The ninth series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in September 2005. The series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. It ran for twenty-six episodes.

Production

Series 9 was filmed around the time HiT Entertainment had put themselves for sale because of straining toy firms. Private equity investment group Apax Partners decided to purchase HiT to save them from any possible downfall. 2005 was also the same year that included the hiring of Sharon Miller as she was enlisted to be Script Editor.

In the episode, The Magic Lamp, Peter Sam's small-scale model was used for the first time since the fifth series (excluding stock-footage in the seventh series). The model was used for the scene where Peter Sam met Harold, as there wasn't a large-scale narrow gauge Harold and the large scale Peter Sam model would've been severely out of scale.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
PercyAndTheOilPainting75.png Percy and the Oil Painting Abi Grant 2 September 2005 #01
Percy takes a fussy painter around Sodor so that he can paint a picture of "The Spirit of Sodor."
ThomasandtheRainbow83.png Thomas and the Rainbow Abi Grant 2 September 2005 #02
Thomas is distracted by a rainbow and comes off the tracks.
Thomas'MilkshakeMuddle32.png Thomas' Milkshake Muddle Marc Seal 9 September 2005 #03
Thomas is sent to get ingredients for cake and ice cream for a summer party, but almost ruins it by rushing around too much.
MightyMac7.png Mighty Mac Paul Larson 9 September 2005 #04
Mighty Mac, an engine with two faces, has a problem deciding where to go.
Molly'sSpecialSpecial43.png Molly's Special Special Paul Larson 16 September 2005 #05
Thomas helps the new engine named Molly to make her empty trucks/freight cars look more important than Gordon’s express.
RespectforGordon59.png Respect for Gordon James Mason 16 September 2005 #06
Gordon begins bossing the others about, until he crashed into some jam tankers.
ThomasandtheBirthdayPicnic75.png Thomas and the Birthday Picnic Sharon Miller 23 September 2005 #07
Thomas tries to find a perfect place for Dowager Hatt's birthday picnic.
TunefulToots57.png Tuneful Toots Sharon Miller 23 September 2005 #08
Rusty gets stranded while showing the brass band around and uses his horn to save the day.
ThomasandtheToyShop5.png Thomas and the Toy Shop
Thomas and the Toy Workshop
James Mason 30 September 2005 #09
Thomas takes some toys to the Knapford toy shop as well as children from school, but needs Henry’s assistance because he the train is too heavy.
RheneasandtheDinosaur45.png Rheneas and the Dinosaur Paul Larson 30 September 2005 #10
Rheneas tries to take a dinosaur skeleton to The Transfer Yards on his own, much to Skarloey's dismay.
ThomasAndTheNewEngine70.png Thomas and the New Engine Marc Seal 7 October 2005 #11
Thomas sees 'Arry and Bert laughing rudely at a new engine named Neville, but he thought Neville was being friends with them, which spreads rumours to the steam engines.
TobyFeelsLeftOut16.png Toby Feels Left Out Simon A. Brown 7 October 2005 #12
A museum is being opened and Toby is worried he will be put in it.
ThomasTriesHisBest74.png Thomas Tries His Best James Mason 14 October 2005 #13
Thomas wants to go to a carnival while he has to wait for Farmer McColl with his chickens.
TheMagicLamp13.png The Magic Lamp Sharon Miller 14 October 2005 #14
Peter Sam goes looking for a magic lamp after Skarloey tells him the story of Proteus.
ThomasandtheStatue74.png Thomas and the Statue Marc Seal 21 October 2005 #15
Thomas is chosen to take a statue, which he believes is of him, causing him to anger his friends.
HenryandtheFlagpole65.png Henry and the Flagpole Paul Larson 21 October 2005 #16
Henry fears his favourite tree will be cut down to provide a flagpole for Callan Castle.
EmilyKnowsBest59.png Emily Knows Best Marc Seal 28 October 2005 #17
Emily pretends to be a queen, only to cause confusion and delay.
Thomas'DayOff61.png Thomas' Day Off Sharon Miller 28 October 2005 #18
Dennis the new diesel acts lazy and gets Thomas to do all his work.
Thomas'NewTrucks29.png Thomas' New Trucks Paul Larson 4 November 2005 #19
Thomas is jealous when James gets new trucks. He soon gets his own, but they keep getting dirty.
DuncanAndTheOldMine37.png Duncan and the Old Mine James Mason 4 November 2005 #20
Duncan, looking for adventure, ventures into a disused mine.
BoldandBrave45.png Bold and Brave James Mason 11 November 2005 #21
Diesel tells Thomas about the curse of the cliffs which makes him worried.
SkarloeytheBrave49.png Skarloey the Brave Paul Larson 11 November 2005 #22
Skarloey proves to be a daredevil when he tries to ride up the incline.
SavingEdward58.png Saving Edward James Mason 18 November 2005 #23
Edward cannot take his train and fears he will be scrapped.
ThomasandtheGoldenEagle87.png Thomas and the Golden Eagle Abi Grant 18 November 2005 #24
Thomas and Percy try to see a rare golden eagle.
KeepingUpwithJames80.png Keeping Up with James Abi Grant 25 November 2005 #25
James' impatience with Edward proves to be disastrous.
FlourPower81.png Flour Power Abi Grant 25 November 2005 #26
Diesel spooks Thomas, but he gets payback at him.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
CallingAllEngines!510.png Brave Ed Welch 11 November 2005 (UK)
There are times to be brave and times to be strong,
when you are lost and you're all alone...
FlourPower1.png Day and Night Ed Welch 14 October 2005 (UK)
As the day dawns fine and the sun beams shines
It's the start of another day...
ThomasAndTheCircus93.png Party Time Ed Welch 23 September 2005 (UK)
We can meet you at the station
Take you to a celebration...
Pride6.png Pride Ed Welch 28 October 2005 (UK)
Whatever we do, we do it well
because we all decide...
HenryandtheFlagpole46.png Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor Ed Welch 25 November 2005 (UK)
Every day's a Special Day on Sodor.
Changing as the seasons come and go...
RheneasandtheDinosaur5.png Buffer Up and Share Ed Welch 2 September 2005 (UK)
Everything we share
We care for one another We're a team...
Togetherness10.png Togetherness Ed Welch 6 May 2008 (US; DVD)
Working, working, working together
Huff and puff through all sorts of weather...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

When Series 9 aired on PBS Kids, Nick Jr. and Treehouse, the airings were paired with not just Series 7 episodes, but even some Series 6 episodes which were originally narrated by Alec Baldwin and re-dubbed by Michael Brandon in the US, with Michael Angelis re-dubbing his narrations in the UK. In the Series 6 episodes, music was also re-dubbed with music from episodes produced by HiT Entertainment as well. In the beginning of the Nick Jr. airings in the UK, an opening when Thomas' crew gets him ready for another day's work and an ending when Thomas' crew cleans him after a day's work was added.

Colours (UK)/Colors (US)

Caring/Taking Care

Respect

Celebration

Achievement

Change

Night and Day

Shapes

Pride

Lost and Found

Bravery

Loyalty

Seasons

Trivia

  • This is the first series to have Steve Asquith as the head writer, succeeding Paul Larson & Abi Grant.
  • This is the last series of a few things:
    • The last series in which the half-hour formats feature episodes directed by David Mitton.
    • The last series to have any of its episodes released on VHS in the US, though this only happened with six episodes.
    • The last series to be narrated by Daniel Vulcu in Romania and Ian MacAmhlaigh in Scotland.
    • The last series to feature Edward's unused unamused face mask from Series 4.
  • Rusty was referred to as a female in early American narrations of Tuneful Toots and Duncan and the Old Mine that broadcast on PBS Kids. This was corrected in later airings and on the DVD releases.
  • This was Sharon Miller's first series as part of the writing team and as script editor. She later became the first head writer in the twelfth series.
  • A large-scale model of Thomas was built for when he interacted with the Narrow Gauge Engines.
  • This marks the only series Simon A. Brown was apart of the writing team.
  • This series marks the first for several things:
    • The first series where Thomas appears in every episode.
    • The first series to air on Milkshake in November 2006-January 2007 on Milkshake
    • The first series since the sixth where Cranky speaks in more than one episode.
    • The first series where the title cards are read aloud by the narrator including some of Series 6 and 7. However, a few US episodes did not have their titles read aloud in the Thomas and the Toy Workshop US DVD.
    • The first series in which Arthur, Murdoch, Spencer, Elizabeth and Jem Cole do not appear since their introductions. However, Elizabeth and Jem Cole make appearances in music videos, as does Arthur in a DVD game.
    • The first series in which Maron station does not appear since its return in the sixth series.
    • The first series since the second not to release any episodes on home video before being broadcast.
    • The first series produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership ofApax Partners.
    • Marc Seal's first series as Additional Material Written.

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