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"Those are my coaches. Give them back!"
— Thomas
Emily's New Coaches

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Jan Page


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 6th,
2003 (UK)
February 9th,
2004 (US)
March 20th,
2004 (JAP)
October 12th,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

Faulty Whistles

Next episode

Percy Gets it Right

Emily's New Coaches is the first episode of the seventh season.


A new engine named Emily has to take some coaches and Annie and Clarabel are the only ones around. Later, Emily is shunting Annie and Clarabel when Oliver tells her they are Thomas' coaches. Emily tries to find Thomas, who in the meantime was sent to collect some new coaches. Emily is still looking for Thomas when she is told by a signalman that Oliver has not cleared the crossing, so she goes to investigate. Oliver has broken down and Thomas is heading towards him and cannot stop. Emily pushes Oliver out of the way just in time and in gratitude, the Fat Controller presents her with the new coaches.




  • This is Jocelyn Stevenson's first episode as executive producer.
  • This is Britt Allcroft's first episode as creative consultant.
  • This is the first episode to be narrated by Michael Brandon in the US.
  • Mirrored stock footage from Thomas in Trouble is used, as is a deleted scene from Thomas and Stepney.
  • In a rare picture, Oliver and Emily have switched sides.
  • According to a recent SiF interview with Robert Gauld-Galliers, Oliver's role in this episode was originally meant for Toby.
  • At Maithwaite, a London, Midland and Scottish Railway poster is seen.
  • This episode may have been filmed alongside Bill, Ben and Fergus, as in the Watermill scene, Cyril the Fogman along with some other humans can be seen in the same positions as in this episode. It may have also been filmed alongside The Spotless Record, as when Emily crosses the Three Tier Bridge, the boats underneath are in similar positions as to when Arthur crosses.
  • The very first scene of the episode is mirrored.
  • When Emily leaves the yards with Annie and Clarabel, a faceless Toad model can be seen next to her.


  • Thomas was said to be taking Annie and Clarabel back to the yard, but he was pulling red coaches.
  • Emily's safety valve is referred to as a dome.
  • After Emily drops Annie and Clarabel off at the yard, her siderods suddenly change position as she leaves to find Thomas.
  • Emily consistently wobbles throughout this episode.
  • Throughout the episode, Oliver continually gains and loses his lamp and his right (our left) lamp iron.
  • When the narrator says, "Later, the Fat Controller praised Emily", Oliver looks cross.
  • Percy has James' whistle sound at the beginning.
  • Studio equipment is visible on the right of the screen when Thomas says "Give them back!"
  • In a close up of Clarabel, her right eye is damaged.
  • In a close up of Emily's coaches after The Fat Controller presents them to her, one of the coaches doesn't have its clerestory roof fixed properly.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あたらしいなかまエミリー Emily the New Friend
Spanish Los nuevos vagones de Emily Emily's new coaches
Danish Emilys nye vogne Emily's New Wagons



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