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"I shall never be shy about my special horn again!"
— Rusty
Tuneful Toots

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 24th,
2005 (US)
September 30th,
2005 (UK)
March 1st,
2007 (AUS)

Previous episode

Thomas and the
Birthday Picnic

Next episode

Rheneas and
the Dinosaur

Tuneful Toots is the ninth episode of the ninth season.


Sir Topham and Lady Hatt are visiting the Skarloey Railway, and the brass band have been invited to play. Rusty takes the band on a tour of the Skarloey Railway, but forgets to return on time and runs out of fuel on the causeway. Luckily, Rusty is able to use his distinctive two-tone horn and the band's music to alert Mr. Percival, the Hatts, and the engines, who come to the causeway to listen to the concert.




  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the ninth season.


  • During the introduction, Rusty already looks sad even before the narrator says so.
  • The narrator says that as the band tuned their instruments, the sound "filled Rusty's funnel", but Rusty does not have a funnel.
  • In some early American narrations, Rusty is referred to as a female. The Radio Times also refers to Rusty as a female in the episode description.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Hungarian Rozsdás egyedülálló duda Rusty's Unique Bagpipes
Italian Una Tromba Melodiosa A Tuneful Horn
Danish Koncerten The Concert
Norwegian Det musikalske toget The Musical Train
Japanese うつくしいねいろのけいてき Horn of Beautiful Tone
Polish Melodyjna Syrena Melodic Siren
German Der Große Schrei The Big Hoot
Gaelic Corno musical Musical Horn



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