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Tales from the Tracks is a US VHS/DVD featuring six ninth season episodes and three songs. The DVD was released as Little Engines, Big Days Out in the UK/AUS. It was released under the title The Magic Lamp for Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish audiences. It was renamed Little Trains on a Day Out for Norwegian and Swedish audiences, and The Little Locomotive Excursion for the Finnish audiences.



Ride the rails to fun and adventure as Thomas and his friends steam through Sodor in Tales From The Tracks.

Join Thomas for a birthday picnic, discover a ghost engine that's not what it seems and learn the legend of a very special lamp with Peter Sam! Then try and keep up with James, listen to Rusty's beautiful music and make tracks as Thomas tries his best.

There's excitement around every bend in these six stories from the Number 1 Engine.



It's a fun day out with Thomas & Friends. With over 50 minutes of brand new stories from famous Sodor sights.


It's a fun day out with Thomas & Friends. With over 50 minutes of thrilling stories from famous Sodor sights.


Join Thomas and his friends on new adventures on Sodor. This time we get to join in on a birthday picnic. Thomas knows about a good place to have it, but what shall they do when it starts to rain?


  1. Thomas and the Birthday Picnic *
  2. Flour Power *
  3. The Magic Lamp *
  4. Keeping up with James *
  5. Tuneful Toots **
  6. Thomas Tries His Best **

(*Followed by a Learning Segment)

(**Followed by a song)

(***Followed by both)


  1. Thomas and the Birthday Day Out
  2. The Concert
  3. The Ghost Train
  4. The Magic Lamp
  5. Thomas' Funfair Trip
  6. James and the Christmas Present Train


  1. Thomas and the Picnic
  2. The Musical Train
  3. The Flour
  4. The Magic Lamp
  5. Thomas Does His Best
  6. Keeping up with James


  1. Thomas and the Birthday Picnic
  2. Catchy Tunes
  3. The Pale Face
  4. The Magic Lamp
  5. Thomas Does his Best
  6. Busy, Busy!

Learning Segments

  1. What Does Toby See?
  2. Cool Down Delivery
  3. What Goes Where? **
  4. Dot to Dot - James

(**Followed by a song)


  1. Engine Rollcall
  2. Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor
  3. Day and Night (US DVD and Bonus feature only)

Bonus Features


  • Arthur's Tricky Travels game
  • Spot the Difference game
  • Getting Up Gordon's Hill game
  • Percy and the Oil Painting read-along
  • HiT Extras


  • Arthur's Tricky Travels game
  • Spot the Difference game


  • This was the last US VHS release of a Thomas video.
  • Michael Brandon narrates the US DVD Menu.
  • This is the first US release to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.
  • Henry is mirrored on the front cover.
  • This is the first Thomas US DVD to have interactive DVD games using the models.
  • On the back cover, one of the pictures shows Thomas with a Day Out with Thomas face.
  • The UK DVD was criticized in 2011 over the stories and interactive segments featuring the term "Winter Holidays" instead of Christmas and "Trees with Decorations" instead of Christmas trees. HiT Entertainment responded saying it was not a seasonal release, but the issue caused them to push back the latest DVD, Merry Winter Wish, for a release in October 2012 instead of 2011 so that they could re-narrate the audio to mention Christmas.
  • In another Swedish version of the DVD Little Engines on a Day Out, Keeping Up with James was renamed, Hurry, Hurry!


  • In the DVD menu, James' tender is missing.
    • Also on the DVD menu, Thomas' rear wheels sometimes come off the rails when he turns around sharp bends.
  • In Arthur's Tricky Travels, it is said that Arthur was on his way to pick up special coal for Henry, but that problem was resolved in The Flying Kipper. Most Thomas episodes of this era have this continuity error. Also Arthur has Edward's whistle sound.
  • On the back cover of the UK DVD, it says that Rusty told the story about Proteus, but it was actually Skarloey who told the story. It also give the episode the title "Peter Sam and the Magic Lamp".
  • On the US DVD and VHS On The Thomas & Friends: Making Tracks To Great Destinations Screen the copyright said it was from 2005 when the DVD was made in 2006.
  • On the VHS label, the DVD logo is present, even though the copy is a VHS.
  • The description in the Danish release says that it rains in Thomas and the Birthday Picnic, but it does not.
  • On the Norwegian back cover Rheneas is misspelled "Reneas". Peter Sam is also misnamed "Sir Peter".
  • Michael Angelis is credited in the opening in Norwegian releases.

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