The seventh season of the television series aired in 2003. All twenty-six episodes were narrated by Michael Angelis with original music in the UK and Michael Brandon with new music in the US. Michael Angelis also narrated four episodes for the US release, New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. This season was filmed during HiT Entertainment's acquisition of Gullane Entertainment. An episode is paired with Season 8 and Season 9 airings on PBS and Nick Jr airings on weekends.


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US title (bottom)

Original UK

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Episode number #
Emily'sNewCoaches29 "Emily's New Coaches" October 6th, 2003 #01
Thomas is cross at Emily for taking Annie and Clarabel.
PercyGetsitRight47 "Percy Gets it Right" October 7th, 2003 #02
Percy is worried about a wobbly track, but no one will listen.
Bill,BenandFergus18 "Bill, Ben and Fergus" October 8th, 2003 #03
Fergus annoys Bill and Ben with his "do it right" attitude.
TheOldBridge53 "The Old Bridge
The Old Iron Bridge
October 9th, 2003 #04
Skarloey is afraid to cross an old bridge, but must do so to save Rheneas.
Edward'sBrassBand45 "Edward's Brass Band" October 10th, 2003 #05
Bertie takes the brass band to the concert as Edward is at the Works, but gets bogged down in mud.
What'stheMatterwithHenry?39 "What's the Matter with Henry?" October 13th, 2003 #06
Henry is ill, but Thomas and Percy do not believe him.
JamesandtheQueenofSodor39 "James and the Queen of Sodor" October 14th, 2003 #07
James is less than thrilled to discover the Queen of Sodor is really an old barge.
TheRefreshmentLady'sTeaShop21 "The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop
The Refreshment Lady's Stand
October 15th, 2003 #08
The Refreshment Lady does not know where to put her new tea-shop.
TheSpotlessRecord25 "The Spotless Record
Spotless Record
October 16th, 2003 #09
Thomas plays a trick on Arthur to spoil his spotless accident record.
Toby'sWindmill55 "Toby's Windmill
Toby and the Windmill
October 17th, 2003 #10
Toby tries to save an old windmill after it is struck by lightning.
BadDayAtCastleLoch43 "Bad Day at Castle Loch" October 20th, 2003 #11
Donald and Douglas meet disaster when taking a special load to Castle Loch.
RheneasandtheRollerCoaster34 "Rheneas and the Roller Coaster" October 21st, 2003 #12
Rheneas has a wild ride after venturing onto an old mountain line.
Salty'sStormyTale42 "Salty's Stormy Tale" October 22nd, 2003 #13
Salty and Fergus work hard to save a ship after the Lighthouse's generator breaks down.
SnowEngine59 "Snow Engine
Oliver the Snow Engine
October 23rd, 2003 #14
Oliver hates snow and is unhappy when he collides with a giant snowman.
SomethingFishy33 "Something Fishy" October 24th, 2003 #15
Arthur wants to run the coastal line but is upset when Thomas gets the job.
TheRunawayElephant27 "The Runaway Elephant" October 27th, 2003 #16
Duncan's carelessness nearly spoils the opening of a park.
PeaceAndQuiet32 "Peace and Quiet" October 28th, 2003 #17
Murdoch longs for quiet time in the countryside but is dismayed when he encounters a flock of sheep.
FergusBreakstheRules34 "Fergus Breaks the Rules
Thomas and the Search for Fergus
October 29th, 2003 #18
Diesel tricks Fergus into venturing into the scrapyard.
BulgyRidesAgain32 "Bulgy Rides Again" October 30th, 2003 #19
Bulgy is brought back into service for the summer workload, but the chickens are not keen on leaving their henhouse.
HaroldAndTheFlyingHorse44 "Harold and the Flying Horse" October 31st, 2003 #20
Harold is sad he cannot help with the Village Fete, but ends up rescuing the carthorse.
TheGrandOpening54 "The Grand Opening" November 3rd, 2003 #21
Skarloey is often delayed as he has to take workmen to repair the line, but his lateness comes in handy one day.
BestDressedEngine48 "Best Dressed Engine" November 4th, 2003 #22
Gordon boasts about being the fastest engine on Sodor, but Thomas soon proves him wrong.
GordonAndSpencer49 "Gordon and Spencer" November 5th, 2003 #23
Gordon meets a splendid but arrogant streamliner named Spencer, who ignores his advice.
NotSoHastyPuddings52 "Not So Hasty Puddings
Not So Hasty Cakes
Thomas and the Avalanche
November 6th, 2003 #24
A snowdrift almost prevents Elizabeth from getting some Christmas puddings to the harbour on time.
TrustyRusty45 "Trusty Rusty" November 7th, 2003 #25
Duncan ventures onto an old bridge and Rusty comes to the rescue.
ThreeCheersforThomas61 Three Cheers for Thomas
Hooray for Thomas
November 10th, 2003 #26
Thomas races Bertie again, but he has to go back to Knapford to pick up the Sports Day medals.



Characters introduced


  • This was the final season of several things:
    • David Mitton's final season as director.
    • Phil Fehrle's last season as producer.
    • Peter Urie's last season as executive producer.
    • The final season to have Britt Allcroft involved in production.
    • The final season to include music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.
    • The final season to use music composed with Proteus 2, Proteus 2000 and Proteus 3.
    • The final season to use 35mm film.
    • The final season in 4:3 fullscreen in Japan (As well as the last season to be released on Japanese video tapes).
    • The final season to use the original opening credits and theme.
  • This was also the first season of several things:
    • Michael Brandon's first season as narrator.
    • Jocelyn Stevenson's first season as executive producer.
    • The first season to use the Thomas & Friends logo in the opening titles.
    • The first season not dubbed in Norwegian or Slovenian.
    • The first season filmed under HiT Entertainment.
  • The US version of this season uses the eighth season intro and music.
  • This was the only season to have different soundtracks in different regions. In the US, the episodes were recomposed with music by Robert Hartshorne and using Engine Rollcall as the theme.
  • US versions of Gordon and Spencer, Emily's New Coaches, The Spotless Record, Peace and Quiet, Harold and the Flying Horse, Bulgy Rides Again, and Salty's Stormy Tale scored by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell were released on the New Friends for Thomas and Thomas and the Jet Engine VHS/DVDs respectively in 2004.
  • UK versions of the season, excluding Snow Engine, A Bad Day at Castle Loch, The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop, The Grand Opening and The Runaway Elephant, with music recomposed by Robert Hartshorne were broadcast on Nick Jr. between episodes from the eighth or ninth seasons and included on the Bumper Party Collection! DVD.
  • This is the only season of several things:
    • Jan Page's only season as script editor.
    • The only Classic Series season to feature Michael Brandon as a narrator, along with the only season to pair his narration with music by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.
  • This season uses more stock footage than any other season.
  • This season has the most episodes broadcast out of production order.
  • This season was never shown in Norway, Spain or Germany.
  • The CiTV broadcasts of this season saw the return of two episodes being compiled into one 10-minute block. The only difference is that the opening titles were shown again at the end of the first episode. At the same time, CiTV also compiled the previous episodes from the sixth season into 10 minute blocks.
  • This season was produced in association with Nickelodeon UK, as indicated by the endboard seen on Nick Jr. airings of the episodes.