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"Old engines can't pull trains like the young ones can."
"They can if they're mended, Old Faithful, and that's what's going to happen to you. You deserve it.
— Skarloey and his driver

Four Little Engines is the fifth episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the US in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wildlife in 1996 and aired on the last airing of Storytime with Thomas on fox family.


Edward is sent to The Works to be mended. On the way, he meets a narrow gauge engine called Skarloey, who is resting in a shed and is lonely as his brother Rheneas is going to be mended. The two talk for a while, until some workmen came to take Edward. Edward says goodbye and that Skarloey's railway is lovely before leaving.

Meanwhile, after his punishment ended, Sir Handel is pulling some coaches who don't trust him at all when he has to stop suddenly because a flock of sheep is on the line. The coaches are angry, because they believe he purposefully bumped them and they bump him off the rails. Sir Handel limps home, but there is now no engine to take the passengers home. Skarloey volunteers and goes to fetch the coaches.

When Skarloey arrives, he scolds the coaches for their behaviour and how they would have hurt their passengers. The coaches apologise and as soon as the guard blows his whistle, Skarloey's journey begins. Skarloey stops at every station making good time until they get to a hill. Skarloey thinks it would be easy when they go down, but it is not, as Skarloey's springs break coming down the hill. His driver says they would need a bus to take the passengers, but Skarloey is determined and manages to get home.

James was waiting impatiently at the station until Skarloey makes it on time. James collects the passengers and takes them home. Everyone is pleased, but Skarloey reflects afterwards that he is in no state to pull trains, but is delighted when his driver tells him he will be mended and that he deserves it.





  • This episode was broadcast out of order: the events of the episode takes place after A Bad Day for Sir Handel and Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady but aired before them for some reason.
  • When Edward passes Skarloey, some of his wheels are not moving.
  • Sir Handel has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • Just before the coaches derail Sir Handel, they are not coupled together.
  • In the Crovan's Gate scene, either Thomas or Duck has James' whistle sound.
  • Annie is facing the wrong way as Thomas passes through Crovan's Gate.
  • After Skarloey leaves Crovan's Gate, the coaches lose their faces.
  • When Skarloey says, "It'll be better downhill," the stripe on his tank is crooked.
  • Skarloey is crooked before the spring broke.
  • In the last scene, Skarloey whistles despite having no steam.
  • James and Edward have different whistle sounds for the rest of the season.
  • In a rare still, there are four coaches behind Sir Handel instead of three when he is bumped off the rails.
  • In a rare still, red and black wires are seen underneath Sir Handel's cab.
  • In a close-up of the first coach, its bufferbeam is lower than usual.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cuatro Locomotoras Four Engines
Norwegian Fire små lokomotiv Four Little Engines
Japanese がんばりやのスカーロイ Persistent Skarloey
German Vier kleine Lokomotiven Four Small Locomotives
Dutch Vier kleine locomotiefjes Four Small Locomotives
Polish Cztery Małe Lokomotywy Four Little Engines
Finnish Neljä Pientä Veturia Four Small Locomotives
Hungarian Négy kicsi mozdony Four Small Locomotives
Italian Quattro Piccole Locomotive Four Little Engines
Welsh Pedair Injan Fechan Four Small Engines
Danish Fire Små Lokomotiver Four Small Locomotives
Russian Четыре маленьких паровозика Four Little Engines
Ukrainian Чотири Паровозики Four Locomotives
Chinese 四小火车 Four Small Trains
Slovenian Štirje lokomotivčki Four Locomotives
Czech Čtyři malé mašinky Four Small Locomotives
Romanian Patru Locomtive Micuţe Four Little Locomotives
Slovak Štyri malé lokomotívy Four Small Locomotives
Swedish Fyra små lokomotiv Four Small Locomotives
Greek Τέσσερα μικρά ατμομηχανές Four Small Engines
Thai สกาโลอี้หัวรถจักรผู้มุ่งมั่น Skarloey the Engine Determined

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