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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends 

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This series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Angelis ...  Narrator (UK) / ... 336 episodes, 1991-2012
Keith Wickham ...  Gordon (UK) / ... 245 episodes, 2009-2020
Michael Brandon ...  Narrator (US) / ... 239 episodes, 2002-2012
Kerry Shale ...  Gordon (US) / ... 212 episodes, 2009-2020
Teresa Gallagher ...  Annie and Clarabel (UK & US) / ... 190 episodes, 2010-2020
Matt Wilkinson Matt Wilkinson ...  Cranky (UK) / ... 157 episodes, 2009-2020
William Hope ...  Edward (US) / ... 143 episodes, 2010-2020
John Hasler John Hasler ...  Thomas (UK) / ... 139 episodes, 2015-2020
Joseph May ...  Thomas (US) / ... 139 episodes, 2015-2020


The series is set in the fictional island of Sodor, located in the Irish Sea. Sodor is depicted as located in Cumbria, near the historical town of Barrow-in-Furness Thomas the Tank Engine is an anthropomorphic steam locomotive, with a design loosely based on the LB&SCR E2 class (1913-1963). Thomas and his associates work at the North Western Railway, the main standard gauge rail network of Sodor. The series focuses on their work relationship. Written by Dimos I

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Britt Allcroft, the creator of the series picked Sir Ringo Starr as the narrator when hearing his voice on television. She then thought it would relate to children. See more »


[repeated line]
Thomas: Well, bust my buffers!
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Crazy Credits

[UK version only] During the fifth season, Michael Angelis (the narrator) is not credited in the opening titles. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the first two series of "Thomas the Tank Engine" were broadcast in the UK, some of the episodes were linked with a montage of each engine being surrounded by a crowd, with a name plate in front of them. See more »


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Thomas the tank engine
4 August 2006 | by steam_loco_lad89See all my reviews

I speak not only as a thomas the tank engine fan, but as a rail enthusiast and volunteer on a preserved railway, that thomas the tank engine is the best children's stories based on railways of all time. as i am myself a railway worker, i have been introduced to tasks and jobs that have been accurately included and described in thomas the tank engine, although the later stories are a bit of a disappointment to me as they seem to lack the element of the original railway knowledge and enthusiasm. but they are still very good stories and i will certain to say that i will indeed introduce thomas the tank engine to my children, and then the real thing of course as i have been. it did surprise me how real the stories really are, as many incidents and situations included in the stories are based on real locomotives and situations in the railway world, most children's stories are completely fiction and totally deny the gratitude and the commendation that they deserve for creating the 21st century possible. thank you reverand awdry for making my railway life a reality.

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Release Date:

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