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“Harvey's different."
"He doesn't even look like an engine."
"Surely the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt won't let him pull coaches."
"He's just Cranky on wheels!"
"He's not taking my mail!”
―Henry, Edward, Gordon, James and Percy criticising Harvey.

Harvey to the Rescue is the second (third in Australia) episode of the sixth season.


A new engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey has arrived. But before the Fat Controller keeps him, he wants to see Harvey demonstrate his worth to the Railway Board, like when Thomas and Bertie had a race. But the other engines do not like him due to his looks, and are very rude to him in the sheds. Harvey is upset by this, but Thomas reassures him that the engines just need to take time to adjust to him. The next day, Harvey still feels discomforted and tells the Fat Controller that he does not think he should have come to Sodor in the first place. The Fat Controller replies by saying that him being different that is what makes him special that makes Harvey feel better.

Meanwhile, Percy's trucks get out of control and derail at Bulgy's Bridge, blocking the road. Bertie is taking the Railway Board to the demonstration, but cannot get past the derailed trucks. The Fat Controller calls for Harvey who soon arrives to help, coincidentally creating a demonstration for the Railway Board. Harvey sorts out the accident scene so well, that the Board allows him to stay. Harvey is delighted, and even more when that night at the sheds all the other engines agree he is really useful just like Thomas said, and soon he is friends with all of them.




  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the sixth season.
  • A reference to the first season episode, Thomas and Bertie is made.
  • This is the first episode to introduce a standard gauge steam engine not created by the Rev. W Awdry.
  • An alternate version of Percy's accident is used in Troublesome Trucks. In that version, the first truck has a different face and the brake van rolls across the road towards the camera and hits it rather than stopping at the bottom of the hill while the trucks pile up on the hillside.
  • The sound effect of the turntable turning is quieter in the UK version.
  • Different crash sound effects are heard in the UK and US when the last troublesome truck tumbles and crashes.
  • Interestingly, about half of this episode was filmed in 4:3 fullscreen, and the other half was filmed in 16:9 widescreen.


  • Harvey is put on the track in front of Percy. In the shot of Thomas and Percy looking at Harvey, Percy looks toward the outer track.
  • Cranky's chain is immediately gone for Harvey's full shot. The workmen could not have undone the chain that fast.
  • When Thomas puffs into Tidmouth Sheds after reassuring Harvey, his steam platform is visible, and the smoke maker can be seen on the tracks.
  • When the trucks roll down the hill off the bridge, one loses its face.
  • When the narrator says "Luckily, no one was hurt," Bertie looks happy.
  • In the close-ups of Bertie looking cross, the lady in pink next to him has black adhesive on her shoes; in the close-up of Bertie looking concerned, the man beside him has black adhesive on his shoes.
  • Harvey's crane changes positions when he goes to rescue Percy.
  • When Harvey lifts Percy back onto the rails, a wire is visible underneath Percy.
  • When Harvey sets Percy on the rails, Percy's piston is broken. In the next scene, it is not.
  • When Thomas pulls up near Harvey, Thomas' rods are facing down. In the close-up of Thomas, his side rods are facing up.
  • Bulgy is not in the field next to his bridge, even though the location is mentioned.
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky when he tells Harvey not to worry after the engines criticise him.
  • When the narrator said "Harvey could hear the other engines talking about him," Gordon's eyes are wonky.
  • James' eyes are wonky when he says "He's just Cranky on wheels!"
  • Harvey's eyes are wonky when he explains to the Fat Controller that the engines do not like him.
  • Bertie has Bulgy's horn sound the first and second time he honks at Percy and Caroline's the third.
  • The Finnish title has Thomas' name in it, despite the fact that Harvey is the main character in this episode.


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