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"Hooray for Diesel! Now we won't be wet! Hip, hip, hooray for Diesel!"
"Well done Diesel!
— The schoolchildren
Diesel's Special Delivery

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Jessica Sandys


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 19th,
2010 (UK)
December 4th,
2010 (US)
October 12th,
2011 (AUS)
March 24th,
2012 (NOR)
May 6th,
2012 (JAP)

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Diesel's Special Delivery is the seventh episode of the fourteenth season.


It is market day on Sodor and all the engines are taking fruit and vegetables to market. All except Diesel, who is taking slate to the school because the school's roof is broken and rain had been forecast. At Maithwaite, Diesel sees a group of children clapping and cheering for James because he is pulling a special special - Farmer Trotter's piglets. Diesel, who wants to be clapped and cheered for as well, follows James. Then Diesel meets up with Thomas who is taking shiny apples to the market. Diesel thinks that the apples are just as good as James' piglets, so he offers to take Thomas' load to market, leaving his slates in a siding. Diesel catches up with James at Maron station. Once again, children are clapping and cheering at James and no one claps for Diesel.

Later, Diesel meets up with Rosie at a signal. Rosie is pulling a flatbed of colourful flowers to market. Diesel thinks that the flowers are just as good as the piglets and offers to take the flowers. Rosie agrees and Diesel sets off with both the flowers and the apples. Next, Diesel spots James at a crossing. Stephen, Bridget, and another child clap and cheer for him and his piglets. Once again, no-one claps and cheers for Diesel.

On the way back from market, Diesel passes Farmer Trotter's Pig Farm where he spies James' van of piglets. Diesel steals the truck and takes it to show the children at the school. When he arrives at the school, the children do not clap and cheer. They are standing in the rain and are getting wet. Diesel realises his mistake and, after the Fat Controller scolds him, he sets off to put everything right.

Diesel takes the piglets back to Farmer Trotter's and apologises. Then, he collects the slate truck from the siding and hurries back to the school. At the school, the children are delighted to see Diesel. They shout hooray, clap, and cheer for him.




  • Going by production order, this is the eighth episode of the fourteenth season.
  • A few children speak. In the UK narration, they are voiced by Teresa Gallagher, while in the US narration, they are voiced by Jules de Jongh.
  • This marks the first time since the sixth season episode The World's Strongest Engine that Diesel has been the main character in an episode.


  • The narrator describes James' cattle truck as a flatbed.
  • When Diesel leaves the school with the piglets, he is not coupled to the truck and he is pushing it. In the next shot however, he is seen pulling it.
  • A lot of children are seen throughout the episode, yet only four children are seen at the school.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Rosie, Percy, Edward, Toby, Thomas, James, and Diesel's trains.
  • Diesel is said to be coupled up to the piglets' truck, but he just buffers up it pushes it away.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Diesels spesiallevering Diesel's Special Delivery
Japanese ディーゼルのとくべつなにもつ Diesel's Special Cargo
German Diesel ist Eifersüchtig Diesel is Jealous
Welsh Diwrnod Hapus Diesel yn Diesel's Happy Day
Swedish Diesels speciella leverans Diesel's Special Delivery



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