Thomas & Friends (series 3)

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Thomas & Friends (series 3)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 3.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 25 February 1992 –
14 July 1992
Home video release
DVD release
Region 2 23 January 2006
Region 4 6 July 2006
Series chronology
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List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas & Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the third series of the show, which was first broadcast for the US in 1991 as part of Shining Time Station, and followed a year later for the UK. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the UK audiences, while George Carlin narrated the episodes for the US audiences.

Some episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the UK broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath.

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Series 3 was produced by Britt Allcroft in association with Fuji Television Network Inc. and Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd. Series 3 was broadcast 1991 to 1992 in two parts, (one part having 16 episodes and the other having 10). It was made at a cost of £1.3 million.[1] Before production of series 3, Clearwater Features closed down, with The Britt Allcroft Company becoming the sole producer. Producer Robert D. Cardona left before series 3 and Britt Allcroft took his place as co-producer alongside David Mitton. According to Robert Galliers, Gordon Goes Foreign was originally planned to be filmed into an episode but it wasn't because of high budgets.[2]

Stories[edit]

The series was a combination of episodes derived from The Railway Series, stories in the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine, and original stories by Allcroft and Mitton. One of the primary reasons for diverging from the original books was that many of the stories not yet used featured large numbers of new characters, which would be expensive to produce. Another was that the producers wanted more stories about Thomas, the nominal main character. The Rev. W. Awdry complained that the new stories were unrealistic (see Henry the Green Engine for more details).[1]

Episodes[edit]

# Total UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
1 53 "A Scarf for Percy" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
25 February 1992 (1992-02-25)
Percy dislikes the cold, and wants a scarf for his funnel to keep warm. But as he goes to play a trick on the coaches, it ends in a accident.
2 54 "Percy's Promise" David Mitton Percy the Small Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
3 March 1992 (1992-03-03)
Percy promises to take the Sunday School Class, but a storm makes it very hard to get there. Before long, Percy runs into a severe flood that the water leaks in and douses his fire.
3 55 "Time for Trouble" David Mitton The Eight Famous Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
17 March 1992 (1992-03-17)
James boasts to Toby about being as reliable as clockwork, but Toby goes to be repaired. However, he runs out of water on James' line, so they have to move together.
4 56 "Gordon and the Famous Visitor" David Mitton Duck and the Diesel Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
24 March 1992 (1992-03-24)
Gordon is jealous of a visiting engine who has gone a hundred miles an hour, and wants to prove he'd just as special. But Gordon's dome can't handle such speeds in the wind.
5 57 "Donald's Duck" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
31 March 1992 (1992-03-31)
Duck is conceited about his new branch, so Donald says he might lay an egg as he "quacks" so much. So Duck and his crew play a trick on Donald by hiding a duck in his water tank.
6 58 "Thomas Gets Bumped" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
7 April 1992 (1992-04-07)
Thomas is proud of his branch line, but is very disappointed when he has to shunt trucks due to track repair, while Bertie takes his passengers.
7 59 "Thomas, Percy and the Dragon" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
7 April 1992 (1992-04-07)
Percy teases Thomas for being scared of his ghost once. But the next night, Thomas has to take a paper Chinese Dragon. And as Percy sees it, he realises it's no fun being scared.
8 60 "Diesel Does It Again" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
14 April 1992 (1992-04-14)
Duck and Percy are very displeased when Diesel comes to work at the Harbour, even though the Fat Controller promised that he'd be gone for good for his last visit.
9 61 "Henry's Forest" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
14 April 1992 (1992-04-14)
A storm damages the trees in the forest.
10 62 "The Trouble with Mud" David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
21 April 1992 (1992-04-21)
Gordon is too muddy to pull the Express, making James very boastful about getting the job. But he ignores Gordon's warning about the muddy leaves on the hill.
11 63 "No Joke for James" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine
By Andrew Brenner
21 April 1992 (1992-04-21)
When Gordon tells James he's not as good as he is, he lies to Thomas that he'll be pulling coaches while Gordon takes trucks. But soon, James has to regain his dignity.
12 64 "Thomas, Percy and the Post Train"
"Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine
By Andrew Brenner
28 April 1992 (1992-04-28)
Thomas and Percy like taking the mail, but a Boat delays them, so Harold is given the new job for being more efficient. But the engines soon find another useful job.
13 65 "Trust Thomas" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine
By Andrew Brenner
28 April 1992 (1992-04-28)
Thomas agrees to help Bertie, but James doesn't want to do Percy's work and, with advice from Gordon, James fakes sickness to get out of work and gets Thomas to take the trucks. However, The trucks thinking one engine is as good as another put Thomas in a bad situation.
14 66 "Mavis" David Mitton Tramway Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
5 May 1992 (1992-05-05)
Mavis is a young diesel who thinks she has better things to do than listen to Toby. She completely ignores him, and is soon stuck at a crossing with her trucks.
15 67 "Toby's Tightrope" David Mitton Tramway Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
5 May 1992 (1992-05-05)
Mavis wants another run on Toby's line, but the trouble she caused prevented it. So she makes a plan that gets her on the line, but also nearly knocks Toby off hence entering a collapsing bridge.
16 68 "Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine
By Andrew Brenner
12 May 1992 (1992-05-12)
The Vicar is planning a party, and Trevor tells Edward about it. Edward wants to help. Despite Bertie teasing Trevor for being slow, the party becomes a success for both Edward and Trevor.
17 69 "Buzz, Buzz"
"James Goes Buzz, Buzz"
David Mitton Main Line Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
12 May 1992 (1992-05-12)
James boasts to Duck and BoCo about not being afraid of bees. But later James gets a surprise when a bee hive breaks and causes havoc.
18 70 "All at Sea" David Mitton Original
By Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
19 May 1992 (1992-05-19)
While watching the local regatta, Duck tells Percy he wishes about going overseas to different places. But he soon helps an injured sailor to hospital to show that engines are useful.
19 71 "One Good Turn" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
26 May 1992 (1992-05-26)
Bill and Ben work hard all day, and finally get to go on the turntable in the yard. But Bill and Ben end up being face to face. They argue, and end up splitting up.
20 72 "Tender Engines" David Mitton Enterprising Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
2 June 1992 (1992-06-02)
A double-tendered engine unknowingly causes trouble. Although Gordon overcomes his problem about doubting steam engines' usefulness, it makes Henry want more than one tender, which comes true.
21 73 "Escape" David Mitton Enterprising Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
9 June 1992 (1992-06-09)
Edward tells Douglas about the time he saved Trevor from scrap. That night, as Douglas goes to another railway, He does the same by rescuing an engine named Oliver and his brake van Toad.
22 74 "Oliver Owns Up" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
16 June 1992 (1992-06-16)
Oliver is new to the Island, and all the engines complimenting his courage is making him conceited. He ignores Duck's warning about trucks and gets in an accident.
23 75 "Bulgy" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Duck meets Bulgy, a double-decker bus who dislikes the rails. He tries to take Duck's passengers away by pretending to be a "railway bus" and taking them on an attempted shortcut. But it has a bridge that has inadequate clearance.
24 76 "Heroes" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
30 June 1992 (1992-06-30)
Trucks at the harbor cause trouble for Bill and Ben, but when they begin working at the Quarry the next day, they are the workers' only hope during a landslide.
25 77 "Percy, James, and the Fruitful Day" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazine story
By Andrew Brenner
7 July 1992 (1992-07-07)
James is collecting some fruit from the Harbour to the main line. He breaks down, so Percy has to take it, but he goes too fast and winds up squashing it all.
26 78 "Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure"
"Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure"
David Mitton Original
By Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
14 July 1992 (1992-07-14)
Thomas looks forward to delivering his mail to the people of the Mountain Village. But a blizzard delays the journeys, and he, Percy, Terence, and Harold must work together.

Characters[edit]

Introduced[edit]

Recurring character cast[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Sibley, Brian (1995). The Thomas the Tank Engine Man. Heinemann. p. 318. ISBN 0-434-96909-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.sodor-island.net/episodeguide/rgg.html