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The Nameboards appeared as short intermission segments between every two episodes of the first and second series during TV airings in the UK and between each episode on most first to seventh series VHS and DVD releases in the US.


Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 7

The nameboards were produced for Five New Engines in the Shed Music Video.


  • UK first series nameboard sequences ended with the engine the next episode was about, accompanied by the episode's title. Edward (the first example of one of these engines (appearing in the Edward and Gordon title card)) would take the place of the next starring engine. Toby and Terence were the only first series characters not to appear in a final nameboard shot.
  • Thomas' right sided nameboard shot only appeared in the book, The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard.
  • Henry's nameboard was never redone with his new shape.
  • Gordon was the only engine in first series that did not have a second nameboard shot.
  • Donald and Douglas' nameboards are the only ones to show their numbers.
  • In Japan, every episode of the first seven series ended with a nameboard sequence of its featured characters, with their names read by the narrator.
  • In the second season of the Welsh dub, Donald, Douglas, BoCo, Daisy and Harold's nameboards are not changed as they keep their English names.
  • The fourth series nameboards are most likely photographic stills, as none of the steam engines puff steam, and the characters do not move their eyes.  Also, the characters do not have crowds of people around them.
  • Mavis' original nameboard sequence has only appeared in Trust Thomas and Other Stories (being reused in Thomas and Bertie's Great Race and Other Adventures).
  • Class 40's nameboard sequence has only appeared in Cranky Bugs and Other Thomas Stories and in the airings of Bowled Out in Japan.
  • The Post Van's nameboard sequence (which is unusual given that the van is faceless and apparently non-sentient) has only appeared in Thomas Meets the Queen and Other Stories and Races, Rescues and Runaways and Other Thomas Adventures.
  • Jeremiah Jobling is one of the people in the crowd looking at Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy and Toby.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is one of the people in the crowd looking at Percy and James in his outfit from Toby and the Stout Gentleman. He can also be seen wearing his outfit from Coal in Edward's original nameboard and in a picture of Thomas' right sided nameboard.
  • The Stone-dropping Boys are among the people in the crowd looking at Thomas, Edward, Gordon, James, Percy and Toby.
  • "The lady in the floppy green hat" from Wrong Road is one of the people on the platform looking at BoCo.
  • The Policeman from Thomas in Trouble is one of the people on the platform looking at Donald and Douglas. He can also be seen looking at Daisy.
  • Bridget Hatt and Farmer Trotter are two of the people looking at Mavis in one of her nameboards.
  • Jem Cole and The Vicar of Wellsworth are two of the people looking at Harold.
  • Toad is behind Oliver during his nameboard sequence in Thomas and the U.K. Trip.
  • Mrs. Kyndley is one of the people looking at Harold, Trevor and Duck.
  • Bridget Hatt is one of the people looking at Toby on his right sided nameboard and Gordon in her outfit from Toby and the Stout Gentleman.
  • Skarloey, Sir Handel, Rusty, Duke and their nameboards are now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
  • Rheneas, Duncan, Stepney, Class 40, Caroline, George and Post Van's nameboards are now in possession of Twitter user TomsProps.
  • Toad and Bulstrode were going to have nameboards, but were dropped for unknown reasons. Had Toad's nameboard not been dropped, he would have been the only rolling stock to have one.
    • There have also been nameboards for Sir Handel and Peter Sam's original names; Falcon and Stuart, both of which were left unused. They are also owned by Twitter user TomsProps.
  • The nameboard shots share similarities to the opening sequences to each episode of BBC's The Herbs, with a sign with each character's respective herb's name would appear when the plant grows out of the ground.
  • The type of font used for the nameboards is Cambria Bold.


  • James' nameboard appeared twice in the original ten minute airing of Troublesome Trucks and James and the Express, taking Edward's place.
  • The tube used to direct the steam is seen in Henry's right sided nameboard.
  • In Percy's left sided nameboard his face moves when he looks down.
  • In some of the nameboards, the passengers can be seen standing on a white platform which overlaps the track. Blu-Tack is also seen on some of the passengers' feet.
  • The "C" in BoCo's name is not capitalised.
  • Daisy's eye mechanism is seen moving (look at cab window).
  • Sir Handel and Rheneas' faces are switched.
  • Skarloey's rear wheel is derailed in his nameboard.