Thomas and Friends (series 3)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
No. of episodes: 26
Original channel: ITV
Original run: 25 February – 14 July 1991
Series chronology
Previous season: Series 2 (1986)
Next season: Series 4 (1994)
List of Thomas and Friends episodes

The third season of the television series of Thomas and Friends first premiered on VHS in 1991 in the US on TV. This was narrated by George Carlin in the US and New Zealand.


Before production of the third season, Clearwater Features closed down, with The Britt Allcroft Company becoming the sole producer. Producer Robert D. Cardona left before series 3, and Britt Allcroft took his place as co-producer alongside David Mitton. According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, "Gordon Goes Foreign" was originally planned to be filmed into an episode, but it wasn't because of high budgets.

The series was a combination of episodes derived from the Railway Series, magazines stories (written by the series' current head writer, Andrew Brenner), and a couple of original stories by Allcroft and Mitton. One of the primary reasons for diverging from the original books was that many of the stories not yet used featured large numbers of new characters, which would be expensive to produce. Another was that the producers wanted more stories about Thomas, the nominal main character. The Rev. W. Awdry noticed the more loose adaptions and disapproved of the new stories citing they were unrealistic.


No. of series No. of episode UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Source material Original air date
53 1 "A Scarf for Percy" Henry the Green Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
25 February 1992
Percy doesn't like the cold, so he wants a scarf for his funnel to keep warm. But as he goes to play a trick on the coaches, it ends up in an accident.
54 2 "Percy's Promise" Percy the Small Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
3 March 1992
Percy promises to take the Sunday School Class home, but a thunderstorm makes it very difficult to get there. Before long, Percy runs into a severe flood that the water leaks in and douses his fire.
55 3 "Time for Trouble" The Eight Famous Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
17 March 1992
James boasts about being as reliable as clockwork while Toby goes to be repaired. However, he runs out of water on James' line, which means they must move together.
56 4 "Gordon and the Famous Visitor" Duck and the Diesel Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
24 March 1992
Gordon is jealous of a visiting engine who has gone a hundred miles an hour, and wants to prove that he's just as special. But Gordon's dome can't stand handling such dangerous speeds in the wind.
57 5 "Donald's Duck" Oliver the Western Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
31 March 1992
Duck is conceited about his new branch, so Donald says he might lay an egg as he "quacks" so much. So Duck and his crew play a trick on Donald by hiding a duck in his water tank.
58 6 "Thomas Gets Bumped" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
7 April 1992
Thomas is proud of his branch line, but is very disappointed when he is forced to shunt trucks because of track repair, while Bertie takes his passengers.
59 7 "Thomas, Percy and the Dragon" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
7 April 1992
Percy teases Thomas for being scared of his ghost once. But the next night, Thomas has to take a paper Chinese Dragon. And as Percy sees it, he realizes that it's no fun being scared.
60 8 "Diesel Does It Again" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
14 April 1992
Duck and Percy are very displeased when Diesel comes to work at the Harbor, even though Sir Topham Hatt promised that he'd be gone for good for his last visit.
61 9 "Henry's Forest" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
14 April 1992
Henry loves going to the forest to admire the scenery. But one night, a windstorm damages the trees there, making him ever sadder. In order to make Henry feel happy again, new trees must be planted to replace the damaged ones.
62 10 "The Trouble with Mud" Gordon the Big Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
21 April 1992
Gordon is too muddy to pull the Express, making James very boastful about getting the job. But he pays no attention to Gordon's warning about the muddy leaves on the hill.
63 11 "No Joke for James" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
21 April 1992
When Gordon tells James that he's not as good as he is, he lies to Thomas that he'll be pulling coaches while Gordon has to take trucks. But soon James knows he must regain his dignity.
64 12 "Thomas, Percy and the Post Train"
"Thomas, Percy and the Mail Train"
Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
28 April 1992
Thomas and Percy like taking the mail, but a Boat delays them, so Harold is given the new job for being more efficient. But the engines soon find another useful job.
65 13 "Trust Thomas" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
28 April 1992
Thomas agrees to help Bertie, but James doesn't want to do Percy's work and, with advice from Gordon, James fakes sickness to get out of work and gets Thomas to take the trucks. However, the trucks thinking one engine is as good as another put Thomas in a sticky situation.
66 14 "Mavis" Tramway Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
5 May 1992
The Quarry has hired a young diesel engine named Mavis who wishes she had better things to do instead of listening to Toby. She completely pays no attention to him, and soon she gets stuck at a crossing with her trucks.
67 15 "Toby's Tightrope" Tramway Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
5 May 1992
Mavis wants to run on Toby's line again, but the trouble she caused does not allow her to do so. So she makes a plan that gets her on the line, but things go wrong when she accidentally knocks Toby off hence entering a collapsing bridge.
68 16 "Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
12 May 1992
The Vicar is planning a party, and Trevor tells Edward about it. Edward wants to help. Despite the fact that Bertie is teasing Trevor for being slow, the party becomes successful for both Edward and Trevor.
69 17 "Buzz, Buzz"
"James Goes Buzz, Buzz"
Main Line Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
12 May 1992
James boasts to Duck and BoCo about not being afraid of bees. But later James gets a surprise when a bee hive breaks and the bees cause havoc, forcing him to find a solution to get rid of the bees to keep them from bothering him.
70 18 "All at Sea" Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
19 May 1992
While watching the local regatta, Duck tells that Percy he wishes about going overseas to different places. But soon Duck must help an injured sailor to the hospital in order to show that engines are really useful.
71 19 "One Good Turn" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
26 May 1992
Bill and Ben work hard all day, and finally get to go on the turntable in the yard. But Bill and Ben end up being face to face. They argue with each other, and are forced to split up.
72 20 "Tender Engines" Enterprising Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
2 June 1992
A double-tendered engine unknowingly causes trouble. Although Gordon overcomes his problem about doubting steam engines' usefulness, Henry wants more than one tender, which makes his dream come true.
73 21 "Escape" Enterprising Engines
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
9 June 1992
Edward tells Douglas about the time he saved Trevor from scrap. That night, as Douglas goes to another railway, he does the same by rescuing a Great Western Engine named Oliver and his brake-van Toad.
74 22 "Oliver Owns Up" Oliver the Western Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
16 June 1992
Oliver is new to the Island, and all the engines complimenting his courage is making him conceited. He pays no attention to Duck's warning about trucks and gets in a nasty accident.
75 23 "Bulgy" Oliver the Western Engine
by Reverend Wilbert Awdry
23 June 1992
Duck meets Bulgy, a double-decker bus who doesn't like the rails. He tries to take Duck's passengers away by pretending to be a "railway bus" and taking them on an attempted shortcut. But what he doesn't realize is that a collapsing bridge has inadequate clearance.
76 24 "Heroes" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
30 June 1992
Trucks at the harbor cause trouble for Bill and Ben, but while working at the Quarry the next day, they are the workers' only hope during a landslide
77 25 "Percy, James and the Fruitful Day" Thomas and Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
7 July 1992
James is collecting some fruit from the Harbour to the main line. He breaks down, so Percy is forced to take it himself, but he goes so fast that he winds up squashing it all.
78 26 "Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure"
"Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure"
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
14 July 1992[1]
Thomas looks forward to delivering his mail to the people of the Mountain Village. But a blizzard delays the journeys, which means that Thomas and Percy (along with Terence and Harold) must work together.

Music VideosEdit


Characters introducedEdit

Fun FactsEdit


  • This was the first season of several things:
    • The first season to have episodes not based on material by either Awdry.
    • Britt Allcroft's first season as producer.
    • Angus Wright's first season as executive producer.
    • The first season to use Rockwell font.
    • The first season to feature TUGS models.
    • This season was the first to use the EMU Proteus 2 Orchestral to create the music. However, some of the music made with the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer for the first and second season was used.
    • The first season dubbed in Finnish.
    • The first season to introduce Music Videos.
    • The first season to have slow motion effects.
    • The first season to have material released on home video before it was broadcast on TV.
    • In the US, this is the first season to not have a Christmas themed season finale.
  • The biggest space of time between 2 seasons is between Season 2 and Season 3. Season 2 first in 1986, and Season 3 in 1991.
  • Gordon Goes Foreign was originally going to be an episode in this season, but it was cancelled for being too high budget. It is unknown if any of the other episodes made for this season have replaced it.
  • For much of the season, Tidmouth Sheds appears to be much larger on the inside than usual. While all the exterior scenes depict the shed with the usual 6 berths, there are 9 tracks seen in most interior views.
  • This is the only season that has George Carlin version on VHS in New Zealand. However when the Season 3 episodes in New Zealand. This is also the case when The Complete Third Series was released on DVD in New Zealand.
  • Model maker John Holmes did not receive credit for working on this season until 1991.
  • From Thomas Gets Bumped to James Goes Buzz, Buzz, each broadcast featured 2 episodes compiled into one 10 minute block.
  • This season was produced in association with Fuji Television Network, Inc., as indicated by a message at the end of each episode In 1991.
  • According to The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, it cost £1.3 million to produce all 26 episodes.
  • It was during this season that footage of Tidmouth Sheds was shot uniquely for the Japanese-exclusive special Thomas and the U.K. Trip.
  • Stock Footage theme music from Seasons 1-2.


Behind the ScenesEdit