Season 1 of Thomas aired in 1983.  All episodes from this season can be found on the DVD release "Thomas, the Early Years", released by Anchor Bay/HiT in 2004.  George Carlin was the narrator.


All of the stories in Series 1 were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes, with crew member (and from Series 8-12, director) Steve Asquith terming them the "Magnificent Seven". Many settings from the first series would stay with the show for years, even through its 2009 transition to CGI, such as Knapford, Wellsworth, Gordon's Hill, Henry's Tunnel, and Tidmouth Sheds.

The pilot for the series was an adaptation of "Down the Mine," which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.


  1. Thomas Gets Tricked
  2. Edward Helps Out
  3. Come Out, Henry
  4. Henry To The Rescue
  5. A Big Day For Thomas
  6. Trouble For Thomas
  7. Thomas Saves The Day
  8. James Learns A Lesson
  9. Foolish Freight Cars
  10. A Proud Day For James
  11. Thomas And The Conductor
  12. Thomas Goes Fishing
  13. Terence The Tractor
  14. Thomas And Bertie's Great Race
  15. Tenders And Turntable
  16. Trouble In The Shed
  17. Percy Runs Away
  18. Henry's Special Coal
  19. The Flying Kipper
  20. Whistles And Sneezes
  21. Toby The Tram Engine
  22. Thomas Breaks The Rules
  23. James In A Mess
  24. Gordon Takes A Dip
  25. Down The Mine
  26. Thomas's Christmas Party