Thomas & Friends (series 6)

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Thomas & Friends (series 6)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 6.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 3 August 2002 –
13 October 2002
Home video release
DVD release
Region 2 2 July 2007
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 sixth series of the show, which was first broadcast in 2002. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the UK audiences, who also re-dubbed only two episodes for the US audiences, although Alec Baldwin narrated the episodes for the US audiences, which was also his last series. 8 were re-dubbed by Michael Brandon for the US audiences.

Most 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]

This series marked the transition to 16:9 for the show and introduced new opening credits.

Phil Fehrle had taken over as producer from David Mitton and Britt Allcroft, while Angus Wright had been replaced by Allcroft and Peter Urie as executive producers.

Abi Grant served as script editor for the series.

Episodes[edit]

# Total UK Title (top)
US Title (bottom)
Directed by Written by Original air date
1 131 "Salty’s Secret" David Mitton Robin Kingsland 3 August 2002 (2002-08-03)
Salty, the dockyard diesel, comes to work on Sodor, but is disappointed that he has to work in a quarry. The other quarry engines soon find he has a way with trucks.
2 132 "Harvey to the Rescue" David Mitton Jonathan Trueman 5 August 2002 (2002-08-05)
Harvey, the crane engine, comes to Sodor on trial, but he is shunned by the other engines due to his unusual appearance and this makes him miserable. But when Percy has an accident with the trucks, he comes to the rescue.
3 133 "No Sleep for Cranky" David Mitton Paul Larson 7 August 2002 (2002-08-07)
Cranky never gets to sleep, he works all day and night. But he gets tired of listening to Salty's stories with Bill and Ben after he knocks down the shed.
4 134 "A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter"
"A Bad Day for Harold"
David Mitton Simon Nicholson 10 August 2002 (2002-08-10)
Harold is boasting that he can take the mail much faster than Percy, and he has a chance to prove himself when Percy gets stuck at a broken signal until his engine breaks, due to the mail bags being too heavy for him.
5 135 "Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry"
"Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck"
David Mitton Paul Larson 12 August 2002 (2002-08-12)
One of Thomas' side rods breaks while he is taking a special. His crew journeys to a nearby farm looking for a telephone, but instead they find Elizabeth, an old steam lorry.
6 136 "The Fogman" David Mitton Jonathan Trueman 14 August 2002 (2002-08-14)
In the winter, Cyril the fogman always places detonators on the rails to warn engines of fog, but he is replaced by a new mechanical foghorn. Until one morning, it gets crushed before Thomas crashes through a landslide, but Cyril comes to the rescue.
7 137 "Jack Jumps In" Steve Asquith Phil Fehrle, Jonathan Trueman and Abi Grant 17 August 2002 (2002-08-17)
Thomas delivers an eager front-end loader named Jack to an excavation site, but Jack has a tendency to try jobs that he is not suited to.
8 138 "A Friend in Need" Steve Asquith Phil Fehrle, Jonathan Trueman and Abi Grant 20 August 2002 (2002-08-20)
Jack joins Miss Jenny's crew in excavating the land under an old railway bridge, but Ned the steam shovel is careless and knocks a keystone away.
9 139 "It's Only Snow" David Mitton James Mason 23 August 2002 (2002-08-23)
Thomas hates to take his snowplough during the winter, but he cheers up when he gets to take a Christmas Tree to the village with Toby.
10 140 "Twin Trouble" David Mitton Brian Trueman 24 August 2002 (2002-08-24)
Donald and Douglas have an accident crashing into a cart of hay, and afterwards they refuse to work with each other.
11 141 "The World's Strongest Engine" David Mitton Paul Larson 27 August 2002 (2002-08-27)
Henry is sent for repairs after an accident with some trucks, and Diesel is brought to the docks to take Henry's train. They encourage Diesel to take them all at the same time and prove himself to be the world's strongest engine.
12 142 "Scaredy Engines" David Mitton Robin Kingsland 4 September 2002 (2002-09-04)
It is Halloween, and Edward is telling a scary story about the ghost engine. Thomas teases Percy at the smelters for being scared, but Duck sympathizes with Percy.
13 143 "Percy and the Haunted Mine" David Mitton Robyn Charteris 6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)
Percy is very frightened when he passes an old mine at night and sees some buildings sink into the ground. He is even more scared when Donald and Douglas tell him about the "naughty gnomes".
14 144 "Middle Engine" David Mitton Brian Trueman 10 September 2002 (2002-09-10)
None of the engines like to be in the middle of a train, so 'Arry and Bert enjoy putting steam engines in the middle. This causes trouble for Percy, but James is convinced that he can outsmart the diesels.
15 145 "James and the Red Balloon" David Mitton Jenny McDade 12 September 2002 (2002-09-12)
When Thomas delivers a hot air balloon to the airfield, he and James become convinced that it could take away their passengers.
16 146 "Jack Frost" David Mitton Paul Larson 13 September 2002 (2002-09-13)
James and Percy have to deliver coal around the Island to prepare for a big freeze, but Percy becomes frightened by the thought of "Scary Jack Frost".
17 147 "Gordon Takes a Tumble" David Mitton Robin Kingsland 16 September 2002 (2002-09-16)
Gordon doesn't feel that it would be dignified for an express engine to pull trucks, but when Salty teases him, Gordon is determined to show him how an express engine pulls trucks.
18 148 "Percy’s Chocolate Crunch" David Mitton Brian Trueman 20 September 2002 (2002-09-20)
Due to a water shortage, Percy cannot get a proper wash-down, and so he tries to take several jobs where he is sure he will not become dirty.
19 149 "Buffer Bother" David Mitton Ross Hastings 24 September 2002 (2002-09-24)
Bill is jealous when his twin Ben gets a brand new set of buffers, and he starts to become careless in his work at the quarry.
20 150 "Toby Had a Little Lamb" David Mitton Jenny McDade 26 September 2002 (2002-09-26)
During the winter, Toby is flagged down by a farmer who needs a vet to examine his lambs on the other side of the hill. Duck tries to clear away the snow, but it becomes too thick for him to plough.
21 151 "Thomas, Percy and the Squeak" David Mitton Jenny McDade 1 October 2002 (2002-10-01)
Thomas is assigned to take opera singer Alicia Botti from the docks, meaning that he gets to be cleaned before Percy.
22 152 "Thomas the Jet Engine"
"Thomas and the Jet Engine"
David Mitton Ross Hastings 5 October 2002 (2002-10-05)
Gordon boasts how much faster he is than the other engines, and Thomas wishes that he could show Gordon up as he goes to collect a jet engine from the docks.
23 153 "Edward the Very Useful Engine"
"Edward the Really Useful Engine"
David Mitton David Mitton 7 October 2002 (2002-10-07)
The big engines say that Edward is too old, so Duck comes to take Edward's trucks. Later, Gordon is convinced that he can bank a train up the hill even while carrying his own.
24 154 "Dunkin' Duncan" David Mitton Jenny McDade 9 October 2002 (2002-10-09)
Duncan is impatient while working at the slate mines, annoying the other engines. He then tries to do his job faster and gets tangled in the coupling of an empty truck on the incline.
25 155 "Rusty Saves the Day" David Mitton Paul Larson 11 October 2002 (2002-10-11)
Skarloey and Rheneas' old line is too battered for them to run on, but Rusty has a plan to repair the line when the quarry is briefly closed down.
26 156 "Faulty Whistles" David Mitton Ross Hastings 13 October 2002 (2002-10-13)
When a branch knocks away Peter Sam's whistle, Duncan teases him, and boasts that any proper engine has a whistle. To prove his point, Duncan starts whistling loudly, but it comes loose while he is delivering an organ.

Characters Introduced[edit]

  • Salty (Salty's Secret)
  • Harvey (Harvey to the Rescue)
  • Elizabeth (Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry)
  • Cyril (The Fogman)
  • Miss Jenny Packard (Jack Jumps In)
  • Jack (Jack Jumps In)
  • Oliver (Jack Jumps In)
  • Byron (Jack Jumps In)
  • Isobella (Jack Jumps In)
  • Kelly (Jack Jumps In)
  • Alfie (Jack Jumps In)
  • Max (Jack Jumps In)
  • Ned (A Friend in Need)
  • Farmer McColl (Toby Had a Little Lamb)
  • Alicia Botti (Thomas, Percy and the Squeak)

Returning Characters[edit]

References[edit]