The first season of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends would have premiered in 1989 on citv for the UK and in 1991 on PBS for the US and later re-shown on the Fox Family channel and Sprout. Ringo Starr narrated all UK episodes with George Carlin narrating all US episodes. This season would have included 14 shows, but a total of 28 story segments.


#Ep #a Title a #b Title b Airdate (UK) Airdate (US)
1 1a Edward's Day Out 1b Come Out, Henry! 9/30/1989 9/14/1991
2 2a Henry to the Rescue 2b Thomas Gets Tricked 9/30/1989 9/21/1991
3 3a A Big Day for Thomas 3b Trouble for Thomas 10/7/1989 9/28/1991
4 4a Thomas Saves the Day 4b James Learns a Lesson 10/14/1989 10/5/1991
5 5a Troublesome Trucks! 5b A Proud Day for James 10/21/1989 10/12/1991
6 6a Thomas and the Guard 6b Thomas Goes Fishing 10/28/1989 10/19/1991
7 7a Thomas, Terence and the Snow 7b Thomas and Bertie's Great Race 11/4/1989 10/26/1991
8 8a Tenders and Turntables 8b Trouble in the Shed 11/11/1989 11/2/1991
9 9a Percy Runs Away 9b Henry's Special Coal 11/18/1989 11/9/1991
10 10a The Flying Kipper 10b Whistles and Sneezes 11/25/1989 11/16/1991
11 11a Toby and the Stout Gentleman 11b Thomas Breaks the Rules 12/2/1989 11/23/1991
12 12a James in a Mess 12b Pastards Old 12/9/1989 11/30/1991
13 13a Gordon Takes a Dip 13b Down the Mine 12/16/1989 12/7/1991
14 14a Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas 14b Thomas' Christmas Party 12/23/1989 12/14/1991

Characters Introduced

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Terence
  • Bertie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Mrs. Kyndley
  • The Little Boys
  • The Policeman
  • The Butler
  • 98462 and 87546 (not named)
  • Eagle (The Red Engine) (not named; does not speak)
  • Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
  • Lady Hatt (not named; does not speak)
  • Workshop Engines (wheels and buffers only; do not speak)
  • The Stone-dropping Boys (do not speak)
  • The Märklin Engine (cameo)
  • Farmer Finney (cameo)
  • The Storyteller (cameo)


  • George Carlin would have been the only US narrator with Ringo Starr's narrations being exclusive to English speaking parts of Europe and Australia.
  • The episodes would have aired in order in US broadcasts.
  • This season would have used the models, sets, lighting and music from Season 3.
  • Most of the season's scripts were partially edited for the US versions.
  • The engines would gain permimant head and tail lamps from this season onward as later seen in the Arc/Jamfilled era.
  • Henrietta would have been given a modeled clay face from this season onward as later seen in the Arc/Jamfilled era.
  • The restored openings would have retained "The Tank Engine" in the title with the restored versions also retaining the original end credits with the still picture from the last scene of the episode.
  • All US versions would use the Season 3 intro and credits.
  • Henry would have no errors of switching between his old and new shapes. Henry would also maintain his wheel arches in his new shape as seen in Season 2 onward.
  • In this universe the target audience of the TV Series would have been aimed for ages 6 and up.
  • Eagle would replace Thomas' role in Come Out, Henry! and Thomas would not appear in the first season until Thomas Gets Tricked.
  • Henry's reason for going on strike at the end of Tenders and Turntables would be for being shut up in the tunnel.
  • This would be the only season to feature Eagle, 98462 and 87546. But they will later return in the alternate version of The Adventure Begins.
  • This season would have been produced along side the first season of Tugs as both shows would start in 1989 in this alternate universe.
  • Two story segments are counted as one full episode due to only being 4:30 mins long.