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The ninth season of the television series was first broadcast in 2005. The season was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. Like most of the other seasons, it ran for twenty-six episodes.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK
release date
Episode number #
PercyAndTheOilPainting75 Percy and the Oil Painting Abi Grant 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 Abi Grant 5th September 2005 #02
Thomas is distracted by a rainbow.
Molly'sSpecialSpecial90 Molly's Special Special Paul Larson 9th September 2005 #03
Thomas helps the new engine named Molly to make her empty trucks look important.
Thomas'MilkshakeMuddle28 Thomas' Milkshake Muddle Marc Seal 16th September 2005 #04
Thomas is dismayed when he has to get ingredients to make ice cream on a hot day.
MightyMac79 Mighty Mac Paul Larson 16th September 2005 #05
Mighty Mac, an engine with two faces, has a problem deciding where to go.
ThomasandtheToyShop5 Thomas and the Toy Shop James Mason 30th September 2005 #06
Thomas takes some toys to the Knapford toy shop.
RespectforGordon59 Respect for Gordon James Mason 9th September 2005 #07
Gordon begins bossing the others about.
ThomasandtheBirthdayPicnic75 Thomas and the Birthday Picnic Sharon Miller 23rd September 2005 #08
Thomas tries to find a place for Dowager Hatt's birthday picnic.
TunefulToots57 Tuneful Toots Sharon Miller 23rd September 2005 #09
Rusty gets stranded while showing the brass band around and uses his horn to save the day.
RheneasandtheDinosaur42 Rheneas and the Dinosaur Paul Larson 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 Marc Seal 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 Simon A. Brown 7th October 2005 #12
A museum is being opened and Toby is worried he will be put in it.
ThomasTriesHisBest64 Thomas Tries His Best James Mason 14th October 2005 #13
Thomas wants to do something for the fair.
TheMagicLamp13 The Magic Lamp Sharon Miller 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 Marc Seal 21st October 2005 #15
Thomas is chosen to take a statue, which he believes is of him.
HenryandtheFlagpole63 Henry and the Flagpole Paul Larson 21st October 2005 #16
Henry fears his favourite tree will be cut down to provide a flagpole for Callan Castle.
EmilyKnowsBest58 Emily Knows Best Marc Seal 28th October 2005 #17
Emily pretends to be a queen, only to cause confusion.
Thomas'DayOff61 Thomas' Day Off Sharon Miller 28th October 2005 #18
Dennis the diesel gets Thomas to do his work.
Thomas'NewTrucks29 Thomas' New Trucks Paul Larson 4th November 2005 #19
Thomas is jealous when James gets new trucks.
DuncanAndTheOldMine37 Duncan and the Old Mine James Mason 4th November 2005 #20
Duncan, looking for adventure, ventures into a disused mine.
BoldandBrave45 Bold and Brave James Mason 11th November 2005 #21
Diesel tells spooky tales to Thomas and Ben.
SkarloeytheBrave49 Skarloey the Brave Paul Larson 11th November 2005 #22
Skarloey proves to be a daredevil when he tries to ride up the incline.
SavingEdward51 Saving Edward James Mason 18th November 2005 #23
Edward cannot take his train and fears he will be scrapped.
ThomasandtheGoldenEagle86 Thomas and the Golden Eagle Abi Grant 18th November 2005 #24
Thomas tries to see a rare golden eagle.
KeepingUpwithJames80 Keeping Up with James Abi Grant 25th November 2005 #25
James' impatience proves to be disastrous.
FlourPower81 Flour Power Abi Grant 25th November 2005 #26
Diesel spooks Thomas, but he gets back at him.

Songs

Characters

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.

Colour (UK)/Color (US)

Caring/Taking Care

Respect

Celebration

Achievement

Change

Night and Day

Shapes

Pride

Lost and Found

Bravery

Loyalty

Seasons

Trivia

  • 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.
  • A large-scale model of Thomas was built for when he interacts with the Narrow Gauge Engines.
  • This season marks the first of a few things:
    • The first season where Thomas appears in every episode, albeit not speaking in all of them.
    • The first season to air on Channel 5's Milkshake! block. However, repeats of Season 8 were shown before.
    • The first season where 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.
    • The first season in which Elizabeth does not appear since her introduction in the sixth season.
    • The first season in which Arthur, Murdoch and Spencer do not appear since their introductions in the seventh season.

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 its 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."

Gallery

Behind the scenes

TV Opening

TV Closing

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