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Thomas & Friends
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Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 9 October 1984 (1984-10-09) – 8 January 1985 (1985-01-08)
List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Reverend W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the first series, which was originally broadcast in 1984. This series was initially narrated by Ringo Starr for the United Kingdom audiences, who later re-narrated 25 episodes for the United States on the American television show Shining Time Station in 1989. The entire series was narrated by George Carlin for the US audiences starting in 1991.

All episodes from this series can be found on the DVD release Thomas: The Early Years, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment and HIT Entertainment in 2004.

It was produced by Clearwater Features Ltd. for Britt Allcroft (Thomas The Tank Engine) Ltd.

Production

All of the stories in Series 1 were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes, with crew member (and from Series 8-12, director) Steve Asquith terming them the "Magnificent Seven". Many settings from the first series would stay with the show for years, even through its 2009 transition to CGI, such as Knapford Station, Wellsworth, Gordon's Hill, Henry's Tunnel, and Tidmouth Sheds.

The pilot for the series, which was never aired on television, was an adaptation of "Down the Mine", which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
series
UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
1 1 "Thomas & Gordon"
"Thomas Gets Tricked"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 9 October 1984 (1984-10-09) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
2 2 "Edward & Gordon"
"Edward Helps Out"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
Based on Edward's Day Out and the story of the same name (Edward & Gordon)
ʁ 9 October 1984 (1984-10-09) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
3 3 "The Sad Story of Henry"
"Come Out, Henry!"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 16 October 1984 (1984-10-16) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
4 4 "Edward, Gordon & Henry"
"Henry to the Rescue"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ The Three Railway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 16 October 1984 (1984-10-16) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
5 5 "Thomas' Train"
"A Big Day for Thomas"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
6 6 "Thomas & the Trucks"
"Trouble for Thomas"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
7 7 "Thomas & the Breakdown Train"
"Thomas Saves the Day"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Thomas the Tank Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 30 October 1984 (1984-10-30) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
8 8 "James & the Coaches"
"James Learns a Lesson"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
Based on James and the Top Hat and James and the Bootlace
ʁ 30 October 1984 (1984-10-30) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
9 9 "Troublesome Trucks"
"Foolish Freight Cars"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 6 November 1984 (1984-11-06) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
10 10 "James & the Express"
"A Proud Day for James"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ James the Red Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 6 November 1984 (1984-11-06) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
11 11 "Thomas & the Guard"
"Thomas and the Conductor"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 13 November 1984 (1984-11-13) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
12 12 "Thomas Goes Fishing" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 13 November 1984 (1984-11-13) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
13 13 "Thomas, Terence & the Snow"
"Terence the Tractor"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 20 November 1984 (1984-11-20) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
14 14 "Thomas & Bertie"
"Thomas and Bertie's Great Race"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Tank Engine Thomas Again
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 20 November 1984 (1984-11-20) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
15 15 "Tenders & Turntables" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 27 November 1984 (1984-11-27) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
16 16 "Trouble in the Shed" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 27 November 1984 (1984-11-27) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
17 17 "Percy Runs Away" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Troublesome Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 4 December 1984 (1984-12-04) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
18 18 "Coal"
"Henry's Special Coal"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 4 December 1984 (1984-12-04) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
19 19 "The Flying Kipper" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 11 December 1984 (1984-12-11) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
20 20 "Whistles & Sneezes" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
Based on Gordon's Whistle and Henry's Sneeze
ʁ 11 December 1984 (1984-12-11) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
21 21 "Toby & the Stout Gentleman"
"Toby the Tram Engine"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 18 December 1984 (1984-12-18) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
22 22 "Thomas in Trouble"
"Thomas Breaks the Rules"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 18 December 1984 (1984-12-18) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
23 23 "Dirty Objects"
"James in a Mess"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Toby the Tram Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 25 December 1984 (1984-12-25) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
24 24 "Off the Rails"
"Gordon Takes a Dip"
ʁ David Mitton ʁ Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 8 January 1985 (1985-01-08) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
25 25 "Down the Mine" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 8 January 1985 (1985-01-08) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ
26 26 "Thomas' Christmas Party" ʁ David Mitton ʁ Thomas' Christmas Party
by Rev. W. Awdry
ʁ 25 December 1984 (1984-12-25) ʁ ʁ ʁ
ʁ

Characters introduced

  • Thomas the Tank Engine ("Thomas & Gordon")
  • Edward the Blue Engine ("Edward & Gordon")
  • Henry the Green Engine ("The Sad Story of Henry")
  • Gordon the Big Engine ("Thomas & Gordon")
  • James the Red Engine ("Thomas & the Breakdown Train")
  • Percy the Small Engine ("Trouble in the Shed")
  • Toby the Tram Engine ("Toby & the Stout Gentleman")
  • Annie and Clarabel ("Thomas & the Breakdown Train")
  • Henrietta ("Toby & the Stout Gentleman")
  • Troublesome Trucks ("Edward & Gordon")
  • Terence the Tractor ("Thomas, Terence & the Snow")
  • Bertie the Bus ("Thomas, Terence & the Snow" (not named) / "Thomas & Bertie")
  • Sir Topham Hatt/The Fat Controller ("The Sad Story of Henry")
  • Lady Hatt ("Toby & the Stout Gentleman")
  • Stephen Hatt ("Toby & the Stout Gentleman")
  • Bridget Hatt ("Toby & the Stout Gentleman")
  • Mrs. Kyndley ("Thomas' Christmas Party")