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"The children and the engines all listened to the famous storyteller tell them the story of her wonderful adventures with Thomas and his friends on the magical Island of Sodor."
— The narrator
Thomas and the Storyteller

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Abi Grant


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 3rd,
2007 (UK)
September 8th,
2007 (US)
June 3rd,
2009 (JAP)
September 17th,
2011 (AUS)

Previous episode

Thomas and
Skarloey's Big Day

Next episode

Emily's Rubbish/
Emily and the

Thomas and the Storyteller is the first episode of the eleventh season.


A famous storyteller is coming to the island to open a new library. Thomas is chosen to show her around Sodor to give her inspiration for a story she will read at the opening. Thomas collects her from Brendam and decides to take her to Pirate's Cove, but sees James with a broken coupling and pulls him and his train to Maithwaite.

Thomas decides to take the storyteller to the ruined castle instead, but meets Emily, who has broken her whistle while taking some flour to the bakery. Thomas pulls Emily to the bakery and tells the storyteller that he will take her to Misty Valley so she can make a story about magic. But then, he sees Percy stranded in an overflowing river and pushes him out. Unfortunately, it is time for the opening and Thomas only manages to get there with seconds to spare. Luckily, the storyteller has an idea for a story: Thomas' adventures from the day.




  • This is Christopher Skala's first episode as executive producer.
  • The scene where Thomas tells the Storyteller about Misty Valley is different in the US and UK versions.
  • This could have been inspired by Thomas Helps Out.
  • Going by production order, this is the ninth episode of the eleventh season.
  • In some close-up shots of Thomas, the famous storyteller's large scale model has been digitally added onto his cab.
  • This episode marks the third time an engine has a broken side-rods, the first was from Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry, and the second was from Thomas and the Circus.
  • This episode marks the third time Percy is in the water, the first was from Percy Takes the Plunge, and the second was from Percy's Promise.


  • Thomas pushes Percy out of the water, but he later states that he pulled Percy out. Also, the roof of Thomas' cab wobbled when he was pushing Percy.
  • James, Emily, and Percy are at the grand opening, but since they broke down, they should be getting repaired.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, his lamp irons are crooked.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas og historiefortelleren Thomas and the Storyteller
Finnish Thomas ja Tekijä Thomas and the Author
Japanese トーマスとしょうせつか Thomas and the Novel?
Danish Thomas og Historiefortælleren Thomas and the Storyteller
Spanish Thomas y La Cuentacuentos Thomas and the Storyteller

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