Thomas the Tank Engine "Down the Mine" (unaired pitch pilot version of children's TV series; early 1980s)


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Thomas and Friends: "Down the Mine" (pitch pilot version)
The aforementioned shot of Thomas' pilot model, from the final aired version of the episode.
The aforementioned shot of Thomas' pilot model, from the final aired version of the episode.
Status Lost

In the early 1980s, Thomas and Friends was being pitched to several networks. A test pilot was made of what would later become the 25th episode, "Down the Mine". According to pilot editor Micheal Dixon, this was nothing like the final episode, with fewer characters, smaller sets and flatter lighting.

Nothing of this pilot version has surfaced, however, a single shot in the final aired version of the episode seems to be have been reused from the pilot. When Thomas passes Knapford station, his model appears to be much more simplistic than the one used in the series. The main differences being the paint on his front splasher appears to be missing the red lining, his siderods seem more toy-like in appearance and his face is different compared to the one used.

Images of the pilot version of Gordon, by model maker Christopher Noulton, can be seen in an interview by Sodor Island Fansite.[1] The pilot model of Gordon was apparently revamped for use as a stand-by model in the second season of Thomas. Eventually, however, it was dismantled and used as engine scrap set dressing.

References

  1. Crewmember Spotlight on: Christopher Noulton. Retrieved 29 Dec '13.

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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Nobody knows....
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Oface

4 months ago
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Has Anyone Tried to Get an Interview With Britt Allcroft to see if the Video Still Exist
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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Thomas's pilot model can be seen throughout the series as scrap decoration. It's the thing gwr studios called Reginald.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again!
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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if anyone could try asking Ms. Allcroft to try and release the pilot footage other than that clip reused in the actual episode, that'd be very helpful!
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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www.dvdizzy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16291&start=420

According to this page, the lost pilot is available on the Thomas The Tank Engine Seasons 1-4 Collector's Edition.
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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Along with footage from the missing coach on the Seasons 10 And 11 Collector's Edition.
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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Along with footage from the missing coach on the Seasons 10 And 11 Collector's Edition.
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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Didn't mean to put that twice.
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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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Well I've searched, and I can't find anything about either of these collections online, so I'm now convinced that that page was full of crap, and that neither of those DVDs exist.
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