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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 (JPN)
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 working at the quarry, & were bored of doing the same thing. Ben tells Bill if he hears something, Bill said he hears the same sound, which Bill states the everything looks & sound the same & that they need a surprise. Before Bill could answer the quarry master comes with a message from Sir Topham Hatt that they have to go to the harbor.

Bill & Ben heads to the harbor worried that they did something wrong & blames each other on the way. Sir Topham hat ask Bill And Ben to shunt trucks while Edward is taking the children on a trip. Bill & Ben meets with Gordon & he ask them to behave here sense there on the Mainline. Bill started to tease Gordon about the time they saw Gordon, they thought the harbor was the scrapyard. This made Gordon furious & orders the Twins to get his coaches ready for his evening train & fumes away.

The Twins started working to organize the trucks stating they know all about trucks, but they didn't. The trucks wanted to help Bill & Ben to organized the harbor, which the twins thanked them unknowing that the trucks are playing tricks on them.  Evening came & everyone was complaining of how messed up the harbor was.  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 was about to occur. The alarmed started & the Quarry Master alerts everyone of the rockslide. Bill and Ben waited for them to get in the trucks, Bill leaves with the Quarry Master being left behind, but Ben waited as he claimed aboard & everyone got out just in time as the landslide devesated the quarry. Bill and Ben hopped that Sir Topham Hatt would understand that it wasn't there fault. The next day, Sir Topham Hatt arrives on board Edward and praises the twins as Heroes & 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.
  • The roof of the building is made of cardboard, as seen when it absorbs the water from the water tower.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Arlesburgh Harbour until Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.


  • 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 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.

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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