The Missing Coach

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"The Missing Coach"
Thomas and Friends episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 1 (cancelled)
Directed by David Mitton
Written by Reverend W. Awdry (Original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)

The Missing Coach was going to be the pilot of the second season of the children's television show Thomas & Friends. The episode was based on the fifteenth Railway Series book by the Reverend W. Awdry entitled The Twin Engines. However, due to concerns about the complexity of the plot by then-producer Britt Allcroft, the episode was cancelled mid-way through production, just at the scene where Thomas arrives at the station fussing;[citation needed] the episode Thomas, Percy and the Coal was subsequently created to take its place.[citation needed]


Newly arrived twin engines Donald and Douglas have their numbers painted on their tenders, one day, while Duck was shunting Donald's cars while he was waiting to take a goods train, Douglas took away Gordon's Coaches, however, because Douglas worried so much about being sent away, he forgot about Thomas's special coach, which he shunted into the wrong siding next to the coaling plant, which was supposed to be carrying passengers on Thomas' Branch Line. The twins decide to swap tenders so Douglas can explain the situation to the Fat Controller while Donald and he stays temporarily out of trouble after Donald took his goods, and Douglas was explaining everything. However, after the explanation about the situation and the passengers going back to the station, Sir Topham Hatt was not fooled by the conversation and reprimands Douglas severely.[1]


  • 6 screenshots are all that are available currently of the footage; the opening sequence, which was possibly used for the episode adapted by the same book "Donald and Douglas/Break Van", the scene with Duck and one of the twins, the scene where the twins confront Gordon and Henry at the sheds can be found in a Japanese book, the scene where Duck and Donald are at the coaling plant, the famous scene where Douglas is shunting the coaches can be found in the 1989 annual, the close up of Douglas, and the close up on Donald can be found in various merchandise.
  • It is said that the scene where Donald and Douglas swap tenders to fool Sir Topham Hatt is what would have made the plot hard for children to understand.
  • David Mitton said he had all the footage filmed for the episode, but currently, it is unknown where it is.


  1. ^ Awdry, Reverend Wilbert Vere (1960). The Twin Engines. The Railway Series 15 (2002 ed.). Egmont. pp. 14–30. ISBN 978-1-4052-0345-6.