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Mr.Perkins

Mr. Gilbert Perkins, also referred to as Driver Perkins (played by Ben Forster), is a driver on Sodor. Driver Perkins helps out Sir Topham Hatt, all of Sodor's engines and the drivers. He has featured on several DVDs since 2010. He also presented the Down at the Station segments for the seventeenth season (repeated alongside Seasons 18 and 19) under the title Mr. Perkins' Railway.

Bio

Mr. Perkins' Storytime Segments

In this series of segments, Mr. Perkins reads Railway Series stories in Mr. Edwards signal box.

  1. The Flying Kipper - (Santa's Little Engine DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  2. Trucks! - (The Thomas Way DVD; UK, Spills and Thrills DVD; US, Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures DVD; UK)
  3. Thomas and Gordon - (Spills and Thrills DVD; UK, Wild Water Rescue and Other Engine Adventures; US)
  4. Pop Goes the Diesel - (Trouble on the Tracks DVD; UK/US/AUS)
  5. Thomas and the Breakdown Train - (Tale of the Brave DVD; UK/AUS, Engines to the Rescue DVD; US)
  6. A Scarf for Percy - (The Christmas Engines DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  7. Thomas Goes Fishing - (Signals Crossed DVD; US/UK, The Adventure Begins Television Broadcast; US)
  8. Edward and Gordon - (Dinos and Discoveries DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  9. Toby's Tightrope - (Trouble on the Tracks DVD; UK/AUS, Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures DVD; US)
  10. Gordon Goes Foreign - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  11. Thomas' Train - (Railway Mischief DVD; UK/AUS, Tales on the Rails DVD; US)
  12. Henry and the Elephant - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  13. Thomas Comes to Breakfast - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  14. Thomas in Trouble - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  15. Ghost Train - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  16. Thomas and Bertie - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  17. Percy and Harold - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  18. Thomas, Terence and the Snow - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  19. Sir Topham Hatt's Engines - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)
  20. Trouble in the Shed - (Thomas' YouTube World Tour)

Mr. Perkins' Postcard Segments

Mr. Perkins talk about different Sudrian locations.

  1. Ulfstead Castle - (Santa's Little Engine DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  2. Blue Mountain Quarry - (The Thomas Way DVD; UK, Spills and Thrills DVD; US, Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures DVD; UK)
  3. Knapford Station - (Spills and Thrills DVD; UK, Wild Water Rescue and Other Engine Adventures DVD; US)
  4. The Dieselworks - (Trouble on the Tracks DVD; UK/US/AUS)
  5. The Steamworks(Tale of the Brave DVD; UK/AUS, Engines to the Rescue DVD; US)
  6. Tidmouth Sheds - (The Christmas Engines DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  7. Bridges - (Signals Crossed DVD; US/UK, The Adventure Begins Television Broadcast; US)
  8. Shunting Yards - (Dinos and Discoveries DVD; US/UK/AUS)
  9. Ffarquhar Quarry - (Trouble on the Tracks DVD; UK/AUS, Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures DVD; US)
  10. Brendam Docks - (Railway Mischief DVD; UK/AUS, Tales on the Rails DVD; US)

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • The common room segments were filmed in a studio in Altrincham, whilst the latest are currently filmed at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the South Tynedale Railway and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
  • The storytime segments are filmed inside the South Tynedale's signal box at Alston station, though the Alston sign is removed in order to have the stories "set" on Sodor.
  • The Mr. Perkins Railway segments are part of the half hour blocks on TV, but although they are credited on the Nick Jr. UK broadcasts, they are cut out.
  • A Scarf for Percy is the first Storytime Segment to be based off of its TV Series adaptation rather than its original Railway Series counterpart, possibly due to the latter being shorter than most Railway Series stories.
  • The hand-knitted scarf, worn by Perkins in Mr. Perkins' Soccer Match, is preserved by the Top Props preservation group, after it was sold by The Prop Gallery.
  • Mr. Perkins has said that he normally drives Thomas, but has also driven Diesel and James.
  • In Henry and the Elephant, it was revealed he is married to Mrs. Perkins although he does not wear a ring.
  • Gordon Goes Foreign is the only Storytime segment to date to be based on a Railway Series-only story.
  • Thomas Goes Fishing and Bridges are the only Storytime and Postcards segments to date to air on television, as they were shown with the PBS airing of The Adventure Begins.

Goofs

Mr. Perkins' Storytime Segments

Trucks

  • Skarloey appears in one of the new illustrations, but he was away being repaired during this story.

The Flying Kipper

  • When Mr. Perkins gets to the bit about the goods train waiting in the siding in the UK version, it is clear to see that it has been dubbed over the US version as when he says "goods train", his lip movements still read "freight train".

Gordon Goes Foreign

  • Duck is incorrectly depicted with a 2-6-0 wheel arrangement in the first illustration.

Thomas' Train

  • Henry is painted blue in the first illustration, but is painted green in the second.
  • Thomas' headcode changes while going under the bridge and changes back when he reaches the signal box.

Mr. Perkins' Postcards Segments

Ulfstead Castle

  • Mr. Perkins refers to Stephen as "Stephenson's Rocket", but there was only one original Rocket in the real world. Stephen previously identified himself as the original Rocket in King of the Railway.

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