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The sixteenth series of Thomas & Friends first aired on television in February and March 2012 in the UK and between April and September in the US. The twentieth episode did not air in the UK until Christmas Day 2012.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
RacetotheRescuepromo.jpg Race to the Rescue Sharon Miller 20th February 2012 #01
Flynn is able to run on the roads again, but he is nervous because his wheels wobble.
OlWheezyWobblespromo.jpg Ol' Wheezy Wobbles Sharon Miller 21st February 2012 #02
Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. The Logging Locos do not know what to do, but Thomas is sure he can help.
ExpressComingThroughpromo.jpg Express Coming Through Sharon Miller 22nd February 2012 #03
Dowager Hatt is having a party for some very important visitors and asks Thomas to pull the express.
PercyandtheMonsterofBrendampromo.png Percy and the Monster of Brendam Sharon Miller 23rd February 2012 #04
Percy believes one of Salty's tales and looks for "the monster of Brendam."
HoHoSnowman65.png Ho Ho Snowman Sharon Miller 24th February 2012 #05
Charlie hides behind a snowman and tricks Henry into thinking it is alive.
FlashBangWalloppromo2.png Flash Bang Wallop! Jessica Sandys Clarke 27th February 2012 #06
A photographer wants to take some pictures of the engines for a book.
ThomasandtheRubbishTrainpromo.jpg Thomas and the Rubbish Train
Thomas and the Garbage Train
Andrew Viner 28th February 2012 #07
Thomas helps Whiff pull a train to the waste dump.
ThomasTootstheCrowspromo6.png Thomas Toots the Crows Dan Wicksman
Nuria Wicksman
29th February 2012 #08
Thomas tries to keep the crows off Farmer McColl's seeds.
BustMyBufferspromo.jpg Bust My Buffers! Sharon Miller 1st March 2012 #09
Gordon's bufferbeam is broken and he is given a diesel's bufferbeam.
PercyandtheCalliopepromo.jpg Percy and the Calliope Max Allen 2nd March 2012 #10
Percy tries to save a calliope from the Smelter's Yard.
ThomasandtheSoundsofSodorpromo2.png Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor Gerard Foster 5th March 2012 #11
Thomas helps a great composer look for inspiration.
Salty'sSurprisepromo3.png Salty's Surprise Sharon Miller 6th March 2012 #12
Edward tries to find Salty a Christmas present.
SodorSurpriseDaypromo2.png Sodor Surprise Day Jessica Kedward
Kirsty Peart
7th March 2012 #13
Thomas tries to get Gordon to have fun on Sodor Surprise Day but ruins the fireworks.
Emily'sWinterPartySpecialpromo2.png Emily's Winter Party Special Max Allen 8th March 2012 #14
Emily thinks she will be chosen to pull the present train if she finds the Fat Controller's hat.
MuddyMatterspromo.jpg Muddy Matters Max Allen 9th March 2012 #15
James needs to travel on muddy tracks to get Farmer McColl's sheep to the fair but does not want to dirty his paintwork.
Whiff'sWishpromo2.png Whiff's Wish Andy Bernhardt 12th March 2012 #16
Whiff wishes that he was as grand as Spencer.
WelcomeStafford!promo.png Welcome Stafford! Sharon Miller 13th March 2012 #17
Spencer shows Stafford, the new electric shunting engine, around Sodor, but ignores Victor's warning that Stafford's batteries could run out.
Don'tBotherVictor!promo5.png Don't Bother Victor! Sharon Miller 14th March 2012 #18
The Thin Controller leaves Peter Sam in charge of the narrow gauge railway, but refuses to fetch Victor when Sir Handel & Skarloey break down.
HappyBirthdaySirpromo.jpg Happy Birthday Sir! Sharon Miller 15th March 2012 #19
Thomas and Winston, the new track inspection vehicle, look for an open-top carriage for the the Fat Controller's birthday.
TheChristmasTreeExpresspromo2.png The Christmas Tree Express Sharon Miller 25th December 2012 #20
Toby gets scared when he takes Rheneas to Misty Island to pick out a Christmas tree.


Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
ThomasandPercy.png Thomas and Percy Robert Hartshorne 5th May 2012 (US)
Down in the middle of Tidmouth Sheds

two little engines, best of friends...

HeroOfTheRails82.png Go, Go Thomas (different lyrics and footage) Robert Hartshorne 7th April 2012 (US)
Go, go Thomas... Go, go Thomas...

Go, go, number one... Go, go Thomas!


Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

When Series 16 aired on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland, each broadcast aired two episodes and a song while the US airings includes a Down at the Station segment.

Chuffing with Pride

  • Race to the Rescue
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas (S16 version) (formally)
  • Day of the Diesels (Alternate cut) (2016-2017)
  • Down at the Station: The Engine Shed (US only)
  • Bust My Buffers!

All Together Now

  • Ol' Wheezy Wobbles
  • Song: Hear the Engines Coming
  • Down at the Station: Diesel Engines (US only)
  • Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor

If a Job's Worth Doing

  • Thomas and the Garbage Train
  • Song: Day of the Diesels (Alternate cut)
  • Down at the Station: The Conductor (US only)
  • Sodor Surprise Day

Fun on the Farm

  • Thomas Toots the Crows
  • Song: Hear the Engines Coming
  • Down at the Station: Whistle (US only)
  • Muddy Matters

Don't Give Up

  • Percy and the Calliope
  • Song: Thomas and Percy
  • Down at the Station: The End of the Line (US only)
  • Happy Birthday Sir!

A Friend in Need

  • Percy and the Monster of Brendam
  • Song: All You Need
  • Down at the Station: Morning (US only)
  • Flash Bang Wallop!

Winter Surprise

  • Emily's Winter Party Special
  • Song: All You Need
  • Down at the Station: Engines (US only)
  • Salty's Surprise


  • Welcome Stafford
  • Song: Working Together
  • Down at the Station: The Workman
  • Don't Bother Victor!

Let It Snow

  • The Christmas Tree Express
  • Song: Working Together
  • Down at the Station: The Level Crossing (US only)
  • Ho Ho Snowman

Just Being You

  • Express Coming Through
  • Song: Thomas and Percy
  • Down at the Station: The Signalman (US only)
  • Whiff's Wish



  • Ben Small as Thomas, Toby, Ferdinand, Rheneas and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, Salty, Den, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, the Mayor of Sodor, Mr. Percival, the Man at the Fire and the Great Composer
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Bash, Winston, Victor, Rusty, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, Farmer Trotter, the Photographer and the Dock Manager
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, the Duchess of Boxford and the Schoolboy
  • Rupert Degas as Dart, Flynn, and Bertie
  • Steven Kynman as Peter Sam (uncredited)
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel and 'Arry
  • William Hope as Bert

US and CAN


  • Nitrogen Studios began production on this series in April 2010.[1] Additionally, according to writer Andrew Viner's website, the episode Thomas and the Rubbish Train was commissioned/written in 2010. Every episode has a copyright of 2011.
  • Originally, Derek was going to appear in this series in Bust My Buffers! with a non-speaking role, but when animating the episode, "Paxman" in the script was mistaken for "Paxton".[1]
  • This series marks the first of several things:
    • The first series since their debuts where Belle and Harold appear, but do not speak in any of their appearances.
    • The first and only series not to have Togo Igawa as part of the voice cast until the twenty-first series.
    • The first series to have Steven Kynman as part of the voice cast.
    • The first series to have Matt Wilkinson as part of the US voice cast.
    • Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Rusty's first episodic appearances in full CGI.
    • The Skarloey Railway Depot, The Lighthouse and the Sodor Suspension Bridge's first appearances in full CGI.
    • The first series since the thirteenth series where the trucks have faces.
    • The first series to feature Matt Wilkinson as Butch in the UK version.
    • The first series to feature Ben Small as Charlie in the US version.
    • The first series to feature William Hope as Bert.
    • The first series to feature Ian McCue as producer.
    • The first series to have an episode written by Andrew Viner since the twelfth series.
    • The first series where the end credits only list the cast members who provide voices in the particular episodes. The only exceptions are the UK dub of Whiff's Wish, where Ben Small is incorrectly added to the list of voice actors despite none of his characters speaking in that dub, and the UK dub of Don't Bother Victor, where Steven Kynman is not credited despite voicing Peter Sam.
    • The first series to not be dubbed in Finnish.
    • The first series to have Baek Kyung-hoon and Lee Je-in as part of the voice cast in South Korea.
    • The first series recorded and mixed by An Ho-seong in South Korea.
    • The first series translated by Kim Hye-yeon in South Korea.
    • The first series directed by Lee Won-hee in South Korea.
    • The first series aired on Spacetoon for the Arabic dub.
    • The first series aired by Polsat JimJam until the eleventh series in Poland.
  • This series marks the last of several things:
    • Sharon Miller's last series as head writer.
    • Greg Tiernan's last series as director.
    • Nicole Stinn's last series as producer.
    • The last series to feature Matt Wilkinson as Victor in the UK. David Bedella takes over the role in Blue Mountain Mystery.
    • Sam Barlow's last series as story executive.
    • The last series animated by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The last series to feature Bash and Dash.
    • The last series to feature Misty Island. It was later mentioned in the twentieth series episode, The Way She Does It and the special, Big World! Big Adventures!
    • The final series where Thomas’ whistle bounces up and down until The Adventure Begins.
    • The last series to feature Glenn Wrage and Jules de Jongh as Butch and Mavis in the US. Steven Kynman and Teresa Gallagher took over the roles in the seventeenth series.
    • The last series to have 20 episodes until the twenty-third series. If The Christmas Coffeepot and Over the Hill count as part of the twenty-first series, this would be the last series to have 20 episodes until the twenty-first series.
    • The last series until the twenty-first series to not have at least 26 episodes.
    • The last series to feature Teresa Gallagher and Jules de Jongh as Rosie in the UK and US, respectively. Nicola Stapleton later took over the role in Journey Beyond Sodor.
    • The last series in fullscreen in Italy, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, the UK (Nick Jr. broadcasts only) and in the US (with some PBS broadcasts).
    • The last series aired by CBeebies in South Korea.
    • The last series narrated by Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis for the US dub and UK dub, respectively, and the last to have two separate narrators for the UK and US until the twenty-second series.
    • The last series to have Rupert Degas as part of the voice cast. Keith Wickham took over the role of Bertie and Steven Kynman took over the role of Dart. Ben Small only voiced Flynn in the seventeenth series, then this role was given to Kerry Shale and later, Rob Rackstraw in the nineteenth series.
    • The last series until Tale of the Brave to have a character voiced by the narrator in the US dub (Diesel in this case as Martin Sherman took over the role of this character until the eighteenth series and Mark Moraghan was the narrator from the seventeenth series to the twenty-first series).
    • The last series to have the steam engines' whistles budge up and down when they use them.
    • The last series where the narrator has more dialogue than the characters.
    • The last series produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership of Apax Partners, as they sold HiT to Mattel on 1 February, 2012.
  • This series marks the only of several things:
    • The only series in which where Hiro and Captain appear, but do not speak their introductions in Hero of the Rails and Misty Island Rescue respectively.
    • The only series since Day of the Diesels to have Teresa Gallagher as part of the UK voice cast, but not the US voice cast.
    • The only series to have episodes written by Dan Wicksman, Nuria Wicksman, Max Allen, Jessica Kedward, Andy Bernhardt and Kristy Peart.
    • The only series to feature Rebecca Evans as script editor.
    • The only series for which all of the episodes (except The Christmas Tree Express) aired in Australia before airing in other countries. However, selected episodes from the seventeenth and eighteenth series also aired in Australia ahead of their overseas debuts.
  • Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam's whistles now budge up and down when they use them.
  • Prior to the narrow gauge engines' return, the team went to the Talyllyn Railway to measure the real engines to make the Skarloey Railway engines. However, Douglas, Duncan's basis, was under an overhaul and thus could not be measured. This could be why Duncan did not return until the eighteenth series.
  • On Netflix UK, this series was incorrectly listed as the fourteenth series. The mistake was later corrected.
  • In Norway, this series was shown on the TV 2 Sumo website before airing on television.
  • Only one episode from this series was dubbed in Dutch, that being Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor. The episode was dubbed alongside series 18. A short clip of the episode was uploaded on the Cinemeta website. The episode only appeared on a Belgian Take 'n Play DVD from 2015, titled Railway Stories in Dutch and Stories from Trains in French. The DVD was sold exclusively at the Belgian Days Out with Thomas events, which were held at Stoomtrein Maldegem-Eeklo.

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