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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

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 in 1993.


Bill and Ben are working at the quarry and are bored of doing the same thing. Ben asks Bill if he can hear something different, to which Bill replies that he cannot hear anything different. Ben then states that everything sounds and looks the same and that they need a surprise. Before Bill could answer Ben, the Quarry-master comes with a message from Sir Topham Hatt that they have to go to the harbour.

Bill and Ben head to the harbour worried that they did something wrong and blame each other on the way. Sir Topham Hatt asks Bill and Ben to shunt trucks while Edward is taking the children on a trip. Bill and Ben meet with Gordon and he asks them to behave here since they are on the Mainline. Bill started to tease Gordon about the time they saw him and thought that the harbour was the scrapyard. This made Gordon furious and orders the twins to get his coaches ready for his evening train and fumes away.

The twins started working to organise the trucks, stating that they know all about trucks, but they did not. The trucks wanted to help Bill and Ben to organise the harbour and the twins thanked them unknowing that the trucks were playing tricks on them. Evening came and everyone was complaining of how messed up the harbour was. As a result, the yard gets in a mess, causing Gordon to be late with the Express.

The next day at the quarry, a rock slide was about to occur. The alarm started and the Quarry-master alerted everyone of the rock slide. 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 climbed aboard and everyone got out just in time as the landslide devastated the quarry. Bill and Ben hoped that Sir Topham Hatt would understand that it was not their fault. The next day, Sir Topham Hatt arrives on board Edward and praises the twins as heroes and 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.
  • A reference to the second season episode, Wrong Road is made in this episode.
  • This marks the first time that Gordon pulled red express coaches.


  • 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 Quarry-master 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.
  • One of the trucks has it's face is on its back end and in addition, it's eyes are scratched.
  • When the landslide is finshed, Edward looks cross in the background.


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 Bliver Helte Bill and Ben Become Heroes
Finnish Me Ollaan Sankareita We are Heroes
Dutch Helden Heroes
Polish Bohaterowie Heroes
Slovenian Junaki Heroes
French Les Héroes The Heroes
Brazilian Portuguese O Herois The Heroes
Spanish Héroes Heroes
German Helden Heroes
Catalan Les Herois The Heroes
Welsh Arwyr Heroes
Hungarian Hősök Heroes
Chinese 英雄 Hero
Greek Οι ήρωες Heroes
Russian Герои Heroes
Ukrainian Герої Heroes
Romanian Eroii Heroes
Slovak Hrdinovia Heroes
Czech Hrdinové Heroes
Swedish Bill och Ben blir Hjältar Bill and Ben Become Heroes
Thai หัวรถจักรวีรบุรุษ Engine Heroes
Korean 영웅이 된 빌과 벤 The Heroes, Bill and Ben

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