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The first season of the television series aired in 1984. Ringo Starr narrated all twenty-six episodes in the UK and twenty-five in the US, with George Carlin later re-narrating the entire season for the US on Shining Time Station.


All of the stories in were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The stories were then scripted for television by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes. The Pilot for the series was an adaptation of Down the Mine, which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Original UK release date Episode number #
ThomasandGordon14 Thomas and Gordon
Thomas Gets Tricked
9th October 1984 #01
Thomas is a tank engine who works at a big station on the Island of Sodor, shunting coaches to their proper places. He enjoys teasing the other engines, especially Gordon. But when his teasing goes too far, Gordon decides to teach him a lesson.
EdwardandGordon37 Edward and Gordon
Edward Helps Out
9th October 1984 #02
Edward is an old engine, and has not been out working for a while. His crew feels sorry for him, and decide to take him out one day. Not only that, but he helps Gordon the next day when he gets himself stuck on a hill.
TheSadStoryOfHenry52 The Sad Story of Henry
Come Out, Henry!
16th October 1984 #03
Henry is a green engine, who is afraid of the rain, thinking it will spoil his lovely paintwork. One day, he runs into a tunnel and refuses to come out. After numerous attempts to move him, the Fat Controller decides to shut him in the tunnel.
EdwardGordonAndHenry46 Edward, Gordon and Henry
Henry to the Rescue
16th October 1984 #04
Henry has been stuck in the tunnel for a long time now, and wishes he hadn't been so silly. But one day, Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve right in front of the tunnel. Edward is the only engine available, but he can't push the heavy train without Henry's help, so Henry is let out.
Thomas'Train26 Thomas' Train
A Big Day for Thomas
23rd October 1984 #05
Thomas gets bored of shunting, and wishes he could pull a train. The other engines believe that he's too impatient, but Thomas is determined to prove a point. When Henry is ill, his chance comes with disastrous results.
ThomasandtheTrucks46 Thomas and the Trucks
Trouble for Thomas
23rd October 1984 #06
Thomas is fed up with shunting coaches in the yard, so Edward agrees to swap jobs the next day. However, Edward's train consists of trucks, which love to play tricks, especially on an engine not used to them, like Thomas.
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain32 Thomas and the Breakdown Train
Thomas Saves the Day
30th October 1984 #07
When James, the red engine, comes off the rails, Thomas quickly comes to the rescue with a strange train called the Breakdown Train. The Fat Controller is so pleased with Thomas, he gives him his own branchline and two coaches as a reward.
JamesandtheCoaches33 James and the Coaches
James Learns a Lesson
30th October 1984 #08
James, after having an accident on his first day, is now trying to be really useful. He does however cause trouble, when he wets The Fat Controller's new top hat with steam, and then bumps coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail.
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)13 Troublesome Trucks
Foolish Freight Cars
6th November 1984 #09
James is in big trouble with the Fat Controller. He has been confined to the shed for a long time, but is released to pull trucks. He works hard, and then takes a goods train up Gordon's Hill. The trucks misbehave, but James doesn't give up.
JamesandtheExpress37 James and the Express
A Proud Day for James
6th November 1984 #10
Gordon, boasting about himself as usual, says he knows the right Express line by instinct. Later, James finds out that Gordon was switched the wrong way and got lost. James is honoured when he is given the Express instead of Gordon.
ThomasandtheGuard37 Thomas and the Guard
Thomas and the Conductor
13th November 1984 #11
Thomas thinks his branch line is the most important part of the whole railway. He soon becomes impatient, while waiting for Henry at the junction. Unfortunately, Thomas starts so quickly that he forgets his guard at the junction.
ThomasGoesFishing42 Thomas Goes Fishing 13th November 1984 #12
Thomas loves his branch line. He wants to fish after seeing people fishing, but the other engines say engines don't fish. The next day Thomas needs a drink, but the water tower is out of order, so Thomas' crew decides to get water from the river. However, there's a consequence and Thomas is in danger of blowing up!
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow41 Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Terence the Tractor
20th November 1984 #13
Thomas meets Terence the Tractor, and says his wheels are ugly. Terence explains that they're caterpillar tracks, and he can go "anywhere". This comes in handy during the winter when Thomas doesn't use his snowplough and gets stuck in a snowdrift.
ThomasandBertie47 Thomas and Bertie
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race
20th November 1984 #14
One morning, Thomas meets Bertie the bus. Bertie is to help Thomas deliver his passengers on his branch line, which makes Thomas cross. To solve their quarrel, Bertie challenges Thomas to a race.
TendersandTurntables21 Tenders and Turntables 27th November 1984 #15
Gordon, James, and Henry are upset that they have more work to do. Now that Thomas is gone, they have to shunt their own coaches. Because of always having to turn around to shunt, Gordon and James have trouble on the turntable. Gordon has to pull his train backwards, while James spins around like a top.
TroubleintheShed8 Trouble in the Shed 27th November 1984 #16
The big engines go on strike, so the Fat Controller asks Edward to work in the yard again. But Edward can't manage alone and is bullied by the bigger engines, so the Fat Controller buys a new engine called Percy and shuts the big engines up in the sheds. In the end, Thomas and Edward run the main line while Percy runs the branch line with Annie and Clarabel.
PercyRunsAway50 Percy Runs Away 4th December 1984 #17
The big engines have been let out of the shed after they learn their lesson, and as reward, Percy, Edward and Thomas go and play on the branch line. However, Percy forgets Edward's warning about going on the main line and is almost caught in a collision with Gordon. Percy is so startled by Gordon that he knocks off his crew and uncontrollably runs away.
Coal Coal
Henry's Special Coal
4th December 1984 #18
Henry isn't feeling well because his firebox is too small, and he can't make enough steam. The Fat Controller addresses the problem, and comes to a conclusion that Henry needs Welsh coal to preform well.
TheFlyingKipper34The Flying Kipper 11th December 1984 #19
Henry is chosen to pull the "Flying Kipper". Everything goes well, but ice jams the points and snow forces down a signal set atd danger, leading to Henry crashing into another freight train on the siding. The Fat Controller sends Henry to Crewe to get a new shape and a larger firebox, making Henry the engine he always deserved to be.
WhistlesandSneezes10 Whistles and Sneezes 11th December 1984 #20
Gordon is jealous about Henry's rebuild and complains about Henry whistling too much. Ironically, Gordon's whistle jams 'on' and he can't stop whistling. Meanwhile, some boys throw stones at Henry and break the coaches' windows. Henry's crew decided to pays them out by making Henry sneeze at the boys.
TobyandtheStoutGentleman23 Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Toby the Tram Engine
18th December 1984 #21
Toby the tram engine and his coach, Henrietta, have seen better days. They are quickly running out of work being replaced by road vehicles. The Fat Controller and his family meet them on their holiday, but Toby's line slowly closes down.
ThomasinTrouble2 Thomas in Trouble
Thomas Breaks the Rules
18th December 1984 #22
There's a quarry near Thomas' branch line. However, he gets in trouble with a policeman by going across the public road without cowcatchers and sideplates. When The Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby who brings Henrietta with him.
DirtyObjects37 Dirty Objects
James in a Mess
25th December 1984 #23
Toby and Henrietta are still new to the railway, and they often get teased by James about their old-fashioned appearance. However, James gets pushed by some trucks and crashes into some tar wagons, spoiling his own paintwork. Toby and Percy are the only engines who can help and delight in teasing him.
OfftheRails26 Off the Rails
Gordon Takes a Dip
8th January 1985 #24
One morning Gordon is acting very difficult, especially when he's given a special goods train. He decides to jam the turntable to prove a point, but only proves to be silly when his attempt makes him slide into a ditch.
DowntheMine37 Down the Mine 8th January 1985 #25
Thomas enjoys teasing Gordon for falling into a ditch. Annie and Clarabel are deeply shocked, but Thomas doesn't care a bit. Thomas then goes to a lead mine to collect some trucks. But when Thomas foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine, only a disgraced Gordon can help.
Thomas'ChristmasParty45 Thomas' Christmas Party 25th December 1984 #26
It's Christmas on the Island of Sodor. All the engines are busy with passengers and parcels, especially Thomas and Toby. Thomas wants to hold a special party for Mrs. Kyndley, after saving him from a nasty accident. Unfortunately, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in and the two engines, along with Terence, have to save her.

Cancelled episodes

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
DowntheMine65 Down the Mine (Unaired Pilot)Unaired

but was test screened sometime in 1983

The original 1983 pilot episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. The pilot was based on the Railway Series story Down the Mine and differed from the final aired version. The pilot was never broadcasted, instead it was refilmed after the series was green-lighted by ITV.


Characters introduced


  • When first broadcast on ITV, two episodes were compiled into one ten minute block with a nameboard sequence featured in between. For subsequent broadcasts, the stories were shown individually.
  • The season took about 9 months to film.
  • The Norwegian, Finnish and early Swedish narrations credit Ringo Starr as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in their respective languages.
  • Most of the season's scripts were partially edited for the US versions.
  • In the Ukrainian version, Ringo Starr's voice can be heard in the background.
  • This was the only season of several things:
    • The only season where all the episodes are adapted from the Reverend W. Awdry's stories.
    • The only season to have been released on Betamax.
    • The only season to have its UK recordings released in the US.
    • The only season where lead was used to create the human characters. From the second to eleventh seasons, all human characters were made from resin, so they could move around more easily.
    • The only season where the trucks have their faces embedded into their bodies. From the second season-the eleventh season, the trucks have moulded faces, although some first season style trucks appeared in some episodes of that season.
    • The only model season not filmed at Shepperton Studios. Instead, it was filmed at Clapham Junction in Battersea.
    • The only season in the Finnish dub that Thomas is known as Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • The events of the first seven episodes of this season were all later retold in the 2015 45-minute special The Adventure Begins.
  • When first broadcast on ITV Dirty Objects was paired with Thomas's Christmas Party and Off the Rails with Down the Mine. On VHS however, Dirty Objects was paired with Off the Rails and Down the Mine with Thomas's Christmas Party.


Opening Titles

Behind the Scenes

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