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"My hat! You've sucked it through your air intake!"
"Bother your hat!
— The Inspector and Sir Topham Hatt
Bowled Out

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 7th,
1995 (UK)
May 14th,
1996 (AUS)
October 28th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Train Stops Play

Next episode

Henry and
the Elephant

Bowled Out is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode,  For the Birds in 1996.


An engine shortage has occurred and the only engine available is a diesel, who insults the engines almost immediately after arriving on Sodor. The engines are furious, but cannot think of a plan for revenge. There is no need though, as the Diesel sucks an inspector's bowler hat through an air-intake vent just after starting. Duck and Stepney take his train, and reach Crovan's Gate in record time. Stepney leaves the next day and, while the engines bid him farewell, the Diesel creeps sulkily away, leaving only two things to remember him by: a rather nasty smell, and a battered bowler hat.





  • The goods train next to James is being pushed by a crew member, as a shadow is seen.
  • Gordon's buffers are slightly crooked at different points in the episode.
  • When the Diesel arrives, James swaps tracks from the left of Donald and Douglas to the right and then back again.
  • A pipe can be seen on the Diesel's air-intake in the close-up of the inspector's hat.
  • Stepney is missing his crew in the first shot.
  • When the Diesel breaks down, he has his air-intake covered, but when the inspector notices his hat, his air-intake cover is off.
  • In the close-ups of Duck and Stepney during the scene where the Diesel breaks down, the scenery changes.
  • In the shot of Duck and Stepney puffing up Gordon's Hill, a red and blue wire can be seen in the middle coach. In the same shot, the track in front of the engines appears to sink just before they roll over it.
  • James has Smudger's whistle sound when he leaves the station.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound when he leaves Crovan's Gate.
  • Stepney has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • After the Diesel grinds to a halt and the camera switches to Duck and Stepney and then back to the Diesel, he is slightly farther away from the coaches.
  • When Duck and Stepney reach Gordon's Hill, Duck gains a lamp.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
  • In a rare still image, Gordon has a crooked buffer.
  • When the Diesel arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, the braking sound is heard long before he actually stops.
  • When the engines are whistling at Tidmouth Sheds, Percy's whistle sound is heard, but he is not in the sheds. This is because stock audio from Thomas' Christmas Party is used.
  • In the second shot, the camera lens can be seen at the top left hand corner.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Ausgeschlagen Knocked Out
Norwegian Bowlerhatten The Bowler Hat
Spanish Diesel Tendrá que Aprender Diesel Will Have to Learn
Hungarian Kalap Kalamajka Hats Muddled
Japanese ディーゼルとぼうし Diesel and Hat
Russian Вышел из строя Out of Order
Danish Bowlerhatten Bowler Hat
Italian L'automotrice diesel The Diesel Engine
Welsh Helynt Yr Het The Hat Trouble
Slovenian Kje je klobuk? Where is the Hat?

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