Not many more details have been added to the plotlines but for the majority are expected by fans to revisit the current and unpopular formula of the series.
Victor however is to appear in the fourth episode of the week alongside Emily. The Steamworks Engine last appeared in a Christmas themed tale in Season Fifteen's Surprise, Surprise.
Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor
A famous composer visits the island looking for inspiration for a new piece of music. Thomas has been chosen to take him around.
He wants to hear all Sodor's different sounds, so Thomas takes him to the quiet places and then the quarry. But everywhere they go is full of noisy engines!
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Monday March 5th 2012 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later at 8:35am on Channel 5 +1.
Edward just loves getting Christmas presents, but Salty says he prefers a good story. Try as he might, Edward cannot find a gift to make Salty change his mind.
Three times he returns to the docks, and three times Salty tells him a story about why each present isn't for him. Edward has given Salty a gift he likes though: a reason to tell even more stories!
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Tuesday March 6th 2012 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later at 8:35am on Channel 5 +1.
Sodor Surprise Day
Today is Sodor Surprise Day, and the engines are all looking forward to having fun surprising each other. Except for Gordon. He thinks it's just silly!
Thomas wants Gordon to enjoy himself too and surprises him at the coal hopper, then at a junction and again at the docks.
But when Thomas accidentally wrecks the Surprise Day fireworks and has to make amends, both Thomas and Gordon get the biggest surprise of all!
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Wednesday March 7th 2012 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later at 8:35am on Channel 5 +1.
Emily's Winter Party Special
Emily is sure she can find the Fat Controller's lost top hat and can't wait to get her super reward: pulling the Christmas present train!
She boasts to all the other engines that it is her Special and Victor at the Steamworks even decorates it with Christmas lights for her.
She is so excited she forgets all about finding the hat, until the Fat Controller reminds her. Now where can it be?
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Thursday March 8th 2012 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later at 8:35am on Channel 5 +1.
James is taking Farmer McColl's sheep to the fair, but how can he keep them and his lovely red paintwork clean when the shortest route means puffing along muddy tracks? Isn't he vain!
But when he goes the long way round, the sheep escape and need rounding up. So James has to get muddy after all!
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Friday March 9th 2012 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later at 8:35am on Channel 5 +1.
Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Friday February 24th 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Bust My Buffers!
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Ho Ho Snowman.
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