The Railway Series (television series) (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Fantasy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Network(s): ITV (UK)
Created by: Sheldon Johnson, Jr.
Based on the book series of the same name by the Rev. W. Awdry
Distributed by: Johnson Television
Starring: see below
Narrated by: Colin Baker
Music: Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
Barry Gray
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 234
Photography: Color
Picture format: 16:9
Release Date: January 4, 2011 - present

The Railway Series is a British television series that started airing on ITV in the UK on January 4, 2011, and WBC in the US on March 14 of that year, based on the book series of the same name by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry. The series is narrated by Colin Baker, and features individual voices for each character, live-actors digitally added on model sets, and a darker, more realistic tone which includes mentions of people being killed in the on-screen crashes. It also features characters from TUGS. The series' music is composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell, with stock music composed by Barry Gray also used.

Production began in 2005. The series was critically acclaimed for its darker tone

Here are 110 episodes of the series.


Development for the series started in 2005, alongside Thomas the Tank Engine. Unlike



  • Gary Oldman as The Fat Director (later The Fat Controller), 1st Bt/Sir Topham Hatt I
  • Peter Davison as The Fat Controller, 2nd Bt/Sir Charles Topham Hatt II
  • Sylvester McCoy as The Fat Controller, 3rd Bt/Sir Stephen Topham Hatt III (adult), Sir Lowham Hatt
  • Alex Bain as Stephen Hatt (young)
  • David Tennant as The Fat Controller/Sir Richard Topham Hatt IV
  • Ben Forster as Mr. Perkins (2011-2017; deceased)
  • Mark Moraghan as Mr. Evans (2017-)


Awdry/TVS/TUGS characters

  • Tim Johnson as Thomas
  • Chloe Johnson as Emily
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, James, Harvey, Bert, Salty, Norman, Den, Whiff, Bert, Big Mickey, OJ, Skarloey, Sir Handel
  • John Cleese as Gordon
  • Matt Smith as Percy
  • Colm Feore as Toby
  • Steven Kynman as Montague/Duck, Paxton, Dart, Bulstrode
  • Bob Golding as Sidney, Stephen
  • Bill Connolly as Donald
  • Dan Castellaneta as Douglas
  • Joe Mills as Oliver, Toad
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Jeff Bennett as Harold
  • Jeremy Irons as Diesel
  • Jonathan Broadbent as Bill and Ben
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Daniel Craig as Stepney
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Rusty
  • Gary Schwartz as Duncan
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hannah
  • Mads Mikkelson as Spencer
  • Ewan McGregor as Arthur
  • Ben Kingsley as Murdoch
  • Cara Theobold as Molly
  • Tom Baker as Duke
  • Tom Stourton as Rex
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike
  • BRIAN BLESSED as Neville
  • Belle Armstrong as Rosie
  • John Bellis as Rheneas
  • Rob Rackstraw as Eagle
  • Hugo Weaving as Stanley
  • Rowan Atkinson as Bear
  • William Hope as BoCo, S.C. Ruffey
  • Teresa Gallagher as Mavis, Annie & Clarabel, Victoria
  • Jenny Smith as Elsie
  • Alfred Molina as Diesel 10
  • George Takei as Hiro
  • Simon Pegg as 'Arry
  • Nigel Anthony as Bert, Warrior, Hercules, Zug, Sea Rogue
  • Various Sodor Island Forums members as the Troublesome Trucks
  • Helena Bonham-Carter as Lady
  • Ben Small as Charlie
  • Simon Nash as Ten Cents, P.T. Boomer
  • John Baddeley as Top Hat, Zip
  • Sean Prendergast as Sunshine, Zak
  • Sean Barrett as Big Mac, Zebedee
  • Lee Cornes as Grampus, Billy Shoepack
  • Chris Tulloch as Cranky, Zorran, Reginald/Big City Engine

Fan-Made Characters

Extended Railway Series