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"You lucky old engine! You've been saved by the Bluebell Railway!"
— Stepney's driver
Rusty to the Rescue

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

January 7th,
1995 (US)
August 4th,
1995 (UK)
May 10th,
1996 (AUS)

Previous episode

Gallant Old Engine/
The Gallant
Old Engine

Next episode

Thomas and

Rusty to the Rescue is the fifteenth episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episode Once Upon a Time in 1995.


Rusty enjoys visiting the Bluebell Railway, but his driver is concerned that the line needs an engine, so Rusty consults with Douglas about finding one on the Other Railway. Douglas mentions that only diesels travel to the Other Railway nowadays, which is where he found Oliver. That suits Rusty and the next day he travels to the Other Railway, slipping past the diesels by fibbing that he is an inspection diesel. He finds a tank engine named Stepney in a siding and helps him to escape to Sodor.




  • This is the only fourth season episode not based on a story from the Railway Series, but the episode is loosely adapted from The Railway Series story, Bluebells of England.
  • The plot is similar to the third season episode Escape, the events of which are referred to in this episode.
  • The set of the Other Railway is the same as Crovan's Gate set where Rusty met Percy and Douglas, only heavily modified.
  • In real life, the Bluebell Railway is a heritage line in England.
  • In the US version, music is heard when Stepney says "and my friend, Rusty. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Rusty", but not in the UK or Japanese versions.
  • In the UK version, Henry and Gordon whistle to Rusty when he is heading to the Other Railway; the whistle sound effects are missing in the US Version.
  • Scrap Thomas, Gordon, and Donald/Douglas models can be seen on the Other Railway.
  • The engines of the Other Railway are represented by Diesel, BoCo, Daisy, Mavis, and The Diesel, all with their backs to the camera.
  • In the US, this episode aired before Rusty Helps Peter Sam, so early American viewers would not know who Rusty is.
  • Reverend Awdry disapproved of this episode for its portrayal of Rusty rescuing Stepney from scrap whereas in reality it was the representatives of the Bluebell Railway who saved him.


  • In the British and international narrations, when Thomas puffs past Rusty, he has Edward's whistle sound.
  • In the same scene Clarabel is facing the wrong way.
  • It is said that Rusty's driver came back to the sheds, but he actually returned to the siding.
  • When Rusty says "Right, we'll find one tomorrow", he has dried-up glue around his face.
  • In the British and international narrations, when Rusty and Stepney return, Thomas, Gordon, and James' whistle sounds are heard, yet they are nowhere to be seen.
  • When Rusty first arrives on the Other Railway, some chains are hanging beside the signal box, but when Rusty says "Oh, what's that?", the chains disappear.
  • The tar wagon seen between BoCo and Daisy disappears in the last shot of the Other Railway.
  • On the Other Railway, the diesels constantly change place.
  • Stepney has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • When Rusty and Stepney escape, Rusty's cab roof appears to be snapped.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Skarloey's train.
  • In the British and international narrations, Gordon has Duck's whistle sound.
  • When Rusty and Stepney leave the scrapyard, Diesel is placed on narrow gauge rails.
  • Stepney's eyes are wonky in the final shot.
  • The narrator refers to Stepney by name when he says that Rusty's engineer agrees to be his fireman, but he wasn't introduced by name until much later in the episode when the narrator directly says his name is Stepney.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rusty Al Rescate Rusty to the Rescue
German Rusty hilft Rusty Helps
Norwegian Rusty til redning Rusty to the Rescue
Japanese ブルーベルれっしゃ Bluebell Train
Dutch Rusty de redder Rusty the Savior



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