Thomas and the Royal Engine is an upcoming 1st episode from Series 24.


An invitation from the Queen sends Thomas and the crew to London as they weave through delays and debacles while racing to a royal celebration.


Additional Cast


  • Island of Sodor
    • Knapford Yards
    • Vicarstown
  • The Mainland
    • London
      • Victoria Station
    • The Mainland Canal
    • The Mainland Viaduct





  • One of the Rev W. Awdry's original Thomas drawings appears.
  • A number of callbacks to previous episodes and Railway Series stories are made:
    • The events of the fourth series episode Paint Pots and Queens are mentioned.
    • Henry and Gordon mention the events of the Railway Series story and cancelled episode, Gordon Goes Foreign.
    • The Fat Controller mixing up 'suspicious' and 'auspicious' references the Railway Series story Centenary, in which Percy does the same.
    • Henry's rebuild at Crewe in the first series episode The Flying Kipper is mentioned.
    • The Fat Controller taking over the role of Thomas' fireman is a callback to the fifth series episode Lady Hatt's Birthday Party.
    • While helping Duchess, Thomas says "Little engines can do big things" which is a reference to Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • A photograph of Sir Topham and Lady Hatt from the twenty-second series episode, Rosie is Red, can be seen in Topham Hall's bedroom.
  • This is the first time the events of a Railway Series story are mentioned before being adapted into the television series since the second series episode, Percy Takes the Plunge.
  • This is the first episode since the twenty-first series finale, Confused Coaches, not to feature a fantasy sequence.
  • Nia is the only member of the Steam Team to not appear in this episode.

Home Media Releases


  • The Royal Engine (DVD)
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