All Aboard for a BIG adventure in 2018!
Thomas brings viewers of all ages along with him on incredible adventures around the world! With everything you know and love about the show, plus a new show format that includes more music, more laughter, and more action-packed stories than ever before.
Thomas will travel to exciting new places including China, India and Australia. He will take children around the world to explore and discover new countries, cultures, animals and friends! And with the Steam Team by his side, including new engines Nia and Rebecca, he will teach valuable life lessons and fun songs that everyone can enjoy.
Learn more about Thomas’ new adventures!
New Show Format
The new episodes will have more humour, fantasy sequences, additional sing-along songs and “life lessons” delivered directly by Thomas. Within this new format, Thomas teaches young children about navigating the big world around them in a safe and preschool appropriate way. The life lessons are relatable and valuable for every preschooler, such as trying new things and making new friends.
For the first time in the series’ history, Thomas leaves Sodor to travel the world, experiencing and discovering new cultures and countries, including China, India and Australia! Half the episodes will take place in Sodor and the other half around the world.
What about Sodor?
Thomas’ home will always be on the Island of Sodor and half of the new series will feature stories set on Sodor with all the characters preschoolers know and love. The Fat Controller still needs his #1 Blue Engine after all!
Fans will meet many new characters from around the world, including new girl engines Nia and Rebecca. Nia is from Kenya, and the first African engine to be introduced. Keep an eye out for character bios and exclusive images as the new series launch approaches!
Will we still see some familiar faces?
Absolutely! In addition to new adventures with friends on Sodor, Thomas will also visit engines from around the world that were first seen in the movie special The Great Race, including Ashima from India, Yong Bao from China and Shane from Australia.
New Steam Team
With the introduction of Nia and Rebecca, the Steam Team is evolving to include more girl engines. Henry and Edward will be moving on to new adventures on the Island of Sodor, and Nia and Rebecca will be taking their places in Tidmouth Sheds. The new Steam Team at Tidmouth Sheds is Thomas, Percy, James, Gordon, Emily, and new characters Nia and Rebecca.
What are you doing with Henry and Edward? Why are they going away?
Please be assured Henry and Edward remain very much part of the show and they are not going away. In season 22, ‘Thomas & Friends™: Big World! Big Adventures!’ (coming this Fall) Henry and Edward have simply been relocated to another part of the island of Sodor so that more new engines can be introduced. Henry and Edward continue to be part of Thomas & Friends, with plenty of new episodes that feature both engines.
New Theme Song
A new, energetic theme song is being introduced that will have both children and parents singing and dancing along! A sneak-peek of the new song will be revealed as we count down to the new series launch.
What about the Roll Call song?
Fans of the Roll Call song will be pleased to hear that this song remains in musical arrangements in episodes throughout the series.
For the first time, Thomas narrates his own stories, and speaks directly to the audience at the beginning and end of each episode. Children now get to hear from the #1 blue engine himself!