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Playtime (alternatively titled Stories, Songs and Things to Make and Do and Volume 14 in New Zealand) is a UK/AUS/NZ VHS featuring four first season episodes and three second season episodes narrated by Ringo Starr and one fourth season episode narrated by Michael Angelis. It also contains three songs and activities which can be found on the inside of the sleeve.


  1. Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady * - Peter Sam is very busy on the line and is rushing around collecting passengers. In his haste to meet the connections with Henry, he leaves the Refreshment Lady behind on the platform.
  2. Thomas Goes Fishing - Thomas has always wanted to go fishing. One day he gets his chance but it doesn't turn out quite the way he expected.
  3. Thomas and Bertie - Thomas and Bertie the Bus decide to stage their own version of the Great Race.
  4. Thomas in Trouble ** - Thomas is stopped by a policeman and Toby comes to the rescue.
  5. Off the Rails * - Gordon is very upset when he has to pull a train of trucks. He decides to try a spot of sabotage but gets more than he bargains for.
  6. Bertie's Chase - Thomas is late, Edward is impatient and the passengers are cross. Dashing Bertie races to the rescue.
  7. Percy Takes the Plunge - Thomas gives Percy a warning about danger signs. Percy takes no notice and soon learns his mistake.
  8. Thomas and Trevor ** - Trevor is asked to help Thomas build the Fat Controller's new harbour. At first Thomas has his doubts.

(*Following a song)

(**Followed by a song)


  1. A Really Useful Engine
  2. Gone Fishing
  3. Thomas We Love you


  • An activity poster
  • Instructions to make an engine shed
  • Three recipes
  • Make a door hanger
  • Follow the engines through the maze


  • The front cover uses an edited scene from Thomas and the Special Letter.
  • On the front cover of the Australian release, Thomas' buffers are cut off, and he is slightly smaller than he is on the UK and New Zealand releases.
  • This is the only Thomas VHS to feature the still version of The Britt Allcroft Company logo.