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"Said Harold Helicopter to our Percy, "You are slow!" Your railway is out of date, and not much use you know!" But Percy and his stone trucks did the trip in record time, And we beat the helicopter on our old branch line!"
— Percy's Fireman
Percy and Harold/
Percy Proves a Point

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft and
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 22nd,
1986 (UK)
April 28th,
1988 (AUS)
April 30th,
1989 (US)
June 4th,
1991 (JPN)
November 27th,
1991 (George
Carlin US

Previous episode

Duck Takes Charge

Next episode

The Runaway

Percy and Harold, retitled Percy Proves a Point in American releases, is the ninth episode of the second season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Just Wild about Harry's Workshop in 1989 and Field Day in 1991.


Percy has been enjoying working at the new harbour on Thomas' Branch Line. He likes the branch line work rather than shunting for the mainline engines at the big station. Along the branch line is an airfield and Percy would hear the planes flying overhead. The loudest though is a helicopter. Percy complains about the noise it would make.

One day Percy stops with his train at the airfield. The helicopter is there and they begin by introducing each other. The helicopter's name is Harold and it is not long before the two start trading insults. When they finish, Harold flies away and Percy sets off for the quarry. Percy finds Toby and vented off his feelings about Harold. Afterwards, he collects his trucks and heads back to the harbour.

On Percy's trip back to the harbour, they hear Harold's unmistakable buzzing. Percy's crew encourage the two to race each other. Percy has never been allowed to go that fast before. The trucks wailed and beg Percy to stop, but it is no use. They have to slow down when they reach the wharf and Percy is sure that they had lost the race. But when the fireman climbs onto the roof of the cab, he can see Harold still looking for a place to land.

In celebration of Percy's victory, the fireman sing a little song about the race, which Percy loves.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Percy the Small Engine.
  • Stock footage from Coal is used - it's easy to tell from the shot of Percy's driver leaning out of the cab during the race that it is Henry's cab.
  • CITV host, Tommy Boyd, recalls this as his first Thomas episode.
  • In the Japanese version, the music is omitted during Percy's Victory Song.


  • In the first shot, Percy pushes a box close to the rails, his eyes are wonky, and trucks throughout his train bounce slightly.
  • After Thomas says "Well done, Percy! The Fat Controller is very pleased with us!", the camera then cuts to Percy. This is the same shot as the one of the fireman singing; look up at Percy's cab and you can see the fireman's legs.
  • When the narrator says, "An airfield was close by", Thomas' face moves slightly. The same thing happens with Percy's face, when he says "Stupid thing! Why can't it go and buzz somewhere else?".
  • The wind sock beside Harold should have been blown by his rotors when he took off.
  • In the close-up of Percy complaining to Toby about Harold, Percy's eyes look wonky.
  • When Percy says "Yes! Let's" you can see through his left eye.
  • When Percy gains speed, his back wheel derails.
  • Percy's trucks gained faces when they say "We don't want to, We don't want to".
  • In the aerial shot of Harold flying alongside Percy, a truck vanishes from Percy's train.
  • When Harold flies over the valley, he clips a tree.
  • When Percy says "Oh, dear! I'm sure we've lost!", his eyes are wonky.
  • After Percy's fireman's song, his right eye (viewer's left) pops out of the face mask slightly.
  • Throughout the episode, Percy's left (viewer's right) cylinder is loose.
  • Percy only has half of his screw-link coupling.
  • Since stock footage is used, Percy's fireman changes appearance at the Wharf.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Percy Aclara las Cosas Percy Clarifies the Things
Italian La locomotiva e l'elicottero The Locomotive and the Helicopter
Portuguese Percy e Harold Percy and Harold
Welsh Prysi a Harold Percy and Harold
Norwegian Percy og Harold Percy and Harold
Japanese パーシーとハロルド Percy and Harold
Slovenian Poldi in Dolfe Percy and Harold
Dutch Percy en Harold Percy and Harold
French Pierre et Herbert Percy and Harold
Croatian Pero i Hari Percy and Harold
Finnish Pekka ja Harald Percy and Harold
Hungarian Percy és Harold Percy and Harold
Chinese 培西和哈罗德 Percy and Harold
Russian Паровоз и вертолет The Locomotive and the Helicopter
Ukrainian Персі і Гарольд Percy and Harold

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