Thomas & Friends (series 16)

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Thomas & Friends (series 16)
Country of origin United Kingdom, Canada
No. of episodes 20
Original channel Channel 5
Original run 20 February –
25 December 2012
Series chronology
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List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas & Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the sixteenth series of the show, which was first broadcast in 2012. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the UK audiences, although Michael Brandon narrates the episodes for the US audiences, which was also their last series.

This was Sharon Miller's last series as head writer and it was also the last series to feature episodes written by Miller.

Some episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the UK broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath.


# Total UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Written by Original air date TV order
1 382 "Race to the Rescue" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 20 February 2012 301a
Flynn becomes nervous when he is told he has to run on the road for the first time.
2 383 "Ol' Wheezy Wobbles" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 21 February 2012 304b
Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. The Logging Locos don't know what to do, so Thomas, Den, and Dart try to help.
3 384 "Express Coming Through" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 22 February 2012 307b
Dowager Hatt is having a party for some important visitors, and Thomas is chosen to pull the express, which is harder than he expected.
4 385 "Percy and the Monster of Brendam" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 23 February 2012 309b
Percy believes one of Salty's tales and looks for "the Monster of Brendam."
5 386 "Ho Ho Snowman" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 24 February 2012 304a
Charlie hides behind a snowman and as Henry passes. Charlie pretends to be the former to help Henry appreciate snow.
6 387 "Flash Bang Wallop!" Greg Tiernan Jessica Sandys Clarke 27 February 2012 302a
A photographer wants to take some pictures of the engines for a book, and Thomas wants to be in as many photos as he can.
7 388 "Thomas and the Rubbish Train"
"Thomas and the Garbage Train"
Greg Tiernan Andrew Viner 28 February 2012 302b
Thomas helps Whiff pull a train to the waste dump, but becomes paranoid due to his supposed stench.
8 389 "Thomas Toots the Crows" Greg Tiernan Dan and Nuria Wicksman 29 February 2012 307a
Thomas tries to help keep the crows off Farmer McColl's seeds.
9 390 "Bust My Buffers!" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 1 March 2012 301b
Gordon's bufferbeam is broken and he is given a diesel's bufferbeam, much to his dismay.
10 391 "Percy and the Calliope" Greg Tiernan Max Allen 2 March 2012 305b
Percy tries to save an old calliope from the Smelter's Yard.
11 392 "Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor" Greg Tiernan Gerard Foster 5 March 2012 303a
Thomas helps a famous composer look for inspiration for his new music.
12 393 "Salty's Surprise" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 6 March 2012 308b
Edward tries to find Salty a Christmas present after Salty says he has no time for the holidays.
13 394 "Sodor Surprise Day" Greg Tiernan Jessica Kedward and Kirsty Peart 7 March 2012 306a
Thomas tries to get Gordon to have fun on Sodor Surprise Day, but ruins the fireworks Gordon was supposed to collect instead.
14 395 "Emily's Winter Party Special" Greg Tiernan Max Allen 8 March 2012 306b
Sir Topham Hatt tells Emily that she can pull the Winter Special if she finds his top hat.
15 396 "Muddy Matters" Greg Tiernan Max Allen 9 March 2012 305a
James needs to travel on muddy tracks to get Farmer McColl's sheep to the fair, but does not want to dirty his paintwork in the process.
16 397 "Whiff's Wish" Greg Tiernan Andy Bernhardt 12 March 2012 308a
Whiff wishes that he was as grand as Spencer, and tries to implement the advice that Spencer gave him.
17 398 "Welcome Stafford" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 13 March 2012 303b
Spencer shows Stafford, the new electric shunting engine, around Sodor, but ignores a warning that Stafford's batteries could run out.
18 399 "Don't Bother Victor!" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 14 March 2012 309a
The Thin Controller leaves Peter Sam in charge of the Narrow Gauge Railway, telling him not to bother Victor during his visit.
19 400 "Happy Birthday Sir!" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 15 March 2012 310
Thomas and Winston attempt to restore an open-top carriage for Sir Topham Hatt's birthday.
20 401 "The Christmas Tree Express" Greg Tiernan Sharon Miller 25 December 2012 311
Toby takes Rheneas to Misty Island to find the perfect Christmas tree.


Steve Kynman (Peter Sam, Dart and Paxton) joined the voice cast, and
William Hope (Bert) joined the UK section of the voice cast.

Togo Igawa did not feature (due to working on other TV work), resulting in Hiro having a non-speaking role of appearance throughout this series of episodes.

Matt Wilkinson (Spencer, Stanley, Charlie, Scruff, Rocky, Kevin, Cranky, Merrick, Rusty and Winston) takes on
the role of Butch from this '(and also the next)' series onwards.

Actor Region Role(s)
Michael Angelis UK The Narrator
Michael Brandon US The Narrator and Diesel
Martin Sherman US Thomas and Percy
Ben Small UK Thomas, Toby and Ferdinand
US Charlie (Race to the Rescue onwards)
UK/US Rheneas
David Bedella US Victor and The Mayor of Sodor
Rupert Degas UK/US Dart
Teresa Gallagher UK Emily, Rosie, Mavis, The Duchess of Boxford and The School Boy
William Hope US Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bash, Farmer McColl, The Duke of Boxford, Farmer Trotter and The Dock Manager
UK/US Bert
Jules de Jongh US Emily, Rosie, Mavis, The Duchess of Boxford and The School Boy
Steve Kynman UK/US Peter Sam
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, James, Dash, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Percival
UK Diesel
UK/US 'Arry
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, The Fat Controller, The Mayor of Sodor, Mr. Percival and The Man at the Fire
UK/US Salty, Den, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Dowager Hatt and The Great Composer
Matt Wilkinson UK Spencer, Victor, Charlie, Bash, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Farmer McColl, The Duke of Boxford, The Photographer, Farmer Trotter and The Dock Manager
UK/US Rusty and Winston
Glenn Wrage US Spencer, Ferdinand, Rocky, Cranky and Butch