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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 in the US on 7 October 2013. 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

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriendpromoKevin's Cranky FriendLee Pressman3rd June 2013#01
Kevin is sent to the docks to help Cranky out with all the work.
Scruff'sMakeoverpromoScruff's MakeoverLee Pressman4th June 2013#02
Scruff gets repainted and does not want to do dirty work anymore.
WaywardWinstonpromoWayward WinstonLee Pressman5th June 2013#03
Winston leaves Sir Topham Hatt behind and goes off driver-less.
GordonRunsDrypromoGordon Runs DryAndrew Brenner6th June 2013#04
Gordon's boiler is damaged and leaks water all along the tracks.
CalmDownCaitlinpromoCalm Down CaitlinDavey Moore7th June 2013#05
Caitlin spends the night on Sodor volunteering to do the other engines' jobs.
SteamieStaffordpromoSteamie StaffordLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
10th June 2013#06
Stafford wants to make sounds like a steam engine.
Henry'sHeropromoHenry's HeroLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
11th June 2013#07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal while delivering a heavy goods train.
Luke'sNewFriendpromoLuke's New FriendDavey Moore12th June 2013#08
Luke makes friends with a young deer in the quarry.
TheSwitchpromoThe SwitchDavey Moore13th June 2013#09
Luke and Millie swap jobs at the castle and the quarry.
NotNowCharliepromoNot Now, Charlie!Davey Moore14th June 2013#10
Nobody believes Charlie when he spots an elephant on the track.
TheLostPuffpromoThe Lost PuffDavey Moore30th September 2013#11
Paxton searches the island for Thomas' "lost puff."
TheThomasWaypromoThe Thomas WayLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
1st October 2013#12
Duck and Thomas have to take Harold to the Search and Rescue Centre to be repaired.
ThePhantomExpresspromoThe Phantom ExpressLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
2nd October 2013#13
James scares Percy and Stephen with a spooky tale.
Percy'sLuckyDaypromoPercy's Lucky DayDavey Moore3rd October 2013#14
Percy feels unlucky, so Stephen gives him his lucky horse shoe.
BillorBenpromoBill or Ben?Andrew Brenner4th October 2013#15
Bill and Ben get back at Connor for going too fast.
TooManyFireEnginespromoToo Many Fire EnginesAndrew Brenner5th November 2013#16
The amount of fire engines needed on Sodor is questioned.
NoSnowforThomaspromoNo Snow for ThomasLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
23rd December 2013#17
Thomas hides his snowplough/snowplow, but then has to stay in the shed all day.
Santa'sLittleEnginepromoSanta's Little EngineAndrew Brenner24th December 2013#18
Sir Topham Hatt has to play Santa Claus for the Earl's Christmas Party.
TheMissingChristmasDecorationspromoThe Missing Christmas DecorationsAndrew Brenner25th December 2013#19
Diesel 10 steals the steam engines' Christmas decorations for the Dieselworks.
TheFrozenTurntablepromoThe Frozen TurntableAndrew Brenner26th December 2013#20
The turntable at the sheds freezes, so the engines have to find other places to sleep.
AwayFromtheSeapromoAway From the SeaAndrew Brenner31st March 2014 (DVD)
5th July 2014 (TV)
#21
Salty thinks he will be replaced at the docks by a new engine, Porter.
GoneFishing(episode)promoGone FishingAndrew Brenner31st March 2014 (DVD)
5th July 2014 (TV)
#22
Harvey has to take a train to Vicarstown. something he does not normally do.
TheAfternoonTeaExpresspromoThe Afternoon Tea ExpressLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
31st March 2014 (DVD)
6th July 2014 (TV)
#23
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.
TheSmellyKipperpromoThe Smelly KipperAndrew Brenner31st March 2014 (DVD)
6th July 2014 (TV)
#24
Henry challenges James to pull the Flying Kipper.
NoMoreMrNiceEnginepromoNo More Mr. Nice EngineLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
31st March 2014 (DVD)
21st November 2014 (TV)
#25
Diesel tries to get Hiro to misbehave with the trucks.
Thomas'ShortcutpromoThomas' ShortcutAndrew Brenner31st March 2014 (DVD)
21st November 2014 (TV)
#26
Bertie is re-routed, so Thomas tries to find his own shortcut.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

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 Caitlin
  • 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. However, it was initially 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 to feature episodes written by Davey Moore and Laura Beaumont.
    • The first season since the seventh season to have episodes written by Lee Pressman, and the first since the twelfth season to have episodes written by Paul Larson, though all of them are co-written with Laura Beaumont.
    • 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 3 June, 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from 30 September, 2013. One episode aired on 5 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 5-6 July 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on 21 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 does not have a face. This is also the only season animated by Arc Productions that she does not 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.

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