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"Whenever that owl hoots, a mist rolls in. And there's a legend that when the mist's about, there's a ghost about too. Take care on the old line, Henry."
"Stupid bird.
"
— Edward and Henry
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Haunted Henry
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
David Maidment

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 3rd, 1998

Previous episode

Toby and the Flood

Next episode

Double Teething
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Haunted Henry is the eleventh episode of the fifth season.

Plot

One evening, Henry is working late with Edward, and an owl hoots. Edward warns Henry that when the owl hoots, a mist will roll in soon, along with a ghost. Henry scoffs at the story and sets off with his goods train, but later to his surprise, a mist does roll in. He has to slow at an amber signal, and after seeing a closed crossing gate, a red signal, a coat discarded on a tree branch, and a light flickering at a station, Henry's crew decide to turn back. The next day, they discover that a nearby viaduct was unsafe and would have collapsed if they had tried to cross. Later, Henry's driver informs him that the viaduct has been repaired, and they can try to cross again that night.

While preparing to leave with his train, Henry gets spooked after hearing an owl hoot and Gordon speed by. The trucks tease him, but later down the old line, they see the crossing gates close and signal turn red by themselves, and they become spooked too. They surge forward through the gates and hit a landslide, plunging into a ravine. Soon, Old Bailey the fogman arrives on a handcart and reprimands Henry and his crew for not heeding his warnings. Henry's driver apologises, and to make up for it, Sir Topham Hatt reopens the station and Old Bailey is made the stationmaster.

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Locations

Trivia

  • Stock footage from Thomas, Percy and the Dragon is used.
  • In PBS Kids Sprout airings, the quote "Stupid Bird!" is cut due to censorship for the target audience.
  • There are some differences in the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
    • The line "The big green engine" is simply replaced with "Henry" in the US narration.
    • In the UK narration, after the truck teases Henry, the narrator adds "and the others giggled in their silly way." This is missing in the US narration.
    • In the UK narration, an echo effect is heard when Henry's driver says "Who's there?". This is missing in the US narration.
    • In the UK narration, Michael Angelis says that "Henry didn't really want to", but Alec Baldwin says "Henry really didn't want to". It is unknown why these words were switched.
    • In the UK narration, Old Bailey says, "I'd like to operate that old station again, if you let me. I promise I won't spook Henry", while in the US narration, he says, "I'd like to operate that old station. If you let me, I promise I won't spook Henry again".
  • A rare picture implies that Gordon may have been intended to have a larger role in this episode.
  • In Germany this episode is named "Henry and the Spook". In Norway its title is "It Spooks for Henry". In Denmark it is called "Henry Sees Ghosts". In Japan it is called "Events Among the Fog". It is called "Spooky for Henry" in Sweden.

Goofs

  • Some light stands appear at the beginning.
  • Studio equipment is visible on the top right corner when Henry first puffs through the fog.
  • Only the front gate of the level crossing closes, the back gate is already shut.
  • In the head-on shot of Henry with James puffing by, Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • Two of Henry's trucks switched places in his train when he pushes it back into the fog. 
  • When the trucks fall into the ravine, you can see track on the side of the ravine leading downward.
  • One of the truck's faces partially comes off when they land in the ravine.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Henry's train.
  • After the trucks fall into the ravine, either Henry's driver or fireman can be seen leaning out of the cab, but in the next shot, they are both standing beside the track.          
  • In real life, if the trucks had fallen off the ravine that high they would have been smashed to pieces.                           

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