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"Oh thank you sir! Being called heroes! Well it's - it's -"
"It's a really nice surprise!
— Bill and Ben

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Andrew Brenner
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

June 30th,
1992 (UK)
September 22nd,
1992 (JAP)
March 18th,
1993 (AUS)
June 4th,
1993 (US)

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Heroes is the twenty-fourth episode of the third season. In the US, it first aired on the Shining Time Station episode Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin


Bill and Ben are bored at the China Clay Company and are delighted to be asked to work at the harbour for the day, but they unwisely ask the trucks for advice. As a result, the yard gets in a mess, causing Gordon to be late with the Express. The next day at the company, a rockslide devastates the quarry, but Bill and Ben get all the workmen out just in time. The next day, the Fat Controller arrives on board Edward and praises the twins for saving the day. Bill and Ben think that being called "heroes" is quite a nice surprise.




  • This episode is adapted from the magazine stories, In a Muddle and Heroes by Andrew Brenner.
  • The fanfare heard in the climax of the episode is almost identical to one heard in TUGS.


  • In the second shot of Bill and Ben shunting trucks at the harbour, a truck with half a load of coal is visible. When the twins shunt this truck the load shifts, revealing it to be a solid prop made to look like coal.
  • When the twins say "Thank goodness we're here," a bug crawls from Bill's line of trucks to Ben's and back.
  • The roof of the building is made of cardboard, as seen when it absorbs the water from the water tower.
  • In the British narration, the Fat Controller says "Hooray, hooray, hooray" without enthusiasm.
  • When the twins enter the harbour, the track on the bridge bobs up and down.
  • When the quarrymaster comes to tell the twins to go and work at the harbour, the coat on his small scale model is a different colour than the one on his large scale model.
  • When the narrator says "The twins had let the trucks tell them where to put things," the camera shakes.
  • The restored version in Japanese reveals Thomas in the English end credits before cutting to the character gallery.
  • During one shot of the avalanche, the ground and the buildings bounce.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Bill og Ben blir helter Bill and Ben Become Heroes
Italian Che sorpresa! What a Surprise!
Japanese やったねビルとベン Good Job, Bill and Ben
Danish Bill og Ben er helte Bill and Ben are Heroes
Finnish Me Ollaan Sankareita We are a Hero
Dutch Helden Heroes
Polish Bohaterowie Heroes
Slovenian Junaki Heroes
Brazilian Portuguese O herois The heroes
Welsh Arwyr Heroes
Hungarian Hősök Heroes
Chinese 英雄 Hero



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