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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,

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)


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

Air date

September 12th,
1984 (UK)
February 5th,
1989 (US)

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 Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996.


It is a very rainy day on Sodor, and Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops.

Henry's crew men argue with him, 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 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 doesn't move. Moving to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out, 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.

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 to 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.
  • A CGI recreation of the scene where Henry is bricked up in the tunnel was made for Blue Mountain Mystery.
  • Differences between the UK and US narrations:
    • In the UK version, the Fat Controller says "...and leave you here for always and always and always." In the US versions, the punishment is only "until you're ready to come out of the tunnel."
    • In the UK version, the wall was built in front of Henry "so that he couldn't get out of the tunnel anymore." In the US versions, it was built "so that other engines wouldn't bump into him."
    • After mentioning soot and 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 allowed to pull trains again. But I think he deserved his punishment, don't you?" In the Ringo Starr US release, the narrator says, "How long do you think Henry will stay in the tunnel before he overcomes his fear of the rain and then decides to journey out again?" The word "then" is omitted in the George Carlin US release.
    • 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.[1]
  • The Italian title of this episode is "Fear of Rain". In Japan, this episode is called "Henry, Come On out!". In Finland, this episode is called "Henry a Sad Story". The French title is called "The misadventures of Henry".
  • The BBC originally tried to adapt this episode for TV in 1953 using 00 models, but it did not 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 is not introduced until Thomas and the Breakdown Train.
  • When Thomas is pushing Henry, his wheels inch forward. In the following scenes, Henry hasn't moved.
  • When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to them. But in close-ups, there is.



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