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"Please stop! I'd rather be back with the chatterbox engines!"
— Murdoch to the sheep

Peace and Quiet is the seventeenth episode of the seventh season.


At the docks, goods are arriving night and day, causing the engines to work so hard that their axles ache. So the Fat Controller brings in a new engine called Murdoch to help. He has ten driving wheels and looks very strong. The engines all welcome him, but Murdoch thinks they are all very chatty.

Later, Murdoch has a very long train to pull. He looks forward to some peace and quiet, but everywhere he goes is noisy. Murdoch looks forward to a nice rest at the sheds that night.

But as he arrives, Salty and Harvey begin to ask him lots of questions about his past. Murdoch becomes annoyed and tells them both that he wants peace and quiet, and that he does not want to share a shed with chatterboxes. Salty tells him that they are only being friendly.

The next day, Murdoch has another long train to pull. This time, he travels through the countryside. He is happy to finally have some peace and quiet. But he comes across some sheep on the line, who have escaped through a broken fence. His driver and fireman fail to move the sheep, so Toby is sent to help by bringing the farmer. The sheep are so noisy that Murdoch wishes he was back with Salty and Harvey. Toby finally arrives and the farmer and his two dogs move the sheep off the line. Murdoch continues on his way.

Later that evening, Murdoch arrives back at the sheds with Harvey and Salty. He apologises for being rude to them, and Harvey tells him that they are happy to share the shed with him. This reminds Salty of a story, which makes Murdoch smile. The sheep would have kept him awake, but a story might send him to sleep.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-first episode of the seventh season.
  • Stock footage from Fish is used.
  • In Nick Jr. and PBS airings, the New Series Music at the end is played during the transition.
  • In the Michael Brandon version, Murdoch says "Thanks, Toby!" at the end of the penultimate scene.
  • In a still picture, Arthur is not in the shed next to Harvey, Salty, and Murdoch.
  • A faceless Bulstrode model can be seen in the second scene of the episode.
  • A rare photo shows Harvey with an angry face.
  • The deleted scene when Murdoch passes Gordon at Wellsworth was possibly filmed during the filming of Gordon and Spencer as the passengers and vehicles at the station are in the same place and Thomas Annie and Clarabel are also there.
  • Salty says, "Have you worked Marseille?" Marseille is a city in southern France known for its large harbour.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Duck until the twelfth season episode Excellent Emily, excluding a stock footage cameo in Not So Hasty Puddings.
  • Michael Brandon's narration of this episode only aired on television. It was later released for digital download on Amazon.
  • In the Arabic dub, it uses the US title card for unknown reasons.


  • When Murdoch passes Douglas in the coaling plant, he is pulling the same train that he pulls the next day.
  • When Murdoch puffs into the coaling plant, Duck is shunting trucks. In the next scene, Duck is on another line and Percy has disappeared.
  • When Murdoch is about to depart from Brendam for the second, his eyes are wonky.
  • The narrator says "The farmer and his dog went to work", but the farmer has two dogs.
  • When Murdoch tells Harvey and Salty off, Harvey does not have a face.
  • For a brief second in the final shot, Murdoch's eyes do move in alignment with each other.
  • The number of the few black sheep amongst the flock keeps changing.
  • When Murdoch returns to the shed in the last scene Emily is there too, but in the last two shots she has disappeared.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あらしのあとのしずけさ The Calm After A Storm
Danish Fred og Ro Peace and Quiet
Swedish Lugn och Ro Peace and Quiet
Hungarian Csend és Nyugalom Peace and Quiet
Italian Pace e Silenzio Peace and Quiet
Russian Тишина и покой Peace and Quiet
Arabic سلام و هدوء/Salam w Hudu' Peace and Quiet
Welsh Mymryn o Dawelwch Hint of Silence
Romanian Linişte şi Pace Peace and Quiet
Slovak Mier a Pokoj Peace and Quiet
Chinese 和平与安宁 Peace and Tranquility
Korean 진정한 평화 True Peace
Polish Cisza i Spokój Peace and Quiet
Thai เบอร์ด๊อกไม่ชอบเลี้ยงแกะ Murdoch Do Not Like Shepherds

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