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Thomas, Percy and the Coal and Other Stories (also known as Volume 4 in New Zealand) is a UK/AUS/NZ VHS featuring eight second season episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. This VHS was re-released in 1992 under the name Percy and the Signal and Other Stories.



It's full steam ahead for Thomas, the little blue engine with the short stumpy funnel, short stumpy boiler and short stumpy dome and his special friends Gordon, Henry, James, Percy, Edward, Toby, Annie and Clarabel the carriages and of course their Boss, the Fat Controller. His friend, storyteller Ringo Starr says 'Thomas is Number One and never lets anyone forget it!'


  1. Thomas, Percy and the Coal - Thomas becomes a little too cheeky for his own good. Trucks and coal dust bring disaster - first to Thomas - then to Percy.
  2. Cows - Edward has an accident. Gordon and Henry tease him about it when they learn why, but Edward has the last laugh.
  3. Bertie's Chase - Thomas is late, Edward is impatient and the passengers are cross. Dashing Bertie races to the rescue.
  4. Saved from Scrap - Trevor the Traction Engine has always worked hard, he is old fashioned and feels unwanted. Edward finds a way to make him useful again.
  5. Old Iron - James is feeling very proud of himself but when some boys meddle with his controls, he soon learns his lesson.
  6. Thomas and Trevor - Trevor is asked to help Thomas build the Fat Controller's new harbour. At first Thomas has his doubts.
  7. Percy and the Signal - Percy is enjoying playing tricks on the big engines but Gordon and James plan to get the little green engine in trouble.
  8. Duck Takes Charge - Percy is pleased when a new engine called Duck arrives. The big engines decide to have some fun and cause a disturbance.


  • Some copies of the 1988 Australian release included a fan card.
  • The back cover of the 1988 Australian release features a picture of Thomas on Toby's Old Line.
  • The front cover of the 1991 Australian release features an image from Thomas and the Breakdown Train. The back cover features an image from James and the Express.
  • This is the first VHS to feature the BBFC U 1985 Certificate.
  • The 1991 Australian release received an updated master in 1993 with a different opening (new ABC For Kids promo, Roadshow Entertainment logo added after the rating screen and different rating and warning screens) which is way easier to find than the actual 1991 release, which is still extremely rare in the case of most Aussie fans.


  • The rating caution screen on the 1988 Australian release says "PERCY AND THE COAL."
  • The rating caution screen on the 1991 Australian release says "THOMAS PERCY & COAL."