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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.


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Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
RacetotheRescuepromoRace to the RescueSharon Miller20 February 2012#01
Flynn is able to run on the roads again, but he is nervous because his wheels wobble.
OlWheezyWobblespromoOl' Wheezy WobblesSharon Miller21 February 2012#02
Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. The Logging Locos do not know what to do, but Thomas is sure he can help.
ExpressComingThroughpromoExpress Coming ThroughSharon Miller22 February 2012#03
Dowager Hatt is having a party for some very important visitors.
PercyandtheMonsterofBrendampromoPercy and the Monster of BrendamSharon Miller23 February 2012#04
Percy believes one of Salty's tales and looks for "the monster of Brendam."
HoHoSnowmanpromoHo Ho SnowmanSharon Miller24 February 2012#05
Charlie hides behind a snowman and tricks Henry into thinking it is alive.
FlashBangWallopPromoFlash Bang Wallop!Jessica Sandys Clarke27 February 2012#06
A photographer wants to take some pictures of the engines for a book.
ThomasandtheRubbishTrainpromoThomas and the Rubbish Train
Thomas and the Garbage Train
Andrew Viner28 February 2012#07
Thomas helps Whiff pull a train to the waste dump.
ThomasTootstheCrowspromoThomas Toots the CrowsDan Wicksman
Nuria Wicksman
29 February 2012#08
Thomas tries to keep the crows off Farmer McColl's seeds.
BustMyBufferspromoBust My Buffers!Sharon Miller1 March 2012#09
Gordon's bufferbeam is broken and he is given a diesel's bufferbeam.
PercyandtheCalliopepromoPercy and the CalliopeMax Allen2 March 2012#10
Percy tries to save a calliope from the Smelter's Yard.
ThomasandtheSoundsofSodorpromoThomas and the Sounds of SodorGerard Foster5 March 2012#11
Thomas helps a great composer look for inspiration.
Salty'sSurprisepromoSalty's SurpriseSharon Miller6 March 2012#12
Edward tries to find Salty a Christmas present.
SodorSurpriseDaypromoSodor Surprise DayJessica Kedward
Kirsty Peart
7 March 2012#13
Thomas tries to get Gordon to have fun on Sodor Surprise Day but ruins the fireworks.
Emily'sWinterPartySpecialpromoEmily's Winter Party SpecialMax Allen8 March 2012#14
Emily thinks she will be chosen to pull the present train if she finds Sir Topham Hatt's hat.
MuddyMatterspromoMuddy MattersMax Allen9 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'sWishpromoWhiff's WishAndy Bernhardt12 March 2012#16
Whiff wishes that he was as grand as Spencer.
WelcomeStaffordpromoWelcome Stafford!Sharon Miller13 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'tBotherVictorpromoDon't Bother Victor!Sharon Miller14 March 2012#18
The Thin Controller leaves Peter Sam in charge of the narrow gauge railway.
HappyBirthdaySirpromoHappy Birthday Sir!Sharon Miller15 March 2012#19
Thomas and Winston, the new track inspection vehicle, look for an open-top carriage for the Fat Controller's birthday.
TheChristmasTreeExpresspromoThe Christmas Tree ExpressSharon Miller25 December 2012#20
Toby gets scared when he takes Rheneas to Misty Island to pick out a Christmas tree.



Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Chuffing with Pride

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

All Together Now

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

If a Job's Worth Doing

  • Thomas and the Garbage Train
  • Song: Day of the Diesels
  • Down at the Station: The Conductor
  • Sodor Surprise Day

Fun on the Farm

  • Thomas Toots the Crows
  • Song: Hear the Engines Coming
  • Muddy Matters

Don't Give Up

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

A Friend in Need

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

Winter Surprise

  • Emily's Winter Party Special
  • Song: All You Need
  • Salty's Surprise


Let It Snow

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

Just Being You

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


UK, AUS and NZ

  • 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.
  • 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 where Belle and Harold appear but do not speak.
    • The first series not to have Togo Igawa as part of the 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 Ian McCue as producer.
    • The first and last series since series 12 to have an episode written by Andrew Viner.
    • The first and only series to feature Rebecca Evans as script editor.
    • The first and 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • The last series to feature Glenn Wrage as Butch in the US. Steven Kynman took over the role in the seventeenth series.
    • The last series to have 20 episodes until the twenty-third series.
    • 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, Mexico, Canada, Latin America, the UK (Nick Jr. broadcasts only) and in the US (but in some PBS broadcasts).
    • The last series narrated by Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis for the US and UK, 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 Glenn Wrage and later, Rob Rackstraw in the nineteenth series.
    • The last series to have a character voiced by the narrator in the US version (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 one thing:
    • The only series in which where Hiro and Captain appear, but do not speak since their introductions in Hero of the Rails and Misty Island Rescue, respectively.
  • 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 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 Series 14. The mistake was later corrected.
  • In Norway, this series was shown on the TV 2 Sumo website before airing on television.
  • This series was dubbed in Dutch by CineMeta in 2015 but was never aired on TV or released on home media. The only remnant of the Dutch dub is a short clip of Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor on the official CineMeta website.
  • This is the only series to have episodes written by Dan Wicksman, Nuria Wicksman, Max Allen, Jessica Kedward, Andy Bernhardt and Kristy Peart.


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