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Rosie's Funfair Special

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"He's whistling at my funfair special!"
— Rosie
Rosie's Funfair Special/
Rosie's Carnival Special

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Andrew Viner


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 3rd,
2008 (UK)
October 31st,
2008 (AUS)
December 13th,
2008 (US)

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Next episode

Mountain Marvel

Rosie's Funfair Special, retitled Rosie's Carnival Special in American releases, is the third episode of the twelfth season.


Rosie and Emily are pulling a train for a fair, but Rosie wants to pull it alone. When Rosie reaches Brendam Docks she tries to pull the train, but the tension caused by Emily coupled up at the other end snaps a coupling and Rosie leaves with only half the train. More trucks come loose during the journey, causing problems for Bertie, Stepney, and Emily. When caught by the Fat Controller, Rosie fetches Rocky to repair the damage and she and Emily pull the train back together and deliver it to the fair grounds.




  • The coconuts that were in the truck are actually coffee beans.
  • In the US narration, Stepney says "Oh my!" just before the sugar truck hits him. This is absent in the UK version.
  • This episode marks Stepney's first appearance since the seventh season, and his first speaking role since the fifth season, though he only speaks in the US narration. This is also his last appearance to date.
  • Stepney did not have a CGI face when the truck hit him, but in a rare picture, he did.
  • It is possible that Stepney's appearance in this episode was inspired by the fact that writer, Andrew Viner's favourite Railway Series book was Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine.


  • In the beginning, Emily says "High Farm", but Rosie calls it "Hill Farm" while she puffs to Brendam.
  • In the US narration, Stepney says "Oh my!", but his mouth doesn't match the words.
  • When the sugar truck crashes into Stepney, the side of it is upside down.
  • In the US narration, Stepney doesn't sound shocked when the truck of pink sugar is about to crash into him.
  • When the camera zooms out after the coconut truck crashes into the crossing, Bertie disappears.
  • Stepney's whistle is Thomas's at A lower pitch.
  • When the cart crashes into Stepney, He is wearing Skarloey's sad face and because of this, his nose shape changes.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Übereifrige Rosie Overzealous Rosie
Italian Il Trasporto Speciale di Rosie per la Fiera Rosie's Special Load for the Fair
Czech Rosie a zvláštní pouťový náklad Rosie and Special Cargo Fairground
Portuguese Rosie e o especial Rosie and Special
Indonesian Kereta Taman Hiburan Rosie Trains Amusement, Rosie

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets


  • Heave Ho!
  • The Complete Twelfth Series



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