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“I've always thought the railway was one of the best inventions ever!”
― Ruth

A New Arrival is the second double-length episode of the twenty-fourth series.

Plot

When Thomas finds out that the Earl's Technology Fair will bring new inventions to Sodor, he fears the Sodor engines will be replaced by new technology, and to prevent it, he sets out to prove that steam engines are the best inventions ever.

Characters

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Cast

UK, AUS, NZ and MYS

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward and Toby
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Harold
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Bernie and Professor Freidrich
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Salty, Sir Topham Hatt and the Station Master
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Joe Swash as Sonny
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Dominique Moore as Ruth
  • Bob Golding as Baz
  • Laura Beaumont as the Fair Attendees (uncredited)
  • Paul Larson as the Fair Attendees (uncredited)
  • Ian McCue as the Fair Attendees (uncredited)
  • Sharon Miller as the Fair Attendees (uncredited)

Trivia

  • Production-wise, this episode and its successor, World of Tomorrow, as the two specials that form a two-part story, are placed in the exact middle of the regular-length episodes of the twenty-fourth series, between Ace's Brave Jump (the tenth episode production-wise) and Sonny's Second Chance (the eleventh episode production-wise).
  • This episode marks the last appearances and/or speaking roles for many characters:
    • Flying Scotsman, Harvey, Rosie, Connor and Norman's last appearances, as well as Harvey and Rosie's only speaking roles in the twenty-fourth series and their last speaking roles overall.
    • Edward's last appearance in the original series and his last speaking role overall.
    • The last episode to have Nicola Stapleton as part of the voice cast.
  • This is the first episode for a few things:
  • Dominique Moore and Joe Swash join the voice cast.
  • Apart from a surprised exclamation, Toby lacks any dialogue in this episode. Likewise, Sonny only makes grunts and growls while Edward only exclaims "OW!" and does not talk when Percy crashes into him.
  • This is the only episode with a few things as well:
    • The only double-length special episode of the twenty-fourth series to have a fantasy sequence (two in this case), as the other two (Thomas and the Royal Engine and World of Tomorrow) lack them completely.
    • The only episode of the original series where Kenji appears, but does not speak.
  • James' wings in the fantasy sequence are recolours of the ones used for Thomas in the fantasy sequences for The Other Side of the Mountain and Cyclone Thomas.
  • Percy mistakes the Road Plane for a spaceship, much like in the eleventh series episode, Thomas and the Spaceship, where he also mistakes Jeremy for a spaceship.
  • Henry is the only member of the Steam Team - current or former - not to appear in this episode.

Goofs

  • During Rebecca's fantasy sequence, her cylinders clip through her body.
  • During Thomas' jet pack fantasy, Annie's eyes remain static after the passengers fly off. Her doors also open on their own.
  • During Gordon's fantasy sequence, his front coupling is missing.
  • When the Vicarstown Bridge lowers to reveal Sonny, he is already on the Sodor side.
  • The Misty Island Tunnel entrance is missing at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. The track leading to the tunnel is still visible, but leads to nowhere.
  • Laura Beaumont, Paul Larson, Ian McCue and Sharon Miller are not credited for voicing the Fair Attendees.
  • When Thomas says "Come on Percy, we've got lots more to do!", Percy has Thomas' whistle.
  • Rebecca has a different voice when she greets Ruth.
  • When Thomas speaks to Harold the rescue centre, the diverging track is missing.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Baltic Russian Новое поступление
Brazilian Portuguese Uma Nova Chegada
Dutch Een Nieuw Model
Estonian Uus Saabumine
Italian La Fiera della Tecnologia
Latin American Spanish La Recién Llegada
Latvian Jaunpienācējs
Lithuanian Naujokas
Polish Gość Specjalny
Russian Блестящее пополнение

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