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The sixteenth season of the television series aired during February and March 2012 in the UK and between April and September in the US. The twentieth episode did not air in the UK until Christmas Day 2012.
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|Episode number #|
|"Race to the Rescue"||20th February 2011||#01|
|Flynn is able to run on the roads again, but he is nervous because his wheels wobble.|
|"Ol' Wheezy Wobbles"||21st February 2011||#02|
|Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. The Logging Locos do not know what to do, but Thomas is sure he can help.|
|"Express Coming Through"||22nd February 2011||#03|
|Dowager Hatt is having a party for some very important visitors.|
|"Percy and the Monster of Brendam"||23rd February 2011||#04|
|Percy believes one of Salty's tales and looks for "the monster of Brendam".|
|"Ho Ho Snowman"||24th February 2011||#05|
|Charlie hides behind a snowman and tricks Henry into thinking it is alive.|
|"Flash Bang Wallop!"||27th February 2011||#06|
|A photographer wants to take some pictures of the engines for a book.|
| "Thomas and the Rubbish Train|
Thomas and the Garbage Train"
|28th February 2011||#07|
|Thomas helps Whiff pull a train to the waste dump.|
|"Thomas Toots the Crows"||29th February 2011||#08|
|Thomas tries to keep the crows off Farmer McColl's seeds.|
|"Bust My Buffers!"||1st March 2011||#09|
|Gordon's bufferbeam is broken and he is given a diesel's bufferbeam.|
|"Percy and the Calliope"||2nd March 2011||#10|
|Percy tries to save a calliope from the Smelter's Yard.|
|"Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor"||5th March 2011||#11|
|Thomas helps a great composer look for inspiration.|
|"Salty's Surprise"||6th March 2011||#12|
|Edward tries to find Salty a Christmas present.|
|"Sodor Surprise Day"||7th March 2011||#13|
|Thomas tries to get Gordon to have fun on Sodor Surprise Day, but ruins the fireworks.|
|"Emily's Winter Party Special"||8th March 2011||#14|
|Emily thinks she will be chosen to pull the present train if she finds Sir Topham Hatt's hat.|
|"Muddy Matters"||9th March 2011||#15|
|James needs to travel on muddy tracks to get Farmer McColl's sheep to the fair, but does not want to dirty his paintwork.|
|"Whiff's Wish"||12th March 2011||#16|
|Whiff wishes that he was as grand as Spencer.|
|"Welcome Stafford"||13th March 2011||#17|
|Spencer shows Stafford, the new electric shunting engine, around Sodor, but ignores Victor's warning that Stafford's batteries could run out.|
|"Don't Bother Victor!"||14th March 2011||#18|
|The Thin Controller leaves Peter Sam in charge of the narrow gauge railway.|
|"Happy Birthday Sir!"||15th March 2011||#19|
|Thomas and Winston, the new track inspection vehicle, look for an open-top carriage for the Fat Controller's birthday.|
|"The Christmas Tree Express"||25th December 2011||#20|
|Toby gets scared when he takes Rheneas to Misty Island to pick out a Christmas tree.|
- Bash and Dash
- 'Arry and Bert
- Sir Handel
- Peter Sam
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Dowager Hatt
- Mr. Percival
- Farmer McColl
- The Mayor of Sodor
- The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
- Farmer Trotter
- The Dock Manager
- The Photographer
- The Tree Specialists (one speaks)
- The Schoolchildren (one speaks)
- The Great Composer
- Stanley (does not speak)
- Scruff (does not speak)
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- Harold (does not speak)
- Captain (does not speak)
- Ol' Wheezy (does not speak)
- Hee-Haw (does not speak)
- Lady Hatt (does not speak)
- Sodor Brass Band (do not speak)
- Hiro (cameo)
- Belle (cameo)
- Paxton (cameo)
- Norman (cameo)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- Merrick (cameo)
- Owen (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Allicia Botti (cameo)
- Mr. Bubbles (cameo)
- The Railway Inspector (cameo)
- The Railway Coal Inspector (cameo)
- The Engineer (cameo)
- The Fireman (cameo)
- The Bargeman (cameo)
- The Two Bakers (cameo)
- The Teacher (cameo)
- The Bird Watcher (cameo)
- Sodor United Football Team (cameo)
- The Laundry Lady (cameo)
- The Ginger-haired Boy (cameo)
- The Welsh Bird Watcher (cameo)
- The Lady with the Big Hat (cameo)
- The Search and Rescue Manager (cameo)
- Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
- Albert's Wife (cameo)
- The Female Puppet Show Entertainer (cameo)
- City of Truro (picture cameo)
- Duncan (mentioned)
- Father Christmas (mentioned)
- Lord Callan (mentioned)
UK and AUS
- Michael Angelis as the narrator
- Ben Small as Thomas, Toby, Ferdinand, Rheneas and the Troublesome Trucks
- Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, Salty, Den, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, the Mayor of Sodor, Mr. Percival, the Man at the Fire, and the Great Composer
- Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Bash, Winston, Victor, Rusty, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, Farmer Trotter, the Photographer, and the Dock Manager
- Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, the Duchess of Boxford, and the Schoolboy
- Rupert Degas as Dart, Flynn, and Bertie
- Steven Kynman as Peter Sam (uncredited)
- Kerry Shale as Diesel and 'Arry
- William Hope as Bert
US and CAN
- Michael Brandon as the narrator and Diesel
- Martin Sherman as Thomas and Percy
- William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bash, Bert, Rocky, Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, and the Dock Manager
- Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, James, Dash, 'Arry, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival, Farmer Trotter, and the Photographer
- Jules de Jongh as Emily, Rosie, Mavis, the Duchess of Boxford, and the Schoolboy
- Ben Small as Charlie, Rheneas and the Troublesome Trucks
- Keith Wickham as Salty, Den, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Dowager Hatt, and the Great Composer
- Matt Wilkinson as Winston and Rusty
- Rupert Degas as Dart, Flynn, and Bertie
- Glenn Wrage as Spencer, Ferdinand, Cranky, and Butch
- David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
- Steven Kynman as Peter Sam
- This season marks the first of a few things:
- The first season where Hiro, Stanley, Captain, and Harold appear, but do not speak.
- The first season not to have Togo Igawa as part of the voice cast.
- Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Rusty's first appearances in full CGI.
- The Skarloey Railway Depot, The Lighthouse and the Sodor Suspension Bridge's first appearance in full CGI.
- The first season since the thirteenth season where the trucks have faces.
- The first season to feature Matt Wilkinson as Butch in the UK version.
- The first season to feature Ian McCue as producer.
- The first and only season to feature Rebecca Evans as script editor.
- The first and only season for which all of the episodes (except The Christmas Tree Express) aired in Australia before airing in other countries. However, selected episodes from the seventeenth and eighteenth seasons also aired in Australia ahead of their overseas debuts.
- The first season where the end credits only list the cast members who provide voices in the particular episodes. The only exceptions are the UK dub of Whiff's Wish, where Ben Small is incorrectly added to the list of voice actors despite none of his characters speaking in that dub, and the UK dub of Don't Bother Victor, where Steven Kynman is not credited despite voicing Peter Sam.
- This season marks the last of a couple of things:
- Sharon Miller's last season as head writer.
- Greg Tiernan's last season as director.
- Nicole Stinn's last season as producer.
- The last season to feature Matt Wilkinson as Victor in the UK. David Bedella takes over the role in Blue Mountain Mystery.
- Sam Barlow's last season as story executive.
- The last season animated by Nitrogen Studios.
- The last season to feature Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand, excluding Ferdinand's cameo in the eighteenth season episode, Signals Crossed.
- The last season to feature Misty Island. It was later mentioned in the twentieth season episode, The Way She Does It.
- The last season to feature Glenn Wrage as Butch in the US. Steven Kynman took over the role in the seventeenth season.
- The last season which Emily shares Henry's whistle sound.
- The last season to feature Teresa Gallagher and Jules de Jongh as Rosie in the UK and US, respectively.
- The last season in fullscreen in Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Latin America, the United Kingdom (Nick Jr. broadcasts only) and in the United States of America (but in some PBS broadcasts).
- The last season narrated by Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis for the US and UK, respectively, and the last to have two separate narrators for the UK and US.
- The last season to have twenty episodes.
- The last season to have Rupert Degas as part of the voice cast. Keith Wickham took over the role of Bertie and Steven Kynman took over the role of Dart. Ben Small only voiced Flynn in the seventeenth season, then this role was given to Glenn Wrage and later, Rob Rackstraw in the nineteenth season.
- The last season to have a character voiced by the narrator in the US version (Diesel in this case as Martin Sherman took over the role of this character until the eighteenth season and Mark Moraghan is the current narrator from the seventeenth season onwards).
- The last season where Ben Small voices Ferdinand in the UK dub.
- Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam's whistles now budge up and down when they use them.
- Prior to the narrow gauge engines' return, the team went to the Talyllyn Railway to measure the real engines to make the Skarloey engines. Unfortunately, Douglas (Duncan's basis) was under an overhaul and thus could not be measured. This would be why Duncan doesn't appear in the season or Blue Mountain Mystery.
- On Netflix UK, this series was incorrectly listed as Season 14. The mistake was later corrected.
- In Norway, this season was shown on the TV 2 Sumo website before airing on television.