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The sixteenth season of Thomas & Friends first aired on television in February and March 2012 in the UK and between April and September in the US. The twentieth episode did not air in the UK until Christmas Day 2012.


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Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
RacetotheRescuepromoRace to the RescueSharon Miller20th February 2012#01
Flynn is able to run on the roads again, but he is nervous because his wheels wobble.
OlWheezyWobblespromoOl' Wheezy WobblesSharon Miller21st February 2012#02
Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. The Logging Locos do not know what to do, but Thomas is sure he can help.
ExpressComingThroughpromoExpress Coming ThroughSharon Miller22nd February 2012#03
Dowager Hatt is having a party for some very important visitors.
PercyandtheMonsterofBrendampromoPercy and the Monster of BrendamSharon Miller23rd February 2012#04
Percy believes one of Salty's tales and looks for "the monster of Brendam".
HoHoSnowmanpromoHo Ho SnowmanSharon Miller24th February 2012#05
Charlie hides behind a snowman and tricks Henry into thinking it is alive.
FlashBangWallopPromoFlash Bang Wallop!Jessica Sandys Clarke27th February 2012#06
A photographer wants to take some pictures of the engines for a book.
ThomasandtheRubbishTrainpromoThomas and the Rubbish Train
Thomas and the Garbage Train
Andrew Viner28th February 2012#07
Thomas helps Whiff pull a train to the waste dump.
ThomasTootstheCrowspromoThomas Toots the CrowsDan Wicksman
Nuria Wicksman
29th February 2012#08
Thomas tries to keep the crows off Farmer McColl's seeds.
BustMyBufferspromoBust My Buffers!Sharon Miller1st March 2012#09
Gordon's bufferbeam is broken and he is given a diesel's bufferbeam.
PercyandtheCalliopepromoPercy and the CalliopeMax Allen2nd March 2012#10
Percy tries to save a calliope from the Smelter's Yard.
ThomasandtheSoundsofSodorpromoThomas and the Sounds of SodorGerard Foster5th March 2012#11
Thomas helps a great composer look for inspiration.
Salty'sSurprisepromoSalty's SurpriseSharon Miller6th March 2012#12
Edward tries to find Salty a Christmas present.
SodorSurpriseDaypromoSodor Surprise DayJessica Kedward
Kirsty Peart
7th March 2012#13
Thomas tries to get Gordon to have fun on Sodor Surprise Day but ruins the fireworks.
Emily'sWinterPartySpecialpromoEmily's Winter Party SpecialMax Allen8th March 2012#14
Emily thinks she will be chosen to pull the present train if she finds Sir Topham Hatt's hat.
MuddyMatterspromoMuddy MattersMax Allen9th March 2012#15
James needs to travel on muddy tracks to get Farmer McColl's sheep to the fair but does not want to dirty his paintwork.
Whiff'sWishpromoWhiff's WishAndy Bernhardt12th March 2012#16
Whiff wishes that he was as grand as Spencer.
WelcomeStaffordpromoWelcome StaffordSharon Miller13th March 2012#17
Spencer shows Stafford, the new electric shunting engine, around Sodor, but ignores Victor's warning that Stafford's batteries could run out.
Don'tBotherVictorpromoDon't Bother Victor!Sharon Miller14th March 2012#18
The Thin/Narrow Gauge Controller leaves Peter Sam in charge of the narrow gauge railway.
HappyBirthdaySirpromoHappy Birthday Sir!Sharon Miller15th March 2012#19
Thomas and Winston, the new track inspection vehicle, look for an open-top carriage for the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt's birthday.
TheChristmasTreeExpresspromoThe Christmas Tree ExpressSharon Miller25th December 2012#20
Toby gets scared when he takes Rheneas to Misty Island to pick out a Christmas tree.



Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Chuffing with Pride

  • Race to the Rescue
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas (formally)
  • Day of the Diesels (From 2016-2017)
  • Down at the Station: The Engine Shed
  • Bust My Buffers!

All Together Now

  • Ol' Wheezy Wobbles
  • Song: Hear the Engines Coming
  • Down at the Station: Diesel Engines
  • Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor

If a Jobs Worth Doing

  • Thomas and the Garbage Train
  • Song: Day of the Diesels
  • Down at the Station: The Conductor
  • Sodor Surprise Day

Fun on the Farm

  • Thomas Toots the Crows
  • Song: Hear the Engines Coming
  • Muddy Matters

Don't Give Up

  • Percy and the Calliope
  • Song: Thomas and Percy
  • Down at the Station: The End of the Line
  • Happy Birthday Sir!

A Friend in Need

  • Percy and the Monster of Brendam
  • Song: All You Need
  • Down at the Station: Morning
  • Flash Bang Wallop!

Winter Surprise

  • Emily's Winter Party Special
  • Song: All You Need
  • Salty's Surprise


Let It Snow

  • The Christmas Tree Express
  • Song: Working Together
  • Down at the Station: The Level Crossing
  • Ho Ho Snowman

Just Being You

  • Express Coming Through
  • Song: Thomas and Percy
  • Down at the Station: The Signalman
  • Whiff's Wish


UK, AUS and NZ

  • Michael Angelis as the narrator
  • Ben Small as Thomas, Toby, Ferdinand, Rheneas and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, Salty, Den, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, the Mayor of Sodor, Mr. Percival, the Man at the Fire and the Great Composer
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Bash, Winston, Victor, Rusty, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, Farmer Trotter, the Photographer and the Dock Manager
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, the Duchess of Boxford and the Schoolboy
  • Rupert Degas as Dart, Flynn, and Bertie
  • Steven Kynman as Peter Sam (uncredited)
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel and 'Arry
  • William Hope as Bert

US and CAN


  • This season marks the first of a few things:
    • The first season where Hiro, Stanley, Captain, and Harold appear but do not speak.
    • The first season not to have Togo Igawa as part of the voice cast.
    • Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Rusty's first appearances in full CGI.
    • The Skarloey Railway Depot, The Lighthouse and the Sodor Suspension Bridge's first appearances in full CGI.
    • The first season since the thirteenth season where the trucks have faces.
    • The first season to feature Matt Wilkinson as Butch in the UK version.
    • The first season to feature Ian McCue as producer.
    • The first and last season since season 12 to have an episode written by Andrew Viner.
    • The first and only season to feature Rebecca Evans as script editor.
    • The first and only season for which all of the episodes (except The Christmas Tree Express) aired in Australia before airing in other countries. However, selected episodes from the seventeenth and eighteenth seasons also aired in Australia ahead of their overseas debuts.
    • The first season where the end credits only list the cast members who provide voices in the particular episodes. The only exceptions are the UK dub of Whiff's Wish, where Ben Small is incorrectly added to the list of voice actors despite none of his characters speaking in that dub, and the UK dub of Don't Bother Victor, where Steven Kynman is not credited despite voicing Peter Sam.
  • This season marks the last of a couple of things:
    • Sharon Miller's last season as head writer.
    • Greg Tiernan's last season as director.
    • Nicole Stinn's last season as producer.
    • The last season to feature Matt Wilkinson as Victor in the UK. David Bedella takes over the role in Blue Mountain Mystery.
    • Sam Barlow's last season as story executive.
    • The last season animated by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The last season to feature Bash and Dash.
    • The last season to feature Misty Island. It was later mentioned in the twentieth season episode, The Way She Does It.
    • The last season to feature Glenn Wrage as Butch in the US. Steven Kynman took over the role in the seventeenth season.
    • The last season which Emily shares Henry's whistle sound.
    • The last season to feature Teresa Gallagher and Jules de Jongh as Rosie in the UK and US, respectively. Nicola Stapleton later took over the role in Journey Beyond Sodor.
    • The last season in fullscreen in Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Latin America, the UK (Nick Jr. broadcasts only) and in the US (but in some PBS broadcasts).
    • The last season narrated by Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis for the US and UK, respectively, and the last to have two separate narrators for the UK and US until Big World! Big Adventures! and the twenty-second season.
    • The last season to have twenty episodes.
    • The last season to have Rupert Degas as part of the voice cast. Keith Wickham took over the role of Bertie and Steven Kynman took over the role of Dart. Ben Small only voiced Flynn in the seventeenth season, then this role was given to Glenn Wrage and later, Rob Rackstraw in the nineteenth season.
    • The last season to have a character voiced by the narrator in the US version (Diesel in this case as Martin Sherman took over the role of this character until the eighteenth season and Mark Moraghan was the narrator from the seventeenth season to Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie and the twenty-first season).
    • The last season to have the steam engines' whistles budge up and down when they use them.
    • The last season where the narrator has more dialogue than the characters.
  • Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam's whistles now budge up and down when they use them.
  • Prior to the narrow gauge engines' return, the team went to the Talyllyn Railway to measure the real engines to make the Skarloey engines. Unfortunately, Douglas (Duncan's basis) was under an overhaul and thus could not be measured. This could be why Duncan did not return until the eighteenth season.
  • On Netflix UK, this series was incorrectly listed as Season 14. The mistake was later corrected.
  • In Norway, this season was shown on the TV 2 Sumo website before airing on television.
  • This is the only season to have episodes written by Dan Wieksman, Nuria Wieksman, Max Allen, Jessica Kedward, Andy Bernhardt, and Kristy Peart.
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