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"Aaah! That was your fault!
No, it wasn't: it was yours.
Sir Handel and George

Steam Roller is the twelfth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, For the Birds in 1996.


Sir Handel has recently had new wheels fitted and he claims that he is better than the others, episodically the time when Peter Sam got a new funnel. Skarloey, attempting to bring Sir Handel down to size, tells him of an anti-railway steamroller named George, whom Sir Handel vows to pay out. Sir Handel is later bringing a special train home when he meets George on the alongside road, making it near impossible for him to pass. After the steamroller refuses to move aside, the two have a shouting match which ends when George crashes into Sir Handel's train. The next day, a fence is put up and George is taken away. Sir Handel claims credit, but loses his pride when some boys start lauding him with his race with the roller.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Gallant Old Engine.
  • A reference to Special Funnel is made in this episode.
  • This episode marks Sir Handel's last speaking role until the tenth season episode, A Smooth Ride.
  • The voices of the staff arguing about who is to blame about Sir Handel and George's accident is actually the show's crew members mumbling sped-up.


  • Thomas has James' whistle sound.
  • Rheneas appeared in this episode, but he is supposed to be at the Works.
  • Skarloey's white stripe on his boiler is crooked.
  • Throughout the episode, red wires are visible on George.
  • In the first shot of George, his face is crooked.
  • George's face is out of place in the first two scenes of him at the level crossing.
  • When Sir Handel goes over the crossing, the sign post moves slightly. This also happens when George goes over the crossing.
  • When George crashes into the trucks, they derail, but in the next shot, they are tipped over.
  • In the last scene, Rusty is tilted.
  • On his way back to the sheds, Sir Handel passes a red signal.
  • When George crashes into the trucks, a workman figure on the left of the screen has fallen onto the stone wall.
  • The two times Sir Handel is at the railway sheds he is covered in soot, but the two times he is at the level crossing he is spotless.
  • When George is backing up before making rude remarks about the engines, there is a pile of asphalt in front of him. However, in the next shot, it is a pile of gravel.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Dampveivalsen The Steam Roller
Italian Rullo compressore Steamroller
German Die Dampfwalze The Steamroller
Spanish La Gran Carrera The Great Race
Welsh Olwynion mawr Big Wheels
Finnish Höyryjyrä Steamroller
Japanese スチームローラー Steam Roller
Hungarian Az Úthenger The Drum
Russian Паровой каток Steamroller
Ukrainian Паровий Каток Steam Roller
Polish Walec Roller
Danish Damptromlen Steamroller
Dutch Stoomwals Steamroller
Slovenian Parni valjar Steam Roller
Chinese 压路机 Roller
Czech Parní Válec Steam Roller
Romanian Utilajul de Netezit Smoothing Machine
Slovak Parný Valec Steam Roller
Swedish Ångvält Steamroller
Brazilian Portuguese O rolo compressor The Steamroller
Greek ισοπεδωτικά Leveling
Thai หัวรถจักรน้อยแข่งกับรถบดถนน Engine Little Race on Rollers

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  • The Complete Fourth Series
  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories


  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories

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