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A Bad Day for Sir Handel

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"Whatever next! Those aren't coaches, they're cattle trucks!"
— Sir Handel
A Bad Day for Sir Handel

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

July 24th,
1995 (UK)
April 29th,
1996 (AUS)
November 4th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Four Little Engines

Next episode

Peter Sam and the
Refreshment Lady

A Bad Day for Sir Handel is the sixth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.


Peter Sam and Sir Handel arrive on the Skarloey Railway. Peter Sam is kind, but Sir Handel is bad-tempered and insults Skarloey and the sheds. Then Sir Handel is chosen to pull the train to the top station. He does so grudgingly, and, after insulting the coaches by calling them "cattle trucks" and surprising Gordon with his knowledge of coaches, makes his way to the top station. There, he is angry to discover by his driver that he is expected to go to the quarry and collect trucks, and refuses to do so, punctuating his point by deliberately derailing himself. In the end, Peter Sam helps Sir Handel back on the rails and the Fat Controller puts Sir Handel in the shed as punishment.





  • When Sir Handel and Peter Sam first arrive, Percy is passing with a train of trucks. However, when Sir Handel looks at Skarloey, Percy is reversing for some reason, and a tar wagon has joined his train.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
  • When Sir Handel backs onto his coaches and stops, he can still be heard puffing for another four seconds.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound for the rest of the season.
  • When Sir Handel goes off-camera on the mountain ledge, the steam platform blows steam too late.
  • When Sir Handel derails, a small rod is sticking up from the tracks.
  • When the Fat Controller says "You're a very naughty engine", a fly crawls on the workbench beside Sir Handel.
  • Sir Handel has Rheneas' whistle sound and Rheneas has Sir Handel's.
  • The coaches are cross before Sir Handel calls them "cattle trucks".
  • In a picture of a deleted scene, a wire is visible beneath Sir Handel.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Un Mal Día para Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Brazilian Portuguese Um Dia Ruim para o Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Norwegian En dårlig dag for Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Japanese わがままなきかんしゃ Selfish Engine
Welsh Teimlo'n Hurt Feeling Hurt
Czech Handelův špatný den Sir Handel's Bad Day
Polish Zły Dzień Pana Handla Poor Sir Handel's Day
Finnish Sir Handel ja Kurja Päivä Sir Handel and the Miserable Day



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