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Donald and Douglas are twin engines from Scotland who arrive on the Island of Sodor to help out, however the Fat Controller had only sent for one engine. While the twins mean well, their identical appearance causes confusion and the Fat Controller has numbers painted on them; Donald is 9, while Douglas is 10. However, the Fat Controller still intends to send one of the engines back home.
In the yard, a Spiteful Brakevan takes a dislike to Douglas and does his best to make things go wrong whenever Douglas takes it out. As a result, Douglas' trains are late causing him to get a bad reputation. Donald is angry at his twin's unfair treatment and bumps the brakevan hard before threatening it. The brakevan starts behaving better after that.
However things start to go wrong when Donald travels along some slippery rails and crashes his tender into a signalbox. The Fat Controller is very angry at Donald and informs him that he had decided to keep him and send Douglas back before this incident. Now Donald needs to have his tender mended and James will have to do his work, which the Fat Controller knows James won't like.
The Fat Controller is right and James is very grumpy about the extra work. Douglas jokes about James' incident with the tar wagons, making him angrier. He takes a train of trucks which includes the spiteful brakevan, who decides to make life difficult for James and has the trucks hold back, quickly tiring James out.
Meeting Douglas at Wellsworth, James asks for help climbing Gordon's Hill and the Scottish engine agrees. Douglas and James work as hard as they can to climb the hill, however Douglas pushes too hard and accidentally destroys the spiteful brakevan.
The Fat Controller arrives with Edward and is angry that Douglas has caused even more trouble. Edward stands up for Douglas, having heard what happened and tells the Fat Controller of all the hard work Douglas did. The Fat Controller feels that Douglas went too far, but understands Douglas had good intentions and was only trying to help. The Fat Controller is left unsure about what to do with Donald and Douglas, but that's another story.
- Donald and Douglas
- The Spiteful Brake Van
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Thomas (cameo)
- Henry (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Ffarquhar Sheds
- Gordon's Hill
- Suddery Castle
- The Coaling Plant
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Twin Engines.
- A LEGO brick can be seen beside the tracks when James and Douglas leave the station.
- The rag used to wipe down Douglas' tender is blu-tack.
- A reference to the first season episode, Dirty Objects is made in this episode as well as a foreshadow to The Deputation.
- When originally broadcasted, compiled with Better Late Than Never, the end credits mentioned Christopher Awdry's episode. Though later separate versions (most notably on VHS and Cartoon Network), still had the episode listed in the end credits.
- In the Japanese version, James gains an extra line as he does Donald's work.
- At the beginning, blu-tack is used to hold Donald's face.
- In the widescreen version of the first clip, Douglas' number has been painted on.
- When Donald says "It's to leave you behind I'd be wanting", the flatbed beside him has been replaced by a platform.
- When Donald hits the signal box, the alarm bell and its walls are bumped. But when The Fat Controller arrives, the walls and the alarm bell are undamaged.
- When Donald bumps the Spiteful Brakevan, the sound of him bumping him is late by a second.
- The "M" is partly rubbed off on the sign on the signalbox that Donald crashes into.
- When James leaves the yard, the van coupled to him tips.
- When Donald approaches the spiteful brakevan, his lamp iron disappears.
- When James leaves the yard, Gordon's eyes are wonky.
- The spiteful brakevan turns brown after Douglas crushes him.
- When Douglas crushes the brakevan, his wheels are bluish-grey. This is due to the fluid in the model that generates the smoke effects. An extended shot shown in a postcard shows that not only are his tender axleboxes in the same bluish-grey, but his driver's head is also backwards.
- In a deleted photograph, Douglas' face is falling off when he is coupled behind the brakevan.
- Douglas is smiling when he breaks the Spiteful Brakevan and when the Fat Controller speaks angrily to him.
- When the Fat Controller says "I don't know..." Douglas' face mask moves.
- When the Fat Controller says "I might have known it would be Douglas", Douglas' face is clean and his nameplate is fine, but when Edward says "I heard him from my yard", his face becomes dirty and his nameplate is crooked and crushed.
- Douglas mistakenly has his nameplate during the last part of the episode (after Douglas starts helping James up the hill). In the shot where Douglas crushes the break van, the original version of this episode had the nameplate covered with a black censor bar with other shots zoomed in to keep it out-of-frame, however these were missing from the restored episode and the nameplate can be seen clearly.
In Other Languages
|Brazilian Portuguese||Os Gêmeos Escoceses||The Scottish Twins|
|German||Der Bremswagen||The Brakevan|
|Croatian||Slomljeni Teretnih Vagona||Broken Freight Wagons|
|Norwegian||Den Trassige Godsvogna||The Challenging Truck|
|Spanish||Donald y Douglas||Donald and Douglas|
|Italian||Le Locomotive Gemelle||The Twin Engines|
|French||Les Jumeaux Ecossais||The Scottish Twins|
|Dutch||De Remwagen||The Caboose|
|Japanese||ふたごのきかんしゃ||The Twin Engines|
|Hungarian||A Fékezőkocsi||The Caboose|
|Catalan||Els Bessons Escocés||The Scottish Twins|
|Danish||Donald og Douglas||Donald and Douglas|
|Korean||쌍둥이 기관차||Twin Engine|
|Russian||Вагончик с тормозом||The Trailer Brake|
|Ukrainian||Гальмівний вагон||Brake Wagon|
|Slovenian||Vagon z Zavoro||Wagon with Brakes|
|Romanian||Vagonul cu Frână||Brake Wagon|
|Slovak||Spojovací Vagón||Coupling Wagon|
|Czech||Spojovací Vagón||Joining Wagon|
|Swedish||Den Trassiga Godsvagnen||The Broken Wagon|
|Polish||Wagon Służbowy||Guard's Van|
|Serbian||Polomljeni vagon||Broken Wagon|
|Thai||หัวรถจักรฝาแฝดคู่ใหม่||New Twin Engines|
Home Media Releases
|Season 1||Season 2||Season 3|
|#00||The Missing Coach||#01||Thomas, Percy and the Coal||#02||Cows|
|#03||Bertie's Chase||#04||Saved from Scrap||#05||Old Iron|
|#06||Thomas and Trevor||#07||Percy and the Signal||#08||Duck Takes Charge|
|#09||Percy and Harold||#10||The Runaway||#11||Percy Takes the Plunge|
|#12||Pop Goes the Diesel||#13||Dirty Work||#14||A Close Shave|
|#15||Better Late Than Never||#16||Break Van||#17||The Deputation|
|#18||Thomas Comes to Breakfast||#19||Daisy||#20||Percy's Predicament|
|#21||The Diseasel||#22||Wrong Road||#23||Edward's Exploit|
|#24||Ghost Train||#25||Woolly Bear||#26||Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree|