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Thomas and Friends (series 5)
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Country of origin: United Kingdom
No. of episodes: 26
Broadcast
Original channel: Cartoon Network
Original run: 1 September – 30 October 1998
Series chronology
Previous season: Series 4 (1994–1995)
Next season: Series 6 (2002)
List of Thomas and Friends episodes

The fifth season of the television series of Thomas and Friends aired in 1998 and had twenty-six episodes narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Alec Baldwin in the US.

ProductionEdit

With Season 5, the decision was made to write a full series of original, staff-written stories, without using the Railway Series' books as a source. One reason for this was producer Britt Allcroft's desire to create a theatrical Thomas the Tank Engine movie, and requested that director David Mitton show off his modelling skills.

Some inspiration for the episodes came from a former LMR manager named David Maidment. In 1997, Maidment met with Steven Wright about the possibility of supporting the Railway Children charity, and while Wright told him the series' staff commonly received such requests, they would consider. During their meeting, Maidment relayed stories about his railway experiences working in South Wales and as the manager at Crewe Station. Maidment received a call asking if he would allow some of his stories to be used as material – the stories from The Railway Series were frequently based on true events, and Allcroft and Mitton preferred this. Maidment agreed, and was also asked to review each story to make sure that the railway in the show operated realistically. As a result, Maidment received writing credit alongside Allcroft and Mitton. 10,000 pounds later was donated to the Railway Children for his work.

The design for each new character would be chosen by David Eves, and given to David Mitton for approval. For ease of filming, Season 5 would introduce larger-scale versions of the narrow gauge engines, and from Season 612 these larger models were used almost exclusively. Originally, the character Bertram was supposed to be a tank engine, but financial difficulty in building a new model made them repaint Duke's model with Smudger's face.

EpisodesEdit

No. of
series
No. of
episode
UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Source material Original air date
105 1 "Cranky Bugs" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
1 September 1998
A new crane at Brendam Docks, Cranky, causes trouble for Thomas and Percy, calling them "bugs". But one night in a storm, Gordon, Duck, James, and Henry are stuck at the docks. Cranky gets knocked over by a old tramsteamer called the Titanic without the iceberg and needs the engines' help.
106 2 "Horrid Lorry" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
3 September 1998
Three snide lorries arrive, and take over the engines' work. But eventually, the tables are turned, and the lorries wreck themselves and get sent away.
107 3 "A Better View for Gordon" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
5 September 1998
Gordon complains about that a engine like him should have a good panoramic view from the new station. He take s on his first test runs, without coaches and he stops at the station just fine. When he takes the coaches for a try, he breaks down before the station. The third time he tries, he runs thru the station wall. The last time, it is a success for the second grand opening of the new station, and the Fat Controller tells him that his panoramic view is there to stay.
108 4 "Lady Hatt's Birthday Party" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
6 September 1998
It's Lady Hatt's birthday, and The Fat Controller is on his way to the party. On his way, his car hits a hole in the road. He then gets a ride with Caroline, until her engine overheats. George takes over, until he loses control and goes into a muddy ditch. Thomas gladly takes The Fat Controller to Kirk Ronan station, where he gets of. When he arrives, Lady Hatt tells the Fat Controller that she didn't know it was about "fancy dressing" for her party.
109 5 "James and the Trouble with Trees" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
13 September 1998
James is boastful about his new coat of paint, and his bragging prevents him from listening to Terence's warnings about trees that are too close to the line.
110 6 "Gordon and the Gremlin" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
16 September 1998
A VIP is arriving soon, but problems continue and the others joke of gremlins here. Gordon disagrees, until he has trouble with the VIP in his coach.
111 7 "Bye George!" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
20 September 1998
George the Steamroller is once again up to no good to the railway. He goes as far as bullying Percy, as George was enjoying himself tarmacking asphalt over the tracks, causing Thomas to crash through a chicken coop, and causes Gordon to crash into Duck's truck. The Fat Controller deals with him after.
112 8 "Baa!" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
22 September 1998
Thomas, Percy and Toby talk about a competition for "The Best Dressed Station" that is being held across Sodor. But as Percy is helping decorate Maithwaite, a ram is found in the station as decorations are ruined.
113 9 "Put Upon Percy" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
24 September 1998
While working at the Coal Mine, some trucks escape from Percy, and they crash inside the mine and causes friction, which makes the entire mine collapse. Percy escapes backwards and is later stuck under coal himself. But luckily he is found and rescued.
114 10 "Toby and the Flood" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
28 September 1998
During many days of rain, Toby is asked to investigate a dam on his branch line. As he is on it, he discovers that it's about to break and rushes away. While on his way back, the bridge of the river floods away with him on it. Harold and Percy rescue Toby, with Harold securing a rope and Percy pulling him back on land. After the dam is mended, a party is held in Toby's honour.
115 11 "Haunted Henry" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
3 October 1998
Henry refuses to believe in ghosts, until he and his driver encounter a series of spooky events when he takes a goods train during the night.
116 12 "Double Teething Troubles" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
5 October 1998
A new diesel with "teething troubles" named Derek arrives to help Bill and Ben. The twins misunderstand him by thinking he has a toothache.
117 13 "Stepney Gets Lost" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
7 October 1998
Stepney is sent to work at the quarry, and after a delivery with a goods train, he unknowingly ends up in the scrapyard, where Iron Arry and Bert want him for scrap.
118 14 "Toby's Discovery" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
9 October 1998
Toby is spooked when he stumbles across a disused mine. Thomas' tale of the "Old Warrior" ghost doesn't help, but finds out that "The Old Warrior" isn't scary whatsoever, but he is actually an old engine and is given the nickname due to his courageousness.
119 15 "Something in the Air" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
11 October 1998
Henry teases Thomas after his accident with fish, and refuses to listen to Thomas' warning about faulty tracks near the beach, but soon pays the price.
120 16 "Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
13 October 1998
Thomas and Percy want to help an old coach that is due for scrap. After a fire burns down the engineer's depot, the engines might have a use for her.
121 17 "Thomas and the Rumours"
"Thomas and the Rumors"
Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
17 October 1998
Thomas and the other engines jump to conclusions when Harold flies an important visitor around, and rumours spread that Harold will replace them. Gordon tries to show that he's better but gets in a muddle.
122 18 "Oliver's Find" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
19 October 1998
After causing an accident with some trucks, Oliver is sent to take the mail. During the end of the mail run, the signalman is sleeping, resulting in Oliver diverted onto an older track.
123 19 "Happy Ever After" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
20 October 1998
Percy is to put together a good luck package for Mrs. Kyndley's daughter's wedding, with something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
124 20 "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
22 October 1998
The Fat Controller wants a break from the rails, but his adventure backfires; a biplane named "Tiger Moth" crashes, and then his canal boat gets stuck on a mud bank.
125 21 "A Surprise for Percy"
"A Big Surprise for Percy"
Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
23 October 1998
Percy is bored and wants excitement, but Bertie tells him that surprises only come when he doesn't expect it. Percy discovers that when, whilst hauling them up a steep hill, his trucks break away.
126 22 "Make Someone Happy" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
24 October 1998
Thomas tells James to think of someone else for once. And when Mrs. Kyndley is upset when her sister cannot visit, James gladly takes part in cheering her up.
127 23 "Busy Going Backwards" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
26 October 1998
Toad the brakevan is upset about always going backwards, wanting to see things the other way. Some naughty trucks decide to teach him about being careful what he wishes for.
128 24 "Duncan Gets Spooked" Original
by Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, and David Maidment
27 October 1998
Duncan teases Peter Sam about his accident, saying that his lost trucks will haunt him, so Rusty tells him a story about an engine that haunts a bridge over the swamp where he perished years ago. Duncan doesn't believe it at first, but Duncan's crew plans to trick him into going on the haunted bridge at night.
129 25 "Rusty and the Boulder" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
28 October 1998
A new quarry is being built by a mountain, where a huge Boulder dwells. Rusty worries that the boulder is watching him. The next day, the boulder falls and tumbles down the tracks after other engines, before finally stopping in the yard.
130 26 "Snow" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
30 October 1998
Thomas doesn't think the snow could be any worse, so Rusty tells him about "the worst winter of all", when some trucks caused an avalanche, that fell right on top of Skarloey, who miraculously survived.

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Fun FactsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This was the first season of several things:
    • The first season not to have any episodes based on the Railway Series stories by Wilbert and Christopher Awdry.
    • The first season to introduce original characters not created by Wilbert or Christopher Awdry.
    • Alec Baldwin's first season as narrator.
    • The first season not to air on Shining Time Station due to the show ending, instead Storytime with Thomas took over, but only aired on FOX Family, and it lasted two years before the television series went on hiatus in 2001 after Storytime with Thomas ended in 2001.
    • The first season to use a Proteus 2000 to compose the music.
    • The first season not dubbed in Finnish or Ukrainian.
    • The first season to air in Canada.
    • The first season that Douglas (Donald's twin) doesn't appear since his debut in the second season. Although, he does appear in a music video from this season.
  • According to an interview with David Mitton before his death in 2008, this season was supposed to be a showcase of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • Production of this season began in 1997 after Wilbert Awdry died on 21 March 1997, but ended sometime in either the end of 1997 or 1998, it's unknown when production of the season ended.
  • This was also the final season of several things:
    • Britt Allcroft's final season as writer and producer.
    • David Mitton's final season as producer.
    • Angus Wright's last season as executive producer.
    • The last season shown on Cartoon Network UK, besides syndicated episodes that would still be shown on the channel until 2001.
    • The last season filmed completely in 4:3 full screen, but only in the United Kingdom.
    • The last season shown in Germany and Spain until the eighth season.
    • The last season to have a railway consultant until the seventeenth season.
  • This was also the only season of several things:
    • The only season not to have Knapford Station as a destination.
    • The only season to have Kirk Ronan as a destination.
    • The only season that Diesel doesn't appear in since his debut in the second season, though he does appear in a music video from this season.
    • David Maidment's only season as railway consultant and writer.
    • The only season where Donald appears, but without Douglas.
    • The only season where Donald appears, but doesn't speak.
  • Michael Angelis was not credited in the opening titles for the UK narration. However, he is credited as narrator in the Hindi narration, even though it was redubbed.
  • Starting with this season up to Season 12, the brake sound effect from the 1964 film, The Train would be used when an engine puts on the brakes.
  • Thomas and the Rumours and Duncan Gets Spooked were the only episodes seen on VHS before broadcasting to television in the United Kingdom.

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