The hotly anticipated new series will have its world premiere on the milkshake! slot, with narrator Mark Moraghan's appointment now officially confirmed by the press.
Despite itv revealing the airdate first, Moraghan gave an extended interview with the Liverpool Echo on joining Thomas.
Hit Entertainment's Head of Content and Production at Programme-Making, Michael Carrington talked of what appeals to Mark's narration.
The voices of the series are almost as iconic as the little engine himself and Mark's lyrical, understated storytelling complements the on-screen action beautifully.
Licensing.biz have also reported that there will be some focus on the new faces, Millie, Connor and Caitlin while the episodes will see the engines embark on escapades to ensure the smooth running [on] the tracks of Sodor.
The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013.