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"Listen. Can you hear a strange whistling sound?"
"It's the wind blowing outside our shed, but I've never heard it like this before."
"You know, if Gordon wasn't here now, I'd say it was him thundering by with the express!
— Thomas, Toby, and James

Henry's Forest is the ninth episode of the third season. In the US, the episode first aired on the Shining Time Station episode Crackpot in 1991 and aired on the last airing of Storytime with Thomas on fox family.


Henry has lived on the Island of Sodor for many years and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. He likes every part of it, but there is one place that he enjoys visiting more than any other; this place is the forest. Henry remembers the day long ago when he and Toby had brought some new trees to be planted, and Terence and Trevor had helped to haul them into place.

One night, everything changes as a storm rages across the island. All the engines in the sheds are talking about the wind blowing outside the shed, except for Henry, who hoped that the wind would not harm the forest. By morning, the winds had gone, but severe damage had been done to the forest. Henry is sent to help Donald clear the line of trees. Henry feels very devastated by all the damage done in the forest, and now wonders what will happen to all the animals who have lived there.

Henry's trucks are loaded with logs to be taken to the timber mill, where they are to be turned into furniture and other things. Henry takes consolation in the fact the wood will be put to good use, but is still sad to lose part of the place that meant so much to him. Thomas and Toby feel sorry for Henry and wish there was something they could do to make things better again. Toby later meets The Fat Controller at the yards, who notices that the tram engine looks glum. Toby tells him and he and Henry are very sad about the trees, and that the forest was a special place to Henry. The Fat Controller tells Toby that he will soon put things right, and he then sends Toby to collect some trucks, loaded with small trees all ready for planting.

When Henry returns to the forest, he is surprised to see Terence and Trevor, busily helping workmen to plant the trees. Terence tells Henry that they're beginning again, and that the hillside will look better than ever before. Now when Henry stops by the forest, he can see the new trees growing strong and tall, and always, he is happy in his forest.




  • Stock footage from Donald's Duck is used.
  • The Reverend W. Awdry is known for criticising this episode for its lack of reality. The major flaws he found were Henry's driver letting him visit the forest without alerting a signalman (Rule 55), paving the way for a severe crash with an unaware locomotive, and the number of trees so close to the line that could catch fire from a spark from an engine's funnel. Britt Allcroft, the episode's adapter, countered the second flaw by claiming to have seen many other railways do the same thing.
  • This episode was adapted from Andrew Brenner's magazine story of the same name and Clearing Up.
  • A photograph from this episode was released as a Royal Mail stamp in 2011 to mark the Reverend Awdry Centenary.
  • From this episode onwards, Trevor's eyes move with a motor.


  • When James says "You know? ..." Henry's tender is missing.
  • In the side view of Toby in the sheds his face is tilted.
  • In a deleted scene, Henry's eyes are wonky.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Henry passes the watermill, but that is on Thomas' Branch Line.
  • In the close up of Henry wearing his sad face in the sheds, his eyes and his brake pipe are wonky.
  • A nail can be seen in the first shot inside Tidmouth Sheds.
  • In the close-up of Henry's driver leaning out the cab, there are holes in his right shoulder.
  • In one scene, Henry's firebox is crooked.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El Bosque de Henry Henry's Forest
Norwegian Skogen til Henry Henry's Forest
Welsh Coedwig Henry Henry's Forest
Japanese ヘンリーのもり Henry's Forest
German Henry's Wald Henry's Forest
Danish Henrys Skov Henry's Forest
Italian La Foresta The Forest
Finnish Henrin Metsä Henry's Forest
Chinese 亨利的森林 Henry's Forest
Slovenian Henrikov Gozd Henry's Forest
Greek Το δάσος του Τσάρλι Henry's Forest
Russian Лес Генри Henry's Woods
Ukrainian Генрів Ліс Henry's Forest
Romanian Pădurea lui Henry Forest of Henry
Dutch Het Bos van Henry Henry's Woods
Hungarian Henry Erdeje Henry's Forest
Polish Las Henia Henry's Forest
Slovak Henryho les Henry's Forest
Czech Henryho les Henry's Forest
Swedish Skogen til Henry Forest of Henry
Brazilian Portuguese A Floresta de Henry Henry's Forest
Thai เฮนรี่รักป่า Henry Loves the Forest

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Season 3
1. A Scarf for Percy 2. Percy's Promise 3. Time for Trouble 4. Gordon and the Famous Visitor 5. Donald's Duck
6. Thomas Gets Bumped 7. Thomas, Percy and the Dragon 8. Diesel Does it Again 9. Henry's Forest 10. The Trouble with Mud
11. No Joke for James 12. Thomas, Percy and the Post Train 13. Trust Thomas 14. Mavis (episode) 15. Toby's Tightrope
16. Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party 17. Buzz, Buzz 18. All at Sea 19. One Good Turn 20. Tender Engines
21. Escape 22. Oliver Owns Up 23. Bulgy (episode) 24. Heroes 25. Percy, James and the Fruitful Day 26. Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Canceled: Gordon Goes Foreign