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Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby, Annie, Clarabel, Henrietta, Bertie, and The Fat Controller (known in the American dubs as "Sir Topham Hatt") are the only characters who have appeared in every season of the series.
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The series converted to computer-generated imagery in 2009. Until then, the series used live-action models.
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No single character appears in every episode, not even Thomas.
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Three real engines have been featured on the show - Stepney has made a number of appearances, and City of Truro and Flying Scotsman played minor roles in the third season. The Flying Scotsman also appeared in "The Great Race" and in "Journey Beyond Sodor".
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PBS aired a spinoff called "Shining Time Station" from 1989-1993. This was created to introduce Thomas the Tank Engine to American viewers.
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The episode "the Missing Coach" is a known episode to be cancelled. The reason it was cancelled was because Britt Allcroft thought the plot was to confusing for children to comprehend. "Gordon Goes Foreign" was also a cancelled episode because the budget was too high.
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2009 was the first year since 2001 not to feature a new season.
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In season 13, it is revealed that Sir Topham Hatt's first name is 'Bertram', and he is also shown to have a brother named 'Sir Lowham Hatt'.
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In 1953, a previous attempt was made to adapt "The Sad Story of Henry" for television, but this was unsuccessful. This was because the model of Henry derailed and a human hand had to place it back on the rails. This attempt was much more successful because of the way that the miniature engines were set up and filmed.
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Even though he doesn't appear in every episode, Gordon has the most amount of cameos out of any engine since he pulls the express train.
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In the first two seasons, it was narrated by Ringo Starr, the former drummer of The Beatles.
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Britt Allcroft, the creator of the series picked Ringo Starr as the narrator when hearing his voice on television. She then thought it would relate to children.
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According to a recent study by the Independent Film Association of Schools in Ireland, it is not so great to be an engine
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Is CGI series it until series 16 diesel was voiced by the us narrator Michael Brandon
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Percy has had 5 accidents in one season alone
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season 8 is the only season not to introduce a new character.
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