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"Once, an engine attached to a train was afraid of a few drops of rain. It went into a tunnel and squeaked through its funnel and wouldn't come out again!"
— The narrator

The Sad Story of Henry/
Come Out, Henry!

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 16th,
1984 (UK)
April 8th,
1987 (AUS)
February 5th,
1989 (US)
April 17th,
1990 (JPN)
August 6th,
1993 (George
Carlin US
November 11th,
1996 (US)
February 23rd,
1998 (GER)
January 2nd,
2008 (HUN)

Previous episode

Edward and Gordon/
Edward Helps Out

Next episode

Edward, Gordon
and Henry
Henry to the Rescue

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, re-aired on Mysterious Stranger in 1993 and on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode Paint the Town Red in 1996.


It is a very rainy day on Sodor and Henry the Green Engine is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops, unwilling to go any further.

Henry's driver and fireman argue with him but he refuses to come out, claiming that the rain would spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle and waves his flag, but Henry instead blows steam at him.

Just then, an important man arrives in another train. It is Sir Topham Hatt; better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel. Attaching a rope to Henry, all the passengers try and pull him - except for the Fat Controller, citing that it is his doctor's orders - but Henry does not move. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out (again, the Fat Controller does not 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, but even with another engine pushing, Henry remains in the tunnel.

Soon, 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 other engines pass through the other tunnel. Henry soon regrets his actions, as he sees Edward and Gordon run by. Edward always toots a hello with his whistle, while Gordon always laughs saying it serves him right. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot and dirt 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.
  • This story was originally adapted live for television in 1953.
  • James appears briefly, but he is not introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • A CGI recreation of the scene where Henry is bricked up in the tunnel was made for Blue Mountain Mystery and some parts of this episode were recreated for The Adventure Begins.
  • The US narration of this episode states that Henry being shut up in the tunnel is a temporary punishment until he is ready to come out (with it being stated that Henry had to overcome his 'fear' of the rain), while the UK version stays faithful to the original story in which the Fat Controller intends to leave Henry in the tunnel for good.


  • 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 having 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".
  • When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all have Blu-Tack on their feet.
  • 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. Also, in the close-up of Thomas buffering up to the coaches, his buffer housing is black instead of red and the detail of his buffer housing and lamp are different.
  • When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to them. But in close-ups, there is.
  • When James moves after bringing the Fat Controller, the edge of the set is visible. Also, the puffing noise can be heard before James starts to move.
  • When the workmen take away Henry's track, part of the track is already taken away.
  • In the close-up of Edward, his whistle is wonky.
  • James' first coach appears to be derailed as it wobbles when he arrives at the tunnel and again when he leaves.
  • When Thomas pushes Henry's train, the yellow lining around his cab window is bent.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El Orgullo de Henry/La triste historia de Henry Henry's Pride/The Sad Story of Henry
Norwegian Henrys Triste Historie Henry's Sad Story
French Les Mésaventures de Henry The Misadventures of Henry
Dutch Het Droevige Verhaal van Henry The Sad Story of Henry
Brazilian Portuguese Quanto Maior a Altura, Maior o Tombo The Higher the Height, the Greater the Fall
Japanese でてこいヘンリー Come Out, Henry
Welsh Henri Henry
Croatian Tužna Priča o Hrvoju The Sad Story of Henry
Finnish Henrin Surullinen Tarina Henry's Sad Story
Hebrew הסיפור העצוב של הנרי The Sad Story of Henry
Italian Paura Della Pioggia Fear of the Rain
Slovenian Žalostna Zgodba o Henriku Sad Story of Henry
Polish Smutna Historia Henia The Sad History of Henry
Chinese 亨利的悲惨故事 Henry's Tragic Story
Korean 굴속에 긷힌 헨리 Henry Trapped in the Cave
Russian Боязнь дождя Fear of Rain
Romanian Trista Poveste a lui Henry Sad Story of Henry
Hungarian Henry Szomorú Története Henry's Sad History
German Die Traurige Geschichte von Henry The Sad Story of Henry
Slovak Smutný Príbeh o Henrym Sad Story about Henry
Swedish Henrys Sorgsna Historia Henry's Sad History
Czech Henryho Smutný Příběh Henry's Sad Story
Serbian Tužna Henrijeve priča Henry's Sad Witness
Danish Henrys sørgelige historie Henry's Sad Story
Thai เฮนรี่ถูกทำโทษ Henry Punished

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