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"He's whistling at my funfair special!"
— Rosie

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


Emily and Rosie have to take a funfair train at Brendam Docks. Rosie excitedly hopes that the Fat Controller will ask her to pull the funfair train but much to her disappointment, he gives the job to Emily and chooses Rosie to be Emily's back engine. Meanwhile, Rosie is sadly puffing along the line when an idea flies into her funnel: if she arrives at the docks before Emily, she will take the funfair train instead, making Emily go straight to High farm, hoping it will help her.

Soon Rosie arrives at the docks and gasps as she sees how long the train is. Then she couples up but did not know that Emily was already coupled up on the other end of the train, waiting for Rosie. Rosie starts to pull as hard as she could but this causes a coupling to break. Rosie leaves with the train but does not realise that she has left half of the train behind with Emily.

Meanwhile, Rosie chuffs happily along, but then there was trouble: another coupling breaks and the truck on the end smashes into the level crossing where Bertie is waiting, blocking him there. It is not long before another coupling breaks which causes the sugar truck to crash into Stepney. Rosie continues puffing along but as she climbs Gordon's hill, another coupling breaks once again and the flatbed with the Ferris Wheel seats crashes into Emily behind her who was bringing the rest of the train, causing her to become stuck.

Soon Rosie cheerfully arrives at Maithwaite station but her mind soon changes when she sees the Fat Controller. He is very angry and scolds Rosie for disobeying him and causing confusion and delay. To make things worse, he tells her that she left half of the train behind and now there will not be any funfair for the children. Rosie feels terrible, but then she apologises and promises to set things right.

So Rosie fetches Rocky and brings him to Emily, who is still stuck. Rosie apologises to Emily for her silly behaviour and tells her that she will take the other trucks when Rocky clears the line. Soon the two engines are coupled up and arrive at Maithwaite just in time.

That evening, Rosie and Emily are watching the happy children at the funfair. Rosie hopes that she and Emily could work together again and admits that working with Emily is best of all.




  • The coconuts that were in the last truck behind Rosie's train are actually coffee beans.
  • In the US narration, Stepney says "Oh my!" just before the pink sugar truck hits him. In the UK version, he does not speak.
  • This episode marks Stepney's first appearance since the seventh season and his first speaking role since the fifth season episode, Stepney Gets Lost, 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 does.
  • This episode aired before Thomas and the Birthday Mail and Edward Strikes Out in Australia, meaning the audience wouldn't know who Rosie and Rocky are.
  • 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.
  • This marks the last appearance of the Smelters Yard to date.


  • 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 he gasps.
  • When the sugar truck crashes into Stepney, it's side is upside down.
  • The French title is misleading as the episode was not centred around Toby.
  • When the camera zooms out after the coconut truck crashes into the level crossing, Bertie disappears.
  • Stepney's whistle is Thomas' at a higher pitch.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Toby et la Fête Foraine / Rosie et le Foraine d'Fête (Québec) Toby and the Funfair / Rosie and the Funfair (Canada)
Spanish Rosie y el Especial de la Feria Rosie and the Fair Special
Portuguese Rosie e o Especial Rosie and the Special
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 the Special Cargo Fairground
Indonesian Kereta Taman Hiburan Rosie Trains Amusement, Rosie
Polish Specjalne Zadanie Rózi Rosie's Special Task
Catalan Rosie i el Parc D'atraccions Especial Rosie and the Funfair Special
Slovak Rosie a Zvláštny Jarmočný Náklad Rosie and the Special Cargo Fairground
Chinese 罗西与游园会 Rosie and the Garden Party
Korean 로지의 특급열차 Rosie's Express Train
Thai ขบวนรถมหาสนุกของโรซี่ Rosie's Fun Train

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