The first week of new episodes started broadcasting on the channel on June 3rd, with another five due to follow next week.
It is estimated that the rest of the season will coincide before or during the launch of King of the Railway's cinematic run. It has not been clarified as to why the break will occur.
The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends airs weekdays on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK at 7:35am.