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Strength (Episode #312)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

It is stormy season on the Island of Sodor and Thomas is to deliver some birthday mail to Alice at High Farm. On the way he meets Rosie a young tank engine. Rosie wants to be just like Thomas and tries to follow him to High Farm. This makes Thomas cross and he puffs away. When a storm appears Thomas puffs on, trying to get away from Rosie. Thomas takes a shorter but harder route to Hill Farm, but is soon stuck in a landslide. Rosie catches up with Thomas. Thomas is glad to see her and asks Rosie to deliver the special birthday mail to Alice. Rosie is happy to help and when she returns, Thomas is delighted to see Alice on board Rosie, who has come to say thank you. Its winter and James is bringing coal to the wharf so that Duncan can take it up to the villages in the hills. Duncan challenges James to a race - he'll deliver the coal faster than James can bring it to the wharf. James is too fast for little Duncan, so Duncan decides to hide his coal while James isn't looking. James works extra hard to keep up with Duncan, but eventually runs out of his own coal. Duncan feels terrible and admits what he has done. He goes to find James to load him up with coal again. James and Duncan are happy to be Really Useful once again.

The Way I See It (Episode #311)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Gordon has set a record for pulling the express and he is to receive a set of special cars. It is Emily's job to collect the cars and deliver them to the ceremony. On the way, she is rude to Diesel who is not impressed to hear about Gordon's award. Diesel tries to tell her something but Emily steams away. Crossly, Diesel takes the cars and hides them in a siding. When Sir Topham Hatt catches up with Diesel, he orders him to show Emily where the cars are. On the way, Diesel's engine starts to splutter. Diesel explains that he also has broken a record, for shunting trucks. And he was cross that Emily didn't listen. Emily is sorry and later at Gordon's ceremony, she arranges a special surprise for Diesel too. It is the day of the Sodor School football match. James finishes his jobs first and gets to pull the team carriages. James gets decorated in the team colors. Thomas is very jealous and thinks this isn't fair. He tries to persuade James to let him pull the coaches but James won't listen. Thomas resorts to desperate measures and arranges for James to puff into a siding. This destroys James' decorations! Thomas is horrified at what he has done. Thomas sees Bertie who has broken down on his way to the match with lots of children. Thomas offers to take the children and borrows the children's flags and scarves to decorate James with. James looks wonderful and everyone is delighted.

Favorite Places (Episode #310)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Skarloey doesn't like the Wharf. It's a big noisy place and he doesn't know anybody's name. The troublesome trucks make Skarloey jump and James teases him for being a 'scaredy engine'. Skarloey leaves and worries that he is a scaredy engine. On his way to collect a prize pig, he helps Rusty cross a rickety old bridge. Then he helps Duncan cross some flooded tracks. And finally saves Rheneas from being hit by a falling log. Rheneas is surprised that Skarloey still feels scaredy and points out all the brave things that he has just done. Skarloey realizes that Rheneas is right. He returns to the Wharf, and this time he's not scaredy at all! Even James is impressed! It is winter and Thomas is collecting timber for Farmer McColl's roof. At the docks Thomas and Percy see a group of children playing with a large snowman balloon. A gust of wind attaches the balloon to Thomas's buffers. The balloon follows Thomas all over the Island of Sodor, but Thomas doesn't know why. Everywhere he goes, people try to tell Thomas about the balloon, but he's too worried to listen. He's also too worried to do his work properly and only collects one load of timber for Farmer McColl. When Thomas realizes that the balloon was attached to his buffers he feels very silly, but relieved to have got to the bottom of the balloon mystery!

Big and Small (Episode #309)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Skarloey doesn't like the Wharf. It's a big noisy place and he doesn't know anybody's name. The troublesome trucks make Skarloey jump and James teases him for being a 'scaredy engine'. Skarloey leaves and worries that he is a scaredy engine. On his way to collect a prize pig, he helps Rusty cross a rickety old bridge. Then he helps Duncan cross some flooded tracks. And finally saves Rheneas from being hit by a falling log. Rheneas is surprised that Skarloey still feels scaredy and points out all the brave things that he has just done. Skarloey realizes that Rheneas is right. He returns to the Wharf, and this time he's not scaredy at all! Even James is impressed! It is winter and Thomas is collecting timber for Farmer McColl's roof. At the docks Thomas and Percy see a group of children playing with a large snowman balloon. A gust of wind attaches the balloon to Thomas's buffers. The balloon follows Thomas all over the Island of Sodor, but Thomas doesn't know why. Everywhere he goes, people try to tell Thomas about the balloon, but he's too worried to listen. He's also too worried to do his work properly and only collects one load of timber for Farmer McColl. When Thomas realizes that the balloon was attached to his buffers he feels very silly, but relieved to have got to the bottom of the balloon mystery!

Friendship (Episode #304)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Thomas is sent to the Wharf to collect a Christmas tree from Sir Handle. Thomas tells Duncan and Peter Sam what he's looking for and they tease Thomas for not knowing what a Christmas tree looks like. This makes Thomas cross. Determined to prove himself, Thomas refuses any help from any other engines, even Sir Handle! Thomas sees something long and pointy under a tarpaulin on a flat-bed and he decides it must be the Christmas tree. Thomas races off with the load, but Thomas has to break hard sending his load into the canal -it's not a tree, its some telegraph poles. Thomas realizes that he does need help after all and heads off to find Sir Handle. He apologizes for being silly, and together they find the tree for Thomas to take to Sir Topham Hatt. Toby loves to go to the farm to see the animals and he plans to spend his afternoon off doing just that. When Sir Topham Hatt gives Toby three unexpected specials, he worries that he won't have time to visit the farm after all. He asks his friends to help him, but each of them seems too busy to help. This makes Toby sad, he thought friends were supposed to help each other. When one of his special deliveries is delayed until morning due to rough seas, Toby is delighted, he'll be able to get to the farm after all. On his way, he sees Henry who has broken down. Henry explains that all the other engines were helping him. They had been helping a friend after all. Toby offers to help Henry too. And even though it means missing the farm, he doesn't mind!

Special Days (Episode #305)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Gordon needs to pull the express one more time to set a record. He is determined not to let anything stand in his way. So when he's accidentally given Henry's special coal, he doesn't stop. He hopes it'll make him go faster. Henry bravely puffs on with his ordinary coal. While Henry struggles with a clogged firebox, Gordon puffs across the island. Eventually Gordon's conscience gets the better of him and, just as he's about to finish his journey, he stops and puffs back to Henry. Gordon and Henry swap coal tenders. Gordon is very sorry to have taken Henry's coal, while Henry is sorry that Gordon couldn't set his record. Thomas is taking some holidaymakers on a sightseeing trip around the Island of Sodor. Gordon sniffs that he would be much faster, so Thomas sets out to prove that he's wrong. He races from location to location so fast that he leaves holidaymakers behind at each place! Bertie the bus sees what is happening and chases after Thomas, collecting the stranded passengers as he goes. When Thomas realizes what he's done he takes the holidaymakers to the seaside and stays there - it's much better to see one place properly, than to see lots in a hurry!

Navigation (Episode #308)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A new crane arrives on the island, Rocky. Rocky has no engine and is unable to move on his own. Edward dismisses Rocky as new fangled nonsense. When Edward causes a spillage of telegraph poles on the tracks, he calls for Harvey - the smaller crane. But Harvey isn't fast enough and Gordon steams into the poles and crashes. Harvey can't lift Gordon and Edward realizes that only Rocky is big enough to help. Edward realizes that Rocky is useful after all and is proud to be his friend. Thomas challenges Spencer to a race. He races right through Kellsthorpe station with a gust of wind so strong that it blows Sir Topham Hatt's top hat right off. Sir Topham Hatt is going for tea at the Scottish Castle so he needs his hat! Thomas promises to retrieve the hat and sets off to find it. Thomas chases the hat all over the island, but every time he nearly gets to it, the hat blows away. Eventually Thomas stops. All of a sudden, the hat floats gently onto Thomas' funnel. Slowly Thomas puffs back to Kellsthorpe. Sir Topham Hatt is delighted to have his hat back. Some times going slow is just as useful as going fast!

Imagination (Episode #307)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

It is winter on the Island of Sodor and Henry is disappointed not to be chosen to pull some heavy loads for Farmer McColl. Gordon gets the job and boasts that he is the strongest engine. The other engines tell Gordon that he'll soon see just how strong Big Strong Henry is, a promise that has Henry worried. Henry's friends soon find a way for Henry to prove his strength to Gordon - by pulling Farmer McColl's loads so Gordon can see. This makes Gordon cross and Henry decides he quite likes being Big Strong Henry. Henry takes his heaviest load yet, twenty trucks of hay bales, up a hill - but they're too heavy! The trucks derail at the bottom of the hill, while Gordon takes his last heavy load, some cows. Henry is very sorry for causing trouble, but spots that Gordon has puffed away leaving one of his trucks is open - letting all the cows escape! Clever Henry uses his hay to lead the cows all the way to Farmer McColl's proving that you don't need to be strong to be useful! Thomas is to give train rides at a children's fancy dress party. He daydreams about what costume to wear. A trip to the washdown gives him the idea to go as a big bubble bath, but the bubbles get into his eyes and he crashes into Toby, who is carrying taffy for the taffy apples. Toby is damaged so Thomas offers to take the taffy for Toby. On his way to the party Thomas again daydreams about what costume to wear. He doesn't see some points have changed and races into a siding. He hits the buffers and taffy goes all over him. Thomas is running late so takes a shortcut down an old overgrown line. Branches and leaves stick to him. Thomas arrives at the party with the taffy just in time. He's sorry to be in such a mess. But the children say that he looks like a big leafy bush - he has come in fancy dress after all. Peep peep!

Old & New (Episode #306)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Fearless Freddie is an old engine who has returned to the narrow gauge railway after many years. He brags about being the fastest engine in the hills. He challenges Rheneas and Skarloey to a race, but it's a lot harder than he realized. Determined not to lose, Freddie remembers a forgotten old short cut to the bottom of the mountain and claims the victory! Rheneas and Skarloey challenge Freddie to another race and again Freddie puffs down a hidden short-cut. Rheneas is so desperate to beat Freddie that he steams right off the track! Freddie is sorry for encouraging the younger engines to go too fast. He uses his knowledge of the hidden tracks to help rescue Rheneas. When Thomas sees that Toby's shed at Arlesden End has a leaky roof, he volunteers to organize getting it fixed for his friend. Thomas tells Toby all about his plan but Toby still seems very sad. With the new roof complete, Thomas asks Toby why he still seems so sad. Toby explains that he liked the holey old roof - the birds would fly in through the holes and make their nests, Toby's home was their home too! Thomas has an idea. He arranges for the wood from Toby's old roof to be made into a birdhouse. Now there are more birds at Arlesden End than ever before. Toby is delighted!

Special Days (Episode #305)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Gordon needs to pull the express one more time to set a record. He is determined not to let anything stand in his way. So when he's accidentally given Henry's special coal, he doesn't stop. He hopes it'll make him go faster. Henry bravely puffs on with his ordinary coal. While Henry struggles with a clogged firebox, Gordon puffs across the island. Eventually Gordon's conscience gets the better of him and, just as he's about to finish his journey, he stops and puffs back to Henry. Gordon and Henry swap coal tenders. Gordon is very sorry to have taken Henry's coal, while Henry is sorry that Gordon couldn't set his record. Thomas is taking some holidaymakers on a sightseeing trip around the Island of Sodor. Gordon sniffs that he would be much faster, so Thomas sets out to prove that he's wrong. He races from location to location so fast that he leaves holidaymakers behind at each place! Bertie the bus sees what is happening and chases after Thomas, collecting the stranded passengers as he goes. When Thomas realizes what he's done he takes the holidaymakers to the seaside and stays there - it's much better to see one place properly, than to see lots in a hurry!

Friendship (Episode #304)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is sent to the Wharf to collect a Christmas tree from Sir Handle. Thomas tells Duncan and Peter Sam what he's looking for and they tease Thomas for not knowing what a Christmas tree looks like. This makes Thomas cross. Determined to prove himself, Thomas refuses any help from any other engines, even Sir Handle! Thomas sees something long and pointy under a tarpaulin on a flat-bed and he decides it must be the Christmas tree. Thomas races off with the load, but Thomas has to break hard sending his load into the canal -it's not a tree, its some telegraph poles. Thomas realizes that he does need help after all and heads off to find Sir Handle. He apologizes for being silly, and together they find the tree for Thomas to take to Sir Topham Hatt. Toby loves to go to the farm to see the animals and he plans to spend his afternoon off doing just that. When Sir Topham Hatt gives Toby three unexpected specials, he worries that he won't have time to visit the farm after all. He asks his friends to help him, but each of them seems too busy to help. This makes Toby sad, he thought friends were supposed to help each other. When one of his special deliveries is delayed until morning due to rough seas, Toby is delighted, he'll be able to get to the farm after all. On his way, he sees Henry who has broken down. Henry explains that all the other engines were helping him. They had been helping a friend after all. Toby offers to help Henry too. And even though it means missing the farm, he doesn't mind!

Let It Snow (Episode #909H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Just Being You (Episode #910H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Clues (Episode #303)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Sir Topham Hatt has lost his voice so Lady Hatt gives Percy the job of handing out his instructions for the day. Percy has lots of things to remember. Thomas offers to help, but Percy is determined to do it on his own. Percy goes to see James, Gordon and Toby but gets things muddled up, giving his friends some very silly jobs! Disaster strikes when James, Gordon and Toby crash into each other - all thanks to Percy. Percy is very sorry and asks Thomas if he'll help after all. Thomas is only too pleased to help his friend and together they retrace Percy's tracks. Percy finally remembers the jobs that Lady Hatt has told him and Percy puts everything right. Sir Topham Hatt is very please with Percy. He has been really useful! It's the country fair in the hills and Duncan is to take the bell from the clock tower to be specially polished. Duncan enjoys the sound the bell makes going over the bumpy tracks. He enjoys it so much that he doesn't listen to the foreman's instructions to go slowly. He doesn't listen to anyone telling him to slow down, until disaster strikes and Duncan hits a dip in the track - the bell bounces off his flat-bed and down the hill. Duncan is horrified. In the quiet, he hears the bell chiming - it's stuck in a tree. Duncan races to it, just in time for it to fall back on his flatbed. Slowly and carefully Duncan takes the bell to the polishers. At the fair, the shiny bell rings and Duncan thinks it's the best sound in the whole world!

Connections (Episode #302)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is sent to collect some children from the airport for the Sodor Summer Picnic. At the airport, Thomas meets Jeremy, a jet plane. Jeremy tells Thomas how wonderful it is to fly. Thomas thinks Jeremy is being boastful and decides not to talk to him again. Thomas, however, can't shake the feeling that it's better to be a jet plane than a steam engine. When Jeremy spots a storm on the way, he returns to the airport and alerts Thomas. The picnic will be ruined! Jeremy can't land near the picnic, Thomas will have to tell Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas races off. Thomas has an idea and relocates the picnic to Jeremy's hanger. Thomas is very proud to be a steam engine after all! A carnival comes to the island. All the engines get to pull a part of it, except for Percy who's given the job of pulling coal. Disappointed not to be given an important job, Percy leaves his coal and tries to help the others with the carnival. None of Percy's friends need help, but Percy spends so much time asking that none of his coal gets delivered. Soon all the engines are grinding to a halt! Percy is horrified and gets to work delivering coal to all the other engines. The carnival is a big success and Percy is delighted to have done such an important job, delivering coal!

Being Reliable (Episode #301)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is shunting trucks while James is collecting flour to make cakes for a children's party. Thomas isn't happy and bumps James's flour truck causing the door to open. Thomas tries to hide James's truck causing flour to pour from the open door. Soon the truck is empty and Thomas is horrified at what he has done. Thomas puffs to the mill to get a new flour truck, by the mill is closed. The only truck of flour is behind a big line of empty trucks - it'll take forever to move them all without help. So Thomas asks James to help and together they get the flour in time for the children's party. Thomas is pleased to have worked together with his friend. Sir Handle is known to be one of the smoothest engines on the narrow gauge railway. Mr. Percival gives him a special job, to take a load off apples. But he must be gentle so they don't bruise. But Sir Handle has a problem. When he goes up hills he starts to rattle and rock. He asks Peter Sam to help him take the apples. Mr. Percival is impressed, but Sir Handle doesn't admit the truth. Mr. Percival gives Sir Handle another delicate job, but again he asks a friend to help. This time, Mr. Percival gives him an extra special job, taking him and his wife for a picnic. This time, he can't hide the truth - he shudders and shakes. Sir Handle explains his problem to Mr. Percival who sends him for repairs straightaway - he should have explained his problem before!

Just Being You (Episode #910H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Let It Snow (Episode #909H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Communication (Episode #908H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Winter Surprise (Episode #907H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A Friend In Need (Episode #906H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Don't Give Up (Episode #905H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Fun on the Farm (Episode #904H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Being Useful (Episode #810H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Kevin the Steamie - Kevin decides that he wants to be able to shunt like a Steamie so he can join in a game of Bish, Bash, Bosh with Thomas and Percy. The game is about shunting oil drums. While Kevin is practicing his shunting, he causes chaos in the Steam Works. An oil drum bashes into Emily's wheels and causes a scratch, another drum bangs under Spencer's buffers, and then another drum bashes into Victor and he is covered in goo. Kevin realizes that it's great being a crane and he doesn't need to learn to shunt. Kevin fixes Emily, Spencer and Victor and then invents a new game to play with Percy and Thomas called Hide and Peep! Fiery Flynn - Flynn tries to impress Devious Diesel who tells Flynn that he is not a busy fire engine. Flynn starts to put out fires that don't actually exist. He tries to save Edward when it's actually Thomas' firebox on fire. This leads to the Diesels calling him Fumbling Flynn! Flynn approaches Thomas and just as he is about to put out the fire in his firebox, his water runs out. Flynn asks the Diesels to help him. The Diesels carry buckets of water and Thomas' firebox is saved. The next time Devious Diesel teases Flynn he knows not to react and wait for a proper emergency. This time Flynn puts out a proper fire at the Quarry.

If A Job's Worth Doing (Episode #903H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

All Together Now (Episode #902H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Chuffing with Pride (Episode #901H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Being Useful (Episode #810H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Kevin the Steamie - Kevin decides that he wants to be able to shunt like a Steamie so he can join in a game of Bish, Bash, Bosh with Thomas and Percy. The game is about shunting oil drums. While Kevin is practicing his shunting, he causes chaos in the Steam Works. An oil drum bashes into Emily's wheels and causes a scratch, another drum bangs under Spencer's buffers, and then another drum bashes into Victor and he is covered in goo. Kevin realizes that it's great being a crane and he doesn't need to learn to shunt. Kevin fixes Emily, Spencer and Victor and then invents a new game to play with Percy and Thomas called Hide and Peep! Fiery Flynn - Flynn tries to impress Devious Diesel who tells Flynn that he is not a busy fire engine. Flynn starts to put out fires that don't actually exist. He tries to save Edward when it's actually Thomas' firebox on fire. This leads to the Diesels calling him Fumbling Flynn! Flynn approaches Thomas and just as he is about to put out the fire in his firebox, his water runs out. Flynn asks the Diesels to help him. The Diesels carry buckets of water and Thomas' firebox is saved. The next time Devious Diesel teases Flynn he knows not to react and wait for a proper emergency. This time Flynn puts out a proper fire at the Quarry.

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