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"Whatever next! Those aren't coaches, they're cattle trucks!"
"Ooh! What a horrid engine!"
"It's not what I'm used to!
— Sir Handel insulting the coaches

A Bad Day for Sir Handel is the sixth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode For The Birds in 1996 and aired on the last airing of Storytime with Thomas on fox family.


As always, Skarloey and Rheneas like working on the railway that weaves around the lakes and long mountain sides. Their coaches are filled with visitors and both engines are proud to run the line, no matter the weather. They will never let their passengers down, but they, however, are old and they tire themselves out easily. Their drivers understand this and they then tell them that there is more than enough work for them on the railway and the manager is sending two more engines to help run the line. Both Skarloey and Rheneas are pleased with the news and they promise that they will give them a big welcome.

The new engines, Peter Sam and Sir Handel arrive on the Skarloey Railway. Peter Sam is kind, but Sir Handel is bad-tempered and insults Skarloey and the sheds. Then Sir Handel is chosen to pull the train to the top station. He does so grudgingly due to wanting a rest and after insulting the coaches by calling them "cattle trucks" and surprising Gordon with his knowledge of coaches, makes his way to the top station. There, he is angry to discover by his driver that he is expected to go to the quarry and collect trucks and refuses to do so, punctuating his point by deliberately derailing himself (as there was a small rock too close to one of the two rails). In the end, Peter Sam helps Sir Handel back on the rails and the Fat Controller puts Sir Handel in the shed as punishment. He scolds him for his naughty actions and warns him to behave himself the next time he comes out of the shed.





  • This episode was broadcast out of production order as Skarloey is in this episode despite being sent to the works.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
  • In the UK version, when Sir Handel backs onto his coaches and stops, he can still be heard puffing for another four seconds.
  • The red coach Sir Handel backs onto has a face, but when Sir Handel arrives at Crovan's Gate, the coach's face disappears.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound. From this point onward, he'll have it for the rest of the season.
  • When Sir Handel goes off-camera on the mountain ledge, the steam platform blows steam too late.
  • When the Fat Controller says "You're a very naughty engine", a fly crawls on the workbench beside Sir Handel.
  • Sir Handel and Rheneas swap whistle sounds.
  • In a picture of a deleted scene, a wire is visible beneath Sir Handel.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Un Mal Día para Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Brazilian Portuguese Um Dia Ruim para o Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Norwegian En dårlig dag for Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Japanese わがままなきかんしゃ Selfish Engine
Welsh Teimlo'n Hurt Feeling Hurt
Czech Handelův špatný den Sir Handel's Bad Day
Polish Zły Dzień Pana Handla Poor Sir Handel's Day
Finnish Sir Hendel ja Kurja Päivä Sir Handel and the Miserable Day
Hungarian Sir Handel Rossz Napja Sir Handel's Bad Day
Italian Una Giornata No Per Sir Handel A Bad Day For Sir Handel
Dutch Een slechte dag voor meneer hendel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Danish En Dårlig Dag for Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Chinese 汉德尔先生糟糕的一天 Sir Handel's Bad Day
Slovenian Silvester ima slab dan Sir Handel has a Bad Day
Romanian Sir Handel Are O Zi Grea Sir Handel Has a Bad Day
Slovak Zlý deň pre Sira Handela Bad Day for Sir Handel
Swedish En dålig dag för Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Russian Плохой день для Сэра Хендэла Bad Day for Sir Handel
Ukrainian Поганий день Сера Хендела Sir Handel's Bad Day
German Ein schlechter Tag für Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Greek Μια κακή ημέρα για Πάλ A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Thai หัวรถจักรมีปัญหา Engine Problems

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