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The twentieth season of the television series began production in 2014 and aired on television on 5th September 2016 in the UK and on 21st October 2016 in the US.

Episodes

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Episode number #
SidneySingpromo

Sidney Sings

Lee Pressman 5th September 2016 #01
Forgetful Sidney makes up a song to help him remember his jobs.
Toby'sNewFriendpromo Toby's New Friend Andrew Brenner 6th September 2016 #02
Philip tries to make friends with Toby, much to Toby's dismay.
HenryGetstheExpresspromo Henry Gets the Express Helen Farrall 7th September 2016 #03
Henry takes the express instead of Gordon.
DieselandtheDucklingspromo Diesel and the Ducklings Lee Pressman 8th September 2016 #04
Diesel struggles to keep up his rough and tough demeanor when he makes friends with some ducklings.
BradfordtheBrakeVan Bradford the Brake Van Lee Pressman 9th September 2016 #05
A brake van from the mainland arrives and gets the trucks to behave.
SavingTimepromo Saving Time Andrew Brenner 21st November 2016 #06
Samson takes as many trucks as he can of an important stone train to save time getting to the docks.
RyanandDaisypromo Ryan and Daisy Davey Moore 22nd November 2016 #07
Daisy manipulates Ryan to get him to do her extra work, as well as his own. 
PoutyJamesPromo Pouty James Andrew Brenner 23rd November 2016 #08
James has to learn to change his showy attitude.
BlownAwaypromo Blown Away Helen Farrall 24th November 2016 #09
Skiff is helping prepare for a storm, but he himself is blown away down the track.
TheWaySheDoesIt43 The Way She Does It Davey Moore 25th November 2016 #10
Daisy boasts about transporting an entertainers group.
LetterstoSanta97 Letters to Santa Helen Farrall 27th December 2016 #11
Percy thinks Harold is full of himself when he offers to help him with the Christmas mail.
LoveMeTenderpromo2 Love Me Tender Davey Moore 28th December 2016 #12
Donald and Douglas argue while clearing the snow.
TheRailcarandtheCoachespromo The Railcar and the Coaches Davey Moore 29th December 2016 #13
Daisy is rude to Annie and Clarabel.
TheChristmasCoffeepot57 The Christmas Coffeepot Helen Farrall 14th December 2017 #14
Glynn the Coffee Pot Engine is rediscovered, but is afraid he will be scrapped.
OvertheHill Over the Hill Helen Farrall 20th December 2017 #15
Stephen becomes jealous of all the attention received by Glynn at the castle.
HenryintheDarkpromo Henry in the Dark Lee Pressman 24th July 2017#16
Henry is accidentally given paint that glows in the dark.
TheMissingBreakdownTrainpromo The Missing Breakdown Train Davey Moore 28th July 2017 #17
Judy and Jerome get their chance to be really useful again.
ThreeSteamEnginesGruffpromo Three Steam Engines Gruff Andrew Brenner 25th July 2017 #18
Thomas, Percy and Toby are frightened by a sound from under the bridge.
EngineoftheFuturepromo Engine of the Future Andrew Brenner 26th July 2017 #19
A different new engine arrives to the island and the other engines think he will replace them.
HugoandtheAirshippromo Hugo and the Airship Andrew Brenner 27th July 2017 #20
Hugo wishes he could fly like an airship that has been soaring over Sodor.
SkiffandtheMermaidpromo Skiff and the Mermaid Helen Farrall 31st July 2017 #21
Skiff and the Fat Controller go on a wild adventure around Arlesburgh Harbour in search of a mermaid.
MuckingAboutPromo Mucking About Davey Moore 5th June 2017 #22
Thomas questions his friendship with Max and Monty after they repeatedly pull reckless and dangerous stunts.
CautiousConnorpromo Cautious Connor Andrew Brenner 6th June 2017 #23
Connor gets damaged when travelling at high speed and decides that he must go more slowly from now on.
AllinVainpromo All in Vain Helen Farrall 7th June 2017 #24
James has to take the Mayor to Callan Castle, but is mortified when he finds a tiny scratch on his paintwork.
BuckledTracksandBumpyTruckspromo Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks/Cars Lee Pressman 8th June 2017 #25
Everyone on Sodor struggles in the hot weather.
TitforTatpromo Tit for Tat Andrew Brenner 9th June 2017 #26

Bert is splashed by some visitors to the railway and is determined to get back at them.

Mike'sWhistlePromo2 Mike's Whistle Andrew Brenner 12th June 2017 #27

After teasing Duck about his whistle, Mike boasts about his own.

UsefulRailwaypromo Useful Railway Andrew Brenner 13th June 2017 #28

Rex thinks pulling wool trains is an easy job, but he quickly discovers otherwise.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Be Good to Your Friends

Patience and Rules

A Time for Sharing

Cast

UK and AUS

  • John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James (until All in Vain), Harvey, Whiff, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Harold, Captain, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railway Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Trevor
  • Rob Rackstraw as James (Tit for Tat only), Toby, Donald, Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Jack, Mike's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, 'Arry and a Workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, the Duke of Boxford, Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford, the Blond-haired Boy, the Ginger-haired Boy, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome, Max and Oliver the Excavator
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railway Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • William Hope as Iron Bert
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip and Monty
  • David Menkin as Porter (Pouty James only)
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Jules de Jongh as Caitlin
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks

USA and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Iron Bert, Rocky, the Duke of Boxford and the Blond-haired Boy
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, 'Arry, Harold, Max, Kevin, a Signalman and a Dryaw Station Worker
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald, Stanley (Saving Time), Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Monty, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy, Trevor and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Caitlin, Lady Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford and the Ginger-haired Boy (Pouty James)
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Mike's Driver and Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Captain, Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railroad Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Matt Wilkinson as Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Menkin as Porter and Jack
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome and Oliver the Excavator
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railroad Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • John Schwab as Stanley (Pouty James)
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • John Hasler as Rheneas

Trivia

  • The last seven episodes of the season: Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks, Mucking About, Cautious Connor, All in Vain, Tit for Tat, Mike's Whistle, and Useful Railway, were incomplete at the time Arc Productions went bankrupt and were finished off by Jam Filled Toronto after Jam Filled Entertainment bought the aforementioned studio.
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman joins the voice cast.
  • Only seven episodes were licenced to PBS (Sidney Sings, Diesel and the Ducklings, Saving Time, Letters to Santa, Love Me Tender, The Railcar and the Coaches, and Mucking About). However, The Christmas Coffeepot aired on Nickelodeon along with Terence Breaks the Ice from the following season. Other episodes from the season were eventually aired there following its official move in March 2018.
  • This is the first season of multiple things:
    • The first season of the CGI Series not to have any returning characters in CGI.
    • The first season since the fourth season to have adaptations of the Railway Series stories.
    • The first season to have music composed by Chris Renshaw after Robert Hartshorne and Peter Hartshorne's contracts ended after production of the nineteenth season and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
    • The first season to feature the Skarloey Railway, but not to have any episodes dedicated to them.
    • The first season to have episodes animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The first season since the sixteenth season where Thomas appears in every episode, but does not speak in all of them.
    • The first season since she joined the voice cast in King of the Railway not to have Rebecca O'Mara as part of the voice cast. It is also the first season not to have Jonathan Broadbent as a part of the voice cast since he joined in the seventeenth season.
    • The first and currently only season since her debut in the tenth season in which Rosie doesn't appear, possibly due to her model being reworked
  • This is the second season of two things:
    • The second season not to have Thomas' name titled in any of the episodes, with the first being the fifteenth season.
    • The second season to have 28 episodes, the first being the tenth season.
  • This is the last season of a few things:
    • Ian McCue's last season as producer for HiT Entertainment.
    • Robert Anderson's last season as producer for Arc.
    • Kallan Kagan's last season as executive producer for Arc.
    • Boris Andreev's last full season as art director.
    • Karen Davidsen's last season as head of production for HiT Entertainment.
    • The last season produced by HiT Entertainment. Mattel Creations took over from Journey Beyond Sodor onwards.
    • The last season where Keith Wickham voices James in the UK, as Rob Rackstraw takes over starting with Tit for Tat.
    • The last season to have any episodes where Thomas appears, but doesn't speak. From the twenty-second season onwards, he appears and speaks in all the episodes.
    • The last season to air on PBS Kids.

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