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"Oooogh! I'm sinking!"
"Serves you right! You were always barging in and moaning!
— Bulstrode and the troublesome trucks
Special Attraction

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Christopher Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

August 18th,
1995 (UK)
November 20th,
1995 (US)
May 24th,
1996 (AUS)

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Special Attraction is the twenty-fifth episode of the fourth season. It aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episode Queen for a Day in 1995.


Toby is delighted to be invited to a seaside festival held every year as a "special attraction", but when he gets there he learns there is no room for him in the parade.

Toby chuffs back to the junction, and when Percy sees how sad Toby is, he wants to know why, but The Fat Controller tells him to take care of some important work in the harbour, and his driver says that it'll be trouble with Bulstrode, a disagreeable barge who never stops complaining.

At the harbour Bullstrode and the trucks are arguing on whether he or they are not where they belong. Then, when Percy arrives, the trucks want to be shunted into a siding to load Bulstrode up, so he can leave.

Percy unfortunately loses control while shunting, and the trucks topple off the wharf and land in Bulstrode's hull, which nearly sinks him much to the other trucks amusement. After being emptied, a disgraced Bulstrode is towed to a beach for children to play in. When Percy returns, Toby is over his disappointment and tells Percy that his driver says that both of them are Special Attractions after all.




  • This episode is based on the stories Toby's Seaside Holiday and Bulstrode from The Railway Series book, Toby, Trucks and Trouble.
  • The models for O.J.Izzy Gomez, and Big Mickey from TUGS are seen.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Bulstrode to date, although his model and face were used in later seasons.
  • This was the last episode to be featured on Shining Time Station, the remainder of Season 4 would air on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales.
  • In the US version, after Bulstrode says "Come on, come on!", George Carlin hiccups.


  • Studio equipment can be seen when Toby puffs through the seaside.
  • When the trucks say "There's no engine and we can only go where we're put! You're in the wrong place, not us!" one has wonky eyes and another truck's face is loose.
  • When Percy's trucks land in Bulstrode's hull, Percy's wheels derail and he is crooked on his chasis.
  • The buffers Percy hits are placed quite a distance ahead of where the track actually ends.
  • In a close-up of Toby at the seaside, his left window (viewer's right) appears to be burnt.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Hauptattraktion Main Attraction
Norwegian En spesiell attraksjon A Special Attraction
Spanish La Atracción del Desfile The Attraction of the Parade
Hungarian Különleges attrakció Special Attraction
Polish Specjalna Atrakcja / Nadzwyczajna Atrakcja Special Attraction / Extraordinary Things
Japanese ちょっとしたみもの Slight Attraction
Finnish Vetonaula The Main Attraction
Russian Специальный аттракцион Special Attraction
Czech Velká atrakce Big Attraction
Danish Særlig seværdighed Special Attraction
Dutch Speciale attractie Special Attraction
Italian Attrazione Speciale Special Attraction
Chinese 特殊的吸引力 Special Attraction
Slovenian Posebna zanimivost Special Attraction



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