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The second series of Thomas & Friends with all of the episodes on Shining Time Station, with George Carlin in the US.

Production

The majority of the stories were originally written by the Reverend W. Awdry. However, Christopher Awdry was commissioned to write a new Railway Series book as source material for the second series. Two stories from More About Thomas the Tank Engine provided additional roles for Bertie the bus and Harold the helicopter. The episode Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree was a one-off story written by Christopher Awdry. According to the original end credits for Thomas and Trevor, the episode is "based on the story by Christopher Awdry from original material by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton".

According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, "Gordon Goes Foreign" was originally intended for production, but it was not filmed because its production costs would have gone over-budget. Another episode called The Missing Coach, based on a story from The Twin Engines was due to be filmed. 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 to cut the episode, citing a lack of action and a storyline which was too convoluted for young viewers to follow, so it was replaced by Thomas, Percy and The Coal. "Percy's Promise" and "Double Header" were originally considered but were dropped and replaced by Christopher Awdry's new stories.

Episodes

  1. Double Trouble
  2. A Cow on the Line
  3. Bertie's Chase
  4. Saved from Scrap
  5. Old Iron
  6. A New Friend for Thomas
  7. Percy and the Signal
  8. Duck Takes Charge
  9. Percy Proves a Point
  10. The Runaway
  11. Percy Takes the Plunge
  12. Pop Goes the Diesel
  13. Diesel's Devious Deed
  14. A Close Shave for Duck
  15. Better Late Than Never
  16. Donald and Douglas
  17. The Deputation
  18. Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  19. Daisy
  20. Percy's Predicament
  21. The Diseasel
  22. Wrong Road
  23. Edward's Exploit
  24. Percy's Ghostly Trick
  25. Woolly Bear
  26. Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Troublesome Trucks
  • Terence
  • Bertie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster
  • The Elsbridge Stationmaster
  • A Porter
  • The Signalman
  • Jeremiah Jobling (not named; named in Japanese dub)
  • Mrs. Kyndley (not named)
  • Some Workmen (do not speak)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • Farmer Finney (cameo)
  • The Ffarquhar Policeman (cameo)
  • The Storyteller (cameo)
  • The Butler (cameo)
  • The Little Boys (cameo)
  • One of the Stone-Dropping Boys (cameo)
  • Earnest (portrait cameo)
  • Engine Inspector (mentioned)

Characters Introduced

  • Duck
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Bill and Ben
  • Diesel
  • Daisy
  • BoCo
  • The Spiteful Brake Van
  • Trevor
  • Harold
  • Jem Cole
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth
  • The Barber
  • Daisy's Fitter
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Wife
  • The Careless Cleaner 
  • Three Engine Inspectors
  • Father Christmas (does not speak)
  • Percy's Ghost Engine (does not speak)
  • The Naughty Boys (do not speak)
  • The Lady with the Floppy Green Hat (does not speak)
  • The Enthusiasts (do not speak)
  • The Firelighter (does not speak)
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Children (cameo)
  • Harold's Pilots (cameo)
  • British Railways Diesels (mentioned)
  • The Mainland Diesels (mentioned)
  • Sam the Farmer (deleted scene; mentioned)
  • The Foreign Engines (dropped)
  • Big City Engine (dropped)

Trivia

  • This was the first series of a few things:
  • The first series filmed at Shepperton Studios.
  • The first series where trucks have resin faces.
  • The first series to use stories by Christopher Awdry.
  • The first series to have diesel locomotives.
  • The first series to have a female engine (Daisy).
  • This was the final series of several things:
  • Robert D. Cardona's last series as producer.
  • Britt Allcroft's last series as executive producer until the sixth series.
  • The last series made by Clearwater Features.
  • The last series in which music was composed using the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesiser.
  • The last series where the end credits would roll over the final shot of an episode.
  • The last series not to have any Music Videos.
  • The last appearance of Thomas' infamous "O" face, excluding stock footage from the first seriesepisode, Down the Mine which was used in the fourth series episode, Paint Pots and Queens.
  • The last series until the seventeenth series to feature the same narrator for both the US for the majority of the series, excluding episodes selected for New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventureswhich were narrated by Michael Angelis and the original recordings for the twelfth series which were narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
  • This is the only production where a character angrily says "Shut up!" until Thomas and the Magic Railroad. This is likely due to broadcasting concerns after this series.
  • Starting from the episode, Pop Goes the Diesel, the laughing sound effect from the trucks was heard. That sound effect was later reused in the following series.
  • Henry regains his wheel arches, which were removed when he received his new shape after his accident with The Flying Kipper.
  • For broadcasts in 1991, the stories were shown individually.
  • The second series aired broadcast every Tuesday from 21st May-27th August 1991 as separate episodes after Clearwater Features had shut down their production arm.

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