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"Help! I'm going tae fall!"
— Duncan
Trusty Rusty

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


James Mason


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

November 7th,
2003 (UK)
March 12th,
2004 (US)
April 20th,
2004 (KOR)
July 3rd,
2004 (JPN)
November 15th,
2004 (AUS)
September 26th,
2009 (HUN)

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Trusty Rusty is the twenty-fifth episode of the seventh season.


When Rusty was crossing a wooden bridge, he hits a bump and his driver inspects that the bridge is in early stages of collapsing, so Rusty hurries off to warns the engines. He arrived at the depot where all the engines were getting their coal and warns them about the bridge, but Duncan is sceptical and says how would Rusty know and that he's only a diesel, as he puffs away, not waiting to be filled up with coal. Rusty tells Sir Topham Hatt about the bridge and he agrees to send engineers to check the bridge. The Engines had to travel a different route after Rusty's driver put up a sign that says "Line Closed".

Meanwhile, Duncan was planning on getting more coal for the journey home, but the coal bunker was empty, so he asked Skarloey where he could go to the nearest bunker. Skarloey tells him that it's on the other side of the wooden bridge, but warns Duncan not to cross it, but Duncan ignores his warnings and his driver agrees to cross the bridge.

Duncan arrives at the junction as his driver removes the Warning sign and they puffed towards the bridge. But Duncan ran out of coal and stopped on the bridge. Suddenly, the old bridge was starting to collapse, due to Duncan's weight. Rusty heard the news from Skarloey and raced off to rescue Duncan. Rusty pulls Duncan out of the bridge, just in time after the bridge finally collapsed.

Sir Topham Hatt was cross at Duncan for being iresponsible. Duncan thanks Rusty for saving him and Sir Topham Hatt praises him as a Really Useful Engine.





  • Stepney has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • When Duncan arrives at the coal bunker, Skarloey already looks shocked even before the former headed for the bridge.
  • When Rusty races to the rescue, the scene is mirrored because his number and nameplate are reversed.
  • When Rusty pulls Duncan clear of the bridge, it suddenly jerks downwards slightly as it begins to fall; this is due to a film cut.
  • Wires can be seen under Duncan when the narrator says "A beam snapped." The wires are also seen when he was about to fall.
  • The narrator says, "Rusty chuffed bravely onto the bridge," but Rusty is a diesel.
  • When Rusty moves closer to Duncan on the bridge studio equipment is seen sliding out behind the cliffs behind Rusty on the right hand side of the screen and again when the narrator says "soon they were coupled up".


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たよりになるラスティー Reliable Rusty
Welsh Y Bont Beryglus Dangerous Bridge
Polish Wierzcie Rudikowi Believe Rusty
Russian Надежный Расти Reliable Rusty
Hungarian Rusty a Bátor Mozdony Rusty the Brave Locomotive
Italian L'affidabile Rusty Reliable Rusty
Chinese 相信罗斯缇 Believe Rusty
Korean 책임감 강한 러스티 Rusty's Strong Sense of Responsibility
Romanian Rusty cel de Încredere Rusty of the Trust
Swedish Lita på Rusty Rely on Rusty
Slovak Verný Rusty Faithful Rusty
Danish Rusty slår alarm Rusty Sounding the Alarm
Thai รัสตี้เสี่ยงชีวิตช่วยดันแคน Rusty Risked Duncan

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs



  • Engines to the Rescue
  • The Complete Seventh Series

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