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The thirteenth season of Thomas & Friends began airing in January and February 2010 in the UK and in the US in April 2010. From this season onwards, the entire series has been 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.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
CreakyCrankypromo2Creaky CrankySharon Miller25th January 2010#01
Cranky teases Thomas about being small, but when he breaks down it is up to Thomas to save him.
TheLionofSodorpromo2The Lion of SodorMark Robertson26th January 2010#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.
TickledPinkpromo2Tickled PinkAllan Plenderleith27th January 2010#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.
DoubleTroublepromoDouble TroubleSharon Miller28th January 2010#04
Thomas thinks he is taking the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt to his birthday party, but it turns out to be his brother.
SlippySodorpromo2Slippy SodorMark Robertson29th January 2010#05
Thomas is teased about his "funny funnel" and causes trouble for the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Bubbles.
TheEarlyBirdpromoThe Early BirdDavid Richard Fox1st February 2010#06
While Percy is at the Steamworks for repairs, Thomas must pull the mail, but he does not want to ask for his advice.
PlayTimepromo2Play TimeSharon Miller2nd February 2010#07
Charlie, the new engine, challenges Thomas to race him around the Island, causing Thomas to neglect his jobs.
ThomasandthePigspromoThomas and the PigsAllan Plenderleith3rd February 2010#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.
TimeforaStorypromo2Time for a StoryMiranda Larson4th February 2010#09
After ignoring warning signs about track repair, Thomas' trucks/freight cars of books derail, so he brings the children to the books.
Percy'sParcelpromoPercy's ParcelRobyn Charteris5th February 2010#10
After Percy ruins Dowager Hatt's birthday parcel, he hides in a siding. When he overhears Mavis, he gets an idea of how to fix his mistake.
Toby'sNewWhistlepromoToby's New WhistleLouise Kramskoy8th February 2010#11
Toby's bell needs repairs, so he is given a very loud whistle while it is being mended.
ABloomingMesspromoA Blooming MessMiranda Larson9th February 2010#12
Emily thinks that Mavis needs to be cheered up, so she brings her some flowers but winds up causing confusion and delay.
ThomasandtheRunawayKitepromoThomas and the Runaway KiteLouise Kramskoy10th February 2010#13
After Stephen and Bridget Hatt's kite flies away and Thomas tries to catch it, but realises that he needs to ask for help.
SteamySodorpromo2Steamy SodorSharon Miller11th February 2010#14
When Thomas is put in charge of the Steamworks, havoc ensues.
SplishSplashSploshpromoSplish Splash SploshSharon Miller12th February 2010#15
Thomas and Rosie play "Splish, Splash, Splosh", but when Thomas splashes the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt and Allicia Botti he must put things right.
TheBiggestPresentofAllpromo2The Biggest Present of AllSharon Miller15th February 2010#16
Hiro is visiting Sodor and the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt is planning a welcome party for him. Thomas is told to tell the other engines, but looks for a present for Hiro instead.
SnowTrackspromo2Snow TracksAlan Hescott16th February 2010#17
Gordon is told to not go up any hills, but when he does, he creates a giant snowball.
Henry'sGoodDeedspromo2Henry's Good DeedsAlan Hescott17th February 2010#18
Henry attempts to help people but ends up scaring away the Sodor Warbler, a very famous bird.
BuzzyBeespromoBuzzy BeesSharon Miller18th February 2010#19
Thomas' special of bees escape when he goes by a flowery meadow. So he takes Hiro's flower truck/car to try to lure them back to their hive.
HiroHelpsOutpromo2Hiro Helps OutSharon Miller19th February 2010#20
Hiro gives the engines orders when he thinks the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt is too busy to do it himself.

Songs

Characters

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

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

  • 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

  • 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
  • Michael Brandon as Diesel and Mr. Bubbles
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Keith Wickham as Dowager Hatt

Trivia

  • This is the first season for numerous things:
    • The first season animated exclusively in CGI by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The first season to use individual voice actors instead of solely a narrator outside of Japan and France.
    • 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 where Ben, Harvey, Whiff, Stanley, Hector and Jeremy do not appear since their debuts.
    • The first season in which the Sodor Island intro is not used at the start of individual UK broadcasts.
    • The first season and final season since the seventh season to have an episode written by Robyn Charteris.
    • The first season to have episodes written by Miranda Larson and Louise Kramskoy.
  • 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.
    • The only season where Mr. Percival was mentioned as The Thin Controller in the US dub.
    • The only season to have episodes written by Allen Plenderleith, David Richard Fox and Alan Hescott. 
  • Thomas and the Runaway Kite, Buzzy BeesToby'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 2010.
  • 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.
  • The steam engines' whistle now budges up and down every time they blow it.
  • Edward is the only Steam Team member to not get a starring role this season.
  • Billy was originally going to appear in this season while being rendered in CGI, but he was replaced by Charlie in the final scripts.