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Engine Roll Call

Terry Tompkins
Steve D'Angelo (re-arranged)

Air date

August 1st, 2004 (UK)
September 21st, 2015 (UK)
September 4th, 2004 (US)
October 13th, 2015 (US)

The Engine Rollcall is a song based around the Steam Team and featured at the end of every episode since the eighth season. An instrumental version of the chorus was used for the credits since the eighth season and for the opening from the eighth to the tenth. In the eleventh season the instrumental was replaced with the chorus for the opening. Terry Tompkins and Steve D'Angelo re-arranged the theme for the nineteenth season onwards. The lyrics have been changed twice: Once for Calling All Engines! and once for The Great Discovery. There is also an alternate rock 'n' roll version.



They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight, Shunting trucks and hauling freight. Red and green and brown and blue, They're the Really Useful crew. All with different roles to play 'round Tidmouth Sheds or far away, Down the hills and round the bends, Thomas and his friends.

Thomas, he's the cheeky one, James is vain but lots of fun. Percy pulls the mail on time, Gordon thunders down the line. Emily really knows her stuff, Henry toots and huffs and puffs. Edward wants to help and share, Toby, well, let's say, he's square.


Season 13 version:

Season 14 version:

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Mavis
  • Henrietta
  • Cranky
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Sodor Brass Band
  • Sir Lowham Hatt

Season 19 Version:


Season 12 version:

  • Emily's Rubbish
  • Dirty Work
  • Toby's Triumph
  • Thomas in Trouble
  • Thomas and the Stinky Cheese
  • Percy and the Left Luggage
  • Steady Eddie

Season 13 version:

Season 14 version:

Season 19 Opening Credits version:

Season 19 version:


  • The song's music video has been redone five times; once for the eleventh season in high definition, then for the twelfth season with CGI faces on the models, for the thirteenth season using full CGI, a minor change for the fourteenth season, and one to accompany the re-arranged theme for the nineteenth season onwards.
  • Another version of this song can be heard on the "A Day at the Races" game for PlayStation 2; "James is vain but never bad, Thomas, he's the cheeky lad".
  • In the ninth and tenth season version, a close up of Emily's wheels from Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough is reversed.
  • In the DVD Railway Friends, the song is distorted.
  • Specially shot footage was used for the twelfth season version.
  • In Norway, the song was never dubbed into Norwegian for the series until the thirteenth season. A dubbed version was used for Calling All Engines! and The Great Discovery however.
  • In King of the Railway, the Sodor Brass Band are heard playing the song when Sir Robert Norramby arrives at Knapford, and again later at the opening of Ulfstead Castle. Stephen is also heard humming the song while he is onThe Main Line. The Brass Band also plays this song in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and The Brass band also plays this song in Bubbling Boilers.
  • In Bubbling Boilers, the bouncing cloud is replaced by a bubble.


  • In the Great Discovery version, the child's voice cracks when he/she sings "Henry toots and Edward puffs".
  • In the German version of the Great Discovery version, it shows and says Edward's name when it shows Stanley.
  • In the Polish version, the colours that are said are not the ones shown on screen. This is fixed in the Great Discovery version.
  • In the Norwegian version, it is said that Edward is "new in town".
  • In the first Hebrew version, it is said that James is "usually annoyed".
  • In the European Spanish version, it is said that there are 10 members on the Steam Team.
  • In the extended version of the Season 19 Engine Roll Call, the sound effect for Henry's whistle is out of place.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きかんしゃトーマスのテーマ2 Thomas the Tank Engine's Theme 2

Home Media Releases


  • All Star Tracks


  • Thomas and Friends Sing-a-Long 2 (Taiwanese DVD)

Music Videos

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