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Salty's Stormy Tale

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"It's not nice to copy the way others speak! You hurt Salty's feelings.
We were just having fun!
'We'll say sorry to him.
— Emily, Percy, and Thomas
Salty's Stormy Tale

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Polly Churchill


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 22nd,
2003 (UK)
February 25th,
2004 (US)
October 28th,
2004 (AUS)

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the Snow Engine

Salty's Stormy Tale is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season.


Salty warns Thomas and Percy that a storm is coming, but is upset when they begin mimicking his voice. As a result, he is glad to be sent to collect Fergus from the smelters. Salty tells Emily that Thomas and Percy were making fun of him and Emily tells Thomas and Percy that they hurt Salty's feelings. On the way home, the storm arrives and a fuse blows in the lighthouse, confusing a ship captain out at sea. Luckily, Salty and Fergus are passing and Salty suggests that Fergus' flywheel be used to power the generator. When Salty arrives home the next day he is delighted to be lauded by, amongst others, the ship captain and the Fat Controller, even more so when Thomas and Percy apologise.




  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the seventh season.
  • This episode was released on home video before Bill, Ben and Fergus in the US, meaning that the audience would not know who Fergus is.
  • When Salty backs into the siding, the footage is sped up.
  • The US version has the original music instead of the new music. It was later edited with new music for broadcasting on PBS.


  • Salty has a different horn sound.
  • The narrator says Salty was worried, but he looks happy.
  • The narrator says Salty went to the Smelter's Yard, but he really went to a different part of Brendam Docks.
  • There is a crew member's shirt and hand visible from behind the ship in the widescreen version during the storm.
  • When the narrator says "Salty knew they were making fun of him", a cattle truck behind Salty appears to be on the ground rather than the rails.
  • The narrator says Salty and Fergus were surprised to see a crowd waiting for them, but Fergus looks sad.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ソルティーとあらし Salty and Storm
Polish Sztormowa Opowieść Sylwka Stormy Tale Sly
Danish Fyrtårn Lighthouse
Welsh Hanes Stormus Salti History Stormy Salti
Hungarian Salty és a vihar Salty and the Storm
Italian Tempesta in Arrivo Storm Coming

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