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“Where did you hear Neville is going to biff into all the steamies?"
"Don't you know? Percy told me, Edward told Percy, James told Edward and you told James!"
"But I only said to James that I'd seen Neville
with 'Arry and Bert!”
―Thomas and Emily

Thomas and the New Engine is the eleventh episode of the ninth series.


At Tidmouth Sheds, the Fat Controller announces that a new engine named Neville has arrived on the island and that the others must make him feel welcome. Later, Thomas is warned by a signalman about a broken bridge, so Thomas goes to collect some ironwork from the yard, where Neville is with 'Arry and Bert. Neville reverses up to his trucks and bumps into them. This gives 'Arry and Bert a chance to laugh at Neville and insult him. At that moment, Thomas arrives, sees Neville with 'Arry and Bert and thinks that Neville is friends with the diesels.

At Knapford, Thomas meets James and tells him about seeing Neville laughing with 'Arry and Bert. This news shocks James. Then, as Thomas leaves, Edward arrives, so James tells him about Neville. Later, whilst taking on water, Edward tells Percy that Neville is best friends with the diesels and does not want to be with steamies. Later, when Percy meets Emily at a red signal, he mixes up Edward's warning. He warns her not to go near Neville as the diesels have told him to biff into all the steamies.

At Abbey, Thomas has just been told by the Fat Controller to warn engines not to cross the broken bridge when he hears a steam engine's whistle - it turns out to be Neville pulling Annie and Clarabel. Thomas is cross with Neville for pulling his coaches. Then, Emily arrives. Neville says hello, but Emily is also cross with Neville as she thinks that he is going to biff into all the steamies, much to the surprise of Thomas. Neville does not know what he did. But as soon as the guard blows his whistle, Neville puffs sadly away towards the iron bridge still under repair.

After Neville leaves, Thomas is puzzled and asks Emily where she got the information from. Emily tells him that Percy told her, Edward told Percy, James told Edward and Thomas told James. But Thomas explains that he only said to James that he only saw Neville with 'Arry and Bert. Just then, Toby puffs in looking very unhappy. He tells Thomas and Emily that Henry saw 'Arry and Bert being horrible to Neville. Thomas and Emily are very shocked, and they realise that Neville is not friends with the diesels. Thomas realises that Neville is heading towards the broken bridge and goes to stop him. When Neville reaches the iron bridge, he sees the barrier, but cannot stop in time. He bashes through the barricade and ends up hanging over the edge of the broken bridge. Soon Thomas races up, buffers up to Annie and Clarabel and slowly pulls Neville to safety. Afterwards, Thomas apologises to Neville for believing silly stories about him and Neville is happy to have finally made friends with Thomas.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the ninth series.
  • Salty was likely originally meant to have the role of the engine who tells Toby the truth, and the scene with 'Arry and Bert was likely originally going to take place at Brendam Docks, as seen in the Story Library book based on this episode. The Thomas' Favourite Friends segment also states that it was Salty who saw 'Arry and Bert being horrible to Neville. It is possible that this was changed to Henry and the lumber mill in regards to the learning segment, Where Can Neville Find Salty?
  • Neville is seen at Abbey without Annie and Clarabel in a promotional image.
  • In some descriptions of the episode, Neville is mistakenly described as actually being a diesel, as opposed to just looking like one.
  • This marks Neville, 'Arry, Bert and George's only appearances in the ninth series.
  • This is the only episode of three things for Neville:


  • When Percy talks to Emily at a red signal, his face is on crooked.
  • When Toby puffs into Abbey, his steam platform is visible.
  • As Neville breaks through the barrier, a piece of rubble lands in his mouth.
  • The bridge that Thomas crosses at the beginning is the same Neville hangs from by the end, just that it was redressed with more bushes and removing the missing track that connects both ends of the bridge.
  • When Neville rushes through the countryside, Clarabel is facing the wrong way.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic توماس والمحرك الجديد
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas e a Nova Locomotiva
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯和新火车
Czech Tomáš a Nová Mašinka
Danish Thomas Og Det Nye lokomotiv
Dutch Thomas en de Nieuwe Locomotief
Finnish Tuomas ja Uusi Veturi
French Thomas et la Nouvelle Locomotive
German Thomas und die neue Lok
Greek Ο Τόμας και η νέα ατμομηχανή
Hungarian Thomas és Az új Mozdony
Italian Thomas e la Nuova Locomotiva
Japanese あたらしいきかんしゃネビル
Korean 새 친구, 네빌
Norwegian Thomas Og Det Nye lokomotivet
Polish Tomek i Nowa Lokomotywa
Romanian Thomas și Loconotiva Cea Nouă
Russian Томас и новый поезд
Scottish Gaelic Tomas Agus An T-Einnsean Ur
Spanish Thomas y la Nueva Locomotora
Swedish Thomas Och Det Nya loket
Turkish Thomas ve Yeni Arkadaş

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