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"Rubbish! You're too fat! You need exercise!"
— Thomas to Henry
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Thomas and the Guard/
Thomas and the Conductor
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 13th,
1984 (UK)
April 20th,
1987 (AUS)
March 5th,
1989 (US)
April 22nd,
1993 (George
Carlin US
)

Previous episode

James and
the Express
/
A Proud Day
for James

Next episode

Thomas Goes
Fishing

Thomas and the Guard, retitled Thomas and the Conductor for American releases, is the eleventh episode of the first season. It aired in the Shining Time Station episodes Faith, Hope and Anxiety and Fortune Teller Schemer.

Plot

Thomas the Tank Engine is enjoying his new life running the branch line, of which he is very proud and considers the most important part of the railway. Thomas's new coaches, Annie and Clarabel, agree with him and Thomas loves them both very much despite them both being old and needing new paint. When taking trains, Annie can only take passengers however Clarabel takes passengers, luggage and the guard. Thomas and his coaches often sing to each other while taking trains, and journies often proceed smoothly. Annie and Clarabel know how important pleasing the Fat Controller is to Thomas, and whenever he is cross he is not cross with them.

One day, Thomas angrily waits at the junction for Henry who is running late (and not for the first time) so he can pick up passengers. Eventually Henry feebly arrives, complaining that his system isn't working properly. As far as Thomas is concerned, Henry's only problem is his own laziness. Thomas, keen to be on time, leaves as soon as his guard blows the whistle but goes so fast he doesn't give the guard time to get aboard, leaving him behind. The guard waves his red flag but its no use... the tank engine is well on his way and out of the station.

Thomas sings to his coaches as usual, but Clarabel doesn't sing as she is very upset her guard was left behind. Annie tries to tell Thomas that they haven't got a guard aboard, but Thomas is in a hurry and doesn't listen. The two coaches try to brake, but can't without a guard. Eventually Thomas stops when he reaches a signal he and his crew wait to find out what is the matter from the guard... but he doesn't come and Annie and Clarabel finally cry that he's been left behind. 

Soon the passengers notice a figure running up behind them... the guard, who has been trying to catch up to Thomas. He is very hot following the chase, and has a drink to cool down and tells everyone what happened. Thomas is very sorry that he left the guard behind, but the guard assures Thomas it wasn't his fault. The signal drops, and Thomas and crew decide to make up for lost time. 

With the guard back aboard, both Thomas and his coaches feel reinvigorated and manage to reach the end of the line in record time. 

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Tank Engine Thomas Again.
  • Pre-filmed footage from Thomas and Bertie and Thomas Goes Fishing is used as well as stock footage from Thomas and the Breakdown Train and Thomas' Train. Footage from the former wasn't cut properly, as Bertie can be seen for a split second on the top-left corner after Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel enter the tunnel.
  • The shots of Thomas passing under the bridge before entering the tunnel and arriving at Ffarquhar station were used for the Classic Series' opening credits.
  • George Carlin's narration of this episode has been broadcasted on television, but has never been released on VHS, and has not yet been commissioned for a DVD, but for a limited time in 2009, it was released on ITunes.
  • In the UK version, the guard says tells Thomas that it wasn't his fault he was left behind. Although this was true in the original story (the guard accidentally tripped over an old lady's umbrella which is why he didn't get aboard Clarabel in time), this fact isn't mentioned during the narration so the incident was Thomas's fault.
  • In the US version, the Conductor doesn't tell Thomas that it wasn't his fault but rather assures him that he knows it was an accident.

Goofs

  • In the opening shot, studio equipment is visible in the top-left corner.
  • In many scenes, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.
  • When Henry puffs into the junction, his brake coach is facing backwards.
  • When Thomas says "You're too fat! You need exercise!" he lets off steam. The scene then cuts to Henry briefly; but in the next scene the steam has gone and Thomas lets off more.
  • In the close-up of Thomas leaving the junction, Annie and Clarabel aren't coupled behind him.
  • In a close-up of Thomas' driver, his cap's brim is broken.
  • The guard only has his red flag when he is said to have had two flags.
  • The guard is alternatively bearded and clean-shaven between scenes.
  • Annie still appears sad when Thomas begins moving again after the signal changes,
  • At the end of the episode which shows a close-up shot of Thomas, a camera connector is on his front.
  • When Thomas says "Bother that signal! What's the matter?" the background is different showing buffers in the left corner.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas y el Conductor Thomas and the Conductor
Norwegian Thomas og konduktøren Thomas and the Guard
Welsh Tomos a'r Giard Thomas and Guard
Croatian Thomas i kočničar Thomas and the Brakesman
Japanese とりのこされたしゃしょう The Conductor that was Left Behind
French Thomas et le chef de train Thomas and the Conductor
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e seu Condutor Thomas and his Conductor

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