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The sixth season of the television series aired in 2002. Michael Angelis and Alec Baldwin narrated the twenty-six episodes for the UK and US respectively. Michael Angelis also narrated two episodes for the US release of New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. Michael Brandon later re-dubbed six episodes along with music composed by Robert Hartshorne for the US on PBS Kids in 2005.
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US title (bottom)
|Episode number #|
|"Salty's Secret"||Robin Kingsland||16th September 2002||#01|
|A new diesel, Salty, arrives on Sodor and hopes to be working by the sea. He is dismayed, however, when he is sent to work at the quarry. He tries to make the best of it by singing to the trucks, making Bill and Ben jealous.|
|"Harvey to the Rescue"||Jonathan Trueman||17th September 2002||#02|
|An engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine. Harvey becomes reluctant to stay, but has his chance when Percy derails at Bulgy's Bridge.|
|"No Sleep for Cranky"||Paul Larson||18th September 2002||#03|
|Cranky must stay up all day and night to keep the docks running, which is why he is cranky all the time. A story by Salty makes him cranky enough to knock down a shed. This forces him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.|
| "A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter"|
"A Bad Day for Harold"
|Simon Nicholson||19th September 2002||#04|
|Harold helps Percy deliver his mail, but Percy believes he is under threat. When he reaches a broken signal, he is forced to wait until the signal is fixed. He is even more upset when Harold comes to take his mail onward. Harold decides to take the mail all at once - with disastrous results.|
| "Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry"|
"Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck"
|Paul Larson||20th September 2002||#05|
|Thomas is hauling a heavy special to Brendam when his siderods fall off. It happens that he broke down near an old shed. Inside, his crew discover a disused vintage lorry named Elizabeth, who they think can go to the Works to fetch new siderods.|
|"The Fogman"||Jonathan Trueman||23rd September 2002||#06|
|Misty Valley is often very misty, which is why Cyril, a friendly fogman, puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller replaces him with a fog horn, believing he needs a rest, but it turns out the fog horn is more trouble that it is worth.|
|"Jack Jumps In"|| Phil Fehrle|
|24th September 2002||#07|
|Thomas brings the newest member of Jenny Packward's crew, Jack the front loader, to work. Jack is eager to be really useful and meets the rest of the members in his attempts to find a job. Oliver the Excavator is ordered to move a pile of rocks, but Jack foolishly tries to take them up the hill himself, leading to disaster.|
|"A Friend in Need"|| Phil Fehrle|
|25th September 2002||#08|
|Jack is in trouble from his previous incident, but has learned his lesson, as he resists jumping in. Ned, the clumsy steam shovel, knocks the keystone out of the bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack jumps in and tries to hold it up with his bucket.|
|"It's Only Snow"||James Mason||26th September 2002||#09|
|Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village with Toby, but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough. A rock on the line smashes Thomas' snowplough into a water tower. Thomas is determined to go the rest of the way without a snowplough.|
|"Twin Trouble"||Brian Trueman||27th September 2002||#10|
|Donald and Douglas crash into Trevor's cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together, so Donald is sent to work with Duck whilst Douglas continues on his own. At first, everything works out, but the two begin to miss each other.|
|"The World's Strongest Engine"||Paul Larson||30th September 2002||#11|
|Henry has an unfortunate accident, leading to Diesel returning to the railway. Diesel is insistent on proving that he is the strongest engine in the world, much to the trucks' amusement. They edge him on to pulling twenty trucks at once. Diesel pulls them so hard that he breaks loose, falls off the quay and lands on a barge.|
|"Scaredy Engines"||Robin Kingsland||1st October 2002||#12|
|Halloween rolls around and Edward tells the engines of a ghost engine that roams the Smelters, searching for his lost whistle. Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared. Duck feels sorry for Percy and volunteers Thomas to be left on his own.|
|"Percy and the Haunted Mine"||Robyn Charteris||2nd October 2002||#13|
|Whilst collecting some trucks from Maithwaite, Percy is spooked by a mine that sinks into the ground. Donald and Douglas make him even more frightened when they proclaim it is the naughty gnomes. Ironically, Percy is sent to collect garden gnomes for Lower Tidmouth, but is convinced that the garden gnomes are the cause of the mine's sinking.|
|"Middle Engine"||Brian Trueman||3rd October 2002||#14|
|The engines' collective dislike for being a middle engine is taken advantage of by 'Arry and Bert when they play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks in front of him. Henry accidentally bumps him onto the coal tipper, so James takes over. However, he is not immune from 'Arry and Bert's tricks himself.|
|"James and the Red Balloon"||Jenny McDade||4th October 2002||#15|
|Thomas collects a hot air balloon and takes it to Dryaw, where it is blown so holidaymakers can ride in it. Thomas and James become scared the balloon will steal their passengers. The balloon runs out of air though and it falls on top of James at a level crossing.|
|"Jack Frost"||Paul Larson||7th October 2002||#16|
|Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost when the two have to collect coal for the stations. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. His last stop needs more coal, so he decides to give them the rest of his and Elizabeth will bring him more in the morning. Throughout the night, snow and ice piles around him and while taking his own coal, James sees a snowed-under Percy and mistakes him for Jack Frost.|
|"Gordon Takes a Tumble"||Robin Kingsland|| 7th October|
8th October 2002
|Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, a fog is over the Docks and the trucks are piling up. Gordon is sent along with Thomas, Henry and Percy to clear them up. Gordon is furious and does not even notice that he is sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.|
|"Percy's Chocolate Crunch"||Brian Trueman||9th October 2002||#18|
|A new rule is put in place where the engines can only have one washdown per day, which leaves Percy cross, as he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty and finds a train of sugar for the chocolate factory. He thinks he will stay clean doing this job, but he could not be more wrong.|
|"Buffer Bother"||Ross Hastings||10th October 2002||#19|
|The Fat Controller inspects his quarry engines, only to find that Ben needs new buffers. Bill becomes jealous and cannot think of anything but Ben's new buffers. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers regardless.|
|"Toby Had a Little Lamb"||Jenny McDade||11th October 2002||#20|
|During a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. At the next station, Toby explains and Duck and the vet set off for Farmer McColl's Field. However, even Duck's snowplough cannot cut through the snow and they are forced to retreat. Now, Toby must use his old line to save the lambs.|
|"Thomas, Percy and the Squeak"||Jenny McDade||14th October 2002||#21|
|The famous singer Alicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Thomas brags to Percy, who is very dirty compared to him. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak, but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.|
| "Thomas the Jet Engine"|
"Thomas and the Jet Engine"
|Ross Hastings||15th October 2002||#22|
|Gordon boasts about being the fastest engine on Sodor and Thomas wishes he was faster. He is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on. Thomas rockets down the line, even passing Gordon.|
| "Edward the Very Useful Engine"|
"Edward the Really Useful Engine"
|David Mitton||16th October 2002||#23|
|The big engines believe Edward has used up all of his steam and should be retired. Percy is concerned and tells the Fat Controller about it. Edward is sent to run a loop line with Stepney, while Duck has to deal with Edward's Troublesome Trucks. They become too much for him and he slowly stalls himself and Gordon. Only Edward can rescue them now.|
|"Dunkin Duncan"||Jenny McDade||17th October 2002||#24|
|Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan demands everyone to work faster. The others are reluctant, leaving Duncan annoyed. He gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.|
|"Rusty Saves the Day"||Paul Larson||18th October 2002||#25|
|Mending Rheneas and Skarloey's line takes up too much of Rusty's time, so the Fat Controller closes the line down and sends everyone to the quarry. The quarry will be blasting for two weeks though, so Rusty decides to use that time to repair Rheneas and Skarloey's line. However, they cannot do it on their own and need Elizabeth's help to get the job done.|
|"Faulty Whistles"||Ross Hastings||21st October 2002||#26|
|Peter Sam's whistle has been knocked off by a branch. Duncan finds this funny and remarks that an engine is not one without a whistle. Duncan whistles so much along his journey that his own whistle becomes loose. He loses it in a field and the replacement is very musical.|
- James the Really Splendid Engine
- Little Engines
- Down by the Docks
- Winter Wonderland
- Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo
- Never, Never, Never Give Up
- Donald and Douglas
- Bill and Ben
- 'Arry and Bert
- Peter Sam
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Stephen Hatt (not named)
- Stepney (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Henrietta (does not speak)
- Terence (does not speak)
- Jem Cole (does not speak)
- Farmer Finney (does not speak)
- Oliver (cameo)
- George (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Dowager Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Refreshment Lady (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- The Tailor (cameo)
- The Dryaw Policeman (cameo)
- BoCo (music video cameo)
- Sir Handel (music video cameo)
- Duke (music video cameo)
- Bulstrode (music video cameo)
- The Chinese Dragon (music video cameo)
- Percy's Ghost Engine (music video cameo)
- Rusty's Ghost Engine (music video cameo)
- The Barber (music video cameo)
- The Lighthouse Keeper (music video cameo)
- Toad (deleted scene cameo)
- Bulgy (mentioned)
- Oliver (The Pack)
- Jenny Packard
- The Foreman
- Cyril the Fogman
- Alicia Botti
- The Vet
- Headmaster Hastings
- Farmer McColl (not named in original versions)
- Edward's Ghost Engine (does not speak)
- The Railway Board (do not speak)
- The Fisherman (cameo)
- The Dockyard Manager (cameo)
- This was the first season of several things:
- The first season filmed in 16:9 widescreen. However, most of the first six episodes were matted from full screen, but whenever they use Tidmouth Sheds, The Seaside Village, Tidmouth Beach and the church for locations, the scenes are filmed in widescreen.
- Phil Fehrle's first season as producer.
- Peter Urie's first season as executive producer.
- Abi Grant's first season as script editor.
- The first season to feature Stephen Asquith as a director.
- The first season to have more than two narrators.
- The first season not dubbed in German, Greek and Portuguese.
- The first season to use a Proteus 3 to compose the music.
- The first season in which Toad does not appear since his introduction in the third season.
- The first season in which Annie and Clarabel do not speak.
- This was the last season of several things as well:
- The last season to feature the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends logo in the intro.
- The last season to use the original music in the US. (Although, seven episodes from the seventh season used the original music for each video only on New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures and Thomas and the Jet Engine and Other Adventures).
- Britt Allcroft's third and last season as executive producer.
- The last season to feature an episode written by David Mitton.
- Alec Baldwin's last season as narrator.
- The last season filmed by Gullane Entertainment prior to its acquisition by HiT Entertainment in 2002.
- This season had its own special intro.
- This season had the most narrators of any season.
- From this season onwards, all stories were written by individuals on a writing staff.
- In 2005, Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis re-dubbed some episodes with music composed by Robert Hartshorne on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK.
- This season was broadcast on Nick Jr. in late 2002, before airing on CITV in early 2003.
- This is the only season of a couple of things:
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