Thomas, Percy and the Post Train/Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train

Original UK title card

No. of season: 3
No. of epsiode: 12
No. of series: 64
Director: David Mitton
Producer: Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Writer: Andrew Brenner (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Narrator: Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 20 December 1991 (US)
28 April 1992 (UK)
30 June 1992 (JAP)
2 March 1993 (AUS)
21 October 1996 (US)
20 May 1998 (GER)
12 May 2008 (HUN)
Previous: No Joke for James
Next: Trust Thomas

Thomas, Percy and the Post Train, retitled Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train for American releases, is the twelfth episode of the third season. It first aired on Shining Time Station in the episode, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not in 1991 and in Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wishing You Were Here in 1996.


Late at night on the Island of Sodor, after all the other engines have gone to sleep in their sheds, an engine can still be heard in the distance carrying the Post Train. Thomas pulls one train while Percy pulls the other as the loads are too much for one engine to pull alone. Letters and parcels are loaded into the trucks at both harbours before Thomas and Percy begin their journeys, travelling through the now silent stations making deliveries. Sometimes the light of a full moon on a clear night will light the way for them, or sometimes it will be so foggy that Thomas and Percy can't even see the stars but lamps will always be out to guide them on their way and regardless of the weather, the two tank engines are happy to be entrusted with such an important job.

One night there is trouble, as Percy is left waiting due to the boat from the mainland being delayed. However, Henry finally gets the letters to him and the Post Train is filled. Percy tries his best to make up for the lost time, but he is still very late and finishes his job after the sunrise. Percy doesn't mind this too much, appreciating the chance to see the island early in the morning with no-one around... but he isn't alone long as Harold lands and teases Percy over how late he is with the post. Percy is too tired to explain to Harold what happened and he finally arrives back at the shed just as Duck is getting ready to head out for the day, falling asleep as soon as he enters his bunker.

Percy and his driver decide to set off earlier than usual that evening. However at the station they find Thomas who has some bad news: the man in charge of the post has made a complaint to the Fat Controller about Percy being so late. Although the Fat Controller understands that it was not Percy's fault, the man wouldn't listen. The two decide to be extra quick that night when Harold lands telling the two engines that the Post Train may be scrapped and the deliveries will be made by him instead. He boasts to the engines that air is quicker than rails before taking off. Both Thomas and Percy are indignant and proceed on their way.

That night, everything runs perfectly and both engines make very good time on all their deliveries. At a station, Thomas and his crew notice a man who had missed his train waiting cold and alone. Thomas' driver offers the man a ride if he does not mind being uncomfortable. The man is more than happy to accept.

The next day as Percy pulls his afternoon train, he spots Harold looking miserable in his airfield. Harold explains he has been grounded due to unpredictable wind. Percy takes the chance to get his own back for the earlier teasing by telling the helicopter that rails work wonders. That evening, the Fat Controller meets Thomas and Percy and shows them a letter from the man who missed his train. He says that the man was very thankful to the two for their help and the Post Train is the pride of the line. This makes both engines very happy indeed.



Fun FactsEdit


  • The man who missed his train home is Jeremiah Jobling and this marks his last speaking role to date.
  • This episode was adapted from the magazine stories, The Post Train and After the Last Train.
  • In the restored version, there's no transition in the scene of Percy passing Hawin Croka.
  • The models of Big Mickey, The Coast Guard and S.S. Vienna from TUGS can be seen.
  • In the early UK narration, the music that is heard when Thomas and Percy are at the harbour and when Percy arrives at Dryaw is omitted.


  • When Thomas goes under the bridge at the beginning, the end of the track is visible.
  • When Percy returns to Tidmouth Sheds, he moves before the turntable stops.
  • When Percy hits the buffers, he appears as he derailed after hitting them.
  • When Thomas and Percy are leaving the harbour, just before cutting to the next scene with the lonely passenger, one of Percy's trucks is derailed.
  • When Thomas sees the man who missed his train, his eyes are wonky.
  • When Thomas and Percy are at Dryaw, they have wires next to their lamps.
  • Blue paint can be seen on the shoulder of the man who missed his train.
  • The man who missed his train is wearing a scarf in his first few shots, but when he thanks Thomas' driver for giving him a ride home, the scarf has vanished.
  • During the night scene of Percy taking the post, he has a lamp on his right lamp iron, but in the morning, the lamp vanishes.
  • When the Fat Controller shows Thomas and Percy the letter, Percy's whistle is missing. In the same scene, his face is loose.


In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Thomas, Percy y el Tren de Correo Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Welsh Tomos, Pyrsi a'r Trên Bost Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
German Der Postzug The Post Train
Norwegian Thomas, Percy og posttoget Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Brazilian Portuguese O Trem Postal The Postal Train
Japanese おくれたゆうびんしゃ The Delayed Mail Trains
Italian Il Treno Postale The Post Train
Dutch Thomas, Percy en de Posttrein Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Slovenian Tomaž, Poldi in poštni vlak Thomas, Percy and Post Train
Greek Το ταχυδρομικό τρένο Post Train
Romanian Thomas, Percy și Trenul Poștal Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Finnish Tuomas, Pekka, ja Postijuna Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Slovak Thomas, Percy a poštový vlak Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Hungarian Thomas, Percy és a Postajárat Thomas, Percy and the Post Flight
Czech Tomáš, Percy a poštovní vlak Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Swedish Thomas, Percy och posttåget Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Polish Tomek, Piotrek i Pociąg Pocztowy Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Russian Томас, Перси и почтовый поезд Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Ukrainian Томас, Персі і поштовий потяг Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Chinese 托马斯培西和邮政列车 Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Danish Thomas, Percy og posttoget Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
Korean 토마스와 퍼시와 우편열차 Thomas and Percy and the Mail Train
Thai โธมัสสและเพอร์ซีช่วยส่งพัสดุ Thomas and Percy's Aid Shipments

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