"The live action appealed to me as it felt like the best train set ever and I had and loved my model railway as a child."
— Andrew Brenner on the original model series, 2012 SiF interview

Andrew Brenner (born in Key West, Florida) is the current head writer for Thomas and Friends. He started writing for the seventeenth season in November 2010, when Sharon Miller stepped down. He worked as a script editor for Blue Mountain Mystery before taking over the reins as head writer.


He previously worked on the magazine stories, starting at the beginning of their publication in 1987. He was given seasons one and two on video and was asked to adapt the episodes into magazine stories. When he ran out of episodes to adapt, he wrote original stories, several of which were adapted into third season episodes without his knowledge or consent. He stopped working on the magazines soon after. He was never credited for his work in either the magazines or the television series. Among the stories that were adapted were Henry's Forest, which was inspired by a storm that caused damage and blew trees over around London.

He was also the head writer of "Tractor Tom", "Angelina Ballerina", "Fireman Sam", and "The Cramp Twins". It also stated on his online CV that he is the headwriter for Jack and the Pack. This was later removed for unknown reasons. 

Episodes Written

Season 17

  • Gordon Runs Dry
  • Bill or Ben?
  • Too Many Fire Engines
  • Santa's Little Engine
  • The Missing Christmas Decorations
  • The Frozen Turntable
  • Away From the Sea
  • Gone Fishing
  • The Smelly Kipper
  • Thomas' Shortcut

Season 18

  • Old Reliable Edward
  • Disappearing Diesels
  • Duck in the Water
  • Thomas the Quarry Engine
  • Thomas and the Emergency Cable
  • Missing Gator
  • Spencer's VIP
  • Last Train for Christmas
  • Marion and the Dinosaurs
  • Millie and the Volcano

Season 19

  • Best Engine Ever
  • The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead
  • Philip to the Rescue


  • King of the Railway
  • Tale of the Brave
  • The Adventure Begins
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • The Great Race

Mr. Perkins

  • Mr. Perkins' Storytime: The Flying Kipper
  • Mr. Perkins' Postcard: Ulfstead Castle
  • Mr. Perkins' Storytime: Trucks!
  • Mr. Perkins' Postcard: Blue Mountain Quarry
  • Mr. Perkin's Storytime: Thomas and Gordon
  • Mr. Perkin's Postcard: Knapford Station
  • Mr. Perkins' Storytime: Pop Goes The Diesel
  • Mr. Perkins' Postcard: The Dieselworks
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Gordon Goes Foreign
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Henry and the Elephant
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: The Story of How Toby and Henrietta Came to Sodor
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Percy the Ghost Train
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Thomas and Bertie
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Percy and Harold
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Thomas, Terence and the Snow
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Sir Topham Hatt's Engines
  • Mr. Perkins Storytime: Trouble in the Shed


Songs Written

  • We Make A Team Together
  • Never Overlook A Little Engine
  • The Shooting Star Is Coming Through
  • Streamlining
  • Be Who You Are, And Go Far
  • You Can Only Be You
  • I'm Full of Surprises
  • He's Full of Surprises

Songs Performed

  • He's Full of Surprises (with Ian McCue, David Stoten and Oliver Davis)

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