The second season of the television series aired in 1986. Ringo Starr narrated all twenty-six episodes in the UK as well as seventeen of them in the US, with George Carlin later re-narrating all of the episodes for the US on Shining Time Station.
Many of the stories were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry. However, Christopher Awdry was commissioned to write a new Railway Series book as source material for the second series. Three stories from More About Thomas the Tank Engine provided additional roles for Bertie the Bus, Terence the Tractor, and Harold the Helicopter. The episodes Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree and Thomas and Trevor were both one-off stories written by Christopher Awdry.
Early in production, a third episode based on The Twin Engines was due to be filmed, based largely on the story The Missing Coach. The model crew had gone as far as filming scenes on the Tidmouth Station set with Thomas arriving at the station, before Britt Allcroft decided the episode had too little action and its storyline would be too difficult to understand by younger viewers.
|UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Original UK release date||Season episode number #||Source material|
| "Thomas, Percy and the Coal"|
|24th September 1986||#01||More About Thomas the Tank Engine by Christopher Awdry|
|Thomas brags to Percy and Toby about "how blue is the only proper colour for a really useful engine".
He ends up getting trapped in a shower of coal under a coal hopper, and promptly blames an amused Percy. The two engines have a quarrel.
"A Cow on the Line"
|24th September 1986||#02||Edward the Blue Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Gordon and Henry tease Edward after some cows break part
of his train away. Several days later, the big engines end up with a cow blocking their lines and they become nervous around such a delicate animal. Edward soon has the last laugh.
|"Bertie's Chase"||1st October 1986||#03||Edward the Blue Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Thomas' fireman isn't able to come in to work and Bertie
agrees to take his passengers. Edward is unaware of the change of plan, and leaves before Bertie arrives. Bertie is determined to help the passengers catch their train, but each time Bertie stops, he misses Edward who's already moved on.
|"Saved from Scrap"||1st October 1986||#04||Edward the Blue Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|At the scrapyard, Edward meets a traction engine called
Trevor, who is due to be broken up, despite being in good condition. Edward is determined to save him from scrap. He persuades the Vicar to purchase Trevor, and he goes to live in the Vicarage Orchard.
|"Old Iron"||8th October 1986||#05||Edward the Blue Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|After one delay too many, James complains about Edward
being too old and slow. The next day, two boys wander into James' cab and fiddle with his controls. James ends up running away down the line without a driver or fireman, and Edward is sent to chase after him with some help from an inspector.
| "Thomas and Trevor"|
"A New Friend for Thomas"
|8th October 1986||#06||Annual 1987 (Story of the same name by Christopher Awdry)|
|Trevor the traction engine doesn't have much work at the
vicarage orchard, so Edward takes him to help Thomas at the harbour. Slowly but surely, a skeptical Thomas gains a respect for the unusual-looking newcomer.
|"Percy and the Signal"||15th October 1986||#07||Percy the Small Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|One day, Percy annoys Gordon and then tricks James into
staying in the shed all day. When he gets into trouble with the Fat Controller, Percy decides to stay out of their way for awhile. But when he is asked to take a train to Knapford he gets careless and for revenge, James and Gordon trick Percy into misreading a signal.
|"Duck Takes Charge"||15th October 1986||#08||Percy the Small Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Percy is the laughing stock of the yard following his
signal mishap. The Fat Controller buys a new engine named Montague, nicknamed Duck, to help out an overworked Percy. Gordon, James and Henry start ordering him about. Duck and Percy decide to take matters into their own "hands".
| "Percy and Harold"|
"Percy Proves a Point"
|22nd October 1986||#09||Percy the Small Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Percy is transferred to the harbour on Thomas'
branchline. One day, Percy meets Harold the Helicopter, who says railways are slow and out-of-date. Percy is furious, and when he sees Harold again, he challenges him to a race.
|"The Runaway"||22nd October 1986||#10||More About Thomas the Tank Engine by Christopher Awdry|
|Thomas isn't feeling well and is sent to the Works to be
mended. Duck takes over Thomas' duties. Soon, Thomas returns from the Works with stiff handbrakes. This proves disastrous when a temporary fireman forgets to tighten them properly, sending Thomas, Annie and Clarabel on a runaway.
| "Percy Takes the Plunge"|
"Percy Takes a Plunge"
|29th October 1986||#11||The Eight Famous Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|At the harbour, Percy is telling Bill and Ben about the time he braved bad weather, using the phrase "Water's nothing to an engine with determination". Henry calls Percy silly, to which he teases him about him staying in the tunnel . Later, Percy wants to see why he is forbidden to pass the danger board on the quay, but soon wishes he hadn't.|
|"Pop Goes the Diesel"||29th October 1986||#12||Duck and the Diesel Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|A diesel engine arrives on the island, and Duck is given
the task of showing him around. Diesel boasts that his kind know everything, so Duck leaves him to shunt some trucks alone, with disastrous results. He makes a fool of himself and the trucks laugh rudely at him.
| "Dirty Work"|
"Diesel's Devious Deed"
|5th November 1986||#13||Duck and the Diesel Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Diesel blames Duck for the aftermath of the other day.
As revenge, Diesel tells lies to the trucks about the big engines, claiming that Duck told them. The big engines agree that Duck needs to be paid back for teasing them.
| "A Close Shave"|
"A Close Shave for Duck"
|5th November 1986||#14||Duck and the Diesel Engine by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|After being framed by Diesel, Duck is sent to
Wellsworth. During his stay with Edward, Duck finds himself being chased by runaway trucks. He manages to control them, despite crashing into a barber's shop.
|"Better Late Than Never"||12th November 1986||#15||More About Thomas the Tank Engine by Christopher Awdry|
|The arches on the Viaduct need strengthening, and the
delay makes the big engines late to the junction. This makes Thomas very cross as he has to wait for the big engines, making him late with his own connection with Bertie the bus. Bertie gives Thomas a hard time, until he breaks down.
| "Break Van"|
"Donald and Douglas"
|12th November 1986||#16||The Twin Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Donald and Douglas are twins whom the Fat Controller had
bought from Scotland to help out, although only one engine had been expected. He intends to send one of them back, and a spiteful brake van doesn't help the twins at all.
|"The Deputation"||19th November 1986||#17||The Twin Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|When an early snowstorm blankets the island, Donald and
Douglas work together to clear away heavy drifts of snow. After they help Henry from a snowdrift, the other engines are determined to help them out. Percy is chosen to ask the Fat Controller not to send the twins away because of their danger of being scrapped.
|"Thomas Comes to Breakfast"||19th November 1986||#18||Branch Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|When Thomas' driver jokes that Thomas doesn't need him
any more, Thomas misunderstands him and boasts to Percy and Toby that he doesn't need a driver. Thomas doesn't realise that his driver is only joking, and pays the price dearly after trying to move by himself and crashing straight into the stationmaster's house.
|"Daisy"||26th November 1986||#19||Branch Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Daisy is bought to help Percy and Toby while Thomas is
indisposed. The two engines show her around, but Daisy becomes a nuisance and they find her very difficult to please. Daisy proves to be very lazy and stubborn. She even insults the coaches, and refuses to take trucks. So she starts making excuses to avoid work.
|"Percy's Predicament"||26th November 1986||#20||Branch Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Daisy continues to be lazy and stubborn, leaving Percy
to do her jobs as well as his own. Toby offers to swap jobs with Percy so he can have a rest. Unfortunately, Percy has never worked at the quarry before, and the trucks are quick to take advantage of this. The trucks pay Percy out by making him crash into a brake van.
|"The Diseasel"||3rd December 1986||#21||Main Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Bill and Ben are tank engine twins who work at the China
Clay Works. One day, they are surprised when they discover that their trucks have gone missing. They mistakenly believe that their trucks were "magicked away" by a "diseasel". Their crews formulate a plan and make the twins look identical to trick BoCo.
|"Wrong Road"||3rd December 1986||#22||Main Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|The Fat Controller doesn't allow the heavier main
engines to run on branch lines due to their weight, and Gordon believes the reason is because branch lines are vulgar. However, due to a green floppy hat, Edward is switched onto the main line and Gordon is mistakenly sent onto the branch line, where Bill and Ben are waiting.
|"Edward's Exploit"||10th December 1986||#23||Main Line Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Enthusiasts are visiting Sodor, and Edward is due to
take them to meet Bill and Ben. On the journey back, the weather changes badly, and one of his crank pins breaks off. His crew are forced to remove his siderods and make adjustments to his coaches. Despite this, Edward battles on to bring his passengers safely home.
| "Ghost Train"|
"Percy's Ghostly Trick"
|10th December 1986||#24||Tramway Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Percy tells Thomas and Toby about a ghost train his
driver saw. Thomas doesn't believe him and calls him silly. Later, Percy ends up crashing into a cart and gets covered in lime. Percy and Toby decide to play a trick on Thomas.
|"Woolly Bear"||17th December 1986||#25||Tramway Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|Percy and Toby collect hay on the branch line, but this
makes Thomas' passengers late. Percy is still teasing Thomas about the
ghost incident and Thomas retorts back by calling him a "green
caterpillar with red stripes". Things go wrong for Percy, he gets hit by
a crate of treacle, then getting stuck on a hill and windswept with
Cancelled Episodes Edit
|Screenshot||UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Original UK release date||Episode number #||Source material|
|"The Missing Coach"||n/a||n/a||The Twin Engines by the Rev. W. Awdry|
|The Fat Controller orders an engine from Scotland to
help out with goods work, but is surprised when two engines arrive instead of one. Douglas accidentally shunts a special coach into the carriage siding. To evade the angry complaints of the passengers, Donald and Douglas decide to swap tenders so as to fool the Fat Controller.
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Jeremiah Jobling (speaks only in Japanese dub)
- Mrs. Kyndley (speaks only in Japanese dub)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Farmer Finney (cameo)
- The Policeman (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
Characters introduced Edit
- Donald and Douglas
- Bill and Ben
- The Spiteful Brake Van
- Jem Cole
- The Vicar of Wellsworth
- The Barber
- Father Christmas (does not speak)
- Percy's Ghost Engine (does not speak)
- The Naughty Boys (do not speak)
- The Careless Cleaner (does not speak)
- The Lady with the Floppy Green Hat (does not speak)
- The Enthusiasts (do not speak)
- The Ffarquhar Stationmaster and his Family (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster; does not speak: The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's children; cameo)
- The Firelighter (mentioned)
- Sam the Farmer (deleted scene; mentioned)
- This was the first of a few things:
- The first season filmed at Shepperton Studios.
- The first season where trucks have clay faces.
- The first season to use stories by Christopher Awdry.
- The first season to have an episode not based off of a book from the Railway Series.
- This was the final season of several things:
- Ringo Starr's last season as narrator.
- Robert D. Cardona's last season as producer.
- Britt Allcroft's last season as executive producer until the sixth season.
- The last season made by Clearwater Features.
- The last season in which music was composed using the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesiser.
- The last season until the seventeenth season to have the same narrator for both the UK and US for the majority of the season, excluding episodes selected for New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures which were narrated by Michael Angelis and the original recordings for the twelfth season which were narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
- The Missing Coach was originally going to be an episode in this season, but it was cancelled and replaced by Thomas, Percy and the Coal.
- Starting from the episode, Pop Goes the Diesel, the laughing
sound effect of the trucks were heard. That sound effect was later reused in the following seasons.
- Henry regains his wheel arches, which were removed when he received his new shape after his accident with The Flying Kipper.
- The biggest space of time between two seasons airing is between this season, which aired in 1986, and Season 3, which did not air until 1992.
- When first broadcast in 1986 on ITV, two episodes were
compiled into one ten minute block with the nameboard sequence featured in between. From 1991 onwards, the stories were then shown individually. They were also shown this way on Cartoon Network UK, ABC (Australia) and several compilation VHS releases. Some episodes that usually came before a nameboard sequence would often show the end credits from Duck Takes Charge.
- In the Ukrainian narration, Ringo Starr's voice can still be heard in the background.
- The Norwegian/Finnish versions credit Ringo Starr as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in Norwegian and Finnish respectively.