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"Look! It's Duncan the musical engine!"
— Rusty

Faulty Whistles is the twenty-sixth episode of the sixth season.


Duncan waits a junction one morning for Peter Sam to deliver his goods to take to Strawberry Grove. Duncan is also given the job to take the headmaster and the new organ.

Peter Sam has steamed overnight all the way to the morning to deliver Duncan his goods, but as he approaches the junction his whistle is knocked off by a branch. As a result, Peter Sam cannot run anywhere without a whistle. Duncan brags that an engine isn't one without a whistle and lets off a big blast with his whistle. The other engines ignore him. Duncan becomes cross while he sets off with his goods because he thinks the other engines are jealous with his whistle. On the way, he whistles at some sheep, but they are busy eating to grab any attention. Duncan becomes frustrated and thinks he needs to whistle louder and longer. He approaches a crossing where Elizabeth is carrying the Farmer's Prize Bull. As Duncan approaches the crossing, he whistles loud and long, startling the bull. Elizabeth scolds Duncan but he takes no notice and finds it fun, not knowing that his whistle had become loose. When he sees Terence ploughing a field, he prepares to give him the same surprise, but he blows his whistle so hard, it simply flies off and lands out of sight.

Because his whistle is nowhere to be found, Duncan's driver tells him they are stuck and cannot run anywhere. Luckily, one of Duncan's trucks is carrying an organ destined for Strawberry Grove School, and Headmaster Hastings plays the organ in lieu of Duncan's whistle, which alerts every person at stops during the delivery, but Duncan doesn't think so. When Duncan reaches home safely, he is teased by Rusty as being a "musical engine". Rheneas and Skarloey whistle along. Peter Sam, having been in the works for a new whistle, tells Duncan that he was brave to go on and make his deliveries without a whistle, which cheers Duncan up. The headmaster makes one last "toot" on the organ and the all the other engines whistle back, except Duncan who just remains happy for himself.





  • Peter Sam and Duncan have the same whistle sound.
  • When Elizabeth is carrying the bull, her eyes are wonky.
  • For the first shot of the camera "pulling" Duncan, at the bottom of the screen a wire is bouncing up and down.
  • Duncan's driver's hair is blonde for most of the episode, but becomes brown when he is looking for Duncan's whistle.
  • The narrator says "The rest of the engines just ignored him," but Peter Sam was the only one there.
  • In the close-up of Duncan's whistle flying off, there is no one in his cab.
  • Because Terence's regular sized model is used, he is not to scale with Duncan.
  • When Peter Sam crosses the bridge at the beginning of the episode, his cab is empty and his whistle is missing.
  • Contrary to the title card, the episode is misnamed "Faulty Whistle" on the back cover and in the DVD menu of Percy's Chocolate Crunch and Other Thomas Adventures.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Duncans nye fløyte Duncan's New Whistle
Danish Fløjteforviklinger Whistle Complications
Japanese かわったきてき A Strange Whistle
Welsh Golli Chwiban Lose Whistle
Dutch Fluitconcerten Whistle Concerts
Swedish De trasiga vissloma The Broken Whistle
Slovenian Brez Piščalke ne Gre It is Not Without Whistles
Polish Zepsute Gwizdki Broken Whistles
Italian Fischi Fasulli Fake Whistles
Chinese 坏掉的汽笛 Broken Whistle
Korean 특별한 기적 소리 Special Whistle
Romanian Fluiere Defecte Whislte Defects
Slovak Chybné píšťaly Wrong Whistles
Hungarian Síppal és Orgonával Pipe and Organ
Czech Porouchané píšťaly Broken Whistles
Thai ดันแคนทำวูดหาย Duncan is Lost to Collingwood

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