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“I'm sorry I was rude, but can you help me get this timber to Farmer McColl's, please? It's to help the baby calves."
"Why certainly! I'll get your track cleared in no time!”
―Emily being kind to Elizabeth

Emily's Adventure is the twentieth episode of the eighth season.


One evening, a fierce storm sweeps across the Island of Sodor and causes a lot of damage. The following morning, Farmer McColl examines his cow barn to discover that the roof has blown off. So he telephones the Fat Controller, who sends Emily to collect timber to repair the barn.

On her way to Farmer McColl's, Emily has to stop due to a fallen tree in the way, much to her annoyance. When Trevor tries his best to pull it out of the way, Emily thinks he is going too slowly so she bosses him about, telling him to do his job quicker and blowing her whistle at him. As Trevor moves the tree out of the way, Emily, being impatient, does not say "thank you" at all and instead says "About time!". Emily remains persistent with her attitude when she sees workmen clearing the tracks further down the line and makes them cross.

Further on down the line, Emily stops again as a water tower is blocking her line. As Elizabeth is trying her best to move it, Emily, once again, is impatient, loudly whistles and bossing Elizabeth about, and ends up being delayed when Elizabeth stands her ground, refusing to take such orders from Emily. Soon, Thomas arrives in the opposite direction, and tells Emily to ask more nicely. Realising that her bossiness is not going to help her at all, Emily apologises and asks Elizabeth very nicely to clear the tracks, which she does. Once the water tower is clear of the tracks, Emily says "thank you" to Elizabeth, and then later to Harvey; and gets to Farmer McColl's just in time.

Once the barn's roof is mended, the cows and the calves rest in the soft hay and Farmer McColl thanks Emily for helping him. Emily now knows it is best to say "please" and "thank you" whenever she does a job or asks someone to help her.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourth episode of the eighth season.
  • In The Complete Series 8 DVD, other television broadcasts and the US Take Along DVD, the music is omitted at the end of the episode.
  • This is the last appearance of The Watermill in model series episodes, however the Watermill would still appear in the Opening for the series.
  • This episode marks Elizabeth's last appearance until the eleventh season episode, Emily's Rubbish, excluding her appearances in ninth and tenth season music videos.


  • When Trevor tries to clear the fallen tree, there is string attached to his rear-end.
  • When Elizabeth tries to push the water tower out of Emily's way, one of the planks underneath her front left wheel bounces up and down.
  • In some close-ups of Elizabeth, the eye mechanism is visible in her cab.
  • Butch is seen at Dryaw Station, but he was somehow seen when Emily was approaching Elizabeth pushing the falling Water Tower.
  • In a rare picture, it is night in the scene where Emily is being sarcastic to Trevor.
  • When Farmer McColl thanks Emily, her right (viewers' perspective left) eye is wonky.
  • Elizabeth does not have the sounds of a steam-powered vehicle, instead sounding like a conventional petrol-driven engine.
  • Emily's eyes are wonky when Farmer McColl thanks her.


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  • The Complete Series 8

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