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"Listen, Dukie, who worries about a few spills?"
— Smudger

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

April 16th,
1995 (US)
October 16th,
1995 (UK)
April 22nd,
1996 (AUS)
January 14th,
1998 (GER)
July 24th,
2009 (HUN)

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Granpuff is the first episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station special Second Chances in 1995.


It is a cold wintry night on the Island of Sodor and the howling wind keeps the engines in the shed awake. Toby decides that what the engines need is to listen to a story. Duck chimes in that the story must have a happy ending. Thomas tells the others a story his driver had told him recently about Duke:

Once upon a time, there were three engines who lived on their own railway. Their names were Duke, Stuart and Falcon. Duke was the oldest of the three and had been named after the Duke of Sodor. Duke felt very proud of this and decided it was his responsibility to keep the younger engines in order. While other engines came and went, Duke outlasted all of them. Stuart and Falcon gave Duke the nickname "Granpuff" and were very fond of him, but did sometimes tire of hearing about his Grace and would occasionally tease him.

Duke warned Stuart and Falcon that if they did not behave they could end up like Smudger. Stuart and Falcon were curious about Smudger, so Duke told them about him. Smudger was a show-off, who ran roughly and often derailed, spilling his loads. Duke tried to warn Smudger, but Smudger simply did not care and laughed at Duke. But he quickly stopped laughing when the manager told Smudger he was going to be useful one way or another. Smudger did not laugh at that and from then on, the only running Smudger did was running as a generator behind the shed. He never went on the rails again.

Stuart and Falcon began behaving better and all three remained friends for years. However, this all ended when hard times came. The mines that the engines depended on for work closed and the railway soon followed. As a result, the engines were all put up for sale. Stuart and Falcon were bought together, but no one wanted to buy an old engine like Duke. Stuart and Falcon promised Granpuff that they would find another railway for him to run on.

Duke's crew oiled and greased him one last time, then put him to sleep snugly in his shed and bid him a final goodbye as they had to leave to find new jobs. Duke then went to sleep, waiting for the day he would be able to run again. Years went by and torrents of rain washed soil down from the mountains and countryside grew over the shed. No one would know from looking that a small shed was there, let alone an engine asleep inside.

Percy is upset and tells Thomas that his story does not have a happy ending. Thomas tells Percy that there is, but the ending will have to wait for another night.




  • The Chinese version of this episode credits George Carlin as the narrator and the Hindi narration credits Michael Angelis.
  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Duke the Lost Engine.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Smudger.
  • This is the first episode narrated by Bohuslav Kalva in the Czech Republic.
  • This marks the first and only mention of the other Mid Sodor engines in the television series.
  • On early UK releases of Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories, "Their names were Duke, Stuart and Falcon" and "Whenever they did anything that Duke thought wrong, he would say 'That would never suit his grace,'" are heard earlier.


  • When Stuart and Falcon pass Duke with their trucks the lighting changes, indicating that the film was cut.
  • When Duke talks to Smudger, a chainsaw can be heard.
  • As the narrator says "Other engines came and went..." Stuart is wearing his Peter Sam nameplate.
  • In the British version, Skarloey and Falcon have Rheneas' whistle sound in some scenes, Rheneas has Skarloey's whistle sound and Duke has Falcon's whistle sound in some scenes.
  • After Smudger was scolded, a piece of hair can be seen underneath him.
  • In a rare picture, Duke is wearing Falcon's cross face mask.
  • In some scenes with Falcon, the space for his nameplate is longer than the nameplate itself, the reason being that Falcon's nameplate would later be replaced by one reading "Sir Handel".
  • When Duck says that the story must have a happy ending, a crack in his face mask next to his eye is visible.
  • Duck's handrail is loose on the front of his smokebox.
  • Glennock is seen, but it is not on the Mid Sodor Railway.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Die Opamotive The Grandpa Engine
Finnish Pappa-Veturi Daddy-Engine
Norwegian Storetøff Granpuff
Swedish Storetuff Granpuff
Danish Store fut Granpuff
Welsh Taid Grandfather
Dutch Prins Puf Prince Puff
Italian Vecchio Sbuffo Old Puff
Japanese ガミガミじいさん Nagging Grandpa
French Grand-Souffle Great Breath
Czech Dědeček Grandfather
Polish Dziadek Grandfather
Russian Дед Пуфф Grandfather Puff
Ukrainian Старе Пихкало Old Puff
Hungarian Nagypöff Great Puff
Chinese 小老头 Little Old Man
Slovenian Dedek Grandpa
Romanian Bunicuţul Grandpa
Greek Μια ωραια ιστορία A Nice Story
Slovak Vojvoda Duke
Spanish Granpuff Granpuff
Thai ดุ๊กหัวรถจักรเก่าถูกลืม Duke's Old Engines be Forgotten

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  • Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories
  • The Complete Fourth Series

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