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The twelfth season of the television series aired in 2008. The twenty episodes were narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.

Episodes

  1. Thomas and the Billboard - Diesel obscures Thomas in a photograph of the engines.
  2. Steady Eddie - Edward takes the Great Waterton water wheel on the scenic route to show off to his friends.
  3. Rosie's Funfair Special/Rosie's Carnival Special - Rosie and Emily are pulling a train for a fair, but Rosie wants to pull it alone.
  4. Mountain Marvel - Peter Sam rushes to finish his jobs in order to hear a tale about Proteus from the famous storyteller, Miss Marvel.
  5. Henry Gets it Wrong - Henry worries that the workmen are going to cut down the wishing tree.
  6. Heave Ho Thomas! - A large new engine called Hank arrives, but Thomas is determined not to need his help.
  7. Toby's Special Surprise - Toby wants to make an impression by searching Sodor for something special.
  8. Excellent Emily - Emily becomes arrogant after receiving praise from the Fat Controller.
  9. The Party Surprise - Freddie decides to reorganise a winter party from Mr. Percival's house to the Wharf as a surprise for Colin the crane.
  10. Saved You! - Thomas wants to prove his heroism when he learns a fireman is to be honoured.
  11. Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon - Mr. Percival's twins are getting a ride in the Hot Air Balloon for their birthday, but Duncan wants to take them himself.
  12. James Works it Out - When James ignores Hector's advice, he gets caught in bad winter weather.
  13. Tram Trouble - Toby and Flora are heading a parade at Great Waterton; Thomas thinks Toby would rather lead the event on his own and tries to distract Flora.
  14. Don't Go Back - Thomas and Diesel race backwards.
  15. Gordon Takes a Shortcut - Gordon gets lost while taking a shortcut and refuses to ask for help.
  16. The Man in the Hills - Thomas and the narrow gauge engines collect presents for Mr. Percival's birthday.
  17. Thomas Puts the Brakes On - Thomas' brakes malfunction while delivering bricks to repair a bridge.
  18. Percy and the Bandstand - Percy is tasked with bringing Lady Hatt to a surprise party - but the unknowing Lady Hatt tells him to go elsewhere.
  19. Push Me, Pull You - Skarloey refuses Rheneas' help to pull a train for a puppet show and ends up playing the trucks' games.
  20. Best Friends - Thomas tries to avoid telling Percy he has been given a job Percy wants to do.

Songs

Characters

Characters introduced

Half hour format

When Season 12 aired on PBS Kids, Nick Jr. and Treehouse, each broadcast had 2 episodes from Season 12, a segment dedicated to one of Thomas' friends, and past animated Learning Segments and songs from Seasons 8, 9 and 10 were used.

Good Friends

Being Careful

Good Turns

  • Heave Ho Thomas!
  • Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - James
  • Song: Pride
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Henry
  • Learning Segment: Which Engine for Which Job?
  • Toby's Special Surprise

Right Track

  • Don't Go Back
  • Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Gordon
  • Learning Segment: Over the Bridge
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Gordon
  • Learning Segment: Which Track for Henry?
  • Learning Segment: Emily Huffs out of the Station
  • Percy and the Bandstand

Courage

  • Thomas Puts the Breaks On
  • Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Emily
  • Song: Brave
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Neville and Dennis
  • Learning Segment: Getting There
  • Gordon Takes a Shortcut

Presents and Prizes

  • The Man in the Hills
  • Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Edward
  • Learning Segment: What is Thomas Thinking of?
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Harold and Jeremy
  • Learning Segment: Which Load to Which Station?
  • Excellent Emily

Kindness

  • Tram Trouble
  • Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Toby
  • Song: Responsibility
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Edward
  • Learning Segment: Who Can get to the Washdown?
  • James Works it Out

Pulling Together

  • Rosie's Funfair Special
  • Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Percy
  • Song: Togetherness
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - Diesel
  • Learning Segment: Which Load for What Occasion
  • Push Me, Pull You

Adventures

  • Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon
  • Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Thomas
  • Learning Segment: What Does Toby see?
  • Thomas' Favourite Friends - The Narrow Gauge Engines
  • Learning Segment: Percy's Treasure
  • Mountain Marvel

Mistakes

Trivia

  • This was the first season of several things:
  • This was also the last season of several things as well:
    • The last season to use models and clay faces, however the clay faces were only used in background shots.
    • Simon Spencer's last season as producer.
    • The last season filmed at Shepperton Studios.
    • The last season to feature songs by Ed Welch.
    • The TV series veteran Steve Asquith's final season as director.
    • This was the last season to have all of the characters voiced by the narrator until Thomas Goes to New York.
    • Paul Larson's last season until Season 17, as well as the last season he wrote by himself.
    • This was the final season to use the brake sound from The Train.
    • This was the last season to have songs sung by children until The Adventure Begins.
    • The last season to open with Awdry's letter to Christopher in television broadcasts.
  • This was also the only season of several things as well:
    • The only season to use a hybrid model-CGI mix.
    • Dino Athanassiou's only season as CGI director.
    • Pete Atkin's only season as voice director.
    • The only season where Ben appears without Bill.
    • The only season not shown on Japanese TV, but some episodes have been shown exclusively at Thomas Land's 3D Theatre and Video on Demand in Japan.
    • The only CGI season not to have a full voice cast for the characters.
    • Aside from the Teacher and the tree specialists, all of the characters introduced in this season have only ever appeared in their debut episodes.
  • This season contained the 300th episode of the television series.
  • Pierce Brosnan was originally going to narrate this season, but was later replaced by Michael Angelis and Michael Brandon for unknown reasons.
  • In the UK, this season was supposed to be show after The Great Discovery, but was brought forwards for unknown reasons.
  • This season was never shown in Hungary, Norway, Romania, Poland, and the Netherlands.
  • Harvey and Arthur were the only engines not to utilize a CGI face mask. However, two pictures from a magazine story show Harvey with a CGI face.
  • The series cost £2.5 million to make, with each episode taking around five days to film.

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