It was revealed in late January exclusively by Roll Along Thomas that NHK were due to air the 2012 Series alongside the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Seasons.
PuffPuffThomasTV's predicition of sorting the animation episodes in mixed order for April earliest have been proven true.
Express Coming Through and Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor or トーマスときゅうこうれっしゃ and トーマスとソドーとうのおと kick of the new series start on April 8th.
Flash Bang Wallop! and Percy and the Calliope translated as トーマスとしゃしん and パーシーとパイプオルガン follow a week later before Season Fourteen takes over the next two weeks in the correct series broadcast order.
Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends premieres in Japan on NHK on Sunday April 8th 2012 with the episodes トーマスときゅうこうれっしゃ and トーマスとソドーとうのおと at 7:00am and 7:20am respectively.
The latest series will return for one more day in Australia on ABC2 during Christmas 2012 with the episode, The Christmas Express. Channel 5 in the UK will also air The Christmas Express in Britain circa Christmas 2012.
For a full list of the scheduling, visit the Dieselworks Turntable Roundhouse on the right hand sidebar for more details.
Thanks to PuffPuffThomasTV for the alert.