DAY OF THE DIESELS is
the fifth Direct-To-DVD Special produced by HIT Entertainment. It is the first of the Thomas Specials not to have
Thomas as the lead character.
Day of the Diesels sees the full return of Diesel 10, the main villain from Thomas & The Magic Railroad, to the Thomas TV Series as a lead player in the CGI series.The
special sees Thomas’s best friend Percy taking the role of leading man for the first time in a Thomas & Friends
special, as his loneliness and frustration is influenced and manipulated by Diesel 10, as Thomas spends more time with new
friends Belle and Flynn than him.
of the Diesels sees Diesel 10’s home, Vicarstown Dieselworks come to the fore for the first time
– along with its quirky inhabitants, Dart and Den, who run the Dieselworks and repair the Fat Controller’s Diesel
engines... under the instruction of Diesel 10 of course!
Day of the Diesels was written by Sharon Miller, the Head Writer for Thomas and Friends.
Day of the Diesels Written and Composed by Robert & Peter Hartshorne Performed
by Sam Blewitt
Misty Island Rescue
was given both a DVD and BluRay release in the United States and Australia, however, the UK was overlooked for this treatment.
Day of the Diesels therefore takes the mantle of being the first Thomas and Friends release to be distributed as a BluRay
disc in all three major English-speaking territories.
Day of the Diesels
is now officially the UK's first pre-school BluRay release.
Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (USA)
CHARACTER VOICES (UK)
CHARACTER VOICES (USA)
JULES DE JONGH
CHARACTER VOICES (UK & USA)
PRODUCERS Christopher Skala
MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS & SONGS
Robert & Peter Hartshorne
Check out the many DVDs, BluRay Discs, Books
and Toys related to the Day of the Diesels special!
Simon Martin reviews the 2011 Thomas and Friends special
- Day of the Diesels for the SiF Blog.
The fans give their verdict on Day of the Diesels
in our poll on the Special from October 2011
Christopher, Simon and Ryan give their views on a situation
which seems to be a growing problem on the Island of Sodor - inequality, class differences and some levels of bigotry among
Steam and Diesel kind...
SiFansite visitors give their views on the issues of racism
on Sodor in our Dandy Diesels, Silly Steamies poll
Featuring UK and US trailers, Day of the
Diesels Official Music Video, Steamies & Diesels interactive interstitial, and toy reviews by Leokimvideo and Simierski!
Fancy a story with a little more bite and intrigue?
The British Railway Series produced an episode chronicling the early runs of the Deltic, the first Main Line Diesel
locomotive. Here, the mysterious and threatening new arrival spreads fear and intimidation throughout Copley Hill...
It’s another idyllic, happy
summer’s day on the Island of Sodor. Henry is pulling a goods train, Emily is
pulling a passenger train on the Branch Line, and Thomas is puffing happily along the tracks.
is happy and enjoying the sunshine.But the happy atmosphere changes very quickly
as Thomas sees the blue sky turning black, and the air turning thick and smoky – there’s a fire at Farmer McColl’s
Thomas races up to find Percy already there helping to
fight the flames, using water from his tanks.The Firemen, Farm Workers and the
Fat Controller, who is organising the efforts to save the farm building, fight the flames valiantly, but it’s not enough.
Percy is worried
– but from out of the smoke, a bell rings loudly as help hurries toward them.It’s a new engine called Belle, who has arrived just in time to help fight the fire with her special water cannons.
Belle blasts the building
with her big water cannons and begins to turn the tide against the raging flames.Thomas
and Percy are amazed at what she can do and look on in amazement.Very soon,
the fire is out and everyone is safe again, but the three engines are thick with soot and dirt from the smoke.
The Fat Controller congratulates
them for their effort, and sends them to the Washdown for a scrub – but Belle can’t move.She’s used all her water fighting the fire.Thomas
kindly offers to shunt her to the Steamworks with Percy – who reluctantly agrees, despite being late for his mail trucks.
The Fat Controller is pleased with Belle – but he knows that she cannot fight fires on her own.Belle knows just who could help – her friend, Flynn the Fire Engine.
The Fat Controller agrees and goes to make the arrangements for Flynn
to come to Sodor, leaving Thomas with the task of showing Belle around the Island... whilst Percy is left to deliver the mail
on his own.
The next day, Thomas begins spending the entire day with Belle.But
meanwhile, poor Percy is left to feel sad and alone.
sees Percy feeling low at the Docks, and takes advantage when he sees Percy again at Knapford Station, pointing out how much
fun Thomas and Belle are having together – without Percy’s company...
Diesel meets Percy again at the Steamworks, where Thomas and Belle are laughing and
chattering with Victor.Belle asks Diesel if the Diesels have a place just like
it.Diesel is meek and makes coy mention of the Dieselworks, before slipping
Thomas tells Belle
that Sodor Steamies don’t go to the Dieselworks because it’s not a very nice place to visit – and it’s
full of devious Diesels... once again, Thomas puffs away to shunt trucks with Belle, without speaking to Percy.This makes the little green engine very sad indeed.
When Percy is delivering mail at Wellsworth Station, Diesel oils up again and begins to make Percy
feel even worse by telling him that Thomas has no time for him anymore.Percy
asks Diesel if he would like to deliver the mail with him – but Diesel declines the invite, he has to go to the Dieselworks
and see his friends there, once again, leaving Percy feeling lonely and friendless.
The next day, the Fat Controller gives Percy the special job of delivering Flynn’s
hose to the Search and Rescue Centre.
While he is waiting at the Docks, Diesel rolls up alongside him again –
this time, preying on Percy’s sadness and loneliness, Diesel tells Percy that
his friend at the Dieselworks is eager to meet him, and wants him to visit.This
cheers Percy up, and puts a devious smirk on Diesel’s face as well... he can see his plan is working and is relishing
every moment of what he is doing.
But he scurries away just as Thomas and Belle puff into the Docks.This time, Thomas stops to chat with Percy – but declines an invite to deliver Flynn’s hose
to the Rescue Centre.He and Belle are to take the children to the seaside for
a day out at Bluff’s Cove.
feels cross at being left out, and heads off to deliver the hose to the Rescue Centre.But on the way, he’s faced with a difficult choice.
On his way to the Rescue Centre, Percy arrives at a Junction.The right track will take him to the Rescue Centre – the other to the Dieselworks... all the while,
Percy is thinking about what Diesel and Thomas have said.
There are good reasons to go to the
Dieselworks, but there are also good ones to stay away from it.But Percy’s
loneliness overwhelms him and he chooses to go to the Dieselworks, instead of delivering Flynn’s hose straight to the
Percy is unsure when he reaches the Dieselworks, but creeps in cautiously toward the entrance
past the dirty old buildings and worn out scrap metal lying scattered around the yard.
It is as unpleasant as Thomas described, and a whole lot more besides!
Percy feels brave for being in such a strange and scary
place, but this is shortlived as he comes closer and closer toward the Dieselworks building... and face to face
with the smirking Diesel 10 who slithers out of the Dieselworks to meet Percy as he approaches.
Diesel 10 plays upon Percy’s insecurities and flatters him to win his trust,
before leading Percy into the Dieselworks to stop for a while.There, he meets
two new Diesels who he has never seen before – Dart and Den, who run the operations at the Dieselworks.Percy and the Diesels chat for a very long time, and Percy nearly forgets about delivering the hose to
the Rescue Centre for Flynn.Diesel 10 assures him he needn’t worry –
and orders Dart to take it instead.
Just then, Mavis is shunted in for repairs by Salty.Mavis is confident that Den will fix her up, but Salty passes a comment on how poor his facilities and
tools are – which makes Den feel sad.Percy suggests that they ask the
Fat Controller for a new Dieselworks.Diesel 10 uses the opportunity to explain
the ‘plight’ of the Diesels to Percy – and tells him that the Fat Controller won’t listen to Diesels,
he only listens to steam engines.Percy then resolves to ask Thomas to ask the
Fat Controller, knowing that the Fat Controller always listens to Thomas, and hurries off to find him.
Meanwhile at Brendam Docks, Flynn is being unloaded by Cranky with
a crowd of engines waiting to see him arrive.Percy arrives at the Steamworks
and pulls up alongside Thomas, eager to tell him all about Diesel 10 and the Dieselworks, before he is interrupted by the
Fat Controller, who introduces Flynn.Thomas tells Percy that he has been asked
to show Flynn around the Island, as he had done with Belle – and puffs closer to his new friend to chat – leaving
Percy alone and sad.Poor Percy puffs slowly out of the Steamworks and back to
The following morning, Percy puffs back to the Dieselworks where Diesel 10 is eager
for news and developments... which Percy cannot give.But Diesel 10 finds something
else to manipulate Percy with when Dart bashes into Happy Hook – the Dieselworks’ defective crane.Diesel 10 casts up the fact that the Steam engines have Kevin at the Steamworks – whilst they have
nothing of use.This sends Percy racing off again to find Thomas, in the hopes
that he will speak to the Fat Controller – but instead, he finds Kevin at the Steamworks.
Percy explains that the Diesels don’t have a working crane at the Dieselworks,
and encourages Kevin to come with him and work there instead – telling him that he’d be a ‘hero’ to
them.Kevin is impressed – but before Percy can say anything else, Thomas
puffs in asking about Flynn’s hose – it’s not at the Search and Rescue Centre... Percy tries to tell Thomas
that his new friend delivered it, and also tries to explain about the Dieselworks, but once again, Thomas is too busy to listen
and puffs over to Victor instead to tell him about the hose not being in the right place.
Kevin is still keen on Percy’s idea of him being a ‘hero’ and tells
him that he wants to go with him to the Dieselworks.But before Percy can say
anything more – Victor scolds them both for chatting and sends Percy on his way to find Flynn’s hose. Percy first checks at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, just to make sure that Dart has not placed the hose
in the wrong shed - but it soon becomes apparent that it is not there at all.
So Percy puffs all over the Island all day
long, but he cannot find any sign of the hose. Finally, he puffs home, tired and exhausted to
Tidmouth Sheds, where there is a very big surprise waiting for him.
There is Flynn standing bold as brass in Percy’s berth at Tidmouth Sheds, right
next to Thomas.Flynn kindly explains that Thomas said it would be OK for Flynn
to wait there until Percy came back, but Percy still feels very sad and upset – Thomas doesn’t feel like his best
friend anymore, and he decides it’s time to spend the night elsewhere.Percy
tells Flynn to stay in his berth, and puffs away to help his new friends at the Dieselworks – after a quick stop-off
at the Steamworks first...
Percy puffs quietly into the Steamworks where Kevin is tidying up.Percy tells Kevin that the Dieselworks need him right away.Percy
loads Kevin onto a flatbed and they slip past the sleepy Victor and on to the Dieselworks, where Diesel 10 is delighted to
see his new crane, and he sets to work with Dart and Den to repair Mavis at once.But
Diesel 10 is less than impressed to learn that Percy still hasn’t asked Thomas to speak to the Fat Controller –
and encourages him to bring Thomas to the Dieselworks, where they will have his ‘full attention’.
The following morning, Percy puffs proudly back to work and into Knapford Station where
the other engines are waiting.Thomas hurries in – he has been very worried
and been looking everywhere for Percy, but Percy doesn’t care and tells the other engines that he spent the night at
the Dieselworks with his ‘friends’.The other engines are shocked
when Percy tells them about Diesel 10 – but there’s another surprise in store – Gordon thunders in with
the news that Kevin has disappeared from the Steamworks.Percy calmly explains
that Kevin is at the Dieselworks – but then remembers that he didn’t ask Victor’s permission to take him...
However, Kevin is having a wonderful time at the Dieselworks, playing ‘Swing
The Hook’ with Happy Hook.But Diesel 10 is not keen on the game at all
and orders Kevin to get back to work at once.
Finally, Percy has the attention of the other engines at the Steamworks, and tells
everyone about the state of the Dieselworks and why he took Kevin.Victor is
still upset – he needs Kevin at the Steamworks.Percy decides to use this
to his advantage – he tells Victor that Thomas must go to the Dieselworks to bring Kevin back.But Victor refuses to let the matter lie and steams crossly away to speak to the Fat Controller about the
matter at once, whilst Percy steams back to the Dieselworks ahead of Thomas.
Diesel 10 is pleased that Percy has finally done what he
wanted, and is even more pleased to learn that Victor has left the Steamworks... Diesel 10 decides it’s time to do something
‘very special’ – they’re going to take over the Steamworks, and Percy is going to lead them!
Diesel 10 is convinced he can use the Steamworks as a bargaining tool against the Fat Controller
– and continues to make Percy think that he’ll be a ‘hero’ for helping the Diesels’ cause.Percy is concerned for Thomas, but Diesel 10 assures him that no harm will come to
either him or Kevin.
Thomas puffs into the Dieselworks to collect Kevin, but neither Den, Dart or Diesel
10 are prepared to co-operate with him.Den and Dart tell Thomas to come with
them to the back shed, where they can “take care of him...” Thomas hopes that his friend Percy will see sense
and try and help him – but Diesel 10’s flattery has gotten the better of him – and he’s soon leading
the charge of Diesels out of the Dieselworks and on to the Steamworks, ready for their takeover, whilst Thomas is led to the
back shed by Dart and Den, still calling out for his friend’s help.This
time though, it’s Percy’s turn to ignore him.
The Steamworks is completely deserted when the Diesels arrive.Percy feels proud to have helped his new friends, and is sure that Diesel 10 will praise him for a job
well done – but instead, Diesel 10 is thrilled to finally take control of the Steamworks, proclaiming that they will
never give it back.Percy is shocked and pleads with him, but Diesel 10 calls
him a “Silly steamie” and snaps his claw to frighten Percy.The Diesels
proceed to run amok in the Steamworks, leaving poor Percy feeling very silly and ashamed.It’s time to put everything right again – and he decides to start by saving Thomas from the Dieselworks.
But when he arrives at the main shed of the Dieselworks, he finds it’s caught
fire.He then hurries to find Belle and Flynn at the Search and Rescue Centre
and urges them to help him.But there’s a problem – they still haven’t
found Flynn’s hose.Percy tells them that Dart was supposed to deliver
it for him, but Rocky tells him that he never did.Percy realises his mistake
for trusting the Diesels, but knows that the hose must still be at the Dieselworks.
Percy leads Belle and Flynn to the Dieselworks to fight the blaze, which has spread
throughout the building.Percy hears Thomas whistling for help and hurries to
the back shed, where Den and Dart are standing guard.Percy demands to know where
Flynn’s hose is, but they both feign ignorance.Percy is standing no nonsense
and tells them it’s an emergency – Dart caves in and tells them it’s in the rubbish around the back. Belle and Flynn hurry to retrieve it, whilst Percy orders Dart and Den to let Thomas go.
They refuse to move until Percy reminds them that the Dieselworks in on fire, and they will all be in danger if they stay
where they are... Den and Dart move quickly after that!
and Percy buffer up to Kevin’s flatbed and hurry away from the back shed. They
arrive to find Flynn and Belle valiantly fighting the flames at the front end, and cheer them on until they win the day and
save the Dieselworks from the blaze.And when the work is done, Percy and Thomas
prepare to steam back to the Steamworks and save it from Diesel 10 and his gang of devious Diesels.
Along the way, the engines meet Edward, Henry, James, Gordon, Toby and Emily, and together, the
engines puff all the way to the Steamworks to face Diesel 10 and the Diesels.Thomas
and Percy speak to Diesel 10, and offer to help him and his friends by talking to the Fat Controller about a new Dieselworks.Their chance comes sooner than expected.The
Fat Controller’s car rushes into the Steamworks, and he is furious to see what is happening. All of a sudden, Diesel 10 isn’t so menacing... and he comes over very coy when scolded...
Percy, Thomas and Kevin each try to explain Diesel 10’s frustration with the state of the
Dieselworks, and why he has chosen to take the course of action that he has done. Finally, Thomas finally asks if the Diesels can
have a new Dieselworks to set things right.The Fat Controller tells the engines
that he had been planning to build one for the Diesels all along – it was taking time, but he assures Diesel 10
that it would be worth waiting for.
Together, the steam engines and Diesels work to rebuild the Dieselworks and make it as good as
new.Eventually, the work is done, and all the engines stand proudly at the reopening
of the Dieselworks.The Fat Controller gives a speech, saying that the new Dieselworks
is all the more special because it’s a shining example of what can happen when “Really Useful Engines work together!”
But the Dieselworks is not the only thing to be renewed. The friendship between Thomas
and Percy is put right again, and the two best friends get back on track once again!