The Best Episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

The show is about a tank engine, Thomas, and his friends who live on the Island of Sodor. Together, the engines work on the railways under the supervision of Sir Topham Hatt, the "Fat Controller." Thomas The Tank Engine actually dates back to 1945, when the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry created The Railway Series to amuse his son Christopher, who was suffering from measles. His wife Margaret encouraged him to publish the stories and he did so, going on to add another book each year (except 1947 and 1971) until 1972. Wilbert's son Christopher later continued The Railway Series up to 40 books. In 1984 Britt Allcroft decided to turn the stories into a TV series with Ringo Starr as the narrator. He was replaced by Michael Angelis in 1991, who still narrates today.

Flour Power

#1 - Flour Power

Season 9 - Episode 26

Thomas and Diesel have to collect flour, needed ready for the following day, from the Flour Mill. But tonight is Halloween, so Diesel decides to take advantage of this by trying to frighten little Thomas on their way to the Mill. Thomas, though, comes up with some surprises of his own…

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Steve Asquith
The World's Strongest Engine

#2 - The World's Strongest Engine

Season 6 - Episode 11

Diesel is back after Henry has an accident, and annoys the other engines by boasting about how he is the world's strongest engine. To prove it, Diesel tries to pull 20 trucks at once, but they all have their brakes on and cause a coupling to break resulting in Diesel being launched down the yard...

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Rusty & The Boulder

#3 - Rusty & The Boulder

Season 5 - Episode 26

The Fat Controller has opened a new mine, and both the normal gauge and narrow gauge railways have tracks to it. An old boulder has had to be moved to make way for the mine, and Rusty is worried about it. Some time later the boulder is shaken loose and falls off the cliff it has been placed on and it chases Rusty down the line! Rusty manages to escape via a siding, but the boulder continues to thunder along! Back at the mine, Percy, with nowhere to run, sees the boulder up ahead, and it's heading straight for him...

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Troublesome Trucks

#4 - Troublesome Trucks

Season 1 - Episode 9

James is feeling sad as he is still staying in his shed for being naughty. Eventually the Fat Controller lets him out to pull a goods train, but the trucks don't want to be pulled by James and misbehave. Whilst pulling them up Gordon's Hill, a coupling breaks and the last few trucks roll back down the hill. James goes to get them (they were stopped by the Guard) and starts on up the hill once more...

star 7.82
33 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Diesel Does It Again

#5 - Diesel Does It Again

Season 3 - Episode 8

Duck and Percy are exhausted with the extra work in the harbour so the Fat Controller sends for another engine to help them. What a shock they receive when it turns out to be Diesel!

star 7.80
14 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Trucks

#6 - Trucks

Season 4 - Episode 8

Trucks - Sir Handel doesn't like them and they don't like him. So, after some 'helpful' tips from Gordon, he tricks Peter Sam into doing his work which leads to a great dilemma...

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Thomas & The Breakdown Train

#7 - Thomas & The Breakdown Train

Season 1 - Episode 7

Thomas is in the yard shunting when new engine James rushes past with a goods train yelling for help. James has wooden brakes and the trucks are pushing him down the line. The alarm goes - James has crashed into a field of cows. Thomas has to get the Breakdown Train and help James. Afterwards, the Fat Controller gives Thomas a very special reward.

star 7.72
39 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Sleeping Beauty (Part 2)

#8 - Sleeping Beauty (Part 2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

Thomas tells the engines the rest of his story about Duke and how a group of people set out to save him.

star 7.71
14 votes
Directors: David Mitton
What's The Matter With Henry?

#9 - What's The Matter With Henry?

Season 7 - Episode 6

Henry, lately, has been feeling sorry for himself as he's feeling dreadfully ill, but Thomas and Percy take no notice and don't believe him and decide to play a rather mean trick on him...

star 7.71
7 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Tenders & Turntables (Part 1)

#10 - Tenders & Turntables (Part 1)

Season 1 - Episode 15

Gordon has to pull his train backwards due not trying hard enough to move into the correct position on the turntable, so as to be turned around. And when James gets on the turntable, the strong sea winds spin it round much too fast. The two, plus Henry, are very cross about the the unfortunate events that happened to them and so all formulate on a plan...

star 7.71
20 votes
Directors: David Mitton
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Thomas & Bertie

#11 - Thomas & Bertie

Season 1 - Episode 14

Bertie the Bus challenges Thomas to a race, to see who can get to the end of the line first. Thomas faces obstacles such as stations, signals and a slow start, Bertie has bus stops and traffic lights - who will win?

star 7.68
22 votes
Directors: David Mitton
A Friend In Need (Part 2)

#12 - A Friend In Need (Part 2)

Season 6 - Episode 8

Ned the Steam Shovel accidentally knocks loose the important keystones from an old rail bridge, and Thomas is just down the line. Jack, however, with a bright idea, jumps in...

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: Steve Asquith
Salty's Stormy Tale

#13 - Salty's Stormy Tale

Season 7 - Episode 13

Salty is hurt when Thomas and Percy tease him about how he talks, but when a lighthouse's light goes out, it's up to Salty and new arrival Fergus to save a ship heading for the rocks.

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: David Mitton
You Can't Win

#14 - You Can't Win

Season 4 - Episode 4

Stuart is being rather cheeky to Duke about his old age but is taught a lesson later on that day thanks to a clever plan...

star 7.63
8 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Percy & Harold

#15 - Percy & Harold

Season 2 - Episode 9

Percy is enjoying his new work at the Harbour. The line is near an airfield, where a boastful helicopter called Harold lives. He reckons that, "Railways are slow and quite out of date!" But Percy proves a point when he challenges Harold to a race...

star 7.58
12 votes
Directors: David Mitton
James & The Coaches

#16 - James & The Coaches

Season 1 - Episode 8

James the new engine has to pull some coaches with the help of Edward. They do very well but James is so excited that he accidentally showers water all over the Fat Controller's new top hat! Later on he is pulling more coaches and bumps them so hard that a brake pipe is damaged. Newspaper and a leather bootlace could temporarily mend the problem, but only a passenger willing enough to hand over their laces will the train be able to continue...

star 7.58
31 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Bulldog

#17 - Bulldog

Season 4 - Episode 3

Percy is feeling rather annoyed because he has a new coat of paint and is longing for everyone and anyone to see it. So Thomas tells him the following story... Before the problems come to their railway, Falcon is doing rather well, and the manager explains to him that he is now ready to take on "The Mountain Road", a difficult part of the line, so Duke is coming along to help. Falcon is not happy about this. Falcon and Duke set off, but Falcon becomes careless and finds himself hanging on the edge of the hillside...

star 7.58
12 votes
Directors: David Mitton
The Diseasel

#18 - The Diseasel

Season 2 - Episode 21

Bill & Ben are twins who work at the China Clay Pits. One day, they are aghast when they discover that their trucks have gone missing! Down the line, they cause great problems and difficulty with a diesel called Boco, who they believe stole the trucks. Confusion regains until Edward explains everything.

star 7.57
7 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Emily's New Coaches

#19 - Emily's New Coaches

Season 7 - Episode 1

Emily is a new steam engine who has recently arrived on the Island of Sodor. She accidentally takes Annie and Clarabel, and Thomas gets annoyed by this. Later, Oliver & Toad get stuck and Thomas is fast approaching! Emily, who is closeby, sees this and rushes to the rescue, but will she prevent a possible serious accident from occuring in time?

star 7.57
7 votes
Directors: David Mitton
The Deputation (Part 2)

#20 - The Deputation (Part 2)

Season 2 - Episode 17

The engines are worried that Donald & Douglas might be sent away after their accidents. Edward suggests that they hold a Deputation - and poor Percy gets the task to tell the Fat Controller about it!

star 7.54
9 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Edward, Gordon & Henry (Part 2)

#21 - Edward, Gordon & Henry (Part 2)

Season 1 - Episode 4

Henry is sad that he is stuck in the tunnel, and Gordon is having fun teasing him whenever he passes. One day Gordon's safety valve bursts just outside the tunnel. Edward is the only other engine available, but the train is too heavy for him. How could the situation possibly be resolved?

star 7.52
46 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Toad Stands By

#22 - Toad Stands By

Season 4 - Episode 20

Poor Oliver! Ever since his plight in the turntable well, the trucks, and their leader S.C.Ruffey, have been teasing him dreadfully. However, Toad the brakevan has a plan to stop their nonsense once and for all...

star 7.50
8 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Bertie's Chase

#23 - Bertie's Chase

Season 2 - Episode 3

It's not a good day. Thomas' Fireman doesn't come into work, which means that Thomas can't deliver his passengers, which means that he can't make his connection with Edward, which means that this makes everyone late and cross. Bertie offers to take Thomas' passengers; but he has a field day of it when Edward, tired of waiting, steams away. The chase is on!

star 7.50
26 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Ghost Train

#24 - Ghost Train

Season 2 - Episode 24

Percy tells Thomas and Toby a story about a ghost train. Thomas doesn't believe it and says Percy is a "silly little engine". Percy's Driver later tells him it wasn't true, it was on television. Later that night, Percy is on his way back from the Harbour when he crashes into a lime cart trapped on a crossing. Now white as a sheet, and with help from Toby, Percy heads off to find and scare Thomas...

star 7.50
10 votes
Directors: David Mitton
Down the Mine

#25 - Down the Mine

Season 1 - Episode 25

Gordon is in disgrace after falling in the ditch. Thomas teases him about it, saying he has, "A funny, musty, sort of smell!"Later, Thomas has to deliver trucks to an old Lead Mine. The ground beneath the rails running overhead is weak and whilst it can support the weight of trucks, it can't support the weight of an engine. But Thomas ingnores the "Danger" signs.

star 7.48
15 votes
Directors: David Mitton