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The thirteenth season of Thomas & Friends aired in October and November 2009 in the UK and began airing in the US in April of 2010. From this season onwards, all footage was CGI-animated.

Michael Angelis and Michael Brandon narrated all twenty episodes, but, like Hero of the Rails, voice actors provided the voices for the characters. Mark Moraghan later re-narrated one episode specially for the Santa's Little Engine DVD in 2013.


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Episode number #
CreakyCrankypromo Creaky Cranky Sharon Miller 25th October 2009 #01
Cranky teases Thomas about being small, but when he breaks down it is up to Thomas to save him.
TheLionofSodorpromo The Lion of Sodor Mark Robertson 26th October 2009 #02
Thomas has to deliver The Lion of Sodor to Knapford, but he thinks that the lion is real and tries to feed it, but this only causes confusion and delay.
TickledPinkpromo Tickled Pink Allan Plenderleith 27th October 2009 #03
James is sent to the Steamworks to be repainted, but he is repainted into a pink livery to keep the water out of his paintwork and the other engines laugh at him.
DoubleTroublepromo Double Trouble Sharon Miller28th October 2009 #04
Thomas takes Sir Topham Hatt to his birthday party, or does he?
SlippySodorpromo Slippy Sodor Mark Robertson 29th October 2009 #05
Thomas is teased about his "funny funnel" and causes trouble for Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Bubbles.
TheEarlyBirdPromo2 The Early Bird David Richard Fox 1st November 2009 #06
While Percy is at the Steamworks for repairs, Thomas must pull the mail, but he does not want to ask for his advice.
PlayTimepromo Play Time Sharon Miller 2nd November 2009 #07
Charlie, the new engine, challenges Thomas to race him around the Island, causing Thomas to neglect his jobs.
ThomasandthePigspromo Thomas and the Pigs Allan Plenderleith 3rd November 2009 #08
Thomas is to bring straw to Farmer Trotter's Pig Farm for the piglets who are soon to be born, but Thomas thinks they will like other things better.
TimeforaStorypromo Time For a Story Miranda Larson 4th November 2009 #09
After ignoring warning signs about track repair, Thomas' trucks of books derail, so he brings the children to the books.
Percy'sParcelpromo2 Percy's Parcel Robyn Charteris 5th November 2009 #10
After Percy ruins Dowager Hatt's birthday parcel, he hides in a siding. But when he overhears Mavis he gets an idea of how to fix his mistake.
Toby'sNewWhistlepromo Toby's New Whistle‎‎ Louise Kramskoy 8th November 2009 #11
Toby's bell needs repairs, so he is given a very loud whistle while it is being mended.
ABloomingMesspromo A Blooming Mess Miranda Larson 9th November 2009 #12
Emily thinks that Mavis needs to be cheered up, so she brings her some flowers, but winds up causing confusion and delay.
ThomasandtheRunawayKitepromo Thomas and the Runaway Kite Louise Kramskoy 10th November 2009 #13
After Stephen and Bridget Hatt's kite flies away, Thomas tries to catch it, but realises that he needs to ask for help.
SteamySodorpromo Steamy Sodor Sharon Miller 11th November 2009 #14
When Thomas is put in charge of the Steamworks, havoc ensues.
SplishSplashSploshpromo Splish Splash Splosh Sharon Miller 12th November 2009 #15
Thomas and Rosie play "Splish, Splash, Splosh", but when Thomas splashes Sir Topham Hatt and Allicia Botti he must put things right.
TheBiggestPresentofAllpromo The Biggest Present of All‎‎ Sharon Miller 15th November 2009 #16
Hiro is visiting Sodor and the Fat Controller is planning a welcome party for him. Thomas is told to tell the other engines, but he looks for a present for Hiro instead.
SnowTrackspromo Snow Tracks Alan Hescott 16th November 2009 #17
Gordon is told to not go up any hills, but when he does, he creates a giant snowball.
Henry'sGoodDeedspromo Henry's Good Deeds Alan Hescott 17th November 2009 #18
Henry attempts to help people but ends up scaring away the Sodor Warbler, a very famous bird.
BuzzyBeespromo Buzzy Bees‎‎ Sharon Miller 18th February 2009 #19
Thomas' special of bees escape when he goes by a flowery meadow. So he takes Hiro's flower truck to try to lure them back to their hive.
HiroHelpsOutpromo Hiro Helps Out Sharon Miller 19th November 2009 #20
Hiro gives the engines orders when he thinks the Fat Controller is too busy to do it himself.



Characters introduced

Half hour format

When the thirteenth season aired on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, each broadcast aired two episodes, a song and a Down at the Station segment.

Friends and Family

  • Creaky Cranky
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas
  • Down at the Station: Passengers
  • Double Trouble

Slips and Trips!

  • Tickled Pink
  • Song: Go, Go Thomas
  • Slippy Sodor

Working Well

  • Play Time
  • Song: Sounds (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: The Railway Line
  • The Early Bird

Marvellous Moments!

  • Thomas and the Pigs
  • Song: Sounds (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: The Steam Engine
  • The Lion of Sodor

Best Times

Giving and Sharing

  • Steamy Sodor
  • Song: Thomas, You're the Leader (CGI version)
  • The Biggest Present of All

Wild Weather

  • Splish, Splash, Splosh!
  • Song: Determination (CGI version)
  • Snow Tracks

Good Deeds

  • A Blooming Mess
  • Song: Determination (CGI version)
  • Down at the Station: Fireman
  • Henry's Good Deeds

Out and About

  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite
  • Song: Roll Along
  • Buzzy Bees

Helping Hands

  • Toby's New Whistle
  • Song: Roll Along
  • Hiro Helps Out


UK, AUS and NZ

  • Michael Angelis as the narrator
  • Ben Small as Thomas and Toby
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, Sir Lowham Hatt, the Mayor of Sodor and Mr. Bubbles
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, Lady Hatt, Bridget Hatt and her friends and the teacher
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Victor, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, Stephen Hatt, the Knapford stationmaster, the Maithwaite stationmaster, Farmer Trotter, the bird watcher and Farmer McColl
  • Jules de Jongh as Allicia Botti
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel

US and CAN

  • Michael Brandon as the narrator, Diesel and Mr. Bubbles
  • Mark Moraghan as the narrator (Snow Tracks 2013 only)
  • Martin Sherman as Thomas, Percy and the bird watcher
  • Kerry Shale as Sir Topham Hatt, Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin, Sir Lowham Hatt, Farmer Trotter and the Maithwaite Stationmaster
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Rocky, Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, the Maithwaite Stationmaster (Double Trouble only) and the Knapford stationmaster
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer, Cranky and Charlie
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, Bridget Hatt and her friends, Allicia Botti and the teacher
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Keith Wickham as Dowager Hatt


  • This is the first season for numerous things:
    • The first season to be animated exclusively in CGI by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The first season to use individual voice actors instead of solely a narrator outside of Japan.
    • Bertie's first appearance in full CGI.
    • Sharon Miller's first season as creative producer.
    • Marion Edwards' first season as executive producer.
    • Greg Tiernan's first season as director.
    • Nicole Stinn's first season as producer.
    • The first season in which Thomas appears and speaks in every episode.
    • The first season to have all episodes eight minutes and forty-five seconds long in the television series.
    • The first season in which the Sodor Island intro is not used at the start of individual UK broadcasts.
  • This is the only season for numerous things:
    • The only season to date in which Salty does not appear since his introduction in the sixth season.
    • The only season with Dave Peacock as voice director.
    • The only season with Jo Jordan as creative executive.
  • "Thomas and the Runaway Kite", "Buzzy Bees", "Toby's New Whistle" and "The Biggest Present of All" were shown in select US theatres in January 2009.
  • "The Lion of Sodor", "Thomas and the Pigs", "Time for a Story" and "Hiro Helps Out" were shown in select US theatres in October 2009.
  • The episodes, "Splish, Splash, Splosh!" "Playtime", "Slippy Sodor" and "Snow Tracks" were seen in select US theatres in November 2009.
  • This season was going to air on broadcast in 2009, but it was pushed to 2010 after production of the season ended.
  • This season did not air in Canada until 2016.
  • Thomas' whistle now budges up and down every time he blows it.
  • Edward is the only Steam Team member to not get a starring role this season.
  • Billy was originally going to be rendered in CGI, however he was replaced by Charlie in the final scripts.