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Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady

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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 deliberately derailing himself, Sir Topham Hatt has sent Sir Handel to the shed in disgrace. Peter Sam is now single-handedly running the Skarloey Railway and is happy with his new position, but when he is late one day, Henry threatens to leave without Peter Sam's passengers next time. Peter Sam is worried and hurries as much as he can, but becomes impatient when he has to wait at the lake for an hour and leaves without a very important passenger: the Refreshment Lady. Peter Sam gives the Refreshment Lady an explanation, but the Refreshment Lady informs him that Henry was joking, as he is a guaranteed connection. Peter Sam is furious, but Henry has already disappeared before the little engine can take his anger out on him.




  • 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.
  • The modified model of OJ from TUGS, Lakesider III, appears in the water as Peter Sam enters the lake station.
  • In some UK and US narrations, Henry's whistle is absent at the end when he leaves the station.
  • In the American narration, the Refreshment Lady has an Italian accent.
  • Peter Sam's brief song ("I'm Peter Sam, I'm running this line...") has the same tune a "Skip to My Lou".


  • In two scenes, Henry is wearing Gordon's upset face mask.
  • Rheneas appears as Peter Sam exits Crovan's Gate, but he is supposed to be at the Works.
  • 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 guard", but guard is another term for conductor and he makes no mention of the driver.
  • The end of the set can be seen as Peter Sam crosses the viaduct.
  • Duncan passes Crovan's Gate just before the Refreshment Lady scolds Peter Sam, even though he is not introduced until Home at Last.
  • 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.
  • This episode is out of production order, as Skarloey appears, despite being sent to the works in Four Little Engines.

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
Finnish Peter Sam ja Kahvilan Rouva Peter Sam and the Café 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
Thai ปีเตอร์แซมรีบร้อน Hurry Peter Sam

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