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"Everywhere on Sodor is special, and so are the people and the engines. We are all special!"
-Percy, Percy and the Oil Painting

The ninth season of the television series was first broadcast in 2005. The twenty-six episode season was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Original UK
release date
Episode number #
PercyAndTheOilPainting75 "Percy and the Oil Painting" 5th September 2005 #01
Percy takes a fussy painter around Sodor so that he can paint a picture of "The Spirit of Sodor."
ThomasandtheRainbow83 "Thomas and the Rainbow" 5th September 2005 #02
Thomas is distracted by a rainbow.
Molly'sSpecialSpecial90 "Molly's Special Special" 9th September 2005 #03
Thomas helps new steamie Molly make her empty trucks look important.
Thomas'MilkshakeMuddle32 "Thomas' Milkshake Muddle" 9th September 2005 #04
Thomas is dismayed when he has to get ingredients to make ice cream on a hot day.
MightyMac79 "Mighty Mac" 16th September 2005 #05
Mighty Mac, an engine with two faces, has a problem deciding where to go.
ThomasandtheToyShop5 "Thomas and the Toy Shop" 16th September 2005 #06
Thomas takes some toys to the Knapford toy shop.
RespectforGordon59 "Respect for Gordon" 23rd September 2005 #07
Gordon begins bossing the others about.
ThomasandtheBirthdayPicnic75 "Thomas and the Birthday Picnic" 23rd September 2005 #08
Thomas tries to find a place for Dowager Hatt's birthday picnic.
TunefulToots57 "Tuneful Toots" 30th September 2005 #09
Rusty gets stranded while showing the brass band around and uses his horn to save the day.
RheneasandtheDinosaur45 "Rheneas and the Dinosaur" 30th September 2005 #10
Rheneas tries to single-handedly take a dinosaur skeleton to the Transfer Yards, much to Skarloey's dismay.
ThomasAndTheNewEngine70 "Thomas and the New Engine" 7th October 2005 #11
Thomas sees 'Arry and Bert talking to Neville and thinks the three are planning a trick.
TobyFeelsLeftOut16 "Toby Feels Left Out" 7th October 2005 #12
A museum is being opened and Toby is worried he will be put in it.
ThomasTriesHisBest74 "Thomas Tries His Best" 14th October 2005 #13
Thomas wants to do something for the fair.
TheMagicLamp13 "The Magic Lamp" 14th October 2005 #14
Peter Sam goes looking for a magic lamp after Skarloey tells him the story of Proteus.
ThomasandtheStatue74 "Thomas and the Statue" 21st October 2005 #15
Thomas is chosen to take a statue, which he believes is of him.
HenryandtheFlagpole65 "Henry and the Flagpole" 21st October 2005 #16
Henry fears his favourite tree will be cut down to provide a flagpole for Callan Castle.
EmilyKnowsBest59 "Emily Knows Best" 28st October 2005 #17
Emily pretends to be a queen, only to cause confusion.
Thomas'DayOff61 "Thomas' Day Off" 28st October 2005 #18
Dennis the diesel gets Thomas to do his work.
Thomas'NewTrucks29 "Thomas' New Trucks" 4th November 2005 #19
Thomas is jealous when James gets new trucks.
DuncanAndTheOldMine37 "Duncan and the Old Mine" 4th November 2005 #20
Duncan, looking for adventure, ventures into a disused mine.
BoldandBrave45 "Bold and Brave" 11th November 2005 #21
Diesel tells spooky tales to Thomas and Ben.
SkarloeytheBrave49 "Skarloey the Brave" 11th November 2005 #22
Skarloey proves to be a daredevil when he tries to ride up the incline.
SavingEdward58 "Saving Edward" 18th November 2005 #23
Edward cannot take his train and fears he will be scrapped.
ThomasandtheGoldenEagle87 "Thomas and the Golden Eagle" 18th November 2005 #24
Thomas tries to see a rare golden eagle.
KeepingUpwithJames67 "Keeping Up with James" 25th November 2005 #25
James' impatience proves to be disastrous.
FlourPower81 "Flour Power" 25th November 2005 #26
Diesel spooks Thomas, but he gets back at him.



Characters introduced

Half hour format

When Season 9 aired on PBS Kids, Nick Jr. and Treehouse, the airings were paired with not just Season 7 episodes, but even some Season 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 Season 6 episodes, music was also re-dubbed with music from the New Series as well. In the beginning of the Nick Jr. airings in the UK, an opening when Thomas' crew gets him ready for another days work and an ending when Thomas' crew cleans him after a days work was added.


Caring/Taking Care





Night and Day



Lost and Found





  • 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 Sharon Miller's first season as script editor. Sharon Miller became the first head writer in the twelfth season.
  • This was the first season in which Thomas appeared in every episode, albeit not speaking in all of them. A large-scale model of him was built for when he interacts with the Narrow Gauge Engines.
  • From this season onward, the title cards are read aloud by the narrator including some of Seasons 6 and 7. However, a few US episodes did not have their titles read aloud in the Thomas and the Toy Workshop US DVD.
  • This series saw its terrestrial premiere in 2006, being the first series to air on Channel 5's Milkshake! block. However repeats of Season 8 were shown before.

Criticism in 2011

In 2011, six years after the ninth season and the CGI series were released, the UK DVD, Little Engines, Big Days Out was criticized with negative reviews over it's episodes and learning segments saying Winter Holidays instead of Christmas and Trees with Decorations instead of Christmas trees, Hilary Fortnam criticized Keeping Up with James because she would be worried if Wilbert Awdry saw this, he would feel stressed out if he saw this. But HiT Entertainment said it was not a seasonal release, but due to the criticism on Little Engines, Big Day Out, they pushed the UK DVD of Merry Winter Wish to 2012 a year later to make the lines say "Christmas" and "Christmas trees".