Thomas & Friends (series 4)

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Thomas & Friends (season 4)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 4.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release 10 September 1994 (1994-09-10) –
30 May 1995 (1995-05-30)
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 fourth series of the show, which was broadcast in 1994 and 1995. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the U.K. audiences, with George Carlin narrating the episodes for the U.S. audiences on Shining Time Station, which was also his last series. This was also the final season where Thomas only appeared in the U.S. as a segment on Shining Time Station. This was the only season in which Carlin's voice changed.

Some 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. It was produced by Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Limited.



The fourth series saw the introduction of the smaller narrow gauge engines. For ease of filming, series 5 would introduce larger-scale versions of the characters, and from series 6-12, these larger models were used almost exclusively.


Half of the third series consisted of stories written by the show's staff, but only one original story, "Rusty to the Rescue" (written by Allcroft and Mitton), was written for the fourth series. The episodes which used The Railway Series did take some liberties with the source material, in order to fill the runtime and make the stories more accessible. From series 5 onward, all stories would be staff-written, without using the Awdrys' books as a source.

Stepney, a character based on a real-life engine and used to highlight the preservation movement in the books, was given an entirely different background when he was introduced. This decision carried on into later series, in which he was seen on either a fictionalized Bluebell Railway or as a member of The Fat Controller's railway.

The show had come under fire for having too few female characters, and a conscious decision was made to rewrite Rusty, who was always a male character in the books, as gender-neutral.[1] This led to a minor controversy years later when the American dub of the ninth series, done by Michael Brandon, referred to Rusty as a female. While HiT Entertainment, Thomas' new owners, initially defended the decision, citing Rusty's gender neutrality since Series 4, later releases of the same episode substituted male pronouns in reference to Rusty.


Initially, each episode was broadcast in installments of the children's television program Shining Time Station. Two stories from Series 4 were aired in each of the hour-long "Family Specials" in 1995. The rest were broadcast in a six-episode offshoot called Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales. Later they would air in a new half-hour program called Storytime with Thomas, which also included a Series 5 episode narrated by Alec Baldwin and an episode of Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie.


Total # UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
79 1 "Granpuff" David Mitton Duke the Lost Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
10 September 1994 (1994-09-10)
Thomas tells the story of Duke, a narrow gauge engine who the younger engines admired. However, when his line closes, the old engine is put away in a shed.
80 2 "Sleeping Beauty" David Mitton Duke the Lost Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
12 September 1994 (1994-09-12)
Thomas continues his story of Duke. Some rescuers go search for him, but his shed was long since covered. However, they know that Duke is around, and continue the grand search.
81 3 "Bulldog" David Mitton Duke the Lost Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
14 September 1994 (1994-09-14)
Falcon (Sir Handel) is sent to take the Mountain Road with Duke. Falcon does not pay attention to where he is going, and winds up dangling from a cliff with Duke holding tight.
82 4 "You Can't Win" David Mitton Duke the Lost Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
20 September 1994 (1994-09-20)
Duke is not feeling well, and Stuart (Peter Sam) teases him for it. Soon, Duke is too ill to manage on his own, so Falcon and Stuart assist him. But Duke has enough energy for a trick on Stuart.
83 5 "Four Little Engines" David Mitton Four Little Engines (Railway Series)
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Skarloey Remembers" and "Old Faithful")
25 September 1994 (1994-09-25)
On the Skarloey Railway, the coaches derail Sir Handel, meaning he can not work. Skarloey itches for a good run, and his front spring breaks but he still manages to get the passengers back to the station.
84 6 "A Bad Day For Sir Handel" David Mitton Four Little Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Sir Handel")
2 October 1994 (1994-10-02)
Skarloey and Rheneas become overworked, so Peter Sam and Sir Handel come to help. But Sir Handel is in a bad mood, and only makes matters worse for himself.
85 7 "Peter Sam And The Refreshment Lady" David Mitton Four Little Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
3 October 1994 (1994-10-03)
Peter Sam is pleased running the line on his own, but Henry's threat to leave if he is not on time makes him rush, and he accidentally leaves the Refreshment Lady behind.
86 8 "Trucks"
"Rusty Helps Peter Sam"
David Mitton The Little Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
7 October 1994 (1994-10-07)
While Skarloey is being mended, a diesel called Rusty comes to help. Regardless, Sir Handel does not feel like working, so Gordon suggests he feign illness. However, when Peter Sam is doing Sir Handel's work at the slate quarry, some trucks mistake him for Sir Handel and cause Peter Sam to have an accident.
87 9 "Home At Last" David Mitton The Little Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
14 October 1994 (1994-10-14)
Skarloey returns home from being repaired and meets Rusty. Peter Sam tells him about Duncan, a rude and careless engine, whom Skarloey must later rescue from under a collapsed tunnel.
88 10 "Rock 'n' Roll" David Mitton The Little Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
17 October 1994 (1994-10-17)
Duncan is cross about Rusty telling him what to do, even though it is sensible advice. With a tip from James, Duncan is off on his own and causes trouble. He ends up derailing himself much to his own embarrassment. Rusty comes to his aid, and Duncan apologises for his rudeness.
89 11 "Special Funnel" David Mitton Gallant Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
13 January 1995 (1995-01-13)
Peter Sam's funnel is still in bad condition from his accident with the slate trucks. He has been promised a new funnel, but he starts to lose hope in it, especially when an icicle knocks off his old funnel.
90 12 "Steam Roller" David Mitton Gallant Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
14 January 1995 (1995-01-14)
Sir Handel wants to prove his special set of wheels make him superior, so he agrees to handle George, a rude steamroller who hates rails. But George and Sir Handel are too evenly hot-headed.
91 13 "Passengers And Polish" David Mitton Gallant Old Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
30 January 1995 (1995-01-30)
Duncan is jealous when the passengers and other engines get luxuries, and doesn't stop complaining. He gets so cross that he decides, "no polish means no passengers" and stops on the viaduct, causing confusion and delay. The Fat Controller later puts him in his place.
92 14 "Gallant Old Engine"
"The Gallant Old Engine"
David Mitton Gallant Old Engine (Railway Series)
by Rev. W. Awdry
2 February 1995 (1995-02-02)
Skarloey wants to talk some sense into a grumpy Duncan, so he tells the story of Rheneas, who once went through a steep hill and crude weather for the sake of his passengers. Duncan is mollified and agrees to behave. In the end, Rheneas comes home, and all the engines whistle as a celebration.
93 15 "Rusty To The Rescue" David Mitton Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
7 February 1995 (1995-02-07)
A new engine is needed for the Bluebell Railway, and Douglas suggests to Rusty that he searches the spot Oliver was found - the scrapyard. Only diesels go there, so Rusty sets out bravely on his mission, and luckily finds, and rescues, an engine called Stepney.
94 16 "Thomas And Stepney" David Mitton Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Bluebells of England" and "Stepney's Special")
10 February 1995 (1995-02-10)
Thomas is jealous when the visiting engine Stepney gets more attention than he does. It does not help his anger when he is shunted on his own branch line for Stepney that night.
95 17 "Train Stops Play" David Mitton Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
16 February 1995 (1995-02-16)
As Stepney's driver and fireman watch a game of cricket, a player hits the ball so hard it lands in one of Stepney's trucks. Therefore, the players chase Stepney in their old car, Caroline, to retrieve their ball.
96 18 "Bowled Out" David Mitton Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
20 February 1995 (1995-02-20)
Stepney's visit is coming to an end, and a new visitor, a rude and snobbish diesel, arrives. An inspector's hat soon puts him in his place, and Duck and Stepney pull the Express. Stepney leaves with high praises, whilst the embarrassed diesel slips away quietly
97 19 "Henry And The Elephant" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
12 March 1995 (1995-03-12)
The circus has arrived and Henry is upset when James gets to pull the circus train instead of him when it's time for it to leave. Later, Henry is called to investigate a blockage in his tunnel, where he unhappily comes across part of the circus.
98 20 "Toad Stands By" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
19 March 1995 (1995-03-19)
Oliver is sad when the trucks tease him for his accident. Toad has a plan to put the silly trucks in their place. But the trucks' leader, S.C Ruffy, is the one who really pays.
99 21 "Bull's Eyes" David Mitton Branch Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
2 April 1995 (1995-04-02)
Daisy scoffs at Toby and his cowcatchers, thinking them no use at all, and that she can just command a cow to move out of her way. However, her boasting is tested when she comes across a bull on the line, that will need more than a command to move away.
100 22 "Thomas And The Special Letter" David Mitton The Eight Famous Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "The Fat Controller's Engines")
4 April 1995 (1995-04-04)
After Sir Topham Hatt reads a letter to the engines asking them to visit the big city, he then tells the engines going that they must show other engines their tasks. Thomas shows Oliver how to manage coaches, but recalls the time he beat Bertie in a race and becomes very conceited, causing an accident that puts his big trip in jeopardy.
101 23 "Paint Pots And Queens"
"Thomas Meets The Queen"
David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
6 April 1995 (1995-04-06)
As Her Majesty The Queen plans to visit the Island, Thomas and Gordon have made up for their disgrace, and a paint accident with boastful Henry opens up some jobs for them.
102 24 "Fish" David Mitton Really Useful Engines
by Christopher Awdry
8 April 1995 (1995-04-08)
Extra vans are added onto the Flying Kipper, and Henry needs a back engine as a result. Duck offers to help, but a badly attached lamp causes problems on the hill.
103 25 "Special Attraction" David Mitton Toby, Trucks and Trouble
by Christopher Awdry (based on "Toby's Seaside Holiday" and "Bulstrode")
1 May 1995 (1995-05-01)
Toby is upset when he realises there is not enough room for him at a seaside festival. Percy wants to help, but instead he has to deal with the trucks, and a grumpy old barge named Bulstrode.
104 26 "Mind that Bike" David Mitton Really Useful Engines
by Christopher Awdry
30 May 1995 (1995-05-30)
Tom Tipper the postman is upset about losing his van and having to ride a bike to deliver the mail. Percy inadvertently flattens Tom's bike as he is in a rush. In the end, Tom gets a smart new van.



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