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The second series of Thomas and Friends premiered on 26th September 1990.

Production

The majority of the stories were originally written by the Reverend W. Awdry. However, Christopher Awdry was commissioned to write a new Railway Series book as source material for the second series. Two stories from More About Thomas the Tank Engine provided additional roles for Bertie the bus and Harold the helicopter. The episode Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree was a one-off story written by Christopher Awdry. The episode A New Friend For The is "based on the story by Christopher Awdry from original material by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton".

According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, "The Missing Coach" was originally intended for production, but it was not filmed because its production costs would have gone over-budget, based on a story from The Twin Engines was due to be filmed. The model crew had gone as far as filming scenes on the Tidmouth Station set with Thomas arriving at the station before Britt Allcroft decided to cut the episode, citing a lack of action and a storyline which was too convoluted for young viewers to follow, so it was replaced by Double Trouble. "Percy's Promise" was originally considered but were dropped and replaced by Christopher Awdry's new stories.

Episodes

  1. Thomas, Percy and the Coal
    Double Trouble

    (Thomas and Percy quarrel about proper colours for an engine, but both engines end up getting in trouble with coal.)
    (Release date: September 26th, 2001)
  2. Cows
    A Cow On The Line

    (Gordon and Henry tease Edward after some cows break part of his train away, but in the end, Edward has the last laugh.)
    (Release date: September 27th, 2001)
  3. Bertie's Chase
    (Edward is impatient when Thomas' fireman is away and the passengers are angry, but Bertie races to the rescue.)
    (Release date: September 28th, 2001)
  4. Saved from Scrap
    (Edward meets Trevor the Traction Engine at the scrapyards and tries to help make him become useful again.)
    (Release date: October 1st, 1990)
  5. Old Iron
    (James is fed up with Edward for being so slow, but when two boys fiddle with James' controls, Edward comes to his rescue.)
    (Release date: October 2nd, 1990)
  6. Thomas and Trevor
    A New Friend For Thomas

    (Trevor does not have much work to do and proves to Thomas how useful he can be when he is sent to help at the harbor.)
    (Release date: October 3rd, 1990)
  7. Percy and the Signal
    (Percy enjoys playing tricks on the big engines, but Gordon and James make a plan to pay him back.)
    (Release date: October 4th, 1990)
  8. Duck Takes Charge
    (Duck arrives on the island to help Percy and stop the big engines from pushing smaller engines around.)
    (Release date: October 5th, 1990)
  9. Percy and Harold
    Percy Proves a Point

    (Harold thinks that railways are slow and out of date, but Percy proves him wrong after winning a race.)
    (Release date: October 8th, 1990)
  10. Percy Takes the Plunge
    (Percy thinks that water is nothing to an engine with determination, but his mood soon changes when he passes a danger sign at the harbor.)
    (Release date: October 9th, 1990)
  11. Gordon Goes Foreign
    (Gordon, Duck, & Patriot the Big City Engine have an argument over whether the big station in London is either King's Cross, Euston, or Paddington. Gordon tries to prove that that big station is "King's Cross" by trying to travel to London beyond the big station.)
    (Release date: October 10th, 1990)
  12. Double Header
    (James takes charge of the Express after Sir Topham Hatt give Gordon a rest after his trip to London. James soon has to help Toby the Tram Engine in a situation he reluctantly helps him in.)
    (Release date: October 11th, 1990)
  13. The Fat Controller's Engines
    Sir Topham Hatt's Engines

    (Sir Topham Hatt wants to show the people of England that his engines are real, as they do not believe that are real. All eight of Sir Topham Hatt's Engines will be going to England! But Thomas is unsure about going to England because of a recent accident!
    (Release date: October 12th, 1990)
  14. Domeless Engines
    (Gordon's not impressed by the special visitor "City Of Truro". He soon learns he should be so critical of "Domeless Engines".)
    (Release date: October 13th, 1990)
  15. Pop Goes the Diesel
    (Diesel arrives on trial and thinks that diesel engines know everything and do not need to learn, until he tries to take some old trucks from a siding.)
    (Release date: October 14th, 1990)
  16. Dirty Work
    Diesel's Devious Deed

    (Diesel gets revenge on Duck by telling lies about the big engines to the trucks, causing Sir Topham Hatt to send Duck away.)
    (Release date: October 15th, 1990)
  17. Percy's Ploy
    (When Duck was sent to Edward's branch line, Diesel was left to manage the work in the yards alone. The Fat Controller sent Percy to help him with the work and keep the yard in order. But Diesel didn't listen, much to the disdan of the little green engine.
    (Release date: October 16th, 1990)
  18. A Close Shave
    A Close Shave for Duck

    (Duck helps Edward with some cars on Gordon's Hill, but the train breaks away and the cars chase Duck down the main line, until he ends up in a barber shop.)
    (Release date: October 17th, 1990)
  19. The Runaway
    (After a visit to the works, Thomas' handbrake is very stiff and he soon becomes a runaway on the branch line.)
    (Release date: October 18th, 1990)
  20. Better Late Than Never
    (The viaduct on the main line is causing delays on the railway making Thomas very cross, but he learns that there are times when being late is not such a bad thing after all.)
    (Release date: October 19th, 1990)
  21. Break Van
    Donald and Douglas

    (Donald and Douglas are twins whom Sir Topham Hatt had bought from Scotland to help out. Things do not go well for both twins due to a Spiteful Brake Van.)
    (Release date: October 20th, 1990)
  22. The Deputation
    (Donald and Douglas are worried that they will be sent away and be scrapped, but Percy and the other engines try to help the twins out with a Deputation.)
    (Release date: October 22nd, 1990)
  23. Thomas Comes to Breakfast
    (Thomas thinks that he can manage without his driver, until he makes an unexpected visit to the stationmaster's house one morning.)
    (Release date: October 23rd, 1990)
  24. Daisy
    (Daisy comes to help on Thomas' branch line after Thomas' indisposal and causes trouble with rude remarks toward the coaches and refusing to pull a milk tanker.)
    (Release date: October 24th, 1990)
  25. Percy's Predicament
    (Percy and Toby agree to switch jobs after Daisy refuses to take the milk again, which ends up putting the engines in an awkward predicament.)
    (Release date: October 25th, 1990)
  26. The Diseasel
    (Bill and Ben think that a Diseasel stole their cars of china clay and they set off to find him and get their cars back.)
    (Release date: October 26th, 1990)
  27. Wrong Road
    (A mix-up with Gordon and Edward ends up sending both engines on the wrong lines with their evening trains, with Gordon ending up being teased by Bill and Ben.)
    (Release date: October 29th, 1990)
  28. Edward's Exploit
    (Gordon, Henry and James think that Edward should give up and be preserved, but Edward proves how really useful he is when he takes visitors home during a storm.)
    (Release date: October 30th, 1990)
  29. Crossed Lines
    (James has never liked BoCo. His attitude gets even worse, and he soon learns his lesson.)
    (Release date: October 31st, 1990)
  30. Ghost Train
    Percy's Ghostly Trick

    (Percy pretends to be a ghost and scare Thomas to teach him a lesson for calling him a silly little engine for his ghost story.)
    (Release date: November 1st, 1990)
  31. Woolly Bear
    (Thomas thinks Percy crawls like a caterpillar due to him being late with collecting hay along the line and when Percy ends up covered in treacle and hay, Thomas and Toby end up making jokes about him.)
    (Release date: November 2nd, 1990)
  32. Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
    (Thomas is sent to collect a Christmas tree, but when he ends up getting lost along the way home, Donald and Douglas set off to rescue him in time for the Christmas celebrations.)
    (Release date: December 25th, 1990)

Characters

Characters Introduced

Trivia

  • This was the first series of several things:
  • The first series where trucks have resin faces.
  • The first series to use stories by Christopher Awdry.
  • The first series to have diesel locomotives.
  • The first series to have a female engine (Daisy).
  • The first series in which the phrase, "Bust my buffers!" is said.
  • The first series to have Edward's new happy faces.
  • This was the final series of several things:
  • The last series where the end credits would roll over the final shot of an episode.
  • The last series not to have any Music Videos until Series 3.
  • The last series to create the score with the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer.
  • This is the only production where a character angrily says "Shut up!" until Thomas and the Magic Railroad. This is likely due to broadcasting concerns after this series.
  • Starting from the episode, Pop Goes the Diesel, the laughing sound effect from the trucks was heard. That sound effect was later reused in the following series.
  • Henry regains his wheel arches, which were removed when he received his new shape after his accident with The Flying Kipper.

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