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The sixth season of Thomas & Friends first aired on television in September 2002 in the UK. 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 and Michael Angelis later re-dubbed six episodes along with music composed by Robert Hartshorne for the US on PBS Kids and the UK for Nick Jr. in 2005.

Production

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Salty'sSecret4Salty's SecretRobin Kingsland16th September 2002#01
Salty arrives on Sodor and is dismayed when he is sent to work at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescue83Harvey to the RescueJonathan Trueman17th 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.
NoSleepforCranky77No Sleep for CrankyPaul Larson18th September 2002#03
A story by Salty makes Cranky cranky enough to knock down a shed, forcing him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopterA Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter
A Bad Day for Harold
David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
19th September 2002#04
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to take his mail onward - with disastrous results.
ElizabeththeVintageLorry56Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry
Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck
Paul Larson20th September 2002#05
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage lorry/truck named Elizabeth.
TheFogman71The FogmanDavid Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
23th September 2002#06
Cyril, a fogman, puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt replaces him with a fog horn, which turns out to be more trouble than it is worth.
JackJumpsIn61Jack Jumps InPhil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
24th September 2002#07
Jack the front loader is eager to be really useful but foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeed96A Friend in NeedPhil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
25th September 2002#08
Ned the steam shovel knocks the keystone out of a bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack tries to hold it up with his bucket.
It'sOnlySnowIt's Only SnowDavid Mitton
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/snowplow.
TwinTrouble56Twin TroubleBrian Trueman27th 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.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72The World's Strongest EngineDavid Mitton
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.
ScaredyEngines92Scaredy EnginesDavid Mitton
Robin Kingsland
1st October 2002#12
Halloween rolls around and Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69Percy and the Haunted MineDavid Mitton
Robyn Charteris
2nd October 2002#13
While collecting some trucks/freight cars, 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.
MiddleEngineMiddle EngineDavid Mitton
Brian Trueman
3rd October 2002#14
'Arry and Bert play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks/freight cars in front of him. Henry accidentally bumps him onto the coal tipper, so James takes over.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72James and the Red BalloonDavid Mitton
Jenny McDade
4th October 2002#15
Thomas and James become scared a hot air balloon will steal their passengers.
JackFrost14Jack FrostDavid Mitton
Paul Larson
7th October 2002#16
Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. While spending the night in a siding, snow and ice pile around him and James mistakes him for Jack Frost.
GordonTakesaTumble69Gordon Takes a TumbleDavid Mitton
Robin Kingsland
7th October 2002 (VHS/DVD)
8th October 2002
#17
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks/freight cars. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some from the Docks. He is furious and ends up sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73Percy's Chocolate CrunchDavid Mitton
Brian Trueman
9th October 2002#18
Percy gets cross that he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty but has an unfortunate run-in with a chocolate factory.
BufferBother60Buffer BotherRoss Hastings10th October 2002#19
Ben needs new buffers and Bill becomes jealous. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67Toby Had a Little LambJenny McDade11th 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.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueak22Thomas, Percy and the SqueakDavid Mitton
Jenny McDade
14th October 2002#21
The famous singer Allicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.
ThomasandtheJetEngineThomas the Jet Engine
Thomas and the Jet Engine
David Mitton
Ross Hastings
15th October 2002#22
Thomas is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngineEdward the Very Useful Engine
Edward the Really Useful Engine
David Mitton16th October 2002#23
The big engines believe Edward should be retired but he proves himself useful when both Duck and Gordon need help.
DunkinDuncanDunkin DuncanSimon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
17th October 2002#24
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54Rusty Saves the DayDavid Mitton
Paul Larson
18th October 2002#25
The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt closes Rheneas and Skarloey's line down and sends them to the quarry. But when quarry will be blasting for two weeks, Rusty decides to use that time to repair the line.
FaultyWhistles44Faulty WhistlesDavid Mitton
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, unaware his own whistle has become loose.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Trivia

  • 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.
    • The first season to have a writing team.
    • The first time Robin Kingsland, Paul Larson, Abi Grant, James Mason, Brian Trueman, Robyn Charteris, and Jenny McDade wrote episodes for the series.
    • Abi Grant's first season as script editor.
    • The first season to feature Steve Asquith as a director until the eighth season and Jack and the Sodor Construction Company series.
    • 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 since the third to show on CiTV, marking the television series' return to terrestrial television.
    • The first season which Thomas does not appear in the finale. This is also the only season until the eleventh where he doesn't appear in the finale.
    • The first season where Sir Topham Hatt says "confusion and delay," though the second to feature the phrase because the narrator and other characters said it in two fifth season episodes.
    • The first season not to feature Wellsworth since it's introduction in the first season.
  • 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 have all of the episodes 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 and the final season to have her involved in production.
    • 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 the most narrators in it out of all seasons to date.
  • From this season onwards, all stories were written by individuals on a writing staff.
  • In 2005, Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis re-dubbed six episodes, No Sleep for Cranky, A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, James and the Red Balloon, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Toby Had a Little Lamb and Edward the Very Useful Engine, with music composed by Robert Hartshorne on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK to make them season eight-styled when they chose episodes from this season for reruns.
  • This season was broadcast on Nick Jr. UK in late 2002, before airing on CiTV in early 2003.
  • On masters of episodes that feature the Gullane endboard, Britt Allcroft is credited as executive producer alongside Peter Urie. On masters that end that with either the Nick Jr. UK or HiT Entertainment endboard, Britt Allcroft is not mentioned in the end credits at all.
  • This is the only season of a couple of things:
    • The only season had its own special intro.
    • The only season until Mark Moraghan's narration of the thirteenth season episode, Snow Tracks to have three narrators.
    • The only season which Thomas does not speak in the premiere.
    • The only season for Jonathan Trueman, Phil Fehrle, and Ross Hastings to write episodes for the series (not counting Trueman and Fehrle's Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episodes).
    • This also marks the only time Simon Nicholson wrote episodes for the series until season 10.