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The seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends first premiered on DVD in April 2013 in the US before airing on television. It premiered in the UK on 3 June 2013 and in the US on 7 October 2013. This series ran for twenty-six episodes, all of which were narrated by Mark Moraghan.


Screenshot Title Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriend139.png Kevin's Cranky Friend Lee Pressman 3rd June 2013 #01
Kevin is sent to the docks to help Cranky, but Cranky believes he does not need any help.
Scruff'sMakeoverpromo3.png Scruff's Makeover Lee Pressman 4th June 2013 #02
After being repainted, Scruff refuses to work at Whiff's waste dump and searches for a new job to do.
WaywardWinstonpromo.jpg Wayward Winston Lee Pressman 5th June 2013 #03
Winston leaves the Fat Controller behind and goes off driver-less.
GordonRunsDrypromo.png Gordon Runs Dry Andrew Brenner 6th June 2013 #04
A rock hits Gordon's boiler, causing him to have to refill with water too regularly.
CalmDownCaitlinpromo2.png Calm Down Caitlin Davey Moore 7th June 2013 #05
Caitlin spends the night on Sodor volunteering to do the other engines' jobs.
SteamieStaffordpromo.png Steamie Stafford Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
10th June 2013 #06
Stafford wants to make sounds like a steam engine.
Henry'sHeropromo.jpg Henry's Hero Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
11th June 2013 #07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal while delivering a heavy goods train.
Luke'sNewFriendpromo2.png Luke's New Friend Davey Moore 12th June 2013 #08
Luke makes friends with a young deer in the quarry.
TheSwitchpromo2.png The Switch Davey Moore 13th June 2013 #09
Luke and Millie swap jobs at the castle and the quarry.
NotNowCharliePromo2.jpg Not Now, Charlie! Davey Moore 14th June 2013 #10
Nobody believes Charlie when he spots an elephant on the track.
TheLostPuffpromo.png The Lost Puff Davey Moore 30th September 2013 #11
Paxton searches the island for Thomas' "lost puff".
TheThomasWayPromo2.jpg The Thomas Way Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
1st October 2013 #12
Duck and Thomas have to take Harold to the Search and Rescue Centre to be repaired.
ThePhantomExpressPromo2.jpg The Phantom Express Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
2nd October 2013 #13
James scares Percy and Stephen with a spooky tale.
Percy'sLuckyDaypromo4.png Percy's Lucky Day Davey Moore 3rd October 2013 #14
Percy feels unlucky, so Stephen gives him his lucky horseshoe. When an unlucky Bill and Ben derail, Percy rescues them even without the horseshoe.
BillorBen?promo3.png Bill or Ben? Andrew Brenner 4th October 2013 #15
Bill and Ben trick Connor and almost cause an accident, so Bill gets repainted another color.
TooManyFireEnginespromo.jpg Too Many Fire Engines Andrew Brenner 5th November 2013 #16
The amount of fire engines needed on Sodor is questioned, and Flynn’s luck runs out when Belle beats him to every emergency.
NoSnowforThomaspromo.jpg No Snow for Thomas Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
23rd December 2013 #17
Thomas hides his snowplough, and has to stay in the shed all day, while Emily takes his place on his branch line.
Santa'sLittleEnginepromo5.png Santa's Little Engine Andrew Brenner 24th December 2013 #18
The Fat Controller has to play Santa Claus for the Earl's Christmas Party, but he has never driven a sleigh before, and ends up in very icy trouble.
TheMissingChristmasDecorationspromo3.png The Missing Christmas Decorations Andrew Brenner 25th December 2013 #19
Diesel 10 steals the steam engines' Christmas decorations for the Dieselworks, so Percy and the Steam Team have to get them back.
TheFrozenTurntable86.png The Frozen Turntable Andrew Brenner 26th December 2013 #20
The turntable at the sheds freezes, so the engines have to find other places to sleep, but Gordon takes the only berth at the sheds, getting him stuck.
AwayFromtheSea118.png Away From the Sea Andrew Brenner 5th July 2014 #21
Salty thinks he will be replaced at the docks by a new engine, Porter.
GoneFishing(episode)promo.png Gone Fishing Andrew Brenner 5th July 2014 #22
Harvey has to take a train to Vicarstown, something he does not normally do.
TheAfternoonTeaExpresspromo.jpg The Afternoon Tea Express Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
6th July 2014 #23
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon teas at Ulfstead Castle, but Spencer teases him about his speed.
TheSmellyKipperpromo3.png The Smelly Kipper Andrew Brenner 6th July 2014 #24
Henry challenges James to pull the Flying Kipper.
NoMoreMrNiceEnginepromo2.png No More Mr. Nice Engine Laura Beaumont
Paul Larson
21st November 2014 #25
Diesel tries to get Hiro to misbehave with the trucks.
Thomas'Shortcutpromo2.png Thomas' Shortcut Andrew Brenner 21st November 2014 #26
Bertie is re-routed, so Thomas tries to find his own shortcut.


Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
WaywardWinston10.png Hey, Hey Thomas! Eggplant LF 22nd October 2013 (US)
Hey, hey Thomas, moving down the branch line...
Thomas'Shortcut54.png On a Journey Today Eggplant LF 9th December 2013 (US)
Here comes Thomas, he's on a run, he's on the rails, he's having fun...


Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

When Series 17 started airing on PBS Kids in the US in 2013, each broadcast would air two episodes, a song, as well as a segment similar to Down at the Station, Mr. Perkins' Railway between the episodes. Nick Jr. started airing the half-hour airings in 2014, but did not include the Mr. Perkins' Railway segments.

Look and Listen

  • The Lost Puff
  • Song: Searching Everywhere
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Sounds of the Railway (US only)
  • Steamie Stafford

Fire and Water

Just Be Yourself

Someone to Look Up To

  • Kevin's Cranky Friend
  • Song: Searching Everywhere
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Railway Maintenance (US only)
  • Henry's Hero

Peace and Quiet

  • Calm Down Caitlin
  • Song: Working Together (King of the Railway version)
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Different Sizes (US only)
  • Luke's New Friend

Taking Turns

  • The Thomas Way
  • It's Gonna be a Great Day
  • Mr. Perkins Railway: Different Engines (US only)
  • Thomas' Preparation for Macy's Parade (In some airings)
  • The Switch

Spooky Charms

  • The Phantom Express
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: End of the Day (US only)
  • Percy's Lucky Day

Tricks and Tales

  • Bill or Ben?
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Turning Around (US only)
  • Not Now Charlie!

Snow Stops Play

  • No Snow for Thomas
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Washdown (US only)
  • Thomas' Preparation for Macy's Parade (In some airings)
  • The Frozen Turntable

Tinsel and Trains

  • The Missing Christmas Decorations
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Miniature Engines (US only)
  • Santa's Little Engine

Sea and Sand

  • Away from the Sea
  • Song: Thomas and Percy
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Power of the Railway (US only)
  • Gone Fishing

Food to Go

  • The Afternoon Tea Express
  • Go, Go Thomas (Series 16 ver)
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: How Steam Engines Use Coal? (US only)
  • The Smelly Kipper

Take it Easy

  • No More Mr. Nice Engine
  • Song: Go Go Thomas! (Series 16 ver)
  • Mr. Perkins' Railway: Signals and Points (US only)
  • Thomas' Shortcut



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  • Every episode has a copyright of 2013.
  •  This series marks the first for numerous things:
    • Andrew Brenner's first series as head writer.
    • Mark Moraghan's first series as narrator for the UK and US dubs.
    • The first series since the seventh where Toby speaks in only one episode.
    • The first series since the second series to have the same narrator for both the UK and US, excluding the original narrator for the twelfth series.
    • The first series to have a different episode order in Australia than the UK and US.
    • The first series animated by Arc Productions.
    • The first series to credit the writers on the episode title cards instead of in the ending credits.
    • The first series since the twelfth series not to feature anyone from the Steam Team in every episode.
    • The first series of the CGI series to not have the engines' whistles bulge up and down when operated.
    • The first series since the eleventh series to have 26 episodes. However, it was initially going to have 20 episodes when in the middle of programming.
    • The first series since the fifth series to have a railway consultant.
      • It also marks the first series since that same series where Annie and Clarabel speak in more than one episode.
    • The first series since the fourth series dubbed in Ukrainian and to start airing in one year, and finish in another.
    • The first series to feature episodes written by Davey Moore and Laura Beaumont.
    • The first series since the seventh series to have episodes written by Lee Pressman, and the first since the twelfth series to have episodes written by Paul Larson, though all of them are co-written with Laura Beaumont.
    • The first series produced by a separate production team from that producing the series' special.
    • Duck, Bill, Ben and Harvey's first appearances in full CGI.
    • Kellsthorpe Road and Dryaw's first appearances in full CGI.
    • The first series since the thirteenth in where 'Arry and Bert do not appear since their returns.
    • The first series to have David Bedella as Victor in the UK version as the executives decided that Matt Wilkinson's voice for the character is not as strong as David's.
    • The first series to feature Steven Kynman as Butch in the US.
    • The first time Sidney and Luke appear in episodes.
    • Owen and Merrick's first speaking roles in an episode.
    • The first and only time where Diesel 10 appears in an episode (The Missing Christmas Decorations).
    • The first series to feature Keith Wickham as Bertie and Norman and Steven Kynman as Dart.
    • The first series to have Bob Golding, Rebecca O'Mara, Jonathan Forbes, Miranda Raison, Mike Grady, David Menkin, and Jonathan Broadbent as part of the voice cast.
    • The first series where all the Steam Team have lamps and tail-lamps as they were requested to be added by Sam Wilkinson.
    • The first series that Rosie appears, but does not speak in since her introduction in the tenth series.
    • The first and only series in which Norman speaks in all of his appearances until the twenty-third series.
    • The first series produced by HiT Entertainment under the ownership of Mattel.
    • The first series since their debuts in Misty Island Rescue where BashDash, FerdinandCaptainOl' Wheezy and Hee-Haw do not appear.
    • The first series where not all episodes were dubbed in Dutch, only the episodes from the Spills and Thrills home media release were dubbed.
    • The first series dubbed in Latvian, Lithuanian and Baltic Russian in 2014 and aired on Kidzone TV.
  • This series marks the only of a few things
    • The only series to feature Ben Small as Flynn after Rupert Degas left the voice cast.
    • The only series since his return in Misty Island Rescue where Stanley does not appear.
    • The only series to directed by David Baas.
  • In the UK, this series was released in several stages across a two-year period rather than being aired all together:
    • The series premiered on 3rd June 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from 30th September 2013. One episode aired on 5th November and four more aired in December.
    • The final six episodes went straight to DVD in March 2014.
    • Four of the final six episodes aired on 5-6 July 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on 21st November 2014.
    • The entire series started airing on Cartoonito UK on Monday 3 December 2018. While being the last series to air on that channel.
  • This series contained the 400th episode of the television series, which was The Thomas Way.
  • This is the second series since the seventh series where Toby only speaks in one episode.
  • For the first several episodes of the series, PBS used an opening title from earlier series, with Michael Brandon listed as the narrator and Greg Tiernan listed as the director. The remainder of the episodes would feature the correct opening title, as would the initial episodes in subsequent airings.
  • This was also the last series of a couple of things as well:
    • The last episodic series to be in fullscreen 4:3 on DVD in the American version. But all except for the Spills and Thrills episodes from the US version of the DVD, and episodes such as Bill or Ben?, Too Many Fire Engines, The Phantom Express, Henry's Hero and Not Now Charlie as seen in widescreen 16:9 by the US version of Engines to the Rescue.
    • This was the last series in which all episodes have been dubbed into German. From the eighteenth series onwards, only episodes from a certain DVD have been dubbed.
    • The last series where Henrietta does not have a face. This is also the only series animated by Arc Productions that she does not have a face.
    • The last series in which all of the episodes were directed by the same person.
  • In Norway, this series was shown on the website TV 2 Sumo before airing on television.
  • The final eleven episodes of this series were released in Australia and Japan before their UK debuts.
  • In the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Baltic Russian and one of the Vietnamese dubs, UK dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • In the Korean dub, the original production crew were never credited.
  • Although Arc Productions had officially taken over the animation aspects of the television series, starting from this series, the episodes still used the opening titles and closing credits made by Nitrogen Studios which continued until the nineteenth series.

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