Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Season 2 Episode 24

Ghost Train

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Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Dec 16, 1986 on ITV
9.2
out of 10
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Ghost Train
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Percy tells Thomas and Toby a story about a ghost train. Thomas doesn't believe it and says Percy is a "silly little engine". Percy's Driver later tells him it wasn't true, it was on television. Later that night, Percy is on his way back from the Harbour when he crashes into a lime cart trapped on a crossing. Now white as a sheet, and with help from Toby, Percy heads off to find and scare Thomas...moreless

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  • Percy tries to scare Thomas.

    8.5
    It's a little late for a scary episode of Halloween, but a good adventure nonetheless as Percy tries to convince Thomas that there's a ghost about with Toby's help. However some goods in a broken wagon train are conveniently stuck on the railway. While the farmer goes for help, Percy crashes into the load and looks ironically like a ghost, covered in white lime. So they go back to the shed where Thomas is, and he obviously is afraid as he believes Percy to be a ghost. Good episode, especially since Thomas has been immature and just plain rotten lately. (like he was earlier in this episode)moreless
  • Percy decides to masquerade as a ghost and scare Thomas to pay him out for his teasing.

    10
    This episode elicts a 10 from for one major reason. It is the original, and by far the best, of the numerous Thomas horror stories. The opening sequences come right out of a Hitchcock film, and the effect is intensified by the excessive use of mist and spooky sound effects. The later spookies would lack these qualities. Thomas is somewhat of a negative character in this episode, playing against Percy as opposed to with him. This works amazingly well however, as we get the rare chance to see the star get upstaged. A Railway Series classic beautifully adapted into a pinnacle episode of the beloved television series.moreless
  • The original "haunted episode"...

    8.7
    One day, Percy tells Thomas and Toby a story about a "ghost" engine that roams the island on the anniversary of its fatal accident. Thomas is rather skeptical, and Percy's driver later explains to him that the story was not actually true. But later on, Percy has a mishap with a cart of lime, and winds up being covered in white powder. Percy, cheeky as usual, seizes the opportunity to frighten his non-believing friend. He sneaks up behind the shed, and Thomas, who did not heed Toby's warning, gets scared out of his mind! He is still pretty freaked out the next morning, and Percy is able to have a good laugh with Toby.



    Episodes with a spooky, scary, or just plain frightening storyline have been somewhat of a tradition in the television series of Thomas the Tank Engine for quite a long time. However, this was the first such story to be featured in the series. And it simply could not have been presented in a better fashion than this.



    Back in the Railway Series, these "horror" stories were not as prevalent as they are in the television series. In fact, the only one that is really worth mentioning was actually the story on which this episode was based. Still, this was pretty much the groundbreaking episode for future installments with a similar theme such as Thomas, Percy, and the Dragon or many of the stories that were seen in the fifth and sixth seasons of the show.



    As far as the episode itself was concerned, I think that it was one of the best interpretations of a Railway Series story that the show would ever see. The series of events was pretty feasible in comparison to real life, and the characters that were featured retained the same personalities they possessed in the books. This story also fit in quite well in the second season, as the focus was clearly geared towards life on the branch lines of the island.



    In my opinion, this was really a pretty nice way to begin the conclusion of the second season, as this was the first story from Reverend Awdry's final book. And it is very easy to see why it is often regarded as a highly classic installment among devoted fans of Thomas the Tank Engine. If you want hardcore evidence that this episode had a major impact on the series, just look at the long list of scary episodes that followed it in the later seasons of the show.moreless
  • The Spooks are Coming!

    8.4
    Percy is trying to tell Thomas and Toby about a ghost engine but Thomas won't believe as it's silly. Percy tells his driver what Thomas said, and explains it was a story he had seen on television. That night, Percy is travelling home and is coming up to a level crossing were a lime cart has stuck on the track! Percy hits it and is covered. He goes to the signalbox where Toby is and the signalman jokes he looks like a ghost, so the two engines form a plan. Toby goes back to the shed and explains that Percy has had a terrible accident. Just then, a voice talks from outside the shed and Thomas races away. The next morning he tells Toby he spent time with Annie and Clarabel when he hears a whistle and heads off. Percy pulls up and the two joke loudly. Finally, we have a scary story! The beginning is an instant gripper and Ringo's narration is powerful and very effective, espically in the shed scene and with the endidng GHOST!moreless
  • Percy is disappointed because Thomas called him a silly little engine and wouldn't believe in his Ghost. Percy decides to plot revenge after crashing into a lime cart. With Toby's help they scare Thomas by believing he had seen Percy's Ghost!moreless

    10
    This is my all time favourite episode alongside "Haunted Henry" because it has a marvellous episode structure and the effects are amazing, like the mist and music to add to the scary atmosphere! It was a shame though how they used percy covered in streamers instead of actually making a "Ghost Train" (I didn't know that as a little kid, but still, it would of been really cool!) It would scare me so bad when I was little (5 or 6) but now I just enjoy the creativity and work put into it to make this episode what it is.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Toby: Where have you been?
      Thomas: Ah, well, I knew you'd be sad about Percy, and I didn't like to intrude. I slept in the goods shed and...
      (he hears ghostly whistles)
      Thomas: Oh, sorry! Can't stop! Gotta see a coach about a train.
      (he leaves)

    • Narrator: Percy knew where he was, even in the dark.
      Percy's Driver: Crow's Farm Crossing. We shan't be long now.
      Narrator: He liked running at night. The rails hummed, and the signal lights shone green.

    • Signalman: I'll see to it. But you better clean Percy, or people will think he's a ghost!
      Percy: Do let's pretend I'm a ghost and scare Thomas. That'll teach him to say I'm a silly little engine!

    • Toby: Percy's had an accident!
      Thomas: Poor engine. Botheration! That means I'll be late!
      Toby: They've cleared that line for you, but there's something worse.
      Thomas: Out with it, Toby! I can't wait all evening!
      Toby: I've just seen something! It looked like Percy's ghost. It said it was coming here to warn us!
      Thomas: Pah! Who cares?! Don't be frightened, Toby. I'll take care of you.

    • Percy: Thomas didn't believe in your ghost.
      Driver: Neither do I. It was a pretend ghost on television.

    • Percy: And every year on the date of the accident, it runs again as a warning to others, plunging into the gap, shrieking like a lost soul!
      (the flashback ends)
      Thomas: Percy, what are you talking about?
      Percy: The ghost train. Driver saw it last night.
      Thomas and Toby: Where?!
      Percy: He didn't say. Oh, it makes my wheels wobble to think of it!
      Thomas: Ha! You're just a silly, little engine. I'm not scared!

    • Percy: Beep! Beep! Bip-bip-bip-Beep! Let me in! Let me in!
      Toby: No! No! Not by the smoke on my chimney-chim-chim!
      Percy: I'll chuff and I'll puff, and I'll break your door in!
      (the doors open slowly)
      Thomas: Oh, dear! It's getting late! Oh, I'd no idea! I must find Annie & Clarabel!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Percy: Let me in! Let me in!
      Toby: No, no! Not by the smoke of my chimney, chim chim!
      Percy: I'll chuff, and I'll puff, and I'll break your door in!

      This is a reference to the classic children's story The Three Little Pigs, in which the Big Bad Wolf blows down the houses of the little pigs.

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