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Gallant Old Engine (episode)

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

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

August 3rd,
1995 (UK)
May 9th,
1996 (AUS)
November 4th,
1996 (US)

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Passengers and

Next episode

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.


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.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gallant Old Engine.
  • 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.
  • Not counting the stock footage cameo in Harold and the Flying Horse, this is Duke's last appearance to date.


  • 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, 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.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Det tapre lokomotivet The Brave Engine
Italian La locomotiva coraggiosa The Courageous Engine
Dutch De nette locomotief A Neat Engine
Japanese ゆうかんなきかんしゃ Brave Engine
German Tapfere alte Lok Brave Old Engine
Finnish Urhea Vanha Veturi Brave Old Engine
Welsh Oed locomotif Old Engine
Danish Den tapre lokomotiv The Brave Engine
Spanish Una locomotora muy valiente A Very Valiant Engine
Czech Statečná mašinka Brave engine



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