Thomas the Tank Engine Vol. 5: Henry's Forest is a Thomas VHS/DVD idea made for Strand Home Video, Time-Life, Video Treasures and then by Anchor Bay Entertainment on DVD in March 2006, each composed of one Season 1 episode, three Season 2 episodes and three Season 3 episodes.


  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Diesel
  • Bertie
  • Terence
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Trevor (does not speak)
  • Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Daisy (mentioned)


  1. Henry's Forest
  2. Pop Goes The Diesel
  3. Diesel Does It Again
  4. Thomas Comes To Breakfast
  5. Thomas Gets Bumped
  6. Percy and The Signal
  7. A Big Day For Thomas

DVD Bonus Features

  1. Sing-Along Song: It's Great To Be An Engine
  2. Build An Engine (from The Early Years)
  3. Sir Topham Hatt's Scrapbook (from Salty's Secret and Other Thomas Adventures)
  4. Henry and The Elephant Read-Along (from Best of Percy)


  • Narrated by George Carlin.
  • Distributed by Strand Home Video, Time-Life, Video Treasures and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  • 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 text is taken from the "Thomas Gets Bumped" 1992 VHS and the "Thomas, Percy and The Dragon" 1993 VHS.
  • In the end credits, a still picture from "A Big Day For Thomas" is used. This is also used at the end of the "The Runaway" 1998 VHS.
  • The end credit text is taken from the "Thomas Gets Bumped" 1992 VHS and the "Thomas, Percy and The Dragon" 1993 VHS.

Opening Previews

Strand Home Video version

  1. Strand Home Video FBI Warning
  2. Strand Home Video logo (1993-1994)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of Henry's Forest

Time-Life Video version

  1. Time-Life FBI Warning
  2. Time-Life Video logo (1992-2001)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of Henry's Forest

Video Treasures version

  1. Strand Home Video FBI Warning
  2. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997)
  3. Britt Allcroft Presents logo
  4. Thomas and Friends Season 3 intro
  5. First few seconds of Henry's Forest

Anchor Bay DVD version

  1. Anchor Bay FBI Warning
  2. Anchor Bay Entertainment logo (2003-2007)
  3. HiT Entertainment logo (2001)
  4. Thomas and Friends DVD Collection Trailer
  5. Henry's Forest DVD Menu

Closing Previews

Strand Home Video version

  1. Last few seconds of A Big Day For Thomas
  2. Thomas and Friends outro
  3. Strand Home Video logo (1993-1994)

Time-Life Video version

  1. Last few seconds of A Big Day For Thomas
  2. Thomas and Friends outro

Video Treasures version

  1. Last few seconds of A Big Day For Thomas
  2. Thomas and Friends outro
  3. Video Treasures logo (1987-1997, still version, silent)

Anchor Bay DVD version

  1. Last few seconds of It's Great To Be An Engine
  2. Thomas and Friends outro
  3. HiT Entertainment logo (2004)

Opening Credits

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

Cover Artwork

Front Cover (Strand Home Video-Video Treasures)

  • Henry in the forest from "Henry's Forest"

Back Cover (Strand Home Video-Video Treasures)

  • James and Percy from "Percy and The Signal"

Front Cover (Anchor Bay)

  • Top: Henry
  • Bottom: Bertie from "Thomas Gets Bumped"

Back Cover (Anchor Bay)

  • Top Left: Henry in the Forest from "Henry's Forest"
  • Top Right: Thomas at Tidmouth Station from "Thomas Comes To Breakfast"

Cover Color

  • Light Green (Strand Home Video-Video Treasures)
  • Orange (Anchor Bay)

Running Times

  • 35 Minutes (VHS)
  • 40 Minutes (DVD)


Henry's Forest

  • George Carlin: Henry the Green Engine has lived on the Island of Sodor for many years. He wouldn't want to be anywhere else. He liked every part of it from the fields filled with flowers to the white sandy beaches. But there is one place that Henry always enjoyed visiting more than any other. His driver knew this too.
  • Henry's Driver: Come on, Henry.
  • George Carlin: He would sometimes say.
  • Henry's Driver: We made good time today. We'll stop for a while by the forest.
  • George Carlin: Henry loved it here. The forest was filled with broad oaks and tall pines. Henry could remember the day long ago when he and Toby brought some new trees to be planted and Terence and Trevor helped haul them into place. Now he could see the trees growing amongst the others on the hillside. Henry always felt better for being here. He couldn't really explain why but his driver understood.
  • Henry's Driver: It's peaceful.
  • George Carlin: He said to Henry. But one night, everything changed. The engines were resting in the shed.
  • Thomas: Listen.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Can you hear a strange whistling sound?
  • Toby: It's the wind blowing outside our shed.
  • George Carlin: Replied Toby.
  • Toby: But I never heard of like this before.
  • James: Do you know.
  • George Carlin: Added James.
  • James: If Gordon wasn't here now, I say it was him thundering by with the express.
  • George Carlin: All the engines laughed, except Henry.
  • Henry: I hope the wind won't harm the forest.
  • George Carlin: By morning, the fierce winds have gone but the damage was done. Henry's driver came to see him in the yard.
  • Henry's Driver: Trees have fallen on the line.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Henry's Driver: We must help clear the tracks.
  • George Carlin: Donald set off with the breakdown train and Henry followed. Trees lay everywhere. The hillside now looked so bare. Henry felt sad.
  • Henry: What will happen to all the animals who lived here?
  • George Carlin: He thought. When Henry's flat cars were full of logs, he took them to the timbermill where they will be turned to furniture and other things. Henry was glad the wood was being put to good use, but he was sorry to lose part of his forest.
  • Toby: Oh dear.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Toby to Thomas.
  • Toby: I wish there was something we can do to make things better again.
  • Thomas: Yes indeed.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas.
  • Thomas: But what? We can't mend broken trees.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Hello, Toby.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You do look glum.
  • Toby: I'm sad about the trees.
  • George Carlin: Said Toby.
  • Toby: And so is Henry. The forest is a special place to him. Now some of it was gone.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We'll soon put that right.
  • George Carlin: Replied Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I have an important job for you, Toby. I will like you to take some freight cars to the forest.
  • George Carlin: When the freight cars arrived, Toby was delighted. They were full of splendid young trees already for plating.
  • Toby: This is the best job I've ever had.
  • George Carlin: Said Toby happily. When Henry returned, he was most surprised. There were Terence and Trevor busily helping the workmen clear the torrents stumps and branches.
  • Terence: Look, Henry.
  • George Carlin: Called Terence.
  • Terence: We're beginning again. The hillside will look better than ever before. You'll see.
  • George Carlin: Now whenever Henry stops by the forest, he could see the new trees growing strong and tall. Sometimes, everywhere was very quiet, and the other times, Henry could hear leaves rustling, or birds wing brushing the air. Often he can hear the distance sounds of children laughing, and always he is happy here.

Nameplates after Henry's Forest

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

Pop Goes The Diesel

  • George Carlin: Duck is very proud of being Great Western. He talks endlessly about it. But he works hard too and makes everything ran like clockwork. It was a splendid day. The cars and coaches behave well, the passengers even stopped grumbling. But the engines didn't like having to bustle about.
  • Duck: There are two ways of doing things.
  • George Carlin: Duck told them.
  • Duck: The Great Western way, or the wrong way. I'm Great Western and...
  • Henry, Gordon and James: Don't we know it!
  • George Carlin: They groaned. The engines were glad when the visitor came. He purred smoothly towards him. Sir Topham Hatt introduce him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Here is Diesel. I have agreed to give him a trial. He needs to learn. Please teach him, Duck.
  • Diesel: Good morning.
  • George Carlin: Purred Diesel in an oily voice.
  • Diesel: Please to meet you, Duck. Is that James and Henry and Gordon too? I am delighted to meet such famous engines.
  • George Carlin: The silly engines were flattered.
  • Engines: He has very good manners.
  • George Carlin: They murmured.
  • Engines: We're pleased to have in our yard.
  • George Carlin: Duck had his doubts.
  • Duck: Come on!
  • George Carlin: He said. Diesel purred after him.
  • Diesel: Your worth Top...
  • Duck: Sir Topham Hatt to you.
  • George Carlin: Ordered Duck. Diesel looked hurt.
  • Diesel: Your worthy Sir Topham Hatt thinks I need to learn. He is mistaken. We diesel don't need to learn. We know everything. We come to a yard and improvement. We are revolutionary.
  • Duck: Oh!
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: If you are revo-thingummy, perhaps you would collect my cars while I fetch Gordon's coaches.
  • George Carlin: Diesel delighted to show off, purred away. When Duck returned, Diesel was trying to take some cars from a siding. They were old and empty. They've not been touch for a long time. Diesel found them hard to move. Pull! Push! Backwards! Forwards!
  • Cars: Oh! Oh!
  • George Carlin: The cars groaned.
  • Cars: We can't! We won't!
  • George Carlin: Duck watched with interest. Diesel lost patience.
  • Diesel: Grrr!
  • George Carlin: He roared, and gave a great heave. The cars jerked forward.
  • Cars: Ohhh!
  • George Carlin: They screamed.
  • Cars: We can't! We won't!
  • George Carlin: Some of their brakes snapped, and the gear jammed in the sleepers.
  • Diesel: Grrrr!
  • Duck: Ha, ha, ha!
  • George Carlin: Chuckled Duck. Diesel recovered and try to push the cars back, but they wouldn't move. Duck ran quietly around to collect the other cars.
  • Duck: Thank you for arranging these, Diesel. I must go now.
  • Diesel: Don't you want this lot?
  • Duck: No thank you.
  • George Carlin: Diesel gulped.
  • Diesel: And I've taken all this trouble? Why didn't you tell me?
  • Duck: You never asked me. Besides.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Duck: You were having such fun being revo-whatever-it-was-you-said. Goodbye.
  • Diesel: Grrrr!
  • George Carlin: Diesel had to help the workmen clear the mess. He hated it. All the cars were laughing and singing at him.
  • Cars: Cars are waiting in the yard, tackling them with ease'll, "show the world what I can do", gaily boasts the Diesel, in and out he creeps about, like a big black weasel, when he pulls the wrong cars out, Pop Goes the Diesel!
  • Diesel: Grrr!
  • George Carlin: Growled Diesel, and scuttled away to sulk in the shed.

Nameplates after Pop Goes The Diesel

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

Diesel Does It Again

  • George Carlin: Duck and Percy enjoyed their work in the harbour, pulling and pushing freight cars full of cargo to and from the quay. But one morning, the engines were exhausted. The harbour was busier than ever. Sir Topham Hatt promised that another engine would be found to help them.
  • Percy: Huh. It's about time.
  • George Carlin: Said Percy.
  • Duck: I ached so much I can hardly get my wheels to move.
  • George Carlin: Agreed Duck. They waited for the engine to arrive. It came as a shock when he did.
  • Diesel: Good morning.
  • George Carlin: Squirmed Diesel in his oily voice. The two engines had not work with Diesel for a long time.
  • Duck: What are you doing here?
  • George Carlin: Gasped Duck.
  • Diesel: Your worth, Sir Topham Hatt sent me. I hope you are please to see me again. I have to shunt some dreadful tiresome cars.
  • Percy: Shunt where?
  • George Carlin: Said Percy suspiciously.
  • Diesel: Where? Why from here to there.
  • George Carlin: Purred Diesel.
  • Diesel: And then again from there to here. Easy, isn't it?
  • George Carlin: With that, Diesel as if to make himself clear bumped some cars hard.
  • Cars: Ooh!
  • George Carlin: Screamed the cars.
  • Diesel: Grrr!
  • George Carlin: Growled Diesel. Percy and Duck were horrified. They did not trust Diesel at all. They refuse to work and did not leave their shed. Sir Topham Hatt was enjoying his tea and iced bun when the telephone rang.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: So there's trouble in the harbour yard? I'll be there right away.
  • George Carlin: Diesel was working loudly and alone. Cargo lay on the key. Ships and passengers were delayed. Everyone was complaining about Sir Topham Hatt's Railway. Percy and Duck were sulking in their shed.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What's all this?
  • George Carlin: Demanded Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Percy: We're on strike, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Percy nervously.
  • Duck: Yes.
  • George Carlin: Added Duck.
  • Duck: Beg pardon, sir, but we don't work with Diesel, sir. You said you sent him packing, sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I have to give Diesel a second chance.
  • George Carlin: Replied Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm trying to help by bringing Diesel here. Now you must help me he is the only engine available.
  • George Carlin: Percy and Duck went sadly back to work. Next day, things were no better. Diesel's driver did not put on his brakes on properly and Diesel started to move. He went bump straight into Percy.
  • Diesel: Wake up there, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Scowled Diesel.
  • Diesel: You have work to do.
  • George Carlin: He didn't even say he was sorry to Percy. Later, Diesel bumped the cars so hard that the loads went everywhere.
  • Percy: What would Sir Topham Hatt say?
  • George Carlin: Gasped Percy.
  • Duck: He won't like it.
  • George Carlin: Said Duck.
  • Diesel: So who's going to tell you I wonder? Two goody-goody tattletales like you I suppose?
  • George Carlin: Percy and Duck did not wanna be tattletales, so they said nothing. Diesel thinking he can getting away from his bad behavior was ruder than ever. Next day, he was shunting freight cars full of China Clay. He banged the cars hard into the buffers, but the buffers weren't secure. The silly cars were sunked! Sir Topham Hatt heard the news. The cars were hoisted safely from the sea but the clay was lost. Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to Diesel.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The harbour master has tell me anything. Things weren't much better here before you arrived. I shall not be inviting you back. Now Duck and Percy, I hope you don't mind having handle the work by yourselves again.
  • Percy: Oh no, Sir.
  • Duck: Yes please, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Replied the engines. Whistling cheerfully, they puff back to work while Diesel sulk slowly away.

Nameplates after Diesel Does It Again

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

Thomas Comes To Breakfast

  • (Thomas's Whistle toots)
  • George Carlin: Thomas the Tank Engine has worked his Branch Line for many years, and knows it very well.
  • (Thomas arrives at the station)
  • Thomas' Driver: You know just where to stop, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Laughed his driver.
  • Thomas' Driver: You could almost manage it without you.
  • George Carlin: Thomas had become conceded. He didn't realize his driver was joking. Later, he boasted to the others.
  • Thomas: Driver says I don't need him now.
  • Percy: Don't be so daft.
  • George Carlin: Snorted Percy.
  • Toby: I never go without my driver.
  • George Carlin: Said Toby earnestly.
  • Toby: I'd be frightened.
  • Thomas: Pooh!
  • George Carlin: Boasted Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'm not scared.
  • Toby: You never dare.
  • Thomas: I would then. You'll see.
  • George Carlin: The next day the firelighter came. Thomas drowsed comfortably as the warmth spread into his boiler. Percy and Toby were still asleep. Thomas suddenly remembered.
  • Thomas: Silly stick-in-the-muds!
  • George Carlin: He chuckled.
  • Thomas: I'll show them! Driver says I can manage without him. I'll just go out and then I'll stop and "wheesh!" That'll make them jump.
  • George Carlin: Thomas thought he was being clever and really he was only moving because a careless cleaner had medal with his controls. He soon found his mistake. He tried to "wheesh!", but he couldn't. He tried to stop, but he couldn't. He just kept rolling along. He didn't dare what it look what's coming next. There was the stationmaster's house! The stationmaster was about to have breakfast.
  • Thomas: Horrors!
  • George Carlin: Cried Thomas, and shut his eyes.
  • (Thomas crashes into the stationmaster's house)
  • George Carlin: The house rocked, broken glass tinkled, plaster was everywhere. Thomas had collected the bush on his travels. He peered into his room through his leaves. He couldn't speak. The stationmaster was furious. His wife picked up her plate.
  • Stationmaster's Wife: You miserable engine!
  • George Carlin: She scolded.
  • Stationmaster's Wife: Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I'll shall have to cook some more!
  • George Carlin: She banged the door. More plaster fell. This time it fell on Thomas. Thomas felt depressed. Workmen propped out the house with strong poles and laid rails through the garden. Then, the Scottish twin engines Donald and Douglas arrived.
  • Douglas: Dinna fash yourself, Thomas. We'll soon have you back on the rails.
  • George Carlin: They laughed.
  • (Donald and Douglas begin to rescue Thomas)
  • George Carlin: Donald and Douglas puffing hard manage to haul Thomas back to safety. Bits of fencing, the bush, and a broken window frame festooned was front, which was badly twisted. The twins laughed and left him. Thomas was in disgraced. There was worst to come.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You're in a lot of trouble, Thomas.
  • Thomas: I know, Sir. I'm sorry, Sir.
  • George Carlin: Thomas' voice was muffled behind his bush.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You must go to the works and have your worn parts mended. It will be a long job.
  • Thomas: Yes, Sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Meanwhile, a Diesel Rail-car will do your work.
  • Thomas: A d-d-d-diesel, sir?
  • George Carlin: Thomas spluttered.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Yes, Thomas. Diesels always stay in their sheds till they are wanted. Diesels never gallivanting off to breakfast in Stationmasters' houses.

Nameplates after Thomas Comes To Breakfast

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

Thomas Gets Bumped

  • George Carlin: Every afternoon, Thomas the Tank Engine puffs along his branch line with Annie and Clarabel. First they pass the water mill. Next, they come to a big farm. Then, they can see a bridge with a village nestled either side of it. This is a special place. Whenever children hear Thomas coming along, they stand on the bridge, waving until he is out of sight. One day, Thomas was running late. He had stopped at a red light before the bridge to talk to some new children. Percy the Green Engine was waiting, too.
  • Percy: Hurry up, Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Called Percy when the signal dropped.
  • Percy: If you're late, Sir Topham Hatt might get a new engine to replace you.
  • Thomas: He would never do that!
  • George Carlin: Thought Thomas, but he was worried. Next day, Thomas hurried along the line. Just ahead was the goods yard. There, on the platform, was an inspector waving a red flag. Next, Thomas saw some children. They were waving, too.
  • Thomas: Something must be wrong.
  • George Carlin: Thought Thomas.
  • Thomas: This station is for goods, not passengers.
  • Children: Help, Thomas, help! We're glad to see you.
  • George Carlin: Called the children.
  • Children: Please, will you take us home?
  • George Carlin: The stationmaster explained to Thomas' driver that the school bus had broken down, and all the parents would be worried if the children were late. Thomas waited as the children walked down from the bridge. Then he took the children to the next station, where Bertie was waiting to take them home. When Thomas finished his journey, he was very late. He was worried that Sir Topham Hatt might be cross with him.
  • Percy: I warned Thomas.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Percy to James.
  • Percy: He's been late one time too many. He'll be in trouble now.
  • George Carlin: But next morning, when Thomas pick up his passengers, Sir Topham Hatt was nowhere to be seen.
  • (Thomas looks around and finds nothing)
  • Thomas: Thank goodness.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Thomas. Thomas knows every part of his line. Just ahead was a stretch where the hot sun had bent the rails on the track.
  • Thomas' Driver: Careful, Thomas!
  • George Carlin: Called his driver. But it was too late.
  • (Thomas falls off the rails)
  • Thomas' Driver: That's done it!
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Thomas' Driver: We shan't get any further today!
  • Thomas: But what about my passengers?
  • George Carlin: Asked Thomas.
  • Thomas' Driver: Don't worry, they'll be looked after.
  • George Carlin: Replied his driver. While workmen repaired the line, Thomas had to shunt freight cars in the yard. Bertie came to see him.
  • Bertie: I understand you need my help again.
  • Thomas: Yes, Bertie.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas sadly.
  • Thomas: I can't run without my rails.
  • George Carlin: Bertie set off to collect Thomas' passengers.
  • Passengers: Hello, Bertie.
  • George Carlin: They said.
  • Passengers: We're glad you're here.
  • George Carlin: Bertie drove along the road that runs by the railway. He stopped at each station along the line. Sometimes he stopped between stations to let people off closer to their homes. Thomas felt miserable.
  • Thomas: I've lost my passengers to Bertie. They'll like him better than me.
  • George Carlin: Sir Topham Hatt arrived.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Your branch line is repaired. I'm going to change your timetable so that you and Bertie can work together more.
  • George Carlin: When Thomas reached the station, there, to his relief, were all his passengers.
  • Passengers: Bertie is a good bus, but we missed our train rides with you.
  • George Carlin: They said. Later, Thomas spoke to Bertie.
  • Thomas: Thank you for looking after my passengers.
  • Bertie: That's all right, Thomas. I like to make new friends, but I'm glad to share them with you.
  • Thomas: You're a good friend, indeed.
  • George Carlin: Replied Thomas.
  • Thomas: And always will be.

Nameplates after Thomas Gets Bumped

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

Percy and The Signal

  • George Carlin: Percy works in the yard at the big station. He loves playing jokes, but they can get him into trouble. One morning, he was very cheeky indeed.
  • Percy: Peep peep! Hurry up, Gordon, the train's ready.
  • George Carlin: Gordon thought he was late.
  • Percy: Ha, ha, ha, ha!
  • George Carlin: Laughed Percy and showed him a train of dirty coal cars. Gordon thought how he can pay Percy back for teasing him. Next it was James' turn.
  • Percy: Stay in the shed today, James. Sir Topham Hatt will come and see you.
  • James: Ah!
  • George Carlin: Thought James.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt knows I'm a fine engine. He wants me to pull the special train.
  • George Carlin: James' driver and fireman could not make him move. The other engines grumbled dreadfully. They had to do James' work as well as their own. At last, the inspector arrived.
  • Inspector: Show a wheel, James. You can't stay here all day.
  • James: Sir Topham Hatt told me to stay here. He sent a message this morning.
  • Inspector: He did not. How could he? He's away for a week.
  • James: Oh.
  • George Carlin: Said James.
  • James: Oh, where's Percy?
  • George Carlin: Percy had wisely disappeared. When Sir Topham Hatt came back, he was cross with James and Percy for causing so much trouble. But the very next day, Percy was still being cheeky.
  • Percy: I say, you engines, I'm to take some freight cars to Thomas' junction. Sir Topham Hatt chose me specially. He must know I'm a really useful engine.
  • James: More likely, he wants you out of the way.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled James. Gordon looked across to James. They were going to play a trick on Percy.
  • Gordon: James and I were just speaking about signals at the junction. We can't be too careful about signals, but then I needn't say that to a really useful engine like you, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Percy felt flattered.
  • James: We've had spoken about backing signals.
  • George Carlin: Put in James.
  • James: They need extra special care you know. Would you like me to explain?
  • Percy: No thank you, James.
  • George Carlin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: I know all about signals.
  • George Carlin: Percy was a little worried.
  • Percy: I wonder what backing signals are.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Percy: Never mind, I'll manage.
  • George Carlin: He puffed crossly to his freight cars and felt better. He came to a signal.
  • Percy: Bother, it's a danger.
  • George Carlin: The signal moved to show line cleared. It's arm moved up instead of down. Percy had never been that sort of signal before.
  • Percy: Down means go and up means stop. So upper still must mean go back. I know. It's one of those backing signals.
  • Driver: Come on, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: Off we go. Stop! You're going the wrong way!
  • Percy: But it's a backing signal.
  • George Carlin: Percy protested and told him about Gordon and James. The driver laughed and explained.
  • Percy: Oh, dear.
  • George Carlin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: Let's start quickly before they see us.
  • George Carlin: He was too late. Gordon saw everything.
  • (Percy heads his way back to the sheds)
  • George Carlin: That night, the big engines talked about signals. They thought the subject was funny. Percy thought they were being very silly.

Nameplates after Percy and The Signal

  • Thomas
  • James
  • Gordon
  • Henry
  • 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.