The first season of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends would have premiered in 1984 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 episodes but a total of 28 four minute and thirty second story segments.


  1. Thomas Gets Tricked/A Big Day for Thomas
  2. Trouble for Thomas/Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  3. Edward Helps Out/Come Out, Henry!
  4. Henry to the Rescue/James Learns a Lesson
  5. Troublesome Trucks!/A Proud Day for James
  6. Thomas and the Guard/Thomas, Terence and the Snow
  7. Thomas and Bertie's Great Race/Thomas Goes Fishing
  8. Tenders and Turntables/Trouble in the Shed
  9. Percy Runs Away/Henry's Special Coal
  10. The Flying Kipper/Whistles and Sneezes
  11. Toby and the Stout Gentleman/Thomas Breaks the Rules
  12. Dirty Objects/Pastards Old
  13. Gordon Takes A Dip/Down the Mine
  14. Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas/Thomas' Christmas Party

Featured Characters

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
  • 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.

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