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The sixth season of the television series aired in 2002. Michael Angelis and Alec Baldwin narrated the twenty-six episodes for the UK and US respectively. Michael Angelis also narrated two episodes for the US release of New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. Michael Brandon later re-dubbed six episodes along with music composed by Robert Hartshorne for the US on PBS Kids in 2005.
|Screenshot||UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Written by||Original UK release date||Episode number #|
|Salty's Secret||Robin Kingsland||16th September 2002||#01|
|Salty arrives on Sodor and is dismayed when he is sent to work at the quarry.|
|Harvey to the Rescue||Jonathan Trueman||17th September 2002||#02|
|An engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.|
|No Sleep for Cranky||Paul Larson||18th September 2002||#03|
|A story by Salty makes Cranky cranky enough to knock down a shed, forcing him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.|
|A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter|
A Bad Day for Harold
|19th September 2002||#04|
|When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to take his mail onward - with disastrous results.|
|Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry|
Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck
|Paul Larson||20th September 2002||#05|
|Thomas is hauling a heavy special when his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage lorry/truck named Elizabeth.|
|The Fogman||David Mitton|
|23th September 2002||#06|
|Cyril, a fogman, puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt replaces him with a fog horn, which turns out to be more trouble than it is worth.|
|Jack Jumps In||Phil Fehrle|
|24th September 2002||#07|
|Jack the front loader is eager to be really useful but foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.|
|A Friend in Need||Phil Fehrle|
|25th September 2002||#08|
|Ned the steam shovel knocks the keystone out of a bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack tries to hold it up with his bucket.|
|It's Only Snow||David Mitton|
|26th September 2002||#09|
|Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village with Toby but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough/snowplow.|
|Twin Trouble||Brian Trueman||27th September 2002||#10|
|Donald and Douglas crash into Trevor's cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.|
|The World's Strongest Engine||David Mitton|
|30th September 2002||#11|
|Henry has an unfortunate accident, leading to Diesel returning to the railway. Diesel is insistent on proving that he is the strongest engine in the world, much to the trucks' amusement.|
|Scaredy Engines||David Mitton|
|1st October 2002||#12|
|Halloween rolls around and Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared.|
|Percy and the Haunted Mine||David Mitton|
|2nd October 2002||#13|
|While collecting some trucks/freight cars, Percy is spooked by a mine that sinks into the ground. Donald and Douglas make him even more frightened when they proclaim it is the naughty gnomes.|
|Middle Engine||David Mitton|
|3rd October 2002||#14|
|'Arry and Bert play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks/freight cars in front of him. Henry accidentally bumps him onto the coal tipper, so James takes over.|
|James and the Red Balloon||David Mitton|
|4th October 2002||#15|
|Thomas and James become scared a hot air balloon will steal their passengers.|
|Jack Frost||David Mitton|
|7th October 2002||#16|
|Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. While spending the night in a siding, snow and ice pile around him and James mistakes him for Jack Frost.|
|Gordon Takes a Tumble||David Mitton|
|7th October 2002 (VHS/DVD)|
8th October 2002
|Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks/freight cars. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some from the Docks. He is furious and ends up sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake|
|Percy's Chocolate Crunch||David Mitton|
|9th October 2002||#18|
|Percy gets cross that he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty but has an unfortunate run-in with a chocolate factory.|
|Buffer Bother||Ross Hastings||10th October 2002||#19|
|Ben needs new buffers and Bill becomes jealous. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.|
|Toby Had a Little Lamb||Jenny McDade||11th October 2002||#20|
|During a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet.|
|Thomas, Percy and the Squeak||David Mitton|
|14th October 2002||#21|
|The famous singer Allicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.|
|Thomas the Jet Engine|
Thomas and the Jet Engine
|15th October 2002||#22|
|Thomas is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on.|
|Edward the Very Useful Engine|
Edward the Really Useful Engine
|David Mitton||16th October 2002||#23|
|The big engines believe Edward should be retired but he proves himself useful when both Duck and Gordon need help.|
|Dunkin Duncan||Simon Nicholson|
|17th October 2002||#24|
|Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.|
|Rusty Saves the Day||David Mitton|
|18th October 2002||#25|
|The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt closes Rheneas and Skarloey's line down and sends them to the quarry. But when quarry will be blasting for two weeks, Rusty decides to use that time to repair the line.|
|Faulty Whistles||David Mitton|
|21st October 2002||#26|
|Peter Sam's whistle has been knocked off by a branch. Duncan finds this funny and remarks that an engine is not one without a whistle, unaware his own whistle has become loose.|
- James the Really Splendid Engine
- Little Engines
- Down by the Docks
- Winter Wonderland
- Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo
- Never, Never, Never Give Up
- Donald and Douglas
- Bill and Ben
- 'Arry and Bert
- Peter Sam
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Stephen Hatt (not named)
- Stepney (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Henrietta (does not speak)
- Jem Cole (does not speak)
- Oliver (cameo)
- Terence (cameo)
- George (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Dowager Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Farmer Finney (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Refreshment Lady (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- The Tailor (cameo)
- The Dryaw Policeman (cameo)
- BoCo (music video cameo)
- Sir Handel (music video cameo)
- Duke (music video cameo)
- Bulstrode (music video cameo)
- The Chinese Dragon (music video cameo)
- Percy's Ghost Engine (music video cameo)
- Rusty's Ghost Engine (music video cameo)
- The Barber (music video cameo)
- The Lighthouse Keeper (music video cameo)
- Toad (deleted scene cameo)
- Bulgy (mentioned)
- Oliver (The Pack)
- Jenny Packard
- The Foreman
- Cyril the Fogman
- Alicia Botti
- The Vet
- Headmaster Hastings
- Farmer McColl (not named in original versions)
- Edward's Ghost Engine (does not speak)
- The Railway Board (do not speak)
- The Fisherman (cameo)
- The Dockyard Manager (cameo)
- This was the first season of several things:
- The first season filmed in 16:9 widescreen. However, most of the first six episodes were matted from full screen, but whenever they use Tidmouth Sheds, The Seaside Village, Tidmouth Beach and the church for locations, the scenes are filmed in widescreen.
- Phil Fehrle's first season as producer.
- Peter Urie's first season as executive producer.
- Abi Grant's first season as script editor.
- The first season to feature Stephen Asquith as a director.
- The first season to have more than two narrators.
- The first season not dubbed in German, Greek and Portuguese.
- The first season to use a Proteus 3 to compose the music.
- The first season in which Toad does not appear since his introduction in the third season.
- The first season in which Annie and Clarabel do not speak.
- This was the last season of several things as well:
- The last season to feature the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends logo in the intro.
- The last season to use the original music in the US. (Although, seven episodes from the seventh season used the original music for each video only on New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures and Thomas and the Jet Engine and Other Adventures).
- Britt Allcroft's third and last season as executive producer.
- The last season to feature an episode written by David Mitton.
- Alec Baldwin's last season as narrator.
- The last season filmed by Gullane Entertainment prior to its acquisition by HiT Entertainment in 2002.
- This season had its own special intro.
- This season had the most narrators of any season.
- From this season onwards, all stories were written by individuals on a writing staff.
- In 2005, Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis re-dubbed some episodes with music composed by Robert Hartshorne on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK.
- This season was broadcast on Nick Jr. in late 2002, before airing on CITV in early 2003.
- This is the only season of a couple of things:
- The only season where Oliver appears without Toad (not counting music videos). It is also the only season where Oliver appears but has no lines.