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|Rusty to the Rescue|
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.
- Percy (does not speak)
- Henry (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- Diesel (cameo)
- Daisy (cameo)
- BoCo (cameo)
- Mavis (cameo)
- The Diesel (cameo)
- Skarloey (cameo)
- Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
- Bertie (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Oliver (mentioned)
- Crovan's Gate
- Rheneas Viaduct
- Stepney's Branch Line
- Bluebell Valley Station
- Vicarstown Goods Depot
- Standard and Narrow Gauge Viaduct
- Bluebell Railway (mentioned)
- This is the only fourth season episode not based on a story from the Railway Series
- 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.
- This episode forms the first four part episode based on Stepney the Bluebell Engine.
- 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
|Spanish||Rusty Al Rescate||Rusty to the Rescue|
|German||Rusty hilft||Rusty Helps|
|Norwegian||Rusty til redning||Rusty to the Rescue|
|Dutch||Rusty de redder||Rusty the Savior|
|Italian||La Locomotiva delle Campanelle||The Bluebell Engine|