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The seventeenth season of Thomas & Friends first premiered on DVD in April 2013 in the US before airing on television. It premiered in the UK on 3 June 2013 and on 7 October in the US. This season was the first of a new writing style for the series and ran for twenty-six episodes, all of which were narrated by new narrator, Mark Moraghan.

Episodes

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release date

Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriendpromo Kevin's Cranky Friend Lee Pressman 3rd June 2013 #01
Kevin is sent to the docks to help Cranky out with all the work.
Scruff'sMakeoverpromo Scruff's Makeover Lee Pressman 4th June 2013 #02
Scruff gets repainted and doesn't want to do dirty work anymore.
WaywardWinstonpromo Wayward Winston Lee Pressman 5th June 2013 #03
Winston leaves Sir Topham Hatt behind and goes off driver-less.
GordonRunsDrypromo Gordon Runs Dry Andrew Brenner 6th June 2013 #04
Gordon's boiler is damaged and leaks water all along the tracks.
CalmDownCaitlinpromo Calm Down Caitlin Davey Moore 7th June 2013 #05
Caitlin spends the night on Sodor volunteering to do the other engines' jobs.
SteamieStaffordpromo Steamie Stafford Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
10th June 2013 #06
Stafford wants to make sounds like a steam engine.
Henry'sHeropromo Henry's Hero Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
11th June 2013 #07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal while delivering a heavy goods train.
Luke'sNewFriendpromo Luke's New Friend Davey Moore 12th June 2013 #08
Luke makes friends with a young deer in the quarry.
TheSwitchpromo The Switch Davey Moore 13th June 2013 #09
Luke and Millie swap jobs at the castle and the quarry.
NotNowCharliepromo Not Now, Charlie! Davey Moore 14th June 2013 #10
Nobody believes Charlie when he spots an elephant on the track.
TheLostPuffpromo The Lost Puff Davey Moore 30th September 2013 #11
Paxton searches the island for Thomas' "lost puff."
TheThomasWaypromo The Thomas Way Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
1st October 2013 #12
Duck and Thomas have to take Harold to the rescue centre to be repaired.
ThePhantomExpresspromo The Phantom Express Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
2nd October 2013 #13
James scares Percy and Stephen with a spooky tale.
Percy'sLuckyDaypromo Percy's Lucky Day Davey Moore 3rd October 2013 #14
Percy feels unlucky, so Stephen gives him his lucky horse shoe.
BillorBenpromo Bill or Ben? Andrew Brenner 4th October 2013 #15
Bill and Ben get back at Connor for going too fast.
TooManyFireEnginespromo Too Many Fire Engines Andrew Brenner 5th November 2013 #16
The amount of fire engines needed on Sodor is questioned.
NoSnowforThomaspromo No Snow for Thomas Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
23rd December 2013 #17
Thomas hides his snowplough, but then has to stay in the shed all day.
Santa'sLittleEnginepromo Santa's Little Engine Andrew Brenner 24th December 2013 #18
Sir Topham Hatt has to play Santa Claus for the Earl's Christmas Party.
TheMissingChristmasDecorationspromo The Missing Christmas Decorations Andrew Brenner 25th December 2013 #19
Diesel 10 steals the steam engines' Christmas decorations for the Dieselworks.
TheFrozenTurntablepromo The Frozen Turntable Andrew Brenner 26th December 2013 #20
The turntable at the sheds freezes, so the engines have to find other places to sleep.
AwayFromtheSea109 Away From the Sea Andrew Brenner 5th July 2014 #21
Salty thinks he will be replaced at the docks by a new engine, Porter.
TheSmellyKipper63 The Smelly Kipper Andrew Brenner 6th July 2014 #22
Henry challenges James to pull the Flying Kipper.
NoMoreMrNiceEngine71 No More Mr. Nice Engine Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
21st November 2014 #23
Diesel tires to get Hiro to misbehave with the trucks.
GoneFishing(episode)37 Gone Fishing Andrew Brenner 5th July 2014 #24
Harvey has to take a train to Vicarstown, something he doesn't normally do.
Thomas'Shortcut90 Thomas' Shortcut Andrew Brenner 21st November 2014 #25
Bertie is re-routed, so Thomas tries to find his own shortcut.
TheAfternoonTeaExpress50 The Afternoon Tea Express Paul Larson
Laura Beaumont
6th July 2014 #26
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Fomat

Look and Listen

Fire and Water

Just Be Yourself

Someone to Look Up To

  • Kevin's Cranky Friend
  • Song: Searching Everywhere
  • Henry's Hero

Peace and Quiet

  • Calm Down Catlin
  • Song: Working Together
  • Luke's New Friend

Taking Turns

  • The Thomas Way
  • It's Gonna be a Great Day
  • Mr. Perkins Railway (In some areas)
  • Thomas' Preparation for Macy's Parade
  • The Switch

Spooky Charms

  • The Phantom Express
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Percy's Lucky Day

Tricks and Tales

  • Bill or Ben?
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Not Now Charlie!

Snow Stops Play

  • No Snow for Thomas
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • The Frozen Turntable

Tinsel and Trains

  • The Missing Christmas Decorations
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • Santa's Little Engine

Sea and Sand

Food to Go

  • The Afternoon Tea Express
  • Go, Go Thomas (Season 16 ver)
  • The Smelly Kipper

Take it Easy

  • No More Mr. Nice Engine
  • Song: Go Go Thomas! (Season 16 ver)
  • Thomas' Shortcut

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

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 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 appearances in full CGI.
    • Kellsthorpe Road and Dryaw's first appearances 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 to date where 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, David Menkin, and Jonathan Broadbent as part of the voice cast.
    • The first season where all the Steam Team have lamps and tail-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.
    • The first season of the CGI series in which Thomas does not appear in every episode.
  • 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 3rd June, 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from 30th September, 2013. One episode aired on 5th November 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 the 5th and 6th of July 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on 21st November, 2014.
  • This season contained the 400th episode of the television series, which was The Thomas Way.
  • 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 was also the last season of a couple of things as well:
    • 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.
    • This was the last season in which all episodes have been dubbed into German. From the eighteenth season onwards, only episodes from a certain DVD have been dubbed.
    • The last season where Henrietta doesn't have a face. This is also the only season animated by Arc Productions that she doesn't have a face.
    • The last season in which all of the episodes were directed by the same person.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When the airing, "Someone To Look Up Too" was on PBS Kids Videos on March 2017, the Season 19 opening was used. The Today on the Island of Sodor Opening and Searching Everywhere song was also on the video.

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