Thomas & Friends (series 1)

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Thomas & Friends (series 1)
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DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 4 September (1984-09-04) –
25 December 1984 (1984-12-25)
Series chronology
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Series 2
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 first series, which was originally broadcast in 1984. This series was initially narrated by Ringo Starr for the U.K. audiences and U.S. audiences on the American television show Shining Time Station. The entire series was later re-dubbed by George Carlin for the U.S. audiences.

Most episodes in this series have 2 titles: the original titles from the U.K. broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath.

All episodes from this series can be found on the DVD release Thomas: The Early Years, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment and HIT Entertainment in 2004.

It was produced by Clearwater Features Ltd. for Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd.

Production[edit]

All of the stories in Series 1 were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes, with crew member (and from Series 8-12, director) Steve Asquith terming them the "Magnificent Seven".[1] Many settings from the first series would stay with the show for years, even through its 2009 transition to CGI, such as Knapford Station, Wellsworth, Gordon's Hill, Henry's Tunnel, and Tidmouth Sheds.

The pilot for the series, which was never aired on television, was an adaptation of "Down the Mine," which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.[1][2]

Episodes[edit]

Total # UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
1 1 "Thomas and Gordon"
"Thomas Gets Tricked"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
9 October 1984 (1984-10-09)
Thomas is a blue tank engine who works at a big station on the Island of Sodor, shunting coaches to their proper places. He enjoys teasing the other engines, especially Gordon, the biggest and proudest one. When Thomas' teasing goes too far, Gordon decides to teach him a lesson in retaliation.
2 2 "Edward and Gordon"
"Edward Helps Out"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Edward's Day Out" and the same name)
9 October 1984 (1984-10-09)
Edward is an old engine, who has not been out working for a while. The other engines tease Edward (Gordon particularly). His crew feels sorry for him, and decide to use him one day, but soon Edward helps Gordon the next day when he gets himself stuck on a hill.
3 3 "The Sad Story of Henry"
"Come Out, Henry!"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
16 October 1984 (1984-10-16)
A green engine named Henry is afraid of the rain, thinking it will spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes. One day, he runs into a tunnel and refuses to come out again After numerous failed attempts to move him, Sir Topham Hatt, who is known as The Fat Controller, the man in charge of all the engines, gives up and decides to shut Henry up in the tunnel.
4 4 "Edward, Gordon and Henry"
"Henry to the Rescue"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
16 October 1984 (1984-10-16)
Henry has been stuck in the tunnel for a really long time, and wishes he wasn't so silly. One day, Gordon goes so fast with the express that he accidentally bursts a safety valve. Edward is the only engine available, but he is unable to push the heavy train without Henry's help.
5 5 "Thomas' Train"
"A Big Day for Thomas"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
23 October 1984 (1984-10-23)
Thomas is getting bored with shunting, and wishes he would rather pull a train instead of merely collecting coaches. When Henry is ill, his chance comes with disastrous results. Thomas is not coupled to the coaches and starts without them.
6 6 "Thomas and the Trucks"
"Trouble for Thomas"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
23 October 1984 (1984-10-23)
Thomas is tired of pushing coaches. One night, Edward tells him that if he can take his goods train, he will push coaches in the yard. Thomas gets his chance but does not pay attention to Edward's advice. At the top of Gordon's hill, Thomas puts on his brakes, but the trucks continue to push him to the bottom, where he stops at a siding. The Fat Controller, who sees Thomas, tells him that he still has a lot to learn.
7 7 "Thomas and the Breakdown Train"
"Thomas Saves the Day"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
30 October 1984 (1984-10-30)
One day, a red engine named James flies past the station with a heavy load of trucks pushing him onwards and his wooden breaks on fire. Thomas reacts fast, and gets the breakdown train. He later arrives at the accident site and helps out. As a result, The Fat Controller rewards Thomas with his own branch line and 2 new coaches named Annie and Clarabel.
8 8 "James and the Coaches"
"James Learns a Lesson"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "James and the Top Hat" and "James and the Bootlace")
30 October 1984 (1984-10-30)
James is enjoying his new life on the island of Sodor, but still has a lot to learn, even when he accidentally ruins The Fat Controller's top hat and makes a hole in one of his coaches.
9 9 "Troublesome Trucks"
"Foolish Freight Cars"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
6 November 1984 (1984-11-06)
James is stuck in the sheds after the incident with the coaches, But one day, he gets let out only to pull trucks. James is more than happy, even though he does get teased by the other engines about his incident. The trucks think James cannot pull them, but James proves to them that he can.
10 10 "James and the Express"
"A Proud Day for James"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
6 November 1984 (1984-11-06)
Gordon ends up going down a different track with the express, Ironically after boasting to James that he knows the right line. James serves as Gordon's replacement for the day and the Fat Controller, allows him to Take the Express Sometimes.
11 11 "Thomas and the Guard"
"Thomas and the Conductor"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
13 November 1984 (1984-11-13)
Thomas does a great job running his branch line with Annie and Clarabel, but one day he accidentally leaves his guard behind at the junction.
12 12 "Thomas Goes Fishing" David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
13 November 1984 (1984-11-13)
Thomas wants to fish after seeing people fishing, but the other engines say that engines do not go fishing. The next day, Thomas needs a drink of water, but when the water tower is out of order, Thomas' crew decides to get water from the river, but face a consequence.
13 13 "Thomas, Terence and the Snow"
"Terence the Tractor"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
20 November 1984 (1984-11-20)
Thomas meets Terence the tractor and makes fun of him by saying his wheels are ugly. Terence explains that they are caterpillar tracks, and he can go "anywhere", which comes in handy during the winter when Thomas gets stuck in the snow.
14 14 "Thomas and Bertie"
"Thomas and Bertie's Great Race"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
20 November 1984 (1984-11-20)
Thomas meets a bus named Bertie, who reminds Thomas of the time he took his passengers after he got stuck in the snow and Terence came to pull him out; Bertie also challenges Thomas to a race.
15 15 "Tenders and Turntables" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
27 November 1984 (1984-11-27)
Henry, Gordon and James have to fetch their own coaches, since Thomas works on his branch line and there are no other engines available to do so to the big engines' anger. To make matters worse, Gordon and James encounter turntable trouble, and later on, all the big engines decide to go on strike.
16 16 "Trouble in the Shed" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
27 November 1984 (1984-11-27)
When Gordon, James and Henry go on strike, The Fat Controller buys a tank engine named Percy to help. Percy soon gets to work shunting coaches, while Edward and Thomas run the main line.
17 17 "Percy Runs Away" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
27 November 1984 (1984-11-27)
The Fat Controller allows Henry, Gordon, and James to go back to their jobs and then lets Percy, Edward, and Thomas take a break for a while. Then, Percy is startled by Gordon at Wellsworth and runs away without his crew until he stops in a bank of earth. Later, Gordon helps Percy out from the bank while congratulating him for preventing a nasty accident from happening.
18 18 "Coal"
"Henry's Special Coal"
David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
27 November 1984 (1984-11-27)
Henry has been sick for some time, and The Fat Controller is concerned about him. It turns out Henry's small firebox can't take the heat from the Island's coal and requires an expensive but special Welsh load. By using the Welsh coal, Henry manages to move properly.
19 19 "The Flying Kipper" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
4 December 1984 (1984-12-04)
Henry is chosen to pull The Flying Kipper an early morning fish train. Everything goes well, but ice freezes the points from the main line into a siding and snow forces down a signal set at "danger", leading Henry to another goods train on the siding. The Fat Controller sends Henry to Crewe to get a new shape and a larger firebox, making Henry the engine he always deserved to be.
20 20 "Whistles and Sneezes" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
(based on "Gordon's Whistle" and "Henry's Sneeze")
4 December 1984 (1984-12-04)
Gordon is jealous about Henry's rebuild and complains about Henry whistling too much. Ironically, Gordon's whistle jams on later and he cannot stop whistling. The next day some boys throw stones at Henry and break the coaches' windows. Henry's crew decided to pay the boys out by making Henry sneeze at them.
21 21 "Toby and the Stout Gentleman"
"Toby the Tram Engine"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
11 December 1984 (1984-12-11)
Toby is a tram engine who works on his own little line. He is happy there with his coach Henrietta, but is quickly running out of work, being replaced by cars, lorries and buses. Soon, he is only carrying a few passengers and shunting few trucks.
22 22 "Thomas in Trouble"
"Thomas Breaks the Rules"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
11 December 1984 (1984-12-11)
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman for lacking a cowcatcher or sideplates. When The Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby, who brings Henrietta with him.
23 23 "Dirty Objects"
"James in a Mess"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
18 December 1984 (1984-12-18)
Toby and Henrietta are enjoying their new life on the Island of Sodor, But James is very rude to them and calls them dirty objects as they are old fashioned and need new paint. Later, James takes a goods train but the trucks push him Down Gordon's hill so fast he crashes into two tar Wagons. Although James is not hurt, Toby tells Percy that James looks more like the so-called "dirty object" now.
24 24 "Off the Rails"
"Gordon Takes a Dip"
David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
18 December 1984 (1984-12-18)
One morning, Gordon is very difficult. He refuses to pull a goods train and is so stubborn that his attempt at sabotaging a turntable results in him falling into a ditch. When the Fat Controller hears about, he leaves Gordon there until later. At night, Gordon is finally pulled out of the ditch, but is now miserable because of his actions.
25 25 "Down the Mine" David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
25 December 1984 (1984-12-25)
Since his Ditch incident, Gordon is forced to pull trucks as punishment. Thomas enjoys teasing him about it, but while working at the Lead Mines he falls down one after ignoring a "Danger" sign and only a disgraced Gordon can help.
26 26 "Thomas' Christmas Party" David Mitton Thomas' Christmas Party
by Rev. W. Awdry
25 December 1984 (1984-12-25)
Christmas has arrived on the Island of Sodor. All the engines are busy with passengers and parcels, especially Thomas and Toby. Thomas likes it when he passes Mrs. Kyndley's house while working, and she always waves to him. Thomas says it would not be Christmas without Mrs. Kyndley, and then goes to the shed to talk with the other engines about throwing a Christmas party for her.

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