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-The narrator, Thomas and Gordon
The first season of the television series aired in 1984. Ringo Starr narrated all twenty-six episodes in the UK and twenty-five in the US, with George Carlin later re-narrating the entire season for the US on Shining Time Station.
All of the stories in were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The stories were then scripted for television by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes. The Pilot for the series was an adaptation of Down the Mine, which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.
|Screenshot||UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Original UK release date||Episode number #|
|Thomas and Gordon|
Thomas Gets Tricked
|9th October 1984||#01|
|Thomas enjoys teasing Gordon. But when his teasing goes too far, Gordon decides to teach him a lesson.|
|Edward and Gordon|
Edward Helps Out
|9th October 1984||#02|
|Edward's crew feels sorry for him and take him out one day. Then he helps Gordon when he gets stuck on a hill.|
|The Sad Story of Henry|
Come Out, Henry!
|16th October 1984||#03|
|Henry believes the rain will spoil his paintwork and he runs into a tunnel, which he is eventually shut up in.|
|Edward, Gordon and Henry|
Henry to the Rescue
|16th October 1984||#04|
|Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve right in front of the tunnel. Henry is let out help Edward pull the train.|
A Big Day for Thomas
|23th October 1984||#05|
|Thomas wishes he could pull a train. When Henry is ill, his chance comes with disastrous results.|
|Thomas and the Trucks|
Trouble for Thomas
|23th October 1984||#06|
|Thomas and Edward agree to swap jobs. However, Edward's train consists of trucks, which love to play tricks.|
|Thomas and the Breakdown Train|
Thomas Saves the Day
|30th October 1984||#07|
|When James comes off the rails, Thomas quickly comes to the rescue with the Breakdown Train. He is given a branchline and two coaches as a reward.|
|James and the Coaches|
James Learns a Lesson
|30th October 1984||#08|
|James wets The Fat Controller's new top hat with steam and then bumps his coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail.|
Foolish Freight Cars
|6th November 1984||#09|
|James has been confined to the shed but is released to pull trucks. The trucks misbehave, but James doesn't give up.|
|James and the Express|
A Proud Day for James
|6th November 1984||#10|
|When Gordon is switched the wrong way and gets lost, James is given the Express.|
|Thomas and the Guard|
Thomas and the Conductor
|13th November 1984||#11|
|Thomas' impatience leads to him forgeting his guard.|
|Thomas Goes Fishing||13th November 1984||#12|
|Thomas wants to go fishing but learns the hard way when he takes on river water.|
|Thomas, Terence and the Snow|
Terence the Tractor
|20th November 1984||#13|
|Thomas meets Terence the Tractor and says his wheels are ugly. However, they come in handy when Thomas gets stuck in a snowdrift.|
|Thomas and Bertie|
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race
|20th November 1984||#14|
|Thomas meets Bertie the bus who challenges him to a race.|
|Tenders and Turntables||27th November 1984||#15|
|Gordon and James have trouble on the turntable.|
|Trouble in the Shed||27th November 1984||#16|
|The big engines go on strike so the Fat Controller buys a new engine called Percy to help.|
|Percy Runs Away||4th December 1984||#17|
|Percy forgets Edward's warning about going on the main line and is so startled by Gordon that he runs away.|
Henry's Special Coal
|4th December 1984||#18|
|Henry isn't feeling well. The Fat Controller comes to a conclusion that Henry needs Welsh coal to preform well.|
|The Flying Kipper||11th December 1984||#19|
|Henry is chosen to pull the "Flying Kipper". However, ice jams the points and snow forces down a signal, leading Henry to crash.|
|Whistles and Sneezes||11th December 1984||#20|
|Gordon's whistle jams and he can't stop whistling while Henry sneezes at some troublemaking boys.|
|Toby and the Stout Gentleman|
Toby the Tram Engine
|18th December 1984||#21|
|Toby the tram engine and his coach, Henrietta, meet The Fat Controller and his family on their holiday, but Toby's line slowly closes down.|
|Thomas in Trouble|
Thomas Breaks the Rules
|18th December 1984||#22|
|Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman. When The Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby and Henrietta.|
James in a Mess
|25th December 1984||#23|
|Toby and Henrietta often get teased by James about their old-fashioned appearance. However, James crashes into some tar wagons.|
|Off the Rails|
Gordon Takes a Dip
|8th January 1985||#24|
|Gordon decides to jam the turntable to prove a point, but his attempt makes him slide into a ditch.|
|Down the Mine||8th January 1985||#25|
|Thomas goes to a lead mine to collect some trucks but foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine.|
|Thomas' Christmas Party||25th December 1984||#26|
|Thomas wants to hold a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kyndley. Unfortunately, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in.|
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Mrs. Kyndley
- Stephen Hatt
- Bridget Hatt
- Engine Inspector
- The Little Boys
- The Policeman
- The Butler
- Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
- Lady Hatt (not named; does not speak)
- The Stone-dropping Boys (do not speak)
- The Märklin Engine (cameo)
- Farmer Finney (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Earnest (portrait cameo)
- When first broadcast on ITV, two episodes were compiled into one ten minute block with a nameboard sequence featured in between. For subsequent broadcasts, the stories were shown individually.
- The season took about 9 months to film.
- The Norwegian, Finnish and early Swedish narrations credit Ringo Starr as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in their respective languages.
- Most of the season's scripts were partially edited for the US versions.
- In the Ukrainian version, Ringo Starr's voice can be heard in the background.
- This was the only season of several things:
- The only season where all the episodes are adapted from the Reverend W. Awdry's stories.
- The only season to have been released on Betamax.
- The only season to have its UK recordings released in the US.
- The only season where lead was used to create the human characters. From the second to eleventh seasons, all human characters were made from resin, so they could move around more easily.
- The only season where the trucks have their faces embedded into their bodies. From the second season-the eleventh season, the trucks have moulded faces, although some first season style trucks appeared in some episodes of that season.
- The only model season not filmed at Shepperton Studios. Instead, it was filmed at Clapham Junction in Battersea.
- The only season in the Finnish dub that Thomas is known as Thomas the Tank Engine.
- The events of the first seven episodes of this season were all later retold in the 2015 45-minute special The Adventure Begins.
- When first broadcast on ITV Dirty Objects was paired with Thomas' Christmas Party and Off the Rails with Down the Mine. On VHS however, Dirty Objects was paired with Off the Rails and Down the Mine with Thomas' Christmas Party.
- A clip from the Unaired Pilot can be seen in Down the Mine.