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"Henry? Why are you glowing?"
"Arrgh! All lit up like a lighthouse!"
―Porter and Salty

Henry in the Dark is the sixteenth episode of the twentieth season.


Some signs on the Island of Sodor are painted in a special green paint that glows in the dark. This helps the engines see the signs during the night. One day, Henry goes to the Steamworks to be repainted. Kevin, however, grabs some of the wrong green paint and accidentally gives him the glow-in-the-dark paint; Henry does not notice this. When it gets dark, the paint becomes active. Thomas sees Henry's glowing paint and thinks it is a ghost train. He puffs into a siding, horrified, and tries to warn Gordon. Gordon does not believe in ghost trains. James is the next to see Henry, and warns Gordon too. Gordon thinks he knows how to deal with ghost trains, until he pulls up right next to Henry. He also believes it is a ghost train. At Tidmouth Sheds, James describes the ghost train to the other engines. A few minutes later, Gordon arrives and explains to Percy that he was not actually scared when he saw a ghost train. But it is not only the Steam Team who is frightened.

At Brendam Docks, Cranky, Porter and Salty also think Henry is a ghost, until Henry explains that it is him. Porter and Salty say that he is glowing, and Cranky brings down a mirror to show him. Henry is amazed and thinks it is a good joke. When he comes back to the sheds from pulling the Flying Kipper, it is daytime, and he is not glowing anymore. No one could sleep; they were too busy thinking about the ghost train that they saw. Henry tries to explain, but Gordon and James tease him because he was scared of the rain. Henry backs up and decides against explaining things.

That night, the engines are too scared to do their night trains. While Henry is away, the engines refuse to take the mail train. The Fat Controller is very cross. He tells the engines that there are no ghost trains. When Henry comes back, everyone and the Fat Controller give a fright. He tells the engines at last that it is just him, leaving Gordon and James annoyed. Thomas notices that the Fat Controller has disappeared. Suddenly, a figure with a bucket on its head emerges from the coal hopper. Everyone is horrified, even Henry. However, it is just the Fat Controller. He says that Henry has the wrong paint and orders him to get the right paint first thing in the morning. As a bonus, the Fat Controller promises Henry a "glowing" report for being the only engine working during the night.








  • Rob Rackstraw is credited in the UK credits despite none of his characters speaking in that dub.
  • The boiler tubes that Kevin drops at the start of the episode, appear far too big in diametre.
  • When travelling at night, Gordon's express coaches do not have any lights on inside them.
  • Emily's front wheel is sticking out from the chocolate coloured piece below her cylinder.
  • Henry tells the other engines that all of them laughed at and insulted him, however only Gordon and James did.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やみにひかるヘンリー Henry Shining in the Dark
Spanish Henry en la oscuridad Henry in the Dark
Polish Henio w Ciemności Henry in the Dark
Romanian Henry în întuneric Henry in the Dark
Turkish Henry Karanlıkta Henry in the Dark
Czech Henry ve tmě Henry in the Dark
Portuguese Henry no escuridão Henry in Darkness
Russian Зелёный призрак The Green Ghost
Hebrew הנרי בחשכה Henry in the Darkness
German Henry dampft im Dunkeln Henry Steams in the Dark
Dutch Henry in het Donker Henry in the Dark

Home Media Releases


US DVD Boxsets


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