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"Fusspot, fusspot. Fuddy-duddy, fuddy-duddy, fuddy-duddy!"
— Falcon

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 18th,
1995 (UK)
April 24th,
1996 (AUS)
November 11th,
1996 (US)
January 16th,
1998 (GER)
July 25th,
2009 (HUN)

Previous episode

Sleeping Beauty

Next episode

You Can't Win

Bulldog is the third episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the US on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode Paint The Town Red in 1996.


One morning, Percy is feeling very impatient. He has a new coat of paint and is very eager to show it off and complains that his driver is late. The other engines remind him the driver is not late, rather Percy is awake early. Thomas assures Percy it will soon be time for work, but warns him not to be impatient otherwise he may run into danger and Duke will not be there to save them. The other engines are surprised to hear their hero mentioned and Thomas decides to tell them a story his driver told him...

Long ago on the Mid Sodor Railway, back when Sir Handel was still called Falcon and Peter Sam was still called Stuart, the two worked alongside Duke. One day the manager comes along and tells Falcon, who is still new and has a lot to learn, he is pleased with his work but now wants the engine to learn about The Mountain Road, a difficult part of the line. The next day, Falcon will get a new coat of paint, then will go on the Mountain Road with Duke to double-head a train. Falcon is not impressed that he is having to work with Duke, who he considers a fusspot.

The next day, Duke tells Falcon he will head the train since the Mountain Road is tricky to travel over. Falcon refuses and insists on going in front, telling Duke he does not want the view blocked. Duke warns Falcon not to admire the view since he needs to watch the track and also tries to slow them down to keep them safe, but Falcon ignores Duke thinking he is fussing over nothing.

Soon the engines approach a curved tunnel, which Falcon does not like. He rushes through, but then near-disaster strikes as just after the exit is a sharp bend. Falcon goes too fast and ends up derailing and hanging over a cliff-edge. Duke holds on to Falcon for dear life, as their crews quickly work to anchor the two engines to the line.

There are more problems however, as Duke is out of water. A workman's cottage is nearby and all the passengers assist in fetching water and refilling Duke's tank. Eventually he manages to build up enough steam and works hard to pull Falcon back onto the line.

The manager is waiting for the train at the top station and when Duke and Falcon arrive the passengers tell him that Duke was a hero who would not let go of Falcon and stood firm like a bulldog. Falcon thanks Duke for saving him, especially as he had been so rude to him. Duke is modest and tells Falcon that it would have been a shame if his new coat of paint had been spoilt.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Duke the Lost Engine.
  • On early UK releases of Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories, a few lines indicated that they were late redubbed or relocated:
    • Henry's "Rubbish!" sounds less enthusiastic.
    • "But be careful, or you might run into danger and Duke is not here to save you" is heard later.
    • "It was curved and he couldn't see" is heard later.
    • "Duke bravely held on with all his strength. 'Stop shaking,' he called. 'I can't hold you if you shake'" is heard later.
  • A similar accident occurred on the Ffestiniog Railway with Duke's basis, Prince double heading a train with Linda, who derailed. Sir Handel's basis, Sir Haydn also had a derailment on the Talyllyn Railway, which may have been the inspiration to have him as Duke's header and may also have inspired Sir Handel's derailings in the Four Little Engines stories "Sir Handel" and "Old Faithful"/ A Bad Day for Sir Handel and Four Little Engines respectively.


  • Duncan appeared in the second shot of Duke's old line, but he was not a Mid Sodor engine and he was not introduced in the series yet, meaning the viewers would not know who he is.
  • In the side-on shot of Falcon, the space for his nameplate is longer than the nameplate itself, the reason being that Falcon's nameplate would later be replaced by one reading "Sir Handel".
  • When Falcon crashes through the fence and Duke tries to save Falcon, Duke derails as well.
  • When Duke pulls Falcon back onto the rails, Falcon's nameplate is slightly peeled off.
  • Falcon has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • When Duke and Falcon enter the tunnel, one of them has Smudger's whistle sound.
  • In a close-up of Duke, his face is smaller than usual. This is because larger scale models were used.
  • A rare picture shows Falcon with his Sir Handel nameplate and Rheneas' face.
  • The narrator says that Sir Handel and Peter Sam were Falcon and Stuart respectively, but the viewers would not have known their Skarloey Railway names until Four Little Engines.
  • In the close-up of Duke before he pulls Falcon back on the track, they are not coupled together.
  • Falcon's left (viewer's right) eye is wonky and too far up when the manager is talking to him about the Mountain Road.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.


  • Percy: Driver should be here by now! What's he doing?
  • Gordon: Sleeping!
  • Percy: But that means I'll be late! The coaches will be waiting and the passengers will get cross!
  • Henry: Rubbish!
  • James: It's still early. You just want to show off!
  • Percy: No I don't!
  • Thomas: Never mind, Percy. It'll soon be time for work. But be careful or you might run into danger. And Duke is not here to save you.
  • Toby: Du-Du-Duke? You mean our hero?

  • Falcon: Huh! Duke's an old fusspot!
  • Duke: Listen. The mountain road is difficult. I'll lead.
  • Falcon: No, I'll lead! How can I learn the route with you lumbering ahead and blocking the view?
  • Duke: Suit yourself, but never mind the view. Look at the track.

  • Duke: Look at the track. Never mind the view.
  • Falcon: Fusspot, Fusspot! Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy!
  • Falcon: Don't dawdle, don't dawdle!
  • Duke: No hurry, no hurry.

  • Falcon: Thank you for saving me, Duke. I don't know why you bothered after I'd been so rude.
  • Duke: Oh, well! You just had a new coat of paint. It would have been a pity if you rolled down the mountain and spoiled it!


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Wie Ein Fels Like a Rock
Norwegian Bulldogen The Bulldog
Japanese ブルドッグ Bulldog
Chinese 斗牛犬 Bulldog
Czech Buldok Bulldog
Finnish Buldogi Bulldog
Italian Bulldog Bulldog
Russian Бульдог Bulldog
Ukrainian Наполеглевий Apologive
Welsh Fel Cranc! Like a Crab!
Slovenian Buldog Bulldog
Romanian Bulldog Bulldog
Polish Buldog Bulldog
Slovak Buldog Bulldog
Hungarian A Bulldog The Bulldog
Danish Bulldog Bulldog
Swedish Bulldogen Bulldog
Dutch Bulldog Bulldog
Thai ดุ๊กมาช่วยแล้ว Duke, Help Then
Greek Σκύλος μπουλντώκ Bulldog
Belarusian бульдог Buldog

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