Season 12

Stephen Asquith
(Shepperton Studios)
Dino Athanassiou
(Animation director;


Simon Spencer


Michael Angelis (UK)
Michael Brandon (US)
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Music by

Robert Hartshorne
Ed Welch

Followed by

Season 13

The twelfth season of the television series aired in 2008. The twenty episodes were narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Original UK
release date
Episode number #
ThomasAndTheBillboard99 "Thomas and the Billboard" 1st September 2008 #01
Thomas shows a famous storyteller around, but keeps making detours to help the others.
SteadyEddie19 "Steady Eddie" 2nd September 2008 #02
Edward takes the Great Waterton water wheel on the scenic route to show off to his friends.
Rosie'sFunfairSpecial85 "Rosie's Funfair Special"
"Rosie's Carnival Special"
3rd September 2008 #03
Rosie and Emily are pulling a train for a fair, but Rosie wants to pull it alone.
MountainMarvel74 "Mountain Marvel" 4th September 2008 #04
Peter Sam rushes to finish his jobs in order to hear a tale about Proteus from the famous storyteller, Miss Marvel.
HenryGetsItWrong13 "Henry Gets it Wrong" 5th September 2008 #05
Henry worries that the workmen are going to cut down the wishing tree.
HeaveHoThomas!34 "Heave Ho Thomas!" 8th September 2008 #06
A large new engine called Hank arrives, but Thomas is determined not to need his help.
Toby'sSpecialSurprise72 "Toby's Special Surprise" 9th September 2008 #07
Toby wants to make an impression by searching Sodor for something special.
ExcellentEmily49 "Excellent Emily" 10th September 2007 #08
Emily becomes arrogant after receiving praise from the Fat Controller.
ThePartySurprise69 "The Party Surprise" 11th September 2008 #09
Freddie decides to reorganise a winter party from Mr. Percival's house to the Wharf as a surprise for Colin the crane.
SavedYou!19 "Saved You!" 12th September 2008 #10
Thomas wants to prove his heroism when he learns a fireman is to be honoured.
DuncanAndTheHotAirBalloon77 "Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon" 15th September 2008 #11
Mr. Percival's twins are getting a ride in the Hot Air Balloon for their birthday, but Duncan wants to take them himself.
JamesWorksItOut46 "James Works it Out" 16th September 2008 #12
When James ignores Hector's advice, he gets caught in bad winter weather.
TramTrouble55 "Tram Trouble" 17th September 2008 #13
Toby and Flora are heading a parade at Great Waterton; Thomas thinks Toby would rather lead the event on his own and tries to distract Flora.
Don'tGoBack7 "Don't Go Back" 18th September 2008 #14
Thomas and Diesel race backwards.
GordonTakesaShortcut11 "Gordon Takes a Shortcut" 19th September 2008 #15
Gordon gets lost while taking a shortcut and refuses to ask for help.
TheManintheHills71 "The Man in the Hills" 22nd September 2008 #16
Thomas and the narrow gauge engines collect presents for Mr. Percival's birthday.
ThomasPutsTheBrakesOn44 "Thomas Puts the Brakes On" 23rd September 2008 #17
Thomas' brakes malfunction while delivering bricks to repair a bridge.
PercyandtheBandstand62 "Percy and the Bandstand" 24th September 2008 #18
Percy is tasked with bringing Lady Hatt to a surprise party - but the unknowing Lady Hatt tells him to go elsewhere.
PushMe,PullYou63 "Push Me, Pull You" 25th September 2008 #19
Skarloey refuses Rheneas' help to pull a train for a puppet show and ends up playing the trucks' games.
BestFriends72 "Best Friends" 26th September 2008 #20
Thomas tries to avoid telling Percy he has been given a job Percy wants to do.



Characters introduced


  • This was the first season of several things:
    • The first season of the CGI Series.
    • The first season where all engines' faces, human characters, animals and environmental surroundings are in full CGI and move.
    • Sir Topham Hatt, Lady Hatt, Alice, The Engineer, Dowager Hatt, Jenny Packard and Sodor Brass Band's first appearance in full CGI.
    • Sharon Miller's first season as head writer.
    • The first season to have twenty episodes.
    • The first season produced and contain CGI by Nitrogen Studios.
    • The first HiT season recorded and edited in progressive scan (aside from the end credits).
    • The first Thomas & Friends production since Thomas and the Magic Railroad to have moving people.
  • This was also the last season of several things as well:
    • The last season to use models and clay faces, however the clay faces were only used in background shots.
    • Simon Spencer's last season as producer.
    • The last season filmed at Shepperton Studios.
    • The last season to feature songs by Ed Welch.
    • TV series veteran Steve Asquith's final season as director.
    • This was the last season to have all of the characters voiced by the narrator until Thomas Goes to New York.
    • This was the final season to use the brake sound from The Train.
    • This was the last season to have songs sung by children until The Adventure Begins.
  • This was also the only season of several things as well:
    • The only season to use a hybrid model-CGI mix.
    • Dino Athanassiou's only season as CGI director.
    • Pete Atkin's only season as voice director.
    • The only season where Ben appears without Bill.
    • The only season not shown on Japanese TV, but some episodes have been shown exclusively at Thomas Land's 3D Theatre and Video on Demand in Japan.
    • The only CGI season not to have a full voice cast for the characters.
    • Aside from the Teacher and the tree specialists, all of the characters introduced in this season have only ever appeared in their debut episodes.
  • This season contained the 300th episode of the television series.
  • Pierce Brosnan was originally going to narrate this season, but was later replaced by Michael Angelis and Michael Brandon for unknown reasons.
  • In the UK, this season was supposed to be show after The Great Discovery, but was brought forwards for unknown reasons.
  • This season was never shown in Norway, Romania, Poland, and the Netherlands.
  • Harvey and Arthur were the only engines not to utilize a CGI face mask. However, two pictures from a magazine story show Harvey with a CGI face.
  • The series cost £2.5 million to make, with each episode taking around five days to film.


Behind the Scenes