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"There he goes again! Do it right from morning to night."
— Bill

Bill, Ben and Fergus is the third episode of the seventh season.


Fergus, a small traction engine on rails, has been sent to work at the quarry for an important job. Thomas warns him about Bill and Ben, but Fergus tells him that he won't let the twins bother him.

When Fergus arrives, Mavis tells him that the trucks are in a mess, but Fergus promises to sort them out. But Bill and Ben are full of mischief, and decide to have some fun. Bill bumps his trucks very hard, causing some of his load to fall onto the tracks. Fergus tells him to do it right, but Bill is cross and tells him not to interfere. Later, Ben pushes his trucks across some points, so that Fergus can't leave his siding. He orders Ben to move them, but Ben just grins.

The workmen are blasting rock, so Fergus tells the twins to wait for the all clear signal. But they are fed up with his orders, and crossly tell him to keep his funnel out of the quarry. Then they leave to collect a rock crusher from the docks, leaving Fergus in peace with Mavis.

At the docks, the twins are still grumbling about Fergus. They decide that the next time he tells them to do it right, they'll do it wrong on purpose. Bill and Ben collect the rock crusher and head back to the quarry.

When they arrive, Fergus warns them that the rock face is unsafe, and not to go near it. But Bill and Ben take no notice, and push the rock crusher alongside the cliff, which sets off a rockslide. Fergus charges forward and pushes the twins out of the way. His driver jumps clear, but Fergus ends up buried. Everyone works hard to dig him out, but Bill and Ben work hardest of all.

When Fergus is free, Bill and Ben shamefully apologise for being naughty. Fergus accepts their apology, and tells them that from now on, they can all do things right together.




  • Going by production order, this is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season.
  • A rare still shows Fergus sleeping even though he is covered in rocks. Another one even shows him smiling.
  • During the scene of Bill and Ben helping to dig Fergus out, part of the footage is sped up. During PBS Kids airings, the same footage is sped up even more.
  • Pre-filmed footage from Fergus Breaks the Rules is used.
  • In a still picture, Thomas, Fergus, Annie, and Clarabel were facing the other way at Maithwaite.
  • According to a SiF interview with Chris Lloyd, Fergus' model was damaged in the landslide scene. It could still run, but the flywheel no longer turned and the model could no longer puff steam. This may be why the character was dropped after the seventh season.


  • When Fergus arrives at the quarry, Percy is seen pulling trucks to the left across the bridge. A few seconds later, 'Arry is - impossibly - seen pushing trucks to the right across the bridge.
  • When Bill and Ben are at the docks, they are seen side-by-side, but when they push the rock crusher away, they are suddenly both on the same track.
  • The landslide occurred near a rock face where the rails ended. No points were seen during the aerial shot of the area, so it is impossible that Bill and Ben managed to get behind Fergus when he pushed them forwards.
  • The narrator says Fergus' driver jumped clear, but, just before the rocks fall on Fergus, his driver is still visible in his cab.
  • Mavis has Daisy's horn sound.
  • This episode is out of production order, as Arthur appears briefly, but he is not introduced until The Spotless Record.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビルとベンとファーガス Ben and Bill and Fergus
Polish Wiluś, Benio oraz Franek Bill, Ben and Fergus
Welsh Bil, Ben a Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Swedish Bill, Ben och Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Italian Bill, Ben e Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Hungarian Bill, Ben és Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Russian Бил, Бэн и Фэргус Bill, Ben and Fergus
Romanian Bill, Ben şi Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Chinese 比尔班和佛格斯 Bill, Ben and Fergus
Korean 쌍둥이 형제와 퍼거스 Twin Brother and Fergus
Slovak Bill, Ben a Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Danish Bill, Ben og Fergus Bill, Ben and Fergus
Thai คู่แฝดเล่นตลกกับโฟกัส Twins Playing with Fergus

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  • The Complete Seventh Series

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