The milkshake! team have now confirmed to Roll Along Thomas that The Christmas Express is indeed not to be shown for another nine months.
It comes just after ABC's announcement last weekend, who revealed the same treatment to their Australian Thomas viewers about the episode's delay.
milkshake! had this to say over the matter; Do not be concerned at all, we are just saving the Thomas Christmas episode until Christmas. We hope you will thoroughly enjoy watching it then.
For the fourth and last week of the new series, Welcome Stafford will instead be followed by Don't Bother Victor! a day later on Wednesday March 14th 2012.
Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends concludes its run in Australia on ABC2 on Tuesday March 6th 2012 at 2:55pm until Winter, with the episode, Happy Birthday, Sir!.
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Salty's Surprise. The Christmas Express will air during Christmas 2012.
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