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EPISODE NOTES- SERIES 2

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1986 saw the return of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, stronger than ever before. 

With a new slate of 26 episodes airing from the 24th September, it saw a variety of new methods and combinations on trial. Ringo Starr had of course returned to provide his narration for the UK dub while George Carlin offered his voice for the US. At the time of production, Christopher Awdry was continuing on The Railway Series and had some episodes such as 'The Runaway' and 'Better Late Than Never' adapted for screen not long after their press release. 

Series 2 also saw a variety of characters make their debut, including Devious Diesel, the first seed in the steam engine versus diesel rivalry which would become a long-lasting trope of the series until the end. 

This was the last series of Thomas produced by Clearwater Features and the last slate of stories for the '80s decade. 

1. THOMAS, PERCY & THE COAL

Denham: 5.5 / 10

Connor: 6.5 / 10

Parry: 6 / 10 

 A decent, but not great, narrative to begin Series 2.

2. COWS

Denham: 8 / 10

Connor: 7 / 10

Parry: 6.5 / 10

Fantastic interactions between characters, though a little light on action.

3. bertie's chase

Denham: 8 / 10

Connor: 8 / 10 

Parry: 8 / 10

Nice set design and wonderful music; could use more animation.

4. saved from scrap

Denham: 7 / 10

Connor: 6 / 10

Parry: 8 / 10

A light, quaint and humble story, with nice models.

Denham: 9 / 10

Connor: 10 / 10

Parry: 9 / 10

Action-packed, with fantastic music, modelling and camerawork.

5. old iron

6. thomas & trevor

Denham: 6 / 10

Connor: 6 / 10

Parry: 6 / 10

Story is sorely lacking, although the sets and music are nice.

7. PERCY & THE SIGNAL

Denham: 8 / 10

Connor: 6 / 10

Parry: 8 / 10

Humorous interactions and great sound mixing, but not very exciting.