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"Goodness! You're a real mucky buffers!"
— Madge to Skarloey

Wash Behind Your Buffers is the twenty-sixth episode of the eleventh season.


There is to be an Engine Rally and Country Show and Skarloey and Rheneas are to lead the rally. Mr. Percival asks Madge to deliver brushes and soap to make sure the two engines are clean for the event. However, Madge spends too much time making sure they are clean that she does not have time to clean herself. She arrives at the rally looking filthy and sprays the two engines with mud. However the workmen begin cleaning them up again and the two engines return the favour and the instruct the workmen. They are soon polished in time for the rally to begin.




  • This episode's title is based on the saying, "Wash behind your ears".
  • This was supposed to be Michael Angelis and Michael Brandon's last episode as narrators in the UK and US respectively, but both returned for the twelfth season after it aired without Pierce Brosnan's narrations.
  • This episode was the last of a few things:
    • Sharon Miller's last episode as script editor.
    • This last episode Madge and Elizabeth appear to date.
    • The last episode to exclusively use models before using CGI.
    • The last episode narrated by Erik de Zwart in the Netherlands and Alexei Borzunov in Russia and Ukraine.
  • Going by production order, this is the twentieth episode of the eleventh season.


  • It is said that Mr. Percival came to see Madge, but it is really Madge going to Mr. Percival.
  • Madge is carrying the brushes and soap when she goes over the hill in the beginning of the episode.
  • Skarloey is wearing one of Rheneas' face masks in all of the shots at the quarry.
  • After Madge leaves Skarloey, the road she is on bounces up and down.
  • When Madge sprays mud onto Skarloey and Rheneas' faces, their eyes are covered with mud. In the next shot, their eyes are clean.
  • The short stout member is not present with the rest of the Brass Band.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Lavensen detrás de los parachoques / Lávate Detrás de los Topes Wash Behind the Bumpers
Norwegian Vask deg bak bufferne Wash Behind Your Buffers
German Das große Schrubben The Big Scrub
Japanese ピカピカのマージ Shiny Madge
Finnish Pese puskurien takaa Wash Behind Your Buffers
Swedish Rent bakom stötfångarna Clean Behind the Bumpers
Danish Husk at vaske dig bag bufferne Remember to Wash Behind the Buffers
Polish Umyj Się! Wash Up!
Hungarian Tiszta légy az ütköződ mögött is! Clean the Conflicting be Behind it!
Romanian Spasă-te în Spatele Amortizoarelor Wash in the Back Shock Absorber
Czech Umyjte se za nárazníky Wash Behind the Bumpers
Slovak Umyte si svoje nárazníky Wash your Bumpers
Chinese 清洗你后面的缓冲器 Wash Your Back Bumper
Thai จะได้ออกงานใหญ่ It Has a Good Job

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets


  • Engines and Escapades

DVD Boxsets


  • Engines and Escapades
  • The Complete Eleventh Series

DVD Boxsets


  • Engines and Escapades









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