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The first season of Thomas & Friends started airing on October 9, 1984 in the UK. 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 the first season 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.

The Pilot

Screenshot Title Original UK release date Episode number #
DowntheMine65Down the Mine (Unaired Pilot)Unaired (Test Screened Mid-1983)#00
The original 1983 pilot episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. The pilot was based on the Railway Series story Down the Mine and differed from the final aired version. The pilot was never broadcasted, instead it was re-filmed after the series was green-lighted by ITV.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Original UK release date Episode number #
ThomasandGordon14Thomas 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.
EdwardandGordon41Edward 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.
TheSadStoryOfHenry52The 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 bricked up.
EdwardGordonAndHenry46Edward, 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 to help Edward pull the train.
Thomas'Train26Thomas' 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.
ThomasandtheTrucks46Thomas and the Trucks
Trouble for Thomas
23th October 1984#06
Thomas and Edward agree to swap jobs. However, Edward's train consists of trucks/freight cars, who love to play tricks.
ThomasandtheBreakdownTrain32Thomas 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.
JamesandtheCoaches36James and the Coaches
James Learns a Lesson
30th October 1984#08
James wets the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt's new top hat with steam and then bumps his coaches so hard that one of their brakes fail.
TroublesomeTrucks(episode)13Troublesome Trucks
Foolish Freight Cars
6th November 1984#09
James has been confined to the shed but is released to pull trucks/freight cars. The trucks/freight cars misbehave, but James does not give up.
JamesandtheExpress37James 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.
ThomasandtheGuard37Thomas and the Guard
Thomas and the Conductor
13th November 1984#11
Thomas' impatience leads to him forgeting his guard/conductor.
ThomasGoesFishing42Thomas Goes Fishing13th November 1984#12
Thomas wants to go fishing but learns the hard way when he takes on river water.
Thomas,TerenceandtheSnow49Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Terence the Tractor
20th November 1984#13
Thomas meets Terence the Tractor and says his wheels are ugly. However, Thomas is shown just how useful they are when he crashes into a snowdrift.
ThomasandBertie47Thomas and Bertie
Thomas and Bertie's Great Race
20th November 1984#14
Thomas meets Bertie the Bus who challenges him to a race.
TendersandTurntables23Tenders and Turntables27th November 1984#15
Gordon and James have trouble on the turntable.
TroubleintheShed8Trouble in the Shed27th November 1984#16
The big engines go on strike so the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt buys a new engine called Percy to help.
PercyRunsAway50Percy Runs Away4th 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/Sir Topham Hatt comes to a conclusion that Henry needs Welsh coal to preform well.
TheFlyingKipper34The Flying Kipper11th 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.
WhistlesandSneezes10Whistles and Sneezes11th December 1984#20
Gordon's whistle jams and he cannot stop whistling while Henry sneezes at some troublemaking boys.
TobyandtheStoutGentleman21Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Toby the Tram Engine
18th December 1984#21
Toby the Tram Engine and his coach, Henrietta, meet the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt and his family on their holiday, but Toby's line slowly closes down.
ThomasinTrouble19Thomas in Trouble
Thomas Breaks the Rules
18th December 1984#22
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman. When the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt hears about it, he buys Toby and Henrietta.
DirtyObjects39Dirty Objects
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 tanker wagons.
OfftheRails25Off 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.
DowntheMine37Down the Mine8th January 1985#25
Thomas goes to a lead mine to collect some trucks/cars but foolishly passes a danger board and falls down a mine.
Thomas'ChristmasParty50Thomas' Christmas Party25th December 1984#26
Thomas wants to hold a special Christmas party for Mrs. Kyndley. Unfortunately, Mrs. Kyndley's house is snowed in.


Characters Introduced


  • 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 nine 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 for several things:
    • 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 to the eleventh season, the trucks have molded 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 was known as Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • The events of the first seven episodes of this season were all later retold in 2015 for the 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.