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"Please stop! I'd rather be back with the chatterbox engines!"
— Murdoch to the sheep
Peace and Quiet

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Paul Larson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 28th,
2003 (UK)
March 2nd,
2004 (US)
November 3rd,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

The Runaway

Next episode

Fergus Breaks
the Rules
Thomas and the
Search for Fergus

Peace and Quiet is the seventeenth episode of the seventh season.


Sir Topham Hatt brings in a big engine named Murdoch to help with the heavy workload. Murdoch is annoyed by Harvey and Salty's chatter and is relieved when he gets to take a goods train through the countryside. But he gets no happiness there when he is stopped by some sheep on the line. After Toby brings a farmer to shoo away the sheep, Murdoch appreciates the resulting quiet. When he returns to the sheds, he happily listens to one of Salty's tales.




  • Stock footage from Fish is used.
  • In a still picture, Arthur is not in the shed next to Harvey, Salty, and Murdoch.
  • A faceless Bulstrode model can be seen in the second scene of the episode.
  • In a deleted scene at Wellsworth, something white can be seen behind the station.
  • This episode might have been filmed around the same time as Gordon and Spencer as in a deleted scene, Gordon, Clarabel, and Cyril are at Wellsworth in the same positions as they were in the aforementioned episode.
  • Salty says, "Have you worked Marseille?" Marseille is a city in southern France known for its large harbour.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Duck until the twelfth season, excluding a stock footage cameo in Not So Hasty Puddings.
  • Michael Brandon's narration of this episode has been broadcasted on television, but has not yet to be commissioned for a DVD.


  • When Murdoch puffs into the coaling plant, Duck is shunting trucks. In the next scene, Duck is on another line and Percy has disappeared.
  • After Murdoch passes Percy and Duck, he has the train he pulls the next day.
  • When Murdoch is about to depart from Brendam, his eyes look strange.
  • The narrator says "The farmer and his dog went to work", but the farmer has two dogs.
  • When Murdoch tells Harvey and Salty off, Harvey does not have a face.
  • For a brief second in the final shot, Murdoch's eyes do move in alingment with eachother.
  • The number of the few black sheep amongst the flock keeps changing.
  • When Murdoch returns the shed in the last scene Emily is there too, but in the last two shots she has disappeared.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あらしのあとのしずけさ The Calm After A Storm
Danish Fred og ro Peace and Quiet
Swedish Lugn och ro Peace and Quiet
Hungarian Csend és Nyugalom Peace and Quiet
Italian Pace e Silenzio Peace and Quiet



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