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"Trevor and I are old friends, and you and he have a lot in common too."
"Aye, and what'd that be?"
— Edward and Douglas

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

June 9th,
1992 (UK)
September 1st,
1992 (JAP)
March 15th,
1993 (AUS)
May 17th,
1993 (US)

Previous episode

Tender Engines

Next episode

Oliver Owns Up

Escape, also known as Escape!, is the twenty-first episode of the third season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Mr. Conductor's Fourth of July.


Douglas tells Edward off for wasting time by talking to Trevor, but Edward shuts him up by telling him they have something in common - they have both escaped from scrap.

Douglas is later taking a goods train to the Other Railway when a stranded and rusted steam engine named Oliver begs him to take him to the North Western Railway. Douglas is glad to help, and they manage to get to the works despite being stopped by an Other Railway foreman.

The Fat Controller soon finds out, and arranges for Oliver and his brakevan, Toad, to be mended and repainted to work on Duck's branch line.





  • In the first close-up of Edward, his whistle is severely crooked.
  • When Edward confronts Douglas, a small hair can be seen above Edward's left eye (viewer perspective).
  • When Oliver and Toad escape, a tiny bit of the rail is tilted.
  • In the US version, the term "guard" is accidentally used when the foreman dismisses Douglas after believing that they are taking Oliver away.
  • Thomas and Edward have the same whistle sound.
  • When Douglas reverses into the sheds at the end, Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • When Douglas arrives on the Other Railway, Mavis is derailed.
  • On the Other Railway, the diesels keep changing place.
  • When Sir Topham Hatt arrives, two thin wires can be seen behind the sheds.
  • In the shot of Toad near the end, he appears to have a slight bump at the back of his roof. This however, does not appear in the restored version.
  • When Edward confronts Douglas about Trevor, Douglas's name plate appears to be loose.
  • When Oliver introduces himself, the word "SCRAP" is already painted on the side of his water tanks, even before Douglas tells the drivers and firemen to do so.
  • When Douglas' point-of-view is shown of him backing away from his trucks before he finds Oliver, the track in front of him is crooked.
  • For most of the episode, Douglas' nameplates are loose.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Flucht The Escape
Norwegian Den store flukten The Great Escape
Japanese オリバーのだっしゅつ Oliver's Escape
Spanish El Escape The Escape
Italian Oliver Oliver
Danish Den store flugt The Great Escape
Czech Utek Escaped
Polish Ucieczka Escape
Ukrainian Втеча Escape
Finnish Pako Escape



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