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Courage (Episode #508)

KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

* Thomas is to deliver some specially made blocks for the rebuilding of the Sodor River Bridge. He is so proud to be chosen that when his breaks start to squeak he refuses help from Stanley and continues the journey. Unable to slow down he unknowingly leaves blocks all over the tracks... worst of all he can't stop before the track ends and his front wheels end up hanging over the unfinished bridge. Once back on track, Thomas puts everything right.
* Gordon is a very proud engine and thinks he knows the railway on Sodor better than anyone, but when taking a short cut he gets lost and won't ask for help. Crashing into Ben, Gordon causes a big log to fall onto the lower track, blocking Stanley's route. Swallowing his pride, he asks for directions to the lower track from every engine he sees and stops Stanley just in time!

Doing Your Best (Episode #502)

KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

When a storm comes to the hills of Sodor, the little narrow gauge engines are called to help bring the sheep to safety. Skarloey is frightened of the lightning and while Rheneas and Peter Sam puff up and down with the sheep, Skarloey hides. The other engines soon run out of coal, forcing Skarloey to help out. With sheep still in danger, Skarloey puffs into action. Thinking only about the sheep, he realizes that he can do more than he thought! When Duncan becomes a little fed up with his straw deliveries, he decides to find a more important job. He abandons his straw collection to try some other engines' jobs instead. He collects Rusty's sightseers, but is soon distracted by pulling Skarloey's cows to the market - he does neither of his new jobs properly! This makes a lot of people upset - and Rusty and Skarloey get the blame! Duncan tells the truth and puts everything right. He goes back to delivering straw - it's a very important job after all.

Good Turns (Episode #506)

KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

When a big, brash engine called Hank comes to Sodor, it's Thomas' job to show him around the island. But first Thomas must do some important jobs. Hank tries to help, but Thomas doesn't like the big new engine's brash personality and refuses to let him help. Overloaded, Thomas soon cracks a cylinder and needs help. Luckily Hank is there and Thomas realizes that Hank has the best intentions. The two engines quickly become good friends and enjoy Hank's welcome party together. Toby becomes determined to find something special on the Island of Sodor, just like his friends, so that Sir Topham Hatt will think that he is special too. He thinks he sees a bird in a tree, but it turns out to be an old boot. A treasure chest turns out to be a truck full of tin cans. Toby spends so much time searching for something special that he runs out of coal. Toby feels very silly and asks his workman to bang on some old metal to call for help. When Sir Topham Hatt arrives, Toby realizes that he doesn't need to find something special in order to be special.

Being Careful (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A photograph of the engines is being taken for a big billboard. Diesel accidentally rolls in front of the camera obscuring Thomas and he decides that Diesel did it on purpose. When Thomas collects and then accidentally ruins the billboard, a new photograph is ordered. Thomas does his best to keep the news from Diesel, and in doing so, Thomas causes the new photograph to get delayed again. This causes havoc across the island as the other engines are taken away from their jobs. When Diesel discovers the truth, Thomas learns that Diesel hadn't meant to block him from the original photograph and is very sorry. To make amends, Thomas offers Diesel the job of collecting the new billboard. Edward is one of the oldest and steadiest engines on the Island of Sodor and is chosen to deliver a new brass water wheel to the water works. Deciding to ignore his instruction to take the smooth express line, Edward takes the bumpier track so that everyone can see his marvelous wheel. The wheel rolls free of its bindings and into Gordon's delivery of scrap metal for the smelters yard. Edward then has to race Gordon -- the fastest engine on Sodor -- to rescue the wheel.

Directions (Episode #410)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

When Diesel teases Thomas for being stinky Thomas is determined to prove otherwise. When Thomas is given a special to deliver some stinky cheese to the docks, he goes out of his way to avoid any diesel engines on the way. When Thomas sees 'Arry, he tries to back away, but he crashes into Bert. His cheese delivery flies high into the air and splatters all over them. Thomas feels very silly. He's given some new cheese and puffs quickly to the docks - this time he doesn't mind being stinky. At the docks, Sir Topham Hatt declares Thomas to be really useful and gives Diesel, Arry and Bert the stinky job of shunting the cheese at the docks.

Variety (Episode #501)

KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Mr. Percival is having a new bicycle delivered - but it's missing a bell. Freddie is determined to find one in order to prove himself to James, He looks all over the hills and tries out some different kinds of bells - a cow bell, some clowns' bells, a school bell - but nothing is good enough. A refurbished foghorn gives Freddie a very clever idea - the bell from Mr. Percival's old bicycle! Everyone is very impressed - even James! Heavy snow is blocking the narrow gauge tracks, so Madge must take Duncan by road. Duncan teases Madge and says their journey will be slow and dull. Madge decides to show Duncan how much fun the road can be and takes a detour along some country roads, spraying snow as they go. They have such fun that Madge skids dangerously and ends up hanging over the edge of a steep valley. Slowly and carefully, Madge drives back onto the road. Both Madge and Duncan agree that sometimes slow and careful is the best way to be!

Good Friends (Episode #504)

KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas and Percy are best friends with a special best friends' whistle. When Thomas is given the job of pulling a brass band - a job that he knows Percy is desperate to do - he decides to keep the news from his friend. Thomas spends the day avoiding Percy. When Percy finally learns the truth, he is disappointed in Thomas. Thomas feels terrible for not telling his best friend and, after negotiating with Sir Topham Hatt, works out a plan for Percy to pull the band after all. When the Sodor Wishing Tree is damaged in a storm, Henry fears that the special woodsmen he is told to collect have arrived to chop it down. He blocks all tracks leading to the tree to stop the woodsmen. Henry soon learns that the woodsmen are there to save the tree, but if they can't get to the tree it will have to be chopped down after all! Henry realizes his mistake and works hard to give the woodsmen access to the tree.

Team Work (Episode #503)

KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Sir Handel is delighted when Mr. Percival asks him to ensure that a train full of logs is ready for Thomas to collect later today. This is very urgent, and Mr. Percival tells Sir Handel to ask the very first engines he sees to help him. But instead, Sir Handel decides to find the very best engines to help him. Rheneas and Skarloey offer to help Sir Handel, but he wants to be sure he finds the best engines for the job. Mighty Mac, Rusty, Duncan and Peter are all very able to help, but Sir Handel keeps looking for his ideal helpers, until Thomas arrives to collect the logs. Sir Handel realizes that he's spent so long looking for the best engines to help that he hasn't even started on the job! Luckily Sir Handel sees that his friends ARE the best engines to help and when he asks them to begin work right away, the job is soon done. It's the day of the country show and engine rally in the hills. Madge the snub-nose lorry is to pull the brass band! Interfering Madge takes it upon herself to make sure the engineers get the other engines sparkling clean for the rally. Madge take such an interest that she doesn't get herself clean in good time. She rushes and gets everyone else muddy again in the process! The engineers get to work cleaning again - and this time Madge leaves them to it. Everyone is gleaming just in time for the rally!

Doing Your Best (Episode #502)

KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

When a storm comes to the hills of Sodor, the little narrow gauge engines are called to help bring the sheep to safety. Skarloey is frightened of the lightning and while Rheneas and Peter Sam puff up and down with the sheep, Skarloey hides. The other engines soon run out of coal, forcing Skarloey to help out. With sheep still in danger, Skarloey puffs into action. Thinking only about the sheep, he realizes that he can do more than he thought! When Duncan becomes a little fed up with his straw deliveries, he decides to find a more important job. He abandons his straw collection to try some other engines' jobs instead. He collects Rusty's sightseers, but is soon distracted by pulling Skarloey's cows to the market - he does neither of his new jobs properly! This makes a lot of people upset - and Rusty and Skarloey get the blame! Duncan tells the truth and puts everything right. He goes back to delivering straw - it's a very important job after all.

Variety (Episode #501)

KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Mr. Percival is having a new bicycle delivered - but it's missing a bell. Freddie is determined to find one in order to prove himself to James, He looks all over the hills and tries out some different kinds of bells - a cow bell, some clowns' bells, a school bell - but nothing is good enough. A refurbished foghorn gives Freddie a very clever idea - the bell from Mr. Percival's old bicycle! Everyone is very impressed - even James! Heavy snow is blocking the narrow gauge tracks, so Madge must take Duncan by road. Duncan teases Madge and says their journey will be slow and dull. Madge decides to show Duncan how much fun the road can be and takes a detour along some country roads, spraying snow as they go. They have such fun that Madge skids dangerously and ends up hanging over the edge of a steep valley. Slowly and carefully, Madge drives back onto the road. Both Madge and Duncan agree that sometimes slow and careful is the best way to be!

Directions (Episode #410)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

When Diesel teases Thomas for being stinky Thomas is determined to prove otherwise. When Thomas is given a special to deliver some stinky cheese to the docks, he goes out of his way to avoid any diesel engines on the way. When Thomas sees 'Arry, he tries to back away, but he crashes into Bert. His cheese delivery flies high into the air and splatters all over them. Thomas feels very silly. He's given some new cheese and puffs quickly to the docks - this time he doesn't mind being stinky. At the docks, Sir Topham Hatt declares Thomas to be really useful and gives Diesel, Arry and Bert the stinky job of shunting the cheese at the docks.

Being On Time (Episode #406)

KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Thomas is to pick up some important items for the finale of a magician's magic show. His reward for a job well done will be a role in the show! Thomas can't stop thinking about being in the magic show and collects all the wrong items. When he returns and realizes what he has done he feels very silly. Thomas puffs off to collect the correct items even though he'll miss the show. He arrives back with the correct items just in time for the grand finale. Thomas is delighted when the magician performs some amazing tricks with him! It's a windy day on Sodor. Thomas is given the job of taking the mayor's new sailing boat to the docks for a special launch ceremony. Thomas is told to wait for an engineer to lower the mast but Thomas is so proud to be taking the beautiful boat that he doesn't wait. When the mast gets caught in some trees, the sails unfurl themselves and open in the wind. The wind in the sails pushes Thomas along. Thomas can't slow down! He races past the harbor unable to stop. When the wind drops, Thomas realizes that he has been very silly. He waits patiently for the engineer to lower the sails and safely puffs the boat to the harbor. The Mayor and Sir Topham Hatt are very pleased.

Pushing and Pulling (Episode #409)

KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is chosen to deliver Sir Topham Hatt's brand new car to the Sodor Show. When Gordon challenges him to a race, Thomas is so determined to win that he doesn't wait for the workmen to couple up the car's flatbed properly. He pushes the car as fast as he can. He races to the top of Gordon's Hill only for the car to race down the other side without Thomas. Thomas chases as the runaway car hurtles along the track. Other engines have to avoid the speeding car causing chaos! The flatbed hits a bump in the track and the car lands in a big haystack. Thomas feels silly and, even though he loses the race, asks victorious Gordon to help him fetch Rocky to lift the car from the haystack. The two friends make sure Sir Topham Hatt's car makes it to the show on time! Thomas is at the fitters' yard before a special job taking the school choir to a concert. When James teases him, Thomas becomes determined to prove that he hasn't broken down and puffs away to collect the choir before his final inspection. Soon, however, nasty noises start coming from Thomas' engine. Thomas denies that there is anything wrong and puffs on. Eventually he breaks down. Thomas feels very silly. He asks James to help take the choir to the concert on time. Henry shunts Thomas to the fitters' yard to be repaired. And this time he waits patiently for his final inspection.

Fun and Games (Episode #408)

KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

While Thomas and Percy wait for an important cargo ship at the docks Thomas suggests a game of Hide and Peep. Cranky wants to play but Thomas tells him that he'd be no good at hiding. Percy hides and Thomas looks for him everywhere. When he can't find Percy, Thomas announces loudly that Sir Topham Hatt has arrived. Percy comes out from his hiding place but is cross when he realizes that Sir Topham Hatt hasn't arrived - Thomas has cheated. Percy hides again and Thomas searches for him. The Dock Manager says that the cargo ship has arrived. Thomas calls for Percy to tell him the news but Percy doesn't believe him and stays hidden. Thomas asks Cranky to help him find Percy. Cranky quickly spots Percy. Thomas puffs over to him and tells him all about the cargo ship. Thomas tells Percy that he is the best hider and that Cranky is the best finder! Toby is given a special job - to take Alicia Botti the opera singer to a special concert. Toby worries about making a mistake. Toby worries so much that he does just that - he forgets to slow at a corner, spilling Alicia's special tea in Henrietta. Then he worries so much that he takes the wrong track. Finally he worries so much that he speeds through a big puddle covering Henrietta in mud. When Alicia Botti sees Henrietta she insists that Toby gets washed. At the wash down, Toby notices the workmen are cheerful and how nobody else is worrying. Later, Toby doesn't worry anymore. And he does his job perfectly!

Experience (Episode #407)

KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Don't Be Silly, Billy - When Billy, a new engine, comes to the island, Thomas is given the job of showing Billy how to do his jobs. Billy doesn't want to listen to Thomas' instructions. He calls Thomas a bossy engine and races away. Thomas follows him across the island trying to tell Billy what to do, but still Billy won't listen. Eventually Thomas gives up. Soon Billy runs out of coal and water, just as Thomas had warned him. Thomas shunts Billy to the water tower and fills him with coal again. Billy is very sorry for not having listened - he realizes that Thomas was only trying to help. Together, they finish the jobs and Billy admits that he did like working with Thomas after all. All the engines think Edward knows everything. When he's given the job of taking the mail, Edward wants to ask for help, but worries that he'll look silly. He doesn't realize that the trucks are in a specific order and delivers the mail to the wrong places. When he realizes his mistake, he is very upset and knows he'll have to deliver them all over again. Edwards collects the mail and tries to deliver them but is in such a rush that he makes a mistake and the parcels go everywhere. Finally he decides that he must ask for help. He goes to Percy who is happy to help! Edward doesn't feel silly.

Being On Time (Episode #406)

KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is to pick up some important items for the finale of a magician's magic show. His reward for a job well done will be a role in the show! Thomas can't stop thinking about being in the magic show and collects all the wrong items. When he returns and realizes what he has done he feels very silly. Thomas puffs off to collect the correct items even though he'll miss the show. He arrives back with the correct items just in time for the grand finale. Thomas is delighted when the magician performs some amazing tricks with him! It's a windy day on Sodor. Thomas is given the job of taking the mayor's new sailing boat to the docks for a special launch ceremony. Thomas is told to wait for an engineer to lower the mast but Thomas is so proud to be taking the beautiful boat that he doesn't wait. When the mast gets caught in some trees, the sails unfurl themselves and open in the wind. The wind in the sails pushes Thomas along. Thomas can't slow down! He races past the harbor unable to stop. When the wind drops, Thomas realizes that he has been very silly. He waits patiently for the engineer to lower the sails and safely puffs the boat to the harbor. The Mayor and Sir Topham Hatt are very pleased.

Sight and Sound (Episode #405)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is looking forward to a big fireworks display that night. But first he is given an important special - to take a new light bulb to the Sodor lighthouse. Thomas is warned that the bulb will easily break and it must be delivered safely before dark so the ships can find their way. Thomas is so determined to finish his special that he can't resist speeding up. Thomas goes so fast that, when he comes to a section of track being replaced, he can't stop in time. He crashes through a barrier breaking the bulb! Thomas puffs off to collect a new bulb knowing that he will now be too late for the display. But when he sees the lighthouse beaming, Thomas thinks it looks as wonderful as any fireworks! While at the Wharf, Thomas uses his new whistle to make the narrow gauge engines jump. This makes the other engines laugh and soon they are all joining in the fun, making each other jump causing chaos across the Wharf! They have a wonderful time until an extra big noise derails Sir Handle. Mr. Percival arrives and puts the engines in their place. The engines all help clear up the wharf, before playing one last trick on Mr. Percival. There's a time and a place for having fun!

Feelings (Episode #314)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Sir Topham Hatt needs an engine for a railway poster. Edward is to be the poster engine, but James is sure that it should be him! When James hears that Edward was chosen for being on time, gentle with his trucks and always ready to do dirty jobs, James decides to prove that he can do all those things. James' plan doesn't quite work - he gets so dirty that its takes too long to get clean and James is soon running late for his passengers. He tries to beat Edward to the passengers, but doesn't see the signal. Edward crashes into the back of James and sends him hurtling through the railway poster - right where Edward's face should be. Edward is damaged and can't take passengers but the children still want to ride on the poster engine. James is sorry and offers to help Edward carry the children - and together they prove to be really useful. Thomas has a delivery to make at the Wharf. On the way he marvels at how beautiful the Island of Sodor is. At the Wharf he hears that Skarloey needs to be taken to the menders on the other side of the island. Thomas offers to take him. Skarloey is lowered on to a flat bed and coupled to Thomas. Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas to head straight for the menders and to be careful of the coupling. Thomas decides to cheer up sad Skarloey by showing him the sights of Sodor. But none of the sights impress the little engine. Thomas decides to chuff to the top of Gordon's Hill, but the coupling snaps and Skarloey hurtles to the bottom and right off the track! Thomas is very sorry. With Skarloey back on the track they set straight off for the menders. This time they go past the seaside - a sight that Skarloey has never seen before! Skarloey is very impressed. This is the best day out ever.

New Friends (Episode #401)

KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

A famous storyteller comes to the island to open a new library. It's Thomas' job to show the storyteller the sights of Sodor so she can write a special story for the children. Thomas tries to take the Storyteller to the docks but he finds James in trouble and has to help his friend. Then he takes the storyteller to pirates cove but Emily needs his help taking flour to the bakery. Finally he tries to take the storyteller to Misty Valley but on the way he finds Percy in trouble. By the time of the library opening, Thomas hasn't managed to take the storyteller to see any sights for her story. But the storyteller has a better idea. She decides to write a story all about the day that Thomas helped his friends. Thomas is delighted! When Emily is given the job of working with Whiff, a friendly garbage collection engine, the other engines tease her about her smelly new friend. Emily is embarrassed and tries to keep her distance from Whiff. But every time she gets away, Whiff catches up with her. Emily meets Spencer who's way is blocked by lots of garbage trucks - the ones that Emily was supposed to move with Whiff. Emily feels bad. She tries to move the trucks but finds they are too heavy. She asks Gordon and Spencer to help, but both refuse to move the smelly trucks. Only Whiff is willing to help move the trucks. Emily is please to call Whiff her friend.

Believing (Episode #404)

KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Percy breaks down when delivering the mail at night. While Thomas is pushing him back to the sheds, Percy sees some flashing lights in the sky and is convinced they are a spaceship. Gordon teases Percy, so when Thomas is sent to deliver the mail for Percy he becomes determined to prove his friend was right. Thomas spots some lights in the distance but they turn out to be workmen repairing the track. He spots some more lights, but they turn out to be the lighthouse. A third set of lights turns out to be Jeremy! Thomas realizes that Percy must have seen Jeremy landing at the airport! Searching for the spaceship makes Thomas late. Back at the sheds, he explains the truth about the lights to Gordon. And even though Thomas felt silly, he asks Gordon to help deliver the mail on time. Gordon is pleased to help and Percy decides that Jeremy is better than any spaceship! A successful day of deliveries in the snow convinces Henry that he has lucky trucks. The next day, without realizing, Edward uses Henry's trucks to take coal to the villages. Henry is given an important special - to collect presents for the children. Henry tries but finds his job difficult without his lucky trucks. Henry searches for Edward and the lucky trucks - but when he finds him Henry accidentally smashes the lucky trucks! Henry remembers the presents for the children he stops thinking about the trucks and puffs on without them. Soon Henry delivers all the presents. The children are delighted and Henry feels like the luckiest engine of all!

The Unexpected (Episode #403)

KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas must fill coal trucks in time for James and Edward to collect them. At the coaling plant, he encounters a big grumpy truck called 'Hector the Horrid'. Thomas tries to approach Hector but Hector roars at him to leave him alone. Thomas puffs quickly away. There's a lot to do and Rosie arrives to help. Rose tries to approach Hector the Horrid but again Hector roars and scares Rosie away. Thomas decides that he's had enough. He biffs Hector hard and sends him flying off the track. Hector reveals that he only roars because he's scared. He's never been filled with coal before. Thomas helps Hector and shows him that being filled with coal can be fun! Thomas and Hector (the not-so-Horrid) shunt the coal trucks in time for James and Edward to collect them. Gordon must take an important engineer to repair some points. He picks up the wrong person at the station and steams off to the points refusing to stop for any other engines. When Gordon realizes his mistake he feels very silly, but he can't head back to collect the engineer as the lines are blocked. Gordon has an idea. He asks all the engines to ferry the engineer up the line, engine-by-engine. Soon the points are repaired and the engines are on their way. Gordon admits that even he needs help sometimes!

Hopes and Dreams (Episode #402)

KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 6, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

The Duke and Duchess of Boxford are visiting the island with Spencer. When Spencer boasts about being faster, shiner and stronger than Thomas, Thomas vows to prove him wrong. Thomas tries to go faster than Spencer, but takes a bend too fast and has to break hard. He tries to be shinier than Spencer, but his work soon makes him dustier than ever. Finally he tries to be stronger and pulls too many tucks up Gordon's Hill. He slides all the way to the bottom and feels very silly. The next day, an emergency calls the Duke back to the mainland. Spencer's boiler is cold, but Thomas is raring to take the Duke. This time its Spencer's turn to feel silly! James is delighted to be taking the Mayor of Sodor to the Festival of Lights at the Scottish Castle. Thomas, Emily and Percy are allowed to go to the Festival too, but have lots of jobs to do first. They ask James to help them, but he refuses, heading off to get clean at the wash-down. Thomas, Emily and Percy each puff past in turn. Unless James helps them with their jobs, they may miss the Festival. But James is determined to stay clean for his grand entrance. But on his way to collect the Mayor, Sir Topham Hatt tells James that Thomas, Emily and Percy will miss the opening of the Festival, including his grand entrance. James' entrance won't be grand, with none of his friends there to see it. So James helps his friends with each of their jobs, even though he gets covered with coal dust, sand and smelly fish. And he has no time to wash before collecting the Mayor. But Sir Topham Hatt is delighted with James, all that mess and grime proves what a thoughtful and hard-working engine he is.

New Friends (Episode #401)

KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 5, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A famous storyteller comes to the island to open a new library. It's Thomas' job to show the storyteller the sights of Sodor so she can write a special story for the children. Thomas tries to take the Storyteller to the docks but he finds James in trouble and has to help his friend. Then he takes the storyteller to pirates cove but Emily needs his help taking flour to the bakery. Finally he tries to take the storyteller to Misty Valley but on the way he finds Percy in trouble. By the time of the library opening, Thomas hasn't managed to take the storyteller to see any sights for her story. But the storyteller has a better idea. She decides to write a story all about the day that Thomas helped his friends. Thomas is delighted! When Emily is given the job of working with Whiff, a friendly garbage collection engine, the other engines tease her about her smelly new friend. Emily is embarrassed and tries to keep her distance from Whiff. But every time she gets away, Whiff catches up with her. Emily meets Spencer who's way is blocked by lots of garbage trucks - the ones that Emily was supposed to move with Whiff. Emily feels bad. She tries to move the trucks but finds they are too heavy. She asks Gordon and Spencer to help, but both refuse to move the smelly trucks. Only Whiff is willing to help move the trucks. Emily is please to call Whiff her friend.

Feelings (Episode #314)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Sir Topham Hatt needs an engine for a railway poster. Edward is to be the poster engine, but James is sure that it should be him! When James hears that Edward was chosen for being on time, gentle with his trucks and always ready to do dirty jobs, James decides to prove that he can do all those things. James' plan doesn't quite work - he gets so dirty that its takes too long to get clean and James is soon running late for his passengers. He tries to beat Edward to the passengers, but doesn't see the signal. Edward crashes into the back of James and sends him hurtling through the railway poster - right where Edward's face should be. Edward is damaged and can't take passengers but the children still want to ride on the poster engine. James is sorry and offers to help Edward carry the children - and together they prove to be really useful. Thomas has a delivery to make at the Wharf. On the way he marvels at how beautiful the Island of Sodor is. At the Wharf he hears that Skarloey needs to be taken to the menders on the other side of the island. Thomas offers to take him. Skarloey is lowered on to a flat bed and coupled to Thomas. Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas to head straight for the menders and to be careful of the coupling. Thomas decides to cheer up sad Skarloey by showing him the sights of Sodor. But none of the sights impress the little engine. Thomas decides to chuff to the top of Gordon's Hill, but the coupling snaps and Skarloey hurtles to the bottom and right off the track! Thomas is very sorry. With Skarloey back on the track they set straight off for the menders. This time they go past the seaside - a sight that Skarloey has never seen before! Skarloey is very impressed. This is the best day out ever.

Big and Small (Episode #309)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

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!

Favorite Places (Episode #310)

KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

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!

Discovery (Episode #313)

KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Skarloey has lots of jobs and is very, very busy. Rheneas decides to help his friend and take Skarloey's coal cars for him as a surprise. He won't tell anyone what he's up to. But when Rheneas tries to puff up a steep hill with his and Skarloey's cars, they prove much too heavy. He leaves Skarloey's trucks in a siding while he delivers his first. When Rheneas returns, Skarloey's cars have vanished - Rheneas can't find them anywhere. He asks some other engines for help, but before they can start looking, Peter Sam appears, pulling the missing cars! He found them in the siding. Everyone is relieved that the cars have been found. Especially Rheneas who gets to deliver Skarloey's cars after all. Thomas is to take an important Admiral to open a new maritime museum. At the docks, Salty tells Thomas about the lost pirate treasure of Sodor, giving him the old clues to its whereabouts. With the Admiral on board, Thomas sets about trying to follow the clues. He becomes so distracted by his quest that he makes the Admiral very late. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends for Harold to take the Admiral the rest of the way. Thomas continues on his quest and finds the final clue, an old line. At the end of the line is the maritime museum, and the Admiral was about to open it. Thomas reveals the location of the lost treasure. The Admiral and Sir Topham Hatt are delighted. Thomas is pleased that he stuck to his quest!

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