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This article is about the 1984 episode adaptation. You may be looking for the 1953 episode adaptation or the magazine story.
“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, retitled Come Out, Henry! in American releases, is the third episode of the first season.

Plot

It is a very rainy day on Sodor while a green engine named Henry 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 find that he refuses to come out, claiming that the rain will spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle, and waves his flag, but fails when 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, who is in charge of all the engines of Sodor. 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. When Henry does not move, as they move to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out but with the same results.

Thomas arrives to help while 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 having had enough of the engine's selfishness tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted, for Henry will stay in the tunnel for always. 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 hello with his whistle, while Gordon always laughs saying it serves him right. Henry has no steam to answer them while the soot and dirt from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes. His fire had already gone out and is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, lonely, and very sad. He now wonders if he will ever be allowed to pull trains again. However, as the narrator states, Henry deserved his punishment.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
  • The scene featuring Henry being bricked up was recreated in full CGI for Blue Mountain Mystery. The story was also re-adapted for The Adventure Begins.
  • Recreated and additional scenes of this episode were produced in 1988 for the ladybird book, The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard.
  • In the Nick Jr. version of the Shining Time Station episode, Mysterious Stranger, the sequence of Henry being bricked up is shortened.
  • In all US narrations, Henry being shut up in the tunnel was said to be a temporary punishment until he was ready to come out, with it being stating he needed to overcome his fear of the rain, while the UK narration stays true to the original format from the Railway Series where the Fat Controller intended to leave Henry in the tunnel indefinitely. The narration change was made in all US narrations so viewers would understand the context of the storyline better, so viewers can predict what happens later.

Goofs

  • 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 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 of them 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 is different, he is also missing his headlamp lens.
  • When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to them. But in the last close-up, there is.
  • When James leaves after bringing the Fat Controller, the puffing noise can be heard before James starts to move.
  • In the close-up of Edward, his whistle is wonky.
  • James' first coach appears to derail, 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.
  • When James leaves, at the top of the screen, the edge of the set can be seen.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Quanto Maior a Altura, Maior o Tombo / Saia daí, Henry!
Chinese 亨利的悲惨故事
Croatian Tužna Priča o Hrvoju
Czech Henryho Smutný Příběh
Danish Henrys Sørgelige Historie
Dutch Het Droevige Verhaal van Henry
Finnish Henrin Surullinen Tarina
French Les Mésaventure de Henri
German Die Traurige Geschichte von Henry
Greek βγαίνω έξω, Τσάρλι!
Hungarian Henry Szomorú Története
Italian Paura Della Pioggia
Japanese でてこいヘンリー
Korean 굴속에 갇힌 헨리
Norwegian Henrys Triste Historie
Polish Smutna Historia Henia
Romanian Trista Poveste a lui Henry
Russian Боязнь дождя
Serbian Tužna Henrijeve priča
Slovak Smutný Príbeh o Henrym
Slovenian Žalostna Zgodba o Henriku
Spanish El Orgullo de Henry/La Triste Historia de Henry
Swedish Henrys Sorgsna Historia
Thai เฮนรี่ถูกทำโทษ
Welsh Henri

Merchandise

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Wooden Railway

Name Released Discontinued Highlights Photo
Come Out, Henry Story Pack 1998 1998
  • Includes exclusive sad-faced Henry and Henry's Tunnel
WoodenRailwayComeOutHenrypack

Books

Name Published Publisher Highlights Photo
Henry's Bad Day 2006 Random House
  • Step Into Reading book
Henry'sBadDay
Henry and the Tunnel 1997 Egmont
Random House
HenryandtheTunnel

Home Media Releases

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UK

DVD Boxsets

WAL

  • Thomas and Gordon and other stories

US

VHS/DVD Packs

FRA

AUS

DVD Boxsets

NZ

JPN

GER

KOR

NOR/FIN/ISL

SA

SE

BRA

NL

DNK

ITA

ROM

DVD Packs

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SER

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