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The Engine Roll Call is a song based around the Steam Team and featured at the end of every episode since the eighth season. An instrumental version of the chorus was used for the credits since the eighth season and for the opening from the eighth to the tenth. In the eleventh season the instrumental was replaced with the chorus for the opening. Terry Tompkins and Steve D'Angelo re-arranged the theme for the nineteenth to twenty-first seasons. Imaginigami composed the twenty-second season onwards version.

The lyrics have been changed three times; once for Calling All Engines!, once for The Great Discovery, and once for the twenty-second season. There is also an alternate rock 'n' roll version.

Lyrics

Season 8 Version

(chorus)

They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight,
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the Really Useful crew.
All with different roles to play
'round Tidmouth Sheds or far away,
Down the hills and round the bends,
Thomas and his friends.
Thomas, he's the cheeky one,
James is vain but lots of fun.
Percy pulls the mail on time,
Gordon thunders down the line.
Emily really knows her stuff,
Henry toots and huffs and puffs.
Edward wants to help and share,
Toby, well, let's say, he's square.

(chorus x2)

Season 22 Version

(chorus)

They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight,
Yellow, and green, red, orange and blue,
They're the Really Useful crew.
All with different roles to play
'round Tidmouth Sheds or far away,
Down the hills and round the bends,
Thomas and his friends.
Thomas, he's the cheeky one,
Rebecca, she's new and lots of fun.
Percy pulls the mail on time,
Gordon thunders down the line.
Emily really knows her stuff,
James is always showing off,
Nia wants to help and share,
Toby, well, let's say, he's square.

(chorus x2)

Calling All Engines version

(chorus)

All the engines are on hand,
Waiting for a plane to land.
Be they diesels, be they steam,
All keep working as a team.
Emily will now go to bed
With all the rest at Tidmouth Sheds.
And no one can remember when
Steamies worked with Diesel 10.

(chorus)

A Day at the Races (PlayStation 2 game) version

(chorus)

James is vain but never bad,
Thomas, he's the cheeky lad.
Percy pulls the mail on time,
Gordon thunders down the line.
Emily really knows her stuff,
Henry toots and huffs and puffs.
Edward wants to help and share,
Toby, well, let's say, he's square.

(chorus x2)

The Great Discovery version

(chorus)

Thomas, he's the cheeky one,
James is vain but lots of fun.
Percy pulls the mail on time,
Gordon thunders down the line.
Emily really knows her stuff,
Henry toots and Edward puffs.
Stanley, he's the new one there,
Toby, well, let's say, he's square.

(chorus)

Thomas Saves the Day (Live Show) version

They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight.
Red and green and brown and blue,
They're the Really Useful crew.
All with different roles to play
'Round Tidmouth Sheds or far away,
Down the hills and round the bends,
Thomas and his friends.
Thomas, he's the cheeky one,
But he always gets things done.
Diesel, he is strong and tough.
Diesel: And I really know my stuff.
Percy pulls the mail on time,
Thomas: And he's a friend of mine.
The engines learned to help and share.
When there's a job, they're always there.
The engines have been working late,
Shunting trucks and hauling freight.
Sir Topham Hatt and Lady: The festival was almost through,
But save by this Really Useful crew.
The engines all have roles to play,
'Round Tidmouth Sheds or far away,
Down the hills and round the bends,
Thomas and his friends.
Thomas and his friends.
Thomas' Driver: We'll take this diamond to the lighthouse right now.

Characters

Seasons 8-10 version:

Calling All Engines version:

Rock 'n' roll version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Molly
  • Diesel
  • Mavis
  • Derek
  • 'Arry and Bert
  • Diesel 10
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Harold

Seasons 11-12 version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Henrietta
  • Rocky

The Great Discovery version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Stanley
  • Henrietta

Season 13 version:

Season 14 version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Mavis
  • Henrietta
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Sodor Brass Band
  • Sir Lowham Hatt

Season 19 Version:

Season 22 version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Bill and Ben
  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Charlie
  • Stephen
  • Connor
  • Caitlin
  • Porter
  • Gator
  • Nia
  • Rebecca
  • Diesel
  • Salty
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Paxton
  • Marion
  • Duncan
  • Victor
  • Millie
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Kevin

Episodes

Seasons 8-10 version:

Rock 'n' roll version:

Season 11 version:

The Great Discovery version:

  • Emily's Rubbish
  • Dirty Work
  • Gordon and the Engineer
  • Thomas and the Lighthouse
  • Smoke and Mirrors
  • Edward and the Mail
  • Toby's Triumph
  • Thomas in Trouble
  • Thomas and the Stinky Cheese
  • Percy and the Left Luggage
  • The Great Discovery

Season 12 version:

  • Emily's Rubbish
  • Dirty Work
  • Toby's Triumph
  • Thomas in Trouble
  • Thomas and the Stinky Cheese
  • Percy and the Left Luggage
  • Steady Eddie

Season 13 version:

Season 14 version:

Season 19 Opening Credits version:

Season 19 version:

Season 22 version:

  • King of the Railway
  • Not Now, Charlie!
  • Tale of the Brave
  • Not So Slow Coaches
  • Disappearing Diesels
  • Signals Crossed
  • Duck in the Water
  • Thomas and the Emergency Cable
  • Marion and the Pipe
  • Missing Gator
  • Spencer's VIP
  • Emily Saves the World
  • Timothy and the Rainbow Truck/Car
  • Marion and the Dinosaurs
  • Samson at Your Service
  • Samson Sent for Scrap
  • Millie and the Volcano
  • The Adventure Begins
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • Slow Stephen
  • Henry Gets the Express
  • Pouty James
  • Confusion Without Delay

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • What's the Matter with Henry? - An alternate angle shot of Henry going under a pipe.
  • Gordon and Spencer - An extended shot of Gordon on his hill.
  • Thomas to the Rescue - A deleted scene of Thomas rolling his eyes at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • You Can Do it, Toby! - A deleted scene of Toby and Henrietta passing Black Loch.

Trivia

  • The song's music video has been redone five times; once for the eleventh season in high definition, then for the twelfth season with CGI faces on the models, for the thirteenth season using full CGI, a minor change for the fourteenth season, one to accompany the re-arranged theme for the nineteenth season and new changes in lyrics for the twenty-second season onwards.
  • Season 22's version marks the first time the lyrics have been completely changed, in order to accommodate Nia and Rebecca in place of Edward and Henry:
    • "Red and green and brown and blue" is changed to "Yellow, and green, red, orange and blue."
    • The new order is: Thomas, Rebecca, Percy, Gordon, Emily, James, Nia, Toby.
    • James is now in place of Henry, with the new line "James is always showing off."
    • Edward's old line is reused, but changed to Nia instead.
    • Rebecca uses a slightly altered version of James' original line, replacing "vain" with "new."
    • Toby's line is retained despite being demoted from the Steam Team, though this was likely done to keep the eight lines at a time.
  • When the eleventh season was shown in fullscreen on Nick Jr. in the UK and on PBS Kids in the US, during the line “Thomas, he’s the cheeky one,” the shot of Thomas rushing through the yards in the background is mirrored. This is corrected on the twelfth season version on fullscreen.
  • In All Aboard with the Steam Team, Steamies vs Diesels and other DVDs and TV airings with Season 9 and 10 episodes, there are yellow linings when the they show the engines and in DVDs and TV airings with Season 8 episodes, there are no yellow linings.
  • In the DVD Railway Friends, the song is distorted.
  • Specially shot footage was used for the twelfth season version.
  • In Norway, the song was never dubbed into Norwegian for the series until the thirteenth season. A dubbed version was used for Calling All Engines! and The Great Discovery however.
  • In King of the Railway, the Sodor Brass Band are heard playing the song when Sir Robert Norramby arrives at Knapford, and again later at the opening of Ulfstead Castle. Stephen is also heard humming the song while he is on the Main Line. The Brass Band also plays this song in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and in Bubbling Boilers.
  • In Bubbling Boilers, the bouncing cloud is replaced by a bubble.
  • A marching band version of the song is used as the intro theme for Hero of the Rails.
  • In the Serbian version, the music is high pitched of the first chorus, instead of the second chorus. The second chorus had the opening.

Goofs

  • In the eighth through tenth season version, a close up of Emily's wheels from Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough is reversed.
  • In the German version of the Great Discovery version, it shows and says Edward's name when it shows Stanley.
  • In the Polish version, the colours that are said are not the ones shown on screen. This is fixed in the Great Discovery version.
  • In the Norwegian version, it is said that Edward is "new in town." This is due to the fact that it was changed from The Great Discovery version where it initially described Stanley.
  • In the first known Hebrew version, it was said that James is "usually annoyed."
  • In the European Spanish version, it is said that there are ten members of the Steam Team, which is false.
  • In the second Hebrew version, the Steam Team is said to have only six members, rather than eight.
  • In the extended version of the Season 11 version, one scene of Percy is reversed as smoke can be seen going back into his funnel.
  • In the extended version of the Season 19 version, the sound effect for Henry's whistle is out of place.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Czech Jsou dva a tři a ještě víc
Finnish On Vetureita Kahdeksan
Japanese きかんしゃトーマスのテーマ2
Polish Przyjaciół Przedstawiamy Wam!
Portuguese Tema de abertura
Russian Локомотивная перекличка
Spanish La Ronda de Nombres


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