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The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop

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"It'll be a piece of cake."
"Tea-rooms don't live in cakes!
— Refreshment Lady and Peter Sam
The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop/
The Refreshment Lady's Stand

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


James Mason


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 15,
2003 (UK)
February 18th,
2004 (US)
August 7th,
2004 (JPN)
October 21st,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

James and the
Queen of Sodor

Next episode

The Spotless

The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop, retitled The Refreshment Lady's Stand in American releases, is the eighth episode of the seventh season.


It is summer and the narrow gauge engines are busy as usual. The hot sun makes the passengers very thirsty which keeps the refreshment lady very busy. The Fat Controller gives Peter Sam the job of taking her around the railway to find a suitable spot for a new tea room. Peter Sam is sure that he can find her a beautiful place.

Peter Sam takes the refreshment lady across bridges, through the woods, across the causeway and past Whispering Waterfall. At the end of the day, the refreshment lady can't decide which place she likes best, wishing she could build a shop at each place. Peter Sam is disappointed and does not feel useful at all.

That night, a storm rolls across the island. The little engines stay in their sheds talking about the storm, but Peter Sam is still thinking about the refreshment lady's tea room. The next morning, the Fat Controller gives Peter Sam the job of helping Rusty clear up the storm damage. Peter Sam is happy to feel useful again. He finds Rusty next to a shed which has been blown off the tracks. Then Peter Sam realises it is not a shed, but it is a rusty old coach. This gives him an idea.

Peter Sam takes the coach to the Fat Controller, and his driver explains how the coach could be turned into a tea room. The Fat Controller is sure it can be repaired, and he is right. In no time, the coach has been turned into a beautiful tea room on wheels. Peter Sam shows it to the refreshment lady who is delighted to see her brand new tea room. The Fat Controller tells Peter Sam to pull the tea room around the railway.

Now the refreshment lady serves tea at all of her favourite places across the railway. Peter Sam is very happy too.




  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the seventh season.
  • Edited stock footage from Rusty Saves the Day is used.
  • The Welsh version of this episode is the only version where the Refreshment Lady has a name.


  • When Peter Sam says "I can find her a beautiful place", an eyelash is stuck above his bufferbeam.
  • The American title of this episode is "The Refreshment Lady's Stand", but the sign still says "Tea Room".
  • Throughout the episode, Peter Sam has Duncan's whistle sound.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピーター・サムとティールーム Peter Sam and the Tea Room
Danish Rullende Cafe The Rolling Cafe
Swedish Te Visning The Tea Serving
Welsh Caffi Newydd Ceinwen Ceinwen's New Café
Italian La Sala da Tè The Tea Room

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