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.
|Screenshot||UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Written by||Original UK release date||Episode number #|
|Percy and the Oil Painting||Abi Grant||3 September 2005||#01|
|Percy takes a fussy painter around Sodor so that he can paint a picture of "The Spirit of Sodor."|
|Thomas and the Rainbow||Abi Grant||3 September 2005||#02|
|Thomas is distracted by a rainbow.|
|Molly's Special Special||Paul Larson||9 September 2005||#03|
|Thomas helps the new engine named Molly to make her empty trucks/freight cars look important.|
|Respect for Gordon||James Mason||9 September 2005||#04|
|Gordon begins bossing the others about.|
|Thomas' Milkshake Muddle||Marc Seal||16 September 2005||#05|
|Thomas is sent to get ingredients for party food, but almost ruins it by rushing around too much.|
|Mighty Mac||Paul Larson||16 September 2005||#06|
|Mighty Mac, an engine with two faces, has a problem deciding where to go.|
|Thomas and the Birthday Picnic||Sharon Miller||23 September 2005||#07|
|Thomas tries to find a perfect place for Dowager Hatt's birthday picnic.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Thomas and the New Engine||Marc Seal||7 October 2005||#11|
|Thomas sees 'Arry and Bert talking to Neville and thinks the three are planning a trick.|
|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.|
|Thomas Tries His Best||James Mason||14 October 2005||#13|
|Thomas wants to go to a fair while he has to wait for Farmer McColl with his chickens.|
|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.|
|Thomas and the Statue||Marc Seal||21 October 2005||#15|
|Thomas is chosen to take a statue, which he believes is of him.|
|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.|
|Emily Knows Best||Marc Seal||28 October 2005||#17|
|Emily pretends to be a queen, only to cause confusion.|
|Thomas' Day Off||Sharon Miller||28 October 2005||#18|
|Dennis the diesel gets Thomas to do his work.|
|Thomas' New Trucks||Paul Larson||4 November 2005||#19|
|Thomas is jealous when James gets new trucks.|
|Duncan and the Old Mine||James Mason||4 November 2005||#20|
|Duncan, looking for adventure, ventures into a disused mine.|
|Bold and Brave||James Mason||11 November 2005||#21|
|Diesel tells Thomas about the curse of the cliffs which makes him worried.|
|Skarloey the Brave||Paul Larson||11 November 2005||#22|
|Skarloey proves to be a daredevil when he tries to ride up the incline.|
|Saving Edward||James Mason||18 November 2005||#23|
|Edward cannot take his train and fears he will be scrapped.|
|Thomas and the Golden Eagle||Abi Grant||18 November 2005||#24|
|Thomas tries to see a rare golden eagle.|
|Keeping Up with James||Abi Grant||25 November 2005||#25|
|James' impatience proves to be disastrous.|
|Flour Power||Abi Grant||25 November 2005||#26|
|Diesel spooks Thomas, but he gets back at him.|
- Buffer Up and Share
- Day and Night
- Party Time
- Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor
- Bill and Ben
- 'Arry and Bert
- Peter Sam
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Sodor Brass Band
- The Dockyard Manager
- The Ice-Cream Factory Manager
- The Dairy Manager
- Dowager Hatt (not named in US narration)
- Lady Hatt (does not speak)
- Farmer McColl (does not speak)
- The Photographer (does not speak)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- Caroline (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- George (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Refreshment Lady (cameo)
- Lord Callan (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Arthur (music video cameo)
- Derek (music video cameo)
- Jem Cole (music video cameo)
- Toad (faceless music video cameo)
- Allicia Botti (learning segment)
- The Tailor (learning segment cameo)
- Mighty Mac
- Mr. Percival
- The Baker
- The Famous Artist
- The School Choir (vocalizes)
- Proteus (does not speak)
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.
Colour (UK)/Color (US)
- Percy and the Oil Painting
- Learning Segment: Who's Under the Coal Dust? - James
- James and the Red Balloon
- Learning Segment: Same Colour
- Thomas and the Rainbow
- Thomas' Milkshake Muddle
- Song: Buffer Up and Share
- Spotless Record
- Learning Segment: Thomas and the Shape Bridge
- Mighty Mac
- Molly's Special Special
- Learning Segment: Getting to the Washdown
- Edward the Really Useful Engine
- Learning Segment: Emily Respects
- Respect for Gordon
- Thomas and the Birthday Picnic
- Song: Party Time
- Learning Segment: Which Load for Which Party?
- Harold and the Flying Horse
- Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Gordon
- Tuneful Toots
- Thomas and the Toy Shop
- Learning Segment: Which Load to Which Station?
- Something Fishy
- Learning Segment: What Route Should Thomas Take?
- Rheneas and the Dinosaur
- Thomas and the New Engine
- Learning Segment: Changing Sounds
- Learning Segment: What's New at the Station?
- Bulgy Rides Again
- Learning Segment: Getting to Bluff's Cove
- Toby Feels Left Out
Night and Day
- Thomas Tries his Best
- Song: Day and Night
- Learning Segment: Seeing in the Dark
- No Sleep for Cranky
- Learning Segment: Percy in the Dark
- The Magic Lamp
- Thomas and the Statue
- Learning Segment: What is Thomas Thinking of?
- Toby's Windmill
- Learning Segment: Which Load for Which Route?
- Henry and the Flagpole
- Emily Knows Best
- Song: Pride
- Learning Segment: What Makes Thomas Happy?
- Gordon Takes a Tumble
- Learning Segment: Which Engine for Which Job?
- Thomas' Day Off
Lost and Found
- Thomas' New Trucks
- Learning Segment: Job Destinations
- Toby Had a Little Lamb
- Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Thomas
- Learning Segment: Where can Neville find Salty?
- Duncan And The Old Mine
- Bold and Brave
- Song: Brave
- Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - James
- Fergus Breaks the Rules
- Learning Segment: Knowing What to do
- Skarloey The Brave
- Saving Edward
- Learning Segment: Fixing the Engines
- A Bad Day for Harold
- Learning Segment: Being Kind
- Thomas and The Golden Eagle
- Keeping Up with James
- Song: Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor
- Learning Segment: What can Cool Down Thomas?
- Edward's Brass Band
- Learning Segment: Cool Down Delivery
- Flour Power
- This is the final series in which the half hour formats feature episodes directed by David Mitton.
- 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 interacts 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, albeit not speaking in all of them.
- The first series to air on Channel 5's Milkshake! block.
- 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 it returned in the sixth series.
- The first series produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership of Apax Partners.
- This was the final series to have any of its episodes released on VHS in the US.
- This season later re-aired on Channel 5 after the tenth series and the previous series in 2006.