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The seventeenth season of the television series premiered in the UK on June 3rd, 2013. In the US, the season started airing on October 7th. This season was the first of a new writing style for the series and ran for twenty-six episodes.


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US title (bottom)

Original UK

release date

Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriend45 "Kevin's Cranky Friend" June 3rd, 2013 #01
Kevin helps Cranky at the docks, but Cranky does not think he needs help even as the work piles up.
Scruff'sMakeover22 "Scruff's Makeover" June 4th, 2013 #02
Scruff gets a new coat of paint and refuses to work at the Waste Dump because he does not want to get dirty.
WaywardWinston45 "Wayward Winston" June 5th, 2013 #03
Winston is frustrated because Sir Topham Hatt cannot drive him well, so he decides to go driverless.
GordonRunsDry13 "Gordon Runs Dry" June 6th, 2013 #04
Gordon's boiler is damaged, but he is too impatient to get repaired or stop to refill with water because of the leak.
CalmDownCaitlin55 "Calm Down Caitlin" June 7th, 2013 #05
Caitlin has to spend the night on Sodor and keeps everyone awake.
SteamieStafford37 "Steamie Stafford" June 10th, 2013 #06
Stafford becomes jealous of the steam engines because of all the noise they make, so he begins to act like them.
Henry'sHero65 "Henry's Hero" June 11th, 2013 #07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal and start puffing out black smoke.
Luke'sNewFriend37 "Luke's New Friend" June 12th, 2013 #08
Luke befriends a deer at the Blue Mountain Quarry.
TheSwitch36 "The Switch" June 13th, 2013 #09
Luke and Millie swap jobs for the day.
NotNow,Charlie!32 "Not Now, Charlie!" June 14th, 2013 #10
Charlie finds an elephant on the track and tries to alert the other engines, but no-one will take him seriously.
TheLostPuff71 "The Lost Puff" September 30th, 2013 #11
Paxton tries to find Thomas' "lost puff."
TheThomasWay40 "The Thomas Way" October 1st, 2013 #12
Thomas and Duck must work together to help Harold when he breaks down.
ThePhantomExpress26 "The Phantom Express" October 2nd, 2013 #13
James tricks Percy and Stephen into thinking there is a ghost at Ulfstead Castle.
Percy'sLuckyDay99 "Percy's Lucky Day" October 3rd, 2014 #14
After Percy suffers a bout of bad luck, Stephen gives him a lucky charm.
BillorBen?75 "Bill or Ben?" October 4th, 2013 #15
Bill and Ben trick Connor by saying there is a faster engine.
TooManyFireEngines67 "Too Many Fire Engines" November 5th, 2013 #16
Some railway inspectors question whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines.
NoSnowforThomas85 "No Snow for Thomas" December 23rd, 2013 #17
Thomas hides his snowplough, resulting in Emily doing his work.
Santa'sLittleEngine24 "Santa's Little Engine" December 24th, 2013 #18
Thomas has to rescue Sir Topham Hatt when his sleigh breaks away on a hill.
TheMissingChristmasDecorations78 "The Missing Christmas Decorations" December 25th, 2013 #19
Percy thinks Diesel 10 is stealing Christmas decorations.
TheFrozenTurntable7 "The Frozen Turntable" December 26th, 2013 #20
The turntable at Tidmouth Sheds freezes in one position and the engines argue about who should get the one accessible berth.
AwayFromtheSea109 "Away From the Sea" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
July 5th, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Porter arrives at the docks and Salty is convinced he has been sent to replace him.
TheSmellyKipper63 "The Smelly Kipper" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
July 6th, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Henry challenges James to take The Flying Kipper.
NoMoreMrNiceEngine71 "No More Mr. Nice Engine" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
November 21st, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Diesel tries to get Hiro to toughen up with the trucks.
GoneFishing(episode)9 "Gone Fishing" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
July 5th, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Harvey pulls a long train for the first time.
Thomas'Shortcut90 "Thomas' Shortcut" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
November 21st, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Bertie uses a shortcut while he and Thomas race, so Thomas decides to use one of his own.
TheAfternoonTeaExpress50"The Afternoon Tea Express" March 31st, 2014 (DVD)
July 6th, 2014 (Nick Jr.)
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.



Characters Introduced

Half hour format

  1. Look and Listen - The Lost Puff and Steamie Stafford
  2. Fire and Water - Too Many Fire Engines and Gordon Runs Dry
  3. Just Be Yourself - Scruff's Makeover and Wayward Winston
  4. Someone to Look Up To - Kevin's Cranky Friend and Henry's Hero
  5. Peace and Quiet - Calm Down Caitlin and Luke's New Friend
  6. Taking Turns - The Thomas Way and The Switch
  7. Spooky Charms - The Phantom Express and Percy's Lucky Day
  8. Tricks and Tales - Bill or Ben? and Not Now, Charlie!
  9. Snow Stops Play - No Snow for Thomas and The Frozen Turntable
  10. Tinsel and Trains - The Missing Christmas Decorations and Santa's Little Engine
  11. Sea and Sand - Away From the Sea and Gone Fishing
  12. Food to Go - The Afternoon Tea Express and The Smelly Kipper
  13. Take it Easy - No More Mr. Nice Engine and Thomas' Shortcut


UK and AUS

US and CAN


  • This season marks the first for numerous things:
    • Andrew Brenner's first season as head writer.
    • Mark Moraghan's first season as narrator.
    • The first season since the second season to have the same narrator for both the UK and US.
    • The first season to have a different episode order in Australia than the UK and US.
    • The first season animated by Arc Productions.
    • The first season to credit the writers on the episode title cards.
    • The first season not to feature Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Captain and Misty Island since their introductions in Misty Island Rescue (excluding Bash's stock footage cameo in a Mr. Perkins segment).
    • The first season not to feature Maithwaite station since its introduction in the fifth season.
    • The first season since the twelfth season not to feature anyone from the Steam Team in every episode.
    • The first season of the CGI series to not have the engines' whistles bulge up and down when operated.
    • The first season since the eleventh season to have 26 episodes. Though it was going to have 20 episodes when in the middle of programming.
    • The first season since the fifth season to have a railway consultant.
    • The first season since the fourth season dubbed in Ukrainian.
    • The first season since the fourth season to start airing in one year, and finish in another.
    • The first season produced by a separate production team from that producing the season's special.
    • Duck, Bill and Ben, and Harvey's first appearance in full CGI.
    • Kellsthorpe Road and Dryaw's first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first season to have David Bedella as Victor in the UK version, since the executives decided that Matt Wilkinson's voice for the character is not as strong as David's.
    • The first season to feature Steven Kynman as Butch in the US.
    • The first time Sidney appears in an episode.
    • The first and only time Diesel 10 appears in an episode.
    • The first season to feature Keith Wickham as Bertie, Steven Kynman as Dart and the first and only time to feature Ben Small as Flynn after Rupert Degas left the voice cast.
    • The first season to have Bob Golding, Rebecca O'Mara, Jonathan Forbes, Miranda Raison, Mike Grady, Steven Kynman, David Menkin, and Jonathan Broadbent as part of the voice cast.
    • The first season where all the Steam Team have lamps as they were requested to be added by Sam Wilkinson.
    • The first season that Rosie doesn't speak in since her introduction in the tenth season.
  • In the UK, this season was released in several stages across a two-year period, rather than being aired all together:
    • The season premiered on June 3rd, 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from September 30th, 2013. One episode aired on November 5th and four more aired in December.
    • The final six episodes went straight to DVD in March 2014.
    • Four of the final six episodes aired on July 5th and 6th, 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on November 21st, 2014.
  • This season contained the 400th episode of the television series.
  • For the first several episodes of the season, PBS used an opening title from earlier seasons, with Michael Brandon listed as the narrator and Greg Tiernan listed as the director. The remainder of the episodes would feature the correct opening title, as would the initial episodes in subsequent airings.
  • This is the last episodic season to be in fullscreen 4:3 on DVD in the American version. But all except for the Spills and Thrills episodes from the US version of the DVD, and episodes such as Bill or Ben?, Too Many Fire Engines, The Phantom Express, Henry's Hero and Not Now Charlie as seen in widescreen 16:9 by the US version of Engines to the Rescue.
  • In Norway, this season was shown on the website TV 2 Sumo before airing on television.
  • The final eleven episodes of this season were released in Australia and Japan before their UK debuts.
  • This is the only season animated by Arc Productions that Henrietta doesn't have a face. This is also the last season where she doesn't have a face.
  • Although Arc Productions had officially taken over the animation aspects of the television series, starting from this season, the episodes still used the opening titles and closing credits made by Nitrogen Studios which continued until the nineteenth season.