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Rock 'n' Roll (episode)

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"Nothing's happened! Nothing's happened! Silly old Diesel, clever me!"
— Duncan
Rock 'n' Roll

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 27th,
1995 (UK)
May 3rd,
1996 (AUS)
October 21st,
1996 (US)

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Rock 'n' Roll is the tenth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on the Shining Time Station spin-off, Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wish You Were Here  in 1996 in the US.


Rusty is concerned that Duncan will derail at a dodgy section of line due to his "rock 'n' roll", but Duncan refuses to take advice from a "smelly Diesel", and matters are only made worse when James backs Duncan up and tells him of the time he supposedly sent Diesel packing. Duncan is full of admiration, But didn't know that James was lying. Duncan starts to "rock 'n' roll", causing him to derail. Rusty is furious and refuses to help, until Skarloey reminds him of the passengers. Rusty & the passengers then helps Duncan get back on the line and, that night, Duncan thanks Rusty & the two engines became good friends.





  • When Skarloey meets Rusty, he is on (viewer perspective) the left side of Rusty. Further down the line, they seem to have switched tracks.
  • When Duncan "rocks 'n' rolls" in his first scene, the track is tilted.
  • When Duncan comes off the track, he has his happy face mask on.
  • The pole used to derail Duncan is clearly visible.
  • When Rusty says "Oh! I forgot about them!", his right eye pokes in.
  • In the close-up of Duncan's wheels when he is put back on the rails, no people are visible, Duncan's rear wheel remains derailed, and the shadow of the hand putting him down can be seen.
  • Rusty's eyes are wonky in the very last shot.

 In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rueda que te Rueda Wheel that wheel you
Norwegian Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Finnish Rock n Roll Veturi Rock n Roll Locomotive
Dutch Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Japanese ロックンロール Rock 'n' Roll
Czech Rokenrol Rock and roll
Russian Рок н ролл Rock 'n' Roll
Italian Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll
Welsh Roc a Rôl! Rock and Roll!
Slovenian Ples na tirih Dancing on Rails

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