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Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor
Journey Beyond Sodor poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by David Stoten
Produced by
  • Ian Mccue
  • Tracy Baldgon
Narrated by Mark Moraghan
Distributed by Mattel Creations
Release date(s) August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22) (US)
October 16, 2017 (2017-10-16) (UK)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United Kingdom

Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor is a CGI-animated musical adventure film based on the television show Thomas & Friends, based on The Railway Series by Wilbert Awdry. It was released on 22 August 2017 in the US and on 16 October 2017 in the UK. The film stars the voices of Joseph May in the US and John Hasler in the UK voice of Thomas the Tank Engine. It also stars the voices of Rob Rackstraw, Christopher Ragland, Nigel Pilkington, Keith Wickham, Kerry Shale and Teresa Gallagher with Mark Moraghan narrating his last special. Hugh Bonneville, Lucy Montgomery, Darren Boyd, Jim Howick, Sophie Colquhoun, Colin McFarlane and Nicola Stapleton join the cast. This special deals with many traits that children have such as autism, through the Experimental Engines.

Following Journey Beyond Sodor, season 22 of Thomas & Friends and Big World! Big Adventures! followed Thomas going on adventures around the world.


On his way to deliver a goods train to Bridlington on the Mainland, Henry suffers an accident due to a faulty signal and has to be taken to the Steamworks for repairs. Thomas is upset that Sir Topham Hatt chooses James, who has been teasing him, to take the train in Henry's place. Thomas collects the goods train before James so he can take it to Bridlington himself ("Somebody Has to be the Favo(u)rite"). However, the Troublesome Trucks disorient him and he arrives at a canal where Beresford, a crane, refuses to let Thomas pass. Thomas tricks Beresford into letting him pass through ("Who's Thomas?"). Thomas arrives at a rundown shunting yard where he meets Lexi and Theo, failed experimental engines who are no longer in service. They provide him with more coal and water but are unable to help him find his way to Bridlington.

Thomas later finds himself at a massive Steelworks factory run by Hurricane and Frankie who invite him to stay ("The Hottest Place in Town"). Thomas initially declines but the Steelworks engines eventually persuade him as it is already very late. The next morning, Thomas learns that Hurricane delivered his train to Bridlington during the night and Frankie convinces him to help out at the Steelworks as to return the favor. However, they refuse to let Thomas leave and continue to force him to work for them. Thomas laments for his friends on Sodor and mounts an unsuccessful escape ("I Want to Go Home"). Thomas attempts another escape during the night and is this time successful.

Meanwhile back in Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt gets worried that the goods have been delayed later than its expected time and gets more worried about Thomas. He later tells Percy not to worry and that Thomas has been delayed and James tries hard to convince Sir Topham Hatt for him to go to the Mainland to save Thomas, which Sir Topham Hatt refuses James to go to the Mainland and says that he can't afford to lose another train, leaving James temporarily in charge of Thomas's Brunch lines, while Thomas is in the Mainland trying to find a way back to the island of Sodor.

Back in the Mainland, Thomas meets Merlin, a third experimental engine who Lexi and Theo told him about and who falsely believes that he has invisibility powers. Theo helps Thomas evade Hurricane and Frankie. Thomas is upset over his failures and the experimental engines remark that he is just like them ("We Can't Do Anything"). Meanwhile, on Sodor, James is begrudgingly running Thomas' branch line in his absence. Percy suggests that James go to the mainland himself to find Thomas. At Bridlington Goods Yard, James learns from the Troublesome Trucks that they were ultimately delivered by Hurricane. Hurricane, who is still there, spots James asking about Thomas.

On his way back to Sodor, Thomas meets Beresford again and sees that Hurricane and Frankie are taking James to the Steelworks. Thomas enlists the help of the experimental engines to rescue James from being captured too. Theo and Lexi distract the Steelworks engines while Thomas and Merlin try to help James escape. The plan quickly goes downhill, a wild chase ensues in the Steelworks, James is saved but Thomas is put in harm's way when he almost gets melted by molten slag. Hurricane selflessly pushes him out of the way causing his wheels to melt as a result. Frankie is upset that Hurricane will not be able to help her make deliveries and explains that they are overworked at the Steelworks, which is the reason they tried to enslave Thomas and James. Thomas suggests that the experimental engines help them out. Although they are unsure if they are capable, they are still happy to try.

On their way back to Sodor, Thomas and James apologise to each other. Thomas explains to James that being friends is more important than being the favourite ("The Most Important Thing is Being Friends"). Henry returns and asks what he missed in his absence.


Actor/Actress Region Role(s)
Mark Moraghan UK/US The Narrator
John Hasler UK Thomas
Joseph May US
Rob Rackstraw UK/US James and the Troublesome Trucks
UK Toby
Nigel Pilkington Percy
Christopher Ragland US
UK/US Jem Cole and the Troublesome Trucks
Keith Wickham Sir Topham Hatt
UK Edward, Henry and Gordon
Kerry Shale UK/US Kevin and the Troublesome Trucks
US Henry and Gordon
William Hope Edward and Toby
UK/US 2 Troublesome Trucks
Teresa Gallagher Annie and Clarabel
UK Emily
Jules de Jongh US
Steven Kynman UK/US Some workmen
Rasmus Hardiker Philip
John Schwab Ulli and a Bridlington Diesel
Nicola Stapleton Rosie
Hugh Bonneville Merlin
Lucy Montgomery Lexi and the Troublesome Trucks
Darren Boyd Theo
Jim Howick Hurricane
Sophie Colquhoun Frankie
Colin McFarlane Beresford