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“I shall never be shy about my special horn again!”

Tuneful Toots is the eighth episode of the ninth season.


Whenever Rusty journeys near the lake, he likes to toot his horn there as it echoes and has high and low notes, like a tuneful toot, but the other engines thinks it is the worst noise they have ever heard, making Rusty sad.

One morning, Mr Percival announced that Sir Topham and Lady Hatt are visiting the Skarloey Railway, and the brass band have been invited to play. Skarloey and Rheneas deliver tables and chairs and Duncan and Peter Sam deliver apples and pears. Rusty is to take the band on a tour of the Skarloey Railway. Thomas arrives with the bandstand and hears Rusty's horn thinking it was very special. After Rusty left, Mr Percival tells him not to return late, but Rusty was tooting his horn so he did not hear him. Rusty soon forgets all about returning on time to the concert. Rusty decides to take them to the lake, but when he got there, he runs out of fuel on the causeway.

Thomas arrives with Sir Topham and Lady Hatt, but sees that Mr Percival was worried that Rusty did not return and everyone was worried. The band was worried that no one will find them, but Rusty had an idea for the band to play their instruments loudly while he toots his horn, that way someone will know where to find them. They started to play, everyone heard Rusty and the brass band, and came to the rescue. Rusty was surprised that no one was telling him to stop tooting his horn. The engines think that Rusty's sound is a special sounding horn of all. The concert began with all the engines blowing their whistles and Rusty tooting his horn.




  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the ninth season.
  • This is the only episode until Blue Mountain Mystery where Rusty has a high and low sounding horn.
  • In some early American narrations of this episode, Rusty is referred to as a female. The Radio Times even refers to Rusty as female in its description.


  • Throughout this episode, Rusty's driver is not seen inside his cab.
  • The Thai title: "Whistle Choo Choo" is inaccurate, as Rusty is a diesel, and can not do either of those.
  • Also when Rusty was on Skarloey Bridge, the narrator says, "the sound of the notes filled Rusty's funnel" but Rusty is a diesel and does not have a funnel.

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DVD Boxsets


  • Little Engines, Big Days Out
  • The Complete Series 9

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