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"I was here first!"
"But you're in my way! You'll have to back up again!"
"I won't!"
"You will!"
"I won't!
— Bill and Ben arguing at eachother
One Good Turn

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Andrew Brenner
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

May 26th,
1992 (UK)
August 18th,
1992 (JPN)
March 11th,
1993 (AUS)
August 20th,
1993 (US)

Previous episode

All at Sea

Next episode

Tender Engines

One Good Turn is the nineteenth episode of the third season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episode, Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out.


Bill and Ben are sent to work in the yard, and as a reward for their hard work, they are allowed to have a go on the turntable.

Unfortunately, Bill is sent onto the same line as Ben, and they end up buffer to buffer. Each blames the other for the incident, and they decide to give each other the silent treatment and badmouth one another to BoCo and Edward.

Eventually, Edward and BoCo, at the end of their tether, ask the Fat Controller to intervene.

The Fat Controller decides to give them BoCo's heavy goods train, and Ben claims to be able to pull it himself. When he discovers the train is too heavy for him, the twins realise their mistake and work together to pull the train.




  • This episode was originally titled "One Good Turn...".
  • When Bill and Ben reply "Oh yes sir, of course" to Sir Topham Hatt at the China Clay Works, there is a building in the background on the left hand side of the screen with the word 'Steve' written on it. This could be a reference to the crew member Steve Asquith.
  • This episode was adapted from the magazine stories Head On and Pulling Together by Andrew Brenner.


  • Ben was meant to be surprised when he sees Bill puffing towards him on the same line, but instead he is smiling.
  • During the side-on shot of Bill and Ben, Ben's front wobbles and then he suddenly rises briefly. Also, Ben's face is loose at the bottom.
  • It is clear during the side shot of Bill and Ben hitting into each other that they are being pushed. Their wheels do not move.
  • When Ben pulls up beside BoCo, the film becomes jittery.
  • When Ben is pulling the train, his back wheels seem to be derailed.
  • When Bill and Ben cross the bridge the second time, a sheep is tipped over.
  • In the restored version, Ben is not seen pulling up alongside BoCo.
  • When the narrator says, "Even kind Edward lost patience", one of the twins runs past Edward on a track right next to him, but in the very next shot, when Edward says, "All this grumbling spreads bad atmosphere in the yard", Edward suddenly changes to the track that BoCo arrives on a few seconds later. Then when BoCo arrives, he moves back to the same track as before. Lastly, in the close-up of Edward smiling, he moves back to BoCo's track.
  • When Edward says "All this grumbling spreads bad atmosphere in the yard!", his brake pipe is crooked.
  • When Edward is talking to BoCo, his face is off centre.
  • When the Fat Controller says "If you do not behave, I shall not allow you here again", a faded smile is visible behind his scowl.
  • When the narrator says "The twins grumbled about each other all day", BoCo's eyes are wonky.
  • Throughout much of the episode, a smudge of blu-tak can be seen above Bill's face.
  • In the side shot of Bill and Ben, the train of trucks on the foreground siding has disappeared.
  • At the end, Ben is still for a couple of seconds before he starts to move forward.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Finnish On Kerroin On Odds
Dutch Alles Komt Goed Everything Comes Good
Italian Bill e Ben fanno pace Bill and Ben Make Peace
German Auf der Drehscheibe geht's rund It Goes Around on the Turntable
Norwegian Bill og Ben på dreieskiva Bill and Ben on the Turntable
Polish Zakręceni Zappy
Brazilian Portuguese Cara a Cara Face to Face
Japanese ビルとベンのけんか Quarrel of Bill and Ben
Spanish Un Giro del Destino A Twist of Fate
Hungarian A Fordítókorong The Turntable
Russian Один хороший поворот One Good Turn
Ukrainian Добрий поворот Good Turn
Chinese 一个好的转折 A Good Turn
Slovenian En pošen obrat One Honest Turnaround
Danish Bill og Ben på Drejeskiven Bill and Ben on the Turntable

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