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Four Little Engines (episode)

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"Old engines can't pull trains like the young ones can."
"They can if they're mended, Old Faithful, and that's what's going to happen to you. You deserve it.
— Skarloey and his Driver
Four Little Engines

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 20th,
1995 (UK)
April 26th,
1996 (AUS)
October 14th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

You Can't Win

Next episode

A Bad Day for
Sir Handel

Four Little Engines is the fifth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.


Edward is sent to The Works to be mended. On the way, he meets a narrow gauge engine called Skarloey, who is resting in a shed. The two talk for a while, then Edward leaves.

Meanwhile, Sir Handel is pulling some coaches when he has to stop suddenly because a flock of sheep is on the line. The coaches are angry, because they believe he purposefully bumped them, and they bump him off the rails. Sir Handel limps home, but there is now no engine to take the passengers home. Skarloey volunteers, and makes good time until one of his springs break coming down a hill. His driver says they will need a bus to take the passengers, but Skarloey is determined, and manages to get home. Skarloey reflects afterwards that he is in no state to pull trains, but is delighted when his driver tells him he will be mended.





  • When Edward passes Skarloey, some of his wheels are not moving.
  • Just before the coaches derail Sir Handel, they are not coupled together.
  • In the Crovan's Gate scene, either Thomas or Duck has James' whistle sound.
  • Annie is facing the wrong way as Thomas passes through Crovan's Gate.
  • After Skarloey leaves Crovan's Gate, the coaches lose their faces.
  • When Skarloey says, "It'll be better downhill", the stripe on his tank is crooked.
  • When Skarloey says "No! I'll make it to the station or burst!", he has three people in his cab.
  • In the last scene, Skarloey whistles despite having no steam.
  • James and Edward have different whistle sounds for the rest of the season.
  • This episode was broadcast out of production order: Peter Sam and Sir Handel were not introduced to the Skarloey Railway until A Bad Day for Sir Handel. What's more is that Skarloey appears in the next two episodes despite being sent to the works.
  • Skarloey is crooked before the spring broke.
  • Sir Handel has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • In a rare still, there are four coaches behind Sir Handel instead of three when he is bumped off the rails.
  • In a rare still, red and black wires are seen underneath Sir Handel's cab.
  • In a close-up of the first coach, its bufferbeam is lower than usual.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cuatro Locomotoras Four Engines
Norwegian Fire små lokomotiv Four Little Engines
Japanese がんばりやのスカーロイ Persistent Skarloey
German Vier kleine Lokomotiven Four Small Locomotives
Dutch Vier kleine locomotiefjes Four Small Locomotives
Polish Cztery Małe Lokomotywy Four Little Engines
Finnish Neljä Pientä Veturia Four Small Locomotives
Hungarian Négy kicsi mozdony Four Small Locomotives
Italian Quattro Piccole Locomotive Four Little Engines
Welsh Pedair Injan Fechan Four Small Engines
Danish Fire Små Lokomotiver Four Small Locomotives
Russian Четыре маленьких паровозика Four Little Engines
Chinese 四小火车 Four Small Trains
Slovenian Štirje lokomotivčki Four Locomotives

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