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Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks

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Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks
Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
Minds Eye Productions
Hasbro Interactive
Thomas & Friends
Adventure
Microsoft Windows
Ratings
This title has been rated 3 by PEGIThis title has been rated EC by the ESRBThis title has been classified 3+ by the ELSPA
Main Credits
Stuart Howitt, Dean Wray, Roger Bennett and Sarah Lewington
Petrina McPhee, Sarah McIlroy, Kate Webster, Sam Baker, Jason Dutton and Martin Batten
Teresa Chubet, Eric Hayashi, Steve Holley and Pierre Larsson
Jennifer Fey McWilliams, Kristine Meier, Dave Sullivan, Steve Holley and Mike Gray
Mike O'Donnell, Junior Campbell and Marcus Fielding
Margaret Leonard and Steve Holley
John Lusty, Stuart Middleton, Steve Keen and Jason Reeve
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows
2000
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Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks is a PC game for Microsoft Windows based off of Thomas & Friends.

Plot[edit | edit source]

One morning on the Island of Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt is in his office when he gets a call telling him about a coal shortage and that there is only enough coal for one engine, so he hurries off to Tidmouth sheds and explains the situation to his engines. He gives James the Red Engine the job of bringing coal from the mine, so James hurries off on his way. He approaches a sharp bend and applies his brakes, but he is unable to stop in time and falls off the tracks onto his side. His driver, who has jumped out before the crash along with the fireman, assures him help will be on the way.

Sir Topham Hatt is worried about James, so he makes a phone call to send Harold the Helicopter to search for him. Harold soon finds James and his pilot reports the situation to Sir Topham Hatt, who is concerned since none of the other engines can bring the breakdown train and rescue him due to the coal shortage. He soon finds Horrid Lorry 1 and has him collect the coal. Lorry 1 initially refuses to help until Sir Topham Hatt explains the situation, so he reluctantly agrees to help. He is glad when the job is over and hopes that the engines will remember him having helped out.

Soon, all the engines have coal again and Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas the Tank Engine to bring the breakdown train to James. However, on the way, he goes over a piece of bumpy track and the gears on the cranes fall off. After Thomas arrives at the site of the accident, the crane gets fixed and James is lifted back onto the tracks. However, he is unable to move, so Thomas helps him back to Tidmouth sheds. Sir Topham Hatt welcomes James back and congratulates Thomas.

Later, the engines help Sir Topham Hatt finds a new whistle for James. Percy the Small Engine brings the whistle and, being tired from all the work, goes off to have a drink of water and a rest. After that, Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas to the docks to collect some trucks that might have some parts for James. At the docks, Cranky loads Thomas' trucks with the cargo and Thomas, despite how troublesome the trucks were, manages to deliver them to the yards.

Meanwhile, Percy is ready to go back to work. He is sent to go to the lamp shop to find a new lamp for James. After finding the right lamp, he brings it to the yard where he finds James, feeling very sad for not being a very splendid engine. Percy tries to cheer him up by telling him he will feel better after being repaired. Sir Topham Hatt also assures him he will be repaired soon before Thomas arrives to shunt him into the shed.

Finally, James is repaired. Gordon the Big Engine is determined to have James help with all the work, but he is still not ready. He needs to fill up on coal and water. After he does, Thomas shunts him some coaches and he gets back to work.

That evening, all the engines are back at the sheds. James tells the engines that he enjoyed taking the passengers and that he was more careful not to go too fast and have another accident. Sir Topham Hatt then congratulates his engines for their hard work in helping getting James repaired.

Levels[edit | edit source]

  • Finding James - The player must help Harold search the island for James. Tiger Moth the Biplane occasionally flies by, often in the direction Harold needs to go to find James.
  • Lorry at the Quarry - The goal is to fill Lorry 1 with coal by moving him back and forth with the mouse under different conveyor belts. However, there are other items on the belts and collecting anything that is not coal results in having to start over.
  • Fix the Broken Breakdown Crane - The player must put the gears back on the breakdown crane, but they must fit right too.
  • Find a Whistle for James - Each engine sounds their whistles (or in Toby the Tram Engine's case, his bell) and the player must match each whistle (or bell) with the engine. The remaining whistle is James'.
  • Dockside Trouble - The player has to help Cranky the Crane load each of Thomas' trucks with the cargo. However, the weight the load in each truck must be just right. A meter will show if it is too heavy or too light.
  • Find a new Lamp for James - The player must put all the lamps back on the shelves by matching each lamp with the shadow of the same shape. The remaining lamp is James', which must be put in the box for Percy to deliver.
  • Repair James - All of James' new parts are laid out on a table and the player must place them on James. After that, they must tighten and oil his wheels and give him a new coat of paint.
  • Get James Ready - First, the player must open up James' water tank and pump the handle on the water tower to fill it up with water. Next, they have to fill his tender with coal by pulling the chain on the coal hopper. After that, they get a chance to drive James. They can use the shovel to put coal into the firebox, blow the whistle, release the brake and open the throttle.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the UK version of the game, the narration is done by Michael Angelis, who also narrated seasons 3 through 16 of the television series. Robin Smith narrates in the US version.
  • The game features music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell from seasons 1 through 7 of the show.
  • The plot of the game is similar to that of Thomas and the Breakdown Train, an episode of season 1 from the TV series.
  • A map of Sodor from The Railway Series, which Thomas & Friends is based off of, is seen when Sir Topham Hatt is talking to the Controller at Harold's airfield.
  • The game's manual features screenshots of the game's prototype where some pictures have the original cursor from The Great Festival Adventure instead of the one used in the final version.
  • During the "Dockside Trouble" level, audio from Dirty Work, a episode from season 2 of the show, is played at one point.
  • Some unused audio files are found within the game files, which include:
    • Some reveal that Toby was to appear in all three levels of "Find a Whistle for James."
    • Several US voice clips from Robin Smith's narration are in the UK game files.
    • Voice clips featuring unknown narrator can be found within the files for "Fix the Broken Breakdown Crane."
    • There are also unused sound effects, some of which are from The Great Festival Adventure.

Goofs[edit | edit source]

  • Edward the Blue Engine is wearing his grumpy face in almost every scene.
  • In some scenes, the engines' side rods are missing or the wheels do not turn, mostly with Thomas.
  • Tidmouth Sheds has back doors, like in The Great Festival Adventure.
  • The Watermill has a second arch.
  • James lands several feet away from the tracks after he derails.
  • In the opening scene, the track appears upside down after he falls onto his side.
  • The track arrangement where James crashes changes.
  • Harold has six blades instead of his usual three.
  • Harold's pilot contacts Sir Topham Hatt from his radio to Sir Topham Hatt's candlestick telephone; the devices would not be compatible with each other in real life.
  • When Thomas tells James, "We'll soon have you back on the rails again," the track behind him leads into trees.
  • Scratches are seen on James' right side after he derails, but he landed on the ground on his left side. Nothing that could have hit James' right side is seen.
  • James' parts would not fall off easily without a scratch.
  • After James is placed back on the tracks, he moans about his lamp being broken, but he does not have a lamp, nor did he have one before he crashed.
  • When Thomas pushes James back to the shed, a second Thomas can be seen in the shed.
  • Edward has Oliver the Great Western Engine's whistle sound.
  • In "Find a Whistle for James," Toby is missing his number and headlamps and has two sets of buffers in the easy level.
  • Cranky is about half his normal height.
  • Thomas shunts two brake coaches for James and the coaches' wheels still spins after Thomas backs away. Also, they turn into Annie and Clarabel, Thomas' coaches, when James pulls out of the yards.
  • In the closing scene, a third eye is visible beside Edward.