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Tricks and Tales (Episode #1008)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Bill or Ben? - When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him. But it's really Bill at one end of the race and Ben at the other. When Connor tries to race them again he nearly has an accident. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends Bill to be repainted so that he and Ben don't look the same, but Bill and Ben still have one last trick up their funnels! Not Now, Charlie - Charlie is the small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines, but they all think he is joking. Finally Charlie alerts the Sodor Search and Rescue Center where Harold takes him seriously. With Harold's help, Charlie finally recovers the elephant and returns it to the Sodor Animal Park. Charlie proves that he's not always just the joker; he is in fact a Really Useful Engine!

Spooky Charms (Episode #1007H)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Phantom Express - James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there's a ghost at Ulfstead Castle. Stephen reassures Percy that there is no such thing as ghosts, but James comes to the castle to try to scare them. Percy and Stephen end up falling into the moat! When James hears them whistling, he believes his own story and scares himself! Percy's Lucky Day - After a couple of mishaps, Percy feels like he has too much bad luck. Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm which helps him regain his confidence. But when Percy realizes that he doesn't have the charm with him, he has to find the confidence to help pull Bill and Ben back onto the rails without it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Playing with Friends (Episode #707H)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Thomas and the Scruff - Whiff is excited for Thomas to bring Scruff to help him at the Waste Dump. Thomas meets Scruff at Brendham Docks and sees that he is really quite scruffy and dirty. Thomas thinks it would be best to give Scruff a clean before he starts his new job. Thomas brings the cleaners from the Wash Down to wash Scruff, but Scruff races off. Thomas realizes that Scruff is hiding in a siding and there is nothing he can do to persuade Scuff to come out. Gordon, Percy and Henry try to help too, but to no avail. Thomas then realizes that Scruff doesn't want to be clean at all, he just wants to be scruffy. Thomas takes Scruff to the Waste Dump where he works with Whiff. Scruff gets messier and scruffier and just loves it! Jumping Jobi Wood - Thomas is asked to collect precious Jobi wood from Misty Island by Sir Topham Hatt. He is excited and Bash, Dash and Ferdinand offer to help Thomas but he doesn't want their help. Thomas takes Edward with him and shows him all the exciting places to visit. There's the Shake Shake Bridge and of course Ol' Wheezy Hee Haw. Thomas starts to collect the Jobi wood and it's not long before Ol' Wheezy starts throwing the Jobi logs everywhere causing chaos. Thomas isn't able to stop the Jobi logs flying through the air. Luckily for Thomas the Logging Locos turn up on Misty Island to help him. At last order is restored and Thomas delivers the Jobi wood to Sodor.

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

KQED 9: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Busy Days (Episode #706H)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

* Thomas' Crazy Day - Thomas promised to play hide and seek with his best friend Percy at the Steam Works. Sir Topham Hatt also asked him to show Bash, Dash and Ferdinand what it takes to be a Really Useful engine. Thomas decides that he has to do everything so he rushes back and forth helping the Logging Locos and playing a game of hide and seek with Percy. Thomas asks Cranky to help him show the Logging Locos how to be Really Useful while he is away. When Thomas checks on them, he sees that Cranky has lifted Dash high into the air and not being helpful at all! Thomas realizes that he needs to do one thing at a time so he finishes showing the Locos how to be Really Useful, and then finishes the game of hide and seek with his best friend Percy.
* Thomas and the Snowman Party - It's winter on Sodor and the children are busy building a snowman. The children need a hat to complete their snowman and Thomas decides to help. Thomas takes Farmer McColl's hat for the snowman. Then, he sees the Band Conductor's hat and takes that too. Then he sees Mr. Bubbles' big colorful hat and takes that too. Thomas gets so busy looking for the hat that he forgets to deliver a special parcel to Sir Topham Hatt. However, Farmer McColl, the Brass Conductor and Mr. Bubbles all need their hats back. When Thomas delivers a parcel for Sir Topham Hatt - it's a new hat! Sir Topham Hatt gives his old hat to Thomas which he then gives to the children for their snowman.

Tricks and Tales (Episode #1008)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Bill or Ben? - When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him. But it's really Bill at one end of the race and Ben at the other. When Connor tries to race them again he nearly has an accident. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends Bill to be repainted so that he and Ben don't look the same, but Bill and Ben still have one last trick up their funnels! Not Now, Charlie - Charlie is the small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines, but they all think he is joking. Finally Charlie alerts the Sodor Search and Rescue Center where Harold takes him seriously. With Harold's help, Charlie finally recovers the elephant and returns it to the Sodor Animal Park. Charlie proves that he's not always just the joker; he is in fact a Really Useful Engine!

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

KQED 9: Sun, Oct 29, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Spooky Charms (Episode #1007H)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

The Phantom Express - James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there's a ghost at Ulfstead Castle. Stephen reassures Percy that there is no such thing as ghosts, but James comes to the castle to try to scare them. Percy and Stephen end up falling into the moat! When James hears them whistling, he believes his own story and scares himself! Percy's Lucky Day - After a couple of mishaps, Percy feels like he has too much bad luck. Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm which helps him regain his confidence. But when Percy realizes that he doesn't have the charm with him, he has to find the confidence to help pull Bill and Ben back onto the rails without it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Slowly Wins The Race (Episode #1301H)

KQED 9: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Slow Stephen / Two Wheels Good Slow Stephen Stephen is the oldest engine on the Island of Sodor. People love to see him, so sometimes he makes special journeys around the island. Although he's still called "The Rocket," he's much slower than the other engines, who sometimes have to slow down for him. This makes Gordon particularly grumpy. But because Stephen travels so slowly, he notices that the suspension bridge is damaged and alerts the other engines in time to avoid a disaster! Learning Goals: appreciating differences, being patient, paying attention to details, making meaningful contributions Two Wheels Good Bertie, Thomas, and Spencer get into a debate about how many wheels are best. Bertie has four wheels, Thomas has six, and Spencer is very proud of his twelve. But when Spencer breaks down while taking the Duke and Duchess to an important event at Callan Castle, Thomas must transport them instead. Thomas finds the track blocked, so Bertie takes over, but then gets a flat tire! Mr. Percival arrives on his bicycle, but the Duke and Duchess can't both ride to Castle on the bike! Luckily, Mr. Percival summons Harold, who transports them to the Castle via helicopter just in time! Learning Goals: valuing the contributions of others, teamwork, flexible thinking, problem-solving.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Busy Days (Episode #706H)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

* Thomas' Crazy Day - Thomas promised to play hide and seek with his best friend Percy at the Steam Works. Sir Topham Hatt also asked him to show Bash, Dash and Ferdinand what it takes to be a Really Useful engine. Thomas decides that he has to do everything so he rushes back and forth helping the Logging Locos and playing a game of hide and seek with Percy. Thomas asks Cranky to help him show the Logging Locos how to be Really Useful while he is away. When Thomas checks on them, he sees that Cranky has lifted Dash high into the air and not being helpful at all! Thomas realizes that he needs to do one thing at a time so he finishes showing the Locos how to be Really Useful, and then finishes the game of hide and seek with his best friend Percy.
* Thomas and the Snowman Party - It's winter on Sodor and the children are busy building a snowman. The children need a hat to complete their snowman and Thomas decides to help. Thomas takes Farmer McColl's hat for the snowman. Then, he sees the Band Conductor's hat and takes that too. Then he sees Mr. Bubbles' big colorful hat and takes that too. Thomas gets so busy looking for the hat that he forgets to deliver a special parcel to Sir Topham Hatt. However, Farmer McColl, the Brass Conductor and Mr. Bubbles all need their hats back. When Thomas delivers a parcel for Sir Topham Hatt - it's a new hat! Sir Topham Hatt gives his old hat to Thomas which he then gives to the children for their snowman.

Being Happy with Me (Episode #705H)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Being Percy - Percy is impressed when he sees that all the engines make way for Gordon when he enters Brendham Docks. Percy thinks the engines never listen to him nor make way for him on the tracks. Percy decides that he is going to be more like Gordon so he starts to imitate him. Percy starts to raise his voice and race down the line just like Gordon. Percy is trying so hard to be like Gordon that he forgets to deliver his mail. Percy realizes that being like Gordon hasn't helped him at all and he is happy just being Percy! Victor Says Yes - Victor is an engine who likes to please everyone so when it's a busy day at the Steam Works, he bites off more than he can chew. The engines line up outside the Steam Works and ask Victor to fix them. Emily, 'Arry and Bert all become impatient as the line of engines waiting to be fixed gets longer and longer. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives and asks Victor to fix Gordon, and of course Victor says yes. The line gets longer and the engines start to bump into each other. With Thomas' help, Victor realizes that he needs to learn to say no. Victor tells some of the engines that he can fix them the next day. Everyone is soon happy again as Victor restores order to the Steam Works.

Patience and Rules (Episode #1306)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Railcar and the Coaches / Saving Time The Railcar and the Coaches Daisy the railcar can carry passengers without pulling any coaches. So, when Thomas is sent to work in the quarry, Daisy takes on his usual responsibilities, leaving Annie and Clarabel behind. Daisy constantly reminds them she doesn't need them as long as she is working Thomas's branch line. But Daisy becomes so popular with the passengers that she needs Annie and Clarabel's help to carry them all! Upset that Daisy was so rude to them earlier, Annie and Clarabel trick her into thinking she needs to be repaired. But Annie and Clarabel end up getting left behind again, and learn that two wrongs don't make a right! Learning Goals: honesty, self-control, responsibility Saving Time Samson boasts to the other trains that he has been given a very special job taking stones from the quarry to the docks. But when he learns that Thomas has been assigned the same task, Samson tries to find another way to show everyone that he's very important. He decides to take more trucks than he should, insisting that it will save time. But with so many heavy trucks, Samson can't get over Gordon's Hill! It takes him even longer to deliver the stones, and when he asks Thomas to help him, he ends up making Thomas late too. Sir Topham Hatt is unhappy with the delay, but Samson takes responsibility, assuring him that he has learned his lesson and won't make the same mistake again. Learning Goals: honesty, responsibility, apologizing, self-awareness.

Special Jobs (Episode #704H)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Diesel's Special Delivery - When Diesel sees James being admired with a special of pretty piglets, he decides that he wants to be admired too. He abandons his slate for the school's leaking roof and sets off to find an equally admirable special. First he tries Thomas' truck of apples, then Rosie's flatbed of flowers, but still nobody notices him. Later, he spots James' piglets outside Farmer Trotter's farm, and decides to take them to the school. But when he arrives, rain is imminent and the children are about to get wet. Diesel realizes how important his slate is. He races back to the farm with Farmer Trotter's piglets, picks up his slate and gets back to the school just in time. Pingy Pongy Pick Up - It's an important day on the Island of Sodor. The football team is playing an important match and all of the engines are given special jobs. Emily is asked to bring the team's washing but she wants to do a job which is more important. So Emily decides to try and help everyone else and ignores her job. Emily learns that the washing she is due to deliver is the Sodor United team's football kit! Now the football team has nothing to wear!. Emily decides to make everything better. She races to get the football kits cleaned and dries them by hanging the shirts like a long washing line from her funnel. The football team is delighted.

Tricks and Tales (Episode #1008)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Bill or Ben? - When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him. But it's really Bill at one end of the race and Ben at the other. When Connor tries to race them again he nearly has an accident. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends Bill to be repainted so that he and Ben don't look the same, but Bill and Ben still have one last trick up their funnels! Not Now, Charlie - Charlie is the small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines, but they all think he is joking. Finally Charlie alerts the Sodor Search and Rescue Center where Harold takes him seriously. With Harold's help, Charlie finally recovers the elephant and returns it to the Sodor Animal Park. Charlie proves that he's not always just the joker; he is in fact a Really Useful Engine!

Be Good to Your Friends (Episode #1304H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Sidney Sings / Diesel and the Ducklings Sidney Sings Sidney is a very helpful diesel engine, but he's also very forgetful. One day Sir Topham Hatt gives him a very special job of picking up Percy's new wheels. Sidney is worried that he might forget what to do, so Thomas suggests he make up a song to help him remember. Sidney takes off, happily singing a song, but when he stops to talk to Gordon, he gets distracted. Forgetting his assignment, he travels to the Waste Dump, the Animal Park, and then Knapford Station, where he rescues passengers trying to reach Brendam Docks. Although he takes a slight detour, in the end, he completes two very special jobs: he delivers Percy's wheels and takes the stranded passengers to their destination on time! Learning Goals: problem-solving, creative thinking, following directions, friendship, compassion Diesel and the Ducklings Diesel always likes to appear rough and tough in front of the other engines. But when Thomas unexpectedly finds Diesel lovingly fussing over some baby ducklings, he threatens to tell everyone that Diesel is a softie. Diesel is horrified and promises to be nice to everyone in exchange for Thomas not telling them about the ducklings. All the engines are pleasantly surprised when Diesel starts being polite and friendly, but wonder if Diesel will be able to change his ways for good. Learning Goals: expressing feelings, recognizing the feelings of others, caring for others, being kind.

Safe and Sound (Episode #703H)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Henry's Health & Safety - Victor explains the meaning of Health and Safety to Henry while he is visiting the Steam Works. Henry is so concerned about safety on Sodor that he keeps changing things that are already safe. He takes Rocky to move telegraph poles from the tracks which are safely there to be collected by Percy. Henry gets Rocky to lift Percy off the tracks. Sir Topham Hatt sees Percy hanging in mid air and soon tells Henry that he is causing chaos on the tracks. Henry realizes that Percy is safe and asks Rocky to lower him to the ground. Henry is then happy to take Rocky to help with a real emergency on Sodor. Henry's Magic Box - It's the Winter Holidays on Sodor and all the engines are very excited. Henry he has been given a very special box to deliver to a field. He goes back to the field later to check on the box but it has disappeared and replaced with a Christmas tree! Sir Topham Hatt also asks Henry to tell the engines to meet by the field that night, but Henry is so worried about the missing box that he forgets to tell everyone. Sir Topham Hatt meets a worried Henry and tells him that the Christmas trees have come from the special box. Henry is relieved and tells the engines to come to the field. The trees are lit with beautiful sparkling lights and Sir Topham Hatt appears from behind the trees dressed as Santa Claus. The engines toot and cheer!

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

The Race Is On (Episode #1303H)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead / Philip to the Rescue The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead Philip, a new little diesel boxcab, arrives at Knapford full of energy and enthusiasm. When Gordon tells Philip how fast he can travel, Philip is determined to prove that he's faster, and challenges him to a race. Gordon tells him to go away, but Philip only hears "go" and races off. When Philip arrives at Brendam Docks and Gordon still hasn't overtaken him, Philip assumes he's won. Later that evening at Tidmouth Sheds, Gordon announces that he wasn't racing and reminds everyone about his speed. Philip is not disheartened-he's happy to have made new friends on Sodor. . Learning Goals: being helpful, following directions, paying attention Philip to the Rescue When Philip shows off to James about how many trucks he can pull, James decides to prove that he is the stronger engine by pulling a very long train of cars. Soon disaster strikes as James loses control of all of the cars and comes off the rails, breaking through a stone bridge. As James dangles off the bridge, Philip races to save him by sliding under him just before he falls. A grateful James apologizes for calling Philip a show off. Learning Goals: demonstrating modesty, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing, honesty, expressing gratitude.

Helpful Friends (Episode #702H)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Charlie & Eddie - Edward wants to show Charlie that he is a really fun engine instead of doing his job. Edward races off to the tracks telling Charlie jokes. A big mistake occurs when Edward takes Sir Topham Hatt's car to the Steam Works by mistake, but Kevin doesn't know how to fix cars, only steam engines. Edward is horrified when he arrives back at the Steam Works and sees that instead of fixing the car, Kevin has put a funnel on its roof! Edward realizes that he needs to concentrate on his job rather than racing around Sodor with Charlie. Toby & The Whistling Woods - Sir Topham Hatt asks Toby to go to the Summer House. Toby is scared because this means that Toby will need to puff through the Whistling Woods. But he decides to be brave and starts to make his way through them. Toby hears a strange noise and reverses quickly out of the woods where he meets Thomas and James. The engines see that Toby is a little frightened and offer to travel through the woods with him but Toby insists he can get through the woods on his own. When Toby gets scared again, Thomas and James tell him that the noises are friendly sounds. One sound is being made by a beautiful owl, another is the sound of a waterfall, and the last is the sound of the wind whistling through the woods. Toby is at last happy in the Whistling Woods!

Spooky Charms (Episode #1007H)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Phantom Express - James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there's a ghost at Ulfstead Castle. Stephen reassures Percy that there is no such thing as ghosts, but James comes to the castle to try to scare them. Percy and Stephen end up falling into the moat! When James hears them whistling, he believes his own story and scares himself! Percy's Lucky Day - After a couple of mishaps, Percy feels like he has too much bad luck. Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm which helps him regain his confidence. But when Percy realizes that he doesn't have the charm with him, he has to find the confidence to help pull Bill and Ben back onto the rails without it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Clever Ideas (Episode #701H)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Thomas' Tall Friend - Thomas is given the special job of delivering a giraffe to the Sodor Wildlife Centre. He is so excited about making friends with the giraffe that he doesn't go straight to the Wildlife Centre as instructed. Instead, Thomas collects leaves and fresh fruit from the other engines to give to the giraffe. By the time Thomas arrives at the Wildlife Centre, the giraffe has settled down in is truck and fallen asleep. Now Thomas can't wake the giraffe to deliver him to his new home. Thomas decides to find someone who really knows how to look after giraffes properly. He races back to the Docks and collects a giraffe keeper who can look after the giraffe. The giraffe is soon delivered to the Wildlife Centre. Everyone is so happy to meet the new giraffe. James in the Dark - Fixing a mistake James refuses to wear a lamp for working at night because it looks "silly". Then, because he can't see very well, he picks up the wrong people - farmers and animals instead of VIPs for a grand concert. James realizes his mistake, takes the farmers and animals to their destination, and returns to the concert. Thomas and Edward have picked up the VIPs James missed. All three engines use their lamps to light the concert at the end.

Spooky Snow (Episode #1208H)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Helping Hiro - When Thomas accidentally spills his cargo on the tracks, Hiro becomes derailed. Hiro requires repair at Steamworks and Thomas ventures into the woods in attempt to find spare parts to expedite Hiro's recovery. He soon finds himself alone in the woods, immobile due to the old, broken tracks. Rocky, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt to the rescue, Thomas is brought back to Steamworks, where he is surprised to see Hiro already fixed! Learning Goals: being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, resourceful thinking. The Beast of Sodor - Spencer is stranded on Sodor because of the snowy weather and delights in telling the other engines about meeting the abominable snowman. Henry is frightened by the story and Spencer continues to play on his fear. However, when they encounter a man covered in snow, it's Spencer who is most afraid! Thankfully, the seemingly abominable snowman turns out to be Sir Topham Hatt. Learning Goals: conquering fears, being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, demonstrating bravery.

Slowly Wins The Race (Episode #1301H)

KQED 9: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Slow Stephen / Two Wheels Good Slow Stephen Stephen is the oldest engine on the Island of Sodor. People love to see him, so sometimes he makes special journeys around the island. Although he's still called "The Rocket," he's much slower than the other engines, who sometimes have to slow down for him. This makes Gordon particularly grumpy. But because Stephen travels so slowly, he notices that the suspension bridge is damaged and alerts the other engines in time to avoid a disaster! Learning Goals: appreciating differences, being patient, paying attention to details, making meaningful contributions Two Wheels Good Bertie, Thomas, and Spencer get into a debate about how many wheels are best. Bertie has four wheels, Thomas has six, and Spencer is very proud of his twelve. But when Spencer breaks down while taking the Duke and Duchess to an important event at Callan Castle, Thomas must transport them instead. Thomas finds the track blocked, so Bertie takes over, but then gets a flat tire! Mr. Percival arrives on his bicycle, but the Duke and Duchess can't both ride to Castle on the bike! Luckily, Mr. Percival summons Harold, who transports them to the Castle via helicopter just in time! Learning Goals: valuing the contributions of others, teamwork, flexible thinking, problem-solving.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Competing Engines (Episode #1302H)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 22, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Reds vs Blues / Best Engine Ever Reds vs Blues On game days, Thomas is very popular because the Sodor soccer team wears blue uniforms. One day a mainland team comes to the island wearing red, and they cheer James because he is red too. The two engines compete with each other over who can bring the fans to the game faster. James is in such a hurry to beat Thomas, he doesn't wait to pick up the last load of passengers-the soccer team! Thomas, in his rush to beat James, steams right by Sir Topham Hatt, who is supposed to referee the game. Percy saves the day by transporting the team and Sir Topham Hatt to the game, and Thomas and James learn a valuable lesson about teamwork and good sportsmanship! Learning Goals: teamwork, good sportsmanship, learning from mistakes, responsibility, honesty Best Engine Ever When Emily breaks down and disrupts a race between Connor and Caitlin, Caitlin shunts Emily to the Steamworks, causing Emily to travel faster than ever before. Emily is in awe of Caitlin and becomes disheartened at her own abilities. The other engines try to cheer her up, reminding her that she too is a special engine and with unique talents. When Caitlin's brakes fail, Emily races to save her from an accident, proving to herself that she too is a Really Useful Engine. Learning Goals: Self-confidence, friendship, helping others, appreciating differences, compassion.

Slowly Wins The Race (Episode #1301H)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 22, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Slow Stephen / Two Wheels Good Slow Stephen Stephen is the oldest engine on the Island of Sodor. People love to see him, so sometimes he makes special journeys around the island. Although he's still called "The Rocket," he's much slower than the other engines, who sometimes have to slow down for him. This makes Gordon particularly grumpy. But because Stephen travels so slowly, he notices that the suspension bridge is damaged and alerts the other engines in time to avoid a disaster! Learning Goals: appreciating differences, being patient, paying attention to details, making meaningful contributions Two Wheels Good Bertie, Thomas, and Spencer get into a debate about how many wheels are best. Bertie has four wheels, Thomas has six, and Spencer is very proud of his twelve. But when Spencer breaks down while taking the Duke and Duchess to an important event at Callan Castle, Thomas must transport them instead. Thomas finds the track blocked, so Bertie takes over, but then gets a flat tire! Mr. Percival arrives on his bicycle, but the Duke and Duchess can't both ride to Castle on the bike! Luckily, Mr. Percival summons Harold, who transports them to the Castle via helicopter just in time! Learning Goals: valuing the contributions of others, teamwork, flexible thinking, problem-solving.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Communication (Episode #908)

KQED 9: Sun, Oct 22, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Welcome Stafford - Spencer is happy because he is to show the new shunting engine Stafford round the island. Stafford is an electric engine and runs on batteries. Victor tries to tell Spencer that batteries run out, but Spencer thinks he knows all about batteries. He wants to show Stafford off to the Island and feel grand. Stafford tries to tell Spencer when his batteries are running out but Spencer doesn't listen. Spencer steams up to the Rescue Team, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand and then the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. Each time, he finds that Stafford is not behind him anymore. Stafford's battery has run out! He should have listened to Stafford. Later, when Spencer runs out of coal, it is Stafford who shunts Spencer all the way to Knapford Station! Don't Bother Victor - Mr Percival leaves Peter Sam in charge to go to a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Mr Percival tells Peter Sam not to bother Victor with little things. Sir Handel starts creaking and croaking, Skarloey's funnel fumes and Duncan's rods rattle. Peter Sam tries to fix them all himself, instead of bothering Victor. Then Peter Sam runs out of coal and he hasn't fixed the engines. He realizes that broken engines are not 'little things' and that he needs to tell Victor. Victor is happy to help. Everyone is fixed before Mr Percival arrives!

Tricks and Tales (Episode #1008)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Bill or Ben? - When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him. But it's really Bill at one end of the race and Ben at the other. When Connor tries to race them again he nearly has an accident. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends Bill to be repainted so that he and Ben don't look the same, but Bill and Ben still have one last trick up their funnels! Not Now, Charlie - Charlie is the small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines, but they all think he is joking. Finally Charlie alerts the Sodor Search and Rescue Center where Harold takes him seriously. With Harold's help, Charlie finally recovers the elephant and returns it to the Sodor Animal Park. Charlie proves that he's not always just the joker; he is in fact a Really Useful Engine!

Spooky Charms (Episode #1007H)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Phantom Express - James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there's a ghost at Ulfstead Castle. Stephen reassures Percy that there is no such thing as ghosts, but James comes to the castle to try to scare them. Percy and Stephen end up falling into the moat! When James hears them whistling, he believes his own story and scares himself! Percy's Lucky Day - After a couple of mishaps, Percy feels like he has too much bad luck. Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm which helps him regain his confidence. But when Percy realizes that he doesn't have the charm with him, he has to find the confidence to help pull Bill and Ben back onto the rails without it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

A Friend In Need (Episode #906H)

KQED 9: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Monster of Brendamdocks - Percy is at Brendam Docks to pick up new table and chairs for Dowager Hatt's house. The boat is late so Percy has to wait. Fog rolls in and the story says that's when the Monster of Brendam can be seen. Percy tells the other engines about the Monster and causes chaos around the island when the engines mistake each other for the Monster! Once back at Brendam Docks, Cranky reminds Percy that there is no such thing as the Monster of Brendam. He chuffs back to help his friends. Then, together, they come back to Brendam and there in the swirling fog, they see The Monster! He's tall and creaking! It's Cranky who is the Monster of Brendam and Salty's joke! Flash Bang Wallop - A Photographer arrives on Sodor to take photographs of the engines for The Great Railways of Sodor book. Thomas is determined to be photographed more than Gordon and bursts his way into each photograph, not realizing Percy and James have become derailed. A cross Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells Thomas about Percy and James being derailed and Thomas has to find a way to put everything right. It is late when they return to Tidmouth Sheds. Gordon boasts about how many photographs he thinks he was in. Thomas doesn't mind. He knows it was more important to help his friends. When the Photographer returns a few days later, Thomas is surprised and delighted to see a front cover photograph of his rescue mission.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

A Time for Sharing (Episode #1307)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Letters to Santa / Love Me Tender Letters to Santa It's almost Christmas, making it the last chance for children to send their letters to Santa. Percy collects the mail, but is slowed down by the snow on the rails. Harold offers to help, but Percy thinks he is just trying to prove he is better at delivering the mail. When Percy runs into a snowdrift, Harold volunteers to take the letters for him. Percy is unhappy that he had to be helped. But when Harold doesn't come back from the delivery, it's Percy who searches for Harold and helps in return. Together they experience the spirit of Christmas! Learning Goals: Kindness, forgiveness, helping others, compassion, self-awareness, friendship Love Me Tender Snow comes early to the Island of Sodor - and it's heavier than usual! Donald and Douglas are attached together with a van between their tenders and snow plows on their fronts. As they plow the snow, Donald and Douglas argue over which lines they should clear first. Frustrated, Donald suddenly pulls away, snapping a damaged coupling and moving away with Douglas's tender! Douglas is left behind in the snow - without coal or water! Once Donald realizes that Douglas is lost, he becomes determined to find his brother. Donald finds Douglas in the snow and they make up, knowing that no matter how often they argue, they will always look out for one another. Learning Goals: responsibility, perseverance, gratitude.

Spooky Charms (Episode #1007H)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Phantom Express - James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there's a ghost at Ulfstead Castle. Stephen reassures Percy that there is no such thing as ghosts, but James comes to the castle to try to scare them. Percy and Stephen end up falling into the moat! When James hears them whistling, he believes his own story and scares himself! Percy's Lucky Day - After a couple of mishaps, Percy feels like he has too much bad luck. Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm which helps him regain his confidence. But when Percy realizes that he doesn't have the charm with him, he has to find the confidence to help pull Bill and Ben back onto the rails without it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Patience and Rules (Episode #1306)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

The Railcar and the Coaches / Saving Time The Railcar and the Coaches Daisy the railcar can carry passengers without pulling any coaches. So, when Thomas is sent to work in the quarry, Daisy takes on his usual responsibilities, leaving Annie and Clarabel behind. Daisy constantly reminds them she doesn't need them as long as she is working Thomas's branch line. But Daisy becomes so popular with the passengers that she needs Annie and Clarabel's help to carry them all! Upset that Daisy was so rude to them earlier, Annie and Clarabel trick her into thinking she needs to be repaired. But Annie and Clarabel end up getting left behind again, and learn that two wrongs don't make a right! Learning Goals: honesty, self-control, responsibility Saving Time Samson boasts to the other trains that he has been given a very special job taking stones from the quarry to the docks. But when he learns that Thomas has been assigned the same task, Samson tries to find another way to show everyone that he's very important. He decides to take more trucks than he should, insisting that it will save time. But with so many heavy trucks, Samson can't get over Gordon's Hill! It takes him even longer to deliver the stones, and when he asks Thomas to help him, he ends up making Thomas late too. Sir Topham Hatt is unhappy with the delay, but Samson takes responsibility, assuring him that he has learned his lesson and won't make the same mistake again. Learning Goals: honesty, responsibility, apologizing, self-awareness.

Be Good to Your Friends (Episode #1304H)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Sidney Sings / Diesel and the Ducklings Sidney Sings Sidney is a very helpful diesel engine, but he's also very forgetful. One day Sir Topham Hatt gives him a very special job of picking up Percy's new wheels. Sidney is worried that he might forget what to do, so Thomas suggests he make up a song to help him remember. Sidney takes off, happily singing a song, but when he stops to talk to Gordon, he gets distracted. Forgetting his assignment, he travels to the Waste Dump, the Animal Park, and then Knapford Station, where he rescues passengers trying to reach Brendam Docks. Although he takes a slight detour, in the end, he completes two very special jobs: he delivers Percy's wheels and takes the stranded passengers to their destination on time! Learning Goals: problem-solving, creative thinking, following directions, friendship, compassion Diesel and the Ducklings Diesel always likes to appear rough and tough in front of the other engines. But when Thomas unexpectedly finds Diesel lovingly fussing over some baby ducklings, he threatens to tell everyone that Diesel is a softie. Diesel is horrified and promises to be nice to everyone in exchange for Thomas not telling them about the ducklings. All the engines are pleasantly surprised when Diesel starts being polite and friendly, but wonder if Diesel will be able to change his ways for good. Learning Goals: expressing feelings, recognizing the feelings of others, caring for others, being kind.

Competing Engines (Episode #1302H)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Reds vs Blues / Best Engine Ever Reds vs Blues On game days, Thomas is very popular because the Sodor soccer team wears blue uniforms. One day a mainland team comes to the island wearing red, and they cheer James because he is red too. The two engines compete with each other over who can bring the fans to the game faster. James is in such a hurry to beat Thomas, he doesn't wait to pick up the last load of passengers-the soccer team! Thomas, in his rush to beat James, steams right by Sir Topham Hatt, who is supposed to referee the game. Percy saves the day by transporting the team and Sir Topham Hatt to the game, and Thomas and James learn a valuable lesson about teamwork and good sportsmanship! Learning Goals: teamwork, good sportsmanship, learning from mistakes, responsibility, honesty Best Engine Ever When Emily breaks down and disrupts a race between Connor and Caitlin, Caitlin shunts Emily to the Steamworks, causing Emily to travel faster than ever before. Emily is in awe of Caitlin and becomes disheartened at her own abilities. The other engines try to cheer her up, reminding her that she too is a special engine and with unique talents. When Caitlin's brakes fail, Emily races to save her from an accident, proving to herself that she too is a Really Useful Engine. Learning Goals: Self-confidence, friendship, helping others, appreciating differences, compassion.

Just Being You (Episode #910)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Express Coming Through - At Knapford Station, Dowager Hatt is having a welcome to Sodor party. Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to take the visitors on a tour of Sodor. Thomas asks the visitors to ride on the Express but it's too heavy for Thomas. He doesn't want Gordon to see that he has to drop off passengers to make the Express lighter. To avoid Gordon, he leaves the visitors to enjoy "the Sights of Sodor" at the Quarry and in a field. Dowager Hatt realizes that the important visitors are missing and Gordon is sent to collect the visitors. But a job needs doing! The balloons have to be collected from the Docks for the party. Thomas is fast. He picks them up and proves that he is Really Useful, just in a different way than Gordon. Whiff's Wish - Whiff is given the job of collecting trucks of garbage from across the island. Whiff hears Spencer being praised for his grandness. Whiff wishes that he, too, could be a grand engine, so he searches for opportunities to be grand. The tracks come to a standstill because Whiff's garbage trucks have not been collected. Worried, Whiff crashes into a stationary Percy. Seeing Percy, who is only concerned about delivering the mail on time, Whiff realizes that there is nothing grander than doing your job well. He puffs away to collect the garbage trucks, just as he should have done.

Communication (Episode #908)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Welcome Stafford - Spencer is happy because he is to show the new shunting engine Stafford round the island. Stafford is an electric engine and runs on batteries. Victor tries to tell Spencer that batteries run out, but Spencer thinks he knows all about batteries. He wants to show Stafford off to the Island and feel grand. Stafford tries to tell Spencer when his batteries are running out but Spencer doesn't listen. Spencer steams up to the Rescue Team, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand and then the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. Each time, he finds that Stafford is not behind him anymore. Stafford's battery has run out! He should have listened to Stafford. Later, when Spencer runs out of coal, it is Stafford who shunts Spencer all the way to Knapford Station! Don't Bother Victor - Mr Percival leaves Peter Sam in charge to go to a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Mr Percival tells Peter Sam not to bother Victor with little things. Sir Handel starts creaking and croaking, Skarloey's funnel fumes and Duncan's rods rattle. Peter Sam tries to fix them all himself, instead of bothering Victor. Then Peter Sam runs out of coal and he hasn't fixed the engines. He realizes that broken engines are not 'little things' and that he needs to tell Victor. Victor is happy to help. Everyone is fixed before Mr Percival arrives!

A Friend In Need (Episode #906H)

KQED 9: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

The Monster of Brendamdocks - Percy is at Brendam Docks to pick up new table and chairs for Dowager Hatt's house. The boat is late so Percy has to wait. Fog rolls in and the story says that's when the Monster of Brendam can be seen. Percy tells the other engines about the Monster and causes chaos around the island when the engines mistake each other for the Monster! Once back at Brendam Docks, Cranky reminds Percy that there is no such thing as the Monster of Brendam. He chuffs back to help his friends. Then, together, they come back to Brendam and there in the swirling fog, they see The Monster! He's tall and creaking! It's Cranky who is the Monster of Brendam and Salty's joke! Flash Bang Wallop - A Photographer arrives on Sodor to take photographs of the engines for The Great Railways of Sodor book. Thomas is determined to be photographed more than Gordon and bursts his way into each photograph, not realizing Percy and James have become derailed. A cross Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells Thomas about Percy and James being derailed and Thomas has to find a way to put everything right. It is late when they return to Tidmouth Sheds. Gordon boasts about how many photographs he thinks he was in. Thomas doesn't mind. He knows it was more important to help his friends. When the Photographer returns a few days later, Thomas is surprised and delighted to see a front cover photograph of his rescue mission.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

All Together Now (Episode #902H)

KQED 9: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Ol' Wheezy Wobbles - On Misty Island, Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. Thomas wants to help and says he can fix Ol' Wheezy. He puffs to the Dieselworks, and asks Den and Dart for help because two busy boilers are better than one. Den and Dart chuff back to Misty Island together and their drivers work on Ol' Wheezy until he is fixed! The Sounds of Sodor - Thomas is to take a Famous Composer around the Island and show him the sounds of Sodor to help inspire a new composition. Everywhere Thomas takes the composer, they are interrupted by noisy engines. This makes Thomas cross. However, unbeknownst to Thomas, the noisy engines are inspiring the Famous Composer to compose! Thomas fails to heed a warning sign and has to stop suddenly, making the composer's music blow away in the wind. Thomas realizes his error and finds a unique way to reinterpret the composer's music - by using his noisy friends to create The Sounds of Sodor!

Chuffing with Pride (Episode #901H)

KQED 9: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Race to the Rescue - Flynn is the Sodor Island Fire Engine and Victor is working on Flynn's wheels so that he can roll on the road as well as on tracks. He sets out on the road, wobbling. Rocky tells Flynn that Sir Topham Hatt's shed is on fire. Flynn goes on the tracks, even though the road is faster, because he doesn't want to be a "big red wobble on wheels". On the way to the shed, Flynn meets Butch and Bertie. They both need his help but Flynn chuffs on because he feels too silly to roll on the road. Flynn is late because he should have used the road! The crowd around the shed cheer for Flynn as he puts out the fire. He returns to help Butch and Bertie. Flynn isn't a "big red wobble on wheels"! He's the hero of the day! Bust My Buffers - One day, Gordon is too snooty to notice some freight cars in front of him and crashes into them. Gordon's buffer crashes onto the track and he loses his buffer. Den and Dart offer to help repair Gordon but he insists that Diesels cannot fix Steamies, and he huffs away without his buffer. Mavis and Salty tell Gordon that he needs a buffer. Reluctantly, Gordon chuffs back to Den and Dart and they fix him with a yellow and black diesel buffer. Gordon is very embarrassed by it. Thomas makes Gordon realize that he should be happy that he is fixed and can be a Really Useful engine! Gordon says sorry and thank you to Den and Dart. Because they are all - Diesels or Steamies - Really Useful engines!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Don't Give Up (Episode #905)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Percy and the Calliope - Percy and Diesel are instructed to take a rusty old organ - the calliope - to be melted down. Percy is determined to save it from this terrible fate. He pitches himself into a race against time to make the organ play before Percy and Diesel reach the Smelter's Yard. Needless to say, Diesel is very unhelpful. After a number of failed and funny attempts, Percy discovers that the solution to making the calliope work is to use steam - the answer was in his funnel all along! Happy Birthday Sir! - It is Sir Topham Hatt's Birthday. He tells Thomas to take Winston, his new track vehicle, with him on his jobs. Sir Topham Hatt wants Winston to see what it's like to be a Really Useful engine. Salty and Edward tell Thomas and Winston of when a younger Fat Controller would travel from station to station on his birthday in his favorite open top carriage, sharing birthday cake with the passengers on the platform. Thomas and Winston set off on his rounds. Winston trails off and Thomas is cross. Thomas makes Winston travel in front of him. Winston does so, but rolls along very slowly - looking to left and right. Thomas bumps into the back of Winston and derails him! But Winston is excited! At last, Thomas lets Winston tell him that he has been looking for the open top carriage and he thinks he has found it.

Fun on the Farm (Episode #904)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Thomas Toots the Crows - Farmer McColl is having trouble keeping crows from eating his seed. Thomas offers to use his whistle to scare them away. Soon, Thomas finds himself puffing all over the island chasing crows. At last, a very cross Farmer McColl finds Thomas. He shows Thomas that his field is even more full of hungry crows than before! It's the one place Thomas was not scaring crows from! Thomas is very sorry. He sticks to the job and dutifully stays at his post all night long, successfully scaring crows! Muddy Matters - When James is asked to take Farmer McColl's sheep to the Sodor Farmer's fair, James is much more concerned with preserving his own cleanliness than following instructions. Due to James' vanity, the sheep escape. James realizes that if he is to get the sheep to the Fair, he must sacrifice the one thing that is most important to him. He must get dirty! James arrives at the Fair with the sheep, job done and very muddy! But he makes it to the front page photograph for being the image of a Really Useful engine!

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

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Thomas and the Garbage Train - Thomas volunteers to take the Duchess to tea. Diesel tells Thomas that his work with Whiff will make him too stinky to take the Duchess. As Whiff and Thomas puff along, Thomas uncouples from the Garbage train and Thomas takes 'sweeter smelling' tracks. Whiff struggles with the heavy train and has to stop on the track causing Thomas crashes into Whiff. Garbage flies into the air and all over Thomas! Thomas is the stinkiest engine on Sodor! While Thomas cleans up the garbage, he gives Whiff the Special of taking the Duchess. Sodor Surprise Day - Sodor Surprise Day is a day in which people and engines surprise each other and make each other laugh. When Gordon declares Sodor Surprise Day to be silly, Thomas decides to show Gordon how much fun it can be, instead of doing his job. He surprises Gordon at the coal hopper, at a junction and then at the docks! But Thomas only succeeds in ruining the fireworks for the Surprise Day party and doesn't do his job. Thomas then concentrates on doing his job and finds a fantastic alternative to the fireworks. No one is more surprised than Gordon!

All Together Now (Episode #902H)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Ol' Wheezy Wobbles - On Misty Island, Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. Thomas wants to help and says he can fix Ol' Wheezy. He puffs to the Dieselworks, and asks Den and Dart for help because two busy boilers are better than one. Den and Dart chuff back to Misty Island together and their drivers work on Ol' Wheezy until he is fixed! The Sounds of Sodor - Thomas is to take a Famous Composer around the Island and show him the sounds of Sodor to help inspire a new composition. Everywhere Thomas takes the composer, they are interrupted by noisy engines. This makes Thomas cross. However, unbeknownst to Thomas, the noisy engines are inspiring the Famous Composer to compose! Thomas fails to heed a warning sign and has to stop suddenly, making the composer's music blow away in the wind. Thomas realizes his error and finds a unique way to reinterpret the composer's music - by using his noisy friends to create The Sounds of Sodor!

Chuffing with Pride (Episode #901H)

KQED 9: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Race to the Rescue - Flynn is the Sodor Island Fire Engine and Victor is working on Flynn's wheels so that he can roll on the road as well as on tracks. He sets out on the road, wobbling. Rocky tells Flynn that Sir Topham Hatt's shed is on fire. Flynn goes on the tracks, even though the road is faster, because he doesn't want to be a "big red wobble on wheels". On the way to the shed, Flynn meets Butch and Bertie. They both need his help but Flynn chuffs on because he feels too silly to roll on the road. Flynn is late because he should have used the road! The crowd around the shed cheer for Flynn as he puts out the fire. He returns to help Butch and Bertie. Flynn isn't a "big red wobble on wheels"! He's the hero of the day! Bust My Buffers - One day, Gordon is too snooty to notice some freight cars in front of him and crashes into them. Gordon's buffer crashes onto the track and he loses his buffer. Den and Dart offer to help repair Gordon but he insists that Diesels cannot fix Steamies, and he huffs away without his buffer. Mavis and Salty tell Gordon that he needs a buffer. Reluctantly, Gordon chuffs back to Den and Dart and they fix him with a yellow and black diesel buffer. Gordon is very embarrassed by it. Thomas makes Gordon realize that he should be happy that he is fixed and can be a Really Useful engine! Gordon says sorry and thank you to Den and Dart. Because they are all - Diesels or Steamies - Really Useful engines!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Telling Tales (Episode #1205)

KQED 9: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Who's Geoffrey? - Thomas spontaneously creates Geoffrey, an imaginary engine who he blames a small, silly accident on. When Thomas further describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand. Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, telling the truth, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. The Truth About Toby - Toby is stubborn and refuses to fill up with coal when Henrietta reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he's being scrapped! Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, taking responsibility, expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend.

Special Deliveries (Episode #1203)

KQED 9: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Emily Saves the World - Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load-a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it's knocked off her flatbed.The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time. Learning Goals: expressing thanks, apologizing, helping others. Samson at Your Service - Samson doesn't like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen.Against the others' advice, Samson takes Gordon's Express Coaches to the quarry, instead of the trucks used for carrying stone. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, taking responsibility, apologizing.

All at Sea (Episode #1210)

KQED 9: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Salty All At Sea - Salty loves to tell scary stories and tall tales of sea monsters, which sometimes scare the other engines. When Sir Topham Hatt lends Salty to a port on the mainland, Salty allows his imagination to get the best of him. He runs away, fearful of traveling by ship. With the help of Thomas, he faces his fear and completes the job. Learning Goals: conquering fears, being a good friend, helping others, following directions. Den and Dart - Den and Dart are best friends and teammates who are rarely separated. When Den is sent to the quarry as a replacement engine, he worries about taking on the new job without Dart. Dart has similar fears, but the dynamic duo manages to cope with the help of their new friends. Learning Goals: making new friends, accepting help, helping others, being a good friend.

Finders Keepers (Episode #1207)

KQED 9: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Lost Property - Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel plan to impress the railway inspectors who are coming to the Island of Sodor. However, a string of problems and disruptions occur and a grumpy inspector only makes matters worse. Thomas finally impresses the inspector when he returns the gold watch that the grouchy man accidentally left on Annie's seat. Learning Goals: applying one's best efforts, helping others, demonstrating responsibility, being kind and polite. Henry Spots - Trouble When Henry hears that Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren have the chickenpox, he worries that the engines will get sick, too. His fear intensifies when he catches sight of Thomas, splattered with mud and carrying a wagon of chickens. Afterward, it appears that every engine he meets is splattered with spots. Henry finally learns that engines can't catch chickenpox afterall. Learning Goals: recognizing others' emotions, expressing sympathy and concern for others, conquering fears.

Lost and Found (Episode #1206)

KQED 9: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Toad and the Whale - Toad, Oliver's brake van, spots a stranded whale on the beach. The Search and Rescue Team arrives at the scene and Oliver and Toad try to assist them. When efforts to drag the whale back into the water are unsuccessful, the engines transport the sea creature by rail to Brendam Docks. The whale is carried on a flatbed and released into the water. Learning Goals: resourceful thinking, helping others, cooperation, teamwork, expressing sympathy and concern for others. Very Important Sheep - Percy damages the back of his wagon in a rush to collect sheep for an agricultural fair. Without realizing there's a hole in the wagon, Percy continues his task and, one by one, the animals escape. Thomas discovers the sheep on the tracks, picks them up, and they ride to the fair with Annie and Clarabel. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, helping others, accepting help, taking responsibility, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking.

Telling Tales (Episode #1205)

KQED 9: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Who's Geoffrey? - Thomas spontaneously creates Geoffrey, an imaginary engine who he blames a small, silly accident on. When Thomas further describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand. Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, telling the truth, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. The Truth About Toby - Toby is stubborn and refuses to fill up with coal when Henrietta reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he's being scrapped! Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, taking responsibility, expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend.

Special Deliveries (Episode #1203)

KQED 9: Mon, Oct 2, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Emily Saves the World - Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load-a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it's knocked off her flatbed.The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time. Learning Goals: expressing thanks, apologizing, helping others. Samson at Your Service - Samson doesn't like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen.Against the others' advice, Samson takes Gordon's Express Coaches to the quarry, instead of the trucks used for carrying stone. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, taking responsibility, apologizing.

Passengers (Episode #1111)

KQED 9: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 -- 6:00 AM

Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger - Duncan is the grumpiest engine on the narrow gauge railway. He is always complaining about one thing or another. Then Duncan gets a very grumpy passenger, who he finds very annoying. So Duncan decides to do everything he can to make the grumpy passenger stop complaining. Duncan soon learns that you can't make everyone happy. Educational Objectives: Following directions, taking responsibility, following directions, apologizing. Spencer's V.I.P. - When Spencer brings a V.I.P. (Very Important Passenger) from the mainland, he is so determined to be on time that he doesn't notice that he's been sent down the wrong track. By the time he arrives at Knapford, he's very late! The V.I.P. refuses to travel back with Spencer. The other engines all compete to to take the V.I.P. back to the mainland, but their rushing and showing off leads to confusion and delay. Spencer ends up being given a second chance! Educational Objectives: Taking responsibility for one's actions, learning from one's mistakes, learning to be patient, doing a job carefully, forgiving other.

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