| The Sad Story of Henry/Come Out,|
September 12th, 1984 (UK)
The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry in American releases, is the third episode of the first season. It first aired in the US on the Shining Time Station episode, Does it Bite? in 1989 and re-aired in Mysterious Stranger in 1993.
It is a very rainy day on Sodor and Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops, refusing to come back out.
Henry's crew argues with him and tries to make him come out of the tunnel. But Henry refuses, claiming that the rain would spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle and waves his flag, but still Henry will not budge an inch and instead blows steam at him.
Just then, an important man arrives in another train. It is the man in charge of all the engines, Sir Topham Hatt; although he is better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel and Henry responds by blowing steam at him. Attaching a rope to Henry, the passengers try and pull him out of the tunnel - the Fat Controller does not help, citing that it is doctor's orders - but it is no use at all. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out - the Fat Controller is again unable to help - but with the same results.
Thomas arrives to help and the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out of the tunnel. However the little tank engine does little better than the passengers and Henry remains in the tunnel.
The Fat Controller admits defeat and tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Soon the rails are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.
All Henry is able to do now is watch the engines go through the other tunnel. Henry soon regrets his actions and often sees Edward and Gordon run by. Edward always toots a hello with his whistle, while Gordon laughs at Henry for his foolishness. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway.
Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, and lonely. He now wonders if he will ever be let out to pull trains again.
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
- A CGI recreation of the scene where Henry is bricked-up in the tunnel was made for Blue Mountain Mystery.
- There are some differences in the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
- Sir Topham Hatt's introduction in the UK narration is "Along came Sir Topham Hatt, the man in charge of all the engines on Sodor. They call him 'The Fat Controller'." Since the Fat Controller name is not used in US narrations, the introduction is simply, "Along came Sir Topham Hatt, the man in charge of all the engines on the Island of Sodor."
- In the UK version, the Fat Controller says he'll brick Henry up "for always and always and always", while in the US versions, the punishment is only until Henry "is ready to come out of the tunnel."
- In the UK version, the wall was built in front of Henry "so he couldn't come out of the tunnel anymore", in the US versions, it was "so that other engines wouldn't bump into him."
- After mentioning dirt in the tunnel spoiling Henry's paint towards the very end, the narrator says in the UK version, "He wondered if he would ever be able to pull trains again. But I think he deserved his punishment, don't you?" In US releases, the narrator says, "How long do you think Henry will stay in the tunnel before he overcomes his fear of the rain and decides to journey out again?"
- In the episode's first US airing, Starr's closing line was more fast paced, it would be retaken in later showings and video releases.
- The Italian title of this episode is "Fear of Rain". In Japan, this episode is called "Come Out, Henry." In Finland this episode is called "Henry a Sad Story".
- The BBC originally tried to adapt this episode for TV in 1953 using 00 models, but it didn't fare well. One of the points had not been set so Henry derailed but the viewers (including the publisher Eric Marriot) were surprised to see a large hand pick up the train and place it back on the rails, while being shown on TV. The next adaption was then scrapped.
- In the first scene, the ground sinks slightly.
- In a few close-ups of Henry in the tunnel, the tracks in front of him have already been taken up.
- In the first scene of Henry stopped at the other end of the tunnel, the points in front of him appear to be misaligned from the connector track. They are properly connected in subsequent scenes, however.
- In some shots, purple marker is visible on the Fat Controller's hand, such as when he says "My doctor has forbidden me to pull".
- In real life, Henry couldn't have chosen to stop in the tunnel in the first place. His driver would have had to stop him.
- The passengers have to push and pull Henry out, but they should have known that they couldn't do it to begin with.
- When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all have blu-tak on their feet.
- In one shot grass appears in front of the tunnel.
- At some stages the level of the wall decreases and Henry changes position.
- When the guard tries to get Henry out by blowing his whistle and waving his flags, the scene is played forwards and then backwards.
- At first, the buffers of Henry's last coach are at their normal height. But when Thomas comes to push, the buffers have been lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers.
- Since Henry was headed toward Knapford, Thomas would have had to come from Elsbridge or Wellsworth. What was he doing that far away from Knapford? His duties are around Knapford.
- James appears briefly, but he isn't introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
- When Thomas is pushing Henry, his wheels inch forward, but in the following scenes Henry hasn't moved.
- In the last shot, a pile of taken up rails reappear next to buffers in front of Henry's wall, even though they were taken away after they left him walled up in the tunnel.
- When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to it, but in close ups, there are.
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)