After the successes of Express Coming Through and Flash Bang Wallop!, Thomas and the Rubbish Train followed.
It saw Thomas and Whiff moving a train of trucks full of rubbish to transfer to Whiff's Waste Dump. However, Diesel gets devious by teasing Thomas that he would be smelly before promising to take the Duchess of Boxford to tea.
Talking the way through were the aforementioned four characters, The Fat Controller, Gordon, Emily and Rocky. Cameos delivered with James, Hiro, Henry, Scruff, Stanley, Cranky and Lady Hatt.
The episode from the writing hands of The Railway Series fan and Rosie's Funfair Special's Andrew Viner took the reactions of mixed to positive reviews.
Many people were pleased with how Diesel's devious persona returned once again and that Whiff was given a large role alongside the Duchess of Boxford making an explained solo appearance without her husband, The Duke.
Thomas crashing into the back of the rubbish train at Wellsworth Station became another highlight as was an exhilarating scene depicting the brief return of the scenic route by The Lighthouse.
It brought praise for Nitrogen Studios' creative animation and the panning camera going from a top angle all the way down to Thomas while travelling.
But the story did not save a number of bad points being witnessed such as the unrealistic parts of points on the tracks changing far too quickly, happening in the recognised three times strokes.
The phrases of Steamie, Special special and luckily no one was hurt were not well recieved as was the silly times of Thomas diverting to other locations in order to not stay stinky.
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Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Wednesday February 29th 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Emily's Winter Party Special.
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Thomas Toots the Crows.
For a full list of the scheduling, visit the Dieselworks Turntable Roundhouse on the right hand sidebar for more details.
Thanks to Thomas & Friends Wikia for information and images.
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