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Pitching In And Helping Out is the fourth episode of the first season.


Schemer tries to sell Stacy his kettle, but she declines because it's broken. He then decides to leave, but trips over his shoelace. Matt finds a piece of string and then Stacy tells him and Tanya a story about string and her grandmother. This is when Mr. Conductor arrives and tells the kids about Stacy's grandmother. Tanya tries to do cat's cradle, but it doesn't work. Matt helps her, then Mr. Conductor says you feel good when you help someone out and tells him the story of when Thomas rescued James after a nasty accident. Later, Tanya and Matt are kept busy with the string. Harry is fixing an old sign from years ago. He cannot get it to stay - that is until Matt gives him the string. Mr. Conductor reminds them that string fixed a train with newspaper when James was too rough with the coaches. Stacy is looking for the oil and Mr. Conductor helps her find it. Schemer comes by and again trips over his shoelace. He's tired of this and resorts to taking off the shoelaces all together. Matt and Tanya give him the string and he gives them the kettle in return. Harry helps Stacy with the clock, which eventually runs again.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Flexitoon Puppeteers

Thomas Stories

Thomas is working in the yard when Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells him to not let the silly cars trick him. As he works, Thomas' Driver explains to him about the Breakdown Train. Moments later, Thomas hears James whistling for help, as his brakes have caught on fire and can't stop. The alarm is raised and Thomas has to take the breakdown train and help James when the silly freight cars push him off the line. Thomas is awarded for his heroism and earns a branch line and two coaches named Annie and Clarabel.

James the Red Engine has a lot to learn. He and Edward pull a passenger train together. James is excited about how splendid he must look. He wheeshes steam and gets water on Sir Topham’s new top hat which gets him into trouble. Next day, James is cross and behaves roughly (due to Sir Topham Hatt threating him to be painted blue) with his coaches. He tears a hole in his coach’s brakepipe by going too fast and they have to borrow bootlaces from a man to mend the hole. James slowly puffs away a sadder and wiser engine.

Thomas the Tank Engine Characters

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • Railroad Coral


  • This is the first mention of Stacy’s grandmother. She did not appear in person until Season 3.
  • Wooden spoons to start the first Thomas story.