Thomas & Friends (series 6)
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|Thomas & Friends (series 6)|
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|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original release||17 September
22 October 2002
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 U.K. audiences, who also re-dubbed only two episodes for the U.S. audiences, while Alec Baldwin narrated the episodes for the U.S. audiences, which was also his last series. Six were re-dubbed by Michael Brandon for the U.S. audiences.
Most episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the U.K. broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath.
This series marked the transition to 16:9 for the series and introduced new opening credits.
This was the first series to oversee an introduction of a writing staff, since the stories from The Railway Series had already been adapted. Staff-written stories had been introduced in Series 5, and this practice remains unchanged since then.
Abi Grant served as script editor for the series.
|Total||#||UK Title (top)
US Title (bottom)
|Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|131||1||"Salty's Secret"||David Mitton||Robin Kingsland||17 September 2002|
|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. one night Salty went to get some sea air and Mavis said he really missed the sea. The Fat Controller came to see Salty and he sent him to Brendam Docks.|
|132||2||"Harvey to the Rescue"||David Mitton||Jonathan Trueman||18 September 2002|
|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.|
|133||3||"No Sleep for Cranky"||David Mitton||Paul Larson||19 September 2002|
|Cranky is tired after a hard day's work at the docks, but he must give up a nap to help Bill and Ben when they get stranded at the docks due to a faulty shed.|
|134||4||"A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter"
"A Bad Day for Harold"
|David Mitton||Simon Nicholson||20 September 2002|
|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.|
|135||5||"Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry"
"Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck"
|David Mitton||Paul Larson||21 September 2002|
|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.|
|136||6||"The Fogman"||David Mitton||Jonathan Trueman||24 September 2002|
|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.|
|137||7||"Jack Jumps In"||Steve Asquith||Phil Fehrle, Jonathan Trueman and Abi Grant||25 September 2002|
|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.|
|138||8||"A Friend in Need"||Steve Asquith||Phil Fehrle, Jonathan Trueman and Abi Grant||26 September 2002|
|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.|
|139||9||"It's Only Snow"||David Mitton||James Mason||27 September 2002|
|Thomas must find a way to get to a village in time for the holidays when he gets stranded in the snow with Toby due to a broken plow and a faulty water tower.|
|140||10||"Twin Trouble"||David Mitton||Brian Trueman||28 September 2002|
|Donald and Douglas have an accident crashing into a cart of hay, and afterwards they refuse to work with each other. But soon, they start to miss one another.|
|141||11||"The World's Strongest Engine"||David Mitton||Paul Larson||1 October 2002|
|Henry is sent for repairs after an accident, and Diesel is brought to the docks to do Henry's work. The trucks encourage Diesel to take them all at the same time and prove himself to be the world's strongest engine, but Diesel becomes delegated from the trucks and falls into a boat on the river. The Fat Controller later sends him away again, and Henry returns to take his goods train, and every other engine is happy to have Henry back.|
|142||12||"Scaredy Engines"||David Mitton||Robin Kingsland||2 October 2002|
|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.|
|143||13||"Percy and the Haunted Mine"||David Mitton||Robyn Charteris||3 October 2002|
|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".|
|144||14||"Middle Engine"||David Mitton||Brian Trueman||4 October 2002|
|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.|
|145||15||"James and the Red Balloon"||David Mitton||Jenny McDade||5 October 2002|
|When Thomas delivers a hot air balloon to the airfield, he and James become convinced that it could take away their passengers.|
|146||16||"Jack Frost"||David Mitton||Paul Larson||8 October 2002|
|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".|
|147||17||"Gordon Takes a Tumble"||David Mitton||Robin Kingsland||9 October 2002|
|Gordon does not 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.|
|148||18||"Percy's Chocolate Crunch"||David Mitton||Brian Trueman||10 October 2002|
|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.|
|149||19||"Buffer Bother"||David Mitton||Ross Hastings||11 October 2002|
|When Sir Topham Hatt arrives at the China Quarry one day, he spots that Ben is having a broken buffer. Ben is quickly sent to the works to get some new buffers. Bill is jealous that his twin is getting new buffers, but no matter what Mavis tells him, Bill ends up rolling into an incline, and Ben comes to help. After all, they both have new buffers.|
|150||20||"Toby Had a Little Lamb"||David Mitton||Jenny McDade||12 October 2002|
|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.|
|151||21||"Thomas, Percy and the Squeak"||David Mitton||Jenny McDade||15 October 2002|
|Thomas is assigned to take opera singer Alicia Botti from the docks, meaning that he gets to be cleaned before Percy. As Thomas is about to pick up Alicia Botti, she starts screaming at the sight of a mouse on board one of Thomas' coaches. Then Percy arrives, and gets to take Alicia Botti instead.|
|152||22||"Thomas the Jet Engine"
"Thomas and the Jet Engine"
|David Mitton||Ross Hastings||16 October 2002|
|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.|
|153||23||"Edward the Very Useful Engine"
"Edward the Really Useful Engine"
|David Mitton||David Mitton||17 October 2002|
|The big engines say that Edward is too old, but soon are proven wrong when he rescues Gordon and Duck when they get stranded on the main line.|
|154||24||"Dunkin' Duncan"||David Mitton||Jenny McDade||18 October 2002|
|Duncan wants everyone to work faster, but they always stick to the railway rules. One day when he is getting some trucks at the Slate Quarry. After being warned by the trucks that the trucks can buff him back, Duncan does not listen and he gets pushed backwards after a coupling snaps and he falls into an incline.|
|155||25||"Rusty Saves the Day"||David Mitton||Paul Larson||19 October 2002|
|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.|
|156||26||"Faulty Whistles"||David Mitton||Ross Hastings||22 October 2002|
|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.|
- 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)