Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

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  • Welcome to the Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends guide at TV.com. The show is about a tank engine, Thomas, and his friends who live on the Island of Sodor. Together, the engines work on the railways under the supervision of Sir Topham Hatt, the "Fat Controller." Thomas The Tank Engine actually dates back to 1945, when the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry created The Railway Series to amuse his son Christopher, who was suffering from measles. His wife Margaret encouraged him to publish the stories and he did so, going on to add another book each year (except 1947 and 1971) until 1972. Wilbert's son Christopher later continued The Railway Series up to 40 books. In 1984 Britt Allcroft decided to turn the stories into a TV series with Ringo Starr as the narrator. He was replaced by Michael Angelis in 1991, who still narrates today. (Full Narrator listings below.) When the series was shown on PBS in the US, it was part of a show called Shining Time Station. 2 of the show's narrators played Mr. Conductor in the series, Ringo Starr in the earlier episodes and George Carlin later. Since the show ran from 1989 to 1993, only early episodes of Thomas are part of it. A note on writers: In the episode guide, the writers are as follows: If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by the Rev W Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by Christopher Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is not based on a Railway Series book, Britt Allcroft and David Mitton will be credited as the writers since they wrote it. From Season 6 the writers are varied. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Inc.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 15 : Ep 4

    Percy's New Friends

    Aired 3/4/11

  • S 15 : Ep 0

    Emily and Dash

    Aired 3/3/11

  • S 15 : Ep 0

    Toby and Bash

    Aired 3/2/11

  • S 15 : Ep 0

    Gordon and Ferdinand

    Aired 3/1/11

  • S 14 : Ep 20

    Henry's Magic Box

    Aired 11/5/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alec Baldwin

    U.S. Narrator (Seasons 5-6)

  • George Carlin

    U.S. Narrator (Seasons 3-4 and re-narrated Seasons 1-2)

  • Michael Brandon

    U.S. Narrator (Seasons 7-16)

  • Ringo Starr

    U.K. Narrator (Seasons 1-2) U.S. Narrator (Seasons 1-2)

  • Michael Angelis

    U.K. Narrator (Seasons 3-16) U.S. Narrator ("New Friends For Thomas" DVD episodes only)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1126)

    • Gordon: (to Thomas) Hurry up, you!
      Thomas: (to Gordon) Hurry yourself!

    • Narrator: Thomas is a tank engine who lives at a big station on the Island of Sodor. He's a cheeky little engine, with six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome.

    • Gordon: Well, little Thomas. Now you know what hard work means, don't you?

    • Thomas: Do some hard work for a change. You can't catch me!

    • Thomas: Peep, peep! Stop, stop!
      Gordon: Hurry, hurry, hurry!
      Coaches: You can't get away, you can't get away!

    • Thomas: Wake up lazybones! Why don't you work hard like me?!

    • Gordon: Hurry up you! Thomas: Hurry up yourself! Gordon: Yes, I will.

    • Thomas: I shall never be the same again. My wheels will be quite worn out!

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    Notes (2697)

    • Appearances by Thomas and Gordon.

    • This is the first episode to be released in America for the children's television show, "Shining Time Station".

    • Character names in episode title: Thomas and Gordon.

    • The three scenes used in the episode intro are taken from the Season 1 episode, "Thomas & The Guard". Thomas, pulling Annie & Clarabel, is seen passing the windmill, then passing beneath the bridge where the boy with his bike is standing, and finally steaming into Ffarquhar station. The intro scenes remain the same until Season 6, and then go back to normal in Season 7, before being scrapped completely come Season 8. NOTABLE GOOF: Clarabel is facing the wrong way when Thomas arrives at the station. That means this goof is seen precisely 182 times, intro-wise!

    • George Carlin's narration of this episode can be found on the "Thomas' Halloween Adventures" DVD.

    • The first story written was 'Edward's Day Out'. But they filmed this first to introduce Thomas.

    • Cameos by Henry, James and the Fat Controller.

    • The American episode title is "Thomas Gets Tricked".

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    Trivia (1880)

    • The workmen disappear during Gordon's close-up shot.

    • Goof: The end of the set can be seen when Thomas puffs off to Knapford Station yawning and when Gordon puffs with the express with Thomas behind him.

    • First use of stop-motion animation (to make Gordon open his eyes).

    • First time the "Busy" theme is played.

    • When Thomas pulls the empty coaches into the station, either Annie or Clarabel's face is seen on the last orange coach.

    • In the Japanese version,individual voice actors do the characters.

    • First time Gordon's theme piece is heard.

    • First time the "Turntable" theme is heard. You first hear it when Thomas is on the turntable.

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    Allusions (84)

    • The Fat Controller's mouth If you look close enough at The Fat Controller's mouth in close ups of him, you'll notice that his mouth looks like the Nike logo.

    • The boys' song, "Silly Old Gordon Fell in the Ditch" has a similar tune to a Mother Goose rhyme entitled, "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".

    • This was based on a true story when a 0-6-0 tender engine dissappeared down a hole at a lead mine, and only the tender was saved. Today, that engine lies 200 feet underground today. Another engine was bought to replace the lost one, using the lost engine's tender.

    • The song We Wish You A Merry Christmas is sung in this episode.

    • Troublesome Trucks: "Pop Goes The Diesel!"
      The song the Trucks sang to Diesel had the same tune to the song "Pop Goes The Weasel!"

    • Gordon: Duck called me a Galloping Sausage! "The Galloping Sausage" was a nickname for an experimental engine built on the London and North Eastern Railway by Sir Nigel Gresley as an experiment into streamlined engines. The Galloping Sausage (LNER No. 10,000) was later rebuilt as a Class A4 (the same class as Spencer). As Gordon is a Class A3, an engine also from the LNER, it seems fitting that Gordon should be nicknamed this.

    • :
      "Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men" was a 1950s children's TV programme, and doubtless gave the eponymous engines their names. The series was recently revived in 21st-century form using model animation rather than marionettes, and has become popular once again.

    • Bill & Ben: Coughs and sneezles spread diseasels.
      This is based on a post-war slogan used by the British Ministry of Health: "Coughs and sneezes spread diseases Trap the germs in your handkerchief."

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  • Fan Reviews (122)
  • ROCKS 10/10

    By Nolan242, Nov 26, 2014

  • slightly overrated

    By xxxxxxxxx, Dec 23, 2012

  • No comment

    By RoseChan13, Feb 12, 2013

  • 4 words:

    By PIGGYDOOM, Nov 23, 2012

  • This show has really gone down hill.

    By vptwarrior, Dec 11, 2012