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The Fogman
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Phil Fehrle

Writer(s)

David Mitton
(story idea)
Jonathan Trueman

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

September 23rd,
2002 (UK)
October 21st,
2002 (Australia)

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The Fogman is the sixth episode of the sixth season.

Plot

Misty Valley lies along a branch line, and is often very misty. This is why Cyril, a friendly fogman who lives in Misty Valley, earns his keep by putting detonators on the rails to warn the engines of fog and landslides. Thomas enjoys seeing Cyril, and puffing over the blasting caps due to that they make his axles tingle. But one evening, the Fat Controller visits the engines to tell them that he has acquired an electric foghorn. He also says that Cyril won't be needed anymore, and will be given a much needed rest. Thomas is very disappointed to hear this. The foghorn is put on the hillside in Misty Valley.

Ironically, the vibrations from the foghorn create a landslide, which sweeps onto the track and destroys the horn. Thomas comes along, and as the horn isn't working, Thomas has no idea about the landslide and derails. Then, Toby and Henrietta come along. There is no way of stopping them, until Cyril comes to the rescue. He puts down a cap to warn them, just in the nick of time. Once the mess is cleared up, Cyril is reinstated as Misty Valley's fogman.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Mirrored stock footage from James and the Trouble with Trees is used.
  • The sound used for the foghorn is the same as Derek's horn sound.
  • In Sweden, this episode is called "Fog Horn". Its Welsh title is "In The Mist". In Japan, this episode is called "Fogman".
  • The line "...said Thomas" at the end is omitted in the UK version.

Goofs

  • In the close-up of Percy at Misty Valley, the tracks in the background lead to the bushes. In the same shot, a wire can be seen in Percy's right-front window. He also is not pulling any trucks like in the surrounding shots.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Thomas' driver has blond hair; after the crash, he has brown hair.
  • When Thomas runs over the detonator, Annie is facing the wrong way.
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky after he crashes into the rubble, and when he asks the Fat Controller what Cyril will do.
  • Alec Baldwin doesn't say "The" at the beginning of the line "The foghorn had been so loud..."
  • In the UK narration, James has Gordon's voice when he says "Too loud!"

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