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"Well, it wasn't anything, really. Water's nothing to an engine with determination!"
— Percy
Percy Takes the Plunge

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


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

Air date

October 29th,
1986 (UK)
May 2nd,
1988 (AUS)
May 28th,
1989 (Ringo
Starr US
June 18th,
1991 (JPN)
May 4th,
1993 (George
Carlin US

Previous episode

The Runaway

Next episode

Pop Goes the Diesel

Percy Takes the Plunge, sometimes known as Percy Takes a Plunge in the US, is the eleventh episode of the second season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episodes Mapping it Out and Schemer Goes Camping.


One day at the harbour, a tired Henry is looking to rest in the sheds after a hard day's work, but instead of peace, he finds Percy telling Bill and Ben about the time he braved bad weather to help Thomas's passengers return home. However, Percy is embellishing the tale, as he speaks about how he braved through flood waters using the phrase "Water's nothing to an engine with determination." Bill and Ben shower Percy with praise, and Henry angrily tells them to leave, as the sheds are only for engines belonging to the Fat Controller.

The engines leave, and Percy is angry. He had been enjoying himself. However, Henry just tells Percy how silly his line about water and determination is. Percy leaves, but not without quickly reminding Henry of when he refused to leave a tunnel because of rain.

Later, Percy and Thomas come across a board reading "DANGER! Engines must not pass this board." Thomas tells Percy that they must not go past it, and tells him about the time he passed a board and fell down a mine. Percy cannot see a mine, not realising that the foundations of the rails have sunk, and the line now leads into the sea. As a result, Percy, who is now feeling very cocky, decides that the board is stupid, and makes a plan to pass it.

As he brings some trucks to the harbour, Percy asks them to bump him when they arrive at the quay. The trucks happily agree, having never been asked to bump an engine before. Percy's plan is to pretend to stop at the quay and then have the trucks bump him past the board after which he can make them stop. However, Percy, in his foolishness, has forgotten that trucks are never to be trusted.

At the quay, the trucks bump Percy hard enough that both his driver and fireman fall off the footplate, and push him past the board. Percy quickly realises his mistake and tells the trucks to stop, but there is no chance of that, and they happily push Percy into the sea.

Later, as Percy sits in the water, the Fat Controller scolds the tank engine for his deliberate disobedience. Percy begs to get out, but the Fat Controller explains that they must wait until high tide, and hopes that this will teach Percy a lesson. By the time the cranes can be brought in to rescue Percy, night has fallen. Working hard, the cranes pull a cold, weak and filthy Percy from the sea.

The next morning, Percy is taken to the works to be cleaned and mended by Henry, who finds the incident very amusing after Percy's earlier boasts. Henry tells Percy he needs more determination and that perhaps he will like it better next time. Percy, however, hopes there is no "next time".





  • Percy's story is about the events of Percy's Promise, which wasn't televised until the third season.
  • The narrator says that Percy ran off to the harbour singing, but he was already at the harbour.
  • When the camera is panning down on Thomas, several trucks in the background are derailed.
  • Before Percy takes the plunge, there is a shot of him already on the quayside, but in the next scene, he slides past the board.
  • In the restored version, Bill and Ben's whistles and chuffing sounds are still heard after they leave.
  • Percy is smiling when he slides past the board.
  • When Percy pulls up next to Thomas, two trucks behind them are derailed.
  • Just as Percy plunges into the sea, two of his trucks become derailed.
  • The narrator says that Percy could not see that the track led to the water when it is very clear.
  • Diesel makes a cameo, but he wasn't introduced until the next episode. Bill and Ben also appear, but they aren't introduced until The Diseasel.
  • When Percy is lifted out of the water, a workman has blu-tak on his neck.
  • When Henry enters the shed, his tender bounces.
  • During Percy's trip to the harbour, his brakevan changes.
  • During the episode, Percy's left (viewer's right) cylinder is loose.
  • Ben's nameplate is peeling off when Henry puffs in.
  • In the close-up of Percy being pushed, a hand can be seen in the water pushing the train.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese うみにおちたパーシー Percy Fell into the Sea
Finnish Percy plops Percy Plops
Danish Percy falder i Percy Falls In
Dutch Percy plonst erin Percy Plunges It
German Percy nimmt ein Bad Percy Takes a Bath
Norwegian Percy går i vannet Percy Goes into the Water
Italian Il tuffo di Percy The Dip of Percy
Croatian Percy golubica Percy Dove
Ukrainian Персі робить рішучий крок Percy Takes the Plunge



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