Salty (cameo)
  • Paxton (cameo)
  • Sidney (cameo)
  • Bear (cameo)
  • Hugo (cameo)
  • Peter Sam (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Jim (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Old Slow Coach (cameo)
  • Francine and Muffy (Emily's coaches) (cameo)
  • Maggie and Teresa (Gordon's special coaches) (cameo)
  • Gary, Julie and Russell as the Slip Coaches (cameo)
  • Bradford (cameo)
  • Isabel and Dulcie (cameo)
  • Alice and Mirabel (cameo)
  • Victoria (cameo)
  • Elsie (cameo)
  • Oliver (Pack) (cameo)
  • Max and Monty (cameo)
  • Byron (cameo)
  • Isobella (cameo)
  • Penny the Pink Grader (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Colin (cameo)

New Characters

  • Edgar/98462 the Blue B12 Engine
  • Lyle/87546 the Blue LNER B4 Engine
  • Richard the Red LNER Raven A2 Pacific Engine
  • Ross the Red Engine (James' brother)
  • Terry the Blue London, Tilbury and Southend 69 Class Tank Engine
  • Andrew the Dark Green Tank Engine (Percy's brother)

Voice Cast

UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, Norman, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Toby and Albert
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Ross, Derek, Jerry and Jack
  • Joe Mills as Oliver and Neil
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Molly and Gina
  • Matt Wilkinson as Charlie and Diesel 10
  • George Young as Yong Bao
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Tom Stourton as Troy the Great Western Engine
  • Jim Howick as Edgar/98462 and Lyle/87546
  • Rufus Jones as Richard
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Terry and Philip
  • Nathan Clarke as Andrew and Alfie
  • Bob Golding as BoCo, Dennis and Ned
  • Kerry Shale as Arry
  • William Hope as Bert
  • Nigel Anthony as Proteus
  • Tim Whitnall as Tim

US

  • Mark Moraghan as the Narrator
  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby and Bert
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon and Arry
  • Rob Rackstraw as James and Albert
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Charlie, Ross and Jerry
  • Joe Mills as Oliver and Neil
  • Jules De Jongh as Emily and Molly
  • David Menkin as Porter, Derek and Jack
  • Teresa Gallagher as Gina
  • George Young as Yong Bao
  • Olivia Colman as Wendy the Light Blue Tender Engine
  • Tom Stourton as Troy the Great Western Engine
  • John Schwab as Edgar/98462 and Lyle/87546
  • Rufus Jones as Richard
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Terry and Philip
  • Nathan Clarke as Andrew and Alfie
  • Bob Golding as BoCo, Dennis and Ned
  • Keith Wickham as Norman, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel and Sir Topham Hatt
  • Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10
  • John Hasler as Rheneas
  • Nigel Anthony as Proteus
  • Tim Whitnall as Tim

Notes/Trivia

  • References to the special, The Adventure Begins and the Season 19 episode, Wild Water Rescue are made.
  • This special would mark Bart the Red Tank Engine, Troy the Great Western Engine, Albert, Jim, Tim and Jerry, Alice, Mirabel, Victoria and Elsie's first appearances in a special.

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