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After the tower collapses and the engines are shown all covered in brick dust, Toby's face is rather crooked.
Goof: When Thomas topples off the track, if you pause, you can see a triangle block on the far piece of track, making him topple over.
Goof: After Stanley pulls Thomas onto the tracks, look behind Thomas. You'll see a switch that leads to where Thomas landed. This proves that a hidden track was used to help Thomas onto the line.
Goof: When Stanley is pulling Thomas back onto the tracks, Thomas is dirty from the crash. But when Thomas is back onto the rails, he is suddenly clean.
Goof: Thomas floats down in the mine and even spins around in circles, when he should sink in real life.
Goof: Stanley is only pulling six loaded trucks up the hill before the coupling snaps. In previous seasons however, engines can manage around fifteen trucks with no trouble.
RESPONSE: It depends on what's inside the trucks that makes it heavy, and the strength of the coupling
Goof: When Thomas and James arrive at the Wharf, the narrow-gauge engines, particularly Skarloey, Peter Sam and Freddie, appear at many different places around the Wharf with little explanation.
A lot of stock footage from various season eleven episodes is used throughout the special.
Thomas: I am brave and I am strong, I'll get to the Wharf and it won't take long!
Edward: Sir, Thomas has dissapeared!
Emily: No one knows where he is!
Percy: And I miss him!
Thomas: Fizzling fireboxes! This tunnel is flooded!
Madge: Fenders and flatbeds!
Thomas: I'm going to win!
James: No, I will!
Isabella, Byron, Patrick and Nelson, all of whom are members of the Pack, do not appear in this special in any way.
This is the first time Dennis and Diesel 10 are seen at the Quarry.
This is the first feature-length special to introduce a new character (Thomas & the Magic Railroad is a theatrical movie). In this case, it's Stanley.
This is the first time we see the outside of the Fat Controller's mansion.
This special features Thomas' biggest accidents (to date).
This special features five songs:
1. Thomas and James Are Racing
2. There's a Job for Everyone
3. Where O' Where is Thomas
4. Engine Roll Call (slightly altered)
5. Thomas, You're the Leader
This is the second time the song "Engine Roll Call" was altered, the first time being in the previous special, "Calling All Engines". The song was altered to fit in for Stanley. Instead of:
"Henry toots and huffs and puffs.
Edward wants to help and share."
it is now:
"Henry toots and Edward puffs.
Stanley he's the new one there."
Molly pulls the Carnival Train for the first time in this special.
The Narrow-Gauge Engines and several members of the Pack make their first feature-length special appearances here (except for Rusty, who appeared in "Calling All Engines!" first).
Stanley is the seventh engine besides Thomas to take Annie and Clarabel, the first six being Percy, Toby, Duck, Emily, Neville and James.
This special features the first appearance of Great Waterton.
This special features the first appearances of Terence since season seven, Dennis since his introductory episode in season nine, Trevor, George and Harold since season ten, Diesel 10 since "Calling All Engines!", and Jack, Alfie, Oliver (the Pack), Max & Monty, Kelly, Ned and Buster since the "On Site With Thomas" and "Thomas' Trusty Friends" episodes.
This is the last time faces moulds are static. In season 12, the faces are animated with CGI to allow facial expressions to change and actions such as talking, blinking, etc. to happen.
First time a rap song is created for a "Thomas" music video.
This is the second direct to DVD Thomas special, the first being "Calling All Engines".
First appearance of Stanley.
Pierce Brosnan will narrate from here until season 14.
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