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"Never mind him Peter Sam, He'll be frightened if he really saw a ghost."
— Rusty explaining Duncan to Peter Sam
Duncan Gets Spooked

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 15th,
1998 (UK)
December 24th,
1998 (AUS)
February 11th,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Busy Going

Next episode

Rusty and
the Boulder

Duncan Gets Spooked is the twenty-fourth episode of the fifth season.


After Rusty helps Peter Sam to the water tower with his train, Peter Sam's trucks break away and fall into a ravine. Sir Topham Hatt punishes Peter Sam by making him work in the yards until he can trust him again. Duncan chortles that Peter Sam's trucks will return to haunt him, so Rusty tells him of an engine who tried to cross the same ravine and fell into the swamp below. Duncan is dismissive, but Peter Sam's driver gets an idea. He and Duncan's crew plan to teach Duncan a lesson and take him across the bridge. After seeing the ghost heading towards him, (though it is just an engine formed by fireflies) Duncan is spooked and runs back to the safety of the shed.




  • This is the first episode to use the new large scale models of the Skarloey Railway engines, although Duncan, Peter Sam, and Rusty's small scale models were used in the shed scene. However, in the fourth season, larger than normal models of the narrow gauge engines were used in close-ups of the human characters.
  • The ghost engine uses Skarloey's model and Percy's whistle sound.
  • The shed that Rusty, Peter Sam and Duncan were at was really the shed from Rheneas station from the previous season.
  • The engine formed by the fireflies resemble Rheneas and Smudger.
  • This episode most likely took place during the events of Rusty and the Boulder, as the quarry was seen in this episode. However, in the aforementioned episode, it's stated the quarry was brand new and was also closed in a short amount of time.
  • The "Best Quality Diesel Oil" barrel from Bowled Out can be seen the shot of the workmen looking at the Ghost Engine.


  • When Skarloey passes by in the first scene, a red wire is visible underneath him.
  • In the UK narration, the narrator says that Rusty whistled goodbye, but Rusty is a diesel, and does not have a whistle.
  • When Rusty leaves Peter Sam at the water tower, he makes puffing noises despite being a diesel.
  • Peter Sam's trucks come off the bridge coupled. When they fall into the ravine, they fall one by one uncoupled.
  • Duncan's face moves when he cries "Whoo-oo-oo!"
  • Because both scales of models were used, Rusty's face changes size in the shed scene.
  • When the fireflies form the engine, the end of the tracks is visible.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Skarloey, Peter Sam, and Duncan's trains.
  • For some reason, Michael Angelis is not credited with narrating this episode.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El susto de Duncan Duncan's Scare
German Duncan sieht Gespenster Duncan Sees Ghosts
Japanese まんげつのよるのできごと Incident On the Night Of the Full Moon
Italian Scherzetto per Duncan Trick for Duncan
Swedish Det Spooks för Duncan It Spooks for Duncan
Slovenian Franclja Prestrasijo Frank scare
Hungarian Duncan és a Kísértet Duncan and the Ghost



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