15 came as a surprise to many when it aired in the Spring of 2011, around six months following the broadcast of Series 14
in the Autumn of 2010, making it the shortest period between two series in Thomas history.However, from the content of the episodes, it was not welcomed warmly by fans at all, who were critical of how poorly
the episodes had been written – sticking rigidly to the formulaic format, and relying heavily on catchphrases and rhymes
to see the stories through.This series saw the majority of writing done by Head
Writer, Sharon Miller, who penned all but five episodes.
it wasn’t just the writing that suffered with this series – the continuity was scuppered as well.Series 15 was supposed to follow on from the 2011 special, Day of the Diesels, released in September.Characters introduced in the special such as Belle, Flynn, Dart and Den (as well as non-speaking, un-named background characters, Norman and Paxton) feature in some episodes toward the
end of the series, and were seen to make cameo appearances within episodes – however, were something of a mystery to
viewers who weren’t keeping up to date with information regarding the new special or series.
15 saw no new characters introduced within the series itself, relying on those from Day of the Diesels, and expanding upon
the character of Butch the Breakdown Lorry – introduced in Series 5, but never given a sizeable role within the series
until now.It also marked the debut of a new voice actor for the US and UK territories,
Rupert Degas, who plays the roles of Bertie, Dart, Butch and Flynn.
15 was covered daily as it aired by Simon Martin, who compiled an excellent series of Blogs for the SiF Blog throughout March
of 2011, and topped it off with a full overview when the entire series had aired.Opinion
polls have also been held by Sodor Island Fansite and Roll Along Blog to gauge fans’ reaction to the performance of
the series, where it stood with comparison to other editions of the TV Series, and if fans would buy DVDs featuring Series
15 episodes and why.All of these have been linked to in our Related Links section,
and we would encourage you to take a look.
Belle The Big Blue Tank Engine
Den The Dieselworks Manager
Dart The Dieselworks Assistant
Flynn the Fire Engine
Hear The Engines Coming
Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (USA)
CHARACTER VOICES (UK)
JULES DE JONGH
VOICES (UK & USA)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Christopher Skala (Episodes 1 to 10 only)
MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS & SONGS
Teaser clips from: Toby & Bash (US), James
To The Rescue (US) and Big Belle (UK)
Simon Martin reviewed Series 15 for the SiF Blog
as it aired during March of 2011. In his final report on the Series as a whole, he wrote this Overview of his thoughts
on where the series went wrong and why. Interesting reading from our Essay Annex.
Simon's Blog Posts on each episode can be found following the
summaries we have written up for them.
Following the critical reception that met Series 15, Roll
Along Thomas Blog did a poll / survey to measure whether or not fans would still buy the DVDs, and if so, what would entice
them to buy? Read the results in the Blog post above.
Fancy something a little more light-hearted and 'fun'
to brighten up your day and put a smirk on your face? Professor Vengeance proves that some good came of the poorly written
Series 15 scripts with this hilarious parody...
15.1 - Gordon & Ferdinand
Written by Sharon Miller
Fat Controller is giving Bash, Dash and Ferdinand each a reward for being ‘really useful engines’.Ferdinand’s reward is to share a ‘special’ with Gordon, transporting the Lion of Sodor
from Knapford to the Duke & Duchess of Boxford’s Summer House.Gordon
isn’t pleased – he doesn’t want to be seen with ‘funny frumpy Ferdinand’ and decides to take
several routes which will keep him away from other engines who may see them working together.However, Gordon is stopped by workmen who want to admire Ferdinand, and then by Dowager Hatt and the children as they
pass through Maithwaite.This makes Gordon jealous.
then decides to lead Ferdinand across the Fenland bridge.Ferdinand knows Gordon
is going too fast, and urges him to slow down, but Gordon doesn’t want to listen.As a consequence, the Lion of Sodor falls from the flatbed and into the muddy marsh, leaving Gordon feeling very silly.He now knows he has been wrong to treat Ferdinand so badly, and asks for his help
to put things right.Ferdinand is delighted to assist and goes to fetch Rocky,
who retrieves the statue from the marsh.Then, once the Lion is cleaned at the
Steamworks, Gorodn invites Ferdinand to be the ‘front engine’ and lead the way to the Summer House along all the
busiest tracks.The Duke and Duchess are delighted to receive the statue, but
are intrigued by the newcomer.Gordon announces proudly that this is Ferdinand,
his new good friend.
15.2 - Toby & Bash
Written by Sharon Miller
reward is to spend the day with Toby.Together, they take children to the seaside,
collect trucks from the Quarry and shunt them at the Docks until nightfall.Both
engines are tired, so Toby decides to let Bash sleep in his shed at Arlesdale End.Bash
likes it here, it reminds him of home.Toby watches over Bash as he sleeps, and
decides that the next day, he will find a new home for his new friend on Sodor.
the next morning, Toby leads Bash across the island trying to find the best place for him to stay.They arrive at the Fenland, Bash isn’t comfortable and tries to tell Toby, but Toby doesn’t
realise until Bash is scared away by the ducks.They try Farmer McColl’s
farm, but Bash is scared away by the cows.Finally, they arrive at a cliff-top
overlooking the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre.This time, Bash stammers until
he finally tells Toby what he’s been trying to say all along – he wants to go home.He misses the tranquillity of Misty Island, and most of all, he misses Dash and Ferdinand.
realises how ignorant he has been and decides to take Bash on one final journey – home!There, they meet up with Dash and Ferdinand at the logging station, and listen to the sound of the twittering birds.
15.3 - Emily & Dash
Written by Sharon Miller
is given a special job over on Misty Island – she is to take Dash to the Steam Fair so he can be the Star Attraction.
When she arrives, the Logging Locos are doing a special trick – making
special sounds with their whistles, which make the sound of tweeting birds.Emily
tries to copy them, but cannot make the special tweeting noise like they can.Bash,
Dash and Ferdinand tell her that it takes a long time to master, but Emily is confident she’ll be able to do it by the
time she and Dash arrive at the Steam Fair.
urges Dash to show her how to do it properly as they travel.Dash warns her that
it will use up a lot of his oil, but Emily doesn’t care.But whilst Dash
impresses Gordon and Charlie with his ability, Emily only causes concern for Hiro when he sees her face scrunched up.Then there’s trouble – Dash runs out of fuel and cannot puff to the Steam
Fair, so Emily sets off without him.
once there, the children are eagerly awaiting Dash’s ‘tweeting whistle’.Emily tries to do it, but she can’t.She realises now that she was
wrong, and hurries to help Dash and save the children’s day at the Steam Fair.Soon, Dash is refuelled and ready to perform for the children.And this
time, Emily manages to give a tweeting whistle as well!
15.4 - Percy's New Friends
Written by Gerard Foster
day, Percy has no work to do, but sadly, he has no friends to play with either – they’re all busy with other jobs.Sad and lonely, he turns to Cranky, whose friend ‘Seagull’ has come to
pay him a visit.This gives Percy a great idea – he’ll go and make
friends with animals in the woods.Cranky is unsure that Percy knows how to make
friends with animals, but Percy is convinced that by being as loud as possible he can win them over as he has done with his
when Percy tries this, he ends up scaring away rabbit, sends squirrels hurrying up a tree and when he tries to chase a bird,
he’s disappointed to see it fly away from him out to sea.Poor Percy is
left on his own again, and he is scared witless when Gordon thunders past with the Express.That’s when he realises his mistake – he had been startled by the loud noise of Gordon and the big Express,
and he realises that the small woodland animals would have felt the same way when faced with a big engine like him.
puffs back to the forest and this time, he is quiet and gentle.One by one, the
animals come to him and settle on his buffer beam, then, Percy takes them gently and carefully down the line for a little
evening, the engines are all back at Tidmouth Sheds, but they’re worried because Percy isn’t back yet.Soon, Percy arrives and asks his friends to be quiet.They
soon find out why when Percy backs in to the shed and introduces them to his new animal friends, sitting happily on his buffer
15.5 - Edward The Hero
Written by Sharon Miller
is to be the Sodor Rescue Engine for the day, but he doesn’t feel confident enough to fill the role.But when he sees Gordon rushing past with Rocky, he resolves to follow his example, and be “strong,
fast and stern”.
the way to the Rescue Centre, he finds Charlie standing in a siding looking sad.He’s
got a squeaky wheel, he’s late for the children, and he’s forgotten all his jokes.Edward tells Charlie a joke which cheers him up and boosts his spirits for fetching the children.
on, Edward meets Dowager Hatt at Maithwaite, who has left her bag behind at Maron Station.Edward kindly agrees to go and fetch the bag for her and bring it back.Dowager
Hatt is very grateful to Edward and he puffs off again.
once again, he’s delayed as he finds Farmer McColl’s dog has wandered off.Edward puffs quietly and gently, and the dog jumps into his cab.Edward
delivers the dog safely back to Farmer McColl, who is very relieved to have her back.
Edward is late, and despite being funny, helpful and gentle, he doesn’t think he’s been a hero at all.He arrives at the Rescue Centre to find Harold has gone, and decides to puff sadly back to Knapford.But on the way, Charlie and the children, Farmer McColl and Dowager Hatt cheer for
him and call him ‘Edward The Hero’.Edward is puzzled – he
doesn’t think that he’s done anything heroic at all, but the Fat Controller thinks otherwise, and praises him
for his efforts.But it’s not over yet, Harold arrives at Knapford and
rallies Edward into action – he’s ready to be a hero again!
15.6 - James To The Rescue
Written by Sharon Miller
is proud to have the role of Rescue Engine for the day, but he’s far less enthusiastic when he finds he has to share
the honour with Toby.Their first emergency comes through – Gordon is off
the rails at the Fenland bridge, and they need to rescue him.
takes the situation in hand, and refuses to listen to Toby’s advice.When
he tries to pull Gordon back onto the rails, he ends up derailing him further and making matters worse.Instead of fetching Rocky to re-rail Gordon as Toby suggests, James decides to go round behind and push
Gordon from the other end.This time, the bridge snaps under Gordon’s weight
and sends him crashing down into the muddy marsh.James then reverses and prepares
to shunt Gordon back onto the rails with a mighty jolt.This only makes matters
much worse, with James bashing into the back of Gordon, derailing himself in the process and going flying into the marsh.
James realises how silly he has been for not listening to Toby.Toby is happy
to help and with Thomas’s help, comes back with Rocky to lift James and Gordon back onto the track.With everything put right, James and Toby carry out their duties as the Sodor Rescue engines helping to
rescue Charlie, Mavis and Percy throughout the day.The Fat Controller is pleased
with them, and James thanks him for sending Toby to help him.
15.7 - Happy Hiro
Written by Sharon Miller
is feeling homesick, so Thomas decides to take him on a trip to Misty Island to cheer him up with a grand tour.First, they visit the Hollow Tree Tunnel where Hiro can hear twittering birds, which makes him smile.But Thomas thinks that a run through the tunnel will make him happier – but
it doesn’t.All Hiro wants to do is puff quietly, but Thomas is far too
eager to please him that he doesn’t listen.
go to the seashore, where Hiro admires the view of the sea, but Thomas is keener to continue his tour with a trip to meet
the Logging Locos at the Logging Station.Once there, the usual chaos with Bash,
Dash and Ferdinand is unfolding – but that’s not interesting Hiro, he sees that there’s Jobi logs, which
means there must be Jobi trees.Hiro wants to go and visit them, but Thomas thinks
that staying with the Logging Locos is far more fun for Hiro.
the midst of all the anarchy, Hiro finally loses his temper and makes a stand.Thomas
suddenly realises he hasn’t listened to Hiro – and that he hasn’t cheered him up at all.He resolves instead to go back and do everything that Hiro wanted to do before.Gazing out to sea, seeing the birds at the Hollow Tree Tunnel, and finally puffing quietly at the Jobi
Forest.Finally, Hiro feels content and happy.
15.8 - Up, Up & Away
Written by Sharon Miller
and Percy are given the very special job of delivering Mr Bubbles’ big balloon to his Balloon Show.But the two engines cannot agree on the best means of transporting it there.Thomas suggests taking it along the woodland track, but Percy thinks that the trees may burst the balloon
and thinks that the coastal route would be best.Thomas is unsure, he thinks
the wind may cause trouble, but not wishing to upset his best friend, he reluctantly agrees.
the coastal track, the wind does cause problems and whips the balloon high into the air and away from Thomas and Percy’s
flatbed.Thomas wants to chase after it, but Percy thinks it better to wait –
once again, Thomas reluctantly agrees, not wishing to upset Percy.Gordon, who
is on the other track, tells them that the balloon will not come back to them – the wind will blow it away.Percy is sad, but Thomas remains positive and suggests they go back to the Docks so that Mr Bubbles can
fill another balloon.
time, when the two friends are taking the balloon to the show ground, they come to a tunnel which the balloon will not fit
through.Thomas wants to go back and find another route, but Percy is confident
that it will fit through.Once again, Thomas reluctantly agrees.But the balloon only wedges itself in the tunnel and won’t fit through.Worse still, it’s blocking Gordon’s path.
and Percy return to the Docks again to get another balloon from Mr Bubbles, who is now quite exhausted with having to blow
up a third balloon.This time on the way to the show, they stop suddenly when
they hear Gordon whistling a warning from up ahead.The sudden stop causes the
balloon to fly from the flatbed and high into the air – losing all its air as it spins out of control, and knocks the
hats from the heads of The Fat Controller, Lady Hatt and Dowager Hatt on its way to the ground.
feels guilty – they’ve wasted time and three balloons.He knew what
to do but he didn’t do it because he didn’t want to upset Percy.But
Percy doesn’t mind at all – Thomas is his best friend and he insists that he wouldn’t have been upset at
all.He suggests that they go back to the Docks for one more balloon, but Thomas
knows there is other work to do first – the Drivers must pick up the hats and they must clear the tunnel and pop the
balloon that they left behind.Finally, the collect the last balloon and take
it to the show ground along the woodland track, taking the now very puffed out, Mr Bubbles with them.And at the show ground, Thomas, Percy and Gordon are surprised, but delighted to see the first balloon
blown back to them after all...
15.9 - Henry's Happy Coal
Written by Sharon Miller
is given the job of taking a very special visitor on a tour of the Island of Sodor.After collecting the visitor, Henry visits the Steamworks to collect his special coal.‘Arry and Bert, who are shunting trucks there, see Henry and tease him for having to use special coal, calling
him “Mr Special Steam”.Henry is worried that the visitor may think
badly of him for having to use special coal, so instead, he opts to use normal coal just for the day.At first, things go well, but Henry soon finds that using normal coal wasn’t a good idea.Inside the Steamworks, he begins coughing and spluttering, whilst ‘Arry and Bert follow him in and
continue to goad him.Feeling intimidated and embarrassed, Henry tells the special
visitor that they must leave quickly.
using a strenuous journey, where he is covered in soot and ash from using the normal coal, Henry arrives at the Sodor Search
and Rescue Centre where Thomas and Rocky are waiting.The special visitor, Thomas
and Rocky are all concerned for Henry, but once again, ‘Arry and Bert rattle in behind Henry and tease him about his
special coal.Uncomfortable, Henry urges the special visitor to leave quickly
again and head for the Duke & Duchess’s Summer House, where he is to have afternoon tea.
now, Henry is late, sooty and shuddering all the way up the line.The Fat Controller
and the Duke & Duchess are waiting as Henry pulls in with the very important visitor, who is now covered in coal dust.Henry feels very guilty for spoiling his visit and thinks that the Fat Controller
will be cross.But the Fat Controller is deeply concerned for Henry.The reason the special visitor has come is to help Henry – he’s the Railway Coal Inspector,
who had come to see how Henry worked by using special coal.Henry is relieved
and suggests another tour of the island – this time, using ‘special coal’.
time, Henry takes ‘Arry and Bert’s teasing in his stride, and has a splendid afternoon.But poor ‘Arry and Bert end up suffering themselves – they’ve run out of Diesel oil and
need Henry’s help to get moving again.Henry proudly lends his services
and shows them just how useful an engine running on ‘special coal’ can be!
15.10 - Let It Snow
Written by Sharon Miller
Thomas and Gordon
are sent to Misty Island to collect hill, sea and Jobi logs for Farmer McColl’s new animal shelter.When they arrive at the Logging Station, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand welcome them to their “Winter Wonderland”.Gordon is indignant and tells them that they need snow for it to be a “Winter
Wonderland”.The Logging Locos tell him that in order for snow to fall,
they must first sing the ‘Misty Island Snow Song’.Gordon thinks
it is nonsense, but Thomas is intrigued.The Logging Locos explain the idea:
You puff to the hill and stay quite still You
chuff to the sea and you wait patiently Then, you steam back to
here And the snow will appear!
puffs away to put it into practice – neglecting the work that he and Gordon have been sent to do!Thomas heads to the hill and stays quite still.Then he chuffs
to the sea and waits patiently.Each time, Thomas puffs back to Gordon who asks
if he has collected logs from each location.But Thomas is still too keen on
seeing if the song works.Finally, he steams back to the Logging Station –
but there’s no snow... poor Thomas is sad, and there’s still a lot of work to be done.In the end, he and Gordon collect the hill logs from the hill, sea logs from the sea and Jobi logs from
the Logging Station.Once he’s loaded, Gordon races back to Sodor.The Logging Locos are sorry that the song didn’t work – but all of a sudden,
Thomas sees a snowflake falling from the sky.Thomas is excited and chases after
Gordon to show him.Together, the two friends sing the Misty Island Snow song
as they puff back across the Island.This time, the Logging Locos have their
“Winter Wonderland” and all the engines wish one another a ‘Happy Winter Holiday’.
15.11 - Surprise Surprise
Written by Sharon Miller
Thomas is excited
about the Winter Holiday Party.But to put a dampner on things, Thomas finds
that Percy, Edward and Stanley have all broken down.Thomas shunts them all to
the Steamworks, confident that they will be mended in time for the party – but Victor isn’t so sure.All three engines are now upset about missing the festivities, but Thomas has an idea to cheer them up
– he’ll organise a special party for them at the Steamworks instead without Victor knowing.
First, he finds Charlie
at Maithwaite and asks him to come and tell jokes for Edward, Percy and Stanley at his ‘party’.But Charlie is far too loud and Victor orders him and Thomas out of the Steamworks so that he can work.Thomas reverses much too quickly and shunts Charlie right off the track – giving
Victor yet more work to do...
In order to put things
right, Thomas puffs off to find Rocky, who is unloading a Christmas Tree at the Docks.Thomas thinks it would be a great addition to his ‘party’ and suggests to Rocky that they borrow it.
When they arrive,
Victor is still very busy.Rocky tries to quietly unload the Christmas Tree crate,
but Victor hears him and causes him to drop it right in front of Kevin who bashes into it.Thomas is very sorry for all the trouble he has caused and tells Victor why he has done it.Victor is kind and tells Thomas that he should have told him sooner.Together, they work to put Thomas’s plans into action and have a Christmas Party at the Steamworks.Percy thinks it’s the best Christmas Party ever, and Thomas has to agree.
15.12 - Spencer The Grand
Written by Jessica Sandys
It’s a very
foggy day on the Island of Sodor, and the Fat Controller has suspended services on the railway.All the engines must stay where they are to save them being lost in the fog.Spencer, who is visiting the railway, is invited to stay in Percy’s berth at Tidmouth Sheds until
he returns from the delivering the mail – however, Spencer thinks himself above staying at Tidmouth, and thinks he could
find his way back to the Duke & Duchess’s Summer House easily.
He sets off out in
to the fog, but the visibility is so poor that he cannot see ahead.Spencer looks
out for familiar landmarks, and sees something that resembles the Summer House building... only to hear Mavis’s voice
calling out to him – he’s in the Quarry, and the ‘building’ is actually just a rockface!
Spencer steams off
again, this time, he sees a platform ahead and assumes it’s the Summer House station... only to hear Whiff’s voice
calling out to him – he’s at the Rubbish Dump, and the ‘platform’ is actually the rubbish crusher.
In a final bid to
reach home, Spencer chuffs bravely out into the fog.This time, he sees light
coming from tall windows towering above him... only to hear Thomas’s voice calling out to him and find he’s returned
to Tidmouth Sheds again.Spencer feels very silly and declines Thomas’s
offer to stay with them – but then he sees that Percy still hasn’t returned.Thomas tells him that Percy is still doing his mail run, and the other engines are getting worried.
to put things right and heads out into the fog to find Percy.He soon hears a
distant whistle, which he follows to find Percy standing lost and alone.Together,
the two engines make their way back to Tidmouth sheds, following the sound of Thomas’s whistle to guide them home.Percy is very grateful to Spencer for all his help, and invites him to stay with the
engines until the fog lifts.Spencer happily, but humbly, agrees.
15.13 - Stop That Bus
Written by Sharon Miller
Bertie the Bus is
feeling sorry for himself.He sees Thomas rushing all over the island, and would
love to do the same – but all he has to do that day is stand and wait for Dowager Hatt and her friends at the bus stop.
Bertie follows Thomas to the Steamworks and tells him how he
is feeling.Thomas feels sorry for his friend and offers to take Bertie on a
tour of the wonderful sights that he cannot see from the road.At first, Bertie
is unsure if there’s time, but Thomas is confident that they will be back in time for Dowager Hatt and her friends.
Thomas takes Bertie
to the Fenland, then on the way to Gordon’s Hill, he spies Dowager Hatt.He
urges Thomas to stop and let him roll off, but Thomas cannot hear. Once Bertie
has Thomas’s attention on Gordon’s Hill, he asks him to take him back to fetch Dowager Hatt, but Thomas wants
to go on a trip to Misty Island to meet Bash, Dash and Ferdinand.Bertie is grateful, but he’s still worried about letting Dowager Hatt down.This time when they pass Dowager Hatt, she sees and calls to them, but Thomas cannot hear and carries on
to Misty Island.
The Logging Locos
are pleased to meet Bertie, but the little red bus wants to go back and fetch Dowager Hatt and her friends.Thomas insists that before they do, they must take a trip over the Shake Shake Bridge.It’s here that Thomas’s plans finally come undone – as Bertie rolls off the flatbed and
onto the Bridge!He’s left shaking and swaying on the dangerous crossing,
whilst Thomas steams on, unaware.The Fat Controller arrives on a pump-truck
and demands to know what Thomas has been doing with Bertie all afternoon.
bad, he wanted to give Bertie a tour and now all he’s done is ruin Dowager Hatt’s plans and put Bertie in danger.He hurries off to get Harold to airlift Bertie from the bridge, and then fetches Dowager
Hatt and her friends for a special trip to Misty Island.They arrive just in
time to see Harold lifting Bertie to safety.Thomas kindly offers to allow Dowager
Hatt and her friends ride back to Sodor onboard Bertie, whilst he pulls the flatbed along behind.The Dowager is delighted, and once back again on Sodor, thanks Thomas for a wonderful time.Despite the danger, Bertie is very grateful too, and even the Fat Controller is glad that Thomas gave everyone
an eventful day out.
15.14 - Stuck On You
Written by Sharon Miller
is given the special job of being the Sodor Rescue Engine for the day.Today,
he gets to work with Butch the Breakdown Lorry, who has been fitted with a special magnet to help him in rescues.Eager to get started, Thomas and Butch race away from the Steamworks before Victor can tell them how to
work the magnet properly by waiting for the red light to come on to show it’s active.Thomas insists that he knows all about magnets and that they’ll be fine.But when they reach the Rescue Centre, Thomas and Butch soon find that they’re a little out of their depth...
Rocky tells them that they need to deliver pipes for Farmer McColl, Butch cannot latch onto them properly, and ends up knocking
them into the sea, and they almost end up striking Captain.Then, they need to
fetch a wheel for Rosie, who has cracked a wheel, which Butch cannot attract to the magnet either – and instead, sends
it rolling toward Rocky.In a last ditch attempt to see if it works, Thomas tells
Butch to attach the magnet to his tank.This time, the magnet works – but
it won’t let go of Thomas!Butch tries to lift it off, but neither of them
know how to detach it.
and Butch realise their mistake and go sheepishly to the Steamworks to see Victor at once.On the way, James and Gordon laugh at them as they pass by, but Thomas is still determined.Victor explains kindly that the red light is important, and when Butch switches it off, the magnet falls
off Thomas’s tank.Now, they are able to deliver the pipes and Rosie’s
wheel to her with no fuss at all.By the end of the day, everyone agrees that
both Thomas and Butch have done a fine job of being the Rescue Team.
15.15 - Big Belle
Written by Sharon Miller
the big tank engine sees Toby steaming out of Knapford Station and asks Thomas all about him.She sees that Toby has a bell just like her and decides that they will be very good friends, so goes off to find him
at his home in Arlesdale End.Toby is surprised to see Belle, who encourages
him to come out and have fun with her.But Toby would rather rest quietly in
his shed for a while.
Toby chuffs along with Belle, who leads him to Gordon’s Hill and challenges him to a race up and down the hill.But as Belle steams gamely up, Toby slips away to hide.Belle rolls down the other side to find Toby isn’t there, and steams back to find him in some bushes.Toby explains that he’s an old steam tram and doesn’t like that sort of
thing – so Belle decides to go somewhere else that’s fun.
they go to Farmer Trotter’s pig farm.Toby is happy to watch the pigs playing
in the mud, but Belle decides to make it more exciting by spraying water at them with her water cannons to make it even muddier.Toby is startled and races away from Belle again.Once again, Belle finds him and he meekly explains that he’s never seen an engine shoot water like that before.But Belle has another idea and encourages Toby to come along with her to Maithwaite
they get to Maithwaite, Belle rings her bell loudly and causes Toby to run from her a third time – this time, he goes
all the way back to Arlesdale End.Belle returns to find him and apologises for
her behaviour, explaining that she just wanted to be his friend.But then, they
find that they both like the sound of the birds outside Toby’s shed.This
time, Toby warms to Belle and asks her to come with him to visit the pigs again.Together,
they are both quiet and content and Toby introduces Belle to all of his friends at the pig farm and at Maithwaite Station,
where they both ring their bells as quietly as they can.Together, they have
a happy afternoon as ‘The Bells of Sodor’.
15.16 - Kevin The Steamie
Written by Laurie Israel & Rachel Ruderman
a busy day at the Steamworks, and Victor is off to collect a new boiler for Spencer, leaving Kevin in charge of operations
for the day.Bu Kevin is disappointed when he cannot join in Thomas and Percy’s
‘Bish, Bash, Bosh’ game – shunting a flatbed of oil drums between each other.Kevin has a go, but he ends up knocking it over instead.The
two friends are kind and encourage Kevin to practice so that they can play when they come back to visit later.
there’s work to be done.When Emily wants her buffers buffed, but there’s
an oil-drum blocking Kevin’s path – he sees it as a grand opportunity to practice playing ‘Bish, Bash, Bosh’.
Instead, it hits off Emily’s wheels and scratches them.Then, Spencer puffs in to collect his new boiler.In a frantic
rush, Kevin comes across another oil drum to ‘practice’ with and biffs that one too – this time, it rolls
to Spencer and wedges itself under his buffer beam – stopping him from moving.Kevin spins around again, hitting another oil drum, but sending it in a smooth motion – this time he feels proud
of himself.But just as Victor returns, Kevin whacks another one, which goes
into the air and spills its contents all over Victor, who is very cross.
everything’s a mess and Kevin feels very guilty.Then, Thomas and Percy
arrive back to play with Kevin.But despite really wanting to play ‘Bish,
Bash, Bosh’, Kevin decides to get to work and clear up the mess he has made.He
fetches a new wheel for Emily and frees the oil drum from under Spencer.Finally,
he fetches soapy water to wash Victor.But he has to lay his bucket down to let
Spencer pass over the turntable – and ends up losing the bucket behind the flatbed he toppled earlier.Thomas and Percy help him find it – and ‘accidentally’ plays ‘Hide and Peep’.
time, when all the work is done and Victor gives him permission, the three friends play ‘Hide and Peep’ with Kevin
using his hook to disguise his hiding places.Thomas tells Kevin that no steamie
could ever hide as well as Kevin could with his hook, and Kevin agrees “that that’s the best thing about being
15.17 - Wonky Whistle
Written by Neil Ben
the day of the Country Show, and Thomas is at the Steamworks being fitted with a new whistle.He is eager to get back to work and head to the Country Show, and even more so when the Fat Controller arrives and
gives him the job of taking Farmer McColl’s animals there, and to whistle and tell everyone about the Country Show.
becomes impatient.Despite warnings from Kevin and Victor, who orders the Workmen
to keep fitting the whistle, (which is still wonky), Thomas steams out of the Steamworks, knocking the Workmen off
his tanks in the process.Thomas blows his wonky whistle as he leaves and startles
Kevin with the strange noise it makes.But Thomas doesn’t care –
he thinks it sounds fine and puffs on gamely to Farmer McColl’s to collect the animals.Once there, he steams away before the door of the van can be closed properly...
puffs to the bridge to tell people about the Country Show.He blows his whistle,
which frightens Katie the sheepdog, who bolts from the van and out onto the grass – the crowd on the bridge call to
Thomas to warn him, but he cannot hear them and puffs off without Katie onboard.Thomas
then puffs to Maithwaite, passing Bertie the Bus at the level crossing.Thomas
blows his wonky whistle and calls to Bertie’s passengers about the Country Show – but this time, he frightens
the ducks in his van and sends them flying out the door.Bertie honks his horn
to warn Thomas, but Thomas doesn’t realise and keeps on going to Maithwaite.Once
at Maithwaite, Thomas blows his wonky whistle again and frightens Farmer McColl’s prize cow – which runs out onto
the platform.The Station Master calls to warn Thomas as well, but Thomas thinks
he is trying to say “Hello!” and keeps heading for the Country Show.
when Thomas arrives at the Country Show, there’s no-one there but Farmer McColl, who is very surprised to find his animals
are missing.Thomas feels bad that no-one has come, and blows his wonky whistle
again – this time startling the sheep out of their pen.This time, Thomas
sees that the wonky whistle is scaring the animals, and realises what has gone wrong.
races back to the Steamworks to have his whistle fixed properly, and this time, he waits until it is done properly.Once he is ready, he goes to the farm to collect the animals’ favourite food to entice them back
to his truck.One by one, they come back and Thomas is able to get them to the
Country Show safely.He then chuffs around the Island telling everyone about
the Country Show, and this time, everyone is happy to hear his whistle!The Fat
Controller is pleased with Thomas and as a special treat, he asks him to blow his new whistle to open the Country Show.
15.18 - Percy The Snowman
Written by Lizzie Ennever
Thomas is given the job of taking the Fat Controller to switch on the Christmas lights
at the town square when he is finished all his work for the day.Whilst clearing
the tracks of snow, Thomas meets Percy, who has been forced into a siding because his trucks ran out of control.When Thomas tells him about taking the Fat Controller to turn on the Christmas lights, Percy is sad –
he has finished all his jobs, but not been given a special.So Thomas decides
that it would be fun to share the special with Percy at the end of the day’s work.
But with every one of his jobs, as Thomas passes Percy, he splatters more and more snow
over him, covering him deeper and deeper in a thick drift.By the time Thomas
comes back to the siding, Percy has disappeared, and in his place is a thick pile of snow!It’s not until Gordon rushes past, spraying snow all over a bush to make it look like a snowball, that it all
makes sense to Thomas – he’s covered Percy in snow!Suddenly, some
snow slips away, and Percy’s face peers out from the snow – his firebox has gone out and he can’t go anywhere,
so he cannot share the special after all.
But Thomas knows just what to do – he puffs to Knapford Station to collect the
Fat Controller, and once the Christmas lights have been switched on, he takes the children to see Percy at the siding.The children cheer for Percy the Snow Engine, the Fat Controller chuckles, and Thomas
feels happy to have shared his special with his best friend.
15.19 - Tree Trouble
Written by Sharon Miller
Hatt is going to the Dieselworks to see their Christmas Tree – and tells Dart, Den and Diesel to find the tallest and
grandest tree they can.Thomas takes objection to this and says that the Steamworks
should have the honour of having the tallest and grandest tree on the Island.Dowager
Hatt thinks it a grand idea for the steam engines and Diesels to have a competition to see who can find the best tree –
and she will be the judge.
tells the other engines about his plan at the Steamworks, where Dart, Den and Diesel roll up to challenge him.The four of them set off together to find trees for their Works, all determined to outdo the other.At Maithwaite, they find two trees that the Diesels are very impressed by –
they’re green, glossy, bushy and bold.But Thomas is critical – he
thinks they’re too small.Next, they go to Maron Station, where more trees
are on the platform.Once again, the Diesels are impressed – the trees
are tall, but Thomas doesn’t think they’re grand at all.
they go to Misty Island to find tall grand trees for the competition, and call upon the help of the Logging Locos.Bash, Dash and Ferdinand bring back two tall and grand trees for the competition, and the four engines
set off back to Dowager Hatt to win the competition.But as they emerge from
the Misty Island Tunnel, they see Gordon racing toward them – Thomas has to make an emergency stop to avoid a collision,
but in the process, causes his tree to fall off the flatbed.Diesel stops just
in time, but Thomas reverses quickly and crushes his tree – and causes Diesel to reverse as well and do the same.Both engines are very upset – now there can’t be a competition after all.
the four engines return to the Dieselworks where Dowager Hatt is waiting to judge their trees – but all come back empty-handed.Then, Thomas resolves to put everything right by going back to Misty Island and fetching
another tall, grand tree from the Logging Locos and bringing it back to the Dieselworks.One by one, Thomas’s friends arrive to help decorate the tree, and bring a smile to the faces of all the Diesels
at the Dieselworks.
15.20 - Fiery Flynn
Written by Sharon Miller
the Fire Engine is on standby at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, where Diesel is shunting trucks.Diesel is jealous – he thinks Flynn is lazy and says that he is ‘never busy’.Flynn is flustered and tries to justify himself and that he will be busy when the alarm goes off for a
fire rescue. Suddenly, Rocky
calls out about an emergency – a blue engine is on fire.But before Rocky
can finish the message – Flynn has sped out of the Rescue Centre and is off on the hunt for the ‘blue engine on
he comes upon Edward at the coal hopper and sprays him with water – only to find that he’s not the blue engine
who’s on fire.Dart, who is shunting nearby thinks it’s very funny
and laughs at “Fumbling Flynn”. Flynn speeds off again in search of ‘the blue engine on fire’ and comes across Gordon at Maron Station.Once again, Flynn sprays water on him – and soaks the Fat Controller in the
process!Den, who is delivering trucks nearby laughs too as “Fiery Flynn
Flynn is sad and worried – he hasn’t found the ‘blue engine’ and has no idea where or who it could
be.By luck he arrives at the Dieselworks to find Thomas, whose firebox is on
fire.Flynn prepares to shoot water from his cannons, but he’s completely
dry.He now needs the help of the Diesels at the sheds to save Thomas.Together, their Drivers get buckets of water and throw them into Thomas’s firebox to put out the
returns to the Search and Rescue Centre where he is refilled with water.Diesel
finds it very amusing when he sees him return and asks if he’s “still waiting to be busy”.This time, Flynn takes it in his stride, and just as well – because there’s another emergency
at the Quarry and this time, Flynn waits for Rocky’s instructions before going off to save Mavis after her trucks catch