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"Look at Bulgy! He's a mean scarlet deceiver!"
— Oliver

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

June 23rd,
1992 (UK)
September 15th,
1992 (JAP)
March 17th,
1993 (AUS)
April 9th,
1993 (US)

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Bulgy is the twenty-third episode of the third season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Bully for Mr. Conductor.


A special holiday is being celebrated and many visitors are travelling on Duck's Branch Line. At Tidmouth, Duck meets a double-decker bus, who threatens that one day rails will be ripped up. Duck warns Oliver, who takes his threat with a pinch of salt and nicknames the bus "Bulgy". But later, Oliver becomes concerned when another bus comes to help Bulgy. Then the two Great Western engines see Bulgy pretending to be a railway bus and are furious. Duck chases after him and finds Bulgy stuck under a bridge. Duck cautiously crosses the bridge and takes Bulgy's passengers home, but Bulgy never learns sense. And when no one believes him any more, he is turned into a henhouse.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Oliver the Western Engine.
  • Exactly what holiday that is being celebrated, is not revealed. A banner in the background of one shot even reads "Special Holiday".
  • In the Greek version, the opening scene is cut out.
  • In the US, this episode aired before Escape, this means that the audience would not know who Oliver is.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of Haultraugh in the television series.


  • At the beginning of the episode, Duck is seen crossing a bridge. Later in the episode, Bulgy is seen crossing the same bridge.
  • Percy has James' whistle sound and Oliver has Edward's.
  • Throughout the episode, the roofs of Oliver's coaches are dented.
  • When Duck first meets Bulgy, his ANTI-RAILWAY sign is on his right-hand side, and the RAILWAY BUS sign is on his left. But when Bulgy steals Duck's passengers, the signs have swapped sides.
  • At the end of this episode, Duck should have been at one of the platforms that Percy or Thomas were at so his passengers could get off his train.
  • Oliver tells Duck that only he calls the bus "Bulgy", but when Duck is talking with Bulgy at Tidmouth Station, the name "Bulgy" can be clearly seen placed on the bus' left side.
  • Lady Hatt appears in her first season form again.
  • When Bulgy's passengers complain about being tricked, Jeremiah Jobling is smiling.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Bulgy, der abgeschobene Doppeldecker Bulgy, the Expelled Double-Decker
Norwegian Bussen Bulgy Bulgy the Bus
Japanese 2かいだてバスのバルジー Bulgy the Double Decker Bus
Finnish Jurottaja Bulgy
Czech Nafuka Bulgy
Dutch Dikkie Bulgy
Italian Bulgy Bulgy
Hungarian Butus Bulgy
Slovenian Bucko Bulgy



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