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- “Yo, ho, ho, and a bucket of prawns! The tiller spins..."
"And the captain yawns!”
- ―Salty and the trucks
Salty's Secret is the first episode of the sixth season.
Salty is a new diesel who enjoys working near the sea. It is his first day working on Sodor and as the island is surrounded by the sea, he is hopeful he will be working near it. Naturally, he is disappointed when he is sent to work at the quarry to help Mavis, Bill and Ben with an important job for the Fat Controller. Bill and Ben think that they do not need help, and do not think Salty will be able to manage all of the trucks. However, when they see that Salty manages to win the trucks over with his tales and songs of the sea, they become rather jealous. But Salty still longs for the sea.
One night, Mavis, Bill and Ben see him alone outside. Bill and Ben call him names, but Mavis tries to comfort him. Salty wants to be near the sea, but he knows that the quarry work is important. And the next day, Salty tries to show Bill and Ben his secret with the trucks, which is singing a tune for the trucks to sing along with. Bill and Ben try singing a rhythm to get the trucks moving, but they could not make them move the way Salty could.
Later, the Fat Controller arrives at the quarry, and is surprised to see that the job has been completed. Mavis tells him that they could not have done it without Salty. Luckily for him, there is no further need for him at the quarry, and he is finally transferred to Brendam Docks, which is his dream place to work. It is where he feels really useful, and he sorts out the trucks better than any other engine.
- Bill and Ben
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Thomas (cameo)
- Edward (cameo)
- Henry (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- Percy (cameo)
- Big Mickey (deleted scene cameo)
- Books - Salty's Secret and Salty's Secret (Germany only)
- Magazine Stories - Seaside Salty and Salty and the Trucks
- My Thomas Story Library - Salty (discontinued)
In Other Languages
- Going by production order, this is the second episode of the sixth season.
- This was the first episode of many things:
- Phil Fehrle's first episode as producer.
- Britt Allcroft's first episode as executive producer since the second season episode, Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree.
- Peter Urie's first episode as executive producer.
- The first episode to have its own writer, rather than David Mitton or Britt Allcroft.
- The first episode narrated by Blanche Ravalec in France, Terje Strømdal in Norway and Giorgio Bonino in Italy.
- The first episode to feature the new models of Thomas and Percy.
- The first episode to feature a new intro.
- The first episode where a character breaks the fourth wall.
- The first episode filmed in 16:9 widescreen, although the majority of the episode was filmed in 4:3 fullscreen and later cropped to widescreen.
- The first season premiere where Thomas does not speak.
- The first episode that Salty appeared in.
- Some scenes were recreated in CGI for the seventeenth season episode, Away From the Sea.
- Toad's scrap model from Escape can be seen in the first scene of this episode.
- When Mavis first meets Salty, her happy face is missing its eyebrows.
- Salty is rolling off the end of the set as he sings "The tiller spins..."
- When Salty sings "Yo ho ho and a bucket of prawns," he is rolling towards one of the twins and there are three trucks behind him, but in the next shot, he is in a different part of the quarry, both twins appear behind him and he gains several more trucks.
- When the trucks sing "And the captain yawns!" all but one of them have wonky eyes.
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