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Dirty Work (Season 11)

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This article is about the eleventh season episode. You may be looking for the second season episode or the Taiwanese DVD.
"You're not cross with me sir, even though my flags are drooped and I'm covered in coal dust, quarry dust, and fish?!"
— James
Dirty Work

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Wayne Jackman


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 4th,
2007 (UK)
September 15th,
2007 (US)
September 9th,
2009 (JPN)
September 30th,
2011 (AUS)

Previous episode

Dream On

Next episode

Hector the Horrid!

Dirty Work is the fourth episode of the eleventh season.


James has barely returned from the Works when news comes of a special; an engine is needed to take the Mayor of Sodor to the Festival of Light at the Scottish Castle. James volunteers and Thomas, Percy, and Emily get to do goods work. James is cleaned and arrives at the castle, but is shocked to discover the others have not finished their work and goes to help his friends at once, even though he gets dirty. The four manage to get to see the Festival of Light and Sir Topham Hatt is proud of James.




  • When the episode is on a DVD, the beginning is different.
  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-second episode of the eleventh season.
  • Alternate angles of the first 3 shots were shown on television.


  • When James buffers up to Percy's trucks at the quarry, you can see James' steam platform. When he buffers up behind Emily's trucks, you can see a pipe in the rails used for James' steam.
  • In the first scene of Emily with the fish, she has a brakevan. But when James helps her, it is uncoupled and parked on a different track.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Der Star des Abends The Star of the Evening
Norwegian En skitten jobb A Dirty Job
Japanese たいせつなこと Important Thing
Danish Beskidt arbejde Dirty Work

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