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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

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

July 25th,
1995 (UK)
April 30th,
1996 (AUS)
November 4th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

A Bad Day for
Sir Handel

Next episode

Rusty Helps
Peter Sam

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


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. Peter Sam is furious, but Henry had disappeared.




  • 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 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 US version, the Refreshment Lady has an Italian accent.


  • In two scenes, Henry is wearing Gordon's upset face masks.
  • Rheneas appears as Peter Sam exits Crovan's Gate, but he's supposed to be at the Works.
  • When Peter Sam puffs by singing his eyes are wonky.
  • Peter Sam should not have needed to go through Skarloey to get to Crovan's Gate Station, as the station is right near the engine sheds. To add to that, both locations are on different parts of the railway.
  • 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.
  • As Peter Sam crosses the viaduct, the end of the set can be seen.
  • Duncan passes Crovan's Gate just before the Refreshment Lady scolds Peter Sam, even though he isn't introduced until Home at Last.
  • When Peter Sam puffs backwards, his wheels are moving faster than he is.
  • When Peter Sam leaves the station with the Refreshment Lady, the coaches are facing forward, but in the following scenes they are facing backwards. And later when he arrives at the station, they are facing forward again.
  • 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



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