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Originally there was supposed to be a character named PT Boomer, who is trying to buy Shining Time. This character was cut from the final film.
In the original script, Lily, 20 years later, was the narrator.
There are over 300 special effects shots in the film.
Lady was the only one of the Sodor engines to be constructed full size. Thomas and the others were models, with the actors digitally composed next to them.
Michael Angelis, the narrator for the United Kingdom version of Thomas and Friends was originally cast as the voices of James and Percy. After the American test audiences heard his recording, his part was deleted as it made the characters sound too old. The roles went to Susan Roman and Linda Ballantyne respectively.
Isle of Mann taxi drive/firefighter John Bellis was originally cast as the voice of Thomas. After his recording was heard by American test audiences, they disliked his Liverpudlian tone as it made Thomas sound too old. The role went to 'Eddie Glenn'.
Despite the removal of PT Boomer (played by Doug Lennox), his character does appear during the film. Originally taking part in the final chase sequence, extensive editing had to be done to trim down the shots where he rides on the back of Diesel 10.
In the UK version, the song 'Locomotion' replaced the song 'Some Things Never Leave You'.
John Barry originally signed on to score the film, but quit late in production. Hummie Mann replaced him at very short notice.
It was Neil Crone's idea to have Diesel 10 refer to his claw as "Pinchy."
In the original script, Diesel 10 was a new engine sent to help while Sir Topham Hatt was away.
In one of the trailers, P. T. Boomer can be seen falling off of Diesel 10 at the viaduct, a rod can be seen connected to Thomas' coupler, and Thomas and Diesel 10 have different voices.
Currently, this is the only Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends film to feature live actors.
John Bellis, the original voice of Thomas, is credited as "transportation co-coordinator".
George the Steamroller and Cranky the Crane were originally slated to appear, but were later cut from the film. Edward the Blue Engine was also to appear, but his model could not be finished in time.
Exterior locations were filmed on the Isle of Man, which was the original inspiration for the Reverend Awdry's stories.
All the engines and road vehicles have different whistle and horn sounds.
Throughout the movie, posters of Sir Topham Hatt saying "Sir Topham needs you" are seen.
People that worked on the original series also worked on this movie, namely, David Mitton (as model unit creative consultant), David Eves (as model SFX supervisor), Steve Asquith (as model supervisor), and Terence Permane (as director of photography for the models section).
Keith Scott was originally cast as the voice of Diesel 10

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