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The seventeenth season of the television series premiered in the UK on 3 June 2013. In the US, the season started airing on 7 October. This season was the first of a new writing style for the series and ran for twenty-six episodes.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)

Original UK
release date

Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriend45 "Kevin's Cranky Friend" 3rd June 2013 #01
Cranky is overloaded with work, and the dockside becomes a terrible mess. Since the Steamworks is empty that day, Kevin is chosen to help him. However, Cranky does not think he needs help even as the work piles up.
Scruff'sMakeover22 "Scruff's Makeover" 4th June 2013 #02
Scruff normally does not mind the way he looks, and is horrified when he is told to get a repaint. However, he soon becomes impressed with his new shiny coat, and refuses to work at the Waste Dump because he does not want to get dirty. 
WaywardWinston45 "Wayward Winston" 5th June 2013 #03
Winston feels ashamed that Sir Topham Hatt cannot drive him well, especially when the other engines tease him about it. Sir Topham Hatt constantly forgets to put on the brake, so Winston uses that idea to his advantage in an attempt to go driverless. 
GordonRunsDry13 "Gordon Runs Dry" 6th June 2013 #04
During a near-collision with Paxton, Gordon's boiler is damaged by a stone from the diesel's train. Gordon refuses to get looked over, and continues on. He soon craves more water as his boiler his leaking, but his constant stops annoy the passengers. Gordon becomes so impatient that his boiler nearly runs dry. 
CalmDownCaitlin55 "Calm Down Caitlin" 7th June 2013 #05
When one of Caitlin's tender brakes locks on, Caitlin's train is delayed until nightfall. By the time she reaches the Vicarstown Bridge, it is already closed for maitnenance, so she has to spend the night on Sodor. She is so excited that she keeps everyone awake the enitre night.
SteamieStafford37 "Steamie Stafford" 10th June 2013 #06
Stafford is disappointed children don't cheer for him the way they do for Thomas, and discovers it's because he makes little noise. Thomas and Percy feel sorry for him and teach him some noises that steam engines make, and Stafford soon learns to replicate them. Things go awry when his noisiness causes confusion and delay with a task that requires quietness.
Henry'sHero65 "Henry's Hero" 11th June 2013 #07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal and start puffing out black smoke, but they do not notice until Duck informs them about it. Henry is worried and goes back to the sheds to wait for the new shipment of coal, but Hiro is determined to get his jobs done, regardless of the coal he's burning. 
Luke'sNewFriend37 "Luke's New Friend" 12th June 2013 #08
As the Blue Mountain Quarry is winding down for the night, Rheneas discovers a deer. Luke takes a liking to it, and wants to keep his new friend around. The others aren't sure the quarry is the right place for an animal, but Luke is determined to prove them wrong. 
TheSwitch36 "The Switch" 13th June 2013 #09
Whilst delivering some stone to Ulfstead Castle, Luke meets Sir Robert Norramby and Millie for the first time. Luke and Millie decide to swap jobs for the day to get a taste of what each other's everyday work is like. 
NotNow,Charlie!32 "Not Now, Charlie!" 14th June 2013 #10
Charlie finds an elephant on the track and tries to alert the other engines, but no-one will take him seriously as they believe it's just another joke. Charlie starts to doubt himself, but discovers the elephant really did escape from the Sodor Animal Park and has to search for someone that'll believe him.
TheLostPuff71 "The Lost Puff" 30th September 2013 #11
The Fat Controller warns the engines that the track at Knapford Bend is buckled, and to not be silly. However, Paxton finds the buckled track so fun to travel over that he forgets what he said. Thomas joins in too, but reverses too far and bumps into Toby at the water tower, dousing his fire. After overhearing Toby saying Thomas has "lost his puff" to Stafford, Paxton feels terrible and tries to find Thomas' "lost puff."
TheThomasWay40 "The Thomas Way" 1st October 2013 #12
Harold's rotors jam up, so Duck has to take him to the rescue centre in order to be repaired, with Thomas as his back engine, to make sure Harold can fit through any low or narrow gaps. Thomas wants to show Harold Sodor's sights from the ground, but Duck wants to go directly and promptly to their destination. The two mindsets collide when each engine wants to preform the task their own way.
ThePhantomExpress26 "The Phantom Express" 2nd October 2013 #13
Percy is making his first ever mail delivery up to Ulfstead Castle. To scare him, James makes up a story of a ghost engine who haunts the castle. Percy meets up with Stephen, who doesn't believe him until James arrives and tricks the both of them into being scared.
Percy'sLuckyDay99 "Percy's Lucky Day" 3rd October 2013 #14
After Percy suffers a bout of bad luck, he starts to wonder if he is simply an unlucky engine. When he tells Stephen, Stephen decides to give Percy his old lucky horsehoe. Things seem to turn for the better for Percy, but when he realises he's lost it, he feels he cannot rescue Bill and Ben.
BillorBen?75 "Bill or Ben?" 4th October 2013 #15
Bill and Ben are startled by Connor racing about, and believe he must be full of himself. The twins want revenge, and take advantage of his eagerness to win races by tricking Connor into thinking a little tank engine is beating him.
TooManyFireEngines67 "Too Many Fire Engines" 5th November 2013 #16
A team of railway inspectors visit the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, and question whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines. He dismisses these concerns, but Flynn starts to believe that what they said was true when Belle puts out every fire before he does.
NoSnowforThomas58 "No Snow for Thomas" 23rd December 2013 #17
Thomas hides his snowplough on a siding, and pretends to not know where it went when questioned. Sir Topham Hatt leaves Thomas in the shed, resulting in Emily having to clear his branch line for him. She doesn't like the snow at first, but grows to enjoy it.
Santa'sLittleEngine24 "Santa's Little Engine" 24th December 2013 #18
Sir Robert Norramby is organizing the Ulfstead Christmas Fair, and Sir Topham Hatt is asked to play Santa Claus. However, when he is told he'll have to drive a sleigh, he begins to worry as he's never driven one before. When the sleigh finally arrives, Thomas has to rescue him when it breaks away on a hill.
TheMissingChristmasDecorations78 "The Missing Christmas Decorations" 25th December 2013 #19
Diesel 10 is cross that the Dieselworks has less decorations than Tidmouth Sheds. In an attempt to gain more, Diesel 10 steals Christmas decorations over the course of a few days, unbeknownst to the Steam Team. Percy is upset by this as it doesn't reflect the spirit of the holiday, and is determined to find out who it is.
TheFrozenTurntable3 "The Frozen Turntable" 26th December 2013 #20
The turntable at Tidmouth Sheds freezes in one position and the engines argue about who should get the one accessible berth. It is eventually agreed that Percy should get to use it as he will need someplace to rest after pulling the mail train. The other engines search for other places to sleep, but Gordon turns every shed down.
AwayFromtheSea109 "Away From the Sea" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
5th July 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#21
While Salty is being sent to the Dieselworks, Porter arrives at the docks to help out. Salty is convinced he has been sent to replace him, and becomes careless when he wants to return to the docks as soon as possible.
TheSmellyKipper63 "The Smelly Kipper" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
6th July 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#22
James is telling ghost stories, which frightens Percy. James boasts about being brave, so Henry challenges him to take "The Flying Kipper".James backs down after he smells the stench of the fish, and tricks Henry into believing it was all a dream.
NoMoreMrNiceEngine71 "No More Mr. Nice Engine" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
21st November 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#23
Diesel and Hiro have very different approaches when it comes to dealing with Troublesome Trucks. Hiro prefers to be gentle and kind, while Diesel wants to show them who's boss. After an incident with some milk that Diesel spilled, he tries to get Hiro to toughen up with the trucks.
GoneFishing(episode)9 "Gone Fishing" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
5th July 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#24
Edward is due to take a train from the docks to vicarstown, but is delayed. Harvey is the only engine available, but he isn't sure if he can do it as it's the first time he's pulled a long train until Porter encourages him. However, he finds the task more difficult than he first thought.
Thomas'Shortcut83 "Thomas' Shortcut" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
21st November 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#25
Thomas is puzzled as to how Bertie always wins their races. Bertie reveals he uses a shortcut as he's been re-routed. Thomas is annoyed by this, until Percy gives him the idea of using his own shortcut.
TheAfternoonTeaExpress50"The Afternoon Tea Express" 31st March 2014 (DVD)
6th July 2014 (Nick Jr.)
#26
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle. Spencer isn't impressed, as he believes he's too slow. Later, on his way back to the castle, Gordon pulls up behind him and pushes him up to the junction. Spencer is shocked, so Stephen keeps up his charade by having other engines push him.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half hour format

  1. Look and Listen - The Lost Puff and Steamie Stafford
  2. Fire and Water - Too Many Fire Engines and Gordon Runs Dry
  3. Just Be Yourself - Scruff's Makeover and Wayward Winston
  4. Someone to Look Up To - Kevin's Cranky Friend and Henry's Hero
  5. Peace and Quiet - Calm Down Caitlin and Luke's New Friend
  6. Taking Turns - The Thomas Way and The Switch
  7. Spooky Charms - The Phantom Express and Percy's Lucky Day
  8. Tricks and Tales - Bill or Ben? and Not Now, Charlie!
  9. Snow Stops Play - No Snow for Thomas and The Frozen Turntable
  10. Tinsel and Trains - The Missing Christmas Decorations and Santa's Little Engine
  11. Sea and Sand - Away From the Sea and Gone Fishing
  12. Food to Go - The Afternoon Tea Express and The Smelly Kipper
  13. Take it Easy - No More Mr. Nice Engine and Thomas' Shortcut

Cast

UK and AUS

US and CAN

Trivia

  • This season marks the first for numerous things:
    • Andrew Brenner's first season as head writer.
    • Mark Moraghan's first season as narrator.
    • The first season since the second season to have the same narrator for both the UK and US.
    • The first season to have a different episode order in Australia than the UK and US.
    • The first season animated by Arc Productions.
    • The first season to credit the writers on the episode title cards.
    • The first season not to feature Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Captain and Misty Island since their introductions in Misty Island Rescue (excluding Bash's stock footage cameo in a Mr. Perkins segment).
    • The first season not to feature Maithwaite station since its introduction in the fifth season.
    • The first season since the twelfth season not to feature anyone from the Steam Team in every episode.
    • The first season of the CGI series to not have the engines' whistles bulge up and down when operated.
    • The first season since the eleventh season to have 26 episodes. Though it was going to have 20 episodes when in the middle of programming.
    • The first season since the fifth season to have a railway consultant.
    • The first season since the fourth season dubbed in Ukrainian.
    • The first season since the fourth season to start airing in one year, and finish in another.
    • The first season produced by a separate production team from that producing the season's special.
    • Duck, Bill and Ben, and Harvey's first appearance in full CGI.
    • Kellsthorpe Road and Dryaw's first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first season to have David Bedella as Victor in the UK version, since the executives decided that Matt Wilkinson's voice for the character is not as strong as David's.
    • The first season to feature Steven Kynman as Butch in the US.
    • The first time Sidney appears in an episode.
    • The first and only time Diesel 10 appears in an episode.
    • The first season to feature Keith Wickham as Bertie, Steven Kynman as Dart and the first and only time to feature Ben Small as Flynn after Rupert Degas left the voice cast.
    • The first season to have Bob Golding, Rebecca O'Mara, Jonathan Forbes, Miranda Raison, Mike Grady, Steven Kynman, David Menkin, and Jonathan Broadbent as part of the voice cast.
    • The first season where all the Steam Team have lamps as they were requested to be added by Sam Wilkinson.
    • The first season that Rosie doesn't speak in since her introduction in the tenth season.
  • In the UK, this season was released in several stages across a two-year period, rather than being aired all together:
    • The season premiered on June 3rd, 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from September 30th, 2013. One episode aired on November 5th and four more aired in December.
    • The final six episodes went straight to DVD in March 2014.
    • Four of the final six episodes aired on July 5th and 6th, 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on November 21st, 2014.
  • This season contained the 400th episode of the television series.
  • For the first several episodes of the season, PBS used an opening title from earlier seasons, with Michael Brandon listed as the narrator and Greg Tiernan listed as the director. The remainder of the episodes would feature the correct opening title, as would the initial episodes in subsequent airings.
  • This is the last episodic season to be in fullscreen 4:3 on DVD in the American version. But all except for the Spills and Thrills episodes from the US version of the DVD, and episodes such as Bill or Ben?, Too Many Fire Engines, The Phantom Express, Henry's Hero and Not Now Charlie as seen in widescreen 16:9 by the US version of Engines to the Rescue.
  • In Norway, this season was shown on the website TV 2 Sumo before airing on television.
  • The final eleven episodes of this season were released in Australia and Japan before their UK debuts.
  • This is the only season animated by Arc Productions that Henrietta doesn't have a face. This is also the last season where she doesn't have a face.
  • Although Arc Productions had officially taken over the animation aspects of the television series, starting from this season, the episodes still used the opening titles and closing credits made by Nitrogen Studios which continued until the nineteenth season.

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