Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

The seventh series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in October 2003, the same day it was first released on DVD and VHS. In the UK, all twenty-six episodes were narrated by Michael Angelis and have at least a version with original music. In the US, all twenty-six episodes were narrated by Michael Brandon and have at least a version with new music. Michael Angelis also re-narrated four episodes for the US release New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. This series was filmed during HiT Entertainment's acquisition of Gullane Entertainment. An episode was paired with the eighth and ninth series airings on Nick Jr. and PBS Kids airings.


Whilst the acquisition of HiT Entertainment had neared completion, Britt Allcroft not only became a non-executive director, but also started to focus on outside business necessities in her second hometown of Santa Monica, California, USA. Acting as creative consultant would end up being her final involvement with Thomas & Friends.

David Mitton quietly followed suit, deciding not to remain as a full time director for the show anymore due to him going on retirement the same year, and also because of the fact that he was constantly frustrated with HiT Entertainment for the lack of creative freedom on Thomas he was given when it came to HiT's choices and demands. Both of them were joined by Robert Gauld-Galliers, who shared the same interest.

When the eighth series first aired in 2004 on Nick Jr. in the UK and PBS Kids in the US, a seventh series episode that is thematically similar to the two eighth series episodes in the airing would be shown between them. As there were thirteen of these airings, thirteen episodes of the seventh series were recomposed by Robert Hartshorne for these airings. Additionally, the UK version of Rheneas and the Roller Coaster with the new music was released on Bumper Party Collection! in May 2005.

This continued in late 2005 with the ninth series, but this time, only six episodes from the sixth series were used for the airings, thus six episodes from the seventh series were not, one of which was "Rheneas and the Roller Coaster". However, they have all been released on home video in the US. The other five episodes that were not broadcast for TV are The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop, Bad Day at Castle Loch, Snow Engine, The Runaway Elephant and The Grand Opening, and they are the only episodes of the series to not have a known UK version with the new music.

Conversely, there are only seven episodes of the series known to have a US version with the original music. On the 2004 US VHS/DVD New Friends for Thomas, the episodes Gordon and Spencer, Emily's New Coaches, The Spotless Record and Peace and Quiet are re-narrated by Michael Angelis for American audiences, and they retain the original music. On another 2004 US VHS/DVD, Thomas and the Jet Engine, the episodes Harold and the Flying Horse, Bulgy Rides Again and Salty's Stormy Tale are narrated by Michael Brandon as usual yet still retain their original compositions by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.

This series also uses more stock footage than any other series, possibly due to the fact that it was filmed alongside Jack and the Sodor Construction Company.


(Note: * means an episode that was narrated by Michael Angelis in the US.)

(Note: ** means an episode that was narrated by Michael Brandon with original music.)

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Emily'sNewCoaches14.png Emily's New Coaches * Jan Page 6th October 2003 #01
On Emily's first day, she takes Annie and Clarabel, which makes Thomas cross. He eventually forgives her after saving him from hitting a broken down Oliver.
PercyGetsitRight48.png Percy Gets it Right Paul Larson 7th October 2003 #02
Percy is worried over a wobbly line and tries to tell the Fat Controller, but he is too late as Thomas sets off to collect a prize bull.
Bill,BenandFergus29.png Bill, Ben and Fergus Brian Trueman 8th October 2003 #03
Bill and Ben become fed up with orders from a new engine named Fergus and decide to rebel, which leads to trouble.
TheOldBridge6.png The Old (Iron) Bridge Paul Larson 9th October 2003 #04
Skarloey puffs across a damaged bridge and ends up dangling over the river below. He becomes afraid to cross it again until Rheneas runs out of water on the bridge.
Edward'sBrassBand47.png Edward's Brass Band Robyn Charteris 10th October 2003 #05
Edward is excited when he is to take the brass band to a concert until a huge boiler from a ship knocks him on his side, leaving Bertie to take the brass band.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?41.png What's the Matter with Henry? George Tarry 13th October 2003 #06
Thomas, Percy and Henry are sent to collect coal trucks and take them to the docks. Henry is feeling ill but Thomas and Percy do not believe him and leave him a long line of trucks. As soon as Henry breaks down, Emily comes to his rescue.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor38.png James and the Queen of Sodor Paul Larson 14th October 2003 #07
Gordon is irritated with James' boasting so he tricks him into collecting the Queen of Sodor. James does not realise it is actually an old barge until he arrives.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop41.png The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop
The Refreshment Lady's Stand
James Mason 15th October 2003 #08
The Refreshment Lady is very busy, so Peter Sam is chosen to take her around the railway to find a spot for her new tea shop.
TheSpotlessRecord25.PNG (The) Spotless Record * Paul Larson 16th October 2003 #09
A new LMS tank engine named Arthur has a spotless record, meaning he has never been naughty or had an accident. Thomas gets a cheeky idea and plays a trick on Arthur to spoil his spotless record.
Toby'sWindmill55.png Toby's Windmill
Toby and the Windmill
David Mitton (story)
Jan Page
17th October 2003 #10
Toby's favourite place is the old windmill. One night, the windmill is put in danger when it is struck by lightning.
BadDayAtCastleLoch42.png (A) Bad Day at Castle Loch Jenny McDade 20th October 2003 #11
Donald and Douglas are instructed to take a special load for Callan Castle's reopening. Disaster strikes when a fallen tree and landslide leave them stranded all night.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster35.png Rheneas and the Roller Coaster James Mason 21st October 2003 #12
Rheneas is concerned he may not be special enough for some schoolchildren until he is diverted onto an old mountain line and has a wild ride.
Salty'sStormyTale43.png Salty's Stormy Tale ** Polly Churchill 22nd October 2003 #13
Salty becomes upset when Thomas and Percy make fun of him. On the way home, Salty and Fergus come across a lighthouse with its generator broken down.
SnowEngine59.png Snow Engine
Oliver the Snow Engine
Jenny McDade 23rd October 2003 #14
Oliver hates snow but changes his mind after he slips on some icy rails and he and Toad must spend the night crashed through a giant snowman.
SomethingFishy33.png Something Fishy Paul Larson 24th October 2003 #15
The Fat Controller is looking for engines to run the coastal line. Arthur wishes to, as he has already been there and sees it as his favourite place. Thomas is chosen instead and he complains about the smell of fish.
TheRunawayElephant29.png The Runaway Elephant George Tarry 27th October 2003 #16
When Duncan is asked to take an elephant statue to a new park, he carelessly leaves behind the brake van.
PeaceAndQuiet32.png Peace and Quiet * Paul Larson 28th October 2003 #17
A new mighty engine called Murdoch arrives to help with the goods work but gets annoyed when Salty and Harvey continuously ask questions.
FergusBreakstheRules19.png Fergus Breaks the Rules
Thomas and the Search for Fergus
Jan Page 29th October 2003 #18
Diesel is sent to help Fergus at the Cement Works, where he tricks Fergus into venturing into the scrapyard.
BulgyRidesAgain61.png Bulgy Rides Again ** Brian Trueman 30th October 2003 #19
More summer holidaymakers are flocking to Sodor, but Thomas and Emily are under maintenance, so the Fat Controller puts Bulgy back into service.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44.png Harold and the Flying Horse ** Robin Kingsland 31st October 2003 #20
The Vicar is organising a Village Fete but Harold feels left out and wishes to help in some way. He gets his chance when Pegasus, the carthorse, gets stuck in a ditch.
TheGrandOpening59.png The Grand Opening James Mason 3rd November 2003 #21
Harold has engine trouble, so the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt choose to ride the hot air balloon to the opening of a new station instead.
BestDressedEngine48.png Best Dressed Engine Polly Churchill 4th November 2003 #22
The engines are celebrating May Day and they are all decorated. James comes up with a "Best Dressed Engine" competition but Gordon sees decorations as undignified.
GordonAndSpencer49.png Gordon and Spencer * Lee Pressman 5th November 2003 #23
Gordon meets a splendid but arrogant mainland streamliner named Spencer who is taking the Duke and Duchess of Boxford to a party. Gordon advises Spencer to take on water, but he refuses to listen.
NotSoHastyPuddings52.png Not So Hasty Puddings
Not So Hasty Cakes / Thomas and the Avalanche
Robyn Charteris 6th November 2003 #24
Thomas is cross with Elizabeth for telling him he is not reliable enough when the Fat Controller assigns her to deliver some Christmas puddings to the harbour.
TrustyRusty47.png Trusty Rusty James Mason 7th November 2003 #25
Rusty alerts the other engines about damage to the Old Wooden Bridge, but Duncan does not trust him, especially when he needs more coal for the journey home and the nearest coal bunker is on the other side of the bridge.
ThreeCheersforThomas61.png Three Cheers for Thomas
Hooray for Thomas
Jan Page 10th November 2003 #26
Thomas takes some children to their annual sports day and starts to dream of winning a medal. Percy suggests having a race so Thomas races Bertie again, but he has to stop to help the Fat Controller.


Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
FiveNewEnginesintheShed9.png Five New Engines in the Shed Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
16th March 2004 (US/CAN; VHS/DVD)
Good morning sunshine, brand new day
Busy day for the railway...
JamesandtheRedBalloon70.png The Red Balloon Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1st October 2004 (KOR; Music Video; VHS)
There's so much to see on the Island of Sodor
Waterfalls and windmills, valleys of green...
FergusBreakstheRules43.png There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1st October 2004 (KOR; Music Video; VHS)
There once was an engine who ran away,
Just up and went...
ToadStandsBy100.png Troublesome Trucks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1st October 2004 (KOR; Music Video; VHS)
The engines always think they are so clever
And so they like to bump the trucks around...
Salty'sStormyTale65.png Salty Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1st October 2004 (KOR; Music Video; VHS)
There's a dockside diesel we know well
Who can spin a yarn...
It'sOnlySnow50.png The Whistle Song Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
1st October 2004 (KOR; Music Video; VHS)
Engines all have whistles, as everybody knows.
And as they leave the station, you'll hear the whistle blow...


Characters Introduced


  • This was the final series of many things:
    • The final series of the classic era in many dubs except for the US dub, in which it is part of the classic era due to being released late in the American country.
    • David Mitton's final series as director.
    • Phil Fehrle's last main series as producer.
    • Peter Urie's last series as executive producer.
    • The final series to have Robin Kingsland, Brian Trueman and Jenny McDade write episodes for the series.
    • The final series to include music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell and thus the final series to use the original opening credits and theme.
    • The final series of the main show produced by Gullane Entertainment.
    • The final series dubbed by The Maidstone Studios.
    • The final series dubbed by Mike Erander.
    • The final series to have Britt Allcroft involved in a Thomas production, as well as the only series to have her as script consultant before moving to America, specifically, Santa Monica California.
    • The final series to use 35mm movie cameras.
    • The final series in 4:3 fullscreen in Japan (as well as the last series to be released on VHS in Japan).
    • The final series to use music composed with Proteus 2, Prophet 2000, Proteus 1, Proteus 2000, Proteus 3 and Virtuoso 2000.
    • The final series of the main show since the fourth series to use stock footage from episodes produced by Clearwater Features.
    • The final series in Japan where episodes ended with a nameboard sequence of the characters featured.
    • The final series to feature Terence until the twenty-first series.
    • The final series to feature Donald and Douglas until the eleventh series, although they appeared in a deleted scene in the next series.
    • The final series to feature Duck, Stepney, Oliver and Toad (with a face) until the twelfth series.
    • The final series to feature Duke (albeit via stock footage).
    • The final series in which Robyn Charteris wrote episodes for the series until the thirteenth series.
    • The final series narrated by Kim Il in South Korea.
    • The final series not dubbed in German until the twenty-first series.
    • The final series not dubbed in Greek until the twelfth series.
    • The final series not dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese.
    • The final series released music video on VHS and DVD by C4U Media in South Korea.
    • The final series released music video on VHS in South Korea.
    • The final series to feature Thomas' unused panicked face from the third series.
  • This was also the first series of several things:
    • The first series of the modern era in the US before the UK in 2004.
    • The first series produced by HiT Entertainment.
    • The first series that all the episodes have music scored by Robert Hartshorne in the US and later the UK in 2004.
    • Jocelyn Stevenson's first series as executive producer.
    • The first series where the The Post Train does not appear, but makes an appearance in a music video.
    • The first series since the third to make its debut on UK television on CITV. The sixth series had previously premiered on Nick Jr. in the UK before airing on CITV.
    • The first series to use the Thomas & Friends logo in the opening titles as well as the first season to come out after the rename.
    • The first series where Edward, Toby, Duck, and Cranky only speak in one episode each.
    • The first series since their introduction in the previous series where the Pack do not appear, due to this series being filmed alongside Jack and the Sodor Construction Company.
    • The first series not dubbed in Norwegian until the twelfth series.
    • The first series not dubbed in Slovenian.
    • The first series where Thomas is given a new wincing face since the original face made it's last appearance in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • This marks the only series for several things:
    • The only series to have Jan Page, George Tarry and Polly Churchill as episode writers, as well as the only series to have them and Nickelodeon UK involved.
    • Jan Page's only series as script editor.
    • The only series in the classic era to have all of its episodes recomposed with new, different soundtracks in the US, which was done by Robert Hartshorne. They also use the eighth series intro with Engine Roll Call as the theme and make it as part of the modern era of the show. In the sixth series, this only happened with six episodes.
    • The only series where Duck does not have an individual speaking role.
    • The only series where Stepney only appears via stock footage.
    • The only series not to release any of its songs on official home video in the UK.
    • The only series where Edward speaks in one episode until the twenty-third series.
    • The only series to have Lee Pressman write episodes for the series and the only series where Toby speaks in one episode until the seventeenth series.
    • The only model series made in the 2000's that does not have Abi Grant involved.
    • The only series to use stock footage from music videos.
    • The only series until the twelfth series to not be dubbed in Norwegian.
    • The only series to feature Fergus.
    • The only main series to be produced by two companies instead of one (not counting the Jack and the Pack spin-off series).
  • In the Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Korean DVDs, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese dubs, credited Michael Angelis as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed their respective languages.
  • In the Spanish and French dubs, credited Michael Brandon as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed their respective languages.
  • In the Vietnamese dub, Michael Angelis' dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • Edward and Toby are the only Steam Team members to have only one speaking role in one episode each. The same goes for Donald and Douglas.
  • This series was never shown in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Greece.
  • The CiTV broadcasts of this series saw the return of two episodes being compiled into one ten-minute block. The only difference is that the opening titles were shown again at the end of the first episode. At the same time, CiTV also compiled the previous episodes from the sixth series into ten-minute blocks. Not all the sixth series episodes aired as did the seventh series.
  • This series was produced in association with Nickelodeon UK, as indicated by the endboard seen on Nick Jr. airings of the episodes.
  • The series was later aired from 5th January-16th February 2004 when it was rebroadcast on CiTV.
  • CiTV aired Snow Engine on Christmas Eve 2004 with two other episodes airing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • This series and the eighth series was not introduced by a CiTV presenter but was shown on a CiTV segment of It's on at Quarter Past Three. A classic clock was shown before the episodes.
  • Mavis only has one line of dialogue throughout this entire series.
  • Emily and Spencer are the only new engines introduced in this series to be in CGI.