The Runaway (1998, USA VHS/DVD) is a Thomas VHS/DVD idea made for Anchor Bay Entertainment in February 1998 and July 2000 on VHS, and then in March 2004 on DVD, each containing two Season 1 episodes, two Season 2 episodes, one Season 3 episode and two Season 4 episodes.


  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Duck
  • Douglas
  • Bill and Ben
  • BoCo
  • Stepney
  • Rusty
  • Harold
  • Trevor
  • Toby (does not speak)
  • Bertie (does not speak)
  • Skarloey (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • Daisy (cameo)
  • Mavis (cameo)
  • Class 40 (cameo)


  1. The Runaway (Vol.5)
  2. Wrong Road (Vol.10)
  3. Rusty To The Rescue (Vol.13)
  4. Thomas and Stepney (Vol.13)
  5. Gordon Takes A Dip (Vol.5)
  6. James Goes Buzz Buzz (Vol.10)
  7. A Big Day For Thomas (Vol.1)


  1. Let's Have A Race

Bonus Features

  1. Character Gallery
  2. Web Fun


  • Narrated by George Carlin.
  • Released on February 10, 1998 and July 25, 2000 (for VHS) and March 16, 2004 (for DVD) by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  • The US Season 4 intro (version 2), nameplate sequence (1998-1999) and the Henry's Forest outro are used together.
  • The "Next Story Coming Up Soon!" logo is taken from the "Thomas Gets Bumped" 1992 VHS, the "Thomas, Percy and The Dragon" 1993 VHS, the "Daisy" 1993 VHS, the "James Goes Buzz Buzz" 1994 VHS, the "Percy's Ghostly Trick" 1994 VHS and the "Thomas and His Friends Get Along" 1998 VHS.
  • The "Music Video Coming Up Soon!" logo is made from the "Next Story Coming Up Soon!" logo taken from the "Thomas Gets Bumped" 1992 VHS, the "Thomas, Percy and The Dragon" 1993 VHS, the "Daisy" 1993 VHS, the "James Goes Buzz Buzz" 1994 VHS, the "Percy's Ghostly Trick" 1994 VHS and the "Thomas and His Friends Get Along" 1998 VHS.
  • The text is taken from the "Thomas and His Friends Get Along" 1998 VHS, the "Thomas Comes To Breakfast" 1998 VHS, and the "A Big Day For Thomas" 1998 VHS.
  • The nameplates are taken from the "Thomas and His Friends Get Along" 1998 VHS.
  • Let's Have A Race has no lyrics in both VHS and DVD versions.
  • The end credits are taken from the "Henry's Forest" 1993 VHS.
  • The front cover to the 1998 version is based on that one from the Japanese DVD, the Complete Works of Thomas The Tank Engine 1 Volume 3.

Opening Previews

1998 VHS version

  1. Video Treasures Tracking Control
  2. Video Treasures FBI Warning
  3. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1998-1999)
  4. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  5. Thomas and Friends US Season 4 intro (version 2)
  6. First few seconds of The Runaway

2000 VHS version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1999-2004)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends US Season 4 intro (version 2)
  5. First few seconds of The Runaway

2004 DVD version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (2004-2007)
  3. HiT Entertainment logo (2001)
  4. Thomas and Friends VHS/DVD Collection Trailer
  5. The Runaway DVD Menu
  6. HiT Entertainment logo (2001)
  7. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  8. Thomas and Friends US Season 4 intro (version 2)
  9. First few seconds of The Runaway

Closing Previews

1998 VHS version

  1. Last few seconds of Let's Have A Race
  2. Henry's Forest and Other Thomas Stories outro
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production logo
  4. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (1998-1999)

2000 VHS version

  1. Last few seconds of Let's Have A Race
  2. Henry's Forest and Other Thomas Stories outro
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production logo

2004 DVD version

  1. Last few seconds of Let's Have A Race
  2. Henry's Forest & Other Stories outro
  3. A Britt Allcroft Production logo
  4. HiT Entertainment logo (2003)
  5. DVD Digital logo

Opening Credits

  • Based on The Railway Series by The REV.W.AWDRY
  • Adaptation by BRITT ALLCROFT
  • Directed by DAVID MITTON

Cover Artwork

Front Cover (1998 version)

  • Thomas (ill) from "The Runaway"

Back Cover (1998 version)

  • Top Left: Rusty and Stepney at the scrapyards from "Rusty To The Rescue"
  • Top Right: James (with a swollen red nose) at Knapford from "James Goes Buzz Buzz"

Front Cover (2000 and 2004)

  • Top: Thomas (surprised)
  • Bottom: Gordon, Bill and Ben at the Harbor from "Wrong Road"

Back Cover

  • Top Left: Stepney from "Thomas and Stepney"
  • Top Right: BoCo, Duck and James from "James Goes Buzz Buzz"

Cover Colors

  • Dark Blue (1998)
  • Red (2000 and 2004)

Running Time

  • 40 Minutes


The Runaway

  • George Carlin: Thomas the Tank Engine was ill. Workmen had been trying to make him better, but it was no use.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Edward must take you to the works.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas felt very miserable. Then, Sir Topham Hatt spoke to Duck.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I want you to help Percy and Toby while Thomas is away.
  • George Carlin: Duck was delighted. He already knew Percy and soon made friends with Toby and Bertie. Terence the Tractor gave him a big welcome too.
  • Terence: Take care of Thomas' coaches.
  • George Carlin: He advised.
  • Terence: He's sure to miss them while he's away.
  • George Carlin: Duck was very gentle with the coaches. Annie and Clarabel were impressed.
  • Annie and Clarabel: Such nice manners.
  • George Carlin: They told each other.
  • Annie and Clarabel: It really is a pleasure to go out with him.
  • George Carlin: When Thomas came back, Annie and Clarabel told him how well Duck had managed. Thomas was so pleased to be home that he soon forgot to be jealous. The works have left Thomas' handbrake very stiff. It made his brakes seen they were on, when in fact they were not. As a result, he and his coaches often overran the platform. Thomas found this most embarrassing. Gradually, his driver and fireman learned to be extra careful. But one day, Thomas' fireman was ill and a relief man took his place. The fireman had fastened the coupling and joined the driver and stationmaster on the platform to wait for Henry's passengers. The fireman had forgot all about Thomas' handbrake. Thomas simmered happily.
  • Thomas: Not long now.
  • George Carlin: He thought. As he saw Henry slowly approaching. But Thomas' brakes were not on and suddenly he felt his wheels begin to move. He tried to stop, but he couldn't without his driver and fireman. He tried to whistle a warning, but he couldn't do that either. The Conductor, driver, fireman and passengers were all stranded on the platform.
  • Annie and Clarabel: Stop! Stop!
  • George Carlin: Shrieked Annie and Clarabel. But Thomas, with plenty of steam, kept on going. The alarm went down the line.
  • Signalman: Stop the runaway!
  • George Carlin: There ready for action was Harold the Helicopter. The inspector had made a plan and together they took off into the sky. At last Thomas was tiring.
  • Thomas: I need to stop, I need to stop.
  • George Carlin: He panted wearily. As they neared the next station Thomas saw Harold land. They entered the platform slowly enough for the inspector to act. Judging his moments the inspector scrambled into the cab and screwed the brakes on.
  • (The inspector brakes with all his strength)
  • George Carlin: At last Thomas stopped. Both he and the inspector were very relieved. Then they thanked Harold.
  • Harold: Think nothing of it. Glad to be at service anytime.
  • Inspector: Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Remarked The inspector.
  • Inspector: We must never let this happen again.
  • George Carlin: Wearily, Thomas agreed with him.

Nameplates after The Runaway

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Wrong Road

  • George Carlin: Thomas' branch line is important and so is Edward. But their tracks and bridges are not so strong as those on the main line. Sir Topham Hatt does not allow the heavier main line engines like Gordon to run on them. But one day, the way Gordon was talking, he would have thought Sir Topham Hatt had given this order for quite another reason.
  • Gordon: It's not fair!
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Gordon.
  • Edward: What isn't fair?
  • George Carlin: Asked Edward.
  • Gordon: Letting branch line diesels pull main line trains.
  • Edward: Never mind, Gordon. I'm sure BoCo will let you pull his freight cars sometimes.
  • George Carlin: Gordon spluttered.
  • Gordon: I wont pull BoCo's dirty cars. I wont run on branch lines.
  • Edward: Why not it will be a nice change.
  • Gordon: Sir Topham Hatt would never approve.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Gordon.
  • Gordon: Branch lines are vulgar.
  • George Carlin: Gordon puffed away. Edward chuckled and followed him to the station. Every evening the two engines pulled two fast trains from the station. Gordon always leaves first with an express for the main line. Edward follows five minutes later with his train for the branch line. Usually everything runs like clockwork. But tonight there was trouble. A Lady in a green floppy hat was saying goodbye to a friend. It was nearly time for Gordon to start. The fireman looked back towards the conductor's van and saw something green waving.
  • Gordon's Fireman: Right away, mate!
  • George Carlin: He thought the conductor had waved his flag. Gordon started. Leaving luggage, his passengers and the conductor all standing on the platform. Everyone was very surprised and cross. To make matters worse, by the time Gordon had been stopped and brought back, Edward was already late with his train. So now, he set off first. But the signalman at the junction wasn't told about the change. By mistake, he sent Edward along the main line. Gordon was sent along the branch and arrived cold and cross on one of the sidings near the harbour. Next morning, Bill and Ben peeped into the yard. There were no cars for them but they didn't mind that. Teasing Gordon will be much better fun.
  • Bill: What's that?
  • George Carlin: Asked Bill?
  • Ben: Shush!
  • George Carlin: Whispered Ben.
  • Ben: It's Gordon.
  • Bill: It looks like Gordon but it can't be. Gordon never comes on the branch lines. He thinks they're vulgar.
  • George Carlin: Gordon pretended he hadn't heard.
  • Ben: If it isn't Gordon.
  • George Carlin: Said Ben.
  • Ben: It's just a pile of Old Iron.
  • Bill: Which we better take it to the scrapyard.
  • Ben: No Bill, this lots useless for scrap we'll take it to the harbour and dump it in the sea.
  • George Carlin: Gordon was alarmed.
  • Gordon: I am Gordon. Stop, stop!
  • George Carlin: When BoCo suddenly arrived, Gordon thought him the most beautiful sight he had ever been.
  • Gordon: BoCo, my dear engine, save me.
  • George Carlin: BoCo quickly sized up the situation and threatened to take away the cars he brought for Bill and Ben. This made the twins behave at once. Gordon thought BoCo was wonderful.
  • Gordon: Those little demons. How do you do it?
  • BoCo: Ah well.
  • George Carlin: Said BoCo.
  • BoCo: It's just a knack.
  • George Carlin: Gordon still believed that BoCo saved his life. But he knows the twins were only teasing. Don't we?

Nameplates after Wrong Road

  • James
  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Rusty To The Rescue

  • George Carlin: In springtime, Rusty loves to visit a faraway place. It's filled with bluebells. The air smells sweet and Rusty thinks there's no better place than be. One day, Thomas was passing by just as Rusty was having a drink.
  • Thomas: Peep Peep! Good morning. Your driver looks a little worried. I wonder why.
  • Rusty: I don't know.
  • George Carlin: Said Rusty.
  • Rusty: But I soon will. Excuse me.
  • George Carlin: Said Rusty.
  • Rusty: But there's something wrong?
  • Rusty's Driver: Yes indeed.
  • George Carlin: Replied the driver.
  • Rusty's Driver: They need another engine to help us run the special line.
  • Rusty: A bluebell engine.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Rusty.
  • Rusty: Maybe I can find one.
  • George Carlin: Later, Rusty saw Douglas and Percy. Rusty had an idea.
  • Rusty: Can you help me find another engine?
  • Douglas: Where?
  • Rusty: Where'd you found Oliver?
  • Douglas: You mean on the Other Railway?
  • Rusty: Yes. I'm looking for a bluebell engine.
  • George Carlin: And Rusty explained everything.
  • Douglas: I like to help. But these days it's only Diesels that go there.
  • George Carlin: Then Rusty decided.
  • Rusty: So that's were I go.
  • Douglas: Take care.
  • George Carlin: Rusty told the driver all about the plan and that night he came to the shed.
  • Rusty's Driver: The manager says he'll make a home for a bluebell engine if you find one.
  • Rusty: Right.
  • George Carlin: Said Rusty.
  • Rusty: We'll find one tomorrow.
  • George Carlin: It took them all the next day to travel to the Other Railway. Darkness fell and the cold wind blew.
  • Rusty: Ooh. What's that?
  • George Carlin: But it was only the sounds of a lonely scrapyard. Diesel silent and still lined up guard.
  • Diesels: Who are you?
  • George Carlin: Rusty plucked up courage.
  • Rusty: I'm a shed and sidings inspection diesel. Have you any engines in the shed?
  • Diesels: No! None!
  • George Carlin: Rusty rally began.
  • Rusty: Then what about the sidings?
  • Diesels: One. We have one.
  • George Carlin: Rusty grew braver still.
  • Rusty: Then I'll just go and inspect.
  • George Carlin: A small engine with a tall funnel stood sad and alone in a shadowy siding. His driver was huddled in the cab, keeping it company.
  • Rusty: Excuse me.
  • George Carlin: Said Rusty.
  • Rusty: Do you like bluebells?
  • George Carlin: The engine looks dawdled.
  • Stepney: Yes, bluebells are beautiful.
  • Rusty: Then you're soon going to see lots of them because I'm getting you out of here.
  • George Carlin: Everyone worked fast. It was difficult to set the fire, but soon it was glowing hot and Stepney had a good head of steam. Rusty's engineer agreed to be Stepney's fireman. So off they set, past the bleak and bluey lines of diesels.
  • Diesels: Where is he going?
  • George Carlin: They hissed.
  • Rusty: Just down the line.
  • George Carlin: Replied Rusty, and they chuffered quickly away.
  • Rusty: We've done it.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Rusty.
  • Rusty: We're over the board and back in our own railway. Mission accomplished.
  • George Carlin: When Rusty and the engine arrived in the valley, a big welcome awaited him.
  • Manager: We shall mend you and give you your new coat of paint.
  • George Carlin: Said the manager. His driver was delighted.
  • Stepney's Driver: You lucky old engine. You've been saved by the bluebell railway.
  • Stepney: And my friend Rusty. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Rusty.
  • George Carlin: Now the little engine is has happy as can be and helps the passengers and visit at bluebell time. His name is Stepney but everyone calls him the bluebell engine.

Nameplates after Rusty To The Rescue

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Thomas and Stepney

  • George Carlin: Thomas the Tank Engine was feeling very happy. His blue coat shone in the sun, he was right on time, and all around his branch line the countryside seems prettier than ever before.
  • Thomas: Peep peep! Good morning, Percy.
  • George Carlin: He whistled.
  • Thomas: My branch is the pride of the line. Wouldn't you agree?
  • Percy: Uh, yes, Thomas, of course, but, uh...
  • Thomas: But what, Percy? Out with it.
  • Percy: Well there is another engine with the famous branch line too.
  • Thomas: Who? Where?
  • Percy: His name's Stepney. He's far away, but Sir Topham Hatt says he may visit us.
  • Thomas: When?
  • Percy: Oh, someday.
  • George Carlin: And Percy hurried away. Meanwhile Stepney puffed steadily along his line. It isn't very long, and that made him feel a little sad. Later he saw Rusty, the little diesel had saved Stepney from scrap.
  • Stepney: Everyone's been so kind, but my railway was so sure, that I do miss a good long run.
  • Rusty: I think you should tell driver too.
  • George Carlin: Replied Rusty.
  • Rusty: I'm sure he'll understand.
  • George Carlin: Stepney soon discovered that indeed he did.
  • Driver: You know, Stepney, I feel just the same way.
  • George Carlin: That evening, he had exciting news.
  • Driver: Guess what, Stepney? Sir Topham Hatt has invited to the other engines on his own railway. Manager agreed. It'll be really long run to get there.
  • Stepney: Oh, thank you!
  • George Carlin: Sighed Stepney. They set off next morning. But now, all the other engines were talking about Stepney.
  • Percy: He runs a famous branch line. Did you know that?
  • George Carlin: Said Percy. Thomas was feeling a little jealous.
  • Thomas: Huh! It may be famous but my branch is the first on the line. Everyone knows that too.
  • George Carlin: And he huffed away to fetch his coaches.
  • Percy: Look!
  • George Carlin: Squeaked Percy.
  • Percy: Why have they all come? There's no train yet.
  • George Carlin: But Percy was wrong. The signal dropped, and from far away an engine's whistle.
  • Douglas: Here he comes!
  • George Carlin: Yelled Douglas. Stepney puffed proudly through the junction.
  • Edward: I hope you'll meet Thomas too.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Edward: You both have branch lines to be proud of.
  • George Carlin: Then Stepney set off to help Duck shunt coaches in the yards, and they worked happily together all afternoon. At last, Thomas arrived.
  • Thomas: Sorry, can't talk. It's time for my last branch line train. Mustn't be late.
  • George Carlin: He was hardly out of sight when the engines heard shouting at the station. Moments later came the alarm.
  • Man: Stop all train!
  • George Carlin: The signalman answered the telephone.
  • Signalman: A special, is it? I see.
  • George Carlin: Thomas was impatient.
  • Thomas: Why are we waiting? My passengers have been delayed.
  • Driver: Sorry, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: We're been shunted to allow another train to pass.
  • George Carlin: Soon they heard an unfamiliar puffing sound. There was Stepney with his headlamp swang and whistle blowing. He gathered speed and disappeared.
  • Thomas: Well bust my boiler!
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas the Tank Engine. Next morning, he was still fuming.
  • Thomas: Shunted! And on my own branch too! It's a disgrace!
  • Stepney: I'm sorry.
  • George Carlin: Said Stepney.
  • Stepney: I was a special.
  • Thomas: Why?
  • Stepney: An important passenger arrived just as you left. He ordered a special train and Duck let me take it. We had a splendid run, but uh...
  • Thomas: But...
  • George Carlin: Finished Thomas.
  • Thomas: It can make an engine nervous not to know the line.
  • Stepney: Excatly.
  • George Carlin: Said Stepney.
  • Stepney: You're such an expert.
  • George Carlin: Thomas felt much better. He couldn't be cross anymore and began telling Stepney all about his branch line.

Nameplates after Thomas and Stepney

  • James
  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Gordon Takes A Dip

  • George Carlin: Gordon was resting in a siding. Sometimes he thought...
  • Gordon: It's really tiring to be such a large and splendid engine, one does have to keep up appearance is so.
  • Henry: Peep peep peep peep! Hello, lazybones!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Henry.
  • Gordon: What cheek!
  • George Carlin: Spluttered Gordon.
  • Gordon: That Henry is too big for his wheels. Fancy speaking to me like that. Me who has never had an accident.
  • Percy: Aren't jammed whistles and burst safety valves accidents?
  • George Carlin: Asked Percy innocently.
  • Gordon: No indeed. High spirits. Might happen to any engine. But to come off the rails like Henry did. Well, I ask you. Is that right? Is it decent?
  • George Carlin: Then it was Henry's turn to take the express. Gordon watch him getting ready.
  • Gordon: Be careful, Henry. You're not pulling the Flying Kipper now. Mind you keep on the rails today.
  • George Carlin: Henry went off in a huff, and Gordon yawned and went to sleep. But not for long.
  • Driver: Wake up, Gordon.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: A special train's coming and we're to pull it.
  • Gordon: Is it coaches or freight cars?
  • Driver: Cars.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Gordon: Cars.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: Puh-huh.
  • George Carlin: Gordon's fire was slow to start, so Edward had to push Gordon to the turntable to get him facing the right way.
  • Gordon: I won't go, I won't go!
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Gordon.
  • Edward: Don't be silly, don't be silly.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Edward. At last, Gordon was on the turntable. The movement had shaken his fire. It was now burning nicely and making steam. Gordon was cross and didn't care what he did. He waited till the table was halfway round.
  • Gordon: I'll show them, I'll show them.
  • George Carlin: He hissed. He moved slowly forward to jam the table, but he couldn't stop himself and slithered into the ditch.
  • Gordon: Oosh!
  • George Carlin: He hissed.
  • Gordon: Get me out, get me out!
  • Driver: Not a hope.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver and fireman.
  • Fireman: You're stuck, you silly great engine. Don't you understand that?
  • George Carlin: They telephoned Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: So Gordon didn't want to take the special train and ran into a ditch? What's that you say? The special's waiting? Tell Edward to take it please. And Gordon? Leave him where his is. We'll get him out later.
  • George Carlin: On the other side of the ditch, some little boys were chattering.
  • Boy 1: Oh, doesn't he look silly?
  • Boy 2: They'll never get him out.
  • George Carlin: They began to sing.
  • Boys: Silly old Gordon fell in a ditch, fell in a ditch, fell in a ditch, silly old Gordon fell in a ditch all in the Monday morning.
  • George Carlin: Gordon lay in the ditch all day.
  • Gordon: Oh, dear.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Gordon: I shall never get out.
  • George Carlin: But that evening, they lifted Gordon and made a rope of sleepers under his wheels to keep him from the mud. Strong ropes were fastened to his back end, and James and Henry pulling hard, managed to bring him to safety.
  • (Gordon is pulled to safety, we show a close up of his wheels, and finally a shot of him on the turntable)
  • George Carlin: Late that night, Gordon crawled home, a sadder and wiser engine.

Nameplates after Gordon Takes A Dip

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

James Goes Buzz Buzz

  • George Carlin: Trevor the Traction Engine was enjoying his work in Vicarage Orchard. Birds were singing and apples were brightening on the trees. It was a lovely day.
  • James: Hello Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • James: You look as bright and cheerful as my red paint.
  • Trevor: Oh I am.
  • George Carlin: Replied Trevor.
  • James: What's that noise?
  • Trevor: It's the bees.
  • George Carlin: Laughed Trevor.
  • Trevor: They're all in these boxy things called beehives. I'm taking them to the station. The vicar says his bees make good honey and he's giving some of them to his friends.
  • George Carlin: Just then, BoCo the diesel engine hummed in.
  • BoCo: Take care you two. Don't make the bees angry. They might sting you.
  • George Carlin: James didn't like being told what to do by a diesel and he buzzed away.
  • BoCo: Goodbye, Trevor.
  • George Carlin: Called BoCo and set off to see Duck at the next station. Bill and Ben the tank engine twins were busy arranging cars. But they scampered off when they saw BoCo.
  • BoCo: I remember the first time I met those two.
  • George Carlin: Laughed BoCo.
  • BoCo: They nearly made my eyes pop out. Edward soon put a stop in their games.
  • Duck: Edward is the only one who can keep Bill and Ben in order.
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck.
  • Duck: I sometimes call them "The Bees".
  • BoCo: A good name.
  • George Carlin: Replied BoCo.
  • BoCo: Their terrors when the start buzzing around.
  • George Carlin: James bustled in.
  • James: What's that, Duck? Are you afraid of bees? They're only insects after all, so don't let that buzz box diesel tell you different.
  • Duck: His name is BoCo, and he didn't. We...
  • James: I wouldn't care, if hundreds were swarming around. I'd just blow smoke and make them buzz off.
  • Duck: Buzz, buzz, buzz.
  • George Carlin: Retorted Duck. The next morning, James arrived at the station to collect his coaches. The passengers were excited and keened to get on board. The platform was crowded and the porter was in a hurry.
  • Porter: Mind your backs.
  • George Carlin: He shouted. Then there was trouble. The beehive fell and broke open. The station cleared like magic. James heard a familiar buzzing. The bees were to cold to be cross so they buzzed around the fireman hoping he'd mend their hive. But he didn't understand, nor did his driver. So the bees turned to James. His boiler was nice and warm.
  • James: Buzz off! Buzz off!
  • George Carlin: Hissed James. One bee burnt its foot.
  • Bee: Ooh! Aah! Ooh! Ooh!
  • George Carlin: The bee thought James had burnt him on purpose.
  • (The bee charges toward James)
  • George Carlin: So it stung James right back on the nose.
  • (Doink!)
  • James: Eeeeeeeeeeee!
  • George Carlin: Whistled James. He had had enough so had his fireman and driver. They didn't notice till too late that they had left all their coaches behind. They tried everything to get rid of the bees. First they spun on the turntable but to no avail. They tried washing them off but the bees clung harder to James' warm boiler. Then they tried smoking them off by going through a long tunnel. But still the bees wouldn't go away.
  • Driver: It's no good, James.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: We'll just have to get back to the orchard and fetch another hive.
  • George Carlin: James' reply was drowned by the sound of buzzing. The Vicar was waiting anxiously for James. When he arrived, the bees swarm straight into their new home.
  • Driver: Come on, James.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: What you need now is a good hosedown.
  • George Carlin: Later that evening, James was resting in the shed when the Vicar came to see him.
  • Vicar: Thank you for saving my bees.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Vicar: It's the pity it's not Christmas, then we can call you James the Red-Nosed Engine.
  • George Carlin: Everyone laughed even James. But instead, they decided to call James "The Bees Knees", which means they thought he was more useful than ever.

Nameplates after James Goes Buzz Buzz

  • James
  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

A Big Day For Thomas

  • George Carlin: Thomas the Tank Engine was grumbling to the other engines.
  • Thomas: I spent my time pulling coaches about ready for you to take out on journeys.
  • George Carlin: The other engines laughed.
  • Thomas: Why can't I pull passenger trains too?
  • Gordon: You're too impatient.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Gordon: You'd be sure to leave something behind.
  • Thomas: Rubbish!
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'll show you.
  • George Carlin: One night, he and Henry were alone. Henry was ill. The men worked hard, but he didn't get better. He felt just as bad next morning. Henry usually pull the first train and Thomas had to get his coaches ready.
  • Thomas: If Henry is ill.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Thomas: Perhaps I shall pull his train.
  • George Carlin: Thomas ran off to find the coaches.
  • Thomas: Come along, come along.
  • George Carlin: He fussed.
  • Coaches: There's plenty of time, there's plenty of time!
  • George Carlin: They grumbled. Thomas took them to the platform and wanted to run round at once. But his driver wouldn't let him.
  • Driver: Don't be impatient, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Thomas waited and waited. The people got in, the conductor and stationmaster walked up and down, the porter banged the doors and still Henry didn't come. Thomas got more and more excited. Sir Topham Hatt came to see what was the matter, and the conductor and stationmaster told him about Henry.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Find another engine.
  • George Carlin: He ordered.
  • Both: There's only Thomas.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You'll have to do it then, Thomas. Be quick now.
  • George Carlin: So Thomas ran round to the front and back down on the coaches ready to start.
  • Driver: Let's not be impatient.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: We'll wait till everything was ready.
  • George Carlin: But Thomas was too excited to listen. What happened then, no one knows. Perhaps they forgot to couple Thomas to the train, or perhaps the Driver pulled the leather by mistake. Anyhow, Thomas started without his coaches. As the pass the signal tower, men waved and shouted, but he didn't stop.
  • Thomas: They're waving because I'm such a splendid engine.
  • George Carlin: He thought importantly.
  • Thomas: Henry says it's hard to pull trains, but I think it's easy. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
  • George Carlin: He puffed, pretending to be like Gordon.
  • Thomas: People had never seen me pulling a train before. It's nice of them to wave.
  • George Carlin: And he whistled.
  • Thomas: Peep peep! Thank you.
  • George Carlin: Then he came to a signal at danger.
  • Thomas: Bother!
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Thomas: I must stop, and I was going so nicely too. What a nuisance signals are.
  • George Carlin: He blew an angry "Peep peep!" on his whistle. The signalman ran up.
  • Signalman: Hello, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Signalman: What are you doing here?
  • Thomas: I'm pulling the train.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Can't you see?
  • Signalman: Where are your coaches then?
  • George Carlin: Thomas looked back.
  • Thomas: Why bless me.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Thomas: If we hadn't leave them behind.
  • Signalman: Yes.
  • George Carlin: Said the signalman.
  • Signalman: You better go quickly and fetch them.
  • George Carlin: Poor Thomas was so sad he nearly cried.
  • Driver: Cheer up.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Let's go back quickly and try again.
  • (Thomas reverses back to the big station)
  • George Carlin: At the station, all the passengers were talking at once. They were telling Sir Topham Hatt what a bad railway it was. But when Thomas came back, they saw how sad he was and couldn't be cross. He was coupled to the train, and this time he really pulled it.
  • (Thomas pulls the coaches away with ease at all)
  • George Carlin: Afterwards, the other engines laughed at Thomas and said...
  • Henry: Look! There's Thomas, who wanted to pull the train, but forgot about the coaches.
  • George Carlin: But Thomas had already learned, not to make the same mistake again.

Nameplates after A Big Day For Thomas

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Bertie
  • Terence

Let's Have A Race

  • Children: (singing) A lesson that's worth learning One you never should forget Is the art of friendly rivalry It's not always about winning You must learn that from the start Enjoy yourself remember What counts is taking part. Let's have a race, have a race, have a race Let's see who is the quickest Who can be the fastest On your marks, now get set, go! Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace Let's see if you can catch me Let's see if you can match me so Let's have a race, have a race.
  • (Children cheering)
  • Children: (singing) Thomas challenged Bertie To a friendly race one day The driver said get ready But be careful on the way The friends lined up together Enjoying the fun The stationmaster called out Are you ready to begin. Let's have a race, have a race, have a race Let's see who is the quickest Who can be the fastest Ready, set go! Let's set a pace, set a pace, set a pace Let's see if you can catch me Let's see if you can match me so Let's have a race, have a race Let's have a race... Let's have a race... Right now!
  • (Children cheering)

List of Other Thomas Videos based on STS: The Animated Series

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