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"Did you shunt those trucks onto the other line?"
"You said you wanted them on the other line!"
that other line! The other other line!"
— Donald and Duck
Twin Trouble

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


Brian Trueman


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

September 27th,
2002 (UK)
November 1st,
2002 (AUS)
January 24th,
2003 (US)
February 15th,
2003 (JPN)

Previous episode

It's Only Snow

Next episode

The World's
Strongest Engine

Twin Trouble is the tenth episode of the sixth season.


Donald and Douglas are chuffing down the line with a goods train. Trevor struggles with a cart of hay, which gets stuck on a crossing after one of the wheels of the cart falls off. Donald sees the cart, but they can't stop, and Donald hits the cart but blames Douglas. The twins refuse to speak to each other, and when The Fat Controller needs an engine to help Duck at the shunting yards, Donald jumps at the opportunity.

At first, Donald enjoys working with Duck, but eventually, things start to go wrong, as Duck doesn't understand Donald and Douglas' way of working. Meanwhile, Douglas is doing work on his own, and is beginning to miss Donald. The next day, Donald is in a bad mood and was not looking where he is going, and breaks through some buffers and into a ditch.

Duck, knowing that he's not strong enough to get Donald back on the rails, hurries to get help from Douglas. Douglas pulls Donald back on the rails, and the twins make up in the end and are glad to be back together.




  • The plot has some similarities to the third season episode One Good Turn.
  • Scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, Toad, City of Truro and Donald/Douglas are seen.
  • This episode might have been filmed around the same time as Middle Engine as 'Arry or Bert can be seen in the background at the Smelter's Yard at one point.
  • An image from this episode is used to depict Duck on the Great Western Railway in the seventeenth season episode The Thomas Way.
  • In the close-ups of Donald in the bushes, a small support props him up.


  • When Trevor cries "Oh no!" the studio is reflected in his paintwork.
  • In the close-up of Donald and Douglas' wheels sliding across the rails, a wire is hanging beneath Donald's cab. Later, when Douglas shunts just before Duck arrives, a wire is hanging underneath him.
  • In the shot from Donald approaching the cart, a third rail is visible to his right (our left).
  • When the cart is hit, it is pushed aside and the hay is spilled. But in the next shot, the hay is falling from the sky.
  • When Donald stops next to Duck, his left eye briefly jiggles off-centre.
  • A ball of fishing line is visible next to the track leading into the ditch just before Donald has his accident.
  • In one shot, Donald is pulled out with his wheels off the track. But in the next shot of him, his wheels are on the track.
  • Just before Donald falls into the ditch, tracks can be seen behind the buffers.
  • In the American narration, Alec Baldwin does not even attempt a Scottish accent for the twins' voices.
  • When Donald says "I have work to do", Douglas' eyes are wonky.
  • Donald's face is crooked in the scene where he talks to Sir Topham Hatt with Thomas and Douglas.
  • Up until the scene when Duck tells Douglas that Donald is in trouble, his stepladder is missing.
  • Duck's left (our right) eye is wonky just before Donald crashes.


  • Donald: Thank you, and ... I'm sorry.
  • Douglas: No! I'm sorry!
  • Donald: I'm sorry!
  • Duck: You don't have to have a row about who's sorry! (Don't argue about who's sorry! - US) Just be glad you're back together.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Problemas de gemelos Twin Problems
Japanese ふたごのけんか Quarrel of twins
Norwegian Tvillingtrøbbel Twin Trouble
Danish Tvillingerne The Twins
Welsh Trafferth Dwbl Double Trouble
Italian Due Gemelle Litigarelle Arguing Twins
Hungarian Ikerviszály Twin Strife
Slovenian Težave dvojčkov Problems twins

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