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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. Written and storyboarded prior to and filmed soon after HiT Entertainment's acquisition of Gullane Entertainment, this was the final of only two series produced by Gullane (replaced by HiT Entertainment starting with the eighth series up until the twenty-fourth and final series, the company itself is currently known as Mattel Television). On Nick Jr. and PBS Kids airings, an episode was paired with the eighth and ninth series airings with rescored background music provided by Robert Hartshorne.

Production

After the acquisition of HiT Entertainment had been completed and during production of the series, 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, this would end up being her final involvement with Thomas & Friends.

David Mitton quietly followed suit after filming completed in early 2003, opting to enter retirement following almost two decades of involvement with the franchise. HiT Entertainment likewise substantially reduced Mitton's creative freedom during filming, presumably catalyzing his departure further. Mitton's involvement in the show's writing would similarly dwindle during this series, leading him to contribute the premise for only one episode. This was similarly the final series to feature involvement by longtime set and character designer Robert Gauld-Galliers, who was likewise frustrated by HiT's perception of the series and original composers Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell. The specific cause of O'Donnell and Campbell's departures is unclear: various comments and accounts suggest that the pair 'could not agree' to the terms of a new contract offered by HiT, that HiT ultimately opted to not rehire them as per their intention to revamp the series aesthetically, or that the pair departed after becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with HiT over music royalties shortly following production of this series.

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, 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 time and budgetary constraints imposed by the simultaneous filming of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company.

Episodes

(Note: ¹ means an episode that was narrated by Michael Angelis in the US.)

(Note: ² means an episode that was narrated by Michael Brandon with original music.)

(Note: ³ means that an episode with American title card only for a US release.)

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written By Episode number #
GordonAndSpencer49 Gordon and Spencer ¹ Lee Pressman #01
A speedy Mainland engine named Spencer visits Sodor with a Duke and a Duchess. A party is to take place at Maron but Spencer refuses to take on water, causing him to get stuck. Luckily, Gordon comes to his rescue.
ThreeCheersforThomas61 Three Cheers for Thomas
Hooray for Thomas
Jan Page #02
Thomas goes back to racing with Bertie during the children's Sports Day. Even though Bertie wins the race, Thomas receives his very own medal for being very helpful.
PercyGetsitRight48 Percy Gets It Right Paul Larson #03
Percy is worried about a wobbly track and tries to warn Thomas but he ignores Percy's advice and as a result and gets stuck in a landslide.
Edward'sBrassBand47 Edward's Brass Band Robyn Charteris #04
Edward needs refitting when he was originally going to take the Sodor Brass Band to an evening summer concert but he gets his chance when the band suddenly gets stuck in the aftermath of a storm.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?41 What's the Matter with Henry?
What's the Matter with Henry
³
George Tarry #05
Henry feels very ill and he breaks down when he is sent to deliver some coal trucks to Brendam Docks. Luckily, Emily comes to rescue her new friend.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor38 James and the Queen of Sodor Paul Larson #06
James is given a very important special of collecting the Queen of Sodor and taking it to the smelter's. To his surprise, it turns out to be a leaky, old and slimy barge.
Toby'sWindmill55 Toby's Windmill
Toby and the Windmill
³
David Mitton (story)
Jan Page
#07
One of Toby's favourite places is an old windmill but after a storm damages it, he must find a way to fix it.
BulgyRidesAgain61 Bulgy Rides Again ² Brian Trueman #08
Sodor is short on engines during the summer holidays, so Bulgy is brought back in service to show the holidaymakers around the island.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44 Harold and the Flying Horse ² Robin Kingsland #09
The Vicar is organising a Village Fete during the summer and Harold wishes he could join the fun. He gets his big chance when rescuing a cart horse named Pegasus from a ditch.
BadDayAtCastleLoch42 Bad Day at Castle Loch
A Bad Day at Castle Loch
³
Jenny McDade #10
Donald and Douglas are given a special of taking a celebration train to Callan Castle but get stuck near the Loch and find a scary monster. Luckily, it turns out to be Harvey who comes to their rescue.
TheOldBridge6 The Old (Iron) Bridge Paul Larson #11
Skarloey crosses through an old and damaged bridge and has an accident. He is too scared to cross it again but overcomes his fear when saving Rheneas after he runs out of water.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop41 The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop
The Refreshment Lady's Stand
James Mason #12
Peter Sam is given a job of finding a perfect place for the Refreshment Lady's new tea shop.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster35 Rheneas and the Roller Coaster James Mason #13
Rheneas is given a special of taking schoolchildren around the narrow gauge railway but is worried that he isn't special enough for the job. He soon gets his hopes when he goes down a bumpy line.
Salty'sStormyTale43 Salty's Stormy Tale ² Polly Churchill #14
A storm arrives at Brendam Docks and a lighthouse's lamp goes out close by. Luckily, Salty and Fergus have an idea that saves the day.
Bill,BenandFergus29 Bill, Ben and Fergus Brian Trueman #15
A new railway traction engine named Fergus is given a job of working at the quarry. But he wants everyone to do things right, much to Bill and Ben's annoyance.
SnowEngine59 Snow Engine
Oliver the Snow Engine
³
Jenny McDade #16
Oliver hates snow but discovers how magical it is when he becomes a snow engine for the Sodor Winter Festival during the Christmas season.
BestDressedEngine48 Best Dressed Engine Polly Churchill #17
May Day comes to Sodor and a best decorated engine contest is declared but Gordon wants nothing to do with it because he thinks decorations aren't dignified for an express engine.
Emily'sNewCoaches14 Emily's New Coaches ¹ Jan Page #18
A new engine named Emily arrives on Sodor and takes Annie and Clarabel by mistake. This makes Thomas upset but he soon makes amends when Emily rescues him and Oliver from a terrible accident.
FergusBreakstheRules19 Fergus Breaks the Rules
Thomas and the Search for Fergus
³
Jan Page #19
Fergus has to work with Diesel, who later tricks him into going to the smelter's. After Fergus ends up breaking the rules for the very first time, Thomas is sent to search for his friend.
TheSpotlessRecord25 (The) Spotless Record ¹ Paul Larson #20
A new tank engine named Arthur arrives on Sodor and is known for his spotless record. But it doesn't last long when Thomas plays a cheeky trick on him.
PeaceAndQuiet32 Peace and Quiet ¹ Paul Larson #21
A mighty new engine called Murdoch longs for peace and quiet but soon learns that he would much rather have Salty and Harvey as his new friends.
TrustyRusty47 Trusty Rusty James Mason #22
Rusty notices that an old wooden bridge is needed for repairs but Duncan ignores his warning and runs recklessly into a dangerous situation.
TheRunawayElephant29 The Runaway Elephant George Tarry #23
A brand new park is opening on the narrow gauge railway and Duncan is asked to deliver an elephant statue. However, he forgets the break van and ends up being careless.
TheGrandOpening59 The Grand Opening James Mason #24
A new line is about to open on the narrow gauge railway but Skarloey ends up running late for the announcement. He worries about running late again but it ends up being worth it when the Hatts get in trouble riding in the hot air balloon.
SomethingFishy33 Something Fishy Paul Larson #25
Arthur hopes to work at the new branch line running to the fishing village but Thomas is unfortunately given the job. Luckily, Arthur gets his chance when Thomas has an accident.
NotSoHastyPuddings52 Not So Hasty Puddings
Not So Hasty Cakes / Thomas and the Avalanche
Robyn Charteris #26
Elizabeth is given a special of delivering puddings for the children of the Mainland during the Christmas season. However, despite her reliability, she slips into a snowdrift and needs Thomas' help.

Screenshot Title Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Emily'sNewCoaches14 Emily's New Coaches Jan Page 6 October 2003 #01
A new engine named Emily arrives on Sodor and takes Annie and Clarabel by mistake. This makes Thomas upset but he soon makes amends when Emily rescues him and Oliver from a terrible accident.
PercyGetsitRight48 Percy Gets It Right Paul Larson 7 October 2003 #02
Percy is worried about a wobbly track and tries to warn Thomas but he ignores Percy's advice and as a result, gets stuck in a landslide.
Bill,BenandFergus29 Bill, Ben and Fergus Brian Trueman 8 October 2003 #03
A new railway traction engine named Fergus is given a job of working at the quarry but he wants everyone to do things right, much to Bill and Ben's annoyance.
TheOldBridge6 The Old Bridge Paul Larson 9 October 2003 #04
Skarloey crosses through an old and damaged bridge and has an accident. He is too scared to cross it again but overcomes his fear when saving Rheneas after he runs out of water.
Edward'sBrassBand47 Edward's Brass Band Robyn Charteris 10 October 2003 #05
Edward needs refitting when he was originally going to take the Sodor Brass Band to an evening summer concert. But he gets his chance when the band suddenly gets stuck in the aftermath of a storm.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?41 What's the Matter with Henry? George Tarry 13 October 2003 #06
Henry feels very ill and he breaks down when he is sent to deliver some coal trucks to Brendam Docks. Luckily, Emily comes to rescue her new friend.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor38 James and the Queen of Sodor Paul Larson 14 October 2003 #07
James is given a very important special of collecting the Queen of Sodor and taking it to the smelter's. To his surprise, it turns out to be a leaky, old and slimy barge.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop41 The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop James Mason 15 October 2003 #08
Peter Sam is given a job of finding a perfect place for the Refreshment Lady's new tea shop.
TheSpotlessRecord25 (The) Spotless Record Paul Larson 16 October 2003 #09
A new tank engine named Arthur arrives on Sodor and is known for his spotless record. But it doesn't last long when Thomas plays a cheeky trick on him.
Toby'sWindmill55 Toby's Windmill David Mitton (story)
Jan Page
17 October 2003 #10
Toby's favourite place is an old windmill but after a storm damages it, he must find a way to fix it.
BadDayAtCastleLoch42 Bad Day at Castle Loch Jenny McDade 20 October 2003 #11
Donald and Douglas are given a special of taking a celebration train to Callan Castle but get stuck near the Loch and find a scary monster. Luckily, it turns out to be Harvey who comes to their rescue.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster35 Rheneas and the Roller Coaster James Mason 21 October 2003 #12
Rheneas is given a special of taking schoolchildren around the narrow gauge railway but is worried that he isn't special enough for the job. He soon gets his hopes when he goes down a bumpy line.
Salty'sStormyTale43 Salty's Stormy Tale Polly Churchill 22 October 2003 #13
A storm arrives at Brendam Docks and a lighthouse's lamp goes out close by. Luckily, Salty and Fergus have an idea that saves the day.
SnowEngine59 Snow Engine Jenny McDade 23 October 2003 #14
Oliver hates snow but discovers how magical it is when he becomes a snow engine for the Sodor Winter Festival during the Christmas season.
SomethingFishy33 Something Fishy Paul Larson 24 October 2003 #15
Arthur hopes to work at the new branch line running to the fishing village but Thomas is unfortunately given the job. Luckily, Arthur gets his chance when Thomas has an accident.
TheRunawayElephant29 The Runaway Elephant George Tarry 27 October 2003 #16
A brand new park is opening on the narrow gauge railway and Duncan is asked to deliver an elephant statue. However, he forgets the break van and ends up being careless.
PeaceAndQuiet32 Peace and Quiet Paul Larson 28 October 2003 #17
A mighty new engine named Murdoch longs for peace and quiet but soon learns that he would much rather have Salty and Harvey as his new friends.
FergusBreakstheRules19 Fergus Breaks the Rules Jan Page 29 October 2003 #18
Fergus has to work with Diesel, who later tricks him into going to the smelter's. After Fergus ends up breaking the rules for the very first time, Thomas is sent to search for his friend.
BulgyRidesAgain61 Bulgy Rides Again Brian Trueman 30 October 2003 #19
Sodor is short on engines during the summer holidays, so Bulgy is brought back in service to show the holidaymakers around the island.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44 Harold and the Flying Horse Robin Kingsland 31 October 2003 #20
The Vicar is organising a Village Fete during the summer and Harold wishes he could join the fun. He gets his big chance when rescuing a cart horse named Pegasus from a ditch.
TheGrandOpening59 The Grand Opening James Mason 3 November 2003 #21
A new line is about to open on the narrow gauge railway but Skarloey ends up running late for the announcement. He worries about running late again but it ends up being worth it when Lady Hatt and the Fat Controller get in trouble riding in the hot air balloon.
BestDressedEngine48 Best Dressed Engine Polly Churchill 4 November 2003 #22
May Day comes to Sodor and a best decorated engine contest is declared but Gordon wants nothing to do with it because he thinks decorations aren't dignified for an express engine.
GordonAndSpencer49 Gordon and Spencer Lee Pressman 5 November 2003 #23
A speedy Mainland engine named Spencer visits Sodor with a Duke and a Duchess. A party is to take place at Maron but Spencer refuses to take on water, causing him to get stuck. Luckily, Gordon comes to his rescue.
NotSoHastyPuddings52 Not So Hasty Puddings Robyn Charteris 6 November 2003 #24
Elizabeth is given a special of delivering puddings for the children of the Mainland during the Christmas season. However, despite her reliability, she slips into a snowdrift and needs Thomas' help.
TrustyRusty47 Trusty Rusty James Mason 7 November 2003 #25
Rusty notices that an old wooden bridge is needed for repairs but Duncan ignores his warning and runs recklessly into a dangerous situation.
ThreeCheersforThomas61 Three Cheers for Thomas Jan Page 10 November 2003 #26
Thomas goes back to racing with Bertie during the children's Sports Day. Even though Bertie wins the race, Thomas receives his very own medal for being very helpful.

Screenshot Title Written by Original US release date Episode number #
PeaceAndQuiet32 Peace and Quiet ¹ Paul Larson 5 September 2004 #01
A mighty new engine called Murdoch longs for peace and quiet but soon learns that he would much rather have Salty and Harvey as his new friends.
Emily'sNewCoaches14 Emily's New Coaches ¹ Jan Page 12 September 2004 #02
A new engine named Emily arrives on Sodor and takes Annie and Clarabel by mistake. This makes Thomas upset but he soon makes amends when Emily rescues him and Oliver from a terrible accident.
BestDressedEngine48 Best Dressed Engine Polly Churchill 19 September 2004 #03
May Day comes to Sodor and a best decorated engine contest is declared but Gordon wants nothing to do with it because he thinks decorations aren't dignified for an express engine.
GordonAndSpencer49 Gordon and Spencer ¹ Lee Pressman 26 September 2004 #04
A speedy Mainland engine named Spencer visits Sodor with a Duke and a Duchess. A party is to take place at Maron but Spencer refuses to take on water, causing him to get stuck. Luckily, Gordon comes to his rescue.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor38 James and the Queen of Sodor Paul Larson 3 October 2004 #05
James is given a very important special of collecting the Queen of Sodor and taking it to the smelter's. To his surprise, it turns out to be a leaky, old and slimy barge.
Bill,BenandFergus29 Bill, Ben and Fergus Brian Trueman 10 October 2004 #06
A new railway traction engine named Fergus is given a job of working at the quarry but he wants everyone to do things right, much to Bill and Ben's annoyance.
NotSoHastyPuddings52 Not So Hasty Cakes / Thomas and the Avalanche Robyn Charteris 17 October 2004 #07
Elizabeth is given a special of delivering cakes for the children of the Mainland during the Christmas season. However, despite her reliability, she slips into a snowdrift and needs Thomas' help.
PercyGetsitRight48 Percy Gets It Right Paul Larson 24 October 2004 #08
Percy is worried about a wobbly track and tries to warn Thomas but he ignores Percy's advice and as a result, gets stuck in a landslide.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?41 What's the Matter with Henry(?) ³ George Tarry 31 October 2004 #09
Henry feels very ill and he breaks down when he is sent to deliver some coal cars to Brendam Docks. Luckily, Emily comes to rescue her new friend.
TheOldBridge6 The Old (Iron) Bridge Paul Larson 7 November 2004 #10
Skarloey crosses through an old and damaged bridge and has an accident. He is too scared to cross it again but overcomes his fear when saving Rheneas after he runs out of water.
TrustyRusty47 Trusty Rusty James Mason 14 November 2004 #11
Rusty notices that an old wooden bridge is needed for repairs but Duncan ignores his warning and runs recklessly into a dangerous situation.
ThreeCheersforThomas61 Hooray for Thomas Jan Page 21 November 2004 #12
Thomas goes back to racing with Bertie during the children's Sports Day. Even though Bertie wins the race, Thomas receives his very own medal for being very helpful.
Salty'sStormyTale43 Salty's Stormy Tale ² Polly Churchill 28 November 2004 #13
A storm arrives at Brendam Docks and a lighthouse's lamp goes out close by. Luckily, Salty and Fergus have an idea that saves the day.
TheSpotlessRecord25 (The) Spotless Record ¹ Paul Larson 11 September 2005 #14
A new tank engine named Arthur arrives on Sodor and he is known for his spotless record but it doesn't last long when Thomas plays a cheeky trick on him.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44 Harold and the Flying Horse ² Robin Kingsland 25 September 2005 #15
The Vicar is organizing a Village Fete during the summer and Harold wishes he could join the fun. He gets his big chance when rescuing a cart horse named Pegasus from a ditch.
SomethingFishy33 Something Fishy Paul Larson 2 October 2005 #16
Arthur hopes to work at the new branch line running to the fishing village but Thomas is unfortunately given the job. Luckily, Arthur gets his chance when Thomas has an accident.
BulgyRidesAgain61 Bulgy Rides Again ² Brian Trueman 9 October 2005 #17
Sodor is short on engines during the summer season, so Bulgy is brought back in service to show the vacationers around the island.
Toby'sWindmill3 Toby's Windmill / Toby and the Windmill ³ David Mitton (story)
Jan Page
23 October 2005 #18
Toby's favorite place is an old windmill but after a storm damages it, he must find a way to fix it.
FergusBreakstheRules42 Fergus Breaks the Rules / Thomas and the Search for Fergus ³ Jan Page 13 November 2005 #19
Fergus has to work with Diesel, who tricks him into going to the smelter's. After Fergus ends up breaking the rules for the very first time, Thomas is sent to search for his friend.
Edward'sBrassBand47 Edward's Brass Band Robyn Charteris 27 November 2005 #20
Edward needs refitting when he was originally going to take the Sodor Brass Band to an evening summer concert. But he gets his chance when the band suddenly gets stuck in the aftermath of a storm.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop41 The Refreshment Lady's Stand James Mason 2006 #21
Peter Sam is given a job of finding a perfect place for the Refreshment Lady's new tea stand.
BadDayAtCastleLoch42 (A) Bad Day at Castle Loch ³ Jenny McDade 2006 #22
Donald and Douglas are given a special of taking a celebration train to Callan Castle but get stuck near the Loch and find a scary monster. Luckily, it turns out to be Harvey who comes to their rescue.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster35 Rheneas and the Roller Coaster James Mason 2006 #23
Rheneas is given a special of taking schoolchildren around the narrow gauge railway but is worried that he isn't special enough for the job. He soon gets his hopes when he goes down a bumpy line.
SnowEngine59 (Oliver the) Snow Engine ³ Jenny McDade 2006 #24
Oliver hates snow but discovers how magical it is when he becomes a snow engine for the Sodor Winter Festival during the Christmas season.
TheRunawayElephant29 The Runaway Elephant George Tarry 2006 #25
A brand new park is opening on the narrow gauge railway and Duncan is asked to deliver an elephant statue. However, he forgets the break van and ends up being careless.
TheGrandOpening59 The Grand Opening James Mason 2006 #26
A new line is about to open on the narrow gauge railway but Skarloey ends up running late for the announcement. He worries about running late again but it ends up being worth it when Sir Topham and Lady Hatt get in trouble riding in the hot air balloon.

Screenshot Title Written by Original JPN release date Episode number #
Emily'sNewCoaches14 あたらしいなかまエミリー (New Friend Emily) Jan Page 20 March 2004 #01
A new engine named Emily arrives on Sodor and takes Annie and Clarabel by mistake. This makes Thomas upset but he soon makes amends when Emily rescues him and Oliver from a terrible accident.
TheOldBridge6 スカーロイとふるいはし (Skarloey and the Old Bridge) Paul Larson 27 March 2004 #02
Skarloey crosses through an old and damaged bridge and has an accident. He is too scared to cross it again but overcomes his fear when saving Rheneas after he runs out of water.
Bill,BenandFergus29 ビルとベンとファーガス (Bill, Ben and Fergus) Brian Trueman 3 April 2004 #03
A new railway traction engine named Fergus is given a job of working at the quarry but he wants everyone to do things right, much to Bill and Ben's annoyance.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor38 ジェームスとソドーとうのじょおう (James and the Queen of Sodor) Paul Larson 10 April 2004 #04
James is given a very important special of collecting the Queen of Sodor and taking it to the smelter's. To his surprise, it turns out to be a leaky, old and slimy barge.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?41 どうしたのヘンリー (What's the Matter, Henry?) George Tarry 17 April 2004 #05
Henry feels very ill and he breaks down when he is sent to deliver some coal trucks to Brendam Docks. Luckily, Emily comes to rescue her new friend.
TheSpotlessRecord25 アーサーのきろく (Arthur's Record) Paul Larson 24 April 2004 #06
A new tank engine named Arthur arrives on Sodor and he is known for his spotless record. But it doesn't last long when Thomas plays a cheeky trick on him.
PeaceAndQuiet32 あらしのあとのしずけさ (The Calmness After the Storm) Paul Larson 1 May 2004 #07
A mighty new engine called Murdoch longs for peace and quiet but soon learns that he would much rather have Salty and Harvey as his new friends.
BestDressedEngine48 ベストドレッサーはだれ (Who is Best Dressed?) Polly Churchill 8 May 2004 #08
May Day comes to Sodor and a best decorated engine contest is declared but Gordon wants nothing to do with it because he thinks decorations aren't dignified for an express engine.
ThreeCheersforThomas61 トーマスだけのメダル (A Medal Just for Thomas) Jan Page 15 May 2004 #09
Thomas goes back to racing with Bertie during the children's Sports Day. Even though Bertie wins the race, Thomas receives his very own medal for being very helpful.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster35 レニアスのジェットコースター (Rheneas' Roller Coaster) James Mason 22 May 2004 #10
Rheneas is given a special of taking schoolchildren around the narrow gauge railway but he is worried that he isn't special enough for the job. He soon gets his hopes when he goes down a bumpy line.
SomethingFishy33 アーサーとさかな (Arthur and Fish) Paul Larson 29 May 2004 #11
Arthur hopes to work at the new branch line running to the fishing village but Thomas is unfortunately given the job. Luckily, Arthur gets his chance when Thomas has an accident.
TheRunawayElephant29 にげたぞう (Runaway Elephant) George Tarry 5 June 2004 #12
A brand new park is opening on the narrow gauge railway and Duncan is asked to deliver an elephant statue. However, he forgets the break van and ends up being careless.
Toby'sWindmill55 トビーのふうしゃ (Toby's Windmill) David Mitton (story)
Jan Page
12 June 2004 #13
One of Toby's favorite places is an old windmill but after a storm damages it, he must find a way to fix it.
BadDayAtCastleLoch42 ロッホじょうのかいぶつ (Loch Castle Monster) Jenny McDade 19 June 2004 #14
Donald and Douglas are given a special of taking a celebration train to Callan Castle but get stuck near the Loch and find a scary monster. Luckily, it turns out to be Harvey who comes to their rescue.
FergusBreakstheRules19 ファーガスときそく (Fergus and the Rules) Jan Page 26 June 2004 #15
Fergus has to work with Diesel, who tricks him into going to the smelter's. After Fergus ends up breaking the rules for the very first time by running away, Thomas is sent to search for his friend.
TrustyRusty47 たよりになるラスティー (Trusty Rusty) James Mason 3 July 2004 #16
Rusty notices that an old wooden bridge is needed for repairs but Duncan ignores his warning and runs recklessly into a dangerous situation.
TheGrandOpening59 ききゅうとかいつうしき (Opening Ceremony Emergency) James Mason 10 July 2004 #17
A new line is about to open on the narrow gauge railway but Skarloey ends up running late for the announcement. He worries about running late again but it ends up being worth it when the Hatts get in trouble riding in the hot air balloon.
BulgyRidesAgain61 バルジーとニワトリ (Bulgy and the Chickens) Brian Trueman 17 July 2004 #18
Sodor is short on engines during the summer, so Bulgy is brought back in service to show the holiday vacationers around the island.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44 ハロルドとそらとぶうま (Harold and the Flying Horse) Robin Kingsland 24 July 2004 #19
The Vicar is organising a Village Fete during the summer and Harold wishes he could join the fun. He gets his big chance when rescuing a cart horse named Pegasus from a ditch.
Edward'sBrassBand47 エドワードとブラスバンド (Edward and the Brass Band) Robyn Charteris 31 July 2004 #05
Edward needs refitting when he was originally going to take the Sodor Brass Band to an evening summer concert. But he gets his chance when the band suddenly gets stuck in the aftermath of a storm.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop41 ピーター・サムとティールーム (Peter Sam and the Tea Room) James Mason 7 August 2004 #21
Peter Sam is given a job of finding a perfect place for the Refreshment Lady's new tea shop.
GordonAndSpencer49 ゴードンとスペンサー (Gordon and Spencer) Lee Pressman 14 August 2004 #22
A speedy Mainland engine named Spencer visits Sodor with a Duke and a Duchess. A party is to take place at Maron but Spencer refuses to take on water, causing him to get stuck. Luckily, Gordon comes to his rescue.
Salty'sStormyTale43 ソルティーとあらし (Salty and the Storm) Polly Churchill 21 August 2004 #23
A storm arrives at Brendam Docks and a lighthouse's lamp goes out close by. Luckily, Salty and Fergus have an idea that saves the day.
PercyGetsitRight48 パーシーのいったとおり (As Percy Said) Paul Larson 28 August 2004 #24
Percy is worried about a wobbly track and tries to warn Thomas but he ignores Percy's advice and as a result, gets stuck in a landslide.
SnowEngine59 オリバーとゆきだるま (Oliver and the Snowman) Jenny McDade 4 September 2004 #25
Oliver hates snow but he discovers how magical it is when he becomes a snow engine for the Sodor Winter Festival during the Christmas season.
NotSoHastyPuddings52 クリスマス・プディング (Christmas Pudding) Robyn Charteris 11 September 2004 #26
Elizabeth is given a special of delivering puddings for the children of the Mainland during the Christmas season. However, despite her reliability, she slips into a snowdrift and needs Thomas' help.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date Episode number #
FiveNewEnginesintheShed9 Five New Engines in the Shed Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
2006 (UK, DVD) #01
Good morning sunshine, brand new day
Busy day for the railway...
JamesandtheRedBalloon70 The Red Balloon Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
2006 (UK, DVD) #02
There's so much to see on the Island of Sodor
Waterfalls and windmills, valleys of green...
ToadStandsBy100 Troublesome Trucks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
2006 (UK, DVD) #03
The engines always think they are so clever
And so they like to bump the trucks around...
Salty'sStormyTale65 Salty Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
15 January 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #04
There's a dockside diesel we know well
Who can spin a yard...
FergusBreakstheRules43 There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
12 February 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #05
There once was an engine who ran away,
Just up and went...
It'sOnlySnow50 The Whistle Song Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
26 March 2015 (UK; TBT Music Video) #04
Engines all have whistles, as everybody knows.
And as they leave the station, you'll hear the whistle blow...

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date Episode number #
FiveNewEnginesintheShed9 Five New Engines in the Shed Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
March 16, 2004 (US/CAN; Home Media) #01
Good morning sunshine, brand new day
Busy day for the railway...
JamesandtheRedBalloon70 The Red Balloon Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
January 25, 2005 (US/CAN; Home Media) #02
There's so much to see on the Island of Sodor
Waterfalls and windmills, valleys of green...
FergusBreakstheRules43 There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
July 26, 2005 (US/CAN; Home Media) #03
There once was an engine who ran away,
Just up and went...
ToadStandsBy100 Troublesome Trucks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
February 7, 2006 (US/CAN; Home Media) #04
The engines always think they are so clever
And so they like to bump the trucks around...
It'sOnlySnow50 The Whistle Song Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
December 11, 2014 (US; TBT Music Video) #05
Engines all have whistles, as everybody knows.
And as they leave the station, you'll hear the whistle blow...
Salty'sStormyTale65 Salty Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
December 18, 2014 (US; TBT Music Video) #06
There's a dockside diesel we know well
Who can spin a yard...

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date Episode number #
ToadStandsBy100 Troublesome Trucks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #01
The engines always think they are so clever
And so they like to bump the trucks around...
JamesandtheRedBalloon70 The Red Balloon Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #02
There's so much to see on the Island of Sodor
Waterfalls and windmills, valleys of green...
Salty'sStormyTale65 Salty Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #03
There's a dockside diesel we know well
Who can spin a yard...
It'sOnlySnow50 The Whistle Song Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #04
Engines all have whistles, as everybody knows.
And as they leave the station, you'll hear the whistle blow...
FergusBreakstheRules43 There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #05
There once was an engine who ran away,
Just up and went...
FiveNewEnginesintheShed9 Five New Engines in the Shed Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
20 June 2007 (JPN; DVD) #06
Good morning sunshine, brand new day
Busy day for the railway...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Locations

Trivia

  • This was the final series of many things:
    • The final series of the "classic" era, despite being produced by HiT Entertainment and released in the style of the eighth series on home media and TV airings in Latin and North America and later in the UK when the eighth series aired on television.
      • The French dub is an interesting case, as the actual opening theme song was replaced with the eighth series one, though the episodes themselves seem to use the original music. The Arabic dub does something similar but the Engine Roll Call's audio is played over the footage of the original seventh series intro.
      • This technically means that this is the first series of the HiT model era in the aforementioned dubs, although because the series is also a Gullane Entertainment series it is technically neither a fully Gullane or HiT Entertainment series.
      • Oddly enough though, a select few episodes were released in the classic Gullane Entertainment era format in the US through the DVDs of New Friends for Thomas and Thomas and the Jet Engine.
    • 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 shot on 35mm film.
    • The final series in 4:3 fullscreen in Japan, as well as the last series 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 with released music video on VHS and DVD by C4U Media in South Korea.
    • The final series with released music video on VHS in South Korea.
    • The final series not dubbed in Croatian until the thirteenth series.
    • 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 produced by HiT Entertainment.
    • The first series where all the episodes have music scored by Robert Hartshorne and Ed Welch in the US and later the UK in 2004. The original music by Mike O' Donnell and Junior Campbell however, is still composed in the music videos.
    • Jocelyn Stevenson's first series as executive producer.
    • The first series where 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 series to come out after the rename from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
    • The first series where Edward, Toby, Duck, Annie and Clarabel, Toad, Mavis, Diesel, 'Arry and Bert, Bill and Ben, Donald and Douglas, Elizabeth, Bulgy and Cranky only speak in one episode each.
    • The first series where Salty, Harvey, Harold, Oliver, Henry, Bertie and Duncan only speak in two episodes 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 its last appearance in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • The very first series to premiere on PBS, along with the half-hour formats in the eighth series.
    • The first series to start using JR Propo remotes to control the engines and vehicles.
  • 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. It also uses the eighth series intro with Engine Roll Call as the theme. In the sixth series, this only happened with six episodes.
    • Owing to the complete rescoring of the season upon its U.S. release, the only series to be retroactively modified (beyond its narration) to comply with a differing era or soft-reboot of the series following release in at least one English-speaking country.
    • The only series of the HiT model era in the US only, directed by David Mitton, produced by Phil Fehrle and Gullane Entertainment and the music videos composed by Mike O' Donnell and Junior Campbell.
    • 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 where the Mail Train does not appear.
    • 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, Michael Angelis was credited as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed into their respective languages.
  • In the Spanish and French dubs, Michael Brandon was credited as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed into their respective languages.
  • In the Vietnamese dub, Michael Angelis' dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • In Finland, all of the episodes were never released on home video. they were shown exclusively on television by MTV3 in 2010.
  • 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 and UK DVD prints of the episodes.
  • The series was later aired from 5 January-16 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 were not introduced by a CiTV presenter but were 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 that later appear in CGI.
  • The series aired weekdays at 3.25pm on ABC Kids in Australia. The promo featured clips from James and the Queen of Sodor, The Old Bridge, Bill, Ben and Fergus, Percy Gets It Right and What's the Matter with Henry? in that order.

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