Edward's Brass Band is the fifth episode of the seventh series of Thomas and Friends and the 161st episode overall.

Plot

During the summer, there are a lot of attractions for visitors to the island, like the brass band. One day, Edward is very excited. The Fat Controller has given him the job of picking up the band and taking them to a concert staged for the next night. Edward cannot wait to hear their wonderful music.

But as Edward steams through Brendam Docks, he does not notice Big Mickey unloading a huge boiler from a ship. Suddenly, Big Mickey accidentally swings the boiler and knocks Edward off the rails into a pile of coal. Cranky has been watching and teases him. The Fat Controller tells Edward that he will go to the fitters yard and may not be able to take the band to their concert.

That night, a storm rolls in while the workmen are trying to mend Edward, leaving him feeling sad and very damp. The next morning, Edward asks if the workmen will be finished soon. The Fat Controller tells him that he will not be fixed in time and that Bertie will take the band to the concert, much to Edward's sadness.

Bertie collects the band and sets off. But he finds that the storm has flooded a large part of the road, so his driver decides to take a shortcut across a muddy field. But Bertie's wheels sink in the mud and he cannot budge. The band begins to worry that they will be late to the concert, but the leader has an idea.

By now, Edward has been mended and coupled to some coaches. Suddenly he and his driver hear some music coming from the distance which turned out to be a Morse code for help and hurry to see what the matter is. The band is delighted to see their old friend and Edward promises to get them to the concert on time. They climb aboard his coaches and they set off.

That night, the concert is a great success. Everyone loves the band's music, especially Edward.

Appearances

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Bertie
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Sodor Brass Band
  • Stepney (does not speak; stock footage)
    • Big Mickey (not named; does not speak)
    • Henry (cameo)
    • Gordon (cameo)
    • Percy (cameo)
    • Donald (cameo)
    • Skarloey (cameo)
    • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
    • Trevor (cameo)
    • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
    • Jem Cole (cameo)
    • Farmer McColl (cameo)
    • Farmer Trotter (cameo)
    • Nancy (cameo)
    • One of the stone-dropping boys (cameo)
    • The Fisherman (cameo)
    • James (stock footage cameo)
    • Toby (stock footage cameo)
    • Jeremiah Jobling (stock footage cameo)
    • Mrs. Kyndley (stock footage cameo)
    • The Storyteller (stock footage cameo)
    • The Special Visitor (stock footage cameo)

Notes & trivia

  • The LT Warehouse from the TUGS episode High Tide can be seen.
  • Going by production order, this is the fourth episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from the sixth series episode Edward the Very Useful Engine is used, as is pre-filmed footage from the seventh season episode Harold and the Flying Horse, edited stock footage from the sixth season episode Scaredy Engines and a deleted scene from the seventh season episode The Old Bridge.
  • This is the first occurrence of a few things:
    • The first time a model from TUGS was used as a character, which was Big Mickey.
    • The first time in the series that Edward derails.
    • This episode marks Edward and Cranky's only speaking roles in the seventh series.

Goofs

  • A behind the scenes picture of Edward being repaired shows his empty tender with wires inside.
  • At the beginning, Gordon has Edward's whistle sound.
  • Before Edward gets hit by the ship's boiler, his eyes are wonky. Also, he has his shocked face long before the boiler hits him.
  • Studio equipment is reflected in Bertie's back window in one shot of him going along the muddy road.
  • Some of the band members lack mouths on their models.
  • When Edward puffs by the curve before he gets hit by the ship's boiler, his body is off-centre.
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