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"The ghost engine is after me!"
— Thomas
Scaredy Engines

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


David Mitton
(story idea)
Robin Kingsland


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 1st,
2002 (UK)
November 5th,
2002 (AUS)
January 28th,
2003 (US)
May 31st,
2003 (JPN)
February 25th,
2004 (KOR)
September 6th,
2009 (HUN)

Previous episode

The World's
Strongest Engine

Next episode

Percy and the
Haunted Mine

Scaredy Engines is the twelfth episode of the sixth season.


One Halloween, after Edward tells the other engines a story of a ghost engine that returns to the Smelters in search of his lost whistle, Thomas, Percy, and Duck are sent to collect a special from the smelters. Thomas delights in teasing Percy about Edward's ghost engine and, when an engine is needed to get another load, Duck volunteers Thomas. Thomas is not so confident when he is all alone, and when he runs into some chains and sets off a whistle, he is petrified and runs away.

Percy is concerned when he cannot find Thomas at the Halloween fireworks display and goes looking for him. He eventually sees Thomas at Tidmouth Sheds and forgives him for his teasing, and they both agree you can be scared some of the time. The two, happy to be friends again, watch the fireworks together.




  • The ghost engine uses either Donald or Douglas' model, minus the tender and nameplate.
  • A few of the firework explosion sound effects at the end are absent in the US version.


  • In the rear shot of Percy and Duck arriving at the castle, a red wire is visible underneath Duck.
  • A steam platform is visible on Percy's track when he puffs out of the shed and in one shot of him working at the smelter's.
  • In the overhead shot of Duck at the Smelter's Yard, the hole for his lamp iron is clearly visible on his running board.
  • In the US version, it is said that Thomas sets off an old steam whistle long before he actually does.
  • Between leaving Callan and arriving at the castle, Duck gains a lamp.
  • In the shot of Thomas saying "There's no such things as ghosts," the tracks he is in between are clear. However in the next shot up close and him reversing, there are trucks next to him on both sides.


  • Thomas: What's that up there?! Is it a spook?!
  • Percy: It's just a piece of twisted scrap... isn't it?!
  • Duck: It was naughty of Thomas to tease you, Percy.
  • Percy: He was only playing. I hope he hurries up; I wouldn't want him to be late for the fireworks.
  • Thomas (racing past): He's after meeeeeeeeeeeee!
  • Duck: I don't think he'll be late!


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Welsh Peiriannau Ofnus Scared Engines
Norwegian Reddharer Scaredy Cats
Swedish Lättskrämda lokomotiv Easily Frightened Engines
Danish Spøgelseslokomotivet Ghost Engine
Italian Locomotive Fifone Cowardly Engine
Japanese こわがりなきかんしゃ Scaredy Engine
Slovenian Prestrašene lokomotive Frightened Locomotives
Hungarian Ijedős Mozdonyok Scary Locomotives
Russian Трусливые паровозы Cowardly Locomotives
Romanian Locomotive Fricoase Locomotive Fear
Slovak Ustráchané Lokomotívy Timidly Locomotives
Polish Straszne Lokomotywy Terrible Locomotives
Chinese 胆小的火车们 Who's Timid Train
Korean 무서운 밤 Scary Night
Thai โธมัสกลัวผีหลอก Thomas Fears the Haunted

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