Thomas & Friends (series 7)

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Thomas & Friends (series 7)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 7.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Original network ITV
Original release 6 October (2003-10-06) –
10 November 2003 (2003-11-10)
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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 seventh series of the show, which was first broadcast in 2003. This series is narrated by Michael Angelis for the U.K. audiences, who re-dubbed only four episodes for the U.S. audiences, while Michael Brandon narrated the episodes for the U.S. audiences.

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


This was the first series to be narrated by Michael Brandon for the U.S. audiences.

This was the last series to be directed by David Mitton, the last produced by Phil Ferhle and the last to have music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.

Britt Allcroft had stepped down as executive producer for Gullane Entertainment, while Peter Urie returned as executive producer for Gullane Entertainment and Jocelyn Stevenson became the executive producer for HiT Entertainment.

Jan Page served as script editor for this series.


Total # UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Written by Original air date
157 1 "Emily's New Coaches" David Mitton Jan Page 6 October 2003 (2003-10-06)
A new engine named Emily arrives and unintentionally steals Annie and Clarabel. This makes Thomas cross, and he and the other engines make Emily feel rather unwelcome.
158 2 "Percy Gets It Right" David Mitton Paul Larson 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)
Percy must rescue Thomas when he gets stuck in a landslide while making a delivery.
159 3 "Bill, Ben and Fergus" David Mitton Brian Trueman 8 October 2003 (2003-10-08)
Fergus tries to help Bill and Ben at the quarry, but they find him bossy. They ignore his warning to take care with the noisy rock crusher, which leads to a rockslide.
160 4 "The Old Bridge"
"The Old Iron Bridge"
David Mitton Paul Larson 9 October 2003 (2003-10-09)
Skarloey nearly falls off a wooden bridge, causing him to become gephyrophobic. Rheneas takes over his duty to cross it, but Skarloey soon has to pluck up courage when his friend is in danger.
161 5 "Edward's Brass Band" David Mitton Robyn Charteris 10 October 2003 (2003-10-10)
An accident prevents Edward from getting to take the brass band. But when he is finally repaired, Bertie (his substitute) gets stuck in the mud.
162 6 "What's the Matter with Henry?" David Mitton George Tarry 13 October 2003 (2003-10-13)
Thomas and Percy don't believe that Henry is really feeling ill today. Luckily, Emily cares for her friend and helps solve what is hurting him.
163 7 "James and the Queen of Sodor" David Mitton Paul Larson 14 October 2003 (2003-10-14)
Boastful James takes the opportunity to be grand by taking the "Queen of Sodor". But it turns out that this queen is in fact the name of a smelly barge.
164 8 "The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop"
"The Refreshment Lady's Stand"
David Mitton James Mason 15 October 2003 (2003-10-15)
Peter Sam is given the assignment of helping the Refreshment Lady choose a new location for a tea shop. But she only wishes to have a stand in each place.
165 9 "The Spotless Record"
"Spotless Record"
David Mitton Paul Larson 16 October 2003 (2003-10-16)
Thomas plays a trick on Arthur, who has never been naughty or in an accident, by telling him to keep the trucks in order. But the trucks – and Thomas – ruin his spotless record.
166 10 "Toby's Windmill"
"Toby and the Windmill"
David Mitton Jan Page 17 October 2003 (2003-10-17)
Toby accidentally causes trouble at his favourite windmill. To make matters worse, a storm destroys it. Toby wants to make up for his mistake by helping to fix it.
167 11 "Bad Day at Castle Loch" David Mitton Jenny McDade 20 October 2003 (2003-10-20)
While Donald and Douglas are pleased about Lord Callan's castle re-opening, they aren't too excited when they encounter something spooky that night during a trip.
168 12 "Rheneas and the Roller Coaster" David Mitton James Mason 21 October 2003 (2003-10-21)
Rheneas wants to show the children a really special sight, but doesn't think anything around is good enough. Later, he stumbles onto a twisty and unsafe track.
169 13 "Salty's Stormy Tale" David Mitton Polly Churchill 22 October 2003 (2003-10-22)
Salty is hurt when he hears Thomas and Percy making fun of him. But that night, being the clever diesel he is, he stops what could have been a terrible shipwreck.
170 14 "Snow Engine"
"Oliver the Snow Engine"
David Mitton Jenny McDade 23 October 2003 (2003-10-23)
Oliver detests snow, but Toad likes it. Oliver's grumpy mood leads him straight into being the new face of a snowman. He has to now spend the night in the stuff.
171 15 "Something Fishy" David Mitton Paul Larson 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Arthur must come to Thomas' rescue after he falls off a pier into a tidal pool.
172 16 "The Runaway Elephant" David Mitton George Tarry 27 October 2003 (2003-10-27)
Duncan wants to finish first, and ignores instructions to go slowly with the elephant statue. He regrets leaving without the brake van when the statue pulls him along the line.
173 17 "Peace and Quiet" David Mitton Paul Larson 28 October 2003 (2003-10-28)
Murdoch, a new engine who is very big and strong, only wants some peace and quiet, which is something that is hard to find on a railway. The next day, he runs into a flock of noisy sheep on the line.
174 18 "Fergus Breaks the Rules"
"Thomas and the Search for Fergus"
David Mitton Jan Page 29 October 2003 (2003-10-29)
Diesel tricks Fergus into going to a new job at the Smelter's, even though he is considered the pride of the Cement Works. But Fergus wants to follow the rules at any price.
175 19 "Bulgy Rides Again" David Mitton Brian Trueman 30 October 2003 (2003-10-30)
Bulgy is given a second chance at being a bus. But the hens still want him as their henhouse. They sneak back onboard and cause trouble the next day.
176 20 "Harold and the Flying Horse" David Mitton Robin Kingsland 31 October 2003 (2003-10-31)
As Harold is on duty, Percy hears a story about Pegasus, the flying horse that will give rides at the fete. Percy and Harold both see the horse and help the fete when the horse gets stuck in a ditch.
177 21 "The Grand Opening" David Mitton James Mason 3 November 2003 (2003-11-03)
Skarloey is upset about being late. Meanwhile, the hot air balloon the Fat Controller is on loses air. Luckily, Skarloey spots them and helps on his way to the grand opening.
178 22 "Best Dressed Engine" David Mitton Polly Churchill 4 November 2003 (2003-11-04)
Gordon scoffs as the other engines decorate themselves for May Day. But Gordon's cross mood leaves him with a banner strung across his boiler by mistake, causing trouble on his journey.
179 23 "Gordon and Spencer" David Mitton Lee Pressman 5 November 2003 (2003-11-05)
Gordon is jealous of Spencer, the world's fastest steam engine. But Spencer runs out of water on Gordon's Hill, making him the one in disgrace.
180 24 "Not So Hasty Puddings"
"Not So Hasty Cakes/Thomas and the Avalanche"
David Mitton Robyn Charteris 6 November 2003 (2003-11-06)
Thomas is jealous when Elizabeth is given the task of shipping Christmas puddings. But she slips on the icy roads, so Thomas has to help after all.
181 25 "Trusty Rusty" David Mitton James Mason 7 November 2003 (2003-11-07)
Duncan ignores Rusty's warning about the old wooden bridge, for being "only a diesel". But Duncan runs out of coal on the bridge – just as it starts to fall.
182 26 "Three Cheers for Thomas"
"Hooray for Thomas"
David Mitton Jan Page 10 November 2003 (2003-11-10)
Thomas wants to feel important, so he agrees to race Bertie again. But during his competition, the load of medals for the children's competition needs to be delivered, and Thomas needs to do this job.



  • Emily (Emily's New Coaches)
  • Fergus (Bill, Ben and Fergus)
  • Sodor Brass Band (Edward's Brass Band)
  • Arthur (The Spotless Record)
  • The Miller (Toby's Windmill)
  • Lord Callan (Bad Day at Castle Loch)
  • The Fat Controller's Cat (Snow Engine)
  • Murdoch (Peace and Quiet)
  • Pegasus the Cart Horse (Harold and the Flying Horse)
  • Spencer (Gordon and Spencer)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (Gordon and Spencer)

Recurring character cast[edit]