"Peter Sam said again and again,
his new funnel will put ours to shame.
He went into the tunnel:
lost his old funnel.
Now his famous new funnel's a drain!
— Sir Handel

Special Funnel is the eleventh episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Missing Whistles in 1996.


It is wintertime on Sodor and Peter Sam, who had an accident with the slate trucks is still awaiting his new funnel, which, in the manager's words, will be "something special." The other engines make fun of his talk about the new funnel. The weather soon becomes bad and there is a washout near the tunnel, so Rusty brings workmen to fix the bridge. As days go by, the weather changes and becomes frosty and much colder. A few days later, the bridge is mended and Peter Sam is chuffing down the line with the morning passenger train. As he puffs through Rheneas Tunnel, his cracked funnel is knocked off by a large icicle hanging from the roof of the tunnel and he has to use a discarded drainpipe for a funnel. The engines laugh at Peter Sam when they see his "new funnel" is a drainpipe. Peter Sam's new funnel eventually arrives and he discovers it makes his work much easier. The engines do not make fun of Peter Sam's funnel anymore, because now they wish they had one like it.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gallant Old Engine.
  • In a rare still, Peter Sam still has his funnel on after leaving the tunnel. In the same picture, there is not any snow and he is pulling three coaches instead of two.
  • In the US, this episode aired before Rusty Helps Peter Sam, so American viewers would not know who Rusty was or how Peter Sam's funnel got damaged.
  • In the original version made in 1994, the music at the start is missing.
  • Stock footage from Granpuff is used.
  • This was the first episode that did not feature any standard gauge engines in any way.
  • In a deleted scene, Peter Sam is wearing one of Sir Handel's face masks.
  • On early UK releases of Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories, the music at the beginning and the music when Peter Sam had to use a pipe is omitted, most of Peter Sam's whistle sound is omitted and Sir Handel's song is heard later.


  • In the close-up shots of Peter Sam's funnels, his face is a different size. This is because a larger model was used for close-ups.
  • During the top shot of Peter Sam entering the tunnel, the steam goes off too late.
  • When Peter Sam pulls into the sheds, the "wheeshing" sound is heard just before the steam.
  • Peter Sam's funnel is completely knocked off, yet when he receives his new one, the base is still remaining.
  • As Peter Sam passes Skarloey and Rheneas, a camera's shadow is seen.
  • The narrator said that the drain pipe was wired to Peter Sam's boiler, but it was actually attached to his front with ropes.
  • In the close up of Sir Handel, his eyes are wonky.
  • In a rare picture, Skarloey's tank is slightly bent.
  • Rusty's driver was smiling when he brought the bad news about the washout.
  • In the last shot, either Skarloey or Rheneas has Duke's whistle sound.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Der Ersatzschornstein The Replacement Funnel
Norwegian En spesiell skorstein A Special Funnel
Brazilian Portuguese A Chaminé Especial Special Funnel
Spanish Una Chimenea Especial A Special Funnel
Japanese とくせいのえんとつ Special Funnel
Finnish Veturin Erikoispiippu Special Funnel
Slovenian Poseben Dimnik Special Funnel
Polish Wyjątkowy Komin Special Funnel
Dutch Speciale Schoorsteen Special Funnel
Hungarian A különleges kémény The Special Funnel
Russian Необыкновенная труба Special Funnel
Ukrainian Особливий димар Special Funnel
Italian Una Ciminiera Speciale Special Funnel
Welsh Corn Simnai Arbenning Special Funnel
Chinese 特殊的烟囱 Special Funnel
Czech Mimořádný Komín Special Funnel
Romanian Coşul de Fum Cel Special Special Funnel
Slovak Špeciálny Komín Special Funnel
Swedish En Speciell Skorsten Special Funnel
Danish Den Specielle Skorsten Special Funnel
Greek Ειδική Χωνί Special Funnel
Thai ปีเตอร์แซมได้ท่อไอน้ำอันใหม่ Peter Sam Has New Steam Pipes
Korean 피터 샘의 새 굴뚝 Peter Sam's New Chimney

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  • Rock 'n' Roll and other Stories
  • The Complete Series 4

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