Thomas & Friends (series 2)

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Thomas & Friends (series 2)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 2.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Original network ITV
Original release 2 September (1986-09-02) –
23 December 1986 (1986-12-23)
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 2nd series of the show, which was first broadcast in 1986.[1] This series was initially narrated by Ringo Starr for the U.K. audiences, who re-dubbed 16 episodes for the U.S. audiences on 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. However, all episodes in Series 2 had the same name in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

This was the last series to be narrated by Ringo Starr, as well as the last series to be produced by Robert D. Cardona.

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



Christopher Awdry was commissioned to write a new Railway Series book as source material for the second series. Three stories from More About Thomas the Tank Engine provided additional roles for Bertie the Bus, Terence the Tractor, and Harold the Helicopter. The episodes "Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree" and "Thomas and Trevor" were both one-off stories written by Christopher. The following series would begin to use original stories by the production staff, with some of the remaining Railway Series stories deemed "repetitive and too 'story-book' orientated".[2]


Early in production, a 3rd episode based on The Twin Engines was due to be filmed, based largely on the story "The Missing Coach." The model crew had gone as far as filming scenes on the Tidmouth Station set with Thomas arriving at the station, before Britt Allcroft decided the episode had too little action and its storyline would be too difficult to understand by younger viewers.[3] Several promotional stills from the filming of that episode have surfaced in various Thomas publications, while David Mitton was believed to be in possession of the original film footage.


Total # UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
27 1 "Thomas, Percy and the Coal"
"Double Trouble"
David Mitton More About Thomas the Tank Engine
by Christopher Awdry
2 September 1986 (1986-09-02)
Thomas brags to Percy and Toby about how "blue is the only proper colour for a really useful engine". Later, he gets trapped under a coal hopper, which ruins his paintwork. He blames an amused Percy for his incident, until Percy has his own trouble with coal.
28 2 "Cows"
"A Cow on the Line"
David Mitton Edward the Blue Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
5 September 1986 (1986-09-05)
Gordon and Henry tease Edward after some cows break part of his train away. Edward has the last laugh, when Gordon and Henry end up being stalled by a cow on the bridge.
29 3 "Bertie's Chase" David Mitton Edward the Blue Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
7 September 1986 (1986-09-07)
Thomas' fireman is not able to come in to work one day, and Bertie agrees to take his passengers. Unaware of the change of plan, Edward leaves before Bertie arrives, and so Bertie has to chase after him.
30 4 "Saved from Scrap" David Mitton Edward the Blue Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
9 September 1986 (1986-09-09)
At the scrapyard, Edward meets a traction engine called Trevor, who is due to be broken up, despite being in good condition. Edward is determined to save him, and finds a person to do so.
31 5 "Old Iron" David Mitton Edward the Blue Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
11 September 1986 (1986-09-11)
James calls Edward slow, but when two boys meddle with James' control and he speeds down the line, Edward has to chase down James.
32 6 "Thomas and Trevor"
"A New Friend for Thomas"
David Mitton 1988 Thomas Annual
story by Christopher Awdry
14 September 1986 (1986-09-14)
Trevor is bored of working in the vicarage orchard, so Edward takes him to meet and help Thomas at the harbor. Slowly but surely, a skeptical Thomas gains a respect for the traction engine.
33 7 "Percy and the Signal" David Mitton Percy the Small Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
17 September 1986 (1986-09-17)
Percy is playing tricks on the bigger engines, first annoying Gordon and then tricking James to stay in his shed all day. But James and Gordon get revenge by tricking Percy into misreading a signal that goes up, referring to it as a "backing signal".
34 8 "Duck Takes Charge" David Mitton Percy the Small Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
18 September 1986 (1986-09-18)
The Fat Controller buys an engine named Montague (nicknamed Duck) to help out an overworked Percy. The big engines start ordering him about, and Duck and Percy decide to take matters into their own hands.
35 9 "Percy and Harold"
"Percy Proves a Point"
David Mitton Percy the Small Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
20 September 1986 (1986-09-20)
Percy is sent to work at the new harbor, and challenges a helicopter called Harold to a race to the harbor.
36 10 "The Runaway" David Mitton More About Thomas the Tank Engine
by Christopher Awdry
22 September 1986 (1986-09-22)
Thomas is not feeling well and has to go to the works. He soon comes back, but with a problem in his brakes. This proves disastrous when a temporary fireman forgets to tighten them properly, and Thomas puffs away uncontrollably.
37 11 "Percy Takes the Plunge" David Mitton The Eight Famous Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
24 September 1986 (1986-09-24)
Percy boasts that "water is nothing to an engine with determination", but curiosity gets the better of him when he wants to see why he is forbidden to pass the "Danger" board on the quay. Percy asks the trucks for help, but soon wishes he hadn't, when the trucks push him into the sea.
38 12 "Pop Goes the Diesel" David Mitton Duck and the Diesel Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
26 September 1986 (1986-09-26)
A diesel engine, named Diesel, arrives on the island and Duck is given the task of showing him what to do. Diesel boasts that his kind knows everything, so Duck leaves him to shunt some trucks alone, with disastrous results.
39 13 "Dirty Work"
"Diesel's Devious Deed"
David Mitton Duck and the Diesel Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
28 September 1986 (1986-09-28)
Diesel is still cross with Duck, blaming him for the incident with the trucks. As revenge, Diesel tells lies about Duck to the trucks, which the bigger engines end up believing, and the Fat Controller sends Duck to work with Edward
40 14 "A Close Shave"
"A Close Shave for Duck"
David Mitton Duck and the Diesel Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
1 October 1986 (1986-10-01)
During his stay with Edward, Duck finds himself on the receiving end of runaway trucks, but manages to control them, despite crashing into a barber's shop. The Fat Controller arrives and tells Duck that he has sent Diesel away, and Duck is welcome in the yard again.
41 15 "Better Late Than Never" David Mitton More About Thomas the Tank Engine
by Christopher Awdry
4 October 1986 (1986-10-04)
Thomas is grumpy, because his trains are being held up by the big engines because of repairs on the viaduct. Bertie gives him a hard time, until he breaks down and Thomas must take his passengers.
42 16 "Break Van"
"Donald and Douglas"
David Mitton The Twin Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
7 October 1986 (1986-10-07)
Donald and Douglas are twin engines whom The Fat Controller had bought from Scotland to help out, although only one engine had been expected. He intends to send one of them back, and a troublesome brake van makes things worse.
43 17 "The Deputation" David Mitton The Twin Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
9 October 1986 (1986-10-09)
Heavy snow has fallen on Sodor, but Donald and Douglas are used to it, using their snowploughs to clear the line. After they help Henry from a snowdrift, the other engines are determined to help them stay on Sodor.
44 18 "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" David Mitton Branch Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
11 October 1986 (1986-10-11)
Thomas' driver jokingly tells him that he could almost manage running the branch line on his own. Thomas thinks his driver really means this, but when he tries to move by himself, he ends up crashing straight into the stationmaster's house.
45 19 "Daisy" David Mitton Branch Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
14 October 1986 (1986-10-14)
Daisy, a diesel railcar, has been bought to help Percy and Toby while Thomas is being mended. However, she proves to be very stubborn and starts making excuses to avoid work.
46 20 "Percy's Predicament" David Mitton Branch Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
19 October 1986 (1986-10-19)
Toby offers to swap jobs with Percy so he can have a rest from taking the milk Daisy keeps leaving behind. Unfortunately, Percy has never worked at the quarry before, and the trucks take advantage of this, by pushing him down the line and into a train of trucks.
47 21 "The Diseasel" David Mitton Main Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
24 October 1986 (1986-10-24)
Bill and Ben are twins who work at the China Clay Pits. One day, they are aghast when they discover that their trucks have gone missing. They mistakenly believe that their trucks were "magicked away" by a "diseasel" and go on a search to find them.
48 22 "Wrong Road" David Mitton Main Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)
Gordon remarks that branch lines are "vulgar", and that the Fat Controller would never approve of him running on it. However, due to a case of mistaken identity involving a lady's hat, Gordon ends up on the branch line, where Bill and Ben are waiting.
49 23 "Edward's Exploit" David Mitton Main Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
8 November 1986 (1986-11-08)
Some tourists are visiting the Island of Sodor, and Edward is due to take them to meet Bill and Ben. On the journey back, one of his crank pins, which hold his side rods on, breaks off. Despite this, Edward presses on, and gets the tourists back safely.
50 24 "Ghost Train"
"Percy's Ghostly Trick"
David Mitton Tramway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
10 November 1986 (1986-11-10)
Thomas doesn't believe Percy when he tells him about a ghost his driver saw the previous night (which turns out to be a television ghost). Percy ends up crashing into a cart of lime, turning him pale white, and decides to play a ghostly trick on Thomas.
51 25 "Woolly Bear" David Mitton Tramway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
16 November 1986 (1986-11-16)
Percy is still teasing Thomas about the ghost incident. Thomas retorts by calling Percy slow. Things go wrong for Percy soon afterwards, after getting hit by a crate of treacle, then getting stuck on a hill, windswept with hay. Percy arrives back at the station covered in hay, to Thomas' amusement.
52 26 "Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree" David Mitton Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
by Christopher Awdry
23 December 1986 (1986-12-23)
It's Christmas and all the engines are at work getting ready for the Christmas Party. Thomas is sent to collect the Christmas tree, but gets buried in a huge snowdrift on the way back. Donald and Douglas come to the rescue, and bring him back in time for the party.



Recurring character cast[edit]