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Thomas Gets Tricked
and Other Stories

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Ringo Starr
George Carlin

Music by

Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell


Strand VCI

Strand Home Video
Anchor Bay


June 7th, 1990
October 6, 1993
July 24, 2007


40 mins

Followed by

James Learns a
Lesson and
Other Stories

Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories is a US VHS/DVD release featuring the first seven episodes of the first season narrated by Ringo Starr. It was distributed by Strand VCI Entertainment in 1990, Strand Home Video in 1993, Time-Life in 1994, and Anchor Bay Entertainment on VHS in 2004 and later in 2007 on DVD.



PEEP PEEP! All aboard for fun with Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. The trip takes us to the Island of Sodor for a trainload of fun with Thomas and all his friends, including Gordon, Edward, Percy, Toby, and of course Annie and Clarabel the passenger cars.

Join in our travels and let our magical storyteller, Ringo Starr, guide us through these adventures.


All aboard for trainloads of fun with Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. See why Gordon gives Thomas a lesson he won't forget and how Henry comes to the rescue when disaster strikes. Find out what happens when Thomas gets a chance to pull his very own train... with unexpected results. So join in on the fun and magic on the Island of Sodor with all your favorite friends.


  1. Thomas Gets Tricked
  2. Edward Helps Out
  3. Come Out, Henry!
  4. Henry to the Rescue
  5. A Big Day for Thomas
  6. Trouble for Thomas
  7. Thomas Saves the Day


Bonus Features

  • Gordon's Memory Game
  • Sodor Memories


  • After the credits roll on the Strand VCI release, there is a message featuring a picture of Sir Topham Hatt that zooms out to reveal Strand VCI's mail address on a blue/purple gradient background encouraging viewers to write to Sir Topham Hatt to receive a tin of cookies as thanks for buying the video. On early copies however, the message is cut off before the announcer can read the zipcode.
  • The 2007 DVD cover has a mock-up illustration of Thomas being pushed by the Jet Engine past the the Scottish Castle.
  • On Netflix and Hulu Plus, the stories are told by George Carlin.
  • The 1996 tape is echoed and only features the Britt Allcroft logo.
  • In 1995, a rerelease of the VHS featuring the Video Treasures logo and narration from George Carlin was released, containing four extra episodes, those being: James in a Mess, Thomas Goes Fishing, A Cow on the Line, and Gordon and the Famous Visitor. The end credits on this VHS, and later the DVD release, were taken from Daisy and Other Thomas Stories.


  • The first four episodes feature lines that were redubbed.
    • Thomas gets Tricked: In the 1990 release, Ringo Starr says, "And off Thomas ran, laughing." The lines, "Thomas likes to tease Gordon with his whistle" and "'Maybe I don't have to tease Gordon to feel important,' Thomas thought to himself" are also changed. This was the version used in the Random House Read-along CD recording. The original lines, as well as "And off he ran laughing", are restored in the 1993 release and were used on every tape featuring the 1993 program.
    • Edward Helps Out: Edward's driver came up.
    • Come Out, Henry!: How long do you think Henry will stay in the tunnel before he overcomes his fear of the rain and then decides to journey out again?
    • Henry to the Rescue: "I'd like to come out of the tunnel". But Henry didn't know how to ask.
  • During Trouble for Thomas, as Thomas goes up the hill, a man can be faintly heard saying "Look out for the train" on the Strand Home Video VHS release.
  • Percy and Toby were mentioned in the VHS description, but they did not appear in any of the episodes on the video.
  • The DVD releases use the end credits from the Percy Takes the Plunge DVD.
  • The VHS covers use a photo from Saved from Scrap, but that episode is not on this release.
  • The 1993 release still had the Strand VCI logo on the spine despite being a Strand Home Video release.
  • The 1995 release featuring Ringo Starr uses the 1990 program, but despite being distributed by Video Treasures, it still displays the Strand VCI logo in the opening.
  • On the Netfilx version, the last music cue in Trouble for Thomas is played twice.
  • Thomas Gets Tricked is out of sync on the George Carlin tape.


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