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"Now if you were ill you couldn't shunt trucks, could you?"
— Gordon speaking to Sir Handel
Rusty Helps Peter Sam

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 25th,
1995 (UK)
May 1st,
1996 (AUS)
October 14th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Peter Sam and the
Refreshment Lady

Next episode

Home at Last

Trucks!, retitled Rusty Helps Peter Sam in some American releases, is the eighth episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.


Harold is returning from his inspection when he spots a little diesel coming round the mountain. The diesel is Rusty and despite his friendliness, Rusty has little time to chat and regards Harold as being cheeky. Rusty's arrival pleases Sir Handel and Peter Sam, but Sir Handel remains his usual grumpy self. The trucks dislike Sir Handel and repeatedly play tricks on him, making him dislike working with them. Sir Handel is advised by Gordon that if he were ill, he could not shunt trucks.

Sir Handel takes the hint and, when he feigns an illness the next day, Peter Sam is allocated his trucks. He takes them to the slate mines and waits for his full ones, but the trucks mistake him for Sir Handel and brake their coupling, smashing into him. The damage Peter Sam sustains cracks his funnel and dents his boiler. Rusty helps clear the mess and the Fat Controller punishes Sir Handel for lying. On the way home, Harold spots Rusty again. This time Rusty mimics Harold from their previous meeting and uses his phrase, "Well done, cheers, and keep up the good work!"




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Little Old Engine.
  • In the original UK VHS release, the impact of the trucks hitting Peter Sam is much louder than the re-released version of the episode.
  • In the US version, much of the music and whistle sounds are missing and Peter Sam's whistle is much higher pitched than usual after the crash.


  • When Harold speaks to Rusty, his battery latch is visible underneath him.
  • When Sir Handel shunts trucks, the sound is noticeably off.
  • As Peter Sam puffs away with the trucks and coaches, he has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • When the rope is connected to the empty trucks, it becomes taut like it is being pulled, but in the next scene, the trucks at the top of the slope are stationary.
  • The trucks' faces are missing when they crash into Peter Sam.
  • When Sir Handel says "I didn't think", his left eye sticks and drops back into his head.
  • On the Thomas' Trackside Tunes and other Thomas Adventures VHS/DVD and PBS Kids Sprout airings, this episode is called "Trucks" instead of the American title.
  • Before Peter Sam leaves the yard with his coaches and trucks, a small hair can be seen by his wheels.
  • When the empty trucks say "No, no, it's Peter Sam!", the two in front bounce slightly.
  • Before Peter Sam is pulled out of the wreckage, his funnel isn't cracked like it is later.
  • When the coupling snaps in the US version, a voice can be heard saying "Whoa".
  • When the narrator says "He did so next morning." Percy quickly passes the little engines. In the next shot however, he is passing them again.
  • In a few rare pictures, Harold's spinning rotors are a transparent disk, unlike in the actual episode.
  • In the UK version, Gordon has Duck's whistle sound, Sir Handel has Rheneas', and Rheneas has Duke's.
  • In the US version, George Carlin says "Peter Sam shut his eye", leaving the 's' off the word "eyes".

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Furgones Vans
German Keine Lust auf Arbeit No Desire to Work
Norwegian Godsvogner Trucks
Brazilian Portuguese A Mentira Tem Pernas Curtas The Lie Have Short Legs
Japanese サー・ハンデルのけびょう Sir Handel's Feigned Illness
Finnish Tavaravaunut Freight Wagons
Czech Vagónky Wagons
Italian Carri! Trucks!
Welsh Tryciau Trucks
Dutch Goederen Wagons Goods Wagons
Hungarian A haszontalan tehervagonok Useless Wagons
Chinese 货车厢 Freight Cars



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