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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 (JPN)
March 15th,
1993 (AUS)
June 25th,
1993 (US)

Previous episode

Tender Engines

Next episode

Oliver Owns Up

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.


One day, Edward is talking to Trevor, when Douglas steams past and scolds Edward for talking instead of working. Later, Edward meets Douglas again and reminds him that Douglas and Trevor have a lot in common, such as nearly being scrapped. Douglas is shocked. Edward continues, explaining how Trevor is now really useful, but thinks that the railway could use another steam engine. Douglas agrees.

Later that night, Douglas has taken a goods train to a faraway part of the island where only diesels work. He is shunting for his return journey when he hears a hiss of steam. He pauses, and hears the hiss again. A voice comes from nearby, asking if he belongs to the Fat Controller. The engine reveals himself as Oliver, who has ran away from being scrapped with his brake van Toad, but he ran out of coal. Douglas is nervous, but then remembers Edward's story about Trevor. Douglas' crew work hard to make Oliver look as if Douglas is taking Oliver and Toad away. But just before they clear the station, a foreman stops them. Douglas' driver explains that Oliver and Toad belong to them, and although wary at first, the foreman lets them continue.

It is daylight when they finally arrive. Douglas' driver finds a place at the works for Oliver, who thanks them all.

The next day, Douglas tells the engines all about Oliver, who think Douglas should tell the Fat Controller at once, just as he arrives. He explains that unless a steam engine is saved from scrap, there is little hope to find one. But luckily, he already knows about Oliver, and decides that he will work on Duck's branch line.

Now Oliver and Toad are mended, and painted in Great Western colours. The other engines laughed and called the branch line "The Little Western", which delights Duck and Oliver.





  • 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 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
Russian Бегство Escape
Ukrainian Втеча Escape
Finnish Pako Escape
Slovenian Sreča v nesreči Blessings in Disguise

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