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1205: Telling Tales

Who’s Geoffrey?

When Thomas has a small, silly accident at Brendam Docks, he invents Geoffrey, an imaginary engine on whom he blames the incident. When Thomas 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 and caused more trouble than by just telling the truth.

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 tired of Henrietta reminding him to take care of himself and refuses to fill up with coal when she 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


1207: Finders Keepers

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.

Learning Goals: recognizing others’ emotions, expressing sympathy and concern for others, conquering fears


1201: Recycle Recycle Recycle!

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks

Bill and Ben decide to play a joke on Timothy, telling him to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown, which they believe does not exist. When Timothy finds junkyard trucks that match the description, Bill and Ben’s prank is foiled!

Learning Goals: flexible thinking, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, apologizing

Samson Sent For Scrap

When Scruff breaks down, Samson is given the job of collecting the trackside scrap. Taking his job a little too seriously, Samson collects more than he should—including Sir Topham Hatt’s car! Before it gets crunched by Reg’s claw, Sir Topham Hatt races off to save it.

Learning Goals: taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, applying one’s best efforts, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking


1202: Jurassic Sodor

Marion and the Dinosaurs

Marion wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a long line of dinosaurs gliding past in the moonlight. Thinking it was a dream, she tells Thomas. The dinosaurs return and chase Marion to the castle where she discovers that they’re model dinosaurs for the Earl’s new Dinosaur Park!

Learning Goals: conquering fears, expressing sympathy and concern for others

Millie and the Volcano

Harvey and Samson are arranging the dinosaur models for the Earl’s new Dinosaur Park. When one of the dinosaurs swings towards Millie, she becomes frightened and Samson and Harvey laugh at her. In return, Millie seeks the last laugh and plans for the groundsman to set his bonfire behind the model volcano, making them both think it’s erupting!

Learning Goals: conquering fears, developing confidence, resourceful thinking


1203: Special Deliveries

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


1204: Christmas Time

Cranky Christmas

Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas to the docks to collect a very important Christmas parcel. When unloading the ship, Cranky drops the parcel and fears that he broke the contents within. He hides the parcel, but it’s eventually found and Thomas sets off to deliver it. When Thomas slips on the icy tracks and the crate falls off his flatbed, he thinks that he broke the contents of the parcel as well. Sir Topham Hatt reveals the contents of the parcel; materials for the community’s ice skating rink—unbroken!

Learning Goals: being helpful, expressing thanks, taking responsibility for actions, being kind and polite, apologizing

Snow Place Like Home

The snow is causing all sorts of trouble for the engines. At the Steamworks, Emily is out of commission while waiting for her new pistons, which are stuck at the Depot. Kevin is trapped outside and Victor ventures out to rescue Kevin, who he thinks is headed towards the Depot. Luckily, Thomas finds Kevin and Victor before any other engines get stuck in the snow.

Learning Goals: being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, applying one’s best efforts, resourceful thinking


1206: Lost and Found

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 on a flatbed to Brendam Docks, where the whale is 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


1208: Spooky Snow

Helping Hiro

When Thomas accidentally spills his cargo on the tracks, Hiro derails. 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. With 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


1209: Tis the Season to be Jolly

Diesel’s Ghostly Christmas (double episode, Christmas)

Diesel is not a very helpful engine and Thomas is determined to show him the errors of his ways. Diesel is visited by ‘ghostly engines’ who remind him of his past mistakes and show him the importance of helping others. When Diesel derails and fears the worst, he finally acknowledges the ghosts’ Christmas message.

Learning Goals: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, making meaningful contributions, being aware of others’ feelings


1210: All at Sea

Salty All at Sea

Salty loves to tell scary stories and tall tales of sea monsters, which sometimes frighten 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

Last Train for Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can’t carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. It becomes a race against time, and the engines have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas.

Learning goals: Teamwork; making a meaningful contribution; being helpful; expressing thanks


Long Lost Friend

Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But the two engines keep missing each other. They both have doubts they’ll see each other, but finally they connect and have a wonderful reunion.

Learning goals: Being a good friend; apologizing; applying one’s best efforts

No Steam Without Coal

There is a coal shortage at the Clay Pits. Timothy warns Bill and Ben to be careful and use their coal sparingly.  Bill and Ben don’t listen, teasing each other and Timothy, and messing about–until they run out of coal! Luckily, Timothy runs on oil, so he manages to keep going, delivering clay to the docks and bringing back coal for the tank engine twins.

Learning goals: Appreciating differences taking responsibility; apologizing, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions


Toad’s Bright Idea

Gator is waiting to be loaded onto a ship, but the ship is delayed. When Oliver breaks down, Gator is very happy to help.  Gator heads off to get Oliver’s trucks and promises to bring them back before morning.  But Gator’s lamp keeps going out. He decides not to stop to avoid being late. Toad doesn’t think it is safe and they argue.  In the end, Toad’s bright idea helps Gator deliver the trucks in time.

Learning goals: Appreciating differences; paying attention; apologizing; resourceful thinking; accepting and appreciating help; apologizing

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.

Learning goals: 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!

Learning goals: Taking responsibility for one’s actions; learning from one’s mistakes; learning to be patient; doing a job carefully; forgiving others

Duncan The Humbug

Everyone is happy at Christmastime except for Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, who seems to be grumbling even more than usual.  Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. Duncan rises to the challenge, but it is not so easy for an engine who likes to grumble to give up a lifetime habit.

Learning goals: Perspective taking; following directions; being helpful; recognizing others’ emotions; learning from mistakes


The Perfect Gift

The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere.  But it doesn’t look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up.   But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap.

 Learning goals: Being kind; being a good friend; recycling, creativity; expressing appreciation


Marion and The Pipe

One day while repairing an embankment, Marion strikes something hard and insists it must be the mast of a Viking ship.  It looks like a water pipe to Thomas, but Marion is adamant that it isn’t. The next day Thomas notices flooding near the bank.  Marion has to admit her mistake and help prevent an accident.

Learning goals: Demonstrating responsibility; teamwork; helping others; expressing thanks


Missing Gator

Percy misses his friend Gator and keep thinking about the good times they had together.  Percy is sad, so the other engines advise him to keep busy to take his mind off it.  Percy rushes about trying to keep busy, but he loses control of some trucks. The trucks roll into an old mine. Percy is too frightened to go in after them until he remembers what Gator taught him about being brave!

Learning goals: Being aware of others’ feelings; being helpful; being a good friend

Signals Crossed

Toby is always nervous when he has to go through Knapford Junction with the big gantry signal over the track. One day Toby waits nervously for his signal to change, but it stays on red. He waits and waits, holding up other engines, but the signal doesn’t change. Sir Topham Hatt is very annoyed until everybody finally realizes that the signal is broken.

Learning goals: Being helpful and kind; encouraging others; developing confidence; conquering fears; demonstrating responsibility


Thomas and the Emergency Cable

Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly. It turns out it’s not an emergency at all–the passenger is a bird watcher who’s spotted a rare bird. To make matters worse, Clarabel has a flat wheel after being dragged along with her brakes on.  The next time Thomas sees the bird watcher he refuses to pick him up. But Thomas learns that that’s not the right thing to do either.

Learning goals: Perspective taking; following rules; asking good questions; apologizing

Thomas the Quarry Engine

When Thomas and Diesel are sent to collect trucks from the Ffarquhar Quarry, they argue about who should be the back engine. Diesel suggests he take the trucks with Mavis, leaving Thomas to look after the quarry until they get back. When they don’t come back, Thomas gets fed up and decides to take another load of troublesome trucks on his own–and then there really is trouble!

Learning goals: Cooperation; expressing kindness; learning to be patient; telling the truth; apologizing


Duck in The Water

When Duck gets stuck on some flooded tracks, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him. But James doesn’t wait for Rocky to secure his crane arm, and they end up knocking down a signal before they arrive at the accident site. Without a signal to warn them, the other engines don’t stop. What began as one small accident for Duck soon escalates into a much bigger one, involving several other engines!

Learning goals: Following directions; listening carefully; learning to be patient; apologizing; taking responsibility for one’s actions


Toad’s Adventure

Oliver is always telling his Toad about his adventures.   Toad longs to have an adventure of his own.  When Toad gets the chance to work with James, he is very excited. But James doesn’t like pulling trucks and goes too fast.  When a coupling snaps, Toad gets a bigger adventure than he expected!

Learning goals: Appreciating one’s individual skills; expressing gratitude; taking responsibility for actions; understanding there are consequences to one’s actions


Duck and the Slip Coaches

Sir Topham Hatt is concerned about getting all the summer visitors to their destinations on time. Duck tells the other engines about the slip coaches used on the Great Western Railway that could be uncoupled at stations without stopping.  James relays the information to Sir Topham Hatt, claiming it’s his idea, but James has never used slip coaches before and soon runs into trouble.

Learning goals: Telling the truth; being helpful; making meaningful contributions; understanding there are consequences to one’s actions

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