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“What do you mean by leaving me behind?"
"I'm sorry, Refreshment Lady, but Henry said he might leave without us!"
"You silly engine! Henry was teasing you! He wouldn't have gone without our passengers. He's a guaranteed connection!"
"Well! Where's that Henry?”
―The Refreshment Lady and Peter Sam

Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady is the seventh episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Splish Splash Splosh in 1996.


After causing trouble the day before, The Fat Controller has confined Sir Handel to the shed for several days. Peter Sam is now single-handedly running the Skarloey Railway and extremely excited about his new position, despite Skarloey warning him to keep calm. One morning, despite his best efforts, Peter Sam is late to Crovan's Gate. Henry is unimpressed and threatens to leave without his passengers next time. Peter Sam is secretly worried, but soon gets back to work, happy to be running the Skarloey Railway. He begins singing to himself and the coaches happily follow along.

Later that afternoon, Peter Sam makes his scheduled hour-long stop at the Lakeside Station. Whilst there, the crew buy tea and cakes from the refreshment shop at the station. The lady who runs the shop always catches this train home. Peter Sam begins to worry about missing Henry's train as the crew and passengers return. As the Refreshment Lady approaches the platform, Peter Sam suddenly starts, thinking he heard the guard's whistle, whilst the guard believes Peter Sam was simply being too impatient. Whatever the cause was, the coaches quickly tell him of his mistake, causing him to stop and allow the Refreshment Lady on the train.

Fearing that he will miss Henry, Peter Sam races back to Crovan's Gate as fast as he can. To his relief, he arrives to find that Henry is still there. The Refreshment Lady is cross at Peter Sam and tries to know why he left her behind. Upon hearing his apology and explanation, however, she laughs and explains that Henry was only joking: as a guaranteed connection, he has to wait for the passengers. Peter Sam is furious and is determined to give the larger engine a piece of his mind, but by this point, Henry has already left the station, chortling as he does so.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Four Little Engines.
  • Stock footage from A Bad Day for Sir Handel is used.
  • A modified model of O.J. from TUGS, Lakesider III, appears in the water as Peter Sam enters the lake station.
  • In the US narration, George Carlin gives the Refreshment Lady an Italian accent.
  • Peter Sam's brief song ("I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line...") has the same melody as "Skip to My Lou."
  • In the Playtime UK VHS, in the last scenes, the guard's and Henry's whistle is omitted.
  • Rheneas and Duncan appear briefly even though the former is supposed to be at the works, while the latter is not meant to be introduced until Home at Last.
  • This episode marks the Narrow-Gauge Coaches last speaking role to date.


  • In two scenes at the beginning, Henry is wearing Gordon's upset face mask.
  • When Peter Sam puffs by singing his eyes are wonky.
  • In the American narration, George Carlin says that the Refreshment Lady sells tea and cakes to the "conductor, fireman and the guard," but guard is a British term for conductor and he even replaces the word driver with the word conductor. This is also the first time that two terms are used.
  • The end of the set can be seen as Peter Sam crosses the viaduct.
  • When Peter Sam puffs backwards, his wheels are moving faster than he is.
  • Throughout this episode, Peter Sam's coaches constantly keep gaining and losing their faces.
  • When Peter Sam talks to the Refreshment Lady at the end, blu-tak can be seen under his face.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Peter Sam y la mujer olvidada Peter Sam and the Forgotten Woman
Norwegian Peter Sam og serveringsdamen Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady
Japanese からかわれたピーター・サム Peter Sam was Made Fun of
Czech Petr a dáma z bufetu Peter and the Lady From Refreshment
Danish Peter Sam og servitricen Peter Sam and the Waitress
Dutch Peter Sam en de koffiejuffrouw Peter Sam and the Tea Lady
German Peter Sam und die Imbissfrau Peter Sam and the Snack Women
Finnish Peter Sam ja Kahvilan Rouva Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady
Welsh Ar Ôl After
Italian Peter Sam e la Ristoratrice Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady
Chinese 彼得萨姆和餐车女士 Peter Sam and the Diner Lady
Slovenian Peterček in natakarica Peter Sam and Waitress
Polish Piotruś Sam i Pani Ekspedientka Peter Sam and Mrs. Saleswoman
Romanian Peter Sam şi Vânzătoarea de Răcoritoare Peter Sam and the Soda Shop Assistant
Slovak Peter Sam a občerstvenie u pani Lady Peter Sam and the Snack Lady
Hungarian Peter Sam és a Frissítőárus Hölgy Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady Florist
Swedish Peter Sam och förfriskningar kvinnan Peter Sam and Refreshment's Woman
Russian Питер Сэм и хозяйка магазина Peter Sam and the Mistress of the Shop
Ukrainian Пiтер Сем i Лимонадниця Peter Sam and the Lemonade Stand
Greek Πέδρο και η κυρία Αναψυκτήριο Peter Sam and Ms. Fresher
Korean 피터 샘의 실수 Peter Sam's Mistake
Thai ปีเตอร์แซมรีบร้อน Hurry Peter Sam

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  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories
  • Playtime



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