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"You're a gallant little engine!"
— Rheneas' driver
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Gallant Old Engine/
The Gallant Old Engine
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

November 2nd,
1995 (UK)
October 14th,
1996 (US)
May 9th,
1996 (Australia)

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Rusty to the Rescue

Gallant Old Engine, retitled The Gallant Old Engine in some American releases, is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.

Plot

Duncan is grumbling about being overworked, not being polished, and passengers. Skarloey, dismayed by Duncan's stubbornness, tells Duncan and Peter Sam the story of the time Rheneas single-handedly ran the Skarloey Railway. Skarloey had been feeling sick, so Rheneas did his work. Then, one miserable day, Rheneas was puffing home with a full train when his valve gear jams. Rheneas feels sore, but manages to get home safely. Duncan sees the error of his ways and apologises.

The next day, Rheneas returns and a big celebration is held. However, Rheneas feels happiest when he is back with his friend, Skarloey.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gallant Old Engine.
  • The Norwegian title of this episode is "An Imposing Engine". In Italy it is "The Courageous Locomotive". In the Netherlands, it is titled "A Neat Locomotive". In Japan, this episode is called "Brave Engine". The Finnish and German title of this episode is "Brave Old Engine". It is titled "Old Engine" in Welsh. The Danish title of this episode is "The Brave Engine". The Spanish title is "A Brave Locomotive".
  • This is the 100th episode in Japan.
  • On PBS Sprout airings, this episode has stereo audio while the US VHS and DVD releases have mono audio.
  • The events of this episode are inspired by events that occurred on the Talyllyn Railway in the late 1940s, when Dolgoch ran trains single-handedly.

Goofs

  • Rheneas is wearing Smudger's sad face when he passes Skarloey in a flash-back.
  • Throughout all of the field scenes, wire is visible under Rheneas and one of his coaches.
  • Henry looks cross when he sees Edward puff in with Rheneas.
  • The station Rheneas pulls into at the end is on Duke's old line.
  • When Rheneas is on the causeway, he has Duke's whistle sound.
  • Rheneas and Sir Handel have the same whistle sound.
  • When Rheneas arrives at Glennock, his eyes abruptly change position. Thus indicating a film cut.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound.
  • In the UK narration, the engines start whistling long before the narrator says they do.
  • James' train has an unneeded brakevan.
  • Gordon's buffer is crooked in one scene.
  • When the passengers begin thanking Rheneas, Jem Cole is standing alone. Then in the next scene, he is standing with the Refreshment Lady amongst others.
  • In a deleted scene of Rheneas, Skarloey, and Duncan at the Sheds, Rheneas is wearing one of Sir Handel's face masks.

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