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"My hat! You've sucked it through your air intake!"
"Bother your hat!
— The Inspector and Sir Topham Hatt

Bowled Out is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, For the Birds in 1996.


During the last few days of Stepney's visit to the North Western Railway, an engine shortage has occurred and the only engine available is a diesel. When the Diesel arrives he insults the engines almost immediately, claiming them to be out of date.

The engines are furious, but cannot think of a plan for revenge. There is no need though, as the Diesel sucks an inspector's bowler hat through his air-intake vent and breaks down just as he is about to take an express. Duck and Stepney who has longed for a long run, then volunteer in taking the train. Leaving the failed Diesel in the shed, the two engines set off down the Main Line and in record time reach Crovan's Gate where Gordon waits to take over.

Stepney leaves the next day and while the engines bid him farewell, the Diesel creeps sulkily away leaving only two things to remember him by: a bad smell, and a battered bowler hat.





  • The goods train next to James is being pushed by a crew member, as a shadow is seen.
  • Gordon's buffers are slightly crooked at different points in the episode.
  • When the Diesel arrives, James swaps tracks from the left of Donald and Douglas to the right and then back again.
  • A pipe can be seen on the Diesel's air-intake in the close-up of the inspector's hat.
  • Stepney is missing his crew in the first shot.
  • When the Diesel breaks down, he has his air-intake covered, but when the inspector notices his hat, his air-intake cover is off.
  • In the close-ups of Duck and Stepney during the scene where the Diesel breaks down, the scenery changes.
  • In the shot of Duck and Stepney puffing up Gordon's Hill, a red and blue wire can be seen in the middle coach. In the same shot, the track in front of the engines appears to sink just before they roll over it.
  • Bertie has Bulgy's horn sound.
  • James has Smudger's whistle sound when he leaves the station.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound when he leaves the station.
  • After the Diesel grinds to a halt and the camera switches to Duck and Stepney and then back to the Diesel, he is slightly further away from the coaches.
  • When Duck and Stepney reach Gordon's Hill, Duck gains a lamp.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
  • In a rare still image, Gordon has a crooked buffer.
  • When the Diesel arrives at Tidmouth Sheds, the braking sound is heard long before he actually stops.
  • When the engines are whistling at Tidmouth Sheds, Percy's whistle sound is heard, but he is not in the sheds. This is because stock audio from Thomas' Christmas Party is used.
  • In the second shot, the camera lens can be seen at the top left hand corner.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Ausgeschlagen Knocked Out
Norwegian Bowlerhatten The Bowler Hat
Spanish Diesel Tendrá que Aprender Diesel Will Have to Learn
Finnish Voitto Win 
Hungarian Kalap Kalamajka Hats Muddled
Japanese ディーゼルとぼうし Diesel and Hat
Russian Вышел из строя Out of Order
Ukrainian Вивидений з ладу Derived Down
Danish Bowlerhatten Bowler Hat
Italian L'automotrice diesel The Diesel Engine
Welsh Helynt Yr Het The Hat Trouble
Slovenian Kje je klobuk? Where is the Hat?
Czech Osud klobouku The Fate of the Hat
Romanian Bowled Bowled
Slovak Nadhod Jerk
Swedish Bowlerhatten Bowler Hat
Polish Zepsuta Lokomotywa Broken Locomotive
Chinese 强迫退场 Forced Exit
Greek ριφθεί έξω Bowled Out
Thai ดีเซลจอมโว Diesel Save from South

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