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"Look! It's Duncan the musical engine!"
— Rusty

Faulty Whistles is the twenty-sixth episode of the sixth season.


Peter Sam is delivering some goods, but on the way home his whistle is knocked off by a branch. Duncan laughs and sets off with his goods. On the way, he startles Elizabeth and the bull she is carrying by whistling loudly. When he passes Terence in a field he prepares to give him the same surprise, but he blows his whistle so hard it simply flies off into the field.

Luckily, one of Duncan's trucks is carrying an organ destined for Strawberry Grove School, and Headmaster Hastings plays the organ when and where Duncan should whistle. Duncan reaches home safely, but is teased by Skarloey, Rheneas, and Rusty. Peter Sam tells Duncan that he was brave to go on without a whistle. This cheers Duncan up.




  • This story appears to be a loose adaptation of the Railway Series story, Mike's Whistle. Peter Sam and Duncan take the roles of Duck and Mike respectively.
  • The organ plays the song "Comin' Round the Mountain" while Duncan puffs on the cliffside.
  • Headmaster Hastings is named after the episode's writer, Ross Hastings.
  • This was the final episode narrated by Alec Baldwin in the US and Terje Strømdahl in Norway and the final episode narrated by Vladimir Jurc in Slovenia until the thirteenth season.
  • Final episode to feature the classic opening title sequence only in the US. From Season 7 until the tenth season, the eighth season opening was used.
  • This was also the last episode to feature Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music in the US. As Robert Harshrone would compose music for the seventh season in the US.
  • This episode is the last to have Britt Allcroft as an executive producer, though she would become creative consultant in Season 7.
  • This episode is also the last one to use stop-motion animation on static models.
  • A deleted scene shows where Duncan's whistle landed.


  • Peter Sam and Duncan have the same whistle sound.
  • When Elizabeth is carrying the bull, her eyes are wonky.
  • For the first shot of the camera "pulling" Duncan, at the bottom of the screen a wire is bouncing up and down.
  • Duncan's driver's hair is blonde for most of the episode, but brown when he is looking for Duncan's whistle.
  • The narrator says "The rest of the engines just ignored him", but Peter Sam was the only one there.
  • In the close-up of Duncan's whistle flying off, there is no one in his cab.
  • Because Terence's regular sized model is used, he is not to scale with Duncan.
  • When Peter Sam crosses the bridge at the beginning of the episode, his cab is empty and his whistle is missing.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Duncans nye fløyte Duncan's New Whistle
Danish Fløjteforviklinger Whistle Complications
Japanese かわったきてき A Strange Whistle
Welsh Golli Chwiban Lose Whistle
Dutch Fluitconcerten Whistle Concerts
Swedish De trasiga vissloma The Broken Whistle
Slovenian Brez Piščalke ne Gre It is Not Without Whistles
Polish Zepsute Gwizdki Broken Whistles
Italian Fischi Fasulli Fake Whistles
Chinese 坏掉的汽笛 Broken Whistle
Korean 특별한 기적 소리 Special Whistle
Romanian Fluiere Defecte Whislte Defects
Slovak Chybné píšťaly Wrong Whistles
Hungarian Síppal és Orgonával Pipe and Organ
Czech Porouchané píšťaly Broken Whistles
Thai ดันแคนทำวูดหาย Duncan is Lost to Collingwood
Russian Испорченные свистки Spoiled Whistles

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