Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

10 Best Episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

The adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.

Written by Sophie and last updated on sep 14, 2022.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S9E17

#15 - Emily Knows Best (Season 9 - Episode 17)

Percy and Toby do not approve of Emily’s desire to be Miss. Know-It-All. Emily goes so far in fact that her antics lead to terrible confusion (and delay). Will Emily see any sense?

The episode was rated 7.50 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E24

#14 - Heroes (Season 3 - Episode 24)


At the docks, the Troublesome Trucks play tricks on and confuse Bill & Ben which makes them late to deliver the coaches for Gordon's Express, making him very late indeed. The next day, a rockslide threatens the quarry and only Bill & Ben are the ones who can save the workmen in danger...

The episode was rated 7.50 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E21

#13 - Escape! (1) (Season 3 - Episode 21)

Douglas attempts to rescue a frightened engine called Oliver, and his brakevan, Toad, from the place all steam engines fear to go - THE OTHER RAILWAY!

The episode was rated 7.50 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S2E26

#12 - Thomas & The Missing Christmas Tree (Season 2 - Episode 26)


The Fat Controller sends Thomas to fetch the Christmas Tree for the Christmas party, but on the way back he gets stuck under a big snowdrift. No-one knows what has happened to Thomas, so Donald & Douglas go out to look for him. Will Thomas get home in time?

The episode was rated 7.50 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E4

#11 - Edward, Gordon & Henry (2) (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Henry is sad that he is stuck in the tunnel, and Gordon is having fun teasing him whenever he passes. One day Gordon's safety valve bursts just outside the tunnel. Edward is the only other engine available, but the train is too heavy for him. How could the situation possibly be resolved?

The episode was rated 7.58 from 60 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E9

#10 - Home At Last (Season 4 - Episode 9)


Peter Sam is delighted when Skarloey returns home. He tells him about Duncan, who came as a spare engine after his accident. Skarloey would like to meet Duncan but gets to sooner than he expected!

The episode was rated 7.60 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S5E26

#9 - Rusty & The Boulder (Season 5 - Episode 26)

The Fat Controller has opened a new mine, and both the normal gauge and narrow gauge railways have tracks to it. An old boulder has had to be moved to make way for the mine, and Rusty is worried about it. Some time later the boulder is shaken loose and falls off the cliff it has been placed on and it chases Rusty down the line! Rusty manages to escape via a siding, but the boulder continues to thunder along! Back at the mine, Percy, with nowhere to run, sees the boulder up ahead, and it's heading straight for him...

The episode was rated 7.64 from 14 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E3

#8 - Bulldog (Season 4 - Episode 3)


Percy is feeling rather annoyed because he has a new coat of paint and is longing for everyone and anyone to see it. So Thomas tells him the following story... Before the problems come to their railway, Falcon is doing rather well, and the manager explains to him that he is now ready to take on "The Mountain Road", a difficult part of the line, so Duke is coming along to help. Falcon is not happy about this. Falcon and Duke set off, but Falcon becomes careless and finds himself hanging on the edge of the hillside...

The episode was rated 7.67 from 12 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E15

#7 - Tenders & Turntables (1) (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Gordon has to pull his train backwards due not trying hard enough to move into the correct position on the turntable, so as to be turned around. And when James gets on the turntable, the strong sea winds spin it round much too fast. The two, plus Henry, are very cross about the the unfortunate events that happened to them and so all formulate on a plan...

The episode was rated 7.71 from 24 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E8

#6 - Diesel Does It Again (Season 3 - Episode 8)


Duck and Percy are exhausted with the extra work in the harbour so the Fat Controller sends for another engine to help them. What a shock they receive when it turns out to be Diesel!

The episode was rated 7.73 from 15 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E14

#5 - Thomas & Bertie (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Bertie the Bus challenges Thomas to a race, to see who can get to the end of the line first. Thomas faces obstacles such as stations, signals and a slow start, Bertie has bus stops and traffic lights - who will win?

The episode was rated 7.78 from 23 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E9

#4 - Troublesome Trucks (Season 1 - Episode 9)


James is feeling sad as he is still staying in his shed for being naughty. Eventually the Fat Controller lets him out to pull a goods train, but the trucks don't want to be pulled by James and misbehave. Whilst pulling them up Gordon's Hill, a coupling breaks and the last few trucks roll back down the hill. James goes to get them (they were stopped by the Guard) and starts on up the hill once more...

The episode was rated 7.78 from 37 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S6E11

#3 - The World's Strongest Engine (Season 6 - Episode 11)

Diesel is back after Henry has an accident, and annoys the other engines by boasting about how he is the world's strongest engine. To prove it, Diesel tries to pull 20 trucks at once, but they all have their brakes on and cause a coupling to break resulting in Diesel being launched down the yard...

The episode was rated 7.79 from 14 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E2

#2 - Sleeping Beauty (2) (Season 4 - Episode 2)


Thomas tells the engines the rest of his story about Duke and how a group of people set out to save him.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 15 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S21E1

#1 - Springtime for Diesel (Season 21 - Episode 1)

Diesel is always bumping into people and laughing, but when he does it to Daisy, her springs need fixing. In the Dieselworks, thinking that she is asleep, Diesel explains why he did it - it's his way of trying to make friends!

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

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